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    <a href="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/1982a_dwalker_meeting.gi_.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-10189" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/1982a_dwalker_meeting.gi_-300x205.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="205" /></a>So apparently some Ubuntu users weren't happy with the fact that the default wallpaper was made with the Mac version of Adobe Photoshop CS3, so they did what any normal person would do and <a href="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubuntu-wallpapers/+bug/357218" target="_blank">filed a bug</a>.

    <a href="http://www.macstories.net/iphone/covert-brings-private-browsing-to-safari-cydia/" target="_blank">There's a jailbreak app to do the whole "private browsing" mode</a> on Mobile Safari, but if you take advantage of when Safari saves it's sessions, you can <a href="http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20080913022801470" target="_blank">get an unofficial private browsing mode on the iPhone</a> no jailbreak required!

    Along with that bizzare traffic light arrangement (and horrendous icon, depending on who you ask), iTunes 10 also brought with it*<a href="http://www.9to5mac.com/24861/little-known-itunes-10-benefit" target="_blank">the ability to play back music from any iOS device</a>, even without the "manually manage music" option ticked beforehand. This was possible before iTunes 10, but required the owner of the iPod to be manually managing their music which meant no automatic synching.

    TinkerTool is a great little app for modifying a whole number of preferences that you wouldn't normally be able to modify, and <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/154204/2010/09/tinkertool.html" target="_blank">it's recent update just expands on the things you're able to tinker with</a> under the hood of your new Mac.

    There's nothing like a good set of iPad 2 predictions to start the morning, and iPhone App Storm have you covered. Retina displays get a mention, but they think <a href="http://iphone.appstorm.net/general/app-news/ipad-2-predictions/" target="_blank">it's all about the cameras</a>.

    If you're an avid user of Automator and all of it's actions, but find the interface a little lackluster, or even if you're just looking for an alternative <a href="http://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/utilities/cockpit-the-command-center-for-your-mac/" target="_blank">Cockpit for Mac is something that might interest you</a>.

    HyperMac make external batteries for Mac portables and all sorts of iOS devices, but the word on the street is that <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/09/apples-magsafe-lawsuit-tests-limits-of-first-sale-doctrine.ars" target="_blank">they're being sued for patent infringement</a> due to the proprietary MagSafe connectors found on their external battery packs.

    Time Machine has got you covered for automatic backups of your main hard drive, but what about your portable flash drives? <a href="http://mac.appstorm.net/how-to/hardware-how-to/automatically-backing-up-flash-drives-with-silverkeeper/" target="_blank">Enter SilverKeeper</a>.

    A month ago makers of Android handsets were talking about putting dual-core processors in their phones. Now they're talking about skipping dual cores and <a href="http://www.androidtapp.com/lets-skip-dual-core-processors-manufacturers-already-talking-quad/" target="_blank">going straight to quad cores instead</a>. In Soviet Russia, battery life eats you!

    There is a strange Japanese game on the App Store that <a href="http://dvice.com/archives/2010/09/ipad-kissing-ga.php" target="_blank">rewards mental concentration with a virtual kiss from a beautiful Japanese girl</a>. I told you it was strange but what's even stranger is how you'll look when you actually play it.
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    kyte

    Puzzled about VPN versus general ISP

    Thanks for that, kaisersozay. PIA is the one I was looking at last night. I want to be able to do torrents if I wish to do so, but the point, as you

    kyte Today, 02:57 AM Go to last post
    ThankDog

    Hoping for advice on prices for second-hand Macs

    Yeah, thanks. I offered $475 as I felt pretty much exactly as you just described. Hater I think is a trusted trader though so I'm somewhat mollified by

    ThankDog Yesterday, 08:35 PM Go to last post
    Byrd

    Hoping for advice on prices for second-hand Macs

    For the price it's OK but it does look pretty knocked around (and the history of the machine seems sketchy) - I reckon you could find a better cared for

    Byrd Yesterday, 08:26 PM Go to last post
    zbaron

    4 Corners and Apple

    You might be onto something here. A few years ago my former director took up a job with Hong Kong University and told me a story about him walking into

    zbaron Yesterday, 04:26 PM Go to last post
    ThankDog

    Hoping for advice on prices for second-hand Macs

    Is this a good price?

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    ThankDog Yesterday, 01:59 PM Go to last post
    Oldmacs

    Hoping for advice on prices for second-hand Macs

    eBay suggests 2011 Macbook Pro 13 inches (so Sandy Bridge i5) are going for around $650. If you need a laptop - I'd recommend finding a reputable vendor

    Oldmacs Yesterday, 01:12 PM Go to last post
    soulman

    Hoping for advice on prices for second-hand Macs

    Just a thought on places to look - the refurb store can be good value. There were previous model i5 Mac minis on there a few weeks ago that were $529

    soulman Yesterday, 11:38 AM Go to last post
    ThankDog

    Hoping for advice on prices for second-hand Macs

    Honestly, I just am sick of Windows. Games aren't that big a deal for me. I have so many programs I own on OS X that I don't want to pay for again or

    ThankDog Yesterday, 09:54 AM Go to last post
    vanstar

    iMac 27" i7 (late 2012) Random Shutdowns - Apple Repair? - Sydney

    Hi, My iMac has experienced random shutdowns / crashes over the past few months. I have tried everything to correct it with some help from the official

    vanstar Yesterday, 09:47 AM Go to last post
    leon

    Hoping for advice on prices for second-hand Macs

    What do you want to do with the machine?

    My home machine is a 24" 2009 Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz iMac with ATI4850 graphics. Max RAM is 8GB

    leon Yesterday, 07:53 AM Go to last post