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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

cheap mac scanner?

I'm looking for a cheap scanner for my ibook running Tiger, something like the Canoscan 3000ex for $50, that works ok.
posted by mecran01 on May 23, 2005 - 5 answers

Burning a DVD in a PC for a Mac

My machine has a DVD writer, my girlfriend's iMac has a DVD reader. Is there a piece of software which will allow me to burn a bootable DVD in Mac format?
posted by NinjaPirate on May 23, 2005 - 10 answers

mac tips and tricks

What are your favorite Mac-only tips and tricks (like the instant-off / instant-on feature when you close the lid of an iBook) from which a switching Windows user would benefit?
posted by humuhumu on May 19, 2005 - 41 answers

mac os X problems

I have two niggling little problems with my mac. First, the screensaver comes on when my mac is idle. I know about my control panels, and the screen saver is, and always has been, set to never. My desktop pic also changes at startup and it too is set to never. Also, when I drag a picture from a website to my desktop, using safari, I get a jpeg icon on my desktop. When I use explorer, the image is a viewable thumbnail. Upgrading to Tiger didn't help. Any ideas?
posted by vronsky on May 18, 2005 - 3 answers

Recover deleted files in OS X?

Is it at all possible to recover deleted files from OS X? What if they were deleted 6 months ago? [more inside]
posted by rough on May 18, 2005 - 10 answers

Cisco VPN client for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

I recently upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. However I do not have a compatible VPN client from Cisco. Anyone know of a place I can obtain one? [more inside]
posted by cahlers on May 18, 2005 - 15 answers

m:robe 100 and OS X

Yes, I know that the m:robe 100 isn't *officially* Mac compatible, but it's so sweet looking (fine, fine: "pretty"), that I'm sure somebody has hacked it together to work for the finer 10% of computer users out there... Has anybody had any luck with using the m:robe 100 on a Mac running (specifically) OS X.4.1?
posted by michaelkuznet on May 16, 2005 - 2 answers

Mac to PC: I want to avoid the tiff decompressor error

Mac to PC: How do I avoid having images replaced with the error message "Quick time and a tiff decompressor are needed to view image"? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on May 16, 2005 - 6 answers

bestexternal firewire harddrive for mac?

I'm looking to buy an external firewire hard drive for my aging G4. [more inside]
posted by item on May 16, 2005 - 14 answers

Why does my mac wake up randomly from sleep?

My mac wakes up randomly from sleep in the middle of the night. Why? (Question 2: My mac beeps once at 1:30pm and I think 4:30pm. Whats with that?) [more inside]
posted by sirion on May 15, 2005 - 7 answers

I have a 12" G4 Powerbook, the model released last year, and it's hot!

I have a G4 Powerbook 12" the model released last year, and it's hot. I mean, really physically hot! [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on May 14, 2005 - 13 answers

OS X Account Won't Open

All of a sudden my wife's Mac OS X account won't open on our desktop (OS 10.3.9). We put in the password but the login bar just displays the blue and white candy cane bar (it's animated). And then it just hangs. I've tried correcting permissions but it didn't help. Anyone have any suggestions short of deleting the account and starting over?
posted by Taken Outtacontext on May 14, 2005 - 6 answers

Ok, I switched, now help me out!

This switcher is looking for OS X equivalents of two can't-live-without Windows apps. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on May 13, 2005 - 6 answers

AIM privacy

Is it just me, or does the "buddy list only" feature not work correctly on iChat? Are there any alternative Mac aim clients that will keep out annoying people? Ability to talk to those in invisible mode/go into invisible mode a plus
posted by Mossy on May 12, 2005 - 10 answers

Getting started with Applescript Studio

I need to learn how to build Applescript Studio apps in a very short amount of time. I mostly need to build widgets that capture variables through dialogs, run some shell commands and consume some webservices. Dashboard isn't an option in the target environment. Can anyone recommend some online guides other than Apple's dev site or some decent books?
posted by machaus on May 10, 2005 - 4 answers

Good (used) video card for a 733ghz Mac

My 733ghz G4 mac with a GeForce2 MX videocard no longer seems like the top-of-the-line powerhouse it was back in '01, but I'd like to squeeze another year or two out of it by upgrading the video card (I've already added a bunch more RAM). I don't expect to run Doom 3, but I'd love to have better performance when using Final Cut Pro or playing No One Lives Forever 2. Since I'm hoping to upgrade to a new computer in a year or two, I don't want to spend a lot of money on a video card now. Ideally, I'd spend less than $50 on eBay and buy a used one--after all, a two-year-old card is still many several generations ahead of the one I've got! Alas, I know nothing about graphics cards and I'm overwhelmed by all the possibilities. What do I need to know, and what older cards would you good folks recommend?
posted by yankeefog on May 10, 2005 - 8 answers

Mac OS9 HD Crash

I'm a pc guy, but my friend's imac hard-drive has crashed. I managed to salvage the entire drive on a dvd, but otherwise it's been rendered inoperable. So, my question: can I just copy the appropriate folders (keeping directory structure) from the dvd to the new (essentially empty) drive and have everything work as before? Can I do this for specific software, such as outlook (all saved emails lost!) or word? Or do I have to to a manual re-install of all software, export of emails, etc., as any self-respecting pc would require. Mac OS 9.22
posted by pinto on May 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Why are the letters flaking off the keys on my iBook?

Why are the letters flaking off the keys on my brand-new iBook? [more inside]
posted by scody on May 8, 2005 - 11 answers

I don't want mpga's, I want mp3's!

What the heck is an mpga and why is my computer saving music files in that format? I have an iBook G4 and about a week ago, when I downloaded music from audioblogs it started saving the files as mpga's, which won't open in iTunes. If I manually change them to mp3's, they open in iTunes, but are 0:00 long. I suspect it might have something to do with having downloaded RealPlayer (which I've since uninstalled), but I haven't been able to fix this or find any useful info on Mac help forums.
posted by The Dryyyyy Cracker on May 7, 2005 - 5 answers

De-aquify Safari form elements

Is there any app or modification I can make to safari to have the form elements render in the way the page designer intended rather than with aqua UI elements? I tried to look around but couldn't find a hack for it.
posted by rhyax on May 4, 2005 - 10 answers

Best Way to Install Mac OS X Tiger

What's the best way to install Mac OS X Tiger? Best, in this case, meaning least painful. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on May 3, 2005 - 15 answers

Visio equivalents for Mac

Are there any reasonable Mac (OS X) based applications (with not so steep learning curves) that can more or less approximate what one can do with Visio? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on May 2, 2005 - 11 answers

LinkSys router setup on Tiger help needed

LinkSys wireless router, Mac Mini, OS X Tiger setup help needed! [more inside]
posted by TheDonF on May 1, 2005 - 22 answers

Access a G3 with no monitor?

AppleFilter: I have an old tower G3 that I'd like to update, but I have no external monitor. Can I use another Mac to access the G3? [more inside]
posted by anarcation on Apr 27, 2005 - 10 answers

Using an old Mac

I may be able to grab an old Mac from work (dumpster dive). It's a PowerPC, 266mhz, 32meg and 4gig HD. I'm not sure what the operating system is, or version number. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Apr 26, 2005 - 15 answers

os x compatible laser printers?

Is there an easy way to find out if such and such laser printer is compatible with OS X? I'm talking old printers that aren't manufactured anymore and pre-date OS X. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Apr 24, 2005 - 14 answers

Sprite animation editor for OS X?

My Google-Fu has failed me. I'm looking for a way to create animated sprites and/or tiles for old-school 16-bit-style games... on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Apr 23, 2005 - 4 answers

Zinio Magazine Reader

A recently purchased iBook comes with Zinio, an application that allows for the onscreen reading of print magazines. I like the concept, and the interface is decent, but their selection is paltry and it all seems a bit too pricey. Still, I might be willing to give it a go. Does anyone use the service regularly? What do you think of it? Is there a comparable service out there that might be better? [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Apr 22, 2005 - 4 answers

Using Mac OS X Application Services

How do Application Services work in Mac OS X? Where are they installed/configured/uninstalled, and why are all of them disabled in my menus? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 21, 2005 - 10 answers

PAL-to-NTSC on a Mac

My Sony DVD player is being obnoxious about playing Brit DVDs. I'd like to convert my BBC DVDs from their native PAL signal to the North American NTSC signal, region code-less, all on a Mac, so that I can create working DVDs... [more inside]
posted by AlexReynolds on Apr 21, 2005 - 17 answers

Sleep or Shut Off my iBook?

Shoud I put my iBook to sleep, or shut it down, when I'm done with it? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 20, 2005 - 18 answers

Saving files in Word X for Mac

Is there some way to change Word's default file save location? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Apr 9, 2005 - 16 answers

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