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Before I leap into the business of a new year, it’s time to clean up issues remaining from the year just departed. Along those lines, reader Jim Schoster follows up on last year’s Broken iDisk Syncing with this:

Thank you for your helpful article about iDisk. Where do I find the .sparsebundle file to delete?

If you click on your synced iDisk and press Command-I to bring up the Info window you’ll find the path to this file listed as:

your user folder/Library/FileSync

and then a folder with a cryptic series of letters and numbers. Inside this folder is the sparsebundle file.

Reader Rishi Patel got in touch about a remark from a recent Macworld Podcast.

I was listening to your podcast about Macworld’s holiday gift guide and I heard the guest say he was able to upgrade his laptop’s RAM for $27. I was wondering what site that was, or if you know of a good website to find cheap RAM. I have a PowerBook and am looking to upgrade the RAM.

Take a gander at the Ramseeker website. Here you’ll find RAM prices from a variety of popular memory vendors. Just look in the Ramseeker Mac section and choose your Mac model from the Select Macintosh Model pop-up menu.

Update: Dan Frakes, the guest who performed the upgrade on his laptop, wrote in to also suggest DealRAM, which is where he found the RAM he mentioned.

Finally, in reference to a question regarding incessant prompting for passwords in February’s Mac 911 column, reader N.L.C asks about Keychain Access’ Keychain First Aid:

Lots of my Mac friends have this problem since we started our iPhone service. I was initially elated to see a fix, but I can’t find anything on my PowerMac G5 running 10.5.1 that says “Keychain First Aid.”

Rereading my answer I see that I didn’t tell you where to find that command. My apologies. You’ll find it under the Keychain Access menu (the menu where you traditionally select the About and Preferences commands). Increasingly Apple and other developers are placing helpful commands in this application menu yet many old-time Mac users forget to look there.

While I have your attention, this seems like an opportune time to remind you that if you select Help in an application running under Leopard, type the name of the command you're looking for, and then select that command's name in the resulting list under the Help menu (commands are identified by the small menu icon next to them), a floating blue arrow appears that points to the location of that command.

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