Every Friday, the staff at Crazy Apple Rumors Site answers common help questions based on our vast experience with Apple products and our fervent belief that we know more than you do.
Q: I have an existential Mac question…
A: Oh, Larry, no you don’t.
Q: Yes, I do! One I thought of all on my own!
A: Get out!
Q: I shall not! Now… the question is, if I use someone else’s user account, do I in any way… become them? Mmm? Mmm?
A: OK, technically that is existential…
A: …if somewhat tepidly so.
A: But the answer to your question is found in… are you ready for this? The Accounts control panel!
Q: Ahh! Now it is you who must get out!
A: Nay! If you open the control panel and hold down the control key, you will see a button that says “Assume all essence of user’s being.” Clicking this button will mean that any person who logs in as that user… becomes that user.
Q: Wow. Really?
A: No! Are you an idiot?
A: No, no, no, a thousand times no. This is done in the Security control panel.
Q: Hey, have you seen the Dell laptops recently?
A: Uh, yeah. Black keyboard, silver face and whiter around the edge. What about them?
Q: Well… doesn’t that look seem familiar?
A: Mmm… noooo…
Q: You know… like a certain laptop made by another company a couple of years ago… made out of titanium…
A: Titanium… titanium… hmm… Seems like the wireless reception would be really bad in a laptop made out of titanium…
Q: Well… yes, but the point… the point is… the point… oh, look, it’s the titanium PowerBook! It’s exactly the same as the G4 PowerBook!
A: I know. I’m just messing with you.
Q: Well stop it. I’m at a very fragile time right now.
A: Oh. I’m sorry. What happened?
Q: I stubbed my toe earlier.
A: Oh. That’s it?
Q: Well… it really hurt.
A: But… it’ll get better. Probably before the end of the day.
Q: I… I just… Hold me.
Q: I have a question about the G5 iMacs.
A: Lay it on me.
Q: OK. One of the features people liked about the G4 iMac was being able to adjust the height of the screen.
A: Yes. It was so.
Q: Could you stop talking like that please?
A: Sorry. Go ahead.
Q: Well, the G5 iMac doesn’t go up and down, it just tilts. Will any third parties be able to create stands that will allow you to move the G5 iMac vertically?
A: Ah. Good question. The issues here revolve around torque, gravity and the mass of objects falling in a gravitational field.
Q: I see.
A: Third parties will need to compensate for the G5 iMac’s quantum mass and counterbalance that mass with a stream of anti-gravitons.
Q: Uhh… huh.
A: These anti-gravitons would need to be tightly controlled so they do not come flying from the stand and, potentially in a worse-case scenario, rip apart the fabric of space/time.
A: Now, a containment field will require 18.9 trillion megajoules of energy. This amount can be achieved by tapping into a quantum singularity of…
Q: Um, let me stop you there, Mr. La Forge. See, I was thinking they could just use springs or something. Maybe some hydraulics.
A: Oh. Yeah. Sure. They could do it that way. You could also just put your G5 iMac on a stack of books. Or old potato salad containers.
Q: True. But… why potato salad containers?
A: No reason. I just eat a lot of potato salad.
Q: Oh. So there’s nothing specific about those containers.
A: No. I know it’s not really very good for you, but I like it.
Q: I see.
Q: Uh… are we done here?
A: Yeah, I think so.