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Old December 12th 17, 05:42 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
Arthur Wood
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Default Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

I don't know anything about changing names of files on Macintosh!

Today I asked an emergency question on the rec.autos.tech newsgroup (the
question is below) which has an MP4 uploaded to a web style forum which
only accepts small PDFs (less than 12MB).

I easily used Windows Shotcut freeware to convert the ~50 MB MP4 video to
just ~5MB (simply by changing the pixels to 640x480) and then uploaded the
much smaller files "as a fake PDF" by changing the name from file.mp4 to
file.mp4.pdf instead.

The Windows users had no problem changing the name but all the Macintosh
users complained they can't change the name and I can't tell them HOW to
change the name. It's really important that I get these Macintosh users to
hear the file!

Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?
Whatever you write, I will cut and paste into the web forum thread.!

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

================================================== ===============
Here is the original post to the rec.autos.tech newsgroup
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/rec.autos.tech
================================================== ===============
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/rec.autos.tech/uicX1l6oO_U/zzAfaVfSBQAJ
Subject: Have you ever heard THIS SOUND inside your engine?
URL: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1181089

Nobody on Bimmerfest knows what is causing this noise and I can't use the
car until I figure out how to figure out what the noise is.

This only started after I did some work this weekend on the valve cover but
it sounds like someone left a socket inside the engine and it's bouncing
around somewhere.

I'm pretty sure I didn't leave anything inside where this sounds like it's
in the intake manifold but it's hard to figure out where it's coming from
as it's intermittent.

It sounds like it's coming from the top of the engine somehow but it's hard
to place where.

You should not need a login to read that thread and download the videos.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=730369&d=1513035084

Here's just an audio file:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=730353&d=1513034666

When you download them, remove the *pdf which I added so that the MP4 would
look like a PDF to the forum upload GUI.

I can't imagine what is making that noise which is why I'm asking you for
how to debug that noise. Thanks!
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Old December 12th 17, 05:57 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
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Default Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

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Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?


troll.
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Old December 12th 17, 06:02 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
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Default Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

On 2017-12-12 9:42 AM, Arthur Wood wrote:
Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

I don't know anything about changing names of files on Macintosh!

Today I asked an emergency question on the rec.autos.tech newsgroup (the
question is below) which has an MP4 uploaded to a web style forum which
only accepts small PDFs (less than 12MB).

I easily used Windows Shotcut freeware to convert the ~50 MB MP4 video to
just ~5MB (simply by changing the pixels to 640x480) and then uploaded the
much smaller files "as a fake PDF" by changing the name from file.mp4 to
file.mp4.pdf instead.

The Windows users had no problem changing the name but all the Macintosh
users complained they can't change the name and I can't tell them HOW to
change the name. It's really important that I get these Macintosh users to
hear the file!

Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?
Whatever you write, I will cut and paste into the web forum thread.!

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Easy.

On a Mac, you select the file, and hit Return. That activates the file
name for editing. When you remove '.pdf' from the name and hit Return
again, the Finder will ask if you really want to change the file name
extension and offer you the option of using '.mp4' or '.pdf'.

If the file name extensions are hidden, then you can use "Get Info" from
the Finder's File menu to do it instead.


================================================== ===============
Here is the original post to the rec.autos.tech newsgroup
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/rec.autos.tech
================================================== ===============
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/rec.autos.tech/uicX1l6oO_U/zzAfaVfSBQAJ
Subject: Have you ever heard THIS SOUND inside your engine?
URL: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1181089

Nobody on Bimmerfest knows what is causing this noise and I can't use the
car until I figure out how to figure out what the noise is.

This only started after I did some work this weekend on the valve cover but
it sounds like someone left a socket inside the engine and it's bouncing
around somewhere.

I'm pretty sure I didn't leave anything inside where this sounds like it's
in the intake manifold but it's hard to figure out where it's coming from
as it's intermittent.

It sounds like it's coming from the top of the engine somehow but it's hard
to place where.

You should not need a login to read that thread and download the videos.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=730369&d=1513035084

Here's just an audio file:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=730353&d=1513034666

When you download them, remove the *pdf which I added so that the MP4 would
look like a PDF to the forum upload GUI.

I can't imagine what is making that noise which is why I'm asking you for
how to debug that noise. Thanks!


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Old December 12th 17, 06:06 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
Andre G. Isaak
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Default Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

In article ,
Arthur Wood wrote:

Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

I don't know anything about changing names of files on Macintosh!

Today I asked an emergency question on the rec.autos.tech newsgroup (the
question is below) which has an MP4 uploaded to a web style forum which
only accepts small PDFs (less than 12MB).

I easily used Windows Shotcut freeware to convert the ~50 MB MP4 video to
just ~5MB (simply by changing the pixels to 640x480) and then uploaded the
much smaller files "as a fake PDF" by changing the name from file.mp4 to
file.mp4.pdf instead.

The Windows users had no problem changing the name but all the Macintosh
users complained they can't change the name and I can't tell them HOW to
change the name. It's really important that I get these Macintosh users to
hear the file!


I'll give your the benefit of the doubt and assume that by "all the
Macintosh users" you actually mean "one or two Macintosh users".

Tell them to go to Finder-Preferences-Advanced and make sure 'show all
filename extensions' is checked. If they can't figure it out from there,
they're on their own.

Andre

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Old December 12th 17, 06:28 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
Arthur Wood
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Default Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

Andre G. Isaak wrote:

I'll give your the benefit of the doubt and assume that by "all the
Macintosh users" you actually mean "one or two Macintosh users".

Tell them to go to Finder-Preferences-Advanced and make sure 'show all
filename extensions' is checked. If they can't figure it out from there,
they're on their own.


You can look at the web forum thread for yourself to see that the Macintosh
users are telling me in the PM that the file shows up as "file.PDF." so I
can only tell you what they told me. Same with the Usenet group Macintosh
users.

Web forum: Have you ever heard THIS SOUND inside your engine?
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1181089
Usenet group:
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/rec.autos.tech/uicX1l6oO_U/zzAfaVfSBQAJ

I will put the help above into the web forum and the Usenet group, where in
both cases, the Macintosh users couldn't read the files and they are very
different users overall. They're engine experts. Not Macintosh experts.

Thanks for the help. If it works, the web forum and Usenet newsgroup should
soon show that the Macintosh users can read the file.
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Old December 12th 17, 06:50 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
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Default Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

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You can look at the web forum thread for yourself to see that the Macintosh
users are telling me in the PM that the file shows up as "file.PDF." so I
can only tell you what they told me. Same with the Usenet group Macintosh
users.


it shows up as pdf because you changed it to pdf.
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Old December 12th 17, 07:07 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
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Default Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

On 2017-12-12, Arthur Wood wrote:

================================================= ================
Here is the original post to the rec.autos.tech newsgroup
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/rec.autos.tech


I just went to the forum, downloaded each of your recordings, clicked
the name of each file to remove ".pdf" from the end of each filename,
and all of them play fine on macOS.

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Old December 12th 17, 07:11 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
Arthur Wood
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nospam wrote:

it shows up as pdf because you changed it to pdf.


The web forum only accepts the following 6 filename extensions
https://www.turboimagehost.com/p/36851451/upload.gif.html

gif 500KB 1200x1200
jpe 500KB 1024x768
jpeg 500KB 1200x1200
jpg 500KB 1200x1200
png 500KB 1200x1200
pdf 12MB

It's pretty common in web forums to do that extension addition trick.
If you see file.ext.pdf you know to just remove the PDF extension.

The main problem is that videos are large so on Windows it was easy to just
shrink the ~50MB video to about ~5MB just by exporting it to 640x480.

Then I renamed the file to add the ".pdf" and said so in the web forum.
PDF is chosen only because it allows a file size greater than half a MB.

Thanks to the Macintosh file renaming instructions, I think the Macintosh
users on the web forum are ok now (as the first poster to complain was the
guy named Fudman who is very knowledgeable in bimmer engines so for him to
complain means that it's not obvious to all Macintosh users - but when I
sent him the instructions he was finally able to watch the video on his
Macintosh).
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Old December 12th 17, 07:12 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
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The web forum only accepts the following 6 filename extensions


upload to a file sharing service and link it.

It's pretty common in web forums to do that extension addition trick.


no it isn't.
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Old December 12th 17, 07:19 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
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On 2017-12-12, Arthur Wood wrote:

guy named Fudman who is very knowledgeable in bimmer engines so for
him to complain means that it's not obvious to all Macintosh users -
but when I


Being knowledgeable about car engines doesn't magically make him
representative of all Macintosh users. I'm willing to bet most Mac users
know how to rename a file. Anyone who uses all of the above platforms on
a regular basis knows renaming files on macOS is just as simple as it is
on Linux or Windows. Click the file's name and you are in filename
editing mode - simple.

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Old December 12th 17, 07:22 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
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Default Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

In article , Jolly Roger
wrote:

On 2017-12-12, Arthur Wood wrote:
guy named Fudman who is very knowledgeable in bimmer engines so for
him to complain means that it's not obvious to all Macintosh users -
but when I


Being knowledgeable about car engines doesn't magically make him
representative of all Macintosh users. I'm willing to bet most Mac users
know how to rename a file. Anyone who uses all of the above platforms on
a regular basis knows renaming files on macOS is just as simple as it is
on Linux or Windows. Click the file's name and you are in filename
editing mode - simple.


the problem is that he changed the file's extension and hide extensions
is normally on.

the same problem exists on windows but he's too stupid to realize what
the actual problem is and would rather just troll under yet another
nym.
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Old December 12th 17, 08:07 PM posted to comp.sys.mac.apps,alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system
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On 2017-12-12 19:11:52 +0000, Arthur Wood said:
nospam wrote:

it shows up as pdf because you changed it to pdf.


The web forum only accepts the following 6 filename extensions
https://www.turboimagehost.com/p/36851451/upload.gif.html

gif 500KB 1200x1200
jpe 500KB 1024x768
jpeg 500KB 1200x1200
jpg 500KB 1200x1200
png 500KB 1200x1200
pdf 12MB

It's pretty common in web forums to do that extension addition trick.
If you see file.ext.pdf you know to just remove the PDF extension.

The main problem is that videos are large so on Windows it was easy to just
shrink the ~50MB video to about ~5MB just by exporting it to 640x480.

Then I renamed the file to add the ".pdf" and said so in the web forum.
PDF is chosen only because it allows a file size greater than half a MB.

Thanks to the Macintosh file renaming instructions, I think the Macintosh
users on the web forum are ok now (as the first poster to complain was the
guy named Fudman who is very knowledgeable in bimmer engines so for him to
complain means that it's not obvious to all Macintosh users - but when I
sent him the instructions he was finally able to watch the video on his
Macintosh).


You over-complicated the problem by making it a "fake PDF".

There are a ton of hosting websites where you can upload a file of any
type and almost any size, and then simply post a link to it in the
forum. For a video, YouTube would be the most obvious candidate, but
there are plenty of other places.


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Old December 12th 17, 10:19 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
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In message , Tim Streater
writes:
In article , nospam
wrote:

In article , Jolly Roger
wrote:

On 2017-12-12, Arthur Wood wrote:
guy named Fudman who is very knowledgeable in bimmer engines so for
him to complain means that it's not obvious to all Macintosh users -
but when I
Being knowledgeable about car engines doesn't magically make him
representative of all Macintosh users. I'm willing to bet most Mac users
know how to rename a file. Anyone who uses all of the above platforms on
a regular basis knows renaming files on macOS is just as simple as it is
on Linux or Windows. Click the file's name and you are in filename
editing mode - simple.


the problem is that he changed the file's extension and hide extensions
is normally on.
the same problem exists on windows but he's too stupid to realize what
the actual problem is and would rather just troll under yet another
nym.


This whole issue is just another bit of fallout from the Windows
nonsense of *requiring* a file extension.

What nonsense might that be? Windows (and DOS) don't require an
extension; OK, they normally _use_ one (and I definitely agree with all
who think hiding them's a bad idea and certainly shouldn't be the
_default_), but there's no _requirement_. The most obvious example
being, I think, the hosts file.
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Old December 12th 17, 10:19 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
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Default Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

Tim Streater wrote:
In article , nospam
wrote:

In article , Jolly Roger
wrote:

On 2017-12-12, Arthur Wood wrote:
guy named Fudman who is very knowledgeable in bimmer engines so for
him to complain means that it's not obvious to all Macintosh users -
but when I

Being knowledgeable about car engines doesn't magically make him
representative of all Macintosh users. I'm willing to bet most Mac users
know how to rename a file. Anyone who uses all of the above platforms on
a regular basis knows renaming files on macOS is just as simple as it is
on Linux or Windows. Click the file's name and you are in filename
editing mode - simple.


the problem is that he changed the file's extension and hide extensions
is normally on.
the same problem exists on windows but he's too stupid to realize what
the actual problem is and would rather just troll under yet another
nym.


This whole issue is just another bit of fallout from the Windows
nonsense of *requiring* a file extension.


The HOSTS file, an OS file provided by Microsoft, has no file extension.

I think an extension is "recommended" for naive users.

And the OS does have the ridiculous default of *hiding* the
extension field in File Explorer, forcing all of us in the
Windows group, to turn the blasted thing on, after every
Windows install we do. So I certainly wouldn't argue that
the extension is "strongly recommended" by MS, by their
bad choice of defaults. The extension should be exposed,
to help naive users spot ".scr type" malware.

But once you've got your sea legs, you can do whatever
the hell you want. If you want to drag and drop the
HOSTS file on top of an open Notepad window, you can.
Or drop a PDF file from HP, that has no PDF extension,
onto an open Acrobat Reader window.

And we also take advantage of the extension subterfuge, by
*purposely* adding an extension to the extension, to stop
the OS from dispatching dangerous files. So for example,
if I download malware.exe, I can rename it to malware.exe.bak,
neutering it against double-click accidents.

The topic has its pluses and minuses.

It's like driving on the left, or driving on the right.
You get used to it.

Paul
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Old December 12th 17, 11:31 PM posted to alt.windows7.general,comp.sys.mac.system,comp.sys.mac.apps
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Default Can a Macintosh person tell us how to change the name of a file?

On 2017-12-12, nospam wrote:
In article , Jolly Roger
wrote:

On 2017-12-12, Arthur Wood wrote:
guy named Fudman who is very knowledgeable in bimmer engines so for
him to complain means that it's not obvious to all Macintosh users -
but when I


Being knowledgeable about car engines doesn't magically make him
representative of all Macintosh users. I'm willing to bet most Mac users
know how to rename a file. Anyone who uses all of the above platforms on
a regular basis knows renaming files on macOS is just as simple as it is
on Linux or Windows. Click the file's name and you are in filename
editing mode - simple.


the problem is that he changed the file's extension and hide extensions
is normally on.


I don't have "Show all filename extensions" checked in Finder
preferences, and I just downloaded the first two links in the forum
(noise_in_engine.mp4.pdf and audio_recording.wav.pdf), clicked the
filename of each, removed ".pdf", and the filenames were changed.
Simple. This whole "issue" seems to be a case of PEBKAC to me.

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