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Tech / Re: Still using Facebook?
« on: April 08, 2021, 04:35:12 PM »
Interesting, it says the last time I was pwned was back in 2019.

So, I'm assuming that 1PW is taking good care of me. :whistling: :dntknw:

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Tech / Re: Big Sur
« on: November 13, 2020, 11:00:44 PM »
Well, call me crazy if you like, but I did install Big Sur on my MacBook Pro (16 in., 2019).

I did it mainly because I've been working with Apple for a few months on trying to get my Apple Watch series 5 to unlock the MacBook. It has sporadically worked previously with OS 10.x.x

Two different senior advisors have tried to resolve the issue to no avail. Both advisors gathered data while I took various steps in an attempt to get the watch to unlock the computer so Apple engineers could have something to work with.

The update to OS 11.0.1 was supposed to fix the problem but it actually made it worse. The watch hasn't unlocked the computer even once since Big Sur was installed.

The advisor I'm working with currently said they know some people still have issues and to keep an eye out for more updates.

This whole thing hasn't been the most pleasant thing to go through but Apple did compensate me for all the time I have put in trying to solve the problem. They sent me a HomePod!  :Look:

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Tech / Re: Airport modem replacements
« on: October 02, 2020, 06:15:15 PM »
I have two ASUS RT-AC68U routers synced up as a mesh. I wanted to extend my WiFi to my detached garage where my Bolt EV is charged using a ChargePoint station.

The mesh system works well and I like that ASUS keeps things up-to-date regularly.

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Tech / Re: Is Firefox endangered?
« on: August 19, 2020, 06:09:28 PM »
Safari and Firefox seem to complement each other IMHO.

I enjoy that Firefox has extensions that Safari doesn't offer and I use it most of the time. Now that Safari is supposed to get a major upgrade in the next OS update, I'm thinking of using it more to find out if I like it more or less.

I would be sorry to see Firefox go the way of Netscape but that's the way things go.  :dntknw:

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Tech / Re: Old MacBook Pro Bricked
« on: February 22, 2020, 12:56:28 AM »
Sorry for the delayed reply, Paddy. I haven't been back to see replies since I sold the MB Pro. 

I replaced the hard drive with a solid state maybe two years ago and just recently replaced the battery. I'm hoping it will be a good basic computer for whoever has it now. I sold it for $50 on Offer UP.

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Tech / Re: Old MacBook Pro Bricked
« on: February 09, 2020, 11:23:33 PM »
There is good news! My son has a copy or Snow Leopard!

When I started up with the installer disk, it initially saw the hard drive with an issue and wouldn't install. I had to use Disk Utility to re-format the drive and then the installer had no problem.

So, all is well.

Thanks to all for the great suggestions!

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Tech / Re: Old MacBook Pro Bricked
« on: February 07, 2020, 07:24:05 PM »
That's great, Daryl! My son hasn't gotten back to me yet and I have one more source to call after that. If/when I run out of options here at home, I'll let you know.

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Tech / Re: Old MacBook Pro Bricked
« on: February 07, 2020, 06:42:51 PM »
Thanks Jim,

I'll keep looking for a DVD. The files on the computer seem to have been locked somehow. I started up with my DiskWarrior on a flash drive. The Disk Utilities on there could not change or delete the installer files.

At least I know I can start up with another source such as DiskWarrior. So a DVD installer should do well.

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Tech / Re: Old MacBook Pro Bricked
« on: February 07, 2020, 01:42:17 PM »
Thanks Jon!

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Tech / Old MacBook Pro Bricked
« on: February 07, 2020, 12:31:53 PM »
So, I managed to brick my old computer trying to get it ready to pass along to someone who could use it.

Somewhere along the line in my many moves, I tossed out the original installer DVD. After wiping the computer it seemed to automatically try and install a fresh OS. I spent about an hour or so downloading the installer and accompanying files and then attempted to run the installation.

After a few minutes, I got an error message saying: "No packages were eligible for install. Contact the software manufacturer for assistance." I did that. The Apple advisor said this may be a case of the computer not having the correct time. So he directed me to open Terminal and check. The time was correct so I tried running the installer again. I got the same results. I told the advisor thanks and that I would contact the local Apple store.

The Apple Store told me they wouldn't help me and they suggested that I go to an authorized computer store. Well, that didn't sit well with me because the MacBook Pro is only worth about $25 and I'm not in the market to sell it. I'd hoped that if I could get a basic OS installed, I want to give it to someone who could use a computer.

I tried to make a USB installer but that failed. The files that were put onto the computer during my first attempt seem to be blocking the USB drive.

I checked with the library to see if they had installer disks to check out and they said no. Now I'm going to see if anyone in my family might have a copy of Leopard OS install DVD.


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Tech / Re: 1Password 7 Question
« on: February 03, 2020, 12:55:30 PM »
I believe I have found why 1Password wasn't working.

Version 6 worked just fine as a non paid user. Version 7 doesn't. I finally relented and went online and subscribed. Now all the features described in the help articles are working.

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Tech / 1Password 7 Question
« on: February 03, 2020, 12:14:43 AM »
I'm day two into using my new MacBook Pro, updated to macOS 10.15.3

I was using 1Password 6 on my old computer but decided to update to version 7 from the App Store when I got this computer and now I'm having some difficulty with filling the blanks when logging into a web page.

The instructions show a picture with a Go button. I don't see that when I use the Extension. Also, I checked the option to us Touch ID. That doesn't work either so I'm resorting in Copy and Pasting to fill the blanks.

What could be wrong?

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Tech / Re: Microsoft's new browser on a Mac
« on: January 22, 2020, 01:35:31 PM »
That is an interesting article. I wasn't aware that so many browser choices are available. Along the way, I have used some of the better known browsers like Netscape and iCab.

My old MacBook Pro has (according to Apple) become another un-supported piece of hardware. Safari only functions if I choose to have no Extensions. So, I've moved on to Firefox. It's fast, it's up-to-date and it supports the Extensions I want to use.

Edge might be a good browser and maybe some day I'll try it. If it's anything like Chrome, it won't be on my computer very long. I tried Chrome and it drove me nuts with all the interfering pop-ups.

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Tech / Re: Photo Editing
« on: January 08, 2020, 09:33:09 PM »
Wow! That's a lot of good information! I'll be checking all of it out.

Thanks Paddy!

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Tech / Re: Photo Editing
« on: January 06, 2020, 12:37:32 PM »
Thanks for all the information shared! I now have some homework to do!

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