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Video Work

Want to do start doing some video work, curious what are my best options for some quick "post-to-web" type videos, as well as being able to store them. [more inside]
posted by benjh on Apr 6, 2005 - 5 answers

Do I Wait For The Powerbook G5?

So when is the Powerbook G5 really coming out? I have been a lifelong PC user, but I want to get a laptop as my next computer and after using several of my friends' Powerbooks I was sold on buying one. However, it seems like there's conflicting information and advice on (a) whether I should buy the revised G4 PB or wait for the G5 (which could have some quirks upon initial release), (b) whether I really need the power of of a G5 in my laptop, and (c) when the hell the thing is even coming out. Please help AppleGurus.
posted by rooftop secrets on Apr 5, 2005 - 17 answers

How can I see incoming connections on my Mac?

Is there an application (for OS X) that shows me who's trying to connect to my mac? Kinda like Little Snitch, but for incoming connections? Netstat just gives me a huge list of everything happening on all ports, which is kinda useless to me.
posted by slater on Apr 5, 2005 - 7 answers

Is 128kbps AAC enough?

Do you think that 128kbps AAC files are good enough? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Mar 31, 2005 - 19 answers

Reviving a PowerBook battery?

On Good Friday, I came to the sorrowful realisation that the battery in my 12" PowerBook was kaput. How can I make it rise again? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Mar 29, 2005 - 8 answers

OS X Login Screen Sleep

How can I control the amount of time before my G5 sleeps while at the log-in screen? My computer has two user accounts, both of which are set to never sleep. I'd like to set things up so that the computer will go to sleep 10 minutes after logout. Detailed steps for any sort of Terminal wonkery would be greatly appreciated.
posted by boombot on Mar 28, 2005 - 3 answers

Is my iTunes possessed?

Every once in a while, my iTunes just seems to start playing without any reason (I have it running in the background with no music playing). This seems to happen when I mis-type something, leading me to think there's maybe some weird key-combo set to "Start playing music in iTunes", but there's no such setting possible, afaik. There's nothing in the CD-Drive, either. If it's any help, i'm on a Mac mini.
posted by slater on Mar 28, 2005 - 6 answers

I can't find the title of a movie I saw as a kid in the 80s

As a web developer I can usually find what I want on the Internet. This however, has stumped me for over five years. Please help me find any info about this movie. I saw it in the 80s, possibly the early 90s. For the amount of detail I recall about the movie, I can't believe I've never found anything on the net. The description follows: [more inside]
posted by pelletierm on Mar 23, 2005 - 9 answers

Defecting to OS X recommendations

I've taken the plunge, and purchased a Mac Mini. I've used Windows primarily for most of my life, with a bit of Debian Linux. What recommendations do you all have for general use, software, etc etc?
posted by jackofsaxons on Mar 19, 2005 - 15 answers

I want to start programming under OS X. Where to start?

I've done some programming in my time (Basic & Turbo Pascal way back when), shifted more to the web side of everything about 8 years ago (procedural PHP server-side and HTML&JS&CSS client-side). Having recently purchased a mac mini, and hearing the gospel of how easy it is to program with carbon & cocoa, does anybody have any recommendations (books) on where to start? [more inside]
posted by slater on Mar 18, 2005 - 5 answers

OS X upgrade question

I'm thinking about buying my first Mac, an iBook G4, 12". If I buy it today, with OS X "Panther", will I have to pay to upgrade to "Tiger" next month? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 17, 2005 - 23 answers

Bookmark Folder Splitting in Safari?

SafariFilter or AppleScriptFilter: I very often collect bookmarks of pages I'd like to look at in Safari, through the double magic of NetNewsWire and Saft. The problem is that I end up having one folder with 180+ bookmarks in it. I often then manually split them into chunks of 20 using cut and paste, but it strikes me that there's got to be an easier way to do that automatically via AppleScript. However, my google-fu fails me in that respect. Anyone know of a link to an AppleScript that takes one bookmark folder and splits it into folders with x number of bookmarks each in them? Or any AppleScript master and MeFi resident out here savvy enough to whip one up for me? I'll send you a cute picture of my cat sunning himself in a sunbeam, if you want. :)
posted by WCityMike on Mar 15, 2005 - 4 answers

Instant-On Laptops?

I am exasperated. I ordered an iBook from Apple on February 23 and it still has not shipped. Each time I call, I am assured that it is shipping today. Regardless, as it has not happened since Tuesday, I have decided to look into PC alternatives. Apple's primary allure was its "instant-on" ability. Any PC suggestions?
posted by ajr on Mar 11, 2005 - 24 answers

Keeping Two Copies of Entourage In Sync

At work I have two Macs that I use (An iMac and a Powerbook), one with Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, and one with Microsoft Office v. X. Is there any automated way to keep the contacts lists in both copies of Entourage in sync?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Mar 10, 2005 - 2 answers

Apple hard drive

I have an old iMac that I want to get rid of and I want to erase the hard drive before I give it to someone/recycle it. The computer is screwed up (battery died, long story), and the only way I can erase it is to go up to the "erase" option in the drop down menu. I did that, and it seemed to work. Then, I reinitialized the hard drive. Does this mean it's really erased completely, or is the info still on there?
posted by braun_richard on Mar 2, 2005 - 17 answers

Is an iSight worth the money?

I am looking to buy a web cam for my iBook. I noticed there seem to be a few iSight owners here. Is an iSight worth the money? Are there any other FireWire web cam's I should look in to?
posted by chunking express on Feb 22, 2005 - 9 answers

USB Power for Multiple Devices

I'm setting up a new Mac Mini for someone. I needed to plug in a keyboard, a mouse, a printer, and, occassionally, a flash disk. I went with the Apple Pro keyboard because it had two USB ports. I figure, one for the mouse, and one for the flash disk. The printer could go in the other USB port on the machine itself. Well, I try plugging in the flash disk and I'm told there isn't enough power. Is this perhaps a software setting? Surely the flash disk can't use a tremendous amount of power, so can I do something to trick the system? Do I really need to buy a powered USB hub now? I might as well replace the mini and the keyboard with Airport-enabled equivalents, if I can never use both USB ports on the keyboard.
posted by odinsdream on Feb 22, 2005 - 18 answers

Did I just get free RAM or is my Mac screwy?

Macs and RAM. I just bought 1 Gig of RAM for my (single 1.6GHz processor) G5, and after installing the two DIMMs and rebooting, the system profiler is now reporting that I have TWO Gigs of RAM. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Feb 21, 2005 - 20 answers

How to make backup copies of mac disks?

My partner has a PowerBook G4 with 40GB disk - how should she backup her work? [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke on Feb 21, 2005 - 20 answers

What's on the Apple Store desktops?

I was in my local Apple Store on Saturday, and the desktops all had some kind of one-click launcher, with mouseover titles and things you couldn't drag off. It felt kind of like Active Desktop. Anyone know what it is? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Feb 20, 2005 - 13 answers

How does Apple prevent piracy of OS X?

How does Apple prevent piracy of OS X updates? You always hear so much about Microsoft's Windows Product Activation and CD keys that I'm curious how Apple deals with the same issue.
posted by smackfu on Feb 17, 2005 - 24 answers

New Mac user looking for an OSX mentor

Apple Switcher Requires Mentor. Are there any fellow mefites who can answer multiple simple questions from a new Max OS-X user? [+] [more inside]
posted by seanyboy on Feb 6, 2005 - 19 answers

Weird clicking noise from the back corner of my iBook g4

iBook g4 problems (also: apple repair in montreal) weird clicking noise from the back left (left corner nearest the screen) of my 5 month old ibook. (more)
posted by cmyr on Feb 6, 2005 - 11 answers

How do I repair worn paint on my PowerBook?

My PowerBook is shocking my delicate forearms. The light silver paint on front edge of the laptop is majorly wearing off. What's a quick and inexpensive way to fix it? [+] [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart on Feb 4, 2005 - 9 answers

Where an I find a recent version of MI-Sugar, or recommendations on Mac circuit schematic / simulation programs?

MacEDAFilter - I'm looking for a copy of MI-Sugar, which seems to have fallen off the face of the web after the publisher stopped supporting it (all downloads I've found link to the publisher's 404). Anyone know where to find a recent version, or barring that, have any reccomendations on Mac circuit schematic and simmulation programs?
posted by PaperDragon on Feb 2, 2005 - 1 answer

How should I fix this banged up powerbook?

I dropped my PB this morning (truth be told, I slipped down a couple stairs and landed hard), this time really badly. The top aluminum panel has a corner bent (about 2 degrees from about 2 inches in) and the bottom case is so badly bent and warped that I was astounded the machine booted up. More inside... [more inside]
posted by o2b on Jan 31, 2005 - 8 answers

Is it possible to convert or otherwise use Photshop plugins from Windows to Mac?

Is it possible to convert or otherwise use Photshop plugins from Windows to Mac? I have lots of legacy plugins and effects from the old Windows PC here at work. We switched to Mac but many of the plugins are not available for Mac.
posted by ooklah on Jan 27, 2005 - 7 answers

iPhoto5 - how do i stretch photos

iPhoto 5: I love the new iPhoto and I'm really impressed with the new photobook formats. I want to order one, but after using the auto-format, half the images did a nice full page bleed while others are tiny and centered on the page. I can't seem to figure out how to stretch the smaller photos into a full page bleed. The photos are all the same large size and bit depth. Anyone figure this out yet?
posted by mathowie on Jan 27, 2005 - 8 answers

MS Office on Macs

Do you find that MS Office for OS X runs faster than MS Office for Mac OS 9...., run on an OS X Mac in Classic mode (or, whatever it's called...) [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus on Jan 26, 2005 - 8 answers

DVD Burner

I'm replacing the zip drive in my 450MHz AGP "Sawtooth" G4 with a DVD burner. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Jan 24, 2005 - 8 answers

Recomendations for a small, cheap, home media center

Macmini alternatives. I was considering purchasing a Mac Mini to make it a relatively inexpensive home media center, but after upgrading the hard drive to 80GB, adding Bluetooth for a wireless keyboard & mouse, buying the wireless keyboard & mouse, adding 802.11g for home networking, etc the $499 price tag was closer to $850 or more. Can anyone recommend a Windows box manufacturer who makes small form factor PCs for this kind of application?
posted by jonson on Jan 20, 2005 - 26 answers

Troubleshoot this G3 PowerMac!

So, I bought my friend Tom a G3 PowerMac on eBay, which turned up, then booted to a blank screen. After a reboot, it started up, then the power supply went flash, bang and off. I've since connected my PC's power supply to the G3, tried the PRAM battery from my G5, and no luck. When the power button is pressed, the fans in the PSU twitch, and the lights on the motherboard come on, but then go out straight away. Is this a power supply compatiblity thing, or is the logic board fried?
posted by armoured-ant on Jan 19, 2005 - 10 answers

Mini Mac Me

Is the new iMac Mini comparable in performance to the old G4 Quicksilver? Rather, are there any grievous issues as to why one should not consider purchasing an iMac Mini?
posted by Colloquial Collision on Jan 14, 2005 - 32 answers

Using a USA bought Apple Powerbook in the UK

Using a US bought Apple Powerbook in the UK (MI+) [more inside]
posted by cantthinkofone on Jan 13, 2005 - 10 answers

What music is played during the intro of the Macworld SF video stream?

Does anyone know what the music played at the beginning of this year's MacWorld SF stream is (while the copyright notice is displayed)? I ask because my usual tactic of Googling for relevant lyrics has failed due to it being the tail-end of the track. Thank you!
posted by danhon on Jan 12, 2005 - 2 answers

Mac OS X Newbie Seeking Forums, Websites, Tips, and Tricks

MacFilter: I'm buying my first Mac shortly-- an iBook. (After years on first Commodore then Windows) Can anybody share any resources (forums, websites, etc) that they find useful? How about any tips or tricks for a brave soul's first foray into OSX?
posted by keswick on Jan 3, 2005 - 22 answers

Groupware Calendar on OSX

Mac OS X Groupware Filter: A friend of mine is switching to Mac from Windows and is looking for a groupware calendar.[mi] [more inside]
posted by Ironwolf on Dec 30, 2004 - 3 answers

Teaching computer skills to grandparents

What's the best way to teach basic computer and internet skills to two grandparents with an iMac who have only used WebTV? [More Inside.] [more inside]
posted by esd on Dec 29, 2004 - 13 answers

Tsunami Relief

Aside from Amazon and Apple, are any other prominent commercial web sites turning over significant portions of their home pages to tsunami relief? This is a good thing, but I'd hoped there'd be more by now.
posted by baltimore on Dec 29, 2004 - 19 answers

Can Excel talk to iCal?

I have an Excel document listing dates times and other information. I'd like to import this "calendar" to iCal but cannot figure out to get the information imported properly. I found this tool, but couldn't get it to work. I also found this application, iCal Maker but it doesn't seem to work either. Anyone have an idea on how to import a bunch of events listed in an Excel document to iCal? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Dec 19, 2004 - 0 answers

I need to find a 12" iBook cover that's waterproof.

Can anyone suggest a waterproof sleeve for my newly ordered 12' iBook? I'm looking for something I can slip the iBook into before putting it in my backpack. The backpack itself offers good protection from rain, but isn't perfect. The MacCase Sleeve says it has a waterproof fabric, but the flap only covers 90% of the opening,
posted by will on Dec 16, 2004 - 9 answers

What are some good 7200 RPM 60GB+ 2.5" drives that are suitable for installation in an Apple TiBook?

What are some good 7200 RPM 60GB+ 2.5" drives that are suitable for installation in an Apple TiBook? Recommendations on where to buy?
posted by namespan on Dec 16, 2004 - 8 answers

How do I burn music CD's using AAC files?

Waugh! (Pronounced the Snoopy way or the Evelyn way.) My iTunes will no longer burn AAC files onto CD. I've followed Fearless Leader's lead and de-DMRed all my Apple Music Store purchases with hymn, but I can't burn protected songs that have been hymned, protected songs that haven't been hymned or unprotected songs that used to be hymned. (I guess I didn't try an AAC rip since I mostly rip to mp3, so there's a missing data point.) When I go to burn a playlist, it deselects all the AAC tracks, although it will burn mp3s made from unprotected AAC files. Does anyone know what's up? Is there another Mac app for making audio CDs from AAC files? I'm not much of an audiofile, but don't want to go through the quality loss of converting 128 kbps AAC to 128 kbps mp3 for all these songs.
posted by blueshammer on Dec 8, 2004 - 3 answers

Images quit refreshing using iSight / iBook / EvoCam.

An iSight / iBook / EvoCam question concerning non-refreshing images and possibly firewire power inside ... [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Dec 7, 2004 - 2 answers

Apple Memory Upgrades

A long-time PC user, I am planning to switch to Apple, replacing my centrino laptop by a 12" ibook G4 (I want a small computer).

Most of the standard Apple configurations come with 256MB of RAM: is this because OSX needs less memory than XP (since most laptop configs today come with 512MB), or do I need to go for 512 (768?) megs?

I mainly use my computer to browse the web, send & receive e-mails, do some word processing, and manage my MP3, which I only store on my iPod.

Other question:
If I buy the computer at the local Apple Store (I'm in NYC), I'll only be able to get a memory upgrade, and not a hard disk upgrade. The laptop comes with a 30GB drive. For a Windows PC, I'd go for 60GB: should I do the same here? This would make me have to order it online, which is a bit of a problem (I'm not often at home...).
posted by rubin421 on Dec 6, 2004 - 33 answers

What's the cheapest iChat-compatible camera available for OS X?

What's the cheapest iChat-compatible camera available for OS X?
posted by blueshammer on Dec 5, 2004 - 7 answers

Should I turn on "Frame Bursting" and does Airport Extreme support it?

Is "Frame Bursting" worth turning on in my 11g wireless network? If so (and perhaps more importantly), does Apple's Airport Extreme card support it? [more inside]
posted by deliquescent on Dec 4, 2004 - 6 answers

Can I sync my Palm Zire memos to my iBook?

I have a Palm Zire that I sync with my iBook. Calendar and To Dos sync with iCal and Address Books sync well, but I have to view my memos in the big bloated Palm Desktop. Is there an app for Mac to sync with Memos? Version Tracker has this but I have always disliked Stickies, and would prefer a nice little app with a list of my memos all in one place if such a thing exists. Suggestions?
posted by spartacusroosevelt on Dec 1, 2004 - 1 answer

Can you suggest a decent, cheap external firewire or USB CDRW that works with OS9?

My mother has an older iMac running on OS9. I'd like to upgrade her to a new one but can't afford it right now. I need to buy an external firewire or USB CDRW that will work with OS9 so she can easily back up her digital photography; can anyone suggest something decent and cheap?
posted by luriete on Dec 1, 2004 - 8 answers

Problem syncing Treo 600 with Mac

I have a Treo 600. I was using Mac OSX Palm HotSync to sync the phone, and started to have some problems here and there. Went ahead and set up Apple's Isync to handle the task, and now my Palm "To Do" list does not sync in the process. Anyone know what gives or how to get my "To Do" to sync via Isync?
posted by sharksandwich on Dec 1, 2004 - 2 answers

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