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How do I get the Activity Monitor pie chart icon back?

Mac OS 10.9.4. Prior to upgrading, there was an option in the Activity Monitor where I could set the dock icon to show a color-coded pie chart, indicating how much system memory was in use. Now, it's gone, and I would like to get it back - or something similar, if available. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Aug 30, 2014 - 1 answer

MacGourmet 4 or something else for recipe keeping on iOS and Mac OS X?

MacGourmet 4 or something else for recipe keeping on iOS and Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by Arthur Vandelay on Apr 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Mac OS X Mavericks internet issues

I've been having internet issues at work for a while now. I'm using Mavericks on a retina MBP, and the internet will repeatedly just start being abysmally slow connecting to websites. [more inside]
posted by thewumpusisdead on Apr 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for Mac OS X Course Management/Homework software recommendations

I'm looking for recommendations for software that I can use to manage my schoolwork (college) that runs on Mac OS X and preferably syncs to my iPhone and iPad as well. [more inside]
posted by ralan on Dec 3, 2013 - 1 answer

Why does my Macbook think it is in Alaska?

I just noticed that the clock on my Macbook Pro (running 10.9) is wrong, and when I went into Settings to see what is going on, I realized in the automatic time zone setting that my Macbook thinks it is in Alaska. Also, when I look up my computer in Find My iPhone, it too shows it being in Alaska. I am in Virginia. I have never been to Alaska. What is going on?
posted by 4ster on Dec 2, 2013 - 10 answers

permissions repair on Macs

What do messages such as the following mean: Permissions differ on “Applications​/iTunes.app/Contents/​Resources/zh_TW.lproj/​UniversalAccess.nib”; should be drwxr-xr-x ; they are -rwxr-xr-x . I know that the "drwxr-xr-x" and "-rwxr-xr-x" has some meaning in Unix, and I know OS X is based on Unix, but other than that, I don't really understand what I'm looking at. Anyone have any ideas?
posted by dfriedman on Sep 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Anal-Retentive System Optimizer for OS X

I know that system optimizing/maintenance programs for Mac OS X are 90% pointless/useless, but I nevertheless get a pathological thrill out of using them. A person has to have hobbies. There are some pretty crazy ones on the Windows side, with all kinds of "program accelerators" and the like, but the ones I've used on OS X haven't been all that satisfying. Is there a program (paid or free) for OS X that's as insanely anal-retentive as System Mechanic Pro or TuneUp Utilities on Windows? I have used Onyx, Cocktail, iBoost, Magican, and Applejack. It doesn't have to actually accomplish anything -- it can even hose my system for all I care -- it just has to be crazily elaborate.
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Jul 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Sure, I know the operating systems...which means what, exactly?

I'm currently filling out a profile on elance.com for web development jobs and am being asked to indicate which skills I possess. Some of the choices include MacOSX and Windows. I've also seen people list these on resumes(used to work in HR) in the same section where they list proficiency in MS Word, or even in a separate section for operating systems, for pretty much every kind of job, not just tech-related. [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Jul 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Enforcing firewall in OS X

How can I enforce a firewall -- built-in or 3rd-party -- in OS X, such that even someone with an admin account can't disable it? [more inside]
posted by mendel on May 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Mac: Mount ejected flash drive without reinserting

I have a nifty little USB thumbdrive that I want to use to make backups of various documents; it will live on the powered hub in my office, as I'll only need to use it in the office. It's something of a pain to unplug and re-insert every day, or every time I need to leave the desk with my laptop. After ejecting, the drive is no loger visible using diskutil on the command line, tho I can see it in the system profiler. Is there a way to have the system recognize the device and mount it whenever the Macbook wakes from sleep? I've got sleepwatcher installed, but I'm not certain how to get the system to recognize the USB device without unplugging it and plugging it back in. Shutting down and restarting the mac every time I want to leave my desk with it is not a viable option, either. I'm running 10.7.5 on a Core i7 15" MBP.
posted by Slap*Happy on May 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Why is my MBP running ML appending to the clipboard if I double cmd-C?

MacBook Pro Retina running Mountain Lion. In any application, if I hit cmd-C twice in rapid succession, I hear a click and the selection gets appended to the clipboard. [more inside]
posted by chazlarson on Apr 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Backup an image of a boot drive to a RAID 1 & perform restoration?

I have a PCI-E SSD as my boot drive, and a win7-created RAID 1 on two 3TB drives. My boot drive has my user folder on it, but my documents, music, pictures, videos, etc folders shortcut to their respectable folders on the RAID. I would like this to be a full redundancy scheme and it is, but I've run into several nags and I would like to know how to fix them and prepare a fix-it plan before any of the drives fails. [more inside]
posted by ihavearedcouch on Mar 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Zombie Adobe Reader 9.5.3 Updater will not die!

Zombie Adobe Reader 9.5.3 Updater will not die! Please help me kill it with fire. (Max OSX 10.6.8) [more inside]
posted by mosk on Feb 11, 2013 - 7 answers

How to make Photoshop manage colors less stupidly on a Mac

I’m trying to get Adobe Photoshop CS3 on Snow Leopard to show me the colors I expect. I’m using it to do some basic color selection, which will ultimately be pasted into a Python script that generates data graphics for use on the web. Part of my workflow involves screen captures from a browser that get round-tripped through Photoshop and into code, so I need basic RGB hex values to stay consistent through the process. [more inside]
posted by migurski on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

How to connect a Mac OS X and a Windows XP machine, in order to have a PHP+MysqL application running on Windows but with browser and usage from Mac OS X?

I want to connect from a Mac OS X machine to a Windows XP running XAMPP (Apache, MySQL, PHP), in order to use an application running on the Windows machine. At the same time, I want to have the Mac OS X allowing Internet browsing, while Windows should be isolated from the Internet. Can it be done in some way, or can you suggest a possible setup close to that purpose? [more inside]
posted by lion on Jan 5, 2013 - 6 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

Virtual Windows Servers on Mac OS X

I have a Summer 2011 Mac Mini Server, running Lion. It serves as a common network share for backups, iOS syncs, etc., and media storage for an Apple TV. In coming months, I need to study for some Microsoft SharePoint certifications, and I'd like to do it at home. There are popular solutions I am aware of for desktop virtualization, but is anyone aware of a virtualization solution that will allow me to run multiple instances of Microsoft Windows on the Mac Mini Server to represent two or more servers for SQL Server, Active Directory, etc. Note that it's important for my purposes that these appear to be separate "machines" on the network, not services running on the same machine. Thanks in advance for any suggestions or assistance.
posted by OneMonkeysUncle on Jul 24, 2012 - 20 answers

No tengo sed?

Trying to find-and-replace text within a file, using the Terminal on Mac OS X 10.7.4. Can't for the life of me get it to work. Please help. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on May 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Having trouble restoring Mac OS X system software

Please help me restore Mac OS on my wife's MacBook! I am pulling my hair out. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Apr 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Zip Causing Crashes

[MacFilter] My MacBook Pro won't open large zip files. Details and other oddities below. [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Mar 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Whoa, Backup!

In the year 2012, what is the best solution to back up 3 Macs, two running Lion, one an iBook running Leopard? Maybe 500gb, if that... tho one of the Lion boxes has an external drive. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Mar 3, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I get my iMac to wake up remotely?

How do I get my iMac to wake on demand when it's asleep and asked to do so? These instructions from Apple are pretty straightforward on how to set it up for Bonjour, but I can't get it to work when it receives a request from Apple TV to wake up. It's an iMac running Lion with a Time Capsule set up as the Base Station. The iMac supports Wake on Demand over Wi-Fi and ethernet (it's connected over Wi-Fi). Time Capsule and Lion have the latest updates. I've found recommendations on Google but nothing has worked. Any troubleshooting pointers? (Bonus question: how can I get it to wake up from outside my network?) Thanks.
posted by jroybal on Feb 24, 2012 - 1 answer

Thunderbolt, MiniDisplayPort, Target Display Mode = ????

I have a late 2010 Macbook Pro (MacbookPro6,3) running Lion (10.7.3) and an iMac of indeterminate vintage (iMac11,3) running Snow Leopard (10.6.8). I have a Thunderbolt cable. Neither mac supports Thunderbolt; both have MiniDisplayPort connectors. I want to run the iMac in Target Display Mode as a second display for the MacBook Pro. Can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Feb 21, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I see on my main monitor what is being displayed on my secondary monitor?

I have a secondary monitor on my iMac that is installed in a room 50 feet away from my main monitor. I need a way to see on my main screen, whatever is displayed on the secondary monitor. Using Mac OS X 10.7. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by orlandop on Nov 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Is it possible to prevent a user from exiting Front Row?

In Mac OS X, is it possible to prevent the user from exiting Front Row? [more inside]
posted by cirripede on Sep 2, 2011 - 8 answers

It was a dark and blocky night...

I just installed Minecraft on my MacBook Pro, and it is working fine except that at night (in the game) it is pitch black. It is pretty much impossible to see anything but stars and sand. This obviously makes navigation hazardous. According to a friend who is familiar with the game, it is not supposed to be that dark. [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Jun 24, 2011 - 4 answers

ARG, I just want to refactor without using my mouse!

How do I get my Eclipse keyboard shortcut back?! [more inside]
posted by theRussian on Jun 3, 2011 - 1 answer

How do I clone my MacBook onto my Mac Mini?

How do I replicate my MacBook onto my Mac Mini? (I have a time capsule backup for the MacBook) [more inside]
posted by ejfox on May 24, 2011 - 7 answers

OSX / Little Snitch Internet problem!

My iMac (running Snow Leopard) suddenly stopped connecting to the Internet, and I think--but can't prove--that Little Snitch is to blame! [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Tiger to Snow Leopard in ? Easy Steps

I'm preparing to update my MacBook Pro's operating system from Tiger (10.4.11) to Snow Leopard (10.6.3). I've got the computer in front of me, and the installation disk's right here, too. What do I need to do other than just put the disk in and go? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for a Mac program (or some other way) that will monitor my MacBook's battery and turn off another program when the battery gets really low.

Looking for a Mac program (or some other way) that will monitor my MacBook's battery and turn off another program when the battery gets really low. [more inside]
posted by Ephilation on Feb 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Copying over a large DMG backup

What is the best way to copy files out of a 140 GB dmg file from an external USB drive that is a backup from a previous Mac? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jan 21, 2011 - 7 answers

What's up with VLC?

What has happened to VLC on my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Jan 16, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I use awk inside my Automator workflow?

The Mac OS X Automator tool lets me run a perl script as well shell scripts, but I'd like to use awk instead. How can I fit this into my workflow? Perl appears in the popup menu of possible shells for the script, but awk does not. [more inside]
posted by maniabug on Jan 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Can't create new data set in R Commander

Running R Commander (GUI for the stats package R) on my Mac — or at least I would be, if I could create a new data set. The menu item Data—>New Data Set seems to be missing. As such, I can't input any data. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Dec 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Hard Drive to Hard Drive transfer fail: error 36?

I have two of these Seagate 1TB external hard drives. Both formatted the same way: Mac OS Extended, GUID partition table. One has 400GB stored on it. When I drag and drop from one external hard drive to the other, after a while (anywhere around 8GB and up) I get an error 36 message - says I cannot read/write file. The lady on the phone for Seagate support says it's because you can't drag and drop large amounts of data via USB: in other words, it's not the drive's fault. Really? [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Oct 26, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I turn a USB 2.0 external drive into a network drive?

How do I create (not mount) network drives in OS X? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Oct 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Clean up my PDFs!

Save a clean copy of a marked-up PDF from Preview? (Mac OS 10.6) [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Oct 8, 2010 - 7 answers

How to get footage from camera and audio equipment to youtube quicker.

Help me make my audio/video fcp life easier. I'm spending far too much time encoding and converting, and there are issues once I've done that; how do I speed the process up? I'm going to be doing this on the road for 12 months, so I really need a better method. (detailed description of tech specs/issues inside) [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Oct 5, 2010 - 8 answers

What the gmail is going here?

Why would my completely filter-free gmail NOT be accepting emails from a particular source? [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Sep 15, 2010 - 15 answers

[Mac OS X Filter] Slouching towards disk repair

My Macbook Pro (Mac OS X, v. 10.5.8) began operating v e r y slowly, with Firefox (v. 3.6.9) running. Help me solve this mystery, and figure out how to repair my disk without having to pay Big Store. [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Sep 11, 2010 - 24 answers

My kingdom for a disabled Windows key

How do I disable the left Apple/Windows/"Command" key? Bonus points if I can enable/re-disable quickly. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Spinning wheel during OS X install

MacBook Pro freezes (spinning wheel) during system install (10.5) -- what to do? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Aug 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Write on MacHD from XP?

Is it possible to write to Macintosh HD from within a Windows XP boot camp partition? [more inside]
posted by Lorin on Aug 8, 2010 - 4 answers

Java SE 6 for Mac Link Down

How do I get Java SE 6 on my Mac OS? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Jul 29, 2010 - 3 answers

Help Me Automatically Shorten Status Updates for Facebook/Twitter Updates ...

I'm seeking to write a shell script (probably using sed) that will be given some text and will abbreviate it for me. I've no need to reinvent the wheel, if such a shell script already exists. More inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Out, out, damned misnamed Mac file!

I've got a niggling problem with an undeletable file in the trash of an external drive. I'm running Mac OS X 10.5.8. [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy on Jul 11, 2010 - 22 answers

any keyboard shortcuts for use with silverlight video in Mac OS?

Are there any keyboard shortcuts for use with silverlight video in Mac OS? In particular, I'd like to speed up the playback of a streaming video that uses silverlight and wonder if there is a keyboard shortcut I could use to do this. Anyone have any leads on this?
posted by banananutrament on Jun 26, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I create a single .VOB file for each TV episode from a ripped DVD in Snow Leopard?

How do I create a single .VOB file for each TV episode from a ripped DVD in Snow Leopard, when it looks like the episodes span multiple .VOBs? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jun 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Why is my Mac acting like these programs are running for the first time?

Why is my Mac acting like these programs are running for the first time? [more inside]
posted by and1 on May 26, 2010 - 9 answers

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