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Macintosh / Re: High Sierra released
« Last post by Paul Arenson on Today at 12:04:50 AM »
Well, downloaded and all is working.  But still not sure if my machine is using the new file system (see previous note).  How to tell?
Hardware shows:


  Available:   40.48 GB (40,476,393,472 bytes)
  Capacity:   250.79 GB (250,790,436,864 bytes)
  Mount Point:   /
  File System:   APFS
  Writable:   Yes
  Ignore Ownership:   No
  BSD Name:   disk2s1
  Volume UUID:   110C4FEC-5C2C-3BFD-A114-A906F55376AB
  Physical Drive:
  Device Name:   APPLE SSD TS256B
  Media Name:   AppleAPFSMedia
  Medium Type:   SSD
  Protocol:   SATA
  Internal:   Yes
  Partition Map Type:   Unknown


So it seems it is there. But I read that it does not work for HDD. So????


As well, they say Safari now blocks things but the very last version I downloaded in before High Sierra also had that.

So I don't notice anything different. Oh, exist photos has the editing tools back.

AND Photos has suddenly started working--it stopped updating my new photos and videos (although the iCloud.com version as up to date and other devices as well.0

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Macintosh / Re: High Sierra released
« Last post by Paul Arenson on Today at 12:02:11 AM »
I have that perk from my institution where I am PT. I have been using it for  a few months (actually like Outlook although on the Iphone it doesn't do aliases!!!). I wonder when I stop working there if the program will stop, or if it will continue to work. You get Skype minutes too.
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Windows, PC etc / Re: Freetel leaving smartphone market?
« Last post by Jerry Brady on September 26, 2017, 10:24:34 PM »
So, Freetel are being bought out by Rakuten. No wonder they've reduced their line-up and there are bargains to be had.

They have a new storefront right next to AU in Ojima, as well as a new kiosk in Kinshicho Yodobashi camera. Didn't have time to check them out.

jcb
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Open Discussion (members and non-members) / Re: SSDs worth buying???
« Last post by Phil O on September 26, 2017, 09:54:47 PM »
Thank you, Wayne, for the link to the informative webpage, and thanks to Robert for the warning re the OCZ drives.

Today I very quickly looked at SSDs at Yodobashi in Kichijoji.  I didn't have time to check any models and prices of external SSDs, but internal SSDs are rather costly (about JPY40,000 for 1 TB), and so I'm wondering if an external 1-TB SSD would be a feasible, less-expensive alternative as the start-up drive for my iMac.  I hope to be able to stop by Bic in Akasaka-Mitsuke tomorrow to look at external SSDs.   
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Macintosh / Re: High Sierra released
« Last post by Jim_S on September 26, 2017, 09:31:37 PM »
I'm an adjunct professor now at Temple University Japan, and I recently learned that TUJ has site licenses for both MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite. I can log in to the portal and install both for free, for as long as I remain on staff. Not a bad perk, eh?

The only problem is current versions require Yosemite or higher, and I'm still on Mavericks. I tried upgrading my 2012 MacAir to Yosemite when it came out, but it really turned it into a sloth. Not quite sure what to do. Buy new hardware?
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Macintosh / Re: High Sierra released
« Last post by Paul Arenson on September 26, 2017, 08:54:08 PM »
So it says the new file system works on macs with all flash storage. My drive one is HDD and ddrive two is SSD. Does that mean my machine will continue to use the older storage system? And, for people who can use the new system, do you have a choice?  How does that affect backup programs?
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iPhone, iPad, iPod, aTV, Watch, etc. / Re: New iPhones
« Last post by Paul Arenson on September 26, 2017, 08:46:47 PM »
Rakuten Fusion has a free 050 number that you only pay for when you use it, and voicemail that comes via email. You have to get some sort of ok to use it out of Japan, I hear.

It works fine.

Rates are ok as I recall.

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Macintosh / Re: High Sierra released
« Last post by Richard H on September 26, 2017, 06:45:04 PM »
Thanks for this. My usual machines will remain on Mavericks or Sierra, case by case. I won't go HS for a year at least,
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Windows, PC etc / Re: Freetel leaving smartphone market?
« Last post by Robert Hancock on September 26, 2017, 06:31:41 PM »
Fretted opened a store at Nerima Station about 3 months ago.  8 weeks later it closed.  I was wondering why and now I know.
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Windows, PC etc / Re: Freetel leaving smartphone market?
« Last post by Wayne B on September 26, 2017, 05:38:36 PM »
So, Freetel are being bought out by Rakuten. No wonder they've reduced their line-up and there are bargains to be had.
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