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tomierna's Avatar Picture tomierna (Admin) – December 08, 2007 01:51AM Reply Quote
Well, why not? this is a community, after all.

Simon – January 23, 2008 03:33AM Reply Quote
oh you mean reset the computers battery meter. Basically you need to fully charge the battery and then run it right down till the computer puts itself to sleep.

Something else to remember is that Lithium based batteries don't like being run down. Basically you need to treat them the opposite way you treat nickel based batteries (NiCD, NiMH), which is to keep them constantly topped up. If you were to completely discharge a lithium battery it would totally die regardless of its age or condition.

I have a phone that is 4 years old and can still go a couple of days between charges with the original battery. The reason for this is because I charge it pretty much every night and never let it run down to the point that it turns itself off.

ddt – January 23, 2008 10:44AM Reply Quote
that's what i was trying to remember,

stan, no real problems with gmail, though in the latest release of safari (usually use it on firefox), i only get "loading..." in the tab, rather than the usual "gmail -- inbox" heading.


ddt – January 23, 2008 11:04AM Reply Quote
does an airport express work with other wifi base stations, like a belkin, to extend range?


Mighty Mouse – January 23, 2008 11:09AM Reply Quote
yes, it can.

bahamut – January 23, 2008 11:10AM Reply Quote
thanks for tip, simon.

stan adams – January 23, 2008 11:24AM Reply Quote
The gmail thing was not just me. I asked folks in the office about it. Effected quite a few people. Might have something to do with google making changes to cookie handling. I was able to get a little further into gmail by deleting all my "private info" including cookies and cache, put there were still hangs. Think it even hosed up some adsense stuff ... I was "shut out" with all browsers (FF, Opera, Safari) so I know that it is not a client side thing. I switched DNS from my OpenDNS default to the comcast servers and CESIDIAN servers. No effect. I editted the routes in my router and the MBP directly. Went to a Windows200Server install image and it behaved the same way. This was definitely something that the G people were doing.
I am pretty sure that google has some very fancy proxies leading into their broader cloud -- they could ahve decided to "test" some change just against a known "low probability of critical users" population like "comcast users inear Chicago after 8 PM on a week night". It seems to have cleared it self in less than two hours. I feel like I've stumbled into an "Area 51" mystery as to what exactly they were doing. Not an enormous amount of info, though others have noticed SOMETHING : http://news.softpedia.com/news/Gmail-Problems-for-Internet-Explorer-7-Users-76489.shtml

Given google's ubiquity they really have the potential to "break the web". Even in the n-th case of infinite availability of server resources there are a fairly high number of situations that could result in an error condition that would artificially demand n+ resources to adequately send back even the most rudimentary "error" msg.

Be very worried. Simpler is better.

tliet – January 23, 2008 01:03PM Reply Quote
I've had problems with the new UI of GMail for several months now. While trying to read a new message it would just show blank space where the content of the e-mail would go. Switching to the old user interface has consistently solved the problem. Not good when they remove the link to the old user interface...

rino – January 23, 2008 11:22PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
the new UI and safari -- jeesh. You'd think a browser this standards compliant .. but no.

Often when going to compose message in gmail it sits there loading and loading and I never get my ajaxy addresses and can't send the message.

Dr. Strangelove – January 24, 2008 11:51AM Reply Quote
I'm curious, if you're on your mac, why use the web interface for gmail at all? It supports both IMAP and POP; I just access my gmail account via Mail.app. What's the advantage of the web interface?

rino – January 24, 2008 12:30PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Tagging and bagging baby.

Apple could embrace some things w/re to metadata.
They've moved closer with Spotlight and smart folders ... with GMail I like that it's one big soup basically filtered by tags. I wish more data (files) could be treated this way on the Mac.

stan adams – January 24, 2008 01:23PM Reply Quote
I'm with rino -- I know, I know, toMAYtoe toMAHtoe, but after decades of familiarity with various POP/IMAP interfaces I actually prefer the gmail web UI. Call me sick, but I actually look forward to the damned ads that gmail's servers match with my mail. Hell, sometimes they are better content than the mail itself. Call me "drunk on the FlavorAide, but that's my story...

Cloudscout – January 24, 2008 01:35PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
stan adams
Hell, sometimes they are better content than the mail itself.

I know what you mean about that part... I set up Google Ads on a blog site that I host for a bunch of friends and it's fun to see what kind of ads they target at the random content we end up posting.

El Jeffe – January 24, 2008 01:47PM Reply Quote
What a journey.

thank you most sincerely for saying Flavorade.

What a journey.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – January 24, 2008 06:54PM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
It's important to get the details right.

Dr. Strangelove – January 25, 2008 01:03PM Reply Quote
My main work machine has begun acting pretty wonky. The symptom is that various apps, including the Finder, start beachballing for several minutes. Logging in remotely and running top doesn't show me any processes hogging the cpu. I think that the problem is actually that one of the two external drives I have attached (for backups) is dying. Powering down the drives seems to cure things, but I'm not sure which drive is the culprit yet. I have a few questions.

Is there a utility that will show me the SMART status of the drives? They're Maxtor One-Touch 250 GB drives. Disk Utility says "Not Supported" for SMART status, and they don't show up in the other utilities I downloaded (SMARTReporter and SMART Utility). They're currently attached via USB, would hooking them up via firewire make a difference for this?

I'll probably get a new external drive, probably 1TB, with the intent of partitioning it into two 500 GB pieces, one for a bootable clone via SuperDuper, and one for use with Time Machine or Retrospect for archival purposes. Any suggestions? I see some disk arrays made of 2 500 GB drives, what's the deal with these? Do they show up as two separate volumes, or are they configured to look like a single 1TB drive? What are the advantages/disadvantages of this versus a single 1TB drive?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/25/2008 01:04PM by Dr. Strangelove.

tliet – January 25, 2008 03:48PM Reply Quote
From my understanding, SMART is not being reported via USB, at least not on the Mac that is.

stan adams – January 25, 2008 03:56PM Reply Quote

This is still hit or miss. I have some devices that work and some that don't have the correct interface / info -- frankly disks are so cheap that I have a pile of junk growing in my basement. I get the $39 OEM specials and whatever enclosure is on sale. I try to keep really important data in two or more places at any given time...

Dr. Strangelove – January 25, 2008 04:05PM Reply Quote
Thanks, that's what I suspected.

But it does give me an idea; I can pull the drive from the enclosure, stick it in my iMac, and read the SMART status that way.

stan adams – January 25, 2008 04:21PM Reply Quote
That ought to work, though if you can't boot...

I keep a few old Pentium 3-4 classes machines around with a floppy & solid drive controllers for that very reason, I have copies of the drive manufacturer's bootable DOS utilities to diagnose the unbootable disks -- in fact if I get 'round to it, I could swap orphan drives around and determine which one really are too toasty and ought to go to the recycler.

Dr. Strangelove – January 25, 2008 04:42PM Reply Quote
Actually, I was thwarted. All the Macs we have are too recent; their internal drives are all SATA, not ATA. We do have some old gateway towers, but when I opened one up, it had a spare bay but I didn't see a spare cable. WTF?

And the disk will mount (it's back in its case and mounted now). I just think it might be at the root of the problems I'm seeing. I might just get one of those wiebetech dealies mentioned on the iBox thread. But they're not cheap. $400 for the two drive enclosure.

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