OS X: Time Machine backup after hardware repairs

TimeMachineCourtesy of Apple, my laptop suffered a brain surgery, and the main board was replaced. Now it is almost as good as new, but since it still has a history, I would like to preserve it.

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Mac OS X: How to install EAGLE as a non-administrator user

There are few EDA programs that run on Mac OS X. One of them is CadSoft EAGLE PCB & Schematic software (v5), but unfortunately the integration with Mac OS X is minimal.

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Mac OS X: Install package with administrative rights

There are some packages that can be properly installed only with administrative rights. If you are like me, and run your account with regular rights, you might face some installation failures with poorly build packages.

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Mac OS X: Startup key combinations

There are moments when even Mac OS X has problems and needs to be started in special configurations.
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Adding a Logitech webcam to my Mac

Since my experience with Macs is improving steadily, I decided to go further and migrate my Skype account from Windows to my Mac Mini.

For this I needed a good microphone and eventually a Web camera. After a short research, I ordered the Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro for Mac.

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Apple Romanian keyboard layout for Windows running on Mac

I recently evaluated the status of Romanian language support on various platforms and I decided that now it is reasonable to start using Romanian extensively, including on Web pages, eMail, etc.

There are still compatibility problems with some old devices (like mobile phones), or some XP fonts (that do not look great), but on modern platforms like Windows 7 and Mac OS X, the problems were already solved.
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Migrating Outlook calendars to Mac iCal

The first attempt to migrate data from my old Outlook configuration to Mac failed. I was too impatient and simply tried to export data from Outlook (File -> Import and Export… -> Export to a file) in one of the Comma Separated Values formats presented, just to later import the files on Mac. Neither Calendar nor Address Book did not understand the CSV files properly, and failed with various and strange error messages.

For the second attempt I decided to concentrate on Calendar and be more diligent. So I discovered that the preferred calendar transfer format is the iCalendar format (.ics), apparently well supported by both Microsoft and Apple.
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Migrating my iTunes Music from Windows to Mac

After the initial joy of playing with a new toy, I decided to start the migration of media files from the old Windows machine to my new Mac Mini.
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Happy with my first Mac!

There are many things that can be said about Apple products, but one is unanimous: they look great! The Mac Mini front panel has only a nice LED and the DVD entry.
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