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Why is my MacBook so slow and will downgrading to Snow Leopard help?

(Late 2008 Aluminum Unibody MacBook. Currently running Mountain Lion. 2GHz C2D, 2GB 1067 DDR3.) Over the past year or so, it's been slowing down significantly. I'm getting lockups, especially with web browsers (I use Chrome most of the time, Safari on occasion) where I get the pinwheel for quite a while. It takes a decently long time to boot up. And when I open it up, it usually takes a minute or so to fully exit sleep mode and become usable again. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Aug 16, 2013 - 27 answers

Money, money, mon-ey. Mo-ney. (on a Mac and iPhone?)

I’m looking for a money management app for Mac that also syncs with iPhone. What do you use and why? (I’ve looked here on Metafilter and found little to nothing that’s recent). [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke on Aug 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Best screencasting app for Mac?

This question has been asked before, but long enough ago that I'd like to see if things have changed: What's the best screencasting app for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Aug 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Sliding (mac) windows

I have a monitor attached to my iMac, which is running 10.8.4. I use the dock to switch between open windows and programs. Until this morning this was never a problem -- I could leave a pdf open on one screen to refer to, and open Mail on the other screen. This meant I could look at what I was writing about. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Aug 12, 2013 - 4 answers

What Happened to ‘Save All Changes’, OS X Preview?

For years I opened dozens of photos at once in Preview on the Mac, cropped them all, and hit the button marked 'Save All Changes.' Since shifting to Mountain Lion I now have to hit the Save button dozens of times to accomplish the same thing. Is there a better way to do this, or a different, better program?
posted by LeLiLo on Aug 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking For a Duplicate (Image) File Finder for MAC. Free would be nice.

Software for Mac OS X that efficiently handles thousands of RAW, JPEG, etc. images files-- and any other file types-- with a nice, big viewer for the image files; but please keep in mind, the software should primarily be a duplicate file finder. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Aug 9, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I install Window 7 on a Mac that has no optical drive?

My goal is to install Windows 7 on a Retina MacBook Pro via Boot Camp. I have an official Microsoft Windows 7 installer DVD (OEM version) that I bought from Amazon. However, the laptop doesn't have an optical drive! How can I get Windows 7 onto there? [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Aug 8, 2013 - 16 answers

iMac, Windows 7, and fan speeds

I have a 2008 24" iMac that I've used BootCamp to get Windows 7 running. Issue: the fans never come on. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Viable Mac setup?

What I want to do is get a Macbook Air, partition one of my externals for Windows and at least 1 Linux distro so that I can play with all three systems. However, my only concern is that I'm not forseeing some possible issues with getting a mostly basic level 13 in Air. Before you ask, I don't want a Pro since my current laptop is a beast, portability really is a concern for me for several months out of the year, and I want to experience the opposite end of the weight and ready-to-go spectrum. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

So, who's using a great foundation?

Women of MeFi, tell me what's better than MAC Studio Fix Fluid. [more inside]
posted by Salamander on Aug 5, 2013 - 25 answers

How to batch embed album artwork on a Mac

Can you recommend software to use to embed album cover artwork into mp3s on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by diamondsky on Aug 5, 2013 - 2 answers

How to set up this sort of automation on a MAC

A friend needs to sign his homeschooled child into "school" every day online. There are three or 4 steps: click this link, then click this link, then certify attendance etc I dont understand automator or apple scripts at all. I this likely something I can help them with easily so as to avoid this headache? Running 10.6.8 if that matters
posted by dougiedd on Aug 4, 2013 - 4 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

Why macbook wifi file transfer so slow?

Copying files between a macbook and a macbook pro over wifi is slow. Why? [more inside]
posted by SueDenim on Aug 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac

I want to buy a new Mac to replace my 2008 Macbook, but I'm overwhelmed by the options. What will best fit my needs? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

Return not advancing to next line on Word for Mac

Okay, gang: I'm typing a very long document on Word for Mac (I'm on page 48). Everything has been working fine until now, but as of about thirty minutes ago, hitting return doesn't advance the cursor to the next line. It just jumps about four spaces away from the end of the sentence, as though I had hit tab. But when I start typing, the word immediately jumps to the next line below. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Jul 25, 2013 - 5 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

Any way to remotely reboot a Mac that is NOT connected to the Internet?

I am trying to access my home Mac remotely from the office (I use RealVNC). Unfortunately, there was an Internet outage, which is restored, but the Mac is no longer connected to the Internet. It is however connected to the router, which is accessible from the Internet. AFAIK the only way I can get the Mac reconnected is to reboot it. Is there any way I can reboot the Mac via the router? Or is there some other way to restore the Internet connection to the Mac remotely? I am pretty ignorant on these matters. Thanks for your help.
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

How to Export All Sheets in an Excel File?

I am using Excel 2011 on Mac OS X Lion. I have a workbook created by a colleague with 25 worksheets in it. I would like to export all of these to individual csv files. Is there a way to do it all in one batch? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jul 22, 2013 - 2 answers

sticky-uppy, poofy, polished, soft, cool hair?

I am loving Tina Marjarino's hair in the new Veronica Mars Movie clips & promo pictures. How do I get my hair to do this (seen here as well)? I don't know what to even call it to use my google-fu! I just know that it is fabulous and I need to do it. Currently I'm growing out a pixie, so I should have the correct amount of hair. Sorry for such a silly question!
posted by firei on Jul 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Need a Crashplan plan.

I’m finally signing up for an unlimited Crashplan package this weekend. This is my first time using web storage for any of my backup needs. Can you let me know if I’m thinking correctly about 1) what I back up online and 2) what makes sense for backing up in the future? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 19, 2013 - 11 answers

Safari does not show xkcd images?

In my annals of bizarre tech questions this has to be the oddest. When I use safari as a web browser and try to view xkcd - the comic flashes on the screen briefly but then is replaced with an empty space. I tried reseting safari, manually deleting the cache file, disabling extensions but it keeps happening. More maddeningly it does not happen on any other website as far as I can tell. But - it also happens when i try to view xkcd images in newsblur (rss reader). and - when i open webinspector in safari the image displays in there just fine. (here is a screenshot ) I'm again going mad - what could be causing one website to blank its image? btw if i click "open image in new tab" then i can see the comic but not in a normal (or news blur) window. (running safari 6.0.4 on Mountain Lion 10.8.3)
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Jul 17, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I back up a diary?

I have a diary I write in every night. If it were to be lost or damaged I'd be sad, as I like to look back in it. Any advice on how to back it up? If I'm going to scan it, how do I organize it on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Cool things to do with a Mac mini server hosted in a datacenter?

I recently got a Mac mini server hosted in a datacenter in order to host my CRM server, and now I'm wondering what other useful things I can do with it. [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Jul 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Best hard drive solution for mobile audio recording

Trying to decide what to get, here. I've got an interal 750gb 5400 rm drive in the MBP that very occasionally throws up the dreaded "drive too slow" dialog in Logic at only 6 or 8 tracks of 24 bit 44.1 kHz. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Jul 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Better keyboard shortcuts on a Mac

I finally switch back to Macs a couple years ago after a long time using mainly Windows, and I really miss Windows-style keyboard shortcuts, particularly the multi-part type with trigger letters. Are there utilities or settings I'm unaware of that can duplicate this on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jul 12, 2013 - 11 answers

What's the best 3.5 inch disk drive these days?

I need a 3.5 inch disk drive to read some old documents on my Mac. The SmartDisk drive I just bought on Amazon was not well made, and today after very little use the drive head just fell out the front like a broken tooth. Can anyone recommend a more sturdy floppy disk drive? Would it be better to just get an enclosure for an old PC drive?
posted by steinsaltz on Jul 8, 2013 - 7 answers

What are the gotchas of triple booting a current-gen Mac?

I'm about to buy a new MacBook Pro and there's only one thing I want to do when I first get it: "Ultimate" Triple Booting. But those instructions pre-date the OS X recovery partition introduced in 10.7 Lion. What do I need to know to get this working on 2013 hardware? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jul 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Identifying MAC addresses on your network

So I used to have a router running Tomato firmware, which would show me the MAC addresses of every machine connected to the router. I have since switched to a faster ROSEWILL| RNX-N300RT router, but cannot locate the MAC addresses of connected machines. Is there a good, free utility for OS X or Windows 7 that will show me the MAC addresses of connected machines? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Jul 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Best use for a Mac mini

I've been given a Mac mini and I'm dying to put it to fun or geeky use (already have a laptop so don't need to use it as a 'main' computer) but now that I'm staring at it I'm lost for inspiration. [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 answers

What was the Mac program with vector graphics that kept time to music?

Back in the very late 90s a friend passed along a copy of a configurable Mac program that acted as sort of a screen saver (but I don't think that was its primary purpose) that produced different kinds of firework-like vector graphics that moved and changed in time to whatever music you had playing on the computer at the time. There were a number of variables you could control, including the design of the graphics, and maybe the colors, too. I remember on a couple of occasions needing to get a new copy and the only place I ever found it was on Macster; I'm almost positive it wasn't commercially available, but it was probably shareware. I want to say it was German, but I may be thinking of the game Oxyd. Does anyone remember what this program was, and if there is a modern-day equivalent for Mac?
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Wallpaper me

Is there a way to download all the images from a particular website? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Jul 3, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I get rid of this iCal error message?

Ical is giving me a persistent error out of nowhere, and I have no idea how to stop or correct it. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jul 2, 2013 - 2 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

Help me learn the French accent with speech recognition for Mac?

I am looking for a currently supported Mac product to help me improve my atrocious French accent. I would really like software that uses speech recognition for a good chunk of the lessons, because I can read well enough (despite being a rank beginner) but need all the help I can get on the conversational side. [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Jun 25, 2013 - 2 answers

MacBook Air (2012) freezing while streaming video?

Hi MeFi! This is My First Ask, so my apologies in advance if I do something incorrectly. My MacBook Air that I purchased Nov. 2012 from a Mac store freezes while streaming video from Netflix and Amazon. I have tried both Google and Safari, and it happens on both browsers ... [more inside]
posted by quixotictic on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 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

VPNs and multiple users under Mac OS X

Is it possible for a VPN to affect only the traffic of one logged in user under Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 20, 2013 - 11 answers

OSX Networking Problem -After an hour or so my net connection just stops

I have a bug with my networking on OSX Mountain Lion, Put simply after an indeterminate, randomish amount of time (from 30 minutes to 10 hours) my laptop will simply stop loading or fetching new websites. This happens both over wired and wireless networks - In both cases the connection will appear to still be connected,but loading a webpage will just hang on "sending request" and a traceroute to google.com which works fine beforehand, just fails (nothing in terminal after the command). I've struggled but can't find much indication at all about this bug on the internet - can anyone help me fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Jun 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Learn me some ImageMagick

I have MAMP on Mac OS Lion. I want to install the ImageMagick extension. I am trying to use these instructions, but am running into problems. [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Jun 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Dealing with a phantom stuck key bug on MacBook Air

I'm troubled by a mysterious bug on my MacBook Air. It manifests itself when I use Microsoft PowerPoint, but I believe it is a Mac-wide issue. It is extremely rare, impossible to reproduce on demand, and yet - when it strikes, it does so with a vengeance, and embarrasses me in front of a theater full of people. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Is it dumb to "downgrade" my photo archives?

When digital photography was new, I saved everything at it's highest settings. Now that I currently have nearly 80 gigs of photographs, would it make sense to "downgrade" all of my photos to smaller sizes? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Jun 10, 2013 - 26 answers

Jumping to an input method in OS X

I type in multiple languages on Mac OS 10.6.8, and I need to be able to use keyboard shortcuts to jump immediately to specific input method rather than cycle through them with Command-Space. (For example, I'd want to be able to hit, say, Command-Shift-1 to switch to U.S. Extended no matter what the current input method is.) How can I set this up?
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson on Jun 9, 2013 - 7 answers

How to allow other users access to installed applications on Mac OS X?

I have some apps installed under the admin account on my Mac. I set up standard user accounts on this machine, and I would like these users to access the already installed applications. When they run the app, it either opens in trial mode or asks for a serial number, even though they are already installed. Is there any way to do this?
posted by dhruva on Jun 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Clever way to use color labels on OS X?

I'd like to use the color labels in finder more extensively to help manage files all over my computer, not just for certain areas. Because the labels are system wide the names don't always match the intentions for certain folders labels tend to be cumbersome and not clear in meaning. Areas that I would like labels to work well in are: Downloads, work project folders, Desktop, Archive folders and media folders. Labels that work for one area don't mesh with others. Have you been able to figure out some names for the color labels that are elegant and useful in every user folder in the filesystem? I'm not looking for a way to use spotlight comments or another program to handle this - I'm specifically interested a solid naming convention for elegant, useful color label names. Thanks!
posted by Brent Parker on Jun 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Did that outage just zap my internets?

We had a power outage for about 3 hours yesterday evening, and when I restarted my Mac mini, I could not connect to the internet. Our wireless modem/router is working fine, as our other Mac (an ancient PowerBook g4) and my phone can both go online using wifi. Please help! More things we've tried below: [more inside]
posted by asranixon on May 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Export iCalendar as Event List

I would like to take a calendar in iCal and turn it into a list of events with times / locations. Basically turn a schedule that I've built in iCal into format suitable for text distribution to a bunch of different people. Seems simple! But I can't figure it out. Copying and pasting events from iCal into a text document randomizes the order, which is a huge hassle. Help me, hive mind!
posted by sixswitch on May 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Use Exchange. Not too much. Mostly unobtrusively.

I, sadly, have to keep an eye on an Exchange e-mail account. There is no IMAP. Is there a small Mac app that will live in the menu bar and notify me of new e-mail that actually works? Bonus if I can quickly reply to the e-mail when it appears. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on May 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Shiren the English-speaking Wanderer

I'm trying to play the SNES version of Shiren the Wanderer, with the English translation patch, on a Mac. The ROM without the patch works fine. When I put the patch in the same directory with the same base filename (the procedure for using a patch), the ROM loads and hangs. I'm using SNES9X as my emulator. Has anyone gotten this working? I'm willing to try any emulator.
posted by ignignokt on May 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Trading a desktop for a laptop

About a year ago I bought a refurbished iMac. I now totally regret buying a desktop computer and really wish I had a laptop instead. Is there any way for me to trade in my still perfectly-functional iMac for a Mac laptop? (In NYC if it matters) [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

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