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  •  speaking of computers, i have several questions: (0+ / 0-)
    1.  i have a noise, that sounds like a very metallic deck of cards shuffling that plays for no reason, now and then.  I used to hear a little musical thing, not long after i powered up, and i figured it might have something to do with the flicker slide show i had saved on Dashboard of election night.  (Haven't heard it for a little while.)  But lately it's been just the "cards" sound, and it can be long after powering up.

    Mac PowerBook w/Intel, Leopard 10.5.6.

    1.  Speaking of Dashboard, does anyone know how to delete a window that i've saved with Dashboard?  I have all these windows that i saved with Dashboard, and i'd like to get rid of about 90% of them.  
    1.  Does anyone know of a (free, if possible) source where i could begin to learn code?  

    Thanks.

    •  I'll try to help (2+ / 0-)
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      Even though my IT expertise is more geared towards Windows/Linux machines.  

      #1.  It sounds like the HDD is going bad.  Unfortunately if a peripheral goes bad on any laptop (especially Apple), you're pretty much screwed.

      #2.  I hate the OS/X desktop system as a whole, but I think you can just right click the program and add it to the dashboard.  Don't quote me on that though.

      #3.  It all depends on what type of code you're talking about.  Are you talking C++?

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      by Mortus on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 12:40:16 PM PDT

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    •  There Are Tons Of Resources On The Web (1+ / 0-)
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      Does anyone know of a (free, if possible) source where i could begin to learn code?

      Here are just a few resources. The internet is chock full of free code, language tutorials, etc.. Note that to do anything meaningful you will need to install XCode on your computer (it comes on your install DVD, it is not installed as part of the base operating system). Install both XCode and all of the reference materials. Tons of sample program source is installed as part of the XCode install (XCode install creates a new directory called 'Developer'.

      Look to stuff like:

      Developer:Examples:InterfaceBuilder:IBCarbonExample
      Developer:Examples:InterfaceBuilder:SimpleMultiWindow
      Developer:Examples:Carbon:ScrollView

      Note that computer programming is often very platform dependent. Code that you write for Mac OS will not necessarily compile or run on Windows and so on.

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      have a noise, that sounds like a very metallic deck of cards shuffling that plays for no reason

      Given this is not a Finder sound (uncheck System Preferences->Sound->'Play user interface sound effects' to turn this off), or some other kind of audio thing playing thru your speakers, it may indeed be that it is the hard drive head doing some kind of seek operation.. It is not always a sign of an impending hard drive failure, but it could be.

      I used to hear a little musical thing, not long after i powered up,

      Macs run a hardware test on start-up. I don't know if this is what you're experiencing or not Uh-oh: You switch on your Mac and see the icon of a frowning Mac or hear odd beeps, chords, or sound effects.

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      by superscalar on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 01:18:53 PM PDT

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