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Ethernet to USB hub/switch

I have an iMac where the internal USB controller has gone flakey. It corrupts photos from SD cards, and just recently seems to have messed up my backup drive (also USB). The repair place is suggesting it will cost $800 to replace the logic board (parts + labor). Since everything else works well, I'd like to salvage the machine. [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll on Oct 28, 2016 - 10 answers

An old tiger and a new printer

Google-able information about this problem appears to be fragmented and riddled with wise-guyage and pop-ups, so here I am: Which new-to-be-bought printer would work seamlessly with OS X 10.4 Tiger? Emphasis on "seamless" because [more inside]
posted by Namlit on Oct 6, 2016 - 7 answers

Hey (hey) Cloud (Cloud) get off of my phone

I didn't ask it to, but my iPhone lately keeps trying to download more music to its library. Any clues? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Is it impossible to make Outlook the default email on a Mac right now?

I use Outlook for work on my Mac (El Capitan 10.11.6). There seems to be no way to make the computer have Outlook be the default client, so this is a last-ditch attempt to find an answer. According to Microsoft, in theory you just open the Mail app and then use Mail's preferences to choose Outlook as the default. It doesn't work. You can tell Mail to use Outlook at the default, but it reverts back to Mail almost immediately without you telling it to. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Sep 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Who Shall Rid Me of this Meddlesome Folder?

I’m running OS X10.11.6. A week or so ago a new folder showed up on my hard drive, labeled only with a tilde (~). I have no idea where it came from, and can't get rid of it. [more inside]
posted by LeLiLo on Aug 8, 2016 - 8 answers

.plist Files for iCloud Synced Apps Corrupt/Missing in OS X 10.11.5

Half the apps on my iMac that sync with iCloud have corrupt or missing .plist files that prevent them from launching. Signing out of iCloud, restarting, and logging back in to reset synced data did not resolve problems. Running First Aid on drive returns no errors. What next? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Mac Mail: Stop downloading my messages

I only want to receive new mail when I click the "Get Mail" button in Mac Mail. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Jul 4, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I sync events from a Macbook calendar to a Google calendar?

I have been using the Calendar app on my Macbook - running Yosemite - and would now like all the various events (or “calendars” - the color-coded categories in the sidebar of the Calendar app) from it to appear in a Google calendar. [more inside]
posted by theory on Jun 16, 2016 - 3 answers

Sequence of images of numbers

I'm looking for a pack of images, each one of a number from 0 to 99. PNG format would be best, but if that's not available I'm not fussy. If there was also a way that I can script this in Photoshop or in Automator (Mac), or some other way to create them. I'd like to download something to test an idea, but eventually will have to make the images to my own specs. [more inside]
posted by nevan on May 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Outlook for a Mac

I've moved to an office which uses Macbooks and Gmail/Google calendar. I can't believe I'm saying this but I miss Outlook! My company won't pay for a licence, but I'd be willing to pay for it myself to bring some order back to my life. Is this possible? Can I buy something like this and sych it with my company Gmail? The reviews are pretty poor, would it be more hassle than it's worth? Anything else I should consider? [more inside]
posted by Dwardles on May 13, 2016 - 14 answers

Mail app on Macbook not downloading the oldest (2-3 years) of messages

I am trying to back up my Gmail account to my home computer, a MacBook Pro. I am able to sync the account and have downloaded most of my messages/attachments, but the native Mac mail program only downloads messages as far back as 2006. (My Gmail account goes back to 2004.) Disk space is not a problem. I have also made sure the setting for limiting the number of messages to download is not checked. Any other ideas? Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon on Apr 7, 2016 - 3 answers

Fix my Hover-over Text in Chrome

Sometime yesterday, something changed with my hover-over text in Chrome, where while it used to bring up the attributes wherever my curser was, now if displays them instead at the top of my screen. I don't know WHY I hate this, I just know that I want to change it back and can't discern how. Macbook Air running Yosemite. Thanks!
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 2, 2016 - 2 answers

Best screenshot app for Mac?

I've been happily using Slingshot on my Mac for screenshots for years but it's been discontinued and is no longer being updated. What should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Feb 22, 2016 - 18 answers

Laptop purchase advice: optimizing for hw durability and performance

I'm in the market for a new laptop and want to buy one that will last. I'm OS flexible (PC or Mac) but want something that will last 5 years min. [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Feb 11, 2016 - 14 answers

Macbook refresh; best practices needed.

I've got an older Macbook Pro I'm trying to refresh. Its been a while, and I'm looking for some guidance for software updates. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Jan 20, 2016 - 13 answers

My MacBook SSD is full. What are my options?

I am mostly a Windows guy, but I have a MacBook at home that's ended up getting more use than expected. We started using GarageBand and have a ton of photos and some videos as well. Now the smallish SSD is full. I plan to buy an external HD and move some stuff but am not that familiar with Mac file structures, so I don't know what's safe to move. [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Jan 8, 2016 - 18 answers

iMovie won't recognize my Aperture or iPhoto library

When I try to browse photos or videos from iPhoto or Aperture in iMovie I'm unable to do so. The libraries are greyed out. I've Googled and tried stuff to no avail. Help! [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 answers

How to recover files from old CD/DVD-R?

I have a decent number of 10+ year old CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, and a few of them have started to go south. I'd like to pull off as much of the data as possible, even if it means an audio glitch or a corrupted bit of an image here and there. (Where at the moment, the OS X Finder just gives up and I don't get any part of the damaged file at all.) Is there an app or technique you would suggest for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by mboszko on Jan 4, 2016 - 10 answers

What can a thief do with my reasonably locked down Mac

My MacBook Pro was stolen last night. The disk was encrypted with FileVault and the login passwords were non trivial (good enough for petty thieves though probably not hackers skilled in the art). I told iCloud to lock it down and erase it on first contact. Will the thief and his friends be able to do anything with this machine, or is it just a paperweight at this point? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 1, 2016 - 15 answers

How does an NTFS partition affect computer performance?

I have a late-2008 MacBook running Yosemite with 2GB of RAM. For years I have had two external hard drives, one for my Surface Pro 2, and one for this Mac, or so I thought. But after plugging my Mac hard drive into my PC to look at the file list, I found that I could no longer mount the hard drive on my Mac (?!). All the files are still there, accessible and editable on my PC. This seems like witchcraft, but I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation. [more inside]
posted by ananci on Dec 31, 2015 - 4 answers

How to charge my MacBook Air from an external battery

I bought an external battery (20800 mAh) for my oldish Macbook Air. But there is one thing I didn't think of: How do I plug my Macbook into an external battery that only has USB outputs?
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Dec 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me get a monitor for my Mac Mini

I have a mid-2010 Mac Mini that we use as our family's common desktop computer. The monitor is dying. Help me choose a replacement? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 17, 2015 - 16 answers

Recommendations for a Word-compatible OSX word processor?

Having finally run out of patience with having to install a massive security fix every time I want to use Word for Mac 2011, I'm querying the Hive Mind for recommendations for an OSX word processor that can also open/save .doc or .docx files. [more inside]
posted by soundguy99 on Nov 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Looking for a 90's Mac PowerPC Storymaking Animation Game

I remember playing with this game with friends back in the late 90s on a PowerPC Mac. It had cartoony anthropomorphic animal characters (police-cat, stoner-dog, a business-suit hedgehog etc.) and a variety of backgrounds like a movie theater, diner, street-corner etc. [more inside]
posted by callistus on Oct 17, 2015 - 2 answers

Preparing for a complete, clean re-install of OS X

I'd like to completely wipe my late 2010-era Macbook Air and do a fresh reinstall of OS X and all the applications I use. What steps should I take to make sure I retain everything I want? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Oct 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Screen Selection Snapshots with PC Keyboard on on Mac 10.6.8

I have an Amazon basics PC keyboard and am having difficulty take screen selections. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Oct 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Software to generate a report of my computer usage?

I'd like to see a weekly breakdown of my personal computer usage. Showing total time spent using different applications, and total time spent visiting different websites. Just to monitor my productivity and see where I'm spending/wasting the most time. Can anyone recommend a (preferably free) mac application?
posted by pablocake on Sep 27, 2015 - 4 answers

I think Google Hates Me, or at Least Photos and Music Do

I am using the GM of El Capitan and trying to install the Google Photos uploader and the Google Music Uploader. Neither work. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Sep 12, 2015 - 1 answer

best way to move volume to another physical drive - OSX

I have a Mac Pro, and I currently have Volume X on a USB 3 drive which I use as a workspace. I'd like to move it to my Thunderbolt drive so I can use the USB 3 drive elsewhere. Can I do this without breaking path references on my SSD? What's the best way?
posted by Ain on Aug 12, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me smoothly say farewell to Microsoft and Windows

So, I am finally giving up my last personal connection to Microsoft, my home PC running Windows 7 Home Premium, and switching to a really gorgeous iMac. Everything else in my life -- phone, tablet, watch, and laptop -- are already Apple. What preparations should I engage in while waiting for the new iMac to be delivered? And what do you recommend for smoothly getting my data (photos, documents, Quicken file, etc.) from my PC to my new Mac? And is there anything else you would advise I do as I make the transition? Many thanks.
posted by bearwife on Aug 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me rescue my hard drive!

I have my entire iTunes library on an external hard drive. I have a computer that has no problem accessing the iTunes library on the external hard drive, but for any other purpose refuses to acknowledge the existence of said drive, because it's a powerpc external hard drive. I would like to figure out how to transfer my iTunes library to a brand new external hard drive to use with my new mac. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Jun 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Can I install Windows 8 on my Aging Mac?

I am hoping to be able to install Windows 8 on my Mac so that I can do a few work demos; I will be using Windows with only MS Office installed, and using it perhaps once a week at most. [more inside]
posted by nanook on Jun 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Trying to remember name of Mac 2D animation program from 1985

I can't remember much about it but I'm trying to remember the name of a Classic Mac-era program that let you create animations in the black-and-white style of Dark Castle. It came with a demo that scrolled and had funny stuff happening in it.
posted by johngoren on May 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Quickbooks for Mac - should I use Online Banking?

I run a one-person S Corporation in California, and am using Quickbooks 2012 on a Mac. My current bookkeeper (as well as a previous one) suggested I not use Online Banking to automatically import transactions from my bank and credit cards, saying there's a lot of potential for it to mess things up. My main question: should I avoid Quickbooks for Mac's online banking? What if I upgrade to the 2015 Mac version - does it handle such things better? [more inside]
posted by mistersix on May 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Mac OS X application crashes, but only for one user. Why?

Fairly gnarly Mac debugging / troubleshooting question, concerning an app that crashes on launch consistently, but only when run by a single particular user. So far, it's stumped everyone. Lots of gory technical details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Apr 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Better ebook sync for my Mac and iPhone

I'm using iBooks to read ebooks on my Mac and iPhone. But I generally don't buy my ebooks from Apple, and iBooks will only wirelessly sync books that one bought from the iBooks store. If I want to copy a new ebook from my Mac to my phone, I have to connect the two over USB and use iTunes to sync. Ugh. There has to be a better way. What apps should I be using to get better wireless sync? [more inside]
posted by Banknote of the year on Apr 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Can you recommend any games for Mac similar to Myst?

That's basically the question. I'm not a gamer AT ALL but decades ago I enjoyed two games, Ceremony of Innocence and Myst and haven't played since. I'm now in the possession of a new three day old 13 " MacBook Pro and thought I'd take advantage of the retina graphic aspect of it with a visually stunning game. Games with riddles and puzzles and stories like the above, the first one in particular are the only ones I've enjoyed. Do you know of any others?
posted by Jubey on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Mac upgrade question

My 2011 MacBook Pro seems to be showing its age. I'm on the edge, performance is a little sluggish, but I don't need an upgrade. I am considering switching to a 2014 Mac Mini or holding off another mac development cycle or two. Will the Mac Mini feel like an upgrade? More detailed specs below. [more inside]
posted by pseudonick on Mar 21, 2015 - 13 answers

help me excel in spite of excel

ran a test that spits out a text file, need to excel it. having issues. more inside. [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Mar 18, 2015 - 13 answers

How Do I Stop Text Messages Occurring on My Mac?

I recently upgraded my MacBook Air to Yosemite. Everything seems to be fine, except for the fact that my iPhones text messages now happen on my computer (I think this is the continuity feature?). Anyway, I want this to stop. Of course, I Googled it before I posted, here, but the fixes that I found, don't appear to be relevant (they were from 2014 and probably from Mavericks). For example, one fix suggested opening the Messages app on your Mac (which I did) and open the Preferences menu, which I don't see. Can anyone help me stop this?? Thanks!
posted by dbirchum on Mar 13, 2015 - 9 answers

My external hard drive shows a different capacity than it actually has.

Upon adding up the separate folders within my drive, I can see a large discrepancy between the two amounts. I've utilzied many of the options within disk utilty for OSX. Please help. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Feb 25, 2015 - 10 answers

>man grep

I’m trying to write a short shell script for Mac OS X that will disable CoreStorage. To do this I need to capture the first Logical Volume UUID (lvUUID) from the output of "diskutil cs list" and use it in an ensuing command. I am having trouble though and it seems to be a simple issue with grep. Obviously still pretty new to the command line. [more inside]
posted by churl on Feb 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Please point me at a Mac picture/sketch editor that does what I want.

I have a very basic (I think) requirement infrequently where I need to slightly modify a picture (usually a line drawing or a jpg of an event layout or similar) so that I can extract the track map from it. I keep bouncing between software that doesn't do enough to overwhelmingly complicated and too involved to do quickly. Please translate what is available in my own perspective please. I am open to the possibility that I am outside the realms of simple software, but am ever hopeful. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Feb 13, 2015 - 11 answers

I need another laptop to last 7 yrs

I know I want a Mac and not a PC. I'm fairly sure I want a MacBook Pro and not an Air. Help? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Feb 9, 2015 - 23 answers

Vimeo for technophobes?

I'm using an up-to-date 2-year-old MacBook Air and I just can't manage to get Vimeo videos to load. Can someone help me fix this by speaking to me as if I am your elderly aunt's even older senile neighbor? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me figure out how to convert various files on a Mac.

How do I convert from Word 94 to Word 2010 when I can't get the original files to open? How do I convert Powerpoint files to Keynote? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Jan 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Mac shell script not updating

Ok, I'm trying to figure out shell scripting. I wrote a simple bash script, saved it in ~/bin/, made sure /bin/ was in my PATH variable, updated the permissions to make it executable and successfully executed it from Terminal. However, when I make changes to the script in BBEdit and save the changes, they don't seem to "take". When I re-run the script in Terminal, the changes don't seem to have been made. I opened new terminal windows, quit the Terminal, etc., to no avail. What am I missing?
posted by griseus on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Scanner + Insane Storeroom = Profit?

I have a medium business-sized storeroom filled with all kinds of boxes, those with brands and those with nothing but a barcode, as well as hundreds of unboxed but mostly barcoded items which have seemingly drifted into each others' plastic bins like nosy tumbleweeds. They're organized more by what fits onto what shelf than any like-to-like sensibilities. It's exhausting just walking in there. I also have a TaoTronics TT-BS016 scanner, which is basically a glorified but faster-than-moi number typist. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Dec 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Mac app that shows image overlaid over another app?

I'm looking for an app on Mac OS X (Mavericks preferred. Can't use Yosemite). The app would simply display an image with adjustable transparency such that a second app could be positioned behind this image-displaying app, and I could see the image overlaid. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Dec 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Need me that Smashbox photo finish primer stat!

I think a MeFite once linked to an awesome website that sold all my favorite brands (Smashbox, NARS, MAC, Urban Decay) at a discount, and it was reputable. Does anyone know which one it is or any reputable website that you've used, sells at a discount and is reliable?
posted by discopolo on Dec 21, 2014 - 2 answers

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