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Help me rescue my hard drive!

I have my entire iTunes library on an external hard drive. I have a computer that has no problem accessing the iTunes library on the external hard drive, but for any other purpose refuses to acknowledge the existence of said drive, because it's a powerpc external hard drive. I would like to figure out how to transfer my iTunes library to a brand new external hard drive to use with my new mac. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Jun 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Wifi dropping on certain wifi networks and only on Macbook Airs.

Wifi is dropping on two Macbook Airs on certain networks but not on others while all other devices are fine. How to fix? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Jun 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Start recording at Bang

I want to start a few seconds video recording prompted by a gun blast. Plan is to attach a USB camera to a spotting scope and have my Mac start recording a few seconds of video the moment a shot is fired. The start and stop of the Video recording can be done with Automator ad/or Apple script. I am looking for an app or hardware solution to prompt the recording. It could be an application that starts a script once a sound exceeds a certain level. Perhaps even better a motion sensor that will sense the shock in the rifle stock. Thanks for your help. Rogier
posted by Mac-Expert on Jun 24, 2015 - 8 answers

Mac experts: Simple question about doing a clean install

My machine has gotten sluggish, and I think I'm going to try a clean install, which it's never had. I understand how to wipe a partition and do a complete install from a bootable USB drive. What I'm not sure about is getting my documents off my backups. Is it as simple as using Migration Assistant? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jun 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Advice on external monitor for macbook pro

I need advice on which monitors will work well for my older MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Straddling the Java Runtime Environment line on OSX 10.10 Yosemite

I run OSX 10.10 (Yosemite). I have some programs that need the current Java runtime environment; I have some programs that need a legacy JRE (6). I need to use both of them. Is there a solution (virtual machine?) that lets me do that? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jun 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Automatically eject OS X volume

I make use of an encrypted volume (.dmg file on OS X Mavericks). Now and then, I manage to forget to unmount this volume after use. To plug this security hole, I'd like to find a utility that automatically unmounts the volume after a period of inactivity. Does anyone know whether such a tool exists? (Googling about has yielded some AppleScript based solution proposals. I'm not too much a fan of AppleScript and would prefer a daemon based utility.)
posted by oxidizer on Jun 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Thunderbolt display or something else?

I'm looking for a monitor for my MacBook. I have a Thunderbolt at work and it is great, but the $1k price seems Apple markup priced. Is there another market comparable in price? Or is the picture and sound not really matched? It has been forever since I actually looked at a monitor. Bonus question: On OS X with a gigantic monitor how do I lock things to the left and the right as if I were using two separate monitors? I lose track of things on this monitor.
posted by geoff. on May 29, 2015 - 17 answers

Automator to download files from web that have changed since last week?

I wish to automate downloading an mp3 from a specific web directory (I have permission, and it is not password protected) each week, but only the single mp3 file that has changed since the previous week. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on May 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Word 2008 suddenly not working on Yosemite Mac

Word 2008 has stopped opening on my mid-2012 Macbook Pro, running Yosemite 10.10.3. Just bounces a couple times in the dock and then hangs; Microsoft Error Reporting hangs too. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on May 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Apple's Spotlight isn't finding files which I know are on my computer

I rely on Apple's Spotlight search to find files on my MacBook Pro, because I am so bad at organising stuff into folders. But recently, it hasn't been working. I look for a word I know is in the file contents – like a Word doc – and it simply doesn't show up in the Spotlight results. I've tried re-indexing Spotlight but it hasn't helped. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on May 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Bypass OS X "security" for my own Automator applications?

After upgrading to 10.10.3 I have a repeat of a problem I had months ago, and still no satisfactory solution. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on May 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Managing data use w/ OS X 10.10.2 on a metered connection?

My father's Macbook Pro is consuming bandwidth at a prodigious rate, and he's on a metered data connection (10gb/month 4g data). What should I be sure to disable so he can control when the system wants to run updates? List of what I've already tried inside. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on May 2, 2015 - 9 answers

SMS/Text messaging on computer

I'd like to be able to send/receive text messages on my computer. I have an iPhone and a MacBook Pro, but I DON'T want to update to Yosemite. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Apr 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Is this a feature? I hope this isn't a feature.

Simple question, I hope, but this is driving me nuts. On an iMac with Yosemite, I would like to be able to leave the keyboard for, say, ninety minutes—without getting automatically logged out. [more inside]
posted by bricoleur on Apr 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Windows on a Mac

What's the cheapest way to get Windows working on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Mar 30, 2015 - 13 answers

How to bring active window to foreground in OS X?

I just got my new MacBook Pro and I want to get to work, but I cannot figure out why active windows remain in the background. Clicking on an inactive window doesn't bring it to the foreground. If I want to actually see what's in the active window, I have to minimize the inactive window that's on top. I've looked at different settings but I don't see how to change this. Help is much appreciated.
posted by stinker on Mar 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Adware/malware in Safari?

I was informed by the CIO that an email that I sent out of OWA from Safari, OSX Mavericks had dodgy source code attached. See a text file of source code. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Mar 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Citation Manager Advice for Amateur Historian?

I'm writing an article for my local historical society that I may expand into a book. Can anyone help me choose a citation manager? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Mar 13, 2015 - 4 answers

How to best upgrade my 2006 MacBook Pro?

I have a 2006 MacBook Pro and can no longer upgrade the OS. What do I need to do to get it to run Yosemite? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Feb 23, 2015 - 20 answers

2009 Mac: best webcam/mic for audio input to make training vids & Skype?

I need an external mic or webcam that will work with my aging MacBook Pro in order to tutor via Skype and to create recordings of my screen for video tutorials. I can't use the built-in mic because I want to do all of this with the laptop shut and hooked up to a Cinema Display. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Feb 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Please point me at a Mac picture/sketch editor that does what I want.

I have a very basic (I think) requirement infrequently where I need to slightly modify a picture (usually a line drawing or a jpg of an event layout or similar) so that I can extract the track map from it. I keep bouncing between software that doesn't do enough to overwhelmingly complicated and too involved to do quickly. Please translate what is available in my own perspective please. I am open to the possibility that I am outside the realms of simple software, but am ever hopeful. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Feb 13, 2015 - 11 answers

OSX File Sharing for Small, Growing Office?

My small company has been using Dropbox to share files, but this is no longer suitable due to both security concerns and the fact that we're growing. We have a small local network of computers running OSX. What's the best file-sharing solution for us? Requirements under the fold. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Feb 3, 2015 - 10 answers

MacBook Pro is *slow* when I back up with Time Machine

I have a 2-year-old MacBook Pro with a 500 GB SSD running Yosemite. It was fine until 3 days ago, when the computer slowed to a crawl. I rebooted several times; each time, it got slow again. I eventually realized that it slowed down when trying to back up to the external hard drive. I ran Disk Utility, which found no errors on the SSD or the external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by lukemeister on Jan 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Eeking another year out of a Macbook Air (Late 2010)

I have a late 2010 13" Macbook Air with 2 gb of RAM with OSX 9 (Mavericks) installed that's really showing its age. I'd like to keep it going for another year or so, and I'm interested in strategies to do this. Upgrade, downgrade, leave things alone? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Jan 23, 2015 - 16 answers

Help! Hit the K key in Apple Mail and lost an important email

This makes no sense to me, but I have lost a super important email I just received by accidentally hitting the "K" key while it was highlighted in my Apple Mail inbox. It is my only copy of an important day-long interview for an academic job. I have tried searching Mail by sender and subject, searching my computer for same including searching content, looking in Mail's trash folder. The Finder's trash is empty. I am stumped, and worried. I really don't want to write back to say that I lost the email. Where could it be??
posted by betsbillabong on Jan 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Mechanical Keyboard Recommendations with special caps lock snowflake.

I have looked through the older questions here, and here and there are plenty of great potentials there, but I have a question about key remapping in hardware/firmware to which I cannot find a clear answer. [more inside]
posted by ndfine on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

iTunes bugs mix the bourgeoisie and the rebel

What's the best way to keep podcast subscriptions and listens on two Macs and an iPhone synced that supports downloading episodes (i.e., not web-only)? If the answer involves iTunes, I might need an explanation of how to fix it since each copy of iTunes seems to be doing its own thing. I'm not looking for live slinging/transfer of audio to another device since the Macs are in completely different locations and the phone isn't always around.
posted by michaelh on Jan 14, 2015 - 2 answers

How do I remove iTunes as a desktop in Mission Control?

How do I remove iTunes as a desktop in Mission Control? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Dec 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Mac iTunes users: How do you deal with miscellaneous MP3s?

I recently switched to an iMac after a lifetime of being a PC user. It's been great, except for this one mystery: What's the best way to play single MP3 tracks that you don't much care about, without them mucking up your pristine iTunes database? [more inside]
posted by flod on Dec 20, 2014 - 12 answers

TWAIN document scanning in Win7 under Parallels on a Mac?

Hi I am desperately looking for a TWAIN document scanner for a SAAS program that has to run under Windows 7 on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Dec 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Like Google Inbox but for Exchange?

Okay, after using Google Inbox for a couple of months, I am 100% sold on inbox zero. Is there anything like google inbox for that will work for a corporate exchange server that makes grouping and acting on email threads as easy as Google Inbox does it? Ideally for OSX, and I'll pay for it if I have to.
posted by empath on Dec 5, 2014 - 1 answer

Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Yosemite + 2013 laptop = incredibly slow performance.

Since upgrading to Yosemite, my laptop has been behaving very... poorly. Is there some way to speed it up, should I wait for some update to it, or should I try return to Mavericks? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Nov 13, 2014 - 27 answers

Buying a low-end Macbook?

I'm looking at buying a low-end Macbook for web browsing and MS Office (primarily Powerpoint). Basically, it's coming down to a 2009 or 2010 Macbook, as I'd prefer to run Yosemite, but I want to keep my budget below $500. I have used a friend's 2009 Macbook fairly regularly and I'm happy with its general performance, but I have a few specific questions. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Oct 31, 2014 - 13 answers

Stop OS X From Prompting about opening applications for the first time!

Timely Help Needed Updated to Yosemite and now all my calendar workflows require me to click OK to allow them to be run for the first time. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Oct 24, 2014 - 3 answers

High processor usage for Chrome under OS X Yosemite.

How can I stop Chrome from killing my battery? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Oct 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Help moving from OSX to the cloud -

Looking for suggestions or help moving a OSX disk image (.dmg) to the cloud ideally to a virtual machine, a less complicated project is moving a 8 gig Microsoft Office 2011 (mac) .olm file to the cloud and access via outlook.com, gmail.com or similar. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Oct 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Mavericks broke my second monitor

I recently upgraded my iMac to OSX 10.9.5. Since the upgrade, my second monitor (ViewSonic VG2230wm attached through a DVI-Firewaire adapter) flashes to a black screen intermittently. I am unusually dependent on that second monitor and this problem seems perfectly designed to drive me insane. Please help me preserve what is left of my sanity. [more inside]
posted by googly on Oct 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I make OS X avoid hunting for my bluetooth mouse & keyboard?

OS X on my MacBook Pro is doing what it's supposed to do: Trying to connect with my Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. I'd like it to not do that when my MacBook isn't connected to my Thunderbolt display. Is there any way to automate this? [more inside]
posted by mph on Oct 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Saving "Workspaces" on OS X....

I often have a group of files open that I'm working on as part of a project: maybe a Word doc, an Excel spreadsheet and a couple of others. Does anyone know an app that will let me "save" those as a group, and then open them all again with the same window positions? I sometimes use window managers but haven't come across something that will open the files as well.
posted by 43rdAnd9th on Sep 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Having Trouble Finding/installing Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite Beta

I have been using the public betas of Mac OSX Yosemite for a while now, and I recently had to wipe my hard drive and start over. When I went to download the installer again from the App Store today, Yosemite is no longer listed under my "Purchases" as it had been before. Am I the only one this is happening to? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Sep 22, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I make a movie stitching photos together at 0.1 sec interval?

I have 1000s of photos from the past 12 months. I'd like to make a movie out of these with each photo being displayed for 0.1 seconds (or something ridiculously short). How do I do this? iMovie has a min of 1 second and that's too long. Some Mac specific tool that doesn't cost too much (say under $30) would be helpful
posted by special-k on Aug 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Has Anyone Got Loop Findr Working?

So yesterday I read about this cool new OS X application, Loop Findr, that apparently automagically analyzes an MP4 and finds segments that are ripe for looping as an animated GIF. Unfortunately, I can't make it work. Who can? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight on Jul 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Where can I buy a way-old FINAL CUT PRO?

My uncle has given me a big old box of FINAL CUT STUDIO, which is an upgrade from FINAL CUT PRO of the early 2000s. So, how can I now buy FINAL CUT PRO? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jul 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Crucial 480G M500 SSD and Mavericks on an Early 2011 MacBook Pro

I'm running 10.6.8 on an Early 2011 MacBook Pro, with a Crucial 480G M500 SSD. I would like to upgrade to Mavericks, but I am unclear as to whether any problems will ensue with regard to my Crucial SSD. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Jul 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Facebook won't load in Safari, but loads fine in other browsers... ???

When I try to go to any Facebook page inside Safari 6.0.3 (running on OSX 10.8.3) I get this error message: Safari can't open the page "https://www.facebook.com/" because Safari can't establish a secure connection to the server "www.facebook.com". [more inside]
posted by rubadub on Jul 1, 2014 - 11 answers

Syncing libraries (iPhoto, etc.) between two Macs using External HD?

I am thinking of buying an external HD to store my iPhoto, iTunes, Lightroom, and possibly iMovie libraries so I can switch between my iMac and Macbook Air. Will this work? Thoughts, tips, caveats? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Jun 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Which OS X version is best for a MacBook Pro from 2009?

I have a MacBook Pro from 2009, with a 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo and 8 GB RAM. I am running Mavericks on it, but I find that it can be slow when it is accessing the disk a lot, and it runs hot. It meets the minimum spec for Mavericks but I am thinking that I am over-stretching it. I am planning to upgrade the 500GB HD to a 1TB hybrid. Would this be better able to run Mavericks or should I think of stepping back to something like Snow Leopard when I change the hard disk?
posted by Grinder on Jun 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Can I put 2+ versions of OS X on a brand-newest Macbook Pro?

For testing purposes at work, they would like this magic to happen - put different iterations of OS X (e.g. snow leopard, lion, mt lion, mavericks) each on its own partition on the same physical disk. Apple L2 support has disavowed knowledge of such potential doings, despite there being support articles indicating that at least two versions of OS X on the same physical disk (and different partitions) is possible. Either a) it's doable or b) it's not doable. However... [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Jun 19, 2014 - 5 answers

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