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Looking for solutions to TWO annoying Macbook Pro problems

1. Is there a way to lock the bookmark bar in Safari? I keep accidentally deleting bookmarks by dragging them into the screen and then they disappear into a puff of air. It's annoying because sometimes I don't notice I have done it and then when I go into Safari the next time I find my bookmark is gone. 2. Is there a shortcut to close all your program and shut down at the same time? I always have to Command +Q each program before I shut down which is annoying. Thanks! Any other unknown secrets or shortcuts for Mac also appreciated!
posted by grak88 on Feb 20, 2014 - 13 answers

Alternate power button for a late 2013 (cylinder) Mac Pro

Is there any peripheral, wired or bluetooth, that can turn on a late 2013 Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Feb 20, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I make my mouse's scrollwheel work windows-esque on a mac?

When I use a mouse with a scrollwheel on the mac, the scrolling doesn't work like I'm used to in windows. Specifically, if I scroll one click of the wheel, it scrolls an infinitesimal amount (looks like one pixel height). I've never looked specifically at what the Windows behavior is, but I think it's three lines per scroll click. Is there any way to change this to be what I'm used to?
posted by Pacrand on Feb 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Chrome full screen to a second monitor

I am having a hard time making Chrome go full screen on my second display without making the primary display unusable (OSX 10.8). [more inside]
posted by rossination on Feb 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Used disk utility to reformat a partition...

and that worked just great...only it did something to the other partition which has caused it not to mount, to refer to itself as disk3s5. It refuses to mount and if I click "verify disk" it says the disk needs to be repaired and to click repair disk. When I do so I get "disk utility can't repair the disk". So what on Earth did disk utility do to the other partition which I did not ask it to touch? The original job was completed because the file system of the other partition was NTFS and it's now MacOS Extended. Any ideas?
posted by dance on Feb 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Word on Mac can't handle feedback

Mac Word 2011 (most recent version, 14.3.9) running on most recent version of Mavericks on late 2013 15" retina MacBook Pro crashes whenever opening a document that contains comments or change tracking. A complete uninstall and reinstall of Office did not fix the problem. What gives?
posted by DoctorFedora on Feb 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Best tools for rapid web app development with MySQL on Mac OSX?

I desperately need to pull together a web front-end for my MySQL database on Mac OSX 10.9.1. I have two days to do this, and have spent most of the day down a Python rabbit hole. [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Feb 11, 2014 - 18 answers

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

Do I bother switching from a PC to a Mac at this stage of the game?

I am in need of a new laptop, and I am considering the purchase of a Mac instead of a PC. Can you help me work out the pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by msali on Feb 4, 2014 - 42 answers

Mac emulator for Windows?

I need to give some video files to an editor who needs a Mac-formatted drive. I only run Windows. Happy to (have my producer) pay a reasonable amount for the privilege. What are your favorite programs for this purpose?
posted by Shotgun Shakespeare on Feb 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Best practice for living with less computer storage

I'm contemplating a new computer purchase, and one of the options I'm kicking around is a Macbook Pro Retina. Getting one of those with a big SSD is stupidly expensive. So I'm wondering what the best approach is for dealing with less storage on a laptop, and any particular tips or tricks. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jan 31, 2014 - 15 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

MacFilter: Disk Utility will not let me restore external hard drive.

When trying to restore a FreeAgent XTreme 1.5TB from a Western Digital source, the following error message occurs: "Restore Failure Could not change the partition type for /dev/disk2s1 -error- 3554" [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Jan 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Fed up with Mac Mavericks Email (tagging, suggestions and more please!)

I'm an inbox zero guy - I'm at my end with Apple Mail. I think I need to move to a new tool - Thunderbird? Outlook? Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Jan 27, 2014 - 15 answers

IMAP difficulties on iPhone

How can I prevent the default iPhone mail.app from showing ALL my emails in the inbox as well as in their respective folders? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jan 20, 2014 - 4 answers

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

Help converting audible .aax files for use on jump drive in car

Recently, I am finding myself with a significant amount of drive time. I have many audio books I have downloaded from amazon which use the audible proprietary .aax file. They play in iTunes but I need to put them on a jump drive so that my MicroSoft sync system in my car will recognize them and allow me to listen. I could care less about the DRM, sharing or any of that business. I just want to be able to use the files outside of my Mac. They are too long to burn to a CD I have searched the web with no satisfaction. Any answers, oh wise mefi?
posted by ooklah on Jan 17, 2014 - 3 answers

It's basically a haystack made of needles.

I have a ton of old, ad hoc backups from a variety of old computers going back years. I've been very good about keeping the data around and alive, safe from bitrot, but not at organizing it or keeping it useful. How do I sort through this heap of disorganized data and make it useful? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Jan 17, 2014 - 4 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

How do I verify that my RAID 0 is working?

I just purchased a G-Tech 4TB drive that was striped for RAID 0 (mac). I only see the one drive on my desktop–as I should–so how do I verify that the drive is working correctly and making backups to both paired drives? Is there a mac utility or do I just pray? Any help would be much appreciated.
posted by captainscared on Jan 9, 2014 - 17 answers

How to make Thunderbird mark all new messages as read?

I recently started reading all my email on my smartphone. I still want to download every message in Thunderbird on my Mac (to archive it), but I don't want to manually mark everything as read after downloading it. Is there a way to either disable the "unread" flag, or auto-mark all new messages as read when they are received? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 5, 2014 - 4 answers

I hate iPhoto with a fiery passion. Please help me find an alternative.

While I have plenty of experience with PCs, I am a Mac person who is currently using a MacBook Pro (OS X, but it's more than 3 years old), an iPhone, and a Canon SLR. I upgraded to the full version of iPhoto awhile ago thinking it would make me like iPhoto better. It has not. I'm leaning towards Adobe PhotoShop Elements 12, but I am not sure if that is the best alternative or if there is another one I should be considering. Some additional info inside. [more inside]
posted by katemcd on Jan 3, 2014 - 20 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

Using a 13" MacBook Air as an audio delay.

This is for live sound at a party. I need to add a delay to a set of speakers to synchronize them with the main stacks. I don't have a digital console or an effects box capable of this. Could I use something like Audiomulch to do it? How would I set up my 13" MacBook Air so it won't shut don't or cut the audio for several hours? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 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

Backing up an open disk image?

Based on your answers to my prior question, I keep sensitive files on my Mac in an encrypted disk image. I back up my Mac to Time Machine, plus a local external Superduper! clone, and to Crashplan. How do I ensure those backups accurately record the disk image--do I have to eject the disk image or will the backups copy the open (mounted) disk? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Sluggish iTunes despite following steps

I have my iTunes on an external 1 TB USB drive for iMac (10.6). It is around 250 GB. Despite following the steps of moving the itl and other files to my computer Itunes folder as layed out nicelly in this link among others (look at user roncron's commments at bottom of page). ITunes is still sluggish when deleting tracks especially. I have 3GB RAM, not using any other item while running iTunes, and Activity Monitor doesn't show any large discrepancies of things running in the background (unless I am looking at it wrong). Maybe my computer is just too old or needs 4 GB of RAM. thanks.
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Using Safari on iPad Air with Chrome on Mac

I've been using Chrome on my Mac and Safari on my iPad Air. Trying to get them both to sync with each other is a challenge. I used a Safari on Mac for a short while recently to keep the two perfectly in sync but I've since switched back to a Chrome on my Mac as it is just a quicker and nicer to use browser. On my iPad Air I've installed Chrome but nothing beats Safari on the iPad as it's smoother and uses a faster rendering engine. Chrome on iOS is a bit sluggish and doesn't feel comfortable to use. Is there a way that I can sync my Chrome bookmarks and settings on my Mac with Safari on my iPad?
posted by antgly on Dec 22, 2013 - 2 answers

Why is my MacBook running so slow?

How can I figure out why my MacBook Pro is running so slow, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Why won't images print in my MS word document?

Why won't images print in my MS word document? Especially when these same images printed just fine in a nearly identical previous version of this document? [more inside]
posted by mai on Dec 19, 2013 - 6 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

What do I do/need to diagram images on a Mac?

How do I draw lines on a .pdf or .jpg image on a recent Apple computer? [more inside]
posted by NiceParisParamus on Dec 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Worth springing for Macbook upgrades?

Is it worth paying for the upgrades on a new Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by Nightman on Dec 13, 2013 - 23 answers

What is the equivalent of Paint for Mac?

I just got a Macbook Pro and would like to be able to draw simple diagrams with shapes and text fields. Are there any Mac programs or apps equivalent to PC's Paint? My search online has brought up Paintbrush which appears to be a very old program. The new ones in the apps store are either really expensive or poorly reviewed if they're free. Thanks!
posted by grak88 on Dec 13, 2013 - 12 answers

MAC OSX Driver Download needed for SATA docking station.

Because the cd driver for my SATA docking station does not fit into my iMac (Mac OS X Version 10.7.5), I am on the lookout for the correct driver download. I cannot find one for MAC. Here are links to the unit I own: http://www.amazon.com/AGPtek-Function-Docking-Station-Offline/dp/B00C4TQJM8 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZMzKJqWK8Q [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Dec 11, 2013 - 12 answers

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

Flashcard software for Mac that uses text files via Dropbox

I'm looking for flashcard software for my Mac, with several caveats. I'd like to create the decks as text files and sync them with Dropbox, like you can with Flashcards Deluxe. If there's a Mac app that will use the same files as Flashcards Deluxe, that would be perfect. Thanks!
posted by reductiondesign on Dec 5, 2013 - 2 answers

I need to send an email to ~1500 people. How do I do it?

I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign tomorrow, and I have around 1500 people to email. How do I do this simply? I'd like the emails to come from my personal gmail address (and not DONOTREPLY@Mail1000.com or something), and if possible, I'd like to customize the emails such that they refer to each person by name (I have everyone in an excel file at the moment). If relevant for potential software/plugin solutions, I have a Mac and a Wordpress site on a good server.
posted by sdis on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Which version of Vista for game-playing in Boot Camp?

I'm a late adaptor. After much happy gaming in Windows XP (via Boot Camp on my Mac), I am finally getting around to Vista-only games like Assassin's Creed III. So it's time to take the plunge and buy a copy of Vista on eBay. But which version? 64-bit or 32-bit? Service pack 1, 2, or 3? Starter, basic, or ultimate? Home or business? As somebody who isn't well-versed in Windows to begin with, I'm finding the choice a little overwhelming. I will be using Windows exclusively for gaming and don't care about any other features. Also, note that Windows Vista is the latest Windows my 2006 Mac Pro will support, so unfortunately "Skip straight to Windows 7 or 8" isn't an option. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 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

CD's not playing properly in my car?

When I burn a CD, some songs that sound fine in iTunes on my computer will inexplicably have between 3-20 seconds of 'silence' at the beginning, thus causing my car's CD player to skip them if I don't fast forward to the actual music...WTF? (do my best to give some Tech Specs inside!) [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Nov 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me make Beautiful Music with my computer.

What software for the Mac will let me import midi files and produce a full piano score for the song? [more inside]
posted by duckus on Nov 24, 2013 - 5 answers

.NET Dev seeks AppleScript Guru

I need to export Safari history to a tab delimited text file, based on a date range. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Nov 7, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I get my Finder icon back?

Not satisfied with the dated icon used for the finder on my Mac, I did a little research and discovered a way to replace the icon using System>Library>CoreServices>Dock>Finder.png. I replaced the default PNG files with an updated version. They were labeled correctly as well (finder.png, finder@2x.png) but when I inputed the dock restart command in terminal, the space where the icon was supposed to be was totally empty! What did I do wrong and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by rmttws on Nov 3, 2013 - 1 answer

How to download videos in Safari 7.0 like could be done on Snow Leopard?

I'm all ready to upgrade to Mavericks (OSX 10.9) except for one thing. On Snow Leopard (10.6.8), I am able to open Safari's "Activity window" and see most video files as they're loading there (however, not certain sites like Hulu). From that window, it's an easy Option-Click to download said video file. Safari 7.0 doesn't have this ability. Is there a Safari 7.0 add-on or something that will bring this ability back to Safari? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Nov 1, 2013 - 5 answers

whole-window screenshot application for Mac OS X

Hi, I am looking for a whole-window screenshot application for Mac OS X. I have and use Paparazzi, but need to take SS images of login-state dependent webpages, which Paparazzi can't do. I would prefer an app that works as SnapzPro used to, where the SS includes all the content below the fold of a webpage and the screenshot-taking app does not need or gain independent login access to the target page. Thanks in advance!
posted by mwhybark on Nov 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Networking (maybe?) our Macs

My wife and I use Macs, iOS devices, and Apple networking gear. We're thinking about sharing the desk where my Mac Pro is; as a result, if she needs the desk, and I need a computer, I'd have to use her MacBook Pro. What's the best way to network our computers so that we could do our work from whatever computer we're using, have music and/or programs available, etc.? Some details inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 1, 2013 - 6 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

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