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Three-finger drag & Macbook Pro Force Touch trackpad

Today I got a brand new computer for work and I am ecstatic to report it is a beefed up, brand new 2015 13″ Macbook Pro. I love it right away (of course) but quickly realized the new Force Touch trackpad did not have three-finger drag as a default option. I didn’t find the drag setting anywhere in the trackpad options (in System Preferences), but luckily I found a support thread that helped me out.

System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad Options > Enable dragging (click checkbox) > three finger drag

Hard to find location, but SO HAPPY the functionality is still available.

Whew!

I was very worried this morning that I was going to fall head over heels with the new iPad that was coming out today.

I just got my iPad2 last August and I didn’t want to feel behind the game already.

From what I can tell, I’m really not missing out. Not to say that anyone else isn’t, but for how I use my iPad, I definitely don’t need the Retina display or the beefed up camera. And I’m 99% sure it’s packaged with all the same apps (messages + reminders, I don’t think I have this?), so I’m good on that too.

I must say though… Apple invested in some really nice hand models for their marketing imagery.

 

I might be trumped

So I have relentlessly hated on the iPad because of the lack of a USB drive. I think the announcement of iCloud has bested me. I’ll need to find out more, but it seems to me that if you have iCloud and can push all your data to all your devices… is a USB drive a thing of the past?

To USB or Not To USB? Part 2

iPad2 is completely sold out online and in stores. In New York, a woman sold her physical spot in line outside the Apple store for $900 (http://bit.ly/hWxKDv). She was first in line, but still… Wow. Other customers are waiting almost a month to receive theirs (http://bit.ly/e6yTYM).

I still can’t find any firm information on whether or not it has a USB port. I know that there is a front and back camera, it’s faster and slimmer, the resolution hasn’t improved, and there is no SD slot. What about USB?

I found this, and it’s the best info on USB that I’ve found. It compares the Motorola Xoom and the iPad 2. It says that the Xoom has “many unique features” that are “specifically not available” on iPad 2 (Flash, 4G, SD slot, USB port, and built-in HDMI). I’ve re-read this article several times, and I can’t tell if these “unique features” are available on iPad 2 but don’t come in the standard config, OR if they’re just not available at all. Which seems to be the case because I know you can’t config an iPad to play Flash.

And this one is incredibly confusing. In the Battery Life section, it mentions that you can try and charge your iPad 2 via USB on your computer or laptop, but then later on says that a USB port is “one of the most wished-for features” by users.

Ack!!

Does anyone know, for sure, if there is a USB port on the iPad2??

To USB or Not to USB?

If you took a look at the Apple start page today, you should notice they’re plugging the brand spankin’ new iPad 2. It’s got the camera that everyone knew it needed, but what about a USB port?

According to them:

Once you pick up iPad 2, it’ll be hard to put down. That’s the idea behind the all-new design. It’s 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter, so it feels even more comfortable in your hands.

This sentence is followed by a superscript 2 (footnote):

Actual size and weight vary by configuration and manufacturing process.

If it’s 33% thinner, how will they fit a USB port? The pictures don’t show a USB port, but that doesn’t mean anything.

Maybe you’ll be able to order a 33% thicker iPad and configure it with USB. Doesn’t sound too bad to me.

For more info on iPad 2, check here.

“The application Finder can’t be opened.”

Grr. This is the second time this has happened to me. I work on Snow Leopard at home and at work, but now twice at work I’ve gotten this fatal message:

“The application Finder can’t be opened.” -10810

Finder error

I can’t remember what I was doing the first time it happened, but when it happened just now, I was attempting to delete 4 or 5 directories on a shared server. The directories were NOT huge; it shouldn’t have crashed Finder. But it did. I had to force quit Finder and then when I tried to open it again, I got that crappy error message.

But I found a solution via the googler.

  1. Open Terminal. For those who are scared to open Terminal, don’t worry I’m in the same boat. I promise it will be okay.
  2. Type this in to Terminal:
    System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder &
  3. Hit Enter.
  4. Now the first time I hit enter, my Finder window popped open. I was happy, so I closed the Finder window & Terminal. Then I clicked on Finder in the dock, and I got that damn error again.

    So, second time through, I started over at Step #1 and repeated the process. The second time that I hit enter (Step #3), the Finder window did not open automatically. But the Finder icon in the dock had the bottom light, so I clicked on it and a Finder window popped open. Phew!

    But then I closed Terminal. When you go to close Terminal, it closes your Finder. Boo.

    Third time through, repeat all steps. Finder automatically opens when I hit enter this time. Hit up the googler again to find a fix.

  5. Type this in to Terminal: disown
  6. Hit Enter.
  7. Now close Terminal and your Finder should still stay open.

Wow… That was a huge bear. Hope Apple fixes that bug.

Many thanks to this person:
http://www.adeepbite.com/must-know-macosx-tips-and-tricks/the-application-finder-cant-be-opened/,
and this person:
http://utvv.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-fix-application-finder-cant-be.html