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How do I rip XCP encoded CDs to my computer?

I just got a compact disc encrypted with XCP technology. How do I rip it to my Mac G5 computer (OSX 10.4.2)? I want to put the music on my iPod as well as run it on my music server here at home. I have Virtual PC if a Windows app is necessary.
posted by thewiseacre on Jul 19, 2005 - 15 answers

Know of a cheap USB Wifi dongle for Mac OS 9?

I need help with my parent's iBook (OS 9.2). They want wireless internet but there's no PC-card slot, nor an "under the keyboard" option. There is a USB port. Anybody know of a $20 USB-adapter that will work with OS 9. I already know about the AeroPad, but that sucker is $70! [more inside]
posted by zpousman on Jul 15, 2005 - 8 answers

The Quiet Mac

I've lost sound on a bunch of my OS X apps... very confused [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jul 15, 2005 - 11 answers

Programming a Kensington Trackball / Trackball vs. Mouse?

I just bought a Wireless Kensington Expert Mouse, and I'm trying to convince myself I like it. Ergonomically, I think it's better for my hand and wrist in the long run, but there is one thing that's really bugging me: I can set keystrokes for any of the buttons, but it only sends the key to the computer when I release the button. I use a Mac, and I have the F9 key programmed in on the trackball for Expose, but this means I can't just hold it, move to the window I want, and release it like I'm able to do on my Logitech mx700. I have to click, move, and click again ("waa", I know). Any suggestions for making this work using Kensington's MouseWorks driver? Are there any third-party apps/drivers out there that could take care of this? Furthermore, does anyone have experience switching from a mouse to a trackball? Did you stay with the trackball, and what merits/flaws do you see in both devices?
posted by jruckman on Jul 15, 2005 - 12 answers

Hebrew fonts for Tiger?

I'm using Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), and Microsoft Word 2004. Where the heck can I find some free Hebrew fonts that will show up in a freakin' Word doc?!? I've tried several Unicode fonts (SBL Hebrew and Cardo) - they show up in my Word font menu, but only with English characters! Can I still download either TrueType or PostScript fonts, or did those stop working on Macs during the days of New Coke and Reagonomics?
posted by ericbop on Jul 14, 2005 - 4 answers

OSX Filter: Moving a user account to a different machine...

OSX Filter: Moving a user account to a different machine... [more inside]
posted by omnidrew on Jul 13, 2005 - 11 answers

Unfair use.

How to capture audio from a DVD movie on MacOS Tiger? [more inside]
posted by dontrockwobble on Jul 13, 2005 - 7 answers

MacFilter: Where did all the space go?

MacFilter: Where did all the space go? I was using my Powerbook (OS 10.4.1) last night and at last glance it had 4.5GB of space left. After working on iPhoto and Firefox, both of which hung for minutes during operation and while quitting, I got a message saying I was running out of disk space. It turned out I only had 200MB left. After rebooting, the space went up to 1.1GB. Is there any way I can find out where the space went and get it back? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Jul 13, 2005 - 7 answers

Arrrgggh!!! It's a Mac!!

Help me find a computer prank. [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jul 12, 2005 - 5 answers

Cell phone confusion !

What's the best cell phone I can buy right now in the United States that will sync with a Mac? I have some specific wants and am totally perplexed by the world of cell phones. [more inside]
posted by josh on Jul 12, 2005 - 16 answers

Mac Switch Question of the Week

Add me to the growing list of people planning to make the switch to a Mac. To those that have made the jump, how hard was it? And is it a losing proposition to buy now, with Intel-based machines coming around the bend? I know this is an AskMeFi FAQ, but I have some specific questions. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Jul 11, 2005 - 17 answers

Backing Up A Mac Running Tiger

I'm on a G5 running Tiger, referring to a user account lacking admin privileges, with a backup strategy of dragging my User folder to an external hard drive once a week. Since upgrading to Tiger, though, I've been informed that "You may need to enter the name and password for an administrator on this computer to change the item named 'Library'." I've duplicated this on another computer. What's going on here? First, I'm only copying the Library, not changing it, and second, why do I need an administrator password? This is my User library, I thought that it and everything else within my User folder was by definition owned by me, and that even if I did want to modify something in the Library I wouldn't need a admin password.
posted by boombot on Jul 9, 2005 - 23 answers

lap-tøp no-døz

my powerbook seems to have developed narcolepsy. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jul 9, 2005 - 7 answers

Mac Vs. PC

Mac Vs. PC I am in the market for a new Laptop and am an avid PC user. What are some pro's and con's of making the switch to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by retro88 on Jul 7, 2005 - 28 answers

AirPort not letting me surf

My Airport Extreme Base Station claims I am connected to the Internet via Ethernet, and yet I am not. [more inside]
posted by McIntaggart on Jul 7, 2005 - 3 answers

iTunes alternative for OSX?

Are there any other sites from which I can download music to my iTunes library on Mac OSX.3.8? The iTunes Music Store is missing a few of my favorites.
posted by clh on Jul 6, 2005 - 10 answers

Unplugging firewire webcam causes kernel panic

Why does my Mac sometimes go into kernel panic when I unplug the firewire webcam? It happens on a variety of occasions: sometimes multiple apps are open and CPU usage is high, other times it's right after a fresh reboot. (iBook G3/700Mhz, 384MB RAM, Mac OS X 10.2.8, and the webcam is a Unibrain Fire-I.)
posted by brownpau on Jul 5, 2005 - 12 answers

My mac keeps crashing

I'm having trouble with my mac powerbook crashing, specifically after it awakens after having gone into sleep mode. It does this when in firefox and I save a tiddlywiki page, or when I'm in word and try to save a document. I'm using OSX version 10.3.9.
posted by corpse on Jul 5, 2005 - 3 answers

What's your favorite PDA (bluetooth, small, sync /w OS X, and no cellphone)?

What's your favorite PDA ? My wishes are: no cellphone like the treo, bluetooth, ~small form factor, and good syncing with OS X. Thanks!
posted by joshgray on Jul 2, 2005 - 10 answers

Firefox as Default Browswer in Thunderbird?

How do I get Firefox to be the browser of choice for Thunderbird in OS X? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Jun 30, 2005 - 9 answers

Fax Utilities for Mac OS X--recommendations?

Fax Utilities for Mac OS X--recommendations? The utility that comes with Tiger is only for the occasional fax.
posted by ParisParamus on Jun 29, 2005 - 3 answers

The Joy of Sticks.

Using an Apple IIGS joystick on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by jbrjake on Jun 27, 2005 - 6 answers

I want to be able to take notes on PDFs.

I am looking for a cheap Mac (Tiger) program that will let me write on PDFs. [more inside]
posted by librarina on Jun 26, 2005 - 8 answers

GPS Mapping Apps for OS X?

I'm quickly becoming a member of the Mac Cult with my shiny new PowerBook. I can't seem to find a MS Streets&Trips or Mappoint like app though.. Any suggestions?
posted by joshgray on Jun 22, 2005 - 6 answers

Cross-platform backup solutions for Mac/Windows/Linux...which is more reliable?

I'm currently running Retrospect Server 5 on a Mac OS X box. It's backing up the following clients: 2 Windows 2003 servers, a Windows 2000 server, 2 Mac OS X 10.2 Servers, a few Mac OS X Panther clients, and 2 linus boxes. Backups are done to external hard drives as well as to a VXA tape changer. The Mac Servers and clients will soon be upgraded to Tiger, so I'm going to need to upgrade Retrospect. However, Retrospect is somewhat flaky at times, and I've heard about some reliability issues with Retrospect 6. I'm considering switching to BRU Server by the Tolis Group. I've heard lots of good things. My question is, does anyone have any actual experience with similar setups for these two backup solutions and which one should I go with? Or maybe is there a better backup solution in the same price range I should be considering?
posted by edjusted on Jun 22, 2005 - 6 answers

Is it just me, or does Firefox kinda suck anymore?

In less than a month, I've had Firefox crash on one machine -- a new G4 Powerbook relatively free from stuff like GUI mods, extra software, a million extensions, etc. -- more than 15 times. Usually, it's while doing something innocuous, like trying to open a new tab. I have the same problem on my G5. [more inside]
posted by mrkinla on Jun 22, 2005 - 21 answers

Mac doesn't see printer over wifi

I have an iBook and an old Lexmark laser printer with an Axis print server. The computer has historically talked to the printer via Appletalk over my Ethernet network. Now I'm trying to go wireless. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jun 18, 2005 - 5 answers

Acer LCD, mac mini aspect ratio

I bought a mac mini and an Acer 17" LCD for my mom recently, and it finally looks great since I switched from the VGA to the digital cable. However, the aspect ratio seems a little off - everything is a bit squished together. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jun 18, 2005 - 5 answers

What's the black stuff coming out of my 12" Powerbook?

A couple of months ago, I noticed a small black spot on the bezel around my laptop's screen, and on the spot that was directly under it when the laptop is closed. Today it oozed. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by michaelkuznet on Jun 18, 2005 - 6 answers

Safari to Del.icio.us?

How do I post to multiple del.icio.us accounts from safari? [more inside]
posted by Dennis Murphy on Jun 16, 2005 - 2 answers

Keyboard Remapping in XP

I'm already to used to my new Mac's keyboard. Unfortunately, I have to use XP at work. Is there a (preferably free) keyboard remapping program for XP? The only one I've found is a six buck download via PCmag.com.
posted by keswick on Jun 15, 2005 - 8 answers

Group/Permissions oddness in Tiger

I just cannot change the group of my Music folder. I created a new group called "music" as a first step towards allowing my SO to share my iTunes library directly. I try to set the Music folder (and its contents) to being part of "music", but no dice. The "get info" window says that it's changed. But as soon as I click the lock to prevent further changes, it switches back to the group of me. If I close the get info window and don't hit the lock, then call up get info again, I see that the attempted group change hasn't stuck. I also cannot change the group ID to "admin." As root, it doesn't work either, but then I get a mysterious error called "-60002." chgrp doesn't work from the shell, either. Is this a known bug or am I missing something?
posted by yesno on Jun 15, 2005 - 8 answers

Blogging 101

Getting My Own Blog, FuckWits... [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Jun 14, 2005 - 37 answers

Slow Verizon DSL with Mac OS 10.4

Three days ago, my Verizon DSL stopped working. Now it's working again but is quite slow. Any thoughts as to the cause? [more inside]
posted by cahlers on Jun 14, 2005 - 14 answers

Compare SideKick II & Blackberry?

Has anyone used both a SideKick II and a Blackberry, or at least done an in-depth comparison of the two? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Click on Jun 11, 2005 - 3 answers

Problem with my iBook!

I'm having issues connecting to all online functions on my 3-year old iBook when I use dialup (via the internal modem)...[more inside] [more inside]
posted by elquien on Jun 10, 2005 - 2 answers

Pismo DVD Drive Dead?

I recently acquired a G3/Pismo via ebay and decided to upgrade the hard drive. Upon doing so, my dvd/cd drive no longer functions; Help me sort through my options! [more inside]
posted by AllesKlar on Jun 8, 2005 - 4 answers

Old Mac Memory

Having recently splashed out on a nice black PowerMac 5500/275, I want to upgrade the RAM. I'm aware that it takes 168pin, 5v EDO DRAM (up to two 64mb DIMMS), but finding these in the UK is tough. I won two 64mb chips on eBay at 1p, but they're the wrong voltage. Anyone know a (cheap) supplier of the stuff here in England?
posted by armoured-ant on Jun 7, 2005 - 3 answers

Mac Processor Upgrade

This old Mac: My 450 Mhz G4 has held up for about 5 years now. I was on the market for a new iMac G5, but as we Mac people will be wanting to upgrade to intel machines in a couple years, this seems like an unwise purchase (the Osborne effect and all). So I'm thinking a processor upgrade might be a good stopgap. Anyone have any experience with this?
posted by aladfar on Jun 7, 2005 - 14 answers

How to get XP desktop & OSX laptop to play nice in a LAN?

I'm getting an OSX laptop Monday after the keynote, and I'm trying to figure out how to get to place nice with my XP desktop. [more inside]
posted by keswick on Jun 1, 2005 - 10 answers

MacFilter: Freeing up your Hard Disk

MacFilter: I have a 14" iBook I bought last September and I have recently installed Tiger on it. My Hard Drive space is running low. I know about uninstalling language packs and getting rid of classic. Those are not options. I am looking for a uttility program that will hunt down and delete files from programs that are no longer installed.
posted by Livewire Confusion on Jun 1, 2005 - 14 answers

Illustrator CS Mac OSX .tmp files

Since upgrading to OSX Tiger on my Powerbook G4, Adobe Illustrator CS has been acting a little flaky. Among assorted document hangs/crashes (requiring force-quits), Illustrator keeps creating .tmp files on my desktop such as "Acr1058251.tmp". I've done a bit of googling and, as suggested, have changed my prefs to not create PDF's upon saving, but this doesn't seem to help. Have any designers out there found a solid answer to why these files are being created, and a proper fix?
posted by sharksandwich on Jun 1, 2005 - 2 answers

Why won't my iRiver show up on the desktop?

I'm having problems mounting my iRiver on the (G4 iBook, OS 10.3.9) desktop. [more inside]
posted by Len on May 31, 2005 - 4 answers

How do I move files from my ancient Mac?

My mother is upgrading from an ancient (pre-USB, pre-FireWire, OS 9) G3 to a much more recent G4, but I'm not sure how to transfer her files. The G3 doesn't have a CD burner, and the G4 doesn't have a zip drive. Is there a quick and easy way to connect the two computers via Ethernet or file sharing so that I can copy her files to the new computer?
posted by jed on May 30, 2005 - 15 answers

Multiplayer mac games

LAN-based multiplayer games for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on May 29, 2005 - 4 answers

My Mac Mini Display Detection Dilemma

I've made the switch to a Mac Mini, and unfortunately it seems to be detecting my monitor capabilities incorrectly; how can I override this autodetection, or otherwise get around the problem? [more inside]
posted by Chunder on May 28, 2005 - 17 answers

Powerbook G5's... When o' when... What's your plan?

Anyone else on the verge of making the switch to Mac land (or upgrading)? Everywhere i've seen rumored they are saying 2nd Q for the G5 powerbooks... What do you guys think? I'd rather not repeat my mistake of getting the Canon Rebel right before the new one came out (d'oh!).. So I'm thinking about waiting for the G5 to appear and either get the low end one or a used (or new) G4 assuming the prices drop. Given that being a gadgetfreak if you're always waiting for the next big thing you'll never end up buying anything... but seems like it could be soon hmmm?
posted by joshgray on May 27, 2005 - 23 answers

Powerbook mouse enhancer?

I want more buttons, dammit. [more clicking inside] [more inside]
posted by mzurer on May 27, 2005 - 7 answers

How to copy Shared iTunes music?

Illegal Uses for iTunesFilter: How do you copy the mp3s from Shared libraries on iTunes to your HD? I seem to recall a program that achieved this task, but don't remember its name.
posted by mowglisambo on May 24, 2005 - 8 answers

How to make a VCD disk using a Macintosh

How do I make a VCD disk using the CD burner in my Powerbook? I have an .avi file that I would like to play on my DVD player, but I have no idea what's the best software to use for encoding, burning, etc.
posted by invisible ink on May 24, 2005 - 13 answers

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