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My laptop reverted to its factory date/time/wallpaper setting - to worry or not?

Cat chewed through my macbook power cord. I tried to fix it, but when I plugged it in it sparked a little bit and then went out. I bought a new charger, and when I booted my mac up, everything was fine except the time and date needed to be reset and my desktop wallpaper had changed to the default background. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jul 31, 2011 - 10 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

will this dock charge my hypothetical phone?

griffin simplifi question: is it compatible with the iphone 4 (and as such will it presumably be compatible with the iphone 5)? [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on Jul 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Audio problems with an Apple display monitor

The audio keeps vanishing on my Apple display monitor. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Email Debacle!!!!

Multiple email addresses using Apple email on MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.6.5....what's the deal-e-o? [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Jul 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Get new laptop, then recycle the old one?

Can I purchase a laptop from the Apple store, then use the Apple Recycling Program to recycle my old Apple laptop, get the gift card, and apply it to my purchase? [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Jul 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Will two hundred megabytes bring me health, happiness and prosperity?

Is 200 MB enough? I got an Ipod Touch for my birthday. It does have WiFi access but I don't want to have to run into a cafe every time I need to look something up online. So I'm in the market for a mobile WiFi hotspot and a wireless data plan. The cheapest plans available -- and I'm all about the cheap -- typically offer you c. 200 MB a month. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jul 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Looking for a cheap multifunction laser printer for Mac

Looking for a low cost multifunction laser printer compatible with a Mac [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Need Sipdroid VOIP equivalent for the iPad 2

Looking for Android Sipdroid VOIP equivalent for the iPad 2? More inside... [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Jul 14, 2011 - 5 answers

How much are taxes on buying a macbook in Toronto?

How much are taxes on buying a macbook in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by [vagabond] on Jul 1, 2011 - 5 answers

MacBook Pro with a snipped bluetooth antenna. Repair or purchase dongle?

MacBook Pro with a snipped bluetooth antenna. Repair or purchase dongle? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Jun 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Video cable hunt, take 3

Follow up to this question: Where can I find a cable that will let me connect my old iBook G4 to a VGA cable? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jun 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Laptop-to-projector cable headache

I want to connect an iBook G4 to an Optoma PT100 projector - is this possible? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on May 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Missing GarageBand loops

Obscure and specific GarageBand question: What Jam Pack came with files #B548F.caf and #B57AF.caf? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on May 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Is it gone for good?

My best friend got the new iPhone 4 in early August, but never synced it. When she finally synced her phone last week, she mistakenly told iTunes to Restore from back-up (the July back-up). Is there anyway to get her data back? [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Apr 6, 2011 - 12 answers

How to backup a Mac that won't start up?

My MacbookPro crashed last night, and I need to access my hard drive before going to the Apple Store. Right now I can't get past the start up screen with the Apple logo. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Mar 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Windows machine with a Mac feature?

Notebook PC: I'm considering getting a nicer Windows notebook to use in addition to my MacBook Pro and there is one key feature that I've only found on Macs: 2-finger scrolling on the trackpad. [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist on Mar 27, 2011 - 26 answers

How can I get an iPad for my momma?

What's my best option for getting my mother an iPad 16GB Wifi as reasonably priced but as reliably as possible? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Mar 25, 2011 - 16 answers

How can i restart my iPhone if my lock button doesn't work?

How can i restart my iPhone if my lock button doesn't work? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Mar 19, 2011 - 14 answers

apple mail from column

How can I enable the "From" column in Apple Mail again? [more inside]
posted by jfricke on Mar 18, 2011 - 3 answers

iPad Extended Warranty -- AppleCare vs AMEX

Say I have an iPad. I decide not to get AppleCare, but I do get an extended warranty using my AMEX card. If my iPad has a problem at the 13 month mark (aka 1 month after the factory warranty expires) and needs to be replaced (which the Apple Store often will do for you), how do I invoke the AMEX card extended warranty so I don't have to pay for the refurbished replacement? [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Mar 15, 2011 - 11 answers

iThing vs. the Robot

I greatly desire a tablet, but am kind of over Apple. Are the Android tablets any good? [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Mar 14, 2011 - 32 answers

Wireless network extender/print server that connects over Ethernet?

I have a home network created by a dual-band Airport Extreme router. I have Cat 6 running from the Airport Extreme to a faraway printer where the wireless signal does not reach. Can I use this cable and an older Airport Express to act as a print server and extend my wireless network? If not, is there another device that would provide this function? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks on Mar 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find this old Apple Macintosh game from the early 90's, pleaseandthankyou

I remember a side-scrolling game my childhood but am unable to remember the name. There was a squat grey robot with a single peg leg with a wheel at the bottom and he had a cannon that you controlled with the mouse. Most of the game took place underground. There were bats, and there was a kidnapped professor. [more inside]
posted by tmt on Mar 4, 2011 - 6 answers

What small projector will work with Macs?

I just bought an Optoma Pico PK301 to use in our (Mac-based) office and also when we travel. Unfortunately I didn't realize that it won't work like a normal projector - i.e. just letting me project what is on my screen. Can I hack it or should I return it and get a different one? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Feb 23, 2011 - 7 answers

iTunes Song Options Without Opening iTunes

I'm looking for an Apple script or (preferably) Automator or Quicksilver action that will allow me to set a song to "Skip When Shuffling" while I'm listening to it on iTunes, so I can mark songs I don't want to hear when they come up without switching windows.
posted by moviehawk on Feb 21, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me find this New Yorker cartoon.

Help me find an electronic version of this New Yorker cartoon. It was published within the past couple of years and is an illustration of a teacher receiving an apple from one of her students; she says something like, "Billy, I don't want an apple. I want money." Thank you!
posted by hapax_legomenon on Feb 17, 2011 - 5 answers

eMac, meet G3

[AncientMacintoshFilter] Is there a way to get an eMac to fileshare with a G3 (blue-and-white tower)? In the good old days, I would have whipped out an AppleTalk cable and called it done, but the eMac does not have an AppleTalk port. [more inside]
posted by Rube R. Nekker on Feb 16, 2011 - 15 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

What current video card will work in a six year old Mac Pro desktop system?

What video card currently available for sale could replace the dead ATI Radeon X1900 XT in my six year old Mac Pro tower? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Feb 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Do I need specific rechargeable batteries for the Magic Mouse?

Do I need a specific kind of rechargeable batteries for Apple's Magic Mouse? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi on Jan 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Apple Time Capsule or other Wifi Access point for Time Machine backups in 2011?

Apple Time Capsule or other Wifi Access point for Time Machine backups? (also when do you think Time Machine refresh will occur?) [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree on Jan 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Cover me

Help me find a Macbook Air sleeve. [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Jan 22, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I sync Outlook 2007 calendar and contacts to my Mac?

How do I get my Work Outlook 2007 calendar/contacts to sync with my MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Jan 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Ipood

I bought an Ipod Nano off a friend (4th gen). He was running the latest version of Itunes. I have A G5 Mac with OSX Version 10.4.11. The newest version of Itunes Apple will allow me to download is Itunes 8.2.1. My computer can't access the Ipod at all. help me? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Jan 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me fix a slow Mac!

How do I fix a slow iMac? [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jan 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Why did my Airport stop working?

Quite suddenly, my modem works if I plug it into a machine, but not when I plug it into an Airport Express. Comcast says it's not their fault. Any idea what's going on? Every detail I can think of is inside. [more inside]
posted by jaybeans on Dec 29, 2010 - 12 answers

iHoHoHo

Is there any way to enroll someone into the Apple Development Program as a gift? [more inside]
posted by xqwzts on Dec 24, 2010 - 6 answers

What sound driver do I need and why didn't Apple include it?

How can I get the sound to work on my MacBook Pro (2010 6,2 model) when I use Windows 7 (64 bit) via BootCamp? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Dec 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Is there a way to get a replacement for a water-damaged iPhone without visiting an Apple store?

Replacement for water-logged iPhone via Internet? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Dec 17, 2010 - 8 answers

eBay battery experience

Which Macbook battery to buy on eBay? [more inside]
posted by mhz on Dec 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Time Capsule VS Charter's Router

If we stop renting Charter's SMC wireless router what do we need to get/keep in terms of hardware to go from Charter's cable outlet to the Time Capsule? Any experiences switching to Time Capsule with Charter? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 on Nov 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Best 802.11n/g setup with oldish Apple networking equipment?

I'd like to reconfigure my Apple-based home network to give 802.11n clients The Very Best in connection speeds while still supporting 802.11g devices on the same network. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by hijinx on Nov 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Can I feed multiple AirPlay/AirTunes streams from one computer?

Using AirPlay/AirTunes (or Rogue Amoeba's AirFoil), is it possible to play multiple audio streams from one "jukebox" to multiple Airport Express devices? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Macbook Pro or No?

I'm thinking about buying a used 13-inch aluminum Macbook (2008) or 13-inch Macbook Pro (2009+) on eBay. On paper, their specs seem quite similar. Any important differences I should know about? [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol on Nov 20, 2010 - 7 answers

MacBook Air a regression in performance?

How will the new 11-inch MacBook Air perform in comparison to a 2006 13-inch MacBook? [more inside]
posted by dixiecupdrinking on Nov 10, 2010 - 18 answers

Can a bad Apple be saved?

When trying to get a Macbook repaired, how is the BEST WAY to make a stink without being an asshole? [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Oct 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Will Apple fix my phone if I have fixed part of it myself?

Will Apple service my iPhone 'out of warranty' if it has been repaired with a 3rd party part? (Complicated circumstances within.) [more inside]
posted by iktomi on Oct 8, 2010 - 5 answers

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