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 just bought Call of Duty and I’m trying to play it on my iMac with Leopard running and the frame rate is terrible! It’s practically unplayable. It’s like .5 frames a second!
A: Oh? What are the specs on your iMac?
Q: 2.4 GHz with 2 GB of RAM.
A: That should be plenty. What are your settings in the graphics options?
Q: Uh, hang on a second. I’ll just fire up Screen Sharing on my MacBook and launch Call of Duty on the iMac…
A: Uh, that’s OK, because I think I found your problem.
Q: I was thinking about whether I should buy an iPhone, because I’m concerned about the limited set of software available for it, and…
A: You know there’s a software toolkit coming out for developers, right?
Q: That has to do with my question. So I saw this Greg Jozwiak guy talking about the SDK and security, and he made me feel so… safe.
A: I know where this is going.
Q: He seems like a nice guy. Is he seeing someone?
A: He’s married. Yep, he’s married to the woman with glasses that appears in all the Tiger iChat AV video conference screens. And they have three children: Clarus, Luxo and, um, Open… Doc. And, um, they’re very happy.
Q: No he isn’t!
A: How do you know if he’s happy?!
Q: No, I mean he’s not married to her with kids with those names.
A: Yes he is.
A: You really need to drop this.
Q: …I could make him truly happy.
A: I don’t think he’s into men.
Q: I’m a woman!
A: Oh. Well, that’s awkward. Are you sure?
Q: Why are you trying to deny Greg Joswiak and me true happiness?!
A: I’m not. I’m sure you two will be really happy together. You’ll get married and live on a farm in Vermont and have a couple of kids and a dog. Maybe raise some chickens. You’ll grow old together and bask in the glow of your love long into the twilight of your years.
A: Well, that would have all happened, except that Joz just called and he said to tell you he wants to see other people.
A: Like his wife.
Q: [sob] We’ll always have Vermont, Joz!
A: Oh, my god…
Q: I’ve just upgraded to Leopard and I’m totally pissed. iChat just doesn’t work.
A: Uh, well, I need a little more information. Can it not establish a video connection? Are you having trouble replying to text chats?
Q: I don’t know. It’s just busted. I’m logged into AIM, but none of my buddies show up in the Buddy List.
A: Ah! You probably accidentally blocked your buddies. Make sure your privacy level in the Accounts preference is set to “Allow anyone.”
Q: I checked that, and “Allow anyone” is selected.
A: And, uh, you previously had buddies before?
Q: Yes, five of my friends.
A: Did they all upgrade to Leopard, too?
A: Did they by chance disappear one by one over a period of the first few days you had Leopard installed?
Q: Yes! You’ve seen this bug too!
A: Um, no. They’ve all just set their statuses to Invisible so you can’t see that they’re online.
Q: Oh. Well that sucks. Hey, want to see a video of me going down some crazy roller coaster in the background?
A: Crazy Apple Rumors has gone offline.
Q: Oh, very funny.