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XJ-linux
12-31-2010, 09:37 PM
Thought it might be nice to look back at some of the threads I had subscribed to and see how the year went. What did I learn? Well, alot. Anyhow, I was wondering what gifts the forum had given everyone else. Please post if you have something that struck you as useful, anecdotal or just plain funny.

-Based on numerous posts, I learned that this was a difficult year for managing, emptying and otherwise contending with .Trash.

-Other than that, I learned how to import Outlook .pst files into Apple Mail using Thunderbird. This was neat when I switched jobs and wanted to keep some useful emails I had gathered over the years.

http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/1104191-post13.html

Anyone else?

TattooedMac
12-31-2010, 09:57 PM
Well XJ for me it was learning about the wireless capabilities of the Mac and the OS. Bring into that ATV2, iOS and Airport Express i learnt quite a bit about it and still learning.

Now to have my whole entertainment centre revolving around  products, i couldnt be happier.

Thanks to M-F the Mods and all the knowledgable members, i thank you for your brains and making my MacLife just that little bit better.
Not only the Mac knowledge but also for the laughs and social content of the forum . . . . It has been a joy :)

Cheers

roflitskyle
12-31-2010, 10:47 PM
I think what I have learned the most about is whats/how components of the mac work Mac's. (interior)

the8thark
01-01-2011, 10:25 AM
For me I think the thing I learnt the most in 2010 was the nitty gritty details about how wireless works. And how it works from airport express/extreme to your Mac. I had a lot of questions about it. And I meant a lot about it.

And in the end I did end up purchasing an Airport Express and I really like it.

cwa107
01-01-2011, 10:30 AM
I have learned that there is a limit to the intelligence of man, but that stupidity is infinite.

:D

Happy New Year, all!

louishen
01-01-2011, 11:01 AM
Well 2010 was definitely another bumper year for switchers.

It seems more and more windows users are discovering the Mac, as the slide of home users that are making the switch just keeps on growing

baggss
01-01-2011, 02:31 PM
I have learned that any problem related to a Mac which a user doesn't understand is obviously a Virus, Trojan or Malware and that one should therefor panic and assume that horrible things are about to ensue.

I have learned that it is never the users configuration, software, lack of common sense or responsibility. It is always someone else's fault, usually Apples.

I have learned that Mac OSX is, contrary to what one may hear, too difficult to learn and it is therefore easier to load some flavor of Windows on the machine instead.

I have learned that you can not give something away for free but if you call it a "Premium Service" you can sell it for $24.99 a year.

I've learned that if you disagree with the rumors the unwashed masses desperately want to be true you are obviously a troublemaker, spoil sport, whiner or stupid.

cwa107
01-01-2011, 02:34 PM
I have learned that you can not give something away for free but if you call it a "Premium Service" you can sell it for $24.99 a month.

Actually, that's $2.08 per month. ;)

vansmith
01-01-2011, 02:40 PM
-Based on numerous posts, I learned that this was a difficult year for managing, emptying and otherwise contending with .Trash.I noticed this as well. I'm never really sure how the permissions on the trash changes but it seems to happen more often than it really should.

I also noticed that there are quite a few "Mac OS X can't be installed on this computer" threads. In fact, the first hit in Google when searching that phrase is a page from this very forum.

As for me, I'm not sure there is any one thing that was a huge lesson for me but I learned a few small things.

baggss
01-01-2011, 02:41 PM
Actually, that's $2.08 per month. ;)

Correction made!

Kevriano
01-01-2011, 03:26 PM
I have learned a little more about Time Machine, and much more about running Windows on your Mac.
I have also learned that people still refuse to use search engines of any description, be it google, or forum searches (or specially made ones :P), and would rather ask questions that have been answered millions of times already.
Finally I have learned that there is a main core of about 25 people who answer the majority of questions here, and that all of them are generally top people with a wealth of knowledge.

toMACsh
01-01-2011, 09:23 PM
I learned how to tame an unruly flash drive.

6string
01-01-2011, 10:35 PM
I've learnt that many people that come here for answers are highly thankful for any help or assistance that is given to them, and more often than not, come back to try to help others with anything that they can.

I've also learnt that there are many who come here asking for help, and if they don't get the answers they want, exactly how they want them, they treat you as if you have let them down.

Fortunately, it is the former that seems to be the majority, and makes it a pleasure to keep coming back.

I've learnt that this my facebook. :D

I've learnt that if I google my name, a tonne of hits come up for Mac Forums lol

I've learnt that I know more than I thought I did about Macs for a guy who has had little to do with computers before switching to Macs.

I've learnt that I get a real kick out of reading many of the threads here with the wealth of information, as well as the threads that contain highly inaccurate information.

I've learnt that I love reading the threads that turn into debates as much as i do the threads that turn into post after post of bantering.

I've learnt that I've written I've learnt at the beginning of almost every sentence here :D

McYukon
01-01-2011, 11:23 PM
As stated before, anything that goes wrong with a computer and can't be understood immediately is a virus.
Whenever I'm bored I head here for laughs and information.
Too many people think that TimeMachine is going to magically rescue them when their HD fails without having an external backup.

TattooedMac
01-01-2011, 11:40 PM
I've learnt that this my facebook. :D

Never thought of it like that but im in total agreeance there (Now where is that poke button and i want a Dislike one too) LOL


I've learnt that if I google my name, a tonne of hits come up for Mac Forums lol


HAHA is the only time my name comes up too and thats the way i like it . . . . . . . (apart from a tatt site)

XJ-linux
01-01-2011, 11:44 PM
I've learned there are far more politically middle and conservative Mac users than I originally thought.

ZachUSAman
01-02-2011, 02:32 AM
that there are no black and white lines, and that theres plenty of grey in the middle.

the8thark
01-02-2011, 04:04 AM
I also learnt that a lot of people just say "use google" as their answer to a problem. That is like saying "I don't want to help you but I know someone or something that will". That's like passing the buck on to someone else.

dtravis7
01-02-2011, 04:14 AM
I also learnt that a lot of people just say "use google" as their answer to a problem. That is like saying "I don't want to help you but I know someone or something that will". That's like passing the buck on to someone else.

That is one thing I try not to do unless it's a URL to the solution.

I have learned to have a lot of patients with people and to try and help even though some really rub me the wrong way. That is why I am here anyway, to help people.

Learned a lot of OSX tricks from many of the quality users we have here at Mac Forums!

Kevriano
01-02-2011, 04:24 AM
I also learnt that a lot of people just say "use google" as their answer to a problem. That is like saying "I don't want to help you but I know someone or something that will". That's like passing the buck on to someone else.


Agreed, but some people are so lazy that they need to be shown how to use Google, because honestly they clearly have no clue. It's why I occasionally link to LMGTFY.

McBie
01-02-2011, 08:05 AM
This year, it became crystal clear that " having a reliable backup " is considered as an option and in some cases it is not considered at all.
The result ( of not having a backup ) is that people start blaming others for their mistakes.

It also strikes me how people manage to delete files " by accident " and still be surprised that the file is gone.

And last but not least, it is amazing that " trying to break the law " is considered a sport and people still don't get it.

But above all .... I learned that this is a fun place, good levels of knowledge and members are willing to share solutions. Some guys over here have a wicked sense of humor and I like that :)

Cheers ... McBie

6string
01-02-2011, 08:08 AM
^^ Cheers to all of that McBie!

Happy new year brother :D

bobtomay
01-02-2011, 10:33 AM
I've learned that along with my long term memory loss, I also have short term memory loss.

I'm wrong about as often as I'm right.

I still remember those days in my youth when I was never wrong. Just ask my wife. But then, maybe that has something to do with the longterm memory loss?

Wishing for the best New Year for all!!

the8thark
01-02-2011, 12:17 PM
Agreed, but some people are so lazy that they need to be shown how to use Google, because honestly they clearly have no clue. It's why I occasionally link to LMGTFY.

I happen to agree with this too. Some people are lazy. But we be all self righteous to them "If you can't or are to lazy to use google then I don't want to help you". That won't help either. I think there needs to be a balance here.

I know some people don';t know what to ask. And for those people google will not help. But for those who know exactly what to ask they should try google first. Maybe we need a "How to ask google for Mac help" sticky. I know it's basic basic stuff we're talking about here. But some people just just don't get it. So maybe a push in the right direction would help.

XJ-linux
01-02-2011, 12:38 PM
I happen to agree with this too. Some people are lazy. But we be all self righteous to them "If you can't or are to lazy to use google then I don't want to help you". That won't help either. I think there needs to be a balance here.

I know some people don';t know what to ask. And for those people google will not help. But for those who know exactly what to ask they should try google first. Maybe we need a "How to ask google for Mac help" sticky. I know it's basic basic stuff we're talking about here. But some people just just don't get it. So maybe a push in the right direction would help.

LOL Or we could just let Darwin filter them out.

Kevriano
01-02-2011, 12:46 PM
Oh I will help if I get the feeling that the person really needs it, but sometimes you just know you're dealing with an imbecile, or someone just testing our abilities!

I have also learned that many times you provide the answer and the OP does not ever come back to say thanks or even acknowledge your assistance.

cwa107
01-02-2011, 12:54 PM
I have learned that apparently some posters are unaware that their postings are indexed by Google... and this, in turn, is interpreted by them as a "security problem".

[edit: OK, to be fair, I learned this in 2011, but it didn't make it any less amusing]

louishen
01-02-2011, 12:54 PM
Oh I will help if I get the feeling that the person really needs it, but sometimes you just know you're dealing with an imbecile, or someone just testing our abilities!


Perhaps the answer to some users should be "Loose nut behind keyboard"

But computers can be pretty intimidating to some, so they are still welcome on the forums

Kevriano
01-02-2011, 01:42 PM
Perhaps the answer to some users should be "Loose nut behind keyboard"

But computers can be pretty intimidating to some, so they are still welcome on the forums

Of course, and it's why we all come here really isn't it? To help? Just sometimes.... :)

Audio.Trench
01-02-2011, 03:11 PM
I've learned that no matter how much fun, or how bad you want to do a legacy upgrade on a G4 system.. It's just simply not worth the coin to drop into a 10-year old computer.

That, and as much as I loved the Mac's I've owned, and my adoration for OS X.. Windows is ultimately the platform that works best for me.

It's mostly because of the upgrade/expansion abilities, and cost of hardware. Besides, Windows 7 isn't THAT bad. It's definitely come a long way.

XJ-linux
01-02-2011, 03:48 PM
I've learned that no matter how much fun, or how bad you want to do a legacy upgrade on a G4 system.. It's just simply not worth the coin to drop into a 10-year old computer.

That, and as much as I loved the Mac's I've owned, and my adoration for OS X.. Windows is ultimately the platform that works best for me.

It's mostly because of the upgrade/expansion abilities, and cost of hardware. Besides, Windows 7 isn't THAT bad. It's definitely come a long way.

I guess I learned that Windows users are as welcome here as anyone else. This is a good thing!

the8thark
01-02-2011, 03:54 PM
I've learned that no matter how much fun, or how bad you want to do a legacy upgrade on a G4 system.. It's just simply not worth the coin to drop into a 10-year old computer.

That, and as much as I loved the Mac's I've owned, and my adoration for OS X.. Windows is ultimately the platform that works best for me.

It's mostly because of the upgrade/expansion abilities, and cost of hardware. Besides, Windows 7 isn't THAT bad. It's definitely come a long way.

I guess this taught me not all Windows users are antiMac. I'm all for using the OS that suits you the best. But dis-ing an OS just because it exists to me is very silly indeed.