AMUG SIG Night
When: Tuesday, November 22, 7 p.m.
Program: OS X SIG (Special Interest Group) -- Where we discuss all things Apple! Bring your questions!
Presenter: Jay Cann
Description: We call it the "OS X SIG" but we actually cover anything related to Apple products, including third-party software and hardware. Our meetings are informal and guests are welcome. Bring your questions and see you there!
NOTE: Avoid a VERY EXPENSIVE parking charge. Park in the two lots across the street. Look for the "$3 Parking" signs.
Location: Macquarium, 1800 Peachtree St., Suite 250, Atlanta, GA[masked]
Questions: Todd Daniel - [masked], cell [masked]
The President Speaketh
Lion Disk Errors
Defying the myth of Apple invincibility, every four years or so I get a serious disk error. This usually seems to happen when I'm plugging in a device and things go wrong. At least that's my theory. The last time it was my daughter's iPod and this time it was a really cheap USB flash stick, shaped like a key.
You'll learn about these disk errors by running Disk Utility, which you should already be doing every week to correct your permissions. A disk error is a scary thing -- your hard drive appears in red in the left column of Disk Utility. We all know that red means "blood."
Lion has some fabulous rescue utilities designed to make this traumatic experience less traumatic. Lion Recovery is built right into the operating system -- you no longer need to run it from an external DVD. To launch, simply reboot and hold down the "Command" and "R" keys. If it doesn't work the first time, restart again. Once it loads up you will see a "Mac OS X Utilities" window. From there, select "Disk Repair."
If your luck is really bad and you've corrupted your operating system, you can reinstall Lion via Wi-Fi. This allows you to start your computer directly from Apple's Servers, which is really amazing. For complete instructions, visit:: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718
Should your problems persist, consider getting Disk Warrior. The first time I experienced a crash I was on deadline and ran to the store to purchase Disk Warrior. After inserting the disc, I heard clicking sounds for about 10 minutes and then, alas, my hard drive and data were all saved. Yes, I am a big believer in Disk Warrior. I could have purchased TechTool Pro, but I'm more familiar with Disk Warrior and I know it works. The cost is $99 (upgrade $49.95).
As for the flash drive -- I gave it to a friend before realizing it was bad. I guess my friend count will now drop on Facebook.
-- Todd Daniel