Restoring a "bricked" Apple TV

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Reader Drew Isaacs is unhappy with the latest Apple TV update. He writes:

After reading your first look at the Apple TV 6.0 software I was anxious to upgrade. Unfortunately something went wrong and my Apple TV became unresponsive. I’ve since unplugged it, plugged it back in, and now I see an iTunes icon on my TV screen. What should I do?

You’re not alone. Several people reported that updating via the Apple TV’s over-the-air mechanism caused similar unanticipated results. Apple pulled the update for awhile because of this problem but reissued it a couple of days later in a working condition.

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Unhappy with iOS 7? Downgrade while you still can

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Update Don't say I didn't warn you. It seems that Apple has indeed stopped signing versions of iOS prior to version 7. Therefore, until a technique emerges that allows you to skirt Apple's restrictions, those who have upgraded their devices to iOS 7 can no longer revert to an earlier version of the operating system.

Despite the many warnings that iOS 7 was going to have a radically new look and it was worth it for some people to take a slow approach to upgrading, many people ventured blindly forth and were unhappy with the results. While raging at the dying of the light is one approach, there remains another—downgrade to iOS 6.

But do it quickly.

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Getting more touch from your iPhone interface

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Reader Dale Cardoza would like a unified interface experience among his iOS devices. He writes:

I have an iPad and an iPhone. I’ve become accustomed to using multitasking gestures on my iPad’s screen—pinching with four fingers to return to the Home screen, for example. I then move to my iPhone, try the gesture, and it doesn’t work. Is there anything I can do to have gesture control over some of the iPhone’s features?

In an effort to not begin and end my answer with “No”—thus making this an almost entirely useless waste of a browser page—I’ll instead respond with “Sort of.”

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How to delete Gmail messages so they're truly gone

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Reader Richard Applebaum wants deleted email messages really, truly deleted. He writes:

What I’m trying to achieve is a state where email in my Gmail account that I delete is entirely deleted. I find that when I delete messages they sometimes move to Trash, and sometimes go to Deleted Messages. I’ve also found that when I empty the Trash and Deleted Messages, the messages may still live on in Gmail’s All Mail mailbox. How, in Apple’s Mail, can I really get rid of these messages?

I’m pleased to report that MacRumors regular blairwillis his figured this one out. You’ll want to take a gander at the process as originally outlined but here’s the gist.

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Cure for a corrupt Calendar application

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Reader Charles Enns would like to put an end to his Calendar problem. He writes:

When I started my Mac this morning I launched Calendar. Or, I tried to. Its icon bounced briefly in the Dock, my calendar appeared for a second, and then the application quit. I’ve restarted my Mac but this happens every time. It was fine yesterday but today, broken. What can I do?

This isn’t one of those problems that routinely plagues Macs. Rather, it’s an example of The Kind Of Thing That Can Happen, which provides you with the sort of crack-your-knuckles-and-buckle-down-to-it experience that so many troubleshooters enjoy.

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Friends don't let friends delete shared Dropbox items

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Reader Paul Cramblett has a problem with others who just don’t know how to share. He writes:

I maintain a Dropbox folder that I use to share files with a select group of friends. I've tried to explain how Dropbox works to these people but someone invariably drags all the files out of the folder, which means they’re no longer available to the rest of us. Is there some way to prevent files from being removed by someone who doesn’t understand the difference between “copy” and “move”?

I sympathize. Dropbox is a great way to share files but far too many people don’t understand that when you drag files out of a shared folder, they’re removed from that folder for everyone who has a stake in it. I can offer a couple of ideas—one social and the other technical.

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How to effectively fill your Mac's display when screen sharing

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Reader Earl Andrews is interested in getting the full picture—at least when screen sharing with his Mac mini. He writes:

I have a Mac mini connected to my 720p HDTV via HDMI that I use as a media server. I don’t always want to turn the TV on to configure that Mac. I prefer instead to screen share with it from my iMac. The problem is that I can’t seem to get it to fill my iMac’s display. The screen sharing window is small and even when I switch to Full Screen it won’t fill the screen. What can I do to make this work?

The main issue you have is the HDMI connection and the limitations it imposes on your iMac’s display. Let’s walk through it.

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