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RE: OS X: Why You Need a Hard Drive Clone

Thanks for the comments! iJack, I'm sure that suggestion will help someone—was the hub you tried powered, though? I've had much better luck with those. And wab95, yours is truly a cautionary tale. I hope anyone who reads your story actually LISTENS to the lessons behind it! —Melissa

RE: OS X: Why You Need a Hard Drive Clone

That's a cool setup, furbies! Hooray for redundancy! And I'm sad for you about the slow Internet speed. If I had power over such things, I'd fix it for you. Alas, I have very little power. Of any type. wink —Melissa

RE: Apple Maps: Reporting Incorrect Information

It's funny that you say that, Mike…I just had someone on Twitter tell me the same thing (that he'd had trouble getting Apple to correct wrong info). As I noted, I've had really good luck with them, so I wonder what the difference is? Most of my submissions have been relatively recent, so maybe that's a clue. Or maybe they just really like Colorado! I'm going to go with that. wink —Melissa

RE: OS X: Three Common Causes of Slowdowns

Hey Randy, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. grin On many occasions, I have seen the symptoms I describe in my first paragraph be hugely improved by upgrading RAM, especially if a review of the info in Activity Monitor indicates a problem. Though I do agree with you, of course, that a clean operating system install will often fix underlying issues! Good suggestion. —Melissa

RE: OS X: Three Common Causes of Slowdowns

Stanbh, if you don't see the "Memory" tab under Apple Menu> About This Mac, then it's likely that your machine doesn't have user-upgradable RAM. You can confirm this through Apple's support pages on your model (or just by Googling "[model name] RAM upgrade," if that's easier). Realearlygeek, what I typically see in cases where machines are running out of RAM is that it's been a gradual slowdown that people don't notice until their machines become unbearable to use (after several operating system upgrades over time, too). As you noted, though, any sudden slowness with no apparent cause could be a…

RE: OS X: Three Common Causes of Slowdowns

Hey folks! Thanks for all of the interesting comments. Michael Rodriguez, I'm glad the tip helped you in some small way! Keep an eye on your Mac (and make sure your backups are solid), though, as that could potentially indicate problems with the drive itself. Kenichi Watanabe, thank you very much for the clarification. I appreciate it. grin —Melissa

RE: OS X: Three Common Causes of Slowdowns

Me too, Lee! An SSD also makes my computing life much easier, so I'd pick that next. grin

RE: OS X Yosemite: Using Your iCloud Password to Unlock Your Mac

Hey Kenny, That's a great suggestion! I hesitate to do so, I gotta admit—I did a clean install the last time I got a new machine, and it's not for the faint of heart. My teensy little 120GB MacBook Air took me about six hours of work to finish! I'm very meticulous, though, so perhaps it wouldn't be bad for someone less neurotic? grin —Melissa

RE: OS X Yosemite: Using Your iCloud Password to Unlock Your Mac

Wow, thank you so much, Laurie! That made my day! grin I love all things Apple, so it's always my goal to impart that excitement to others. wink Thanks again! Melissa

RE: OS X Yosemite: Using Your iCloud Password to Unlock Your Mac

That is excellent information, jbruni! Thank you! —Melissa