MGG 213: When Hardware Acts Bad But Isn’t… Is it?

This week a series of seemingly unrelated questions came in all with issues related to bad hardware... or at least seems so on the surface before your two favorite Mac Geeks dissect them and help get to the answer! Then John and Dave have some follow-ups from recent shows discussing screen sharing and DVD ripping.  All this and more in episode 213!  Subscribe today for free!

MGG 213: When Hardware Acts Bad But Isn’t… Is it?

Aug. 4, 2009 — Download: MP3 Version or AAC Version

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Mirage DJ (on twitter)

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Dave Hamilton

Thanks Mirage DJ! I’ll let them know!

LewInVT

Hi Guys,

Your kudos to BusyCal concerning its handling of recurring To Dos was a bit over the top, IMHO.  I installed BusyCal and have since uninstalled it because I was very disappointed in the way it handles To Dos.

With respect to To Dos, It really doesn?t do anything you can?t do with iCal.  For instance, I have a calendar named To Dos, in which I can create recurring To Dos.  If I wish to have my To Dos listed in the To Dos Item list, I can just drag them into that area.  So…BusyCal handles To Dos pretty much the same as iCal.

Two things I?d like to see:

—Recurring To Dos that list the To Do just once that regenerate to the next date when completed…as in Entourage.

—I?d like to see a separate To Do listing carried over to the iPhone.  Neither iCal nor BusyCal does this.

Lew

Dave Hamilton

Your kudos to BusyCal concerning its handling of recurring To Dos was a bit over the top, IMHO.?[...] With respect to To Dos, It really doesn?t do anything you can?t do with iCal.? For instance, I have a calendar named To Dos, in which I can create recurring To Dos.

Wait, what? You create recurring To Dos in iCal? Based on the years of hell I’ve been through with that horrendous piece of software I’ve never found a way of creating recurring To Dos.  Sure, I can create recurring events, but then I can’t have them auto-forward if incomplete, etc.

BusyCal, on the other hand, does let me create actual To Dos that are recurring.  If I’ve missed a feature in iCal after all these years, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!! grin

?Recurring To Dos that list the To Do just once that regenerate to the next date when completed?as in Entourage.

I can see how some folks would prefer this way of handling things.  Me, I like to set up my ToDos and actually see them on the calendar.  If I set up a To-Do for every other Tuesday and I don’t get it done until Wednesday of one week, I (personally) still want it to show up on Tuesday the next time around.

?I?d like to see a separate To Do listing carried over to the iPhone.? Neither iCal nor BusyCal does this.

Well, you need to talk to Apple about this.  It baffles me why iCal (lamely) supports To Dos and yet there’s no way of syncing them to the iPhone.  Actually, no, it doesn’t baffle me.  iCal’s lame support of To Dos shows exactly how much priority Apple assigns to the concept, and it’s no surprise at all they don’t appear on their beloved iPhone. wink

LewInVT

Wait, what? You create recurring To Dos in iCal? Based on the years of hell I?ve been through…

In BusyCal you can create repeating To Dos that immediately appear in the To Do Items list at the right side of the window.  In iCal you need to create repeating events in a calendar and then drag those events to the To Do Items list.

Are you saying that BusyCal will autoforward To Dos?  If so, I missed that completely.  Perhaps I should reinstall and check that out.  For me it just created multiple instances of the same To Do with different due dates.

Ken Fair

This is for the emailer Scott’s problem at 38:12 with his first gen macbook pro that shuts down randomly when it’s starting up. Mostly on battery power, but once while plugged in. This exact problem started happening to my first generation 17” macbook pro. I tried all sorts of troubleshooting and was just about to the point of just reinstalling the whole OS in hopes of solving the problem.

The Friday before I was planning on the reinstall that weekend, I noticed the macbook was not sitting flush to the desk anymore. It turned out that the battery was starting to bulge and visibly come out of the case. I called apple and they told me to just bring it in to the genius bar and they will replace it. The symptoms Scott is describing (along with touchpad flakiness when the battery begins to bulge) is exactly what was happening when my battery shorted out. It was replaced at no cost even out of warranty due to it being a known issue with some first gen macbook pro batteries.

I’m not sure what Scott can do if the battery is not showing symptoms of bulging, but I suspect he might be in the early stages of the same problem I experienced.

Hope this helps,

Ken Fair

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