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New OSX on an old Mac Mini?

My mother has an early-2010 Mac Mini. Apple says she can upgrade to 10.9.2 for free, but she's not sure if it's a good idea, so she asked me. Her model is on the official compatibility list, but is it a good idea to upgrade? Is there likely to be a noticeable performance hit, or stability issues? Have you personally had a good experience with OSX Mavericks on older Intel macs?
posted by 4th number on Mar 28, 2014 - 13 answers

 

Can't copy / cut / duplicate in OS X

Why is cut/copy/duplicate greyed out in Apple Preview app? When I open PDFs or XLS files in Preview by double clicking on them, I'm able to select text but cannot ever copy or cut it. Someone suggested duplicating the file first, but that option is also greyed out. 10.9.1 Why? Thanks!
posted by dobbs on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Tethering MBP to iPhone - how to seamlessly avoid big data bills

What's the best way to setup a MacBook Pro so that it can be regularly hooked up to an iPhone's Personal Hotspot without unexpected background processes (Dropbox, iTunes Match, auto OS or app updates, etc) resulting in massive data charges? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Dec 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Help needed with nvidia works with Parallels Desktop 9 in MS Windows 8.1

I have an Apple MacBook Pro Retina display with NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M I use Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac and I installed Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro with success, however windows does not recognize that I have nvidia installed in my system. My question is: How to let Parallels Desktop 9 to enable NVIDIA work in windows 8.1 pro? If it does not support it, what other tools or software to make nvidia work in windows 8.1 pro? Thank you.
posted by omaralareefi on Nov 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Compatibility with OS X Mavericks

Tell me from your own experience if any of the following software has compatibility issues with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions on Oct 22, 2013 - 16 answers

BSOD, Mac edition

My Macbook Pro will sometimes refuse to come out of sleep and show a blue screen instead. How can I keep it from doing this? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 on Jul 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Buy a new mac or upgrade the OS?

My early-2007 Macbook Pro is still going strong, besides the fact that it gets very hot and that the battery is kaput. The biggest problem I have with it is that the OS (v.10.5.8) is far enough out of date that I can't update most of my software, and have a hard time acquiring new software. Is it worthwhile to upgrade to the latest version of OS X, or would I be better of just springing for a new mac? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jul 20, 2013 - 19 answers

Should I upgrade to Mountain Lion from Lion in March 2013?

I have a late 2008 MBP, 8GB RAM, with an SSD, running Lion without problems. Should I upgrade to Mountain Lion right now? Have the battery life and other issues been resolved? I'd like to upgrade because I've finally encountered a program that requires Mountain Lion and I'd like to use it. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Mar 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Macbook Pro will not connect to Thunderbolt display

MPB late 2011, Thunderbolt native running 10.8.2 will not light up Thunderbolt display I bought today at the Apple Store. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Apple Mail w/ multiple accounts

I use Apple's Mail app with three mail accounts and I would like somehow to differentiate emails other than the tiny little label they show. [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Feb 10, 2013 - 5 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

Take My Privacy, Please!

I'm trying to hack together an OS X script that's dependent upon my location. Problem is, Apple's location services doesn't know where my home router is - and I don't have an iOS device to tell it. Is there any way I can suggest or hint to the server where my IP is located?
posted by Apropos of Something on Nov 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Dad fails at first world problems: I can't make Spore run.

I can't make Spore run on my Macbook Pro. My 9 year old is nonplussed. Please help...he's getting pouty.... [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Apps, Settings, and Prefs Synced Across Multiple Macs

Macbook Pro + Mac Pro = sync everything (apps, settings, preferences, dotfiles, macports installs, etc) between the two over the internet? Both run OSX 10.8... [more inside]
posted by cmchap on Sep 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you help me find this blog post?

Some tech blogger - probably one with a Mac focus - wrote a post about leaving TextMate for a different text editor, in the style of someone addressing a person with whom they were ending a romantic relationship. Can you help me find it?
posted by Egg Shen on Jul 27, 2012 - 4 answers

iTunes Translations?

Nitpicky question: I'm not real happy with the name of the iTunes section "Audiobooks" - I'm usually using it to stash stand up albums or other stuff that isn't music. I'd like to rename it, something like "Performances." Is there a way I can tweak my (English) language files to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Top Tutes

Lynda.com has a very excellent video tutorial covering the essentials of Objective-C. Where else can I find tutorials of this caliber that cover the basics of Mac programming? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Jun 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Where'd all my fonts go, Word?

Just upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard. Suddenly Microsoft Office 2008 isn't seeing all 1900 of my fonts -- and some of the usual defaults are gone! What the hell happened and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Apr 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Can Microsoft Dynamics CRM play nicely with OS X 10.7?

I'm running OS X 10.7.2 and I need to access a Microsoft Dynamics CRM system. It won't work in FF, Safari or Chrome; it only wants IE. Of course, no versions of IE will work post-Lion (no more Rosetta). Is there any OS X native solution to this? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

How to use Markdown and Pages on OSX without losing document structures?

Markdown and (Apple) Pages. I'm trying to work out a sensible workflow that will allow me to export Markdown text into an existing Pages document, without this process eliminating the structure of the text. [more inside]
posted by davemee on Jan 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I uninstall iTunes and Safari

How can I uninstall iTunes and Safari, and would doing so break anything else? [more inside]
posted by VoteBrian on Jan 20, 2012 - 12 answers

OS X Folder Action to Trigger Transmit When File's Modification Time Changes?

In OS X, I used Automator to create a Folder Action to synch, with Transmit, a local folder and a remote folder. It's activated when I drop a file in the local folder. I want it to be activated when I edit and save a file that is already in the local folder. That is, I want the Folder Action to watch for changes in the modification date/time of files and trigger the synch when a file's modification date or time changes. Doable?
posted by justcorbly on Jan 4, 2012 - 2 answers

The Lion, the Switch, and the MeFite

Now that you've been living with OS X Lion for a few months, what do you wish you had known before you upgraded? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Dec 30, 2011 - 35 answers

How to install gcc 4.2 on a macbook with Xcode 4.2

What is the best way to get gcc-4.2 on my Macbook with Snow Leopard and Xcode 4.2? [more inside]
posted by davar on Nov 6, 2011 - 16 answers

Why can't OSX "Lion" connect to NAS volumes even after i've enabled DHCAST128?

Why can't OSX "Lion" connect to NAS volumes even after i've enabled DHCAST128? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt on Sep 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me automate a photography workflow

How can I automate ftp transfers from one Mac to another? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Sep 23, 2011 - 18 answers

Need help designing an OSX based solution to help manage my 85 year old Dad

We'd like to use our OSX-populated home network to automate a bulletin board solution for my Dad. If you can suggest OSX-based tools to do this, it'll help me learn OSX and become a better person! (more Mac-y) [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Aug 16, 2011 - 8 answers

Install OSX Lion on a RAID formatted drive but get all Lion's features? Reinstall without Snow Leopard DVD?

Lion upgrade for Macbook Pro but my laptop is RAID formatted - how can I upgrade to Lion, keep my documents/music/applications, and get the full features of Lion (which I can't do with a RAID formatted drive)? Am I doomed to format and do a clean install? Can I without the Snow Leopard DVD? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb on Jul 30, 2011 - 7 answers

I'd like to be a power user, not luser in OSX-land

I'm a Windows systems administrator and power user and an enthusiastic user of Unix/Linux-based operating systems. I have hand edited make files and recompiled linux kernels manually. I know how to do administrative scripting and am a Microsoft products (SharePoint, if it matters) support professional/systems engineer in my job. I am certainly not the geekiest person I know but I'm in the top 5 percent. I am switching to a Mac Mini (Lion Server, specs maxed toward storage) after decades of using Windows laptops/desktops and some Linux machines. I'm prepared for the lack of physical mobility, but I don't feel prepared for not being a power user. What methods/resources would you suggest I could use to get up to speed with being a Mac Mini and OSX Lion power user? [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Jul 29, 2011 - 18 answers

7 may have been the final cut.

I buy macs, despite the premium, but my macbook pro just died and fcpx may signal the end of needing a mac to edit video. Should I not buy a mac? [more inside]
posted by historyisaweapon on Jul 25, 2011 - 31 answers

2 Time Machines, 1 MacBook Pro

MacFilter. 2 Time Machines, 1 MacBook Pro - is it possible? Or will it collapse the fabric of space and time? [more inside]
posted by carter on Jun 27, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I sync iPhoto across two machines?

I have a MacBook and an iMac and would like to keep the same iPhoto library on both machines. I'm comfortable with making sure I only change the library on one machine at a time. I've done research and it seems the only way to keep the library on both machines is to use rsync, but despite following some online guides I can't get it to work. Does anyone know of a user-friendly link that will help?
posted by ascullion on Mar 6, 2011 - 10 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

Is there any Mac (OSX) Contact Management Software specifically focusing on sales?

I need to keep track of my clients and the homes they purchased so that I can provide the best level of service to them after I have worked with them. Is that possible with any OSX software? (More inside!) [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Feb 11, 2011 - 6 answers

iLife on PC

I want to use iPhoto and some of the other iLife software, but I don't want to buy a Mac. Can I run this software effectively using software such as VMWare on my Windows 7 PC? [more inside]
posted by lemur on Nov 25, 2010 - 13 answers

Why Is My External Drive Unexpectedly Mounted?

Recently aded an external drive to my iMac for storage of photo files. It runs off a Firewire 800 port. I also use a Time Capsule. The external drive is mounted overnight via crontab for the daily backup run. When that's done, a script unmounts the drive. This works reliably. The drive, then, should be unmounted the rest of the time. However, the drive is mounted at unexpected and sporadic intervals. The logs reveal that this is usually, but not always, immediately following the unmounting of the Time Capsule after an hourly run. Not on every run, but perhaps on one run per day. In addition, the external drive is sometimes mounted in a way that appears to have no association with the Time Capsule. What's going on?
posted by justcorbly on Nov 18, 2010 - 1 answer

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

A few MacBook issues

I've an aging MacBook Pro, well exactly 3 years old. I've found that ever since a recent update by Apple the wifi frequently refuse some networks until the machine has been rebooted. Any fixes? Also, It appears the CD/DVD drive has now died. As I never used it, does anyone have good recommendations for repurposing the drive bay?
posted by jeffburdges on Aug 29, 2010 - 2 answers

Seeing my website inside the company

Apple server gurus? I have a Mac OSX Snow Leopard server question. How to be able to view a company's externally hosted website from inside the company? [more inside]
posted by chairish on Aug 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Recommendations for new laptop with nice, sturdy hardware.

I'm thinking about replacing my 2 year-old 15" Macbook Pro but I can't find a non-Apple laptop that feels like it doesn't have cheap hardware. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 13, 2010 - 33 answers

OSX Open With Menu Problem

I'm having the same problem as stated in this question from 2006. [more inside]
posted by moosedogtoo on May 23, 2010 - 7 answers

What's the best way to RAID my Mac Pro?

I'm looking for answers and advice about configuring an internal RAID array in a Mac Pro. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism on May 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Looking for a HD camcorder.

Looking for a HD camcorder. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Mar 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Bring M2TS into iMovie '09?

How can I get a M2TS video file into iMovie? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Feb 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Linux need not apply.

Will Apple Care if I'm using Linux? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jan 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Where does OSX store user account info?

Got a new macbook pro... turned it on, went through all the user account setup questions, and then I decided to re-partition the hard drive and re-install OS X. After doing so, the macbook *still remembered my user account info* from the 1st setup. How is this possible? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Dec 31, 2009 - 5 answers

TOSLINK USB surround sound adapter + Mac OS X?

What is a good, working surround sound USB adapter for a Mac mini in a home theatre setup, which uses a TOSLINK connector? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 12, 2009 - 5 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

AppleWatchers: Mainstreaming the Hackintosh?

AppleWatchers: Mainstreaming the Hackintosh? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Nov 13, 2009 - 14 answers

More MacBook Questions

I now own a MacBook Pro 17". And now I have some questions relating to MacOS and Windows 7, hardware upgrades and getting Applecare-on-the-cheap. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 11, 2009 - 19 answers

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