my 11 questions after a months of mac use

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  1. volcom883 macrumors regular

    volcom883

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    #1
    mac os:
    1-can i add an application to launch in exposé shortcut?
    2-how to cancel changes applied to an application's preferences if a mistake has been made?
    3-when force quit doesnt shut an application, what do i do?
    4-how reliable is the stikies app in dashboard? ever lost what you had taken down?
    5-if many windows and apps are open. is there a easy way to minimise all and just keep one instead of minimizing them one by one?
    6-what happens to a new file that im currently viewing while time machine is backing up? backed up or skipped?
    7-built in mac firewall, anything to do? shall i select allow all incoming connections or only essential services?
    8-my document folders such as "movies", "music" etc. why have i got 2 different my documents? one serie is in places->home folder and the other is under places->documents
    9-the 4 finger gesture application switcher is a cool feature however it doesnt seem to open and application if its been closed or minimized, any way to open them?
    10-with WMware, is it recommended to shut down Windows after use or suspending the sessions is ok too?
    11-mouse accuracy and speed seem to be kinda strange on mac. even though i find the trackpad perfect and accurate using mice is still kinda strange. the mouse speed is really slow. but if you set the mouse to move faster using an additional application the passage between slow to fast isnt well handled. you wanna select something so you move your mouse kinda slowly but it moves too slow so you move it a little faster and there the mouse suddenly speeds up. i used to have a cheap mouse but today i got the logitech mx revolution and i still experience the same thing. when moving the mouse slowly it kinda seems to jump.. this is very annoying! any help?

    thanks
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

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    1. no
    2. don't think you can. if you have a back up of the plist you could use that.
    3. try activity monitor
    4. nope
    5. option + yellow button
    6. If you haven't saved it, it's not backed up
    8. it;s the same folder
    9. don't think so
    10 suspending is fine
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That didn't work for me. You use command+option+H to hide other applications, though.
     
  4. Sky Blue Guest

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    It hides all windows for that application.
     
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Ah, I see. That'd be why; I only have one window per application but a ton of applications.
     
  6. MacBook.Matt macrumors regular

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    #6
    How about the firewall? That is a good question.
     
  7. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    The firewall:

    Best to set it to "set access for specific applications and services". Easy and painless.

    That firewall sucks, though, so I leave it off ("allow all incoming connections".)
     
  8. MacBook.Matt macrumors regular

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    #8
    You use 3rd part firewall? freeware?
     
  9. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    #9
    If you have a router, you don't need a firewall.
     
  10. MacBook.Matt macrumors regular

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    #10
    well thats news to me...Ive got an old cable modem and a standard linksys...can't be the safest bet, but I'll upgrade to an airports extreme base station soon.
     
  11. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

    TuffLuffJimmy

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    #11
    You can delete the plist and the application will make a new one with the default settings.
    Open terminal
    sudo killall <process name>
    I've never had an OS X notes app die on me, but I'm sure it happens. I use the notes in Mail, much more reliable.
    It backs up whatever is saved in your file system at the time.

    Same folder, different ways of getting to it, but there is only one path to the folder.
     
  12. txnoob macrumors 6502

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    Appreciate OP asking some of these, and also appreciate the responses.
     
  13. srl7741 macrumors 68020

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    #13

    Steermouse software/drivers will help that out. Apple seems to be missing the boat with a mouse and how they move. I noticed the same things and have switched over to a Logitech using the Steermouse drivers and the problem has been solved.
     
  14. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Actually that Linksys is probably just fine. If you got the WRT54G or something, it's a great router. If you want to get a bit more out of it you can load a different firmware on it, such as DD-WRT and Tomato

    Sounds like a fun weekend project! ;)
     

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