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Old Jul 11th, 2009, 01:14 PM   #31
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Modem tips!

Thanks to ehMac member "Leigh: for these cool tips.

Just want to note that WEP 'protection' is easily broken these days, so you're way better off with WPA/WPA2, depending on the devices/computers that are served.

Most of us use a wireless router (e.g., Apple Time Capsule, Airport Extreme, Airport Express, d-link, linksys, etc.) in addition to a DSL/Cable modem, and set protection from there.

You should also hide your SSID ("Closed Network") so neighbours/wardrivers can't see the network at all.

Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
All of a sudden, our wireless doesn't work. Ethernet connections are fine however. I've solved the problem a few times in the following way (i hope this helps someone bc finding a Bell person who knew this information was a feat of magnanimous proportions as most of the tech guys want you to reinstall airport and a whole buncha other BS that will never work and might screw up something else)...

Connect via ethernet
type "mymodem" into your browser
when the panel comes up, go to the top nav (that says summary, wireless settings, advance) hit wireless settings
first, rename your wireless network (make it simple all one word with no dashes etc.)
then make sure your authentication for your password is set to WEP-Open
Put a new password (again make it all numbers like a phone number without any dashes etc.)
hit save
disconnect your Ethernet cable and try going to the new network, typing in the new password.

Hope this helps someone else out there!

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Old Oct 12th, 2009, 11:16 PM   #32
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An important hint for transferring email to a new user account, from a Time Machine backup, thanks to Lars.

Originally Posted by wonderings View Post
I just did a clean reinstall of Snow Leopard. I want to transfer my email and email settings from my time machine backup, but nothing else. The items it gives me that I can migrate are:

Settings > time zone, machine, network
Other files and folders on Mac HD.

I only want my email transferred, nothing else, which one do I install?

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Skip the migration assistant and setup a new user account; then enter Time Machine and restore the following (~ = user folder):




Migration Assistant does not allow individual folder/file restoration. It's whole categories of information or nothing at all.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2009, 10:03 AM   #33
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Delete files like a pro!

Originally Posted by jamesB View Post
Try this (from Apple)
Advanced tip about deleting locked files

If there are several locked files in the Trash, you can unlock them all at the same time at the command line. Follow these steps:

Open Terminal. It's located in /Applications/Utilities.

Type: chflags -R nouchg

Note: Type one space (not pictured) after nouchg in the line above, so that it ends in "nouchg ". Do not press Return yet.

Double-click the Trash icon in the Dock to reveal the contents of the Trash. If necessary, arrange the Finder window so that a portion of the Terminal window is still visible.
Press the Command-A key combination to select all files in the Trash.
Drag the files from the Trash to the Terminal window.
Note: This automatically enters the pathname for each file. This eliminates the need to individually empty multiple Trash directories, particularly when multiple disks or volumes are present.
Press Return. No special text message will be shown indicating that the command was successful.
Empty the Trash.
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Old Apr 4th, 2010, 02:20 PM   #34
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Two seconds to sleep.
Unfortunately this doesn't work on my Mac Mini without the Apple keyboard. If i use Command+Option (Windows Key+ALT on my windows keyboard) withe the Eject icon in Menu Bar - this doesn't work, no response.
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Old Jan 18th, 2011, 07:58 AM   #35
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well that answers my question, thanks
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Old Mar 7th, 2011, 03:10 PM   #36
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I'm quoting the first post in this thread here; plus I have updated the Pro Tips link below.

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Switch to Mac 101: Apple - Support - Switch 101

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Apple Support: Apple - Support

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What's your favourite switching story, help tip, support solution, or professional time-saving strategy?

My favourite tip is, after a search to see if the answer is already posted, "ask on ehMac first." Chances are you'll get help here faster than elsewhere.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2012, 03:45 AM   #37
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This is more a forum tip rather than a Mac or other tip.

When someone quotes a post as below, you can jump back to the post being quote by clicking on the 'right-arrow' symbol to the right of their name (where quoted):

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Old Mar 16th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #38
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Very useful .. all keyboard shortcuts ;-)
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