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What to do with really old software and stuff?

I have a ton of old classic Mac software and bits of hardware that I need to clear out of here. But, is tossing it into a landfill really the only way? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Jan 19, 2017 - 13 answers

10 decades in the cult of Mac, how do we leave

After 10 years almost exclusively using Apple products we are thinking about moving back to a PC environment but are weighing up how to and if it is worth the drama. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jan 19, 2017 - 29 answers

I want a super fast printer for Mac, text only, and wireless

I’m printing tons of text and I need something that’s mac compatible, wireless, and prints like the wind. It would be great if it didn't print to the same tray that feeds it.
posted by captainscared on Jan 19, 2017 - 8 answers

Practicing what I preach.

Can a WD My Cloud work with PC and Mac simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by sixfootaxolotl on Jan 13, 2017 - 3 answers

Can I generate an audio timecode track in After Effects or Premiere?

I have a client who has requested delivery of a video with timecode in the audio track. I know there are cameras that record timecode on an audio track, but I haven't found a way to generate such a track in post with Creative Cloud applications. The source video didn't come with an audio track. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Jan 7, 2017 - 2 answers

How to erase everything on a Mac desktop?

I have to return my Mac desktop to the job I just left. I've been careless about using it as my home computer too, downloading photos, looking at my bank accounts, etc. Is there a fast and easy way to delete everything on there? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Jan 5, 2017 - 13 answers

Need a writing program/application

I'm pretty sure this has been asked before, but I can't find anything within the last few years. I'm looking for a writing program that looks clean but has some basic editing features. TextEdit is too basic but Word is too fussy. Any new, good programs these days? Must be available for Mac. Fancier features are OK as long as it doesn't start looking or feeling like Word. Cost isn't so important.
posted by ancient star on Jan 5, 2017 - 12 answers

Repair oldish Macbook Air through Apple or some third party, or replace?

My Macbook Air (2012 model) has a bad hard drive, I think. Should I try to take it to Apple for maintenance, or a third-party? [more inside]
posted by skewed on Jan 2, 2017 - 7 answers

Macbook peripherals for dummies

Questions about a keyboard, monitor and USB hub for my Macbook Pro. With bonus hard drive question. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Jan 1, 2017 - 11 answers

Receipt-tracking in this modern world

With year- end tax prep, I am prompted to wonder if there's a better way to track receipts than I've been doing, using Paperless and a scanner. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Dec 31, 2016 - 6 answers

Best way to upload tens of thousands of photos to Flickr? 💻 ➡ 🌏

I need a reliable, robust app (or way) to upload an enormous amount of photos from my Mac to my Flickr Pro account. Suggestions or ideas? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Dec 28, 2016 - 11 answers

Setting up Arq for 2 Macs--restoring files from one Mac to the other

I have two Mac laptops. I like Arq, which I have just started using with Google Drive. I want to set up Arq so that I can restore the files on my first Mac to the drive on my second Mac, or vice versa. This is proving a little complicated for a couple of reasons: [more inside]
posted by lotf629 on Dec 28, 2016 - 3 answers

Two-sided printing issues with Mac OS Sierra upgrade

I upgraded to Sierra on my iMac. Immediately the printer and computer couldn't communicate and I couldn't scan (printing worked, though). After many long and many conversations with Mac and HP tech support, we figured out a workaround. Now, I just noticed that when I print multiple page Word documents, it only prints 2-sided. The Print dialogue box no longer has the two-side box option. I've again talked to Apple and HP and have looked online into known issues between Sierra and Word, all to no avail Any ideas, anyone? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Dec 21, 2016 - 5 answers

How can I backup my iCloud photos with Time Machine?

I have my photos stored on iCloud, but have it set to 'optimize storage' so it only downloads the thumbnails and stores the full photos on the cloud. If I backup my computer using Time Machine, do my full photos get backed up? [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Dec 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Pimp my Mac

Lifelong Windows user, recently got a Macbook Pro. What do I put on it? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Dec 18, 2016 - 34 answers

2 users 1 Mac

One new iMac. There were two old iMacs, separate user accounts. How to add the separate external time machine backups on this new computer? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Dec 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Easiest way to sell my Macbook Air?

I have a late-2010 model Macbook Air that I'd like to sell. It's in good condition. What is the easiest, most reliable way for me to sell it, avoid scammers, and just get money in my pocket as painlessly as possible? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Dec 16, 2016 - 11 answers

How can I use my Windows-formatted external drive with a Macbook too?

Can I format/partition it for both systems without losing all the data I've already backed up on it? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Dec 12, 2016 - 9 answers

Is a 4k monitor, downscaled to 1600x900 crisp?

Can a 4k 21.5 inch monitor do 1600x900 crisply? The standard 21 inch resolution is 1920x1080, which means DPI 102, and that's unusable for me. UI elements are too small for me to see. I could scale it to 1600x900, but for a standard monitor, it gets fuzzy. Does a 4k monitor solve this issue? I'm using a late 2014 Mac Mini (i7 3.0GHz, 16GB RAM). [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Nov 17, 2016 - 19 answers

Recovering old-ish files from a current hard drive

I have some files in common formats - .doc, .pdf, .xls, etc. - on my hard drive. They were created around 2010. I can no longer open them, but I'd like to. Over time, the files have been migrated between both Mac and PC laptops (at work, hence the mix), and at least one of these (the PC) crashed and had to be recovered. [more inside]
posted by carter on Nov 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Should I buy a second-hand Mac Pro?

I use a 2006 Mac Pro. It's so old that I'm stuck with OS X 10.6.8 and lots of apps (even Firefox!) won't update any more. If I buy a second-hand Mac, am I at risk of (say) 2009 Macs falling out of OS support life while 2013 Macs are still supported, or is the architecture effectively identical from the OS' perspective? [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Nov 16, 2016 - 16 answers

My mac's security has gone awry

In the past week or so, a few aspects of my Mac's security setup have changed without my (knowing) intervention. 1. I've got my Mac set to lock itself after 60 minutes of inactivity. That is no longer happening; 2. Safari is bugging me to enter my password when I launch it. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Nov 16, 2016 - 2 answers

voicefail

I received a voicemail via email through our office phone system. I double-clicked the attachment to play it in iTunes (Mac) and it's a legitimate voicemail. However, there is a lot of background noise (coffeeshop ambience, some singing). After the voice message finishes playing, the background audio continues and doesn't stop until iTunes is closed. Has anyone experienced this or knows what is causing it? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Nov 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Disappearing storage on MacBook Air!

We have a Macbook Air running Sierra 10.12, upgraded within the last 10 weeks or so. Since then we can't keep free space on the hard drive. It just continually disappears, to the point where the drive is almost full and the computer stops functioning properly. I can't find the source of the problem, except that the space used by "System" files is just growing and growing -- today it's at 150GB! Are there any serious Mac experts out there who can help me? [more inside]
posted by leticia on Nov 11, 2016 - 26 answers

Ethernet to USB hub/switch

I have an iMac where the internal USB controller has gone flakey. It corrupts photos from SD cards, and just recently seems to have messed up my backup drive (also USB). The repair place is suggesting it will cost $800 to replace the logic board (parts + labor). Since everything else works well, I'd like to salvage the machine. [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll on Oct 28, 2016 - 10 answers

Keeping my Mac happy

I have a Mac. It's not very old (spring 2015), but I have used Migration Assistant from Mac to Mac every 2-4 years for a very, very long time. And therein lies the question. [more inside]
posted by uberchet on Oct 26, 2016 - 9 answers

SharePoint and Mac users

I have SharePoint 2010 sites, with lists, libraries and InfoPath forms. SharePoint is only worth a goddamn in Internet Explorer, as you probably know. I have a bunch of Mac users who do not like to use a virtual machine. These are senior-type Mac users, however. What can I do to bridge the gap? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Oct 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Alternative to Apple Mail that won't download my whole gmail archive

I just tried to set up Apple Mail on my laptop and it insists on downloading the whole !@#$% archive for every account I link to it. Googling around, I get the sense this is a common complaint. Is there some kind of Apple Mail or Outlook alternative that will let me configure a Gmail account and an Exchange account to download all NEW mail but not any OLD mail? I'd be willing to pay for it. I don't need much functionality--mostly something that'll work when I'm offline. A Mail or Outlook clone that doesn't insist on this downloading-and-storing-1.1GB-of-email nonsense would be fine with me. [more inside]
posted by lotf629 on Oct 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Airplay puzzle

Why can't I select a given local Mac as an Airplay playback device? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Oct 13, 2016 - 0 answers

Lost notes

I lost a lot of documents from the Notes app on my mid-2012 Macbook Air. Is there ANY way they are recoverable? [more inside]
posted by colorblock sock on Oct 11, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I get my macbook working after my hard drive got erased?

Aaaaaaaahh!!! Friend tried to fix my macbook and erased my hard drive in the process. Now I get a white "stop" symbol when I try logging in, which apparently means that my Mac can't find a valid System Folder to start up from. I'm beyond warranty--how do I get my macbook working again? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Oct 8, 2016 - 4 answers

An old tiger and a new printer

Google-able information about this problem appears to be fragmented and riddled with wise-guyage and pop-ups, so here I am: Which new-to-be-bought printer would work seamlessly with OS X 10.4 Tiger? Emphasis on "seamless" because [more inside]
posted by Namlit on Oct 6, 2016 - 7 answers

Guitar to Mac to Amp (2016 Edition)

What's the best way to plug my electric guitar into my Mac to record (I'm using GarageBand) and what's the best way to output from my Mac to an amp/PA (say if I'm using GarageBand's virtual effects to play live)? [more inside]
posted by coffee and minarets on Oct 5, 2016 - 11 answers

How to save info about photos on a mac

I'm a graduate student and the research project I am working on requires me to analyze articles and pictures from old newspapers. I took photos of what I needed, and then saved the info about each one (date, author, title, page number, etc) in iPhoto. Sadly, when iPhoto "updated" to the newer version, this data was lost. I am looking for a more reliable way to store this data alongside the photos. Right now I just have it written in notebooks the old fashioned way - there has to be a better option. I want to attach the info directly to the photo so that if I switch computers or applications, it will still be in the file for good. I hope this makes sense, I am not great with technology.
posted by CancerSucks on Oct 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Hey (hey) Cloud (Cloud) get off of my phone

I didn't ask it to, but my iPhone lately keeps trying to download more music to its library. Any clues? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Is it impossible to make Outlook the default email on a Mac right now?

I use Outlook for work on my Mac (El Capitan 10.11.6). There seems to be no way to make the computer have Outlook be the default client, so this is a last-ditch attempt to find an answer. According to Microsoft, in theory you just open the Mail app and then use Mail's preferences to choose Outlook as the default. It doesn't work. You can tell Mail to use Outlook at the default, but it reverts back to Mail almost immediately without you telling it to. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Sep 26, 2016 - 4 answers

How do you batch change the location and date of photos in Mac?

So I took a bunch of photos on a trip to Japan and the time and date are wrong on all of them because of a mistaken camera setting. Is there a way to change the metadata for the files somehow all at once instead of one at a time?
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Mystery icon appeared in my menu bar. What is it?

Yesterday I opened up my laptop to discover it had crashed. When I rebooted, a new mystery icon was in the menu bar. Looks like a little square speech bubble with another square in the middle. [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Sep 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Security camera DVR I can access on a Mac?

I'd like to put in a few security cameras and a recorder... and be able to access the whole thing from a Mac. Does anything on the market do that? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Sep 5, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me get my data off this broken hard drive?

The hard drive in my 2011 27" iMac was failing, and has been replaced. It's a 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 and I was told to try recovering the data myself first. But Googling has only left me more confused. Walk me through this? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Aug 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Who Shall Rid Me of this Meddlesome Folder?

I’m running OS X10.11.6. A week or so ago a new folder showed up on my hard drive, labeled only with a tilde (~). I have no idea where it came from, and can't get rid of it. [more inside]
posted by LeLiLo on Aug 8, 2016 - 8 answers

The Great Escape (from Apple)

After a lot of research I think that the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop is everything she needs and costs the same amount as the 13" Macbook Pro she would buy, but I'm worried about Adobe compatibility. [more inside]
posted by lodie6 on Jul 25, 2016 - 12 answers

I want to buy a Mac laptop, just not one that exists

I’m planning to buy either a used Air or a new MacBook, though I wish I could wait for the next update instead. The Air has been on "Don't Buy" status at MacRumors for months. But a MacBook with comparable performance could be $500 more including the port adapters I’d need. (Is it ok to buy those cheap, from third party manufacturers, and to daisy-chain them?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jul 22, 2016 - 24 answers

Running XCode on an external SSD

Compiling files is much faster on my SSD-equipped laptop than on my iMac with a traditional hard drive. I'd like my desktop machine to blaze like the laptop. But I wonder: would this happen with just an external SSD drive and all my files moved over to it? Or would I need to replace the internal drive?
posted by johngoren on Jul 20, 2016 - 10 answers

.plist Files for iCloud Synced Apps Corrupt/Missing in OS X 10.11.5

Half the apps on my iMac that sync with iCloud have corrupt or missing .plist files that prevent them from launching. Signing out of iCloud, restarting, and logging back in to reset synced data did not resolve problems. Running First Aid on drive returns no errors. What next? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 14, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I get this slideshow from my old computer to my middle-aged ipad?

I have a slideshow of 392 photos in iPhoto version 8.1.2. I would like to show these photos tomorrow at a local event where I will have a table/booth but where I will not have electricity. So I want to put them on my iPad, which has better battery life than my ancient laptop. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by mai on Jul 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Mac Mail: Stop downloading my messages

I only want to receive new mail when I click the "Get Mail" button in Mac Mail. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Jul 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Late to the El Capitan Bandwagon

El Capitan download problems: estimated download time goes from 1 hour to 2 days as soon as I hit 100 MB. Is this just how it goes? [more inside]
posted by mustard seeds on Jul 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me find a monitor for my mac mini

I want a 23"/24" monitor for my mac mini. I do a lot of writing/reading PDFs + long texts plus fair amount of photo editing. Speakers wanted.Not sure if webcams in monitors are worth it. Would be used in sunny room in FL, so anti-glare advice welcome as well. Thanks.
posted by caveatz on Jun 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Mac software for electronic music creation

My daughter took a songwriting class at school this year and they used Logic. Her laptop is a Macbook Air. Is there something similar or is compatible we can get for her Mac? She wants to make mostly dance type music. Is it worth getting a keyboard to go with the laptop? And do we want to think about getting something that she can record with? (she also has an acoustic guitar.) Any advice for the budding electronic musician would be appreciated!
posted by vespabelle on Jun 25, 2016 - 6 answers

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