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Help me find my next laptop

Please help me find the right laptop! My current laptop-- a standard-issue 2008 MacBook-- is on its last legs. I need to replace it with something that will meet both my personal and work requirements, and will hopefully last a long time. [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Nov 16, 2011 - 7 answers

iPad 2 like cover for iPad?

iPad 2 like iPad cover? I was on the train and saw a guy with an iPad. The cover folded over like an iPad 2 cover, with the difference being that the entire back was a plastic case that snapped on. Does anyone know where to find this?
posted by satyricaldude on Nov 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me move into a new Mac!

Being neither satisfied with a laptop nor a desktop I have decided to ditch my iMac, get a refurb Macbook Pro with a Henge dock and I have some questions regarding the new Macbook, the migration, and what to do with the iMac: [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Nov 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Time Capsure vs Network Accessible Storage

What is the right apple/mac storage solution for me? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Nov 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Where can I sell my Mac in NYC?

Where in NYC can I sell my old Macbook in the next day or two? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 7, 2011 - 6 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

How Do I Connect 3 External Drives To My WiFi Network?

I've replaced an aging iMac with 3 external drives hanging off of it with a Macbook Pro with the same 3 external drives hanging off of it. The setup also includes a cable modem and a Time Capsule. Right now the drives are in daisychained Firewire mode. I'm looking for a way to connect the drives to my wifi network so I can eliminate the need to plug the first drive into the laptop? Staying with Firewire would be nice, but it's not a deal breaker.
posted by justcorbly on Nov 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Apps for iPhone - but not iPad.

iPhone apps for someone who already has the iPad? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Nov 4, 2011 - 9 answers

A Drobo, a Time Machine and two Macs walk into a bar...

I want to sync two comps to my drobo over the network but I need to repartition. HalP! [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Nov 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Nice Guys Finish First?

Steve Jobs was legendary for being a badass in the name of seeking excellence from those who worked for him and to make Apple a success. Many other business leaders seem to have similar personalities. But who are the opposite? What business leaders have a reputation for being unfailingly nice? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Oct 31, 2011 - 21 answers

iPhone iSsues

Can you point me in the right direction to determine if something is wrong with my new iPhone 4S? [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit on Oct 30, 2011 - 11 answers

I hate IOS5. I don't have an SHSH blob.

Is it possible to downgrade my iPhone 3GS from IOS 5 to an earlier version of IOS, preferably 4.3.3? What if I don't have an SHSH blob? [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank on Oct 28, 2011 - 16 answers

Dead MacBook Pro

Turned on my macbook pro this morning and was dead. torch on screen shows nothing. Tried booting with start up disk and 'C', again nothing and cannot eject disk. Am resigned to buying new one but am in India/Far East for at least a year so if anyone knows a way to resurect a dead Mac - or even how to get the start up disk out, would be glad to hear. Thanks
posted by nickji on Oct 26, 2011 - 17 answers

Firewire to USB

While reading the iPod anniversary post, I remembered that I had a 2nd-gen iPod tucked away. It only has a Firewire port. My Macbook is long retired. If I buy a Firewire to USB adapter, will I be able to use the iPod as a hard disk? (And get the music files off it?) Will it charge the iPod? What is the best adapter (or brand) to buy? [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Oct 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Can you hear me now? Not good.

Strange problem with iPhone while on calls; I sometimes can't be heard by the other party. Not sure if hardware or software. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Oct 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Quick, remind me about... I forget!

I need a reminder/task desktop (mac) AND iphone (iOS 5, but not a 4S) capable application. It will be for work and for play. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Oct 21, 2011 - 10 answers

apple proximity power funkiness

Can proximity between two Apple laptops cause sleep/power-down oddities? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Oct 21, 2011 - 8 answers

iTunes hates fat kids! How can I see the full listing of trailers in itunes on my pc again?

Now that itunes has release the Movie Trailers app, I'm unable to find the full listing of trailers in the itunes store to download for offline viewing to my ipod touch. I like to watch them at work where I don't have wifi access. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Oct 20, 2011 - 1 answer

Under the Shade of the Unusable Pear Tree

I have a decent sized pear tree in my backyard...in Minnesota...so the growing season is far too short to yield edible fruit from the tree. Can I simply: 1) cut it down; 2) dig up the roots of the tree; 3) plant an apple tree in the same hole; 4) and start getting apples after a few years? Or is there a lot more to it that I don't know that I don't know?
posted by TinWhistle on Oct 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Computers + Dust = Die

I've been told to invest in an antistatic dust cover for my 24" iMac. Any suggestions? Live in the UK
posted by nam3d on Oct 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Uniqueness of Apple hardware designs?

I've heard/read quite a bit about how Steve Wozniak's designs for the Apple were unique and elegant (e.g., Revolution in the Valley, or here.) In layman's terms, what were examples of his designs, compared to other conventions of the day? What about them incited admiration?
posted by SpacemanStix on Oct 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Switching to Android

Switching to a Galaxy S2 from an iPhone 3GS. What do I need to know about Android and what are some great Android apps? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani on Oct 4, 2011 - 17 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

Maybe I just hit the turbo button

My iPhone is suddenly working five times as fast. Great! How can I keep it from slowing down again? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Sep 27, 2011 - 8 answers

How long-term would a video card upgrade for my Mac Pro be?

If I upgrade the video card in my Mac Pro to allow me to upgrade Final Cut Pro X, can I be confident that I will be able to continue using the software with this computer for the foreseeable future? [more inside]
posted by Grangousier on Sep 24, 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

MacBook Air. Now with a drive no one else interfaces with.

MacBook Air won't boot properly. Need to get some files back! [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Sep 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Where can I find a quiet, no rules place to camp in Northern MD or southern DE?

Help me think outside the box for tent camping in Northern MD or DE - where can I go besides a campground or sites in a Sate Park? I don't want suburbia in the woods! [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat on Sep 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Who sells an Apple-quality LCD monitor in a smaller size?

Who sells an Apple-quality LCD monitor in a smaller size? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Sep 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Your experience with iPad ergonomics?

iPad users - how are the ergonomics? I've found plenty of speculation about iPad ergonomics, but not a lot of discussion from actual users. How do you make the iPad comfortable for use? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Sep 15, 2011 - 28 answers

Best lock for my laptop?

Laptop lock question. Yes I know you people hate locks, but please bear with me! [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Sep 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Please, please help me get my Macbook Pro up and running again!

Help diagnose my ailing Macbook Pro! (VERY long—trying to provide as many details as possible.) [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Unix vs. Apple OS?

CompSciFilter: Someone kindly explain to me what differentiates Unix and Apple OS. [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Aug 29, 2011 - 29 answers

Is an Intel processor essential when you're streaming from your monitor?

Can I stream live video from my monitor on a G5 Mac tower? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Aug 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Why won't my Apple TV (2nd Gen) work with my awesome HD-capable Sony Trinitron?

AppleTvFilter: I'm trying to get my Apple TV (2 gen) to work on my HDCP-capable Sony Trinitron, but am having some weird issues. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Aug 22, 2011 - 5 answers

How to Fix My iPod

My iPod Nano 4th gen has no backlight. Fix it myself or get the Apple store downtown to do it. [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Aug 22, 2011 - 4 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

Is this a fair price for a used Macbook Pro?

Is this a fair price for a late-2007 17" Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by arkhangel on Aug 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Which Mac Mini?

Mac Mini media server: which model should I buy? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Aug 10, 2011 - 19 answers

Anti-glare film for Macbook Pro. Need Suggestions!

What is the best anti-glare (matte) film for my unibody MacBook Pro? I hate the glossy screen, but it was the only option available when I was given the laptop. For a while I had an anti-glare film on it, but it got dirty and seemed like it was making the screen too fuzzy, so it was removed. I'm considering the Green Onions AG2, the Moshi iVisor, the Power Support, or the RadTech Clear Cal. They all seem to get fairly mediocre reviews. Today I came across the 3M Privacy Filter, which apparently has a matte side, and better reviews, but the privacy filter would actually be a little annoying for my use. Suggestions? Other ideas? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Aug 9, 2011 - 8 answers

It's like being a Lovecraft character

My Apple Time Capsule makes noise; it always has but now it's become an issue. It's 5 months out of warranty and I'm looking for options before I trek down to the Genius Bar and beg for help. [more inside]
posted by dolface on Aug 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Mac Apps

Looking for the latest, greatest, Mac Apps. [more inside]
posted by aclevername on Aug 6, 2011 - 30 answers

IMAC for photographers

What spec to upgrade on the new IMAC for professional photography? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Does this apple pie taste like poison to you?

Help me identify this apple (or apple-looking) tree - and tell me if it will kill me. [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Aug 1, 2011 - 7 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

Managing drive space on a macbook air?

Just got a macbook air, how do I best manage the drive space? [more inside]
posted by empath on Jul 31, 2011 - 7 answers

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

I want to use my monitor and prolong the battery!

Will connecting an external monitor to a new Macbook Pro wreck the battery life? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jul 28, 2011 - 6 answers

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