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Help me not get fired, Metafilter!

Some really horrible stuff was going down at work. I took absolutely no part in it, and even acknowledged that it may not be legal. I did this all over email, and even received responses back acknowledging this. I was explicitly threatened that if i wasn’t going to be a part of it, then i was to “forget about it or lose your job”. So recently, they all got busted. And like a bunch of cowards, they all blamed it on me. And because I’m the low girl on the totem pole, it looks like I might have been the one doing all this stuff (without ANY proof). But I have proof! [more inside]
posted by katventures on Jun 10, 2014 - 37 answers

Installing Mavericks without a working OSX computer

How do I create an OS X Mavericks bootable key *from within windows*? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Mar 30, 2014 - 6 answers

SSD 1 partition, how to shrink?

I have a windows laptop with only 128G SSD hard drive, which is not partitioned, only with one partition C: . I want to install Linux aside from the original windows 7 so I can have double OS. There are about 15G empty space I gues it's enough. I think I need at least two partitions in order to do this. So I went to Computer Manage storage trying to shrink the C:, however, it shows 0 shrinkable space. Why is this? Should I run Disk Defragment? Anyone can help me out? And it's appreciated if you can give me some detailed step by step instructions, ie, how to mount partitions. I'm a newbie to linux and what I'm trying to install is elementary OS Luna. if you can share with me some introductory articles on the basics of the system adminiatraion, OS install stuff it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!
posted by pack2themoon on Jan 30, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I get my Finder icon back?

Not satisfied with the dated icon used for the finder on my Mac, I did a little research and discovered a way to replace the icon using System>Library>CoreServices>Dock>Finder.png. I replaced the default PNG files with an updated version. They were labeled correctly as well (finder.png, finder@2x.png) but when I inputed the dock restart command in terminal, the space where the icon was supposed to be was totally empty! What did I do wrong and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by rmttws on Nov 3, 2013 - 1 answer

Smartphones for couples - same OS?

I'm planning on getting my very first smartphone pretty soon. One of the ways that people seem to use phones (a lot? sometimes?) involves syncing info between couples: schedules, grocery lists, to-do lists, tracking the other person's phone to tell that they're stuck in traffic, etc. Is this really useful? Does wanting this mean I should get an iPhone (like my husband) or can I do Android? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Oct 8, 2013 - 29 answers

Gaming the System

We're building a new PC. We're also an avid gamers. What OS do we want (and/or monitor and mouse/trackpad combo)? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Aug 14, 2013 - 20 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

Can you recommend a media asset management solution for small workgroup?

Looking for software suggestions for a media asset management system for a small workgroup setting, mostly on OS X hardware. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Jul 17, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I upgrade Mac OS 10.5.8 to 10.6 with a broken CD drive?

I would like to upgrade my Mac OS 10.5.8 to 10.6. I've been told that the way to do this is to order the CD from apple. However, my CD drive is broken (all else is fine with my Mac). How can I upgrade to 10.6 another way?
posted by figTree on Jan 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Does this feature which exists for Word for Windows exist in Mac Word?

If I'm using Word for Windows, I can double click at the bottom of a page to create one big page. But if I double click at the bottom of a document inside Word on MacOS it opens up the footer prompt. Does Word for Mac have a similar "join pages" feature?
posted by professor plum with a rope on Jan 12, 2013 - 12 answers

MacOSX: Create a new user, move safest bits over from my old user?

MacbookProFilter: I migrated my old user onto my new macbook, and carried with it a bunch of problems (slow startup, rapid battery life loss, etc.). Is there a clever, systematic way to migrate chunks of my user account to a new user? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Can you annotate folders in OS X?

On my work computer (Mac OS 10.7.5), I usually organize my projects by putting all the files related to a single project in a single folder. I try to give the folder a descriptive name, but sometimes this is difficult if there are two projects that are kinda similar. Is there a way (either natively or using some tool that I can download/buy) to annotate folders with a longer description? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Help a relative server n00b keep his Mac Mini safe.

I'm planning on getting a Mac Mini with Lion Server. I don't have much experience with security or setup. Point me to some basic articles, sites, or books, please. I'll also take any advice the hivemind might have as well. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Nov 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Upcycle an old HP laptop for my kid?

Hey all - I have an old HP laptop from 2005, still working, but quite old now. I was tempted to recycle it, but I have a chance to give it a new life. I also have a kid on the way, so I was thinking about wiping it and making it the kid's computer in 2-3 years when he's likely to be interested in it. Thoughts, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cyclotronboy on Oct 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Best way to upgrade to a Solid State Drive?

What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 30, 2012 - 12 answers

How to transfer OS to a new drive but preserve current data?

How can I go about transferring my OS to a new SSD but leave my other programs without totally breaking everything? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Jul 23, 2012 - 11 answers

for the love of god, make VLC 2.0.2 work on my finicky mac minis

Help me make the finicky mac minis play well with VLC [more inside]
posted by bhance on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

iMac Mac OS and Windows 7

I just bought a new iMac for home. I use one at work(Boot camp Windows 7) with programs like Maya, After Effects, Premiere etc and love it. Now with one at home I would actually like to use both Mac and Windows OS but have a hard time deciding what software to put where... Can someone help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Jun 16, 2012 - 6 answers

upgrade iMac OS without App store?

How do I update my iMac to latest OS? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on May 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Clicky clicky

Moving windows or palettes around in Photoshop CS5.1 on Mac OS X 10.7.3 is a total nightmare. This is the only app giving me this problem. Halp. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Mar 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Help me with me new (used) MacBook Pro

Inherited a MacBook Pro! Looking for some help/guidance for a PC user. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 17, 2012 - 15 answers

I'm sorry Dacoit, I'm afraid I can't do that ...

Please hope me! Far from home and locked out of my Mac due to international language keyboard issue. [more inside]
posted by dacoit on Jan 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Starting GeekTool in the background?

I have GeekTool v3.0.1 running on 10.6.8. How can I get it to start up on login and just run in the background? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Nov 29, 2011 - 3 answers

You'd think I'd get twice the podcasts, but instead I'm getting none.

In the last few weeks, I suddenly have *two* Podcasts categories in my iTunes - and when I try to update the original one, my iTunes crashes. My google fu would indicate this is a rather rare problem. Help? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Nov 12, 2011 - 6 answers

fix my chrome!

I'm using Chrome (14.0.835.202) on os x (10.7.2). For a while now, I've noticed that, typically, when I do a google search, wanting to just check the wikipedia page for that search term, I type the term in, along with the word wikipedia (such as "whatever wikipedia") in the past this always brought me to a search page with the whatever wikipedia page as the first hit, and now the following happens: for a second or two I get a result page that will show, as the first search item, the wikipedia page for "whatever," but, within a couple of seconds, the search result page changes (with my doing nothing) with other search results at the top (I just went through the first 8 pages of search results for "metafilter wikipedia" and the metafilter wikipedia page doesn't show up at all (although it did flash for a second before that result page refreshed and changed without being asked to!). This used to work like a charm for me, what's changed and how can I change it back? Things are normal in firefox, it responds as I expect it to...
posted by HuronBob on Oct 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Dragon Dictate + Bluetooth. Just need a better mic?

Can I use any Bluetooth ear piece with my new Dragon Dictate software? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Sep 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Why is Finder on Macbook Pro so very very different in Operating System 10.7.1 vs. Operating System 10.6.7 and what can I do about it?

Why is Finder on Macbook Pro so very very different in Operating System 10.7.1 vs. Operating System 10.6.7 and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Sep 14, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me reverse engineer this UFO

Can you help me setup my airport wireless network without an actual H.G. Wells time machine? [more inside]
posted by Bohemia Mountain on Aug 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Can't install Adobe products on Mac OS 10.7 Lion

After installing OS 10.7 Lion I am unable to install any Adobe products, including Flash, Photoshop and Illustrator - can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by trevs44 on Aug 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Where are the authorization files and documents for iTunes on my Mac?

Where are the iTunes Authorization and/or Documentation files on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Jul 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Is it possible to mix the live iSight video stream?

Using OS X, is it possible to show a photo in my live iSight video stream? (not using iChat) [more inside]
posted by SteveLambert on Jul 4, 2011 - 1 answer

MacBook, heal thyself. Reinstalling MacOS on a recent MacBook

I need to reinstall Mac OS X on my 2011 MacBook Pro urgently, but my install disc is unreadable. Previous versions of MacOS won't install on this laptop, as it requires a more recent build. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by baggers on Jul 4, 2011 - 11 answers

Who'se driving this thing?

What was the first computer operating system to use device drivers as we would recognize them today? Bonus question: when was that specific term first used?
posted by idiopath on Jun 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Kid friendly OS - 2011

Does anyone have any experience with either Sugar or Qimo OS? Looking to build a computer for my 4 y.o. son. [more inside]
posted by askmehow on May 26, 2011 - 2 answers

The problem is, I googled Google in Google Chrome. I destroyed the internet.

Yes, I've tried forcing an unexpected reboot, but I can't access Google, Gmail, or Twitter. Weirdly, Microsoft.com, Hotmail, Facebook, and Bing (and obviously AskMe!) all load with no problem whatsoever. And it's only affecting this computer (the only OS X machine) on the network! [more inside]
posted by aristan on Mar 23, 2011 - 8 answers

What do you use to design an Apple?

I have a guest staying with me who suggests that Apple uses PCs and PC-based CAD software for doing the mechanical design of their products. I'm skeptical, and consult the mighty and infallible Oracle of Metafilter for first hand verification. Anyone know what they use... for real?
posted by FauxScot on Feb 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Safari Password Recovery

Safari Password Recovery - I want to recover login information from a site I used on Safari on OS X 10.4. [more inside]
posted by Samizdata on Jan 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Ubuntu Users' Groups in NYC?

I have been looking for an Ubuntu users group in New York, N.Y. Does anyone know of such a thing? That is - a group of users (with a few enlightened and charismatic geeks among them), for mutual support, learning, and troubleshooting. (I'm not talking about learning Linux, now - just making the best of Ubuntu!) Ubuntu is a beautiful thing, and when it 'just works', it just works. But often it...well, doesn't, and you have to find a workaround. The online Ubuntu community is great, but it would be nice to tear my hair out (and exult in my occasional success) among flesh-and-blood people.
posted by ferkit on Jan 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Good program/script/anything to organize movie downloads on OS X Mac?

Looking for suggestions for how to automate the process of tagging/renaming downloaded movie files on a Macbook so that they're not long strings of technical nonsense. [more inside]
posted by Patbon on Dec 18, 2010 - 2 answers

I think Lynx broke my Mac's Internets

I decided to test my website in Lynx for OS X, but for some reason it loaded a version from May. Now, whenever I load the front page from any other browser on my computer, it displays that old version. This doesn't happen when I view it from my phone or any other computer, so it's definitely my computer, not my site. But I can't imagine what it could be. Anyone know what I might have done? [more inside]
posted by XerxesQados on Dec 8, 2010 - 8 answers

Help Me Record a Live Screencast that is Stored In the Cloud

What (if any) solutions are out there to record a Live Screencast, and have this screencast stored *in the cloud* immediately? [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 on Oct 13, 2010 - 6 answers

It burns! It burns! (my lcd projector lens)

Our classroom lcd projector was left on for too long and the lens was burned, according to our tech. This makes everything it projects have a yellowish tinge. Is there any way to adjust the output on a mac mini to compensate for this? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Oct 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Install Linux or windows without a cd drive or usb just direct access to the hard drive.

Install Linux or windows without a cd drive or usb just direct access to the hard drive. I have an old cf-29 toughbook by Panasonic that I've had for years. I'm trying to resurrect it and for the life of me cant remember my own cmos password. Aside from possibly nuking the bios password which will be near impossible due to the NATO standards this notebook was built to. I was thinking I would just try to install an OS directly to the hard drive and simply transplant it back into the toughbook. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Oct 4, 2010 - 18 answers

Boot Camp Hell

Mac OS X 10.6.3 and Windows 7 not getting along in Boot Camp. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 18, 2010 - 9 answers

UBUNTU! no, seriously.

i've given up on windows, and i'm enthusiastic about not dealing with its security issues ever again. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Sep 9, 2010 - 22 answers

Reinstalling an OS on a new computer

I'm purchasing a computer. It requires Win7 Ultimate and I have a choice as to how that happens. [more inside]
posted by davcoo on Sep 9, 2010 - 9 answers

In OS X, How do I disable the Cmd-F1 display mirroring keyboard shortcut?

In Mac OS X, how can I disable the Cmd-F1 keyboard shortcut? [more inside]
posted by kpmcguire on Sep 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Where can a college student buy an inexpensive (and legit) Windows OS license?

Where can a college student buy an inexpensive (and legit) Windows OS license? [more inside]
posted by fishpatrol on Aug 31, 2010 - 25 answers

Help me find the best Android resources on the net!

What are the best resources on the net for Android, in terms of apps, and the latest news? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Aug 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Upgrading a Tiger Macbook to Snow Leopard

Hi there - I am about to upgrade a Black Macbook laptop running Tiger OS X to Snow Leopard (using a $29 Snow Leopard upgrade disk I bought off Amazon.com) (yes, I know this is sort of late in the day). Do you have any tips? Is there anything I should watch out for? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Jul 24, 2010 - 12 answers

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