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Tales from IT – Connecting a FireWire 800 MacBook Pro to a Thunderbolt 3 iMac December 11, 2017

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If you need to get your data copied off of a Mac without taking it apart, Apple built a feature into the OS X operating system called Target Disk Mode. Simply hold down the “T” Key as you turn the computer on and your Mac instantly becomes an external hard drive capable of being read by other Mac computers.

However, certain older Macs have limits on what ports can be used while in Target Disk Mode, and many of those older ports are no longer used in modern Macs like the recent iMac. The 2010 MacBook Pro, for example, can only use its 9-Pin FireWire 800 port in Target Disk Mode, and in order for another computer to connect to it in Target Disk Mode, it needs to be compatible with that port. Newer Macs no longer offer FireWire ports in their computers, and instead include newer Thunderbolt-branded ports. While faster and more capable, Apple users need to purchase an adapter to make the Thunderbolt port work with a FireWire device. Thankfully, Apple does make a FireWire To Thunderbolt adapter, its really expensive, and it doesn’t fit the new Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports included in all new iMac models. You would need to get a second, even more expensive adapter, to connect a Thunderbolt 2 device to a Thunderbolt 3 port.

So it came to be that in order to perform a direct peer to peer data connection between two Macs with just seven years in age apart, Maniac would need to buy no less than one cable and two separate adapters. Maniac called every Apple Tech Support, Genius and personal friend he knew familiar with Apple products and not a single one of them (on either coast) admitted to attempting what he wanted to do, although a few admitted it would probably work on paper.

So what happens when your 2010 MacBook dies and you want to get the files off of it? Will nearly $100 worth of Apple cables do the trick? Watch and find out!

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Tales From IT – Restoring Time Machine Backups to a New Mac Using Migration Assistant December 6, 2017

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We’ve got an all-new Tales from IT, where we follow-up on an IT story we previously talked about.

Maniac’s girlfriend had a 2010 MacBook Pro which recently died on her. Thankfully, she had kept regular Time Machine backups before the computer died, and while they didn’t include files she had made in the last two months, the vast majority of her programs and documents were safely on her time machine drive.

Mac data is not compatible with Windows PCs, so to recover her data she needed to buy a new Mac. Macs have an internal program called Migration Assistant which is designed to copy data from older Macs using three possible methods: Ethernet, Target Disk Mode, or Time Machine. The first two options were not possible, so we attempted to move all the data from her Time Machine backup.

Here’s how it worked, some tips for what not to do, and some errors you can expect if you decide to perform this procedure!

Mega Construx PokeBall Build November 18, 2017

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This past weekend, Toys R Us hosted another one of their incredible in-store Pokémon events. Unlike previous events which would typically give attendees promotional cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Toys R Us had a bunch of great stuff to give aspiring Pokémon Trainers, including a promotional card for the Pokémon TCG, a figurine, a custom binder, and a Mega Construx PokéBall.

Maniac assembled LEGO sets when he was a child, so seeing Mega Construx blocks appeared very familiar to him. Let’s take a closer look at the Mega Construx PokéBall, as Maniac assembles one for all of you.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are out now exclusively on Nintendo 3DS platforms.

Tales from IT – Diagnosing and Replacing a Broken MacBook Pro Hard Drive November 14, 2017

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We’ve got an all-new Tales From IT video today, where Maniac talks about some of his most difficult or most interesting experiences fixing computers and other electronic equipment.

Maniac’s girlfriend is a graphic artist and because of that, uses a Mac for her computing needs. One day, while working in Photoshop, she received an odd error message Maniac hadn’t seen in nearly a decade. Will he be able to discover the problem with her computer and fix it? Watch and find out!

FAIL: How Disney Got Back Oswald November 8, 2017

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Welcome back to the highly-anticipated return of FAIL, where we look at Hollywood’s epic business management failures. Today, we’re going to be talking about a FAIL that ended up working out very well for one major company and for an all-new generation.

Before Mickey Mouse was a twinkle in Walt Disney’s eye, Walt created Oswald The Lucky Rabbit for Universal Studios. After Walt decided to leave Universal to start his own company, he was told he could not take Oswald with him, and Walt went on to create Mickey Mouse. Since they both were created by Walt Disney, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was considered by many Disney historians to be Mickey Mouse’s brother. Sadly, Universal had kept the legal rights to Oswald in one of their vaults for decades, despite the fact they had done nothing with him for nearly a century.

Who would have thought that a contract renewal for famous sportscaster Al Michaels would trigger a series of events to bring Oswald The Lucky Rabbit back to his true owners?

Date Nite – Pokemon: I Choose You Review November 7, 2017

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Over the last two nights, Fathom Events hosted a special event at movie theaters. An all-new feature-length animated Pokémon film was shown at cinemas across the United States. It was a very limited release, but the event intended to celebrate twenty amazing years of Pokémon movies, and participants who bought tickets were given an exclusive Promotional card for the Pokémon TCG and a digital code for the upcoming Pokémon games Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon!

Date Nite is an all-new video series for this website where Maniac and his girlfriend Princess Angel review a film they saw together. Today, they’ll be taking about the Fathom Events premiere of Pokémon: I Choose You, and give their spoiler-free and spoiler-filled thoughts about the special event and the film.

Hope you enjoyed our review, please post a comment below with what you think of this new series!

Silent Hill Podcast October 24, 2017

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We are back with the big return of the GameXcess.net Podcast!  Today, we’ve got a special video in anticipation for Halloween, we will be talking about the beloved Silent Hill franchise!

If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, it is an unscripted series where we talk about our memories of a specific gaming franchise. Specifically, we talk about the history of the franchise, our experiences with it and what we think the future holds for it. As I’m sure you will be able to tell, the fact that this podcast clocks in at over an hour and forty minutes long, we have a lot to say!  Enjoy.

Pokemon Go Plus iOS 11 Testing October 10, 2017

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Since we got the Pokémon Go Plus BlueTooth accessory, we’ve been having a few issues running the accessory while the iPhone was in standby.  The Pokémon Go app would either crash during standby or randomly disconnect from the phone, making a major selling point of Pokémon Go Plus moot. We predicted this was most likely a minor bug that could have been brought on in iOS 11, and would be fixed in an update.

Yesterday, Niantic released an update for the iPhone version of Pokémon Go, and we wanted to finally test how well the app runs with the Pokémon Go Plus accessory while in standby.  So we pulled out an old camera and decided to film a walk to see if there is any difference in how Pokémon Go will measure distance if you use the Plus while your phone is in standby. Our results will surprise you!

What do you think of our results? Post a comment below with your thoughts!

Pokémon Go is out now for iOS and Android Smartphones.

How to Attach a Pokemon Go Plus Wrist Strap September 25, 2017

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This weekend we unboxed the Pokémon Go Plus, a Bluetooth accessory designed to enhance the functionality of Pokémon Go.  Today, we’ve got another How To video on how to get the most out of it.

Pokémon Go players have two options when carrying the Plus with them, they can either use the attached clip or use the provided wristband.  Since a Pokémon Go Plus won’t work if accidentally put in a washer cycle, I didn’t want to accidentally leave it clipped to my clothes.  I grew up wearing a watch so having something around my wrist I can interact with is more comfortable to me.

Today, we’re going to show you how to attach a Wrist Strap to the Pokémon Go Plus. Before we get started, here’s an important tip: You’ll need a PH00 micro screwdriver to attach the strap, but we were able to change it using a PH000 screwdriver.  Enjoy.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.

How to Set Up Pokemon Go Plus September 23, 2017

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Are you a big Pokémon Go player and want to play the game in an all new way?  If you bought yourself an all new Pokémon Go Plus accessory, you’re going to need to set it up on your iPhone or Android device. Here’s a video to help you out.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.