Your Mac is a hefty investment, so it’s in your best interest to keep it running well for as long as you can. Upgrading its components instead of going for a new machine is a smart idea. (Bonus: Better components will also increase the resale value.)
Still, like we said, your Mac is a hefty investment. So before you crack it open to drop in a larger and faster hard drive, add more system memory, or even slap on a fresh new battery, you’ll have questions. You’ll want to be confident in choosing components, finding the right tools, and knowing what to do before you find yourself digging into your Mac’s circuitry.
Thanks to the combination of Dropbox and Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, your iPhone and your Macs can all act like multiple devices sharing Office files on the same network--no matter where you are. (And we hate to bring up the Dark Side, but this will work seamlessly on PCs as well.) Once you see how simple this is to configure, you’ll wonder why everything in life can’t be this easy.
Regarding Ask in Feb/10 (“iSight to iMovie to Email,”
p81), it’s easier to record a video message with QuickTime Player. And
Photo Booth is even easier, especially for the grandmother who was
mentioned in the original question.
I’m running Tiger (Mac OS 10.4.11) on my six-year-old PowerPC iMac. I want to upgrade my OS to as high as it can go and then upgrade some applications as well. I got a series of OS upgrades from apple.com/download, which I thought would take me from 10.4.11 up to 10.4.6. But unless I can get 10.4.2 installed, I have no hope of moving further. When I attempt to install 10.4.2, I get a message saying, “You can’t install Mac OS X Update on this volume. This volume does not meet the requirements for this upgrade.” Is the problem that I’m upgrading from 10.4.11 rather than 10.4.1? I don’t have 10.4.1 to go back to. Any wisdom, or am I stuck in a sinkhole?
I’m going on vacation and considering not bringing my MacBook because I really want to travel light. But I’m worried about having enough storage on my 16GB iPhone for all the movies and music that I want to bring, plus the photos that I’ll be taking. Can I upload big batches of photos to Flickr or somewhere else?
Digital copies of your DVDs can be a great way to pass the time when
traveling, but you lose some of the DVD’s functionality in the ripping
process. For instance, in the past, subtitles had to be permanently on
or off in a rip, but we’ve developed a simple workaround that will let
you add soft subtitles (ones that can be toggled on or off) whether
you’re watching your film in QuickTime, in iTunes, or on your iPhone.
You can even add subtitles in multiple languages by adding more than
one soft-subtitle track.
My kid wants an iPod touch for her birthday. I’m inclined to fulfill
her wishes, but I’m a little concerned about her looking at
objectionable content on Safari or YouTube, or running up big bills
downloading apps and music. Does the iPod touch come with parental