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Are the wafer-thin screens as delicate as they look? I always liked the brutish durability of a Thinkpad, or a Toughbook if you were truly savage, where it was clear that no coddling was necessary.
 

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Oh great minds: My macbook pro has started going to sleep while I'm working on it. Usually without the battery connected, but I'm in no danger of being low on battery power. Any ideas what is causing and how to fix?
 

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Oh great minds: My macbook pro has started going to sleep while I'm working on it. Usually without the battery connected, but I'm in no danger of being low on battery power. Any ideas what is causing and how to fix?
What are your power settings for battery? Any new program installs?
 

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For battery, I put the thing to sleep normally after 15 minutes of inactivity, but also have it to never sleep (the display) when plugged in.

No new programs I can think of beyond RAW updates to OSX at various points.
 

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For battery, I put the thing to sleep normally after 15 minutes of inactivity, but also have it to never sleep (the display) when plugged in.

No new programs I can think of beyond RAW updates to OSX at various points.
Hmmmmm. Double check the Energy Saver settings. Set the option to never sleep. See if it still does it then.
 

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I did an SMC reset today after yet another sleep-session, so we'll see what happens. No problems as of yet.
Did you reset the PRAM as well?

https://support.apple.com/kb/PH11243?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

A small amount of your computer’s memory, called “parameter random-access memory” or PRAM, stores certain settings in a location that OS X can access quickly. The particular settings that are stored depend on your type of Mac and the types of devices connected to it. The settings include your designated startup disk, display resolution, speaker volume, and other information.
Note: To print these instructions, open the Help Viewer’s Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear) and choose Print.
  1. Shut down the computer.
  2. Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command (⌘), Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
  3. Turn on the computer.
  4. Immediately press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.
    Continue holding the keys down until the computer restarts, and you hear the startup sound for the second time.
  5. Release the keys.
Resetting PRAM may change some system settings and preferences. Use System Preferences to restore your settings.
 

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I've reset PRAM before (had an OS meltdown while in Uruguay years ago, and they didn't have the latest version available to reinstall), but only did SHIFT+CTRL+OPT+Power today.
 

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I've reset PRAM before (had an OS meltdown while in Uruguay years ago, and they didn't have the latest version available to reinstall), but only did SHIFT+CTRL+OPT+Power today.
Do the PRAM reset as well. Good to clear them both out at the same time.

Also, have you checked your disk permissions in Disk Utility? Some might need repairing.

A good program to run is ONYX. It has a nice automation utility that runs a bunch of scripts to clean out your cache, repair your permissions, verify your hd, etc.
http://www.titanium.free.fr/downloadonyx.php
 

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So, thoughts on Mavericks?

Also, I think I'm finally done w/ Chrome.
Free is good. Its not much of a difference from Mountain Lion.

If you have illegal versions, or trial versions, of iWork 09, Apple is upgrading them to the new iWork for free.
 

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Aperture works the same way as well. If you download the trial version of 3.0.- then you can upgrade to 3.5 in the AppStore for free!
 

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Just bought a laptop, Asus S400 if I'm not wrong. Anyone know about the brand?

The sound system is quite nice. It has Core i7, 4Gb in RAM and 500Gb in ROM. Don't know if it's because it getting used to the webpages and iTunes but sometimes it feels a bit slow to charge webpages, writing in the forum has a bit of a delay and sometimes the song playing in iTunes skips like in a CD. Is this normal?
 

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Anyone got a good recommendation on an aesthetically pleasing monitor? Glass bezel, metal trim, stuff like that?

I'm pretty out of practice in the components procurement department.
 

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Anyone got a good recommendation on an aesthetically pleasing monitor? Glass bezel, metal trim, stuff like that?

I'm pretty out of practice in the components procurement department.
Does color matter? Brand? Connection type? Size?
 
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