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iMac Accessories

Purchasing a new iMac, looking for accessories recommendations. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 13, 2014 - 14 answers

Unbelievable Double Mac OS disaster(TM)

Not one but two Macs refuse to boot, getting stuck on the grey Apple logo screen. What can I do and what could have possibly caused this?? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 9, 2014 - 7 answers

How do you fight for your consumer rights when you are socially anxious?

My Mac Air manifested damage within 6 weeks of purchase, but Apple refuses to take any responsibility (damage isn’t covered under warranty), insisting I caused it. My credit card doesn’t offer insurance. The only option they’ve given me is to pay $500+ to have it fixed. If you were me, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Jul 3, 2014 - 18 answers

Apple Products and Virus Protection

Just wondering if I should be doing more to protect my Apple Products for viruses and malware, etc. Should I be more proactive? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jul 2, 2014 - 17 answers

Really? The computer that used to come in "Blueberry"?

I'm fed up with Windows and want my next computer to be a Mac—but the product landscape has changed a lot since the last time I seriously considered it. Is an iMac really a competitive machine for someone doing heavy graphics and video work? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jun 26, 2014 - 25 answers

Can I use Dragon Dictate for Mac to transcribe MP3's of my dictation?

So I'm trying to decide whether I'd prefer to send MP3s I dictate into a digital voice recorder to an overseas personal assistant to be transcribed or if there's some way to do so with technology. Even if it wasn't 100% exact I could still clean up the files later. So the question is: is there a way to do this? I have the latest version of Dragon Dictate for Mac and the files are digital. Is this possible?
posted by rileyray3000 on Jun 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Peculiar password problem

The OS X GUI—but only the GUI—has stopped accepting my password. Any password. [more inside]
posted by Zozo on Jun 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Easy way to manage iPhone photos and iCloud photo backups?

I'm getting frequent alerts on my iPhone that my free 5gb of iCloud storage is full. Most of this is from years of photos on my phone--in fact, that's pretty much the only thing on my phone I would care about having backed up. I also think most/all of the images on my phone are already backed up to my computer in Lightroom. Is there a convenient/automatic way to handle what photos stay on my phone and what photos are backed up to iCloud? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Cheap graphics card for 2008 iMac?

Apple iMac A1225 desktop computers from 2008 came with the notoriously unreliable Nvidia 8800GS graphics card that burns out and turns the iMacs into bricks. Getting a new Nvidia 8800GS graphics card costs about $650 for the part. Getting a used one on costs about $300. Is there a cheap alternative -- something that costs, say, $50? As I understand it, the only alternative is the ATI 4850, which go for about $300 used. Yet I find it hard to believe that there are no other graphics card options.
posted by Eiwalker on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 answers

I ♥ my White Apple Wireless Keyboard, but it's time for a change!

I am looking for suggestions on a full-sized, wireless keyboard (Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth) that would be a worthy replacement for my old, disgusting White Extended Apple Wireless Keyboard. [more inside]
posted by melorama on May 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Physical Switches, Knobs or Buttons for controlling Apps on my Mac?

So, I run everything in my life through my mac computer. My television programming, my music, et cetera. I listen to a lot of online radio throughout the day. I would really like to "flip on" a program (or set of programs) with a single analog switch. [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Uses for a PowerPC Mac Mini?

My mother wants to send her old Power PC Mac mini to the dump. What else could I do with it? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Mar 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Keeping my iTunes "Music" folder in my DropBox

I'm experiencing some problems with keeping my iTunes "Music" folder in my DropBox. Details (not too involved!) follow. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Something like Instapaper, but for email threads?

Is there an equivalent of Instapaper or Pocket, but more or less optimized for saving and decluttering (long) email threads? (Gmail, specifically?) [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Feb 26, 2014 - 1 answer

Trying to help a friend set up a Roku box on an Apple computer

Please help me set up a network to run a Roku box using an older model Mac. [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Feb 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Griffin animation in "Thirty Years of Mac" video?

At the one minute mark of Apple's "Thirty Years of Mac" video, somebody (Theodore Gray?) is shown using Mathematica to create an animated griffin. Where can I find this animation?
posted by archagon on Jan 30, 2014 - 1 answer

Can't copy / cut / duplicate in OS X

Why is cut/copy/duplicate greyed out in Apple Preview app? When I open PDFs or XLS files in Preview by double clicking on them, I'm able to select text but cannot ever copy or cut it. Someone suggested duplicating the file first, but that option is also greyed out. 10.9.1 Why? Thanks!
posted by dobbs on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 answers

MacBook inserting numbers while typing.

My roommate's MacBook has suddenly started inserting certain numbers behind certain letters while she's typing (and vice versa). [more inside]
posted by cathodeheart on Jan 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Is there a way to ditch the album cover view in Music app on my iphone?

This is simple. When my phone is in portrait modein the native music app, you get a useful player. But in landscape mode the screen turns into a collection of album covers to choose music. Which stinks. Any way to have the portrait usability in landscape mode?
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 1, 2014 - 1 answer

Mac-less in Seattle (but hopefully not for long)

I know everyone asks the "which mac?!" question constantly, but it's a bit of a moving target, isn't it? I am looking to replace my 2008 MacBook (aluminum). I know that the recommendation is to buy either the Retina MBP, or the MBAir. But would I be shooting myself in the foot if I bought a non-Retina MBP? Caveat: Can't really wait months and months for the next and newest--this is my work computer and I can't afford to have it crap out without a replacement. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Dec 30, 2013 - 15 answers

iPhone 4 versus iPhone 4s: antennas, maps, and iOS questions

I have a no-contract plan at Virgin Mobile USA, which I like because it is so cheap ($35/month for unlimited data and enough calling). The downside of cheap and no-contract is expensive phones. However, I just lost my Android phone and would like to switch back to iPhone. My options at Virgin are iPhone 4, for $200, iPhone 4s, for $314, or iPhone 5, for more than I want to pay really. How to decide? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 27, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for MacBook keyboard outline template

I'm searching for a size-accurate outline image of a unibody MacBook keyboard (basically an accurate diagram/wireframe). For this outline file, any format will work, although Vector (.ai, .svg, etc.) would be ideal. I've tried googling but the results tend to be photorealistic images with broad outlines, shadows, etc. I'm looking for a technical drawing like a blueprint. The goal is to make custom keyboard covers with multiple languages by die-cutting and laminating paper; these would be one piece, hence the need for precision. I'm thinking there must be an diagram of MBP keyboards one on the web somewhere... Any advice on where to find one would be highly appreciated. (As far as I know, the keyboard layout is the same for all models except the 11 inch/Air.) Thanks in advance.
posted by landonmoon on Dec 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Mavericks Server

I am replacing an old XServe running Snow Leopard Server with a Mac Mini which is currently running Mountain Lion Server. I would like to know what is the best way to do this. [more inside]
posted by chairish on Dec 17, 2013 - 1 answer

iTunes iPhone filter: Changing default from iTunes Radio

So ever since the new iTunes version came out for iPhone, when you open it up, it starts at the radio screen. Not "Now Playing" or even "Songs." It opens to the thing that doesn't work with my usage plan and I have to change it back. Every. Single. Time. So It's an annoyance. The question is, is there ANY way to change it short of jailbreaking the thing?
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Please help me practice good hygiene when it comes to iPhoto and iPhones

I have an iPhone. I use iPhoto on a MacBook. What settings for iCloud, Photo Stream, iTunes, etc will stop the frustrating situation I find myself in? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Which Mac Mini to buy?

I am buying a Mac for the first time. For budgetary reasons the Mac Mini is the only option on the table. Having convinced myself that the increased outlay for an Apple device over a generic desktop PC is worth it, I am now stumped on the question of which Mac Mini to buy. Please help me decide which model to choose. [more inside]
posted by jonnyploy on Oct 29, 2013 - 18 answers

Is Office 365 university for mac able to be bought by teachers?

Hi, I am a high school teacher in the UK (11-18). Can I buy office 365 for mac at (£54) and be eligible to install it? It is unclear about the installation process. I have my school email, bank slips etc. but it is not a .ac address so do I need to get the home and student addition instead? Don't want to waste money either way! Thanks
posted by starrjenny on Oct 26, 2013 - 2 answers

iOS to Mac development

I'm currently doing iOS development (junior level) as part of my employment as well for personal app development. Is there a guide out there that can help me expand into Mac development using my knowledge of iOS development as a starting point?
posted by antgly on Oct 23, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me find a wired alternative to Apple's Magic Trackpad

I'm a Mac user who prefers touchpads over mice. I'd love to use Apple's Magic Trackpad, but I can't use wireless peripherals where I work. What else is out there that's comparable to the Magic Trackpad that doesn't have bluetooth/RF? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Oct 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Compatibility with OS X Mavericks

Tell me from your own experience if any of the following software has compatibility issues with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions on Oct 22, 2013 - 16 answers

Macbook to media server.

What's the best way to utilize this busted up macbook (and other bits and pieces from the house) as a media hub/server? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Oct 10, 2013 - 2 answers

How to fix iPhone photos upside down in iPhoto

I took a bunch of photos with my iPhone held horizontally, which when imported into iPhoto are now upside down. Last time I did this, and I rotated the photos in iPhoto, the photos then appear upside down when viewing them on the iPhone. Is there any way to get the iPhone to agree with iPhoto on which way is up? Or do I have to create duplicate photos and rotate one so that at least one version is properly viewable on each device? (Also, does anyone have a good trick for remembering what the right position is for the camera eye when holding the iPhone sideways so I don't do this again?)
posted by oh yeah! on Sep 7, 2013 - 8 answers

MacBook for College Student?

My friend's daughter is going off to college to major in media studies. What would be the best MacBook -- new or used -- for her? Ideally it would be able to handle video editing, while still being light. It needs to be as cheap as possible, but it should run Mountain Lion so she can get through most of her college career without having to replace it. What do you suggest? (NB The "Mac" part isn't negotiable.)
posted by lore on Aug 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Fight Planned Obsolescence!

We have an old Airport Express Base Station (model A1084), 2 Macbooks running 10.6.8, an analog receiver, and a set of analog speakers. Can we make these things play nice together? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 23, 2013 - 9 answers

SSD:OSX:SUV::

I would like to upgrade the harddrives on my dad's 2008 macbook pro and my wife's 2010 macbook to SSD. I have questions? [more inside]
posted by deliquescent on Jun 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Thunderbolt Display won't wake up.

I have a macbook air and a thunderbolt display and as of today, nothing happens when I plug the thunderbolt into the air-- I've tried resetting the pram/nvram and the smc on the macbook air, unplugging the display for several minutes and plugging it in with the macbook air off and on. System information says that there's nothing connected to the thunderbolt port. It worked just 3 days ago perfectly well, I've never had any problems with it in the year or so that I've had it. The power from the thunderbolt is getting to the air just fine. Anybody have any ideas or do I need to drag the thing in to an apple store?
posted by empath on Jun 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Having trouble trying to partition the hard drive on my old Mac

I'm trying to partition the hard drive on my old mac (model 4,1 running OS X 10.5.8) so I can dual boot Ubuntu. The problem is that when I go to Disk Utility and and select to partition the drive I get an error saying that the partition failed because there's no space left on the device, even though I have lots of space. This happens no matter how small I make the partition. [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre on Apr 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Mac shows Time Maching but not External HD

Reinstalled Snow Leopard but ejected my external drive before this. Then, when done, plugged back in via USB as my usual custom....and Time Machine still shows up, but the External Seagate drive does not. I made sure that in Finder/Preferences that the external disc box as others was checked. I tried a different cord, and different port. I opened up Disc Utility and the External HD's partioned Time Machine is available but the other part, now renamed something else (a default name from manufacturer?) is greyed out and I cannot touch it. Any thoughts? Should i now go to the boot disc of Snow Leopard? Not sure why TM shows but the rest does not.
posted by chicaboom on Mar 31, 2013 - 11 answers

MacBook disc drive won't read.

Save us another trip to the Apple store. My daughter's computer: Mac Book Pro Operating system: 10.6.8 Not in warranty [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Mar 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Macbook Pro will not connect to Thunderbolt display

MPB late 2011, Thunderbolt native running 10.8.2 will not light up Thunderbolt display I bought today at the Apple Store. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 answers

KVM for MBP and Mac Pro (DVI and Mini Displayport)

How can I best share a monitor, keyboard and Magic Trackpad between a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Where can I get a classic Mac desktop theme for my new MacBook Air?

I recently got a new MacBook Air and I love it. Sometimes, however, I'm struck by an overwhelming sense of nostalgia for the Apple II I had as a child. Are there classic Mac desktop themes that I can download to rock my Air old skool style?
posted by Avenger on Feb 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Is it wise to replace the dead battery in my MacBook?

I have an older MacBook I use when travelling (four or five times a year), and then the odd occasion when I am away from my office desktop. The battery on the MacBook died a few months ago, and I am guessing partially because I haven't been using it frequently enough. I am hesitant to replace the battery, figuring the same thing will happen again, is that right? Is there a downside to not having a working battery on the computer itself? And lastly, is there a problem with leaving the dead battery in the computer?
posted by nanook on Feb 15, 2013 - 7 answers

What's the latest word in bluetooth keyboards?

My Mac's 10-year-old bluetooth keyboard is acting up, and I'm pretty sure that it's death is imminent. I'd like to find a replacement, but Apple long ago stopped making full-sized wireless keyboards -- what are some good alternatives that exist in 2013? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

What are your experiences with the Mac App Store in a small business?

I’m an IT Consultant / Sysadmin and my clients are Apple-centric small businesses of 1-25 employees, with most falling between 5 and 10. I prefer purchasing software direct from publishers, but I’m now running into some software that is Mac App Store only and I’m not finding a good way to manage this. [more inside]
posted by ridogi on Jan 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Keeping files if switching to a Mac

Thinking of switching from PC to Mac: how best to handle old files/drives etc? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Jan 3, 2013 - 8 answers

HDD replacement macbook walk-thru

SSD Filter: Macbook Pro running 10.5.8 WLTM Solid State Drive, NSA [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Dec 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Are integrated graphics a mistake in a desktop purchase?

Is there any reason I'd regret purchasing a Mac Mini with intel 4000 graphics? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Dec 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Safari Bookmark That Controls Scroll Position

In Safari 6, I have a folder of bookmarks on the Bookmarks Bar that I visit each day by right-clicking and choosing "Open in Tabs". I'd like one of those bookmarks to open to a specific vertical scroll position on the page in question. Is that do-able? [more inside]
posted by boombot on Nov 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Help a relative server n00b keep his Mac Mini safe.

I'm planning on getting a Mac Mini with Lion Server. I don't have much experience with security or setup. Point me to some basic articles, sites, or books, please. I'll also take any advice the hivemind might have as well. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Nov 29, 2012 - 1 answer

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