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Forum: Anything Mac Jun 23rd, 2016, 01:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,194
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Sure...though the price seems a bit high...

Sure...though the price seems a bit high IMO..especially for a machine with a faulty HDMI port
Forum: Anything Mac Jun 22nd, 2016, 12:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,194
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Check the used market. They're easy to find on...

Check the used market. They're easy to find on kijiji etc.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 28th, 2016, 12:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,118
Posted By Andrew Pratt
FireFox is terrible at memory management these...

FireFox is terrible at memory management these days. It was my go to browser for years but I've recently switched to Chrome or Safari.

Doubling RAM would help a lot...but so would upgrading to the...
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 14th, 2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,000
Posted By Andrew Pratt
You could always RAID two 512 drives together if...

You could always RAID two 512 drives together if you already have one and a MBP with the superdrive removed.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 1st, 2016, 10:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 616
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I did a reinstall tonight...no difference so I...

I did a reinstall tonight...no difference so I guess I'll take it into the Apple store and see what they can tell me.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 1st, 2016, 02:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 616
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Bluetooth problems

I just switched from a 2012 Mac Mini to a 13" 2011 MacBook Pro. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my old drive to the new one as I've done dozens of times in the past but on this laptop the...
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 22nd, 2016, 05:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,218
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Is that still true if you enable the firmware...

Is that still true if you enable the firmware password?

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204455

If you're buying a used Mac I'd want to be sure that there wasn't a firmware password set as...
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 21st, 2016, 02:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,218
Posted By Andrew Pratt
If you press and hold the power button it should...

If you press and hold the power button it should eventually turn off.
Forum: Mac Desktops Feb 13th, 2016, 04:12 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,077
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Mac Pro - sold

Apple Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.66 Specs

Sold.
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 4th, 2016, 06:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,337
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I use Refurb Me to send me alerts when I'm...

I use Refurb Me to send me alerts when I'm waiting for items to hit the store. It works really well but when you get an alert you need to act fast.
...
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 20th, 2016, 08:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,413
Posted By Andrew Pratt
How are you sharing your screens?

How are you sharing your screens?
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Jan 14th, 2016, 11:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,575
Posted By Andrew Pratt
For photo's I'll just use AirDrop...if it happens...

For photo's I'll just use AirDrop...if it happens to be working when I want to use it.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Jan 14th, 2016, 05:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,575
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd like my phone to mount the same way it does...

I'd like my phone to mount the same way it does when I plug it into my work PC....i.e. it displays the photo's folder which I can then easily grab a copy of a photo to use elsewhere. On my Mac's I...
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 13th, 2016, 12:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,881
Posted By Andrew Pratt
A 17" screen is still too small for CAD work. My...

A 17" screen is still too small for CAD work. My work station has my 15" laptop plus dual 24" displays and I still often wish I had a 3rd large monitor. Point being the laptop screen shouldn't be...
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 5th, 2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,121
Posted By Andrew Pratt
It does for the most part. I had to do that on...

It does for the most part. I had to do that on one I had. For complete heresy depending on what your mom does with her computer consider just giving her a ChromeBox/Book. I sold our iMac of similar...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Dec 24th, 2015, 11:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,585
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I just upgraded to the 4 but I wouldn't...

I just upgraded to the 4 but I wouldn't necessarily recommend others do that at this time as you're mostly upgrading for potential not any real game changing app...other than Plex which is why I...
Forum: Classifieds Dec 13th, 2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,786
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I sold a similar model only with 4 GB ram and a...

I sold a similar model only with 4 GB ram and a SSD for $450
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Oct 29th, 2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I've been using it since it was released but I'm...

I've been using it since it was released but I'm not going to renew it when it expires in December. It works mostly but does give me issues on my phone for some reason where it streams songs that I...
Forum: Anything Mac Oct 26th, 2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,898
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Your ATV 2 is worth a lot more than the 3.

Your ATV 2 is worth a lot more than the 3.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 29th, 2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,625
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Agreed. With the open Shaw network I often find...

Agreed. With the open Shaw network I often find that while I'm connected the throughput is awful and end up disabling WiFi.
Forum: Anything Mac Sep 11th, 2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 997
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd take that 2012. More modern architecture and...

I'd take that 2012. More modern architecture and should be supported longer...plus it likely has better battery life.

As for swapping over just do a restore from your backup or connect the two...
Forum: Anything Mac Aug 29th, 2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,359
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I've been using Private Internet Access. Seems to...

I've been using Private Internet Access. Seems to work well and was cheap for a year.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Aug 18th, 2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,730
Posted By Andrew Pratt
As far as I know that comes with a big disclaimer...

As far as I know that comes with a big disclaimer in that its only unlimited in MB. As soon as you leave the province you only get 400 megs of data on the personal plans. Business plans are different.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Aug 18th, 2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,730
Posted By Andrew Pratt
What I find interesting are the regional...

What I find interesting are the regional differences for the same product. For example my rogers share everything plan is approx half the price for me in Manitoba than those in Ontario.

Go to this...
Forum: Anything Mac Jul 6th, 2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,539
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The airports are rock solid and while not the...

The airports are rock solid and while not the most feature rich they do what you need and do it well.
Forum: Anything Mac Jun 6th, 2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,775
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd use the SSD for the OS and app's. Leave the...

I'd use the SSD for the OS and app's. Leave the data on the 2TB drive (photo's and media etc).
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Apr 14th, 2015, 02:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 830
Posted By Andrew Pratt
We've had a keypad on the front door for nearly 6...

We've had a keypad on the front door for nearly 6 years now and really appreciate not having to worry about keys...esp with young kids. It is also handy for friends that we trust to enter the house...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Apr 8th, 2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,942
Posted By Andrew Pratt
That's true but most people aren't getting 1080P...

That's true but most people aren't getting 1080P now never mind 4K.....and on a TV the size most people own there's virtually zero benefit.

There's also significant variation in the amount of...
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 28th, 2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,792
Posted By Andrew Pratt
GPU's are much better in newer models.

GPU's are much better in newer models.
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 27th, 2015, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,334
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Depends on what you're trying to do. A trackpad...

Depends on what you're trying to do. A trackpad is fantastic for most tasks but isn't that great for fine detail work where you need more control.
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Mar 18th, 2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,565
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I use Rogers $10 home phone plan for rogers...

I use Rogers $10 home phone plan for rogers customers. Its just a glorified cell box that you plug your base stations into.
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 5th, 2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,372
Posted By Andrew Pratt
This wasn't a software problem but hardware. Once...

This wasn't a software problem but hardware. Once the SSD was installed into a proper case DU had no problem formatting it.
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 30th, 2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,344
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Should be fine just might not get the fastest...

Should be fine just might not get the fastest speeds if the SATA isn't 6 GB/sec.
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 24th, 2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,278
Posted By Andrew Pratt
They show up on the rebury store every now and...

They show up on the rebury store every now and then as well.
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 22nd, 2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,372
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I gave up and took the USB case and drive to the...

I gave up and took the USB case and drive to the Apple Store and they couldn't fix it either in the shell so they removed the drive and dropped it into one of their USB cases and it worked perfectly...
Forum: Mac Related Accessories Jan 22nd, 2015, 10:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 844
Posted By Andrew Pratt
128 GB SSD from 2012 MacBook Air

I had water damage on my MBAir and so I sold it for parts but kept the SSD. I have had the Winnipeg Apple Store format the drive so it's clean and works fine.

Sold.
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 21st, 2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 841
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I have our whole iTunes library on an external...

I have our whole iTunes library on an external plugged into a Mini which acts as our central server for iTunes / iPhoto etc. We do use Match which solves the capacity issue on other devices like...
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 19th, 2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,372
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'm trying Disk Warrior on it now....gets about...

I'm trying Disk Warrior on it now....gets about 20 percent along and stalls. Activity Monitor shows DW is doing something but there's been no progress for awhile.
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 19th, 2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,372
Posted By Andrew Pratt
It does appear in Disk Utility but it refuses to...

It does appear in Disk Utility but it refuses to erase or partition it. When I try it fails to unmount it first.
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 19th, 2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,372
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Format a locked drive

I had a 2012 MBA that was water damaged so I removed the internal SSD and sold it for parts on eBay. I then bought a USB3 shell for the SSD thinking I could at least use it as a backup drive for my...
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 8th, 2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,363
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Given that the rMPB is now almost as thin as the...

Given that the rMPB is now almost as thin as the Air there isn't enough of a difference btn the two lines so I can see where they are going with this idea.
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 8th, 2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,363
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The 12" form factor makes sense and while a...

The 12" form factor makes sense and while a single USB C port is alarming it isn't without merit if done properly....and if any company had the balls to implement it apple is the one to do it.
...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 3rd, 2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,278
Posted By Andrew Pratt
PM-R that may be true....but I've used the old...

PM-R that may be true....but I've used the old version dozens of times to clone 10.9 and 10.10 drives. That said I did try SuperDuper last time since it is still free.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 2nd, 2015, 11:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 627
Posted By Andrew Pratt
If you boot into the recovery partition you can...

If you boot into the recovery partition you can delete the old partition and then install a new copy of the OS.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 2nd, 2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,278
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The way I'd do it is drop the SSD into your...

The way I'd do it is drop the SSD into your MacBook and put the old drive in the external Shell. Then hold down the Command key while booting and choose to boot of the external. Now use either...
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 2nd, 2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,684
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I've been doing mine online for a few years....

I've been doing mine online for a few years. Simple and cheap
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 2nd, 2015, 11:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,252
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd install a SSD and then any OS you want. I...

I'd install a SSD and then any OS you want. I have 10.10 running on an older iMac (2.0 GHz and SSD) and it works just fine.
Forum: Anything Mac Dec 29th, 2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,946
Posted By Andrew Pratt
It would be nice if the iPhones showed up as a...

It would be nice if the iPhones showed up as a mounted folder like they do on a Win7 machine but I've stated using AirDrop to get fast access to the odd photo I need to push to my desktop etc.
Forum: Anything Mac Dec 13th, 2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,127
Posted By Andrew Pratt
For me the hardware is still why I use Apple...

For me the hardware is still why I use Apple products and similar PC hardware is just as expensive or more. I use both platforms daily and Win7 is actually pretty decent but it was a decade too late...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Dec 6th, 2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,337
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Agreed with the 6 being ideal. I wasn't so sure...

Agreed with the 6 being ideal. I wasn't so sure but not that I've had it a couple of weeks I'm sold. It is nearly perfectly size.
Forum: Anything Mac Nov 27th, 2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,045
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd strongly lean towards a 13" model. I've...

I'd strongly lean towards a 13" model. I've owned both and found the 11" just too small and the price differences aren't that great.

We have a 2011 and 2012 MBA in our household and they're...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Nov 24th, 2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,918
Posted By Andrew Pratt
It is trivial to detect screen size and if it is...

It is trivial to detect screen size and if it is an iPad vs iPhone but you're likely better just using screen size as the determining factor for layout.

PS agree about the mobile version being...
Forum: Anything Mac Nov 3rd, 2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,981
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Our MacBook Air's have been fine but the Mini is...

Our MacBook Air's have been fine but the Mini is having network issues (both wired and WiFi)
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Oct 24th, 2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,399
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Because 4GB is plenty for most light uses where...

Because 4GB is plenty for most light uses where as the SSD will significantly impact virtually every thing a user does on the computer.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Oct 24th, 2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,399
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd get the SSD as it'll get you the gains you...

I'd get the SSD as it'll get you the gains you really feel. RAM helps as well but not nearly as much as the SSD will...esp for the light usage he's doing. I only have 4 GB in my MBA and you'd never...
Forum: Anything Mac Oct 22nd, 2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 989
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Yes but I don't want the app's my kids want and...

Yes but I don't want the app's my kids want and vice versa
Forum: Anything Mac Oct 21st, 2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 989
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The only benefit we gained was that when the kids...

The only benefit we gained was that when the kids now try to buy an app instead of it instantly asking for the password it sends my wife and I a request to approve it. The school uses my kids new...
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Oct 20th, 2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 17,717
Posted By Andrew Pratt
If you like pumpkin ales try and find a Crookeder...

If you like pumpkin ales try and find a Crookeder tooth.

https://untappd.com/b/phillips-brewing-company-crookeder-tooth-2014/829665
Forum: Anything Mac Oct 20th, 2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 989
Posted By Andrew Pratt
AS far as I know you're limited to one payment...

AS far as I know you're limited to one payment card in the family plan. I switched my kids over to it but that was a pain as you can't convert a regular account over to a kids account and if you...
Forum: Anything Mac Oct 17th, 2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,131
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I like the dark look

I like the dark look
Forum: Anything Mac Oct 16th, 2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 922
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Rumours of its death are greatly exaggerated...

Rumours of its death are greatly exaggerated...
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Oct 1st, 2014, 11:19 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 17,717
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Ah now here's a thread I can participate in!...

Ah now here's a thread I can participate in! Anyone using untappd to track their beers? Its a fantastic free app.

I am just about finished consuming my summer's IPA brew and have a Innis & Gunn...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 14th, 2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,457
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Not for me given the battery life and price. I...

Not for me given the battery life and price. I ware a watch daily and have considered the pebble several times so if I were to buy a smart watch it would likely be a pebble.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Sep 12th, 2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,859
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Don't bother with a USB2 SSD as it will be too...

Don't bother with a USB2 SSD as it will be too restricted. Either install the SSD internally or use an external Thunderbolt SSD ($$$).
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 11th, 2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,334
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I printed off the PDF's and glued that to...

I printed off the PDF's and glued that to cardboard to get a feel for them...looks like the 6 is the one for me as the + is just too big. Of course I might still change my mind once I play with the +...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 11th, 2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,565
Posted By Andrew Pratt
You should be able to Kevkwas

You should be able to Kevkwas
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 11th, 2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,565
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Bell/Tellus/Koodo are useless in Manitoba though...

Bell/Tellus/Koodo are useless in Manitoba though unless you never leave Winnipeg.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 10th, 2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 864
Posted By Andrew Pratt
You can also just install Popcorn time. Similar...

You can also just install Popcorn time. Similar results but much simpler install and the interface is very slick.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 10th, 2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,295
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Depends on the province. In Mb we don't have the...

Depends on the province. In Mb we don't have the $80 but a more reasonable $60.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 10th, 2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 864
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Sure. Install XBMC (& popcorn) onto your laptop...

Sure. Install XBMC (& popcorn) onto your laptop and see if it does what you want. You can then mirror your MacBook display to the AppleTV or just use a cable. If it turns out to be worth the trouble...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 10th, 2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,334
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I voted 6+ but that'll depend on how it feels in...

I voted 6+ but that'll depend on how it feels in hand.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 7th, 2014, 10:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,986
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Most apps are running fine. I've still got the...

Most apps are running fine. I've still got the odd one that doesn't work but they aren't ones I use a lot so it isn't a bid issue.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Sep 6th, 2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,986
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Trying iOS8 again now that its a lot more mature...

Trying iOS8 again now that its a lot more mature and so far it is much better than the earlier beta's. Liking it a lot now.
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Sep 3rd, 2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,381
Posted By Andrew Pratt
http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/calgary/pick-and-p...

http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/calgary/pick-and-pay-cable-tv-would-offer-greater-choice-crtc-boss-says-1.2753436
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Aug 27th, 2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,381
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Different provinces have different rates. My...

Different provinces have different rates. My current plan (3 year) that I switched to just prior to the 2 yr contacts is at least $15 a month cheaper than what I'll pay if I sign up for a new 2 yr...
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Aug 26th, 2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,381
Posted By Andrew Pratt
They got involved in cell phone prices and forced...

They got involved in cell phone prices and forced 2 year contracts...and now we pay more. They'll do the same with TV and we'll pay more.
Forum: Anything Mac Aug 17th, 2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,418
Posted By Andrew Pratt
RAID is not a replacement for backup's. ...

RAID is not a replacement for backup's.

RAID typically gives you performance and storage and MAY also provide some level of redundancy for drive failure but that has nothing to do with a...
Forum: Anything Mac Aug 17th, 2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 897
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Not a great deal IMO but to answer your question...

Not a great deal IMO but to answer your question the iPad is a different animal to your iPhone. I also really like the mini form factor as it is a lot easier to hold than the full sized iPad (iPad...
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Aug 14th, 2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,370
Posted By Andrew Pratt
A clean install of Win7 is actually pretty decent...

A clean install of Win7 is actually pretty decent to work with esp. on solid hardware. The biggest gripe I still have though the constant updates that often need reboot's which interrupt my work....
Forum: Anything Mac Jul 22nd, 2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,897
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I played with one the other day. It's nice...

I played with one the other day. It's nice hardware but the software isn't ready as it was buggy and had all sorts of issues. I'd rather have a real laptop but competition is always a good thing
Forum: Anything Mac Jul 22nd, 2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,437
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Given the choice I'd love 8GB of RAM but the MBA...

Given the choice I'd love 8GB of RAM but the MBA I have now has 4GB and with the SSD and Mtn Lion it hasn't been an issue for me for what I use it for....and that's the key. I don't use Photo Shop or...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Jul 12th, 2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,337
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The camera is a big reason why people buy the...

The camera is a big reason why people buy the iPod.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Jun 29th, 2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,986
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I reverted back to iOS7...just too buggy at the...

I reverted back to iOS7...just too buggy at the moment for the apps I need. I did like what they'd done though so am looking forward to the more polished versions.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jun 18th, 2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 594
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Going from HDMI to analog (Component video) is...

Going from HDMI to analog (Component video) is not easy to do well nor cheap. Most AV receivers that have both won't down convert either so that typically isn't an option either. You could pick up an...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Jun 18th, 2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,986
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The second beta was released yesterday....so far...

The second beta was released yesterday....so far though I'm still seeing lots of system freezes and crashes so while it is better than iOS7 was in beta it is still FAR from ready to be released.
Forum: Anything Mac Jun 18th, 2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 898
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I've had several cases fail while the internal...

I've had several cases fail while the internal drive was fine once removed and installed in another case.
Forum: Anything Mac Jun 18th, 2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,088
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I haven't gotten notice yet either and I signed...

I haven't gotten notice yet either and I signed up for the beta as well.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Jun 9th, 2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,986
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Same here. iOS8 is MUCH more stable than iOS7 was...

Same here. iOS8 is MUCH more stable than iOS7 was when it launched...though that makes sense since 7 was a bigger change from 6 than 8 is from 7.

I'm liking it a lot so far just a few crashes and...
Forum: Anything Mac Jun 2nd, 2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,390
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I was pretty happy with what I saw from the...

I was pretty happy with what I saw from the announcements....mostly modest enhancements rather than whole sale changes.

The integration of the phone to the desktop will be fantastic for me so...
Forum: Anything Mac May 27th, 2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 772
Posted By Andrew Pratt
They're all crap....or at least you should think...

They're all crap....or at least you should think as much and make sure to back up all the important data on any external as they will fail. I've typically found it's the shell that failed not the...
Forum: Anything Mac May 9th, 2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,210
Posted By Andrew Pratt
That's a lot of pay for a mediocre product....I...

That's a lot of pay for a mediocre product....I guess its the brand that has value.
Forum: Anything Mac May 9th, 2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,469
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Time Capsule has a single drive that allows many...

Time Capsule has a single drive that allows many computers to back up to it without partitioning the drive for each new computer that wants to do a backup to it. The way you have it set up now each...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting May 4th, 2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 423
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Check out your local kijiji or craigslist etc and...

Check out your local kijiji or craigslist etc and see what the locals are asking for similar devices.
Forum: Anything Mac May 4th, 2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,469
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Partitioning used be to very common and offered...

Partitioning used be to very common and offered solutions to problems that for the most part no longer exist. People like to cling to the idea's that worked in the past though and tend to propagate...
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Apr 28th, 2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 887
Posted By Andrew Pratt
While i wholeheartedly agree most of the...

While i wholeheartedly agree most of the commercial goods and services are cheaper I wouldn't go so far as to say the cost of life is so much cheaper when you factor in all aspects of life (salaries,...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Apr 27th, 2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,737
Posted By Andrew Pratt
You say that now but it'd be prudent to wait IMO.

You say that now but it'd be prudent to wait IMO.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Apr 26th, 2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,737
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I wouldn't buy a new iPhone right now given the 6...

I wouldn't buy a new iPhone right now given the 6 is coming later this fall. Maybe just pick up a used 4S for now and upgrade to a 6 later.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Apr 22nd, 2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 853
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I can see the usefulness of a larger screen but I...

I can see the usefulness of a larger screen but I won't know if it's for me till I hold it in my hands.
Forum: Anything Mac Apr 20th, 2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,203
Posted By Andrew Pratt
A few points. 1. 21.5 vs 27" display. Have...

A few points.

1. 21.5 vs 27" display. Have you spent any time in front of the 27"? I personally find it too big and much prefer to work on dual 24" displays than one single monster. Personal...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Apr 16th, 2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 983
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Agreed. If it has a WAN port it's a router.

Agreed. If it has a WAN port it's a router.
Forum: Anything Mac Apr 15th, 2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,805
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Are both the Apple TV and iMac connected to your...

Are both the Apple TV and iMac connected to your router by cable or WiFi?
Forum: Anything Mac Apr 8th, 2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,425
Posted By Andrew Pratt
If you wait there will be a new fancy faster...

If you wait there will be a new fancy faster version...but there's some great deals on the refurbs that would easily do all that you could ask of it. I have one acting as my media server that works...
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 28th, 2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 652
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I would still format it as FAT not Mac Extended...

I would still format it as FAT not Mac Extended for a flash drive. FAT is just fine for smaller files (sub 4GB) and is universal.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Mar 26th, 2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 576
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'll buy one b/c I need another AppleTV.

I'll buy one b/c I need another AppleTV.
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 26th, 2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,305
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Agreed. Yes PC's have improved and Windows 7 is...

Agreed. Yes PC's have improved and Windows 7 is a good OS...but it is still windows which means there's almost daily updates that are a pain to deal with, the need for spyware and anti virus to be...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 25th, 2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,504
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I guess I should have mentioned that the last few...

I guess I should have mentioned that the last few have either been with USB3 capable machines or drive upgrades so cloning the drive made sense. I would agree if you're just migrating from an old...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 24th, 2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,504
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The last few times I've done that I typically...

The last few times I've done that I typically first clone the old Mac onto a USB3 drive and then use Migration Assnt on the new machine to import the files. Works much faster that way.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Mar 24th, 2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,734
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Changing the DNS does work

Changing the DNS does work
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 23rd, 2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,699
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd say if you still have AppleCare go the...

I'd say if you still have AppleCare go the external route with a USB3 drive.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 22nd, 2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,699
Posted By Andrew Pratt
It really isn't a big deal to do if you're...

It really isn't a big deal to do if you're careful and pay attention to what you are doing. It is a bit scary the first time round but I just swapped a drive in a friends iMac in about 10 minutes...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 21st, 2014, 11:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,699
Posted By Andrew Pratt
There's already dust inside.

There's already dust inside.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 21st, 2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,699
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I've had iTunes streaming HD video to an AppleTV...

I've had iTunes streaming HD video to an AppleTV and at the time I had the iTunes media on a USB2 drive. I since upgraded the Mac and it now has a USB3 drive so data transfers are much faster but for...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 20th, 2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,699
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I've used one of the free fan controls and it...

I've used one of the free fan controls and it works just fine. That said you can easily stream iTunes from an external drive so the path of least resistance is to simply add an external drive and...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 16th, 2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,009
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Have you tried to install the OS over the web?...

Have you tried to install the OS over the web? That's pretty easy and would then let you migrate your backup in using Migration Assistant.

OS X: About OS X Recovery...
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 10th, 2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 709
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Yes certainly find a new tech!

Yes certainly find a new tech!
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Mar 7th, 2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,131
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Why print vs something like LightScribe? ...

Why print vs something like LightScribe?

LightScribe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LightScribe)
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 6th, 2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,854
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Honestly I'm skeptical they will work out for you...

Honestly I'm skeptical they will work out for you as they seem very underpowered but keep us updated and let us know how things work out.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Mar 6th, 2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,445
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Every time I try to use it for something useful...

Every time I try to use it for something useful it fails to get it right....which means I rarely bother. It could be great if it worked as well as I would want it to...esp in the car but it never...
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 3rd, 2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,854
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I've used Long & McQuade a lot as well....but it...

I've used Long & McQuade a lot as well....but it seems the closed location for him is in Burlington

Store Location: Burlington Ontario - Long & McQuade Musical Instruments...
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 2nd, 2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,854
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Something along the lines of these are what you...

Something along the lines of these are what you need. Now keep in mind these are very entry level and the build quality will leave a lot to be desired compared to the kind of gear you could rent but...
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 2nd, 2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,943
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Honestly I think the main reason the 11" Air...

Honestly I think the main reason the 11" Air sells as well as it does is because it's the cheapest MacBook available. If they made a new 12" model and priced it at the same level as the 11" it would...
Forum: Anything Mac Mar 1st, 2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,943
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Yes but you can't do the same types of things...

Yes but you can't do the same types of things with an iPad that you can with the MBA. Pinch and zoom works well on the small 11" but I still found the text a bit small most times. I ended up trading...
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 28th, 2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,854
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Those may well be fine sounding speakers but they...

Those may well be fine sounding speakers but they simply aren't nearly adequate for use in a auditorium. I strongly suggest going to a store that specializes in doing audio for music and video. There...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Feb 27th, 2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd use migration assistant.

I'd use migration assistant.
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Feb 27th, 2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 43,171
Views: 3,158,087
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Winnipeg experiencing coldest winter in 35 years...

Winnipeg experiencing coldest winter in 35 years - Manitoba - CBC News (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-experiencing-coldest-winter-in-35-years-1.2551863)

That's our weather...
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 25th, 2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,452
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Still hasn't fixed the DisplayLink problem :(

Still hasn't fixed the DisplayLink problem :(
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 25th, 2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,943
Posted By Andrew Pratt
They seem to sell very well so i'm doubt they'd...

They seem to sell very well so i'm doubt they'd stop making them....but I can see them adding retina displays & shrinking the bezel to allow them to use larger screen (12") while keeping the...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Feb 24th, 2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,462
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Try manually setting the resolution to 1920 by...

Try manually setting the resolution to 1920 by 1080 and see if that improves anything. HDMI in my experience is a pain...its a good idea but it can be fickle
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Feb 24th, 2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,462
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Sounds like the resolutions aren't set properly...

Sounds like the resolutions aren't set properly (i.e. to native)
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Feb 24th, 2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,675
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Keep checking...they often have the tbolt one as...

Keep checking...they often have the tbolt one as well

Refurb alert service and Apple discount tracker | RefurbMe CA...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Feb 24th, 2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,675
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Personally I'd spend the extra $100 over the Dell...

Personally I'd spend the extra $100 over the Dell and get the Apple monitor from the refurb site.

Refurbished Apple Displays - Apple Certified, 1-Year Warranty - Apple Store (Canada)...
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 20th, 2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,387
Posted By Andrew Pratt
If you don't need the optical drive maybe...

If you don't need the optical drive maybe consider a small SSD plus a regular drive in an OptiBay.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Feb 15th, 2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,690
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The issue I see is that when the battery gets to...

The issue I see is that when the battery gets to 20 percent or so it just shuts down. Plug it in for a few minutes and the battery jumps up and works for a bit then dies again. Seems to be a fairly...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Feb 15th, 2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,690
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Opening the phone isn't that difficult, its the...

Opening the phone isn't that difficult, its the prying off the battery that's glued to the case that has caused lots of people to cause damage to the surrounding logic board. I will likely order a...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Feb 14th, 2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,690
Posted By Andrew Pratt
We took my wife's the the local Apple Store and...

We took my wife's the the local Apple Store and she had them do it as she needed it ASAP. I'm not sure what I'll do as they weren't cheap. This is my 3rd iPhone and the others have all lasted much...
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Feb 14th, 2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,690
Posted By Andrew Pratt
iPhone 5 batteries

Is it just my bad luck or are iPhone 5 batteries terrible? My wife and I got new iPhones 1.5 years ago and just replaced her battery and now mines showing signs of needing replacing as well.
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 11th, 2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,108
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Did some more testing... 1. If you close the...

Did some more testing...

1. If you close the lid of the MacBook and then lay the machine flat on the desk you don't lose speed.
2. If you close the lid and stand it on end so that the hinge side...
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 11th, 2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,108
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I did a quick Google search and it seems there's...

I did a quick Google search and it seems there's a lot of chatter about this issue...some going back several years now.
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 11th, 2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,108
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Clamshell & Wi-Fi

I just got a 2012 MacBook Air (11") which I had on my desk in clamshell mode late last night and noticed that the internet connection was problematic and speeds were awful. I didn't think about it...
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 10th, 2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,015
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd just use a USB WiFi dongle.

I'd just use a USB WiFi dongle.
Forum: Anything Mac Feb 4th, 2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,049
Posted By Andrew Pratt
You'd likely pay more to fix it than the Express...

You'd likely pay more to fix it than the Express will cost.
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Feb 2nd, 2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 357
Posted By Andrew Pratt
That likely just resets Win7. If there's a...

That likely just resets Win7. If there's a factory image on the drive then it would also reset the software (bloatware) installed from the factory.
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Feb 2nd, 2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 357
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Most machines these days come with a recovery...

Most machines these days come with a recovery partition much like OSX does. See about booting off that and then doing a reinstall of the factory image.
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Feb 1st, 2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 949
Posted By Andrew Pratt
My advice is to strongly consider buying an older...

My advice is to strongly consider buying an older used model that's been taken care of. They're far better built than the junk pushed out now in Home Depot etc that's all made in China.

A 24"...
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 31st, 2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,860
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I just chatted with one of the designers and she...

I just chatted with one of the designers and she says her new iMac is much faster, takes up less space, and the screen hasn't been an issue.
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 31st, 2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,860
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Be careful with those cheap NAS box's...you get...

Be careful with those cheap NAS box's...you get what you pay for and the performance of some of the cheaper models is not that good.
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 30th, 2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,860
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Well an SSD drive wouldn't cost that much to try...

Well an SSD drive wouldn't cost that much to try and see if that would solve some of your speed issues on your current machine and would likely increase what you could get for it on the used market...
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 29th, 2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 757
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Passed?

Passed?
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Jan 29th, 2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,177
Posted By Andrew Pratt
You can turn off background updates either in...

You can turn off background updates either in full or by app.
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Jan 29th, 2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 737
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I actually like the Tesla's looks....but for that...

I actually like the Tesla's looks....but for that kinda cash I'd likely buy a proper sports car + a commuter car (what ever that means).
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 29th, 2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 789
Posted By Andrew Pratt
First i'd try Transmission on a known well seeded...

First i'd try Transmission on a known well seeded file and verify that your ISP isn't to blame throttling your downloads.
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Jan 28th, 2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 737
Posted By Andrew Pratt
In a straight line Tesla's are great...but like...

In a straight line Tesla's are great...but like all electrics the batteries are very heavy and that has huge implications on a track. Still I do appreciate that the future is electric of some...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 26th, 2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,082
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Does it work in Firefox or Chrome? I've seen...

Does it work in Firefox or Chrome? I've seen issues where Safari defaults to a safer setting than FF or Chrome.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 26th, 2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,191
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Could be Java related as new Mac's don't ship...

Could be Java related as new Mac's don't ship with Java installed anymore.
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 25th, 2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By Andrew Pratt
My bet is that we won't see them become the same...

My bet is that we won't see them become the same product but that good idea's from each will show up in the other and as mobile matures we'll likely see less and less focus on OSX as it becomes less...
Forum: Mac Portables Jan 25th, 2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 775
Posted By Andrew Pratt
2011 MacBook Pro

I have a mint 2011 13" MacBook Pro that's been upgraded to 16GB Ram, 128 SSD & 320 HHD. Looking to swap for a newer MacBook Air (i5 processor, 128 SSD and 4GB ram).

SOLD for $830
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 25th, 2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I wouldn't bother with BASIC these days. Try...

I wouldn't bother with BASIC these days. Try Python, HTML5, JavaScript (Dojo etc) and or Objective C.

Those are all easily done on the Mac
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 24th, 2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,315
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Seems like a good product. I have a brother multi...

Seems like a good product. I have a brother multi function laser that's ethernet capable and it has run for years trouble free. Also you might consider using 3rd party toner as well. I've run...
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 23rd, 2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,315
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd seriously ask yourself if you need an inkjet...

I'd seriously ask yourself if you need an inkjet vs a laser. The long term costs associated with ink jets are a lot higher than lasers.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Jan 23rd, 2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,337
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd love a slightly wider iPhone than my 5. To be...

I'd love a slightly wider iPhone than my 5. To be honest I rarely use my phone as a phone and when I do its almost always in the car where I'm using bluetooth so for me a nano iPad / iPhone Pro would...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 19th, 2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 940
Posted By Andrew Pratt
That looks promising but at this time I still...

That looks promising but at this time I still can't even get it to boot from any external media, internet or recovery partition. We have an Apple store close by so I guess that's out next step.
...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 19th, 2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 940
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I tried booting from the DVD's but it doesn't...

I tried booting from the DVD's but it doesn't seem to find the OS there either as the drive spins up but doesn't ever boot just eventually shows the folder.

This is the lock screen which I take it...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 19th, 2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 940
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Flashing folder on 2010 MBA

I came home today to hear a loud noise from my wife's office and when I went in her 2010 MacBook Air was spinning its drives loudly and the screen was grey with a flashing folder with a question mark...
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 14th, 2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 492
Posted By Andrew Pratt
If you clone your first machine onto a portal USB...

If you clone your first machine onto a portal USB drive then yes you can boot from that on the second machine. Just hold down the option key while powering up and choose the USB drive when you see...
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Jan 11th, 2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,045
Posted By Andrew Pratt
This site used to be really good. Now. Not so...

This site used to be really good. Now. Not so much :(
Forum: Anything Mac Jan 9th, 2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,039
Posted By Andrew Pratt
If those PRAM resets don't solve the problem you...

If those PRAM resets don't solve the problem you might be able to use something like SMCfanControl to take over manually. Though I'd explore all other options to solve the root problem before going...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 8th, 2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,059
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I believe there's a screen capture utility in...

I believe there's a screen capture utility in Preview now.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Jan 6th, 2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,017
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The way I always do it is to go into iTunes pref...

The way I always do it is to go into iTunes pref and change the default folder location and then go to file > ??? > consolidate library. That will copy over everything to the new location and keep...
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Jan 6th, 2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 43,171
Views: 3,158,087
Posted By Andrew Pratt
A nice balmy -33C with wind chills to -48....

A nice balmy -33C with wind chills to -48. There's hope towards the end of the week though.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 3rd, 2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,794
Posted By Andrew Pratt
ifixit.com should have replacement fans. There...

ifixit.com should have replacement fans. There are likely other online sites as well but that's one I've used in past.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 1st, 2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,794
Posted By Andrew Pratt
In a desktop you can just use strong tape to...

In a desktop you can just use strong tape to mount the SSD in place...they're very light and its not like your iMac is going to be moving much.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Jan 1st, 2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,794
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd go for the SSD and then consider just using...

I'd go for the SSD and then consider just using an external drive for excess storage.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Dec 24th, 2013, 02:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 981
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Non so far john

Non so far john
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Dec 24th, 2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 981
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'd give serious thought to how much colour...

I'd give serious thought to how much colour you're going to need and lean towards a black and white laser. We just take the odd colour print to work or staples etc as there are so few times we need...
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Dec 23rd, 2013, 09:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 981
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I've had great luck with Brother laser printers...

I've had great luck with Brother laser printers and our current laster multi is a Brother and just keeps working away.
Forum: Everything Else, eh! Dec 16th, 2013, 11:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,893
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I like the idea but for us with two young kids...

I like the idea but for us with two young kids the keypad I installed works better as they don't have to carry a FOB and it's easy to set up temp codes for guests etc. The batteries i put in mine...
Forum: Anything Mac Dec 13th, 2013, 11:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,320
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The problem with selling here is that you're...

The problem with selling here is that you're selling to a smart audience that won't pay more than necessary while you can often get a higher price though kijiji.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Dec 13th, 2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 915
Posted By Andrew Pratt
You can also use an Extreme or Time Capsule to...

You can also use an Extreme or Time Capsule to extend your network.
Forum: Anything Mac Dec 13th, 2013, 09:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,320
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Agreed. I haven't sold anything on ePay for years.

Agreed. I haven't sold anything on ePay for years.
Forum: Anything Mac Dec 5th, 2013, 11:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,922
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'm not sure what the opposition to using hourly...

I'm not sure what the opposition to using hourly backups are at home...if there hasn't been a change there's virtually nothing backed up so why put yourself in a position that you don't need to be if...
Forum: Anything Mac Dec 4th, 2013, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 853
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The Air should be capable of all those tasks...

The Air should be capable of all those tasks though as you say a Mac Mini plug iPad Mini would be about $1K and possibly a better solution.
Forum: Anything Mac Nov 30th, 2013, 12:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,777
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I mirror the others comments. It is the best for...

I mirror the others comments. It is the best for me as it fits within the Apple eco system perfectly and AirPlay is brilliant but I can see where a WD Live might work better if you're mostly just...
Forum: Anything Mac Nov 25th, 2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I like Burn as well

I like Burn as well
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Nov 23rd, 2013, 08:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,505
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Once you're used to LTE....3G feels like dial up...

Once you're used to LTE....3G feels like dial up on the best of days
Forum: Anything Mac Nov 22nd, 2013, 02:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 999
Posted By Andrew Pratt
There's a reason I call them SameSung

There's a reason I call them SameSung
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Nov 21st, 2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,615
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I wouldn't buy a a "fat" iPad now that the mini,...

I wouldn't buy a a "fat" iPad now that the mini, rMini and Air are available esp. for someone with smaller hands like your wife likely has. I sold out family iPad 2 and got a mini and it is a much...
Forum: Anything Mac Nov 19th, 2013, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 511
Posted By Andrew Pratt
try ifixit.com?

try ifixit.com?
Forum: Anything Mac Nov 9th, 2013, 10:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,556
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I agree I'd buy the refurb 2012 model...that's...

I agree I'd buy the refurb 2012 model...that's what I'm actually posting this from! The addition of USB3 is a huge plus.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Nov 6th, 2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,571
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Pull the optical drive and go with dual...

Pull the optical drive and go with dual drives...an SSD for the OS and a hybrid for the media. Best of both worlds :)
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Nov 5th, 2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 935
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Check your local kijiji for going rates but I'd...

Check your local kijiji for going rates but I'd guess between $550-700 depending on condition and upgrades.
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Nov 3rd, 2013, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,723
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Agreed. It will cost you more to down convert...

Agreed. It will cost you more to down convert than to buy a cheap flat panel. You could use a computer monitor if you like if it has built in speakers
Forum: All iOS - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV & iTunes Oct 30th, 2013, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 645
Posted By Andrew Pratt
That's a nice perk. Thanks for the tip as I...

That's a nice perk. Thanks for the tip as I always used bluetooth since that didn't work properly.
Forum: Anything Mac Oct 30th, 2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,227
Posted By Andrew Pratt
No issues with my Seagate or WD USB externals.

No issues with my Seagate or WD USB externals.
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Oct 25th, 2013, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By Andrew Pratt
6 GB/sec is supported on newer models. You'll...

6 GB/sec is supported on newer models. You'll have to check what it says for your SATA ports in the system profiler to be sure.
Forum: Anything Mac Oct 23rd, 2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 864
Posted By Andrew Pratt
The easiest way is to use Lion DiskMaker...

The easiest way is to use Lion DiskMaker (http://liondiskmaker.com)
Forum: Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Help & Troubleshooting Oct 23rd, 2013, 12:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By Andrew Pratt
You might not notice the difference in real world...

You might not notice the difference in real world usage but the Samsung drive should bench a fair bit faster.
Forum: Anything Mac Oct 23rd, 2013, 12:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,399
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I have it installed on our 2.4GHZ 20" iMac and it...

I have it installed on our 2.4GHZ 20" iMac and it seems to run as good of better than ever.
Forum: Anything Mac Oct 22nd, 2013, 03:14 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 9,377
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I'll upgrade as soon as I get home

I'll upgrade as soon as I get home
Forum: Mac Related Accessories Oct 20th, 2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 13
For Sale 2013 apple tv
Views: 1,728
Posted By Andrew Pratt
I've played games mirrored from my iPad2 to the...

I've played games mirrored from my iPad2 to the ATV and it works pretty well…though in fast paced games like car racing there is occasionally a lag.
Forum: Mac Related Accessories Oct 20th, 2013, 01:56 AM
Replies: 13
For Sale 2013 apple tv
Views: 1,728
Posted By Andrew Pratt
Game play is much harder than streaming video as...

Game play is much harder than streaming video as it can buffer video. As always a gigabit ethernet connection is really the optimal config to get the most out of these types of devices.
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