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Physical Switches, Knobs or Buttons for controlling Apps on my Mac?

So, I run everything in my life through my mac computer. My television programming, my music, et cetera. I listen to a lot of online radio throughout the day. I would really like to "flip on" a program (or set of programs) with a single analog switch. [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Where do I start with iOS/Android native app development?

Currently a Microsoft developer looking to expand my horizons into the world of mobile native application development. I've ready quite a bit regarding the debate between native and non-native apps (PhoneGap vs. native iOS vs. native Android vs. Titanium vs. other frameworks). I'd like to take a stab at getting my feet wet with Objective-C and iOS first. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Jun 10, 2013 - 6 answers

What's the latest word in bluetooth keyboards?

My Mac's 10-year-old bluetooth keyboard is acting up, and I'm pretty sure that it's death is imminent. I'd like to find a replacement, but Apple long ago stopped making full-sized wireless keyboards -- what are some good alternatives that exist in 2013? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Suddenly erratic touchpad on MacBook Pro

My MacBook's touchpad went wrong this morning. Everything I do is suddenly like fighting with a ghost. Mac forums are useless. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 6, 2012 - 16 answers

Which MacBook model is right for me (your typical suburban middle-aged dude)?

Should I (a regular old computer user) get the Retina MacBook Pro? Or will the regular old MBP be sufficiently futureproof? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Jul 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Resale value of iMac?

What's the best way to determine the value of a used iMac? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Jun 7, 2012 - 10 answers

How to include self-taught tech skills in my resumé?

Resumé filter: how do you tailor your resumé when you're applying to a job in which you have relevant (self-taught) skills, but no prior work experience in the field? [more inside]
posted by patnasty on Jun 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Why does my Mac Pro beep?

Why does my Mac Pro beep very occasionally? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Dec 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Picking between two Macs - epitome of first world problems.

Do I want an May 2010 MacBook Pro or a new MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Dec 19, 2011 - 21 answers

What is WebProcess and why is it eating a quarter of my MacBook's memory?

What is WebProcess and why do it and mds eat up most of my active RAM on my 2008 white MacBook running 10.6? [more inside]
posted by willhopkins on Jul 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Computer Make Fast

How do I make my 3-year-old MacBook fast again? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Nov 26, 2010 - 20 answers

The sound is coming from inside the computer!

Why is my early 2006 Intel Combo-Drive iMac beeping intermittently? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Oct 24, 2010 - 12 answers

I blame Steve Jobs' parents

Please make my Mac stop talking to me. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 20, 2010 - 8 answers

Just Buy It for Her Already!

Should I go ahead and buy my wife a MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Feb 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Dock recommendations for a 2 year-old Macbook Prop?

I'm trying to make my "main computer" my 2 year-old MacBook Pro instead of my home-built desktop. How can I best do this? Does anyone have any dock recommendations for that MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jan 13, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me bring back my wifi!

I'm having wifi troubles with my MacBook, and the lack of connectivity for the weekend gave me the shakes. Help me before the withdrawal gets worse! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Dec 7, 2009 - 6 answers

How difficult is it to become a Certified Mac Tech?

Any Apple Certified Macintosh Technicians in the house? How difficult was it for you to get certified? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Nov 12, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I tell if someone is trying to hop onto my wireless signal?

I have a MacBook Pro running OS 10.6.1, and an Airport Extreme Base Station. Is there a user-friendly way to see if someone is trying to use my internet connection or hack into my network? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Nov 10, 2009 - 17 answers

What to do with the Apple II?

What do I do with several Apple IIs (and a Commodore, and maybe a few other "vintage" comptuers) that I have? [more inside]
posted by niles on Oct 1, 2009 - 19 answers

Apple Airport Extreme or Express?

What is the difference between an Apple Airport Express Base Station, and an Airport Extreme Base Station? I have a tiny 500-square foot apartment. All I want is to be able to surf the web wirelessly. Can I go with the cheaper Express Base Station? Why is one cheaper than the other (in other words, what can the Extreme do that the Express cannot)?
posted by invisible ink on Sep 13, 2009 - 18 answers

Anything as good as an Apple Cinema Display?

Which monitor would you recommend in place of the Apple Cinema Displays which are too expensive?? [more inside]
posted by stevyb on May 5, 2009 - 22 answers

Mac Mini: Yes or No?

My husband and I are Apple noobs and can't get a straight answer from any sales people: is the Mini adequate for our needs? [more inside]
posted by Subspace on Apr 1, 2009 - 37 answers

Facebook, delicious and flickr not loading!

My facebook, delicious and flickr aren't working, but all other sites are fine. What's wrong and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by carofowler on Feb 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Is there a way to create folders or otherwise organize my email inbox?

Is there an app/script/somethin'-sweet I can install on my Mac(s) that will allow me to organize my email INBOX? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jan 31, 2009 - 10 answers

Mac Mini Magically Misplaced Music

Mac Mini Sound Stops Working When I Push The Top of the Case [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on Oct 19, 2008 - 7 answers

I feel like an Apple in a pigs mouth!

How can I get Apple to REALLY fix my computer? (Previously) [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Aug 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Macbook Pro must be exhausted from lack of sleep

How to make my Macbook Pro sleep? [more inside]
posted by jk252b on Apr 20, 2008 - 4 answers

Honest and skilled Apple shop in Hollywood, FL?

I would like to find a computer shop in the Hollywood, FL area that can replace the hard drive in my fiancee's iBook G4. It's way too complicated for me to do it myself so DIY is not an option. Apple's "genius bar" refuses to do it so I guess we need to find a local computer tech shop. Any recommendations on a skilled and trustworthy place?
posted by R_Nebblesworth on Feb 24, 2008 - 12 answers

Best computer buying/selling strategy?

What's the best strategy for buying new laptops and selling old ones? I usually buy a new computer once every five years or so and then sell my old one. Say I spend $3000 for a new one and sell the old one for $300. Would I be better off buying a new one every year and selling the old one each year? In other words, would I get more for the old one that it would make up for the depreciation in waiting five years? [more inside]
posted by moedym on Feb 14, 2008 - 17 answers

Is everyone else having as much trouble with the iPod Classic 160 as me? What can be done?

Is everyone else having as much trouble with the iPod Classic 160 as me? What can be done? [more inside]
posted by bradn on Nov 7, 2007 - 11 answers

Should I put Leopard on my G4s?

I'm concerned about making my computers sluggish by "upgrading" them. Should I install Leopard on older G4 Macs? [more inside]
posted by Phatty Lumpkin on Nov 5, 2007 - 9 answers

Apples to Apple, Inc?

Research Filter: How and when did Apple become so popular? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Nov 5, 2007 - 32 answers

Did I break my computer?

MacBook Pro Upgrade Failed: Bad memory or bad user? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Oct 11, 2007 - 7 answers

Help! Apple is Holding My Computer Hostage!

How should I proceed in these dealings with Apple? I paid $310 for service on my computer and now they want $900!!!! [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Aug 28, 2007 - 18 answers

Apologies if it's not kosher to turn the green into one's private Genius Bar.

Is it worthwhile to upgrade the RAM on a six-year-old iBook? [more inside]
posted by donpedro on Aug 9, 2007 - 16 answers

Help me get a small business network of Macs organized

Some clients of mine have a small consulting business that is rapidly expanding. What started as 1 desktop computer has turned into 4 desktops, 4 laptops (and recently 2 iPhones), and they'll soon be adding some more desktops. They're moving some of the computers out of their home office, and into a "real" office next week and I'm really trying to nail down a good setup for them. I'm looking for your advice on how you've organized a smallish network of Macs, allowing anywhere access of Files, Email, Calendar and Address Book. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl on Jul 25, 2007 - 9 answers

How does Apple TV behave?

Can someone with an Apple TV tell me something? When you listen to a music track on your Apple TV, does the play count of the song in the relevant iTunes library increase?
posted by ascullion on May 14, 2007 - 4 answers

Need help with 30" Cinema Display

Am I stuck using my 30" Apple Cinema HD Display at 1280 x 800 for the forseeable future? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Apr 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Refurbished Mac - stupid or smart?

Refurbished Mac: Good idea? Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Feb 2, 2007 - 42 answers

Can you identify this connector?

Can you identify this connector? It's actually for bluetooth in the Mac Pro, but I want to figure out what this 10-pin connector is officially called so that I can buy a male analog of it. [more inside]
posted by floam on Jan 27, 2007 - 16 answers

How can I hook up a second 17 inch LCD flatscreen monitor to my Power Mac G4?

How can I hook up a second 17 inch LCD flatscreen monitor to my Power Mac G4? [more inside]
posted by brokekid on Jan 19, 2007 - 5 answers

What is the easiest way to convert e-mail to tasks or appointments in OSX?

I am considering making the switch to the Mac, and I am wondering how you all convert an e-mail to a task or appointment in OSX. In Outlook, I just drag it to the Calendar or Tasks button (or use one of the ClearContext buttons). I understand this does not work in Entourage. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 13, 2006 - 7 answers

Save 40+ G4s from the Recycler

My campus has a pile of (maybe 40) dual 1GHz G4 PowerMacs that have reached their "end-of-life". Usually we ship them off to a recycler, but that seems like a sin for what are perfectly good systems. What should be do with them? There's a little bit ... [more inside]
posted by roue on Aug 15, 2006 - 44 answers

Help me help my iBook, please

My iBook has started freezing on me. When I start it up, it starts making a buzzing, whirring sound from under the left of the trackpad, then won't do anything else. I'm thinking it's some sort of a fan problem or HD-related issue, but I'm at a loss, and very frustrated. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by macdara on May 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Should I spend the extra money?

Computer geeks: is ECC memory worth it? [more inside]
posted by TedW on Mar 24, 2006 - 29 answers

Which laptop for a skinflint graphic designer?

The new 15 inch Powerbook suits my computing needs perfectly, but one of those plus new software would actually break the bank. What's the closest I can get with a Windows laptop? [more inside]
posted by godawful on Nov 6, 2005 - 25 answers

Where can I find vector representations of the keys on a Apple keyboard?

Where can I find vector representations of the keys on a Apple keyboard? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 5, 2005 - 9 answers

Why isn't OSX recognizing a blank user password?

OSX_Admin_Filter: How do I get OS X 10.4 to allow me to give a blank password to a new user? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Sep 16, 2005 - 5 answers

Not quite ready to switch

I need to buy an Apple computer for testing websites (to make sure they render properly in Safari / IE Mac). What is the LEAST I need? [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Sep 15, 2005 - 22 answers

Replacement hard drive for G3 iMac

I need to replace the hard drive in a G3 iMac. What type of disc will I need? [more inside]
posted by kenchie on Aug 27, 2005 - 5 answers

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