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    fan making new noise

    Recently my mid-2015 MacBook developed battery swelling. I had my roommate (who does electronics repair professionally) replace the battery to save money over and authorized repair shop.

    The new...
  2. Good idea. It just occurred to me I could check...

    Good idea. It just occurred to me I could check power consumption as well. I have a meter already attached because I'm monitoring my computer's power usage over the summer. I should see the "watts"...
  3. dtravis7 .. no I do not have those two options....

    dtravis7 .. no I do not have those two options. Mine does not mention a UPS either. But it does mention a battery. Do you have a laptop????

    Additionally, I need more explanation of the sleep...
  4. When the display sleeps, the lights go out. When...

    When the display sleeps, the lights go out. When the computer sleeps..... what happens? What am I watching for?

    By the way, there's no "computer sleep" timer in High Sierra. The only time...
  5. I think I understand better what those settings...

    I think I understand better what those settings mean. I just need to know now how to check a log to verify it has slept.

    I have a late 2015 MBP running High Sierra.
  6. checking whether MacBook has really gone to sleep

    I've noticed there's no "sleep" timer setting in the power-related settings in System Preferences, and I'm told that a MacBook will automatically sleep some time after the display sleeps. But I'd...
  7. He's 65. So such a class is possible. I'd...

    He's 65. So such a class is possible.

    I'd like a sense of whether you think a class is a must, or whether he could possibly learn from videos.

    I will say myself that I suspect he needs a live...
  8. tutorials for absolute beginners to computers

    I'm a tutor and I'm working with an adult student to teach him Mac skills. Actually, the thing he really wants to do is run a home voiceover studio, and he has a pretty unrealistic idea of what that...
  9. What I'm trying to get a feel for is whether...

    What I'm trying to get a feel for is whether there is something malfunctioning. I don't think video specs would have any impact on booting and running Finder, or installing Dropbox, so we can...
  10. new 4 GB mini is slow; is this expected?

    I've owned a MacBook Pro for a year and love it. It's my first Mac. I helped my friend get a new computer. She can't afford a lot, so on the basis of my positive experience with Apple I wanted her to...
  11. I've looked at CCC a bit. It's a plus that it...

    I've looked at CCC a bit. It's a plus that it writes files in the same folder structure as the source, as that means any tool can be used to browse, search, etc. I'm not sure about the "safety"...
  12. CCC looks like it might work. Before I spend...

    CCC looks like it might work. Before I spend hours with the demo trying to figure it out, do you know how it handles backup disk rotation? Do you know how it handles removing old versions and deleted...
  13. Then, can you please change the title to "seeking...

    Then, can you please change the title to "seeking backup solutions" -- it's not primarily about Time Machine any more and should not have that prominently in the title.
  14. Seeking backup software and strategies

    Looking for a backup app that meets my needs.

    - I want to keep an off-site backup. I want to use two 4 TB drives--every week, the off-site and on-site drive will be switched.

    - The files I want...
  15. That's okay as long as I can search the archive...

    That's okay as long as I can search the archive with those conditions, or similar conditions. Can I search for old versions or deleted files above a certain size? With a certain extension?

    Also,...
  16. Thanks, it looks like not only does Time Machine...

    Thanks, it looks like not only does Time Machine work with two drives, you can use a rotating strategy (every week switch the on-site and off-site drives). Does that sound right to you?

    Also while...
  17. Time Machine and off-site backups and seeking backup solutions

    I would like to have two Time Machine archives and store one off site. But does it only allow one archive?
  18. problems controlling the mouse with scripts or Keyboard Maestro

    I'm trying to control the mouse and running into the same problematic behavior whether I use AppleScript or Keyboard Maestro, which suggests there is something about OS X that affects both. I am...
  19. a few backup-related questions

    I have a few questions about backing up that cover both hardware and software, so I thought I would lump them here.

    First question would be about using third party software for backups instead of...
  20. I got away from this thread but just coming back...

    I got away from this thread but just coming back to it. What do you recommend for a brand of USB hard drive other than Western Digital?

    I want both local and cloud backups, for reasons observed...
  21. I have moved everything off "2 TB" and "1 TB" for...

    I have moved everything off "2 TB" and "1 TB" for now.

    Before I start using them again, I wonder if there is a simple way to check if "2 TB" is functioning, like some kind of external drive test...
  22. Hey, I just discovered something: from the...

    Hey, I just discovered something: from the terminal, the 'ditto' command. It copies directory trees and skips files with errors. It doesn't hang for a long time when it encounters a bad file: just...
  23. copying some data when some of it is bad

    I posted here recently about my troubles with external drives, and getting data corrupted. So right now I'm trying to rescue as much of it as possible from the 2 TB drive, putting it on a third USB...
  24. AppleScript: GUI scripting

    I want to script Emacs, which is unscriptable in OSX, but my understanding is that most unscriptable programs can have some support through "System Events", otherwise known as GUI scripting.

    I...
  25. I know that drives on a Mac need to be ejected...

    I know that drives on a Mac need to be ejected properly. That's why I said I was aware they were not properly ejected when they spontaneously disconnected. OS X put up a notification to that effect....
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