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iPhone, Mac and PC calendar and contact sync

I just switched to an iPhone 5 after years with an Android phone. My carefully constructed sync setup between my work Win 7 PC, my home Mac and my phone is no longer as useful. Details of my current setup within. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Nov 21, 2012 - 3 answers

I can't have imagined this computer game! Falling faces?

I'm trying to remember a computer game I had years back, but I can't for the life of me find it. It was a falling bricks game (like Tetris) but the pieces were one of four parts of several different faces - the hair, the eyes, the nose and mouth, and the chin and neck. The idea was to make a complete face that would then disappear from the board (again, like in Tetris). You could do mix and match faces, but you got more points for doing a whole matching face. If you let, for instance, too many mouths pile up on each other and reach the top, you lost. There were different levels, and the faces changed with each level. Does anybody else know of this? It would have been a Mac game, sometime during the 90's. I can't have just imagined this!
posted by dithmer on Nov 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Dad fails at first world problems: I can't make Spore run.

I can't make Spore run on my Macbook Pro. My 9 year old is nonplussed. Please help...he's getting pouty.... [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 20, 2012 - 12 answers

This is your Mac. This is your Mac on lockdown.

Looking for best practices for home data security for an exclusively Mac household. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me relive my pinball addiction

I decided to take my old G3 iMac down from the attic and play some old games. The old computer still works great, and yet there was a problem... [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Nov 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Need help with a contact database for my Mac

Act! database vs. Daylite? I used Act forever & loved the fact i could keep notes per company & then look up companies by Co. name, first name, last name, city, state, or other custom tag i classified them as. I used ACT when i had my PC.... but for the past 3 years i've been on a Macbook Pro and only using Daylite... which i hate. I can't look up by anything other than Company name or contact name.... I need a new database contact program that is similar to ACT in the regards of how I can look up each company & allowing me under notes (or something) to keep track of my conversations. I'd also like it to sync up with my iphone 5. [more inside]
posted by foodybat on Nov 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Convert Mac OS 9 font suitcase to OS X

I've got an old Mac font suitcase (OS 9) containing fonts I'd like to use on my OS X (10.7) Mac. I'm not sure what format they're in but copying the file over to my new Mac results in a 0-byte file. I think I have to convert them to TTF on my OS 9 iMac, but not sure what to do it with. Any suggestions? Free would be great, since I don't plan on doing this again, but cheap would be okay.
posted by tommasz on Nov 4, 2012 - 2 answers

What's a good to-do app for Mac & iOS that syncs with iCal/Google Calendar?

I am using an iMac with Mountain Lion as my desktop, and an iPhone 4S with iOS6 as my cell phone. I use OSX's and iOS's native apps for email, contacts, and calendar, which are provided by Google Apps. What I need is a GTD (to do) application for the Mac, which a) has an iOS version, and b) supports syncing to iCal or Google Calendar. I currently own Omnifocus, but as of Mountain Lion, it no longer supports iCal sync. I want to be able to sync deadlines and tasks to my calendar, this really is a pretty basic feature that seems to be missing from a lot of GTD applications. Wunderlist doesn't support this. I've looked at Things, but it doesn't seem to support it either. Any recommendations?
posted by Unhyper on Nov 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Why does Airport on my Macbook quit working?

I have a newer Macbook Pro and whenever I move it around my house, Airport stops working and won't work again until I reboot. What gives? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Nov 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Please help me calibrate my monitors

For editing photography: How do I calibrate these two screens: My iPad (I realize I'm just setting brightness here), and the monitor connected to my Mac (the Mac prefs calibration instructions don't work for me at all). Is there an excellent reference image out there I can use to calibrate my screens? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Nov 2, 2012 - 7 answers

72 year old woman with iMac issues...

Help my mother with her Mac? iMac with question mark and/or question mark on folder after booting. Won't safe boot or anything. Diagnose or recommend a technician in E4E (New Brunswick)? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Nov 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Printer for Mac

My spouse needs a new all-in-one printer for her office Mac. It needs to do all of the usual all-in-one functions - print, scan, copy, fax. She does occasionally need to print in color. The most important criterion is that it play well with the Mac - both with set-up and with the individual functions. [more inside]
posted by gteffertz on Nov 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Password Protect Flash Drive

Is there a free downloadable mac program to password protect my entire usb flash drive? I've already tried TrueCrypt and using a .dmg with Disk Utility.
posted by CarlyH on Oct 30, 2012 - 5 answers

What to do with a dying 08 Macbook Pro?

I have a early 2008 Macbook Pro that has just now come down with the dying logic board problem. I bought it outside the 4-year period (so no free replacement) and have a new MBP anyways, so how can I get rid of it such that maximize my return value? [more inside]
posted by RyanAdams on Oct 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Bioshock

Quick question: I have never played Bioshock. Just now I'm buying into the MacHeist 4 bundle, which contains Bioshock 2. Is it a bad idea to start part 2 without playing part 1 first? No spoilers please :^)
posted by Silky Slim on Oct 24, 2012 - 11 answers

What happens if I turn on sharing in iPhoto 11?

If I allow iPhoto to share photos with my Facebook and Flickr accounts, will I regret it? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 21, 2012 - 3 answers

This cat video better be worth the hassle...

Can you fix my streaming/download issues? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Oct 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Mac Powerpoint Weirdness. Help!

Weird snowflake Mac OS X font issue. I've already tried all the usual suspects - deleting duplicate fonts from Font Book, etc, etc. But this one has me stumped. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Oct 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Firefox is possessed!

Firefox keeps going back to previous page, but I'm not hitting the back button! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Oct 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Essential business iOS apps

Transitioning from a Windows laptop to a Macbook Pro at work. Yay! Need software recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 17, 2012 - 16 answers

Explain it to me as if I were four years old...

How do I "start over" with my Macbook Pro without reinstalling the OS? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Oct 15, 2012 - 6 answers

iMac vs Macbook Pro Screen Size

Why does the resolution on the 17" Macbook Pro seem so much bigger than the 21" iMac? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Oct 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Why do Google and Adobe seem to want me to give Apple money for a new OS?

Chrome requires, via yellow pop down box, that I manually allow Flash to run on nearly every webpage I load (presumably just the ones that use Flash), each time I load it. How can I stop this? Complication: Chrome is no longer supported for my OS. [more inside]
posted by maryr on Oct 8, 2012 - 6 answers

How to recover files deleted from Mac trash and also deleted from CF card during reformat?

Is there a way to fully recover files from emptied trash on Mac 10.8.2? Or from a formatted Sandisk Compact Flash card? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Oct 8, 2012 - 8 answers

What is the best free (open source) Office software for Mac Snow Leopard?

I just installed a new hard drive in my older (early 2008, 4 GB ram) macbook pro laptop and installed Snow Leopard. I need an office application, something like Open Office. What's the best current "stable" version of this OSS software for Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)? [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Oct 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Has Apple abandoned iWork?

So I'm trying to find details on the next versions iWork - but no one seems to know anything. Has Apple given up on it's office suite? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Oct 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Oh noes. This time, it's Slverlight.

Please help me install Silverlight on my wife's MacBook. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Oct 4, 2012 - 6 answers

How to assign keyboard shortcuts to browser bookmarks.

How can I create keyboard shortcuts for browser bookmarks on a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Oct 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Mac or Windows?

It’s time for my husband to get a new laptop, and we’re looking at a Mac that we’d share (the alternative is Windows). Help me decide whether a Mac is for us! [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance on Sep 30, 2012 - 9 answers

how to add new dictionaries on mac osx?

Is there any way of adding new dictionaries to the system dictionary app for Mac OSX? I am learning russian and would love to be able to highlight a word and receive an english-to-russian or even just russian definition. [more inside]
posted by 221bbs on Sep 24, 2012 - 5 answers

OSX freeze on wake?

After the OSX 10.8.2 update several days ago, my laptop freezes on wake from hibernate (at least, it only does it when it has been asleep for a while). I posted on the Apple support forums here, but no one has responded. There are excerpts from my system log there. Things I've tried: fixing permissions, SMC reset, turning off my gmail calendar updates (I saw a lot of errors in the log having to do with that) but no luck. Any ideas?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Sep 23, 2012 - 7 answers

not the brightest bulb in the monitor

My iMac is doing something weird with brightness. It's not showing up at full brightness except every once in a while for a second after the display has slept. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Sep 22, 2012 - 16 answers

Transparent notes on your desktop

I'm a big fan of Mac OS X's native application, Stickies. Screenshot here: Stickies on overkill. You can make them translucent -- but is there a way/application to make them totally transparent, so that you'd only see the text, floating on top of your wallpaper?
posted by demagogue on Sep 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Erasing hard drives without a computer?

How does one erase an internal hard drive when said drive is no longer hooked up to a computer and you don't have access to another computer? Then what's the best way to dispose of the drives? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Help with organizing my hot mess of an external hard drive!

Good ways/ideas/tips for how to organize my external hard drive (because I put it off each time I added things to it...and now it's a hot mess). And ideas for keeping it organized when I add things in the future. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Sep 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Need MacPro help in Austin Texas

Can anyone recommend a good and affordable Mac hardware and software tech in Austin, Texas? I've had a series of drive failures and I'm in way over my head. Need help replacing drives, reinstalling OS and, if possible, cloning from a failed drive. [more inside]
posted by a humble nudibranch on Sep 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Old Dog Needs New Mac

Graphic Designer asks: Can I use a laptop as my "main" computer? I've been a designer for 20+ years and have used every mac since the original, but I've always had a desktop mac as my go-to machine. Now, it's upgrade time, and I'm thinking of using just a laptop for everything. More inside... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Sep 18, 2012 - 17 answers

Remote app in reverse?

I have a Macbook Air and an iPad. When they're both at home I want to be able to control music playback on the iPad from the Air. What do I want? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Sep 16, 2012 - 7 answers

What sexy dance will an iPhone and Macbook do together?

What magic can an iPhone and a Macbook work together? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Sep 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Running mysql server on a mac

I'm trying to install and run MySQL Server 5.0 on my Mac (OS X 10.5.8) for a class. I have no idea what I'm doing. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 on Sep 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Suddenly erratic touchpad on MacBook Pro

My MacBook's touchpad went wrong this morning. Everything I do is suddenly like fighting with a ghost. Mac forums are useless. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 6, 2012 - 16 answers

Paper management software with OCR

I've got a Scansnap printer and I'm ready to go paperless -- but I need the right Mac software to manage my scanned documents. None of the options I've found seem quite right. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Sep 4, 2012 - 6 answers

I need to know what I'm doing and when I need to do it.

I am looking for a wonderful timer program for Mac (OS X 10.7.4 +). It needs to have a Cocoa GUI (meaning a GUI that isn't ugly, and isn't unnecessarily complicated), the ability to run multiple timers, and the ability to name timers with a decent amount of detail. Sound is an important feature, too. Command line alternatives are also cool, but not ideal. More information inside: [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse on Aug 31, 2012 - 5 answers

Nice looking net radio player for Mac.

I'm looking for a Mac app that can play internet radio and has a nice looking and easy-to-use interface. [more inside]
posted by nevan on Aug 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a new or different High School math test generator, and Apple programs or apps for use in the classroom

I'm looking for software for a high school math teacher: first, a better/newer test generator, and second, in-classroom programs, bonus points for apps for an Apple laptop and/or an iPod touch. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Pimpin' my Mac-in'

Is there an app that does for Macs what Rainmeter does for desktop? I'm not just talking monitoring, like Geektool does; I'm looking for folder/bookmark opening and app launching. I'd like a desktop that gives me one-click access to various places on my computer and online, but that also lets me customize it visually. If there's no one app that does that, how might I go about creating that kind of environment on my own?
posted by Rory Marinich on Aug 28, 2012 - 13 answers

I broked my computer in every possible way, how do I fix it?

How do I access the contents of an HDD from an iMac G5 (PPC) without the original computer? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Aug 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Spinning Beach Ball of Doom

Mac Lion Filter: Autosave in Word = GIANT FAIL. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Aug 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Help us find and Mac and PC compatible multi-user drawing app

My friend and I want to draw together. Two potential problems: First, I'm in Seattle, she's in Michigan. [more inside]
posted by gc on Aug 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Educational games on Mac for young kids?

My pre-k boy LOVES video games and adventure/superhero TV shows. It would be great to harness some of that love for learning purposes. What are your recommendations for software or online games that do that? We're a Mac household. [more inside]
posted by michaeldunaway on Aug 24, 2012 - 5 answers

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