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Caution re latest Mac updates
Thanks. jjGEE.

I was on the phone to Apple's tech support yesterday afternoon, & even they didn't know what was going on. Sorted today though.

It appears there was conflict with the latest iTunes update & 'Find My Mac', thus causing a the Users files to go into permanent hiding. At least it's now resolved.

3 17/05/2014 - 7:42 PM
By steveb
Caution re latest Mac updates
Just as a matter of caution on the latest Mac updates that occurred yesterday.

Many (but not all) are experiencing loss of the 'Users' folder within the Mac HD after the latest bout of Mac updates of Mac OSX 10.9.3 & iTunes 11.2. The loss (or permanent hiding) of the 'Users' folder & affects the use of Lightroom (in general), Nikon View NX2, Nikon Capture NX2, & any other software that uses the 'Users' folder as a root to files.

There are appear to be workarounds to this, including Terminal commands, etc. But, they only work if a reboot or shutdown are not necessary. I have tried many suggestions that are out in the ether, but none are really effective for long term use if the Mac is shutdown for any reason.

I have resorted to restoring to the previous version from a back-up, & won't be upgrading until Apple sort this issues out. Further info at MacRumours

Hope that helps anyone with a Mac running Mavericks variants (OSX 10).

3 17/05/2014 - 7:42 PM
By steveb
Tethering D800
I use Nikon's Camera Control Pro 2 & latest Mac OSX (10.8.4), & no issues at all with my D800.

5 09/06/2013 - 10:59 AM
By iancrowson
Nik software
Thanks akh, that's an interesting article, & hopefully may put minds at rest.

21 31/03/2013 - 11:12 PM
By KenTaylor
Nik software
Thanks for the info russellsnr, if I go ahead will ty that.

RobboB, my sentiments as well. As long as it's supported for the foreseeable future, as I said earlier, I will be tempted, but not this week.

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21 31/03/2013 - 11:12 PM
By KenTaylor
Nik software
I see that Nik Software has a heavy discount on all their products in an all in one package. All 6 products for $149 as a direct download (can't seem to see an expiry date for end of the discount). Does it apear as if either Nik Software is being phased out by Google, or new software about to be released, or just competing with other software makers in a competitive market? Even their website has changed since last week.

I must admit I'm tempted.

Nik Software

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21 31/03/2013 - 11:12 PM
By KenTaylor
Scotland 2 Weeks????
Wester Ross areas of Gairloch, Poolewe, Aultbea, Dundonnell. Great coast-lines & hills some of them Munros, excellent for photographing & hiking.

Well, I live in this area, so a bit of local promotion doesn't go amiss. Wink

18 14/02/2013 - 10:44 PM
By geoffash26
HS2 Rail line
@chris.maddock, Ouch! Sad

34 02/02/2013 - 7:59 PM
By chris.maddock
Funny reviews
Laughed so much, I've just given myself an asthma attack reading these. Tongue

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10 31/12/2012 - 6:43 PM
By absurd
Disabled transport within Manchester Airport
My wife has severe OA of her hips & knees & is severely disabled as far as walking is concerned. When we travel (my wife is American so we travel to the US on a regular basis) we always contact the airline & ask for help such as wheelchairs, & access to the aircraft. We have always had good service from the airlines & airport staff no matter which airports we travel from & to.

So, your best bet is get in touch with the airline & ask them about disability help.

Hope that helps.

6 28/10/2012 - 8:21 AM
By guidoa
Product photography
Ok, Chris & Lemmy many thanks for your help on this, very much appreciated.

6 08/10/2012 - 9:04 PM
By Carabosse
Product photography
Thanks Chris, what if the name, logo, & product constitutes the main bulk of the picture? I take it that would be infringement.

6 08/10/2012 - 9:04 PM
By Carabosse
Product photography
A question has been put to me by one of my wife's friends.

If one was to take a photograph of a named product, e.g. Apple, Samsung, etc, is permission required from the manufacturer/trademark holder in order to sell the photo for gain, for example for stock photography?

Chris

6 08/10/2012 - 9:04 PM
By Carabosse
NEW LENSES
Hi Hobbo, congrats on the 'new 'eyes'.

I had mine both done 11 years ago, & what a difference they made (I was rather young at 42 when they were done). You'll see more than you've ever done before. It was like having vaseline (the only way to describe the before effect) removed from my viewing.

Keep to the initial regime of eye care & you'll be back to normal (albeit with better vision) in no time.

By the way, my close vision suffered as well, but you learn how to get around that, my middle to long distance viewing is very, very, good.

Good luck

Chris

9 19/08/2012 - 8:11 AM
By LenShepherd
I think I've been hacked
Mifsuds is definitely down, just tried it.Sad

13 31/07/2012 - 5:33 PM
By brian1208
they call it the blues
Seasick Steve

11 17/07/2012 - 12:49 PM
By kodachrome
Imac + 9500 mkii
Hmmm, some sort of BS there. I use a MacBook Pro (2011 model) running Lion 10.7 using a Canon 9000 Pro (Mk 1) no problems. I just went to the Canon Download centre picked the OS installed all the software/drivers & no issues from there on. All running smoothly.

2 12/06/2012 - 10:05 AM
By cmawson
Scottish midges - when and where
I live in the Easter Ross area of the Highlands. But generally, for whole of Scotland end of May to end of September is midge 'season'.

One of the best sites I use to help on midge levels & where they are worse is The Scottish Midge Forecast.

34 10/06/2012 - 6:14 PM
By Carabosse
Laptop Cooling Mat/Stand
Coleslaw, I have the Belkin Laptop Cooling stand (no. 2 in your list), but it is really designed for tables & desks. Great stand in general & for cooling. but the cooling fan is of an open type , leaving it to possibly catch on clothing &/or, most importantly, can create a further heat build up between the lap & the computer as it doesn't dissipate the heat well.

Hope that helps.

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21 09/05/2012 - 6:58 PM
By lobsterboy
Hi! New Member - Baby Photographer from Northern Virginia
Hey Olga, welcome.

Know NoVa fairly well (especially the Centreville/Dulles area), lived in Staunton (my wife's home town), down in the Shenandoah Valley , for a couple of years till moving back to Scotland in 2010.

Chris

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4 20/02/2012 - 12:29 AM
By ChasingMomentsPhotography
Heathrow Purple Parking
My wife & have used Purple Parking at Heathrow a few times in the past, with no problems. Even arriving back in the early morning we had no issues with them picking us up at T4, but that was a few (4+) years ago though.

5 17/02/2012 - 1:16 PM
By cmawson
Grant Arms Hotel
No worries, glad to help.

4 25/01/2012 - 7:15 PM
By cmawson
Grant Arms Hotel
On a personal level, I can say it's a very good hotel, great atmosphere, & good food. They have good connections with a lot of wildlife societies & have many returning customers. Stayed there last March & had a great time. (Personal disclaimer though: my wife's old boss is one of the deputy managers there, so we had top brick off chimney to some degree, can still recommend it though. Smile)

4 25/01/2012 - 7:15 PM
By cmawson
why do you not like country music
Nothing better than listening to a good country/rock station on a highway in the southern US in summer. Now, Alison Krauss (country/bluegrass) is one singer I listen to a lot, great voice & musical talent.

51 30/01/2012 - 9:20 AM
By Alan_Coles
Wd my passport essential
No probs, hope you get it sorted.

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8 13/01/2012 - 11:13 PM
By cmawson
Wd my passport essential
Keith, judging form the WD website, the drive is functional to both Windows & Mac, but needs to be formatted for Mac. Check this link out for then "Specifications" link for compatibility: WD ME 500GB.

Sorry but that's all I can help you with as I have never had any dealings with the Mas OS, so not familiar.

8 13/01/2012 - 11:13 PM
By cmawson
Wd my passport essential
8 13/01/2012 - 11:13 PM
By cmawson
Replacement laptop batteries
Ok, called them, but the new battery from these guys will require additional software update including a BIOS update (all included on a CD supplied) in order for it to function on my laptop. Must admit I'm not at all happy with anything that adjusts or plays with the BIOS, unless it's a full official Sony update.

Any other ideas?

6 07/01/2012 - 7:59 AM
By bellitems
Replacement laptop batteries
Thanks for that link. I'll call them about the battery they're showing.

6 07/01/2012 - 7:59 AM
By bellitems
Replacement laptop batteries
Thanks for that info. Unfortunately Sony are out of stock of a replacement & have been for the last 6 months, according to 2 customer reps I have spoken to, it appears as if they are no longer going to keep it in stock. This has also been the same for Sony in the USA. So, I may be forced to use a non-Sony/generic one for replacement.

6 07/01/2012 - 7:59 AM
By bellitems
Replacement laptop batteries
Happy New Year to you all.

I would like some advice please. I'm looking for a company that supplies replacement laptop batteries that are usually similar or the same as the OEMs'.

I have a Sony Vaio Z series notebook, bought 3 years ago. The original battery appears to be fine with no real issues, but as it's getting old & I'm concerned that one day it'll give out & I'll be left high & dry. So I'm looking for a replacement/spare. The OEM battery is no longer supplied by Sony, so I'm having to look elsewhere. The nearest I can see that is closest to the specification of the original comes from Batterymag.co.uk.

This is the original battery info from Sony.

Has anyone had any dealings with this company? Or, has anyone got another good source of laptop replacement batteries that can be recommended?

Chris

6 07/01/2012 - 7:59 AM
By bellitems
Would it be cheaper in America?
Another large store worth looking at: B&H Photo Video .

20 15/03/2012 - 4:00 PM
By User_Removed
An open note to all Shops big and small,
I agree wholeheartedly.

My wife is disabled, and a recent trip to our local Tesco resulted in me complaining to the manager that one of the aisles was too tight with a display stand & that her wheel chair knocked it over as we were manoeuvring around a corner. She was very polite & apologised saying she would get on to it right away.

Another trip to our local Debenhams, in order to get my wife some make-up, was also so tightly packed with displays that she couldn't manoeuvre see what was available & had to ask an assistant for help. Not ideal at this busy time of year (or at any other time).

So, please make sure that your shops, stalls, or areas are easily reached by ALL. Thank you.

5 16/12/2011 - 3:11 PM
By graceland
Apple iOS 5 upgrade. One problem...
Great, at least it showed up somehow or other, & am now a hero...first time in my life. LOL Wink

I upgraded my 4th gen iPod to IOS 5 on the evening it came out, never again! Apple's servers were far too clogged took me 5 hours to complete the upgrade, at least you waited till it was quieter.

11 15/10/2011 - 7:55 AM
By hobbo
Apple iOS 5 upgrade. One problem...
Mike,

I think I understand what you're describing. Have you tried renaming the folder on your PC, then ticking the renamed file in iTunes, then seeing if it is on your iPod after re-syncing?

Chris

11 15/10/2011 - 7:55 AM
By hobbo
Quick question on BT broadband usage limits
I don't know whether this could help you out: Lifehacker, but it has some interesting info about setting up home networks with "Guest" access which you can control.

16 11/07/2011 - 12:25 PM
By darranl
American Accents :)
The people of Tangier Island in Virginia have a strange almost west country dialect. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIZgw09CG9E

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64 19/05/2011 - 3:35 PM
By joolsb
American Accents :)
Having lived in central/southern Virginia, I love the accent there especially the country folk, but any southern American drawl/accent does it for me.

I always like it when my wife gets angry or frustrated, as her accent goes real southern....bliss...Wink

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64 19/05/2011 - 3:35 PM
By joolsb
Petrol Prices in the States
Having lived in the States until very recently I can understand the UK's attitudes to the way Americans use (& abuse) gas. But, most cars over there are now getting more economical, although there's a long way to go to achieve European style gas economics. But having said that, our Toyota Camry 2.8L got around 30-38 miles to the US gallon on a good run, but did drop to 28 MPG(US) on town or local runs.

The problem is most of the US populous appears to be rural or semi-rural based. Where I lived in Virginia any city of over 40,000 (which were both almost 40 miles away) were 150 miles to the north, 105 miles to the east, 180 miles to the south & to the west 200 miles. The railroad around where I used to live is often sparse or primarily designed for goods movement (coal, aggregates, etc) which are slow moving, very long, & the railroad (which has probably not been updated for decades) itself often had to negotiate & circumnavigate heavy mountainous regions.

As I said most of the area was rural & mountainous requiring 4x4 SUVs & pick-up trucks especially to get through the often heavy winter weather.

So, in many ways I can see both sides to the story.

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11 11/05/2011 - 11:50 PM
By StrayCat
iPhone 4 - Do I?
Being in the US, I can testify that, from most tech forums here, the iPhone 4 is having major issues. Plus, there is a Public Class Action suit against Apple ongoing for the signal issues. There is a lot of negativity with the iPhone 4 at present. And on those reports & problems alone I would hold off going for it until it's all sorted.

Presently, according to most techies over here, the Android phones are now the "new" phone to have. Wink

30 15/07/2010 - 12:48 PM
By digicammad
Warhol Pop Art BBC1 9pm tonight
Wish I could watch it, but can't get even BBC iPlayer over here. I've just finished a great Andy Warhol auto-biography about the 60s, popism, & the Factory.

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2 02/05/2010 - 7:26 PM
By cmawson
Cheap flights to the USA
No problem, good luck with your trip.

9 09/03/2010 - 5:18 AM
By cmawson
Cheap flights to the USA
It all depends on when you're going.

We've managed to get my step-daughter, her partner, & their baby a round trip of 10 days (Edinburgh - Washington DC Dulles via Heathrow) for a total $1500 (approx 995 Pounds) for March 23 by going direct to BA, booking last week. But it was done thorough the US site of BA not the UK variant, not sure if the prices are better booking from here in the US or not.

My wife checked out most of the internet deals & still BA were cheaper by $100 plus at the time of booking. Had it been a week later & Easter would've bumped up the ticket price to nearly $2000 an increase of nearly $500.

9 09/03/2010 - 5:18 AM
By cmawson
Sending non-BT emails through BT server
Check out this page from BT about setting up MS Outlook 2003, as Chris states, the smtp needs authentication:

Setting up BT Yahoo! Mail in Outlook 2002 or 2003

I appreciate this link is for BT Yahoo mail, but most email accounts will need to be set-up this way with BT.

Hope that helps.

7 01/03/2010 - 2:06 PM
By JamesBurns
Somehow, you've got to laugh....
It was originally proposed by the Bush administration, which most the crtics were skeptical of its implementation, by all but the neo-cons, on the basis of privacy.

But back in November Virginia elected a rather right wing Christian Republican governor & assistant governor, so the ultra right wing Christians are upping the stakes so to speak. They use certain notions that would rally the less than well educated (& the right wing Christian faithful) to rebuke it rather than use the privacy issues situation. It's partly about control off the masses.

11 15/02/2010 - 5:48 PM
By gcarth
Somehow, you've got to laugh....
....'chipping' someone has now gone from being a privacy issue to being 'the mark of the beast'.

Oh boy, what a strange world we live in.

link

11 15/02/2010 - 5:48 PM
By gcarth
There's always one....
That so remind me of my daughter's boyfriend, he makes exactly the same facial expression as the seal in every photo with him in it.

3 13/02/2010 - 12:24 AM
By Carabosse
Driving in America
For driving in Arizona, check this sites out:

link

And yes, speed limits are enforced heavily over here, even as little as 15 mph over the limit can lead to a 'reckless driving' ticket being given. I found that out to my cost recently.

Also visit the Arizona state tourist dept website.

115 27/01/2010 - 8:32 PM
By Anthony
Scotlands winter wonderland
Damn, can't get it here in the US. Can't wait to return to Scotland to live!

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12 20/01/2010 - 11:09 AM
By jazzygf
Where are they?
@MikeRC, that's what I thought, 33 years, not even a pull by the boys (or gals) in blue in that time.

Then what happens, I got pulled over here in the US on an interstate, 80 in a 65 limit & only a couple of months after getting my Virginia state drivers license. Got points & fairly hefty fine for my lapse. Mind you, the cop that did me was very polite, even being very apologetic for having pulled me over, & as it was my first offense, I wasn't charged for reckless driving. But, now I'm much more cautious. The state troopers have a tendency to hide within in the wide medians on the interstates, so they can't be seen until they pull out behind, with all 15 or so lights flashing!

So, the moral is never tempt fate. Lol.

18 31/12/2009 - 8:26 PM
By Snapper