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Why do the computers in my LAN keep replicating? 871 Views / 4 Replies  
When I look at my home network, I now see computers with numbers in parenthesis. One of my computers now appears 13 freakin' times! I can't see any way to reset or clear these.

Does anyone know...
Posted by Helmling, on Mar 12, 2015 at 05:30 PM, in Mac OS X
Nope. All MacBooks. When you say add the 5... 643 Views / 6 Replies  
Nope. All MacBooks.

When you say add the 5 digit number, you mean the port number Minecraft gives me? Is that trying direct connect? Because I tried that, but the connection times out. I...
Posted by Helmling, on Mar 12, 2015 at 05:22 PM, in Gaming
Nope. Nothing's changed in terms of hardware.... 643 Views / 6 Replies  
Nope. Nothing's changed in terms of hardware. That's why I suspected it was because of some java update that I installed at some point in the intervening months between playing our last successful...
Posted by Helmling, on Mar 11, 2015 at 05:32 PM, in Gaming
Having trouble running LAN games in Mac OSX 643 Views / 6 Replies  
The Minecraft forums were useless, but I've always found this community can help solve like, any problem I ever have.

So here's the deal. My kids and I used to run LAN games of Minecraft on our...
Posted by Helmling, on Mar 7, 2015 at 06:59 PM, in Gaming
Nevermind. I forgot the first principle of... 283 Views / 2 Replies  
Nevermind. I forgot the first principle of computer trouble shooting:

When in doubt, restart.
Posted by Helmling, on Nov 18, 2014 at 08:54 PM, in Mac OS X
Updates numbers on icons 283 Views / 2 Replies  
How can I reset the number of "unread" notices indicated in a program's icon? Specifically, messages is showing 4 "unread" messages on its icon even though I've not only read all of them, I've closed...
Posted by Helmling, on Nov 18, 2014 at 08:49 PM, in Mac OS X
Wow, thanks. I'll go through all that. 1,085 Views / 19 Replies  
Wow, thanks. I'll go through all that.
Posted by Helmling, on Nov 18, 2014 at 08:47 PM, in Mac OS X
Well, I need to match the current size, so I'm... 1,085 Views / 19 Replies  
Well, I need to match the current size, so I'm getting quotes of $400 plus for 500Gb. This Other World looks strangely cheap. What's the catch?
Posted by Helmling, on Nov 5, 2014 at 10:55 PM, in Mac OS X
Yeah, except I just priced those suckers. Not... 1,085 Views / 19 Replies  
Yeah, except I just priced those suckers. Not gonna happen.
Posted by Helmling, on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:31 AM, in Mac OS X
I thought that a fresh profile manifesting the... 1,085 Views / 19 Replies  
I thought that a fresh profile manifesting the same symptoms would pretty much rule out errant processes and such. Wouldn't it?

Is there any way to be sure it's the hard drive?
Posted by Helmling, on Nov 4, 2014 at 08:01 PM, in Mac OS X
Macbook Pro stuck in molasses 1,085 Views / 19 Replies  
My wife's Macbook Pro from 2010 is ridiculously sluggish, has been for awhile. I have no idea how she even stands it. Every few seconds the cursor turns into the rainbow ball.

I tried creating a...
Posted by Helmling, on Nov 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM, in Mac OS X
Nevermind. Took some tinkering, but it's fine now. 468 Views / 3 Replies  
Nevermind. Took some tinkering, but it's fine now.
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 18, 2014 at 12:42 AM, in Mac OS X
Phone Calls in Yosemite? 468 Views / 3 Replies  
Someone tell me what I'm doing wrong.

I've set a single Apple ID for everything on my Mac and my iPhone, but I'll be damned if I can get messages or calls on the computer.

What is going on?
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 17, 2014 at 09:54 PM, in Mac OS X
Contacts have vanished on iPhone 4S 560 Views / 1 Replies  
I changed all our iCloud passwords after Heartbleed (to be consistent with all our other new passwords) and somehow now my wife's 4S has no contacts. I've synced to its home computer, but they're...
Posted by Helmling, on May 1, 2014 at 07:07 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Yeah, I'm afraid I'm still out on a limb. That's... 1,946 Views / 10 Replies  
Yeah, I'm afraid I'm still out on a limb. That's okay, though. I like my Air too much to leave it at home anyway.
Posted by Helmling, on Mar 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM, in Mac OS X
So I don't get it...it's thin enough that you can... 1,946 Views / 10 Replies  
So I don't get it...it's thin enough that you can snake it through the hinge? That's interesting. I might have to invest in one of those.
Posted by Helmling, on Mar 24, 2014 at 08:30 PM, in Mac OS X
Yeah, installing Mavericks (even if it had been... 1,946 Views / 10 Replies  
Yeah, installing Mavericks (even if it had been possible) is way too ambitious a project for me. A few notches above my skill level, I'd say.

I've been using the new Pages for a while now so I...
Posted by Helmling, on Mar 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM, in Mac OS X
Yeah, I don't mind turning this old deck into a... 1,946 Views / 10 Replies  
Yeah, I don't mind turning this old deck into a Hackintosh. I just need to be able to create documents at school and open the files I create at home.

However, the updated sources I'm consulting...
Posted by Helmling, on Mar 22, 2014 at 04:17 PM, in Mac OS X
Coaxing Mavericks onto older Macs 1,946 Views / 10 Replies  
Anyone here have any experience coaxing 10.9 onto older machines?

Specifically, I have an old Macbook (mid-2007) that I'd like to park at work to be a simple terminal for pages and safari (with a...
Posted by Helmling, on Mar 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM, in Mac OS X
I know that's what I've always been told, but in... 1,144 Views / 16 Replies  
I know that's what I've always been told, but in the case of the '07 Macbook, I just can't imagine that the automatically updated software has expanded in its system demands that even running mundane...
Posted by Helmling, on Aug 28, 2013 at 07:30 PM, in Mac OS X
Recommendations for Aging, Slowing Macs 1,144 Views / 16 Replies  
I've noticed on two machines that as they get older, I find my Macs are slowing down. I've got an old '07 Macbook that's almost unusable it gives us the rainbow ball so much. Now my '10 Macbook seems...
Posted by Helmling, on Aug 27, 2013 at 09:33 PM, in Mac OS X
We've been doing it for years and before the... 443 Views / 5 Replies  
We've been doing it for years and before the biggest problem would be if we opened the photo library in two places at once. Sometimes the library would get out of sync that way, but it was nothing...
Posted by Helmling, on Sep 11, 2012 at 05:46 AM, in Applications
Oh, believe me, I know the extent to which... 443 Views / 5 Replies  
Oh, believe me, I know the extent to which DropBox does not understand iPhoto and I don't blame them for that. But I cleared all three Macs of the iPhoto library and then dropped it into one from...
Posted by Helmling, on Sep 11, 2012 at 04:20 AM, in Applications
So what log files can I delete and how do I find... 1,456 Views / 16 Replies  
So what log files can I delete and how do I find them?

What are other hidden space hogs?
Posted by Helmling, on Sep 10, 2012 at 08:12 PM, in Mac Notebooks
DropBox ate my hard drive 443 Views / 5 Replies  
Actually, more than one.

I am at a complete loss. Somehow fiddling with DropBox's selective sync too many times in a row ended with my entire iPhoto library being deleted from all three of my...
Posted by Helmling, on Sep 10, 2012 at 08:03 PM, in Applications
I copied all the library files off another... 229 Views / 3 Replies  
I copied all the library files off another computer and superimposed them and that worked. Guess you're right, the library got corrupted somehow.
Posted by Helmling, on Sep 8, 2012 at 05:37 PM, in Applications
iTunes FUBAR 229 Views / 3 Replies  
Okay, so iTunes has gone loopy on my wife's old Macbook. I can't figure out what's going on. When we launch it, no music or playlists appear. It's like a clean install, but when I check the...
Posted by Helmling, on Sep 8, 2012 at 03:04 PM, in Applications
And yet, it appears to be. I did exactly as he... 1,094 Views / 7 Replies  
And yet, it appears to be. I did exactly as he said and I seem to be synced up now.

I'm going to second his call for more control over PhotoStream. Take, for example, the photos taken on my...
Posted by Helmling, on May 20, 2012 at 06:44 PM, in Applications
Nope, that was the first thing I checked. I... 1,094 Views / 7 Replies  
Nope, that was the first thing I checked.

I think you're misunderstanding me. Yes, they're in the library for the computer I uploaded them to, but they didn't sync to the other Macs connected to...
Posted by Helmling, on May 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM, in Applications
iPhoto and Photostream 1,094 Views / 7 Replies  
Maybe somebody's already been through all this, but I didn't see any thread that addressed my situation--which is leaving me scratching my head.

So I've got Photostream turned on on all my...
Posted by Helmling, on May 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM, in Applications
I hate it when printers don't let you print... 1,780 Views / 28 Replies  
I hate it when printers don't let you print because one color (which you don't need) is empty and stuff like that. I'm not surprised they're pulling even worse things now.

Well, I actually made...
Posted by Helmling, on Dec 9, 2011 at 01:56 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Thanks for the advice, all. My biggest concern... 1,780 Views / 28 Replies  
Thanks for the advice, all. My biggest concern with inkjet is that the cartridges dry out between uses. We really don't print much at home, so we've had several ink cartridges go bad after sitting...
Posted by Helmling, on Dec 8, 2011 at 04:43 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I need a printer recommendation 1,780 Views / 28 Replies  
I need a 100% Mac-compatible color laser all-in-one that can scan over wifi with a low cost of ownership (well, okay, a reasonable cost of ownership).

Anyone have a recommendation?
Posted by Helmling, on Dec 8, 2011 at 09:27 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Sigh. I just want it to automatically send my... 962 Views / 39 Replies  
Sigh. I just want it to automatically send my iPad documents *somewhere* useful so I don't have to e-mail everything back and forth between devices that are inches from each other.
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 21, 2011 at 02:30 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
This is all well and good, people. But I still... 962 Views / 39 Replies  
This is all well and good, people. But I still have no idea how to make iCloud work, even in the limited fashion it's supposed to.

I wish DropBox had let Apple buy them. Then maybe we'd have a...
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 20, 2011 at 08:42 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
I'm going to keep using Dropbox for most of my... 962 Views / 39 Replies  
I'm going to keep using Dropbox for most of my files, but when I do have to move files around from my iPad, I want iCloud to "just work."
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 18, 2011 at 07:13 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Use a different Apple ID for iCloud than for... 2,275 Views / 11 Replies  
Use a different Apple ID for iCloud than for iTunes?
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:54 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Even that doesn't work. When I log in and click... 962 Views / 39 Replies  
Even that doesn't work. When I log in and click "iwork" then it just has a splash screen that says "get Pages for iOS."

I keep going into the settings and switching icloud "on" under pages, but...
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 17, 2011 at 09:13 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
iCloud documents? 962 Views / 39 Replies  
Okay, but how does the file thing work?

I created a file on my iPad...now how the heck am I supposed to find it on my computer?
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 17, 2011 at 08:08 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
I think it just lets you enter a separate account... 704 Views / 3 Replies  
I think it just lets you enter a separate account for the iTunes.
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 17, 2011 at 08:07 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
DVD ripper? 459 Views / 2 Replies  
I've been looking for years for an easy way to pull video clips off a DVD.

My home made DVDs started degrading and I've ended up with a bunch of VOB files that I can playback in VLC.

However,...
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 15, 2011 at 04:16 PM, in Applications
MobileMe Users: Where will you go now? 555 Views / 1 Replies  
Well, the transition has begun. I thought iCloud might save me a ton of money if it could replace my DropBox account and my MobileMe for less cost, but iCloud file sync is underwhelming. (I'm...
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 15, 2011 at 04:13 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
I got mine ironed out, but I haven't switched to... 858 Views / 14 Replies  
I got mine ironed out, but I haven't switched to Photostream yet. When I get my wife a 4S, then I will. Until then, it's still DropBox for our photo synching.

DropBox will still have my business...
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 15, 2011 at 04:09 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Yeah, but isn't the idea that we don't have to... 858 Views / 14 Replies  
Yeah, but isn't the idea that we don't have to plug the iOS devices in anymore?

I know we get to keep our addresses for .me (not sure about .mac) but I just don't know how to leave it set up. ...
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
iCloud and MobileMe woes 858 Views / 14 Replies  
Okay, I'm perplexed.

I went through the whole iOS 5 update. I started going through some online wizard for iCloud transition. It told me to back up my contacts. I backed up my contacts.

Then...
Posted by Helmling, on Oct 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Can I get a pretty white screen on a pivoting... 1,020 Views / 5 Replies  
Can I get a pretty white screen on a pivoting base for $100? I think not.

No kidding, though, they were the coolest looking iMacs ever...and that's saying a lot. I just thought it would be nice...
Posted by Helmling, on Sep 20, 2011 at 12:24 AM, in Mac Desktops
Strange Question about a Mac Mini and an old iMac 1,020 Views / 5 Replies  
Okay, so last year we handed down my old soccer ball G4 iMac 17" to my mother-in-law.

But that's not cutting it. The videos her friends send her are too darn slow, so we're going to hand down...
Posted by Helmling, on Sep 19, 2011 at 11:10 PM, in Mac Desktops
Lion is still buggy 1,315 Views / 2 Replies  
For the last few weeks, I've been waiting for the first Lion update to sure my audio weirdness and my wi-fi delays which were quite annoying.

Like a light from heaven came 10.7.1

Or so I...
Posted by Helmling, on Aug 19, 2011 at 06:26 PM, in Mac OS X
Yeah, once you're used to it, the combined window... 25,320 Views / 624 Replies  
Yeah, once you're used to it, the combined window feels so intuitive.
Posted by Helmling, on Jul 22, 2011 at 09:55 AM, in Mac OS X
LOL. I had to go launch Safari and download... 25,320 Views / 624 Replies  
LOL. I had to go launch Safari and download something just to see what you were talking about.

it IS cool, but I still can't adjust back to Safari from Chrome. The sticking point for me is the...
Posted by Helmling, on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM, in Mac OS X
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