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Mac Vs. PC

Mac Vs. PC I am in the market for a new Laptop and am an avid PC user. What are some pro's and con's of making the switch to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by retro88 on Jul 7, 2005 - 28 answers

AirPort not letting me surf

My Airport Extreme Base Station claims I am connected to the Internet via Ethernet, and yet I am not. [more inside]
posted by McIntaggart on Jul 7, 2005 - 3 answers

iTunes alternative for OSX?

Are there any other sites from which I can download music to my iTunes library on Mac OSX.3.8? The iTunes Music Store is missing a few of my favorites.
posted by clh on Jul 6, 2005 - 10 answers

Unplugging firewire webcam causes kernel panic

Why does my Mac sometimes go into kernel panic when I unplug the firewire webcam? It happens on a variety of occasions: sometimes multiple apps are open and CPU usage is high, other times it's right after a fresh reboot. (iBook G3/700Mhz, 384MB RAM, Mac OS X 10.2.8, and the webcam is a Unibrain Fire-I.)
posted by brownpau on Jul 5, 2005 - 12 answers

My mac keeps crashing

I'm having trouble with my mac powerbook crashing, specifically after it awakens after having gone into sleep mode. It does this when in firefox and I save a tiddlywiki page, or when I'm in word and try to save a document. I'm using OSX version 10.3.9.
posted by corpse on Jul 5, 2005 - 3 answers

What's your favorite PDA (bluetooth, small, sync /w OS X, and no cellphone)?

What's your favorite PDA ? My wishes are: no cellphone like the treo, bluetooth, ~small form factor, and good syncing with OS X. Thanks!
posted by joshgray on Jul 2, 2005 - 10 answers

Firefox as Default Browswer in Thunderbird?

How do I get Firefox to be the browser of choice for Thunderbird in OS X? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Jun 30, 2005 - 9 answers

Fax Utilities for Mac OS X--recommendations?

Fax Utilities for Mac OS X--recommendations? The utility that comes with Tiger is only for the occasional fax.
posted by ParisParamus on Jun 29, 2005 - 3 answers

The Joy of Sticks.

Using an Apple IIGS joystick on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by jbrjake on Jun 27, 2005 - 6 answers

I want to be able to take notes on PDFs.

I am looking for a cheap Mac (Tiger) program that will let me write on PDFs. [more inside]
posted by librarina on Jun 26, 2005 - 8 answers

GPS Mapping Apps for OS X?

I'm quickly becoming a member of the Mac Cult with my shiny new PowerBook. I can't seem to find a MS Streets&Trips or Mappoint like app though.. Any suggestions?
posted by joshgray on Jun 22, 2005 - 6 answers

Cross-platform backup solutions for Mac/Windows/Linux...which is more reliable?

I'm currently running Retrospect Server 5 on a Mac OS X box. It's backing up the following clients: 2 Windows 2003 servers, a Windows 2000 server, 2 Mac OS X 10.2 Servers, a few Mac OS X Panther clients, and 2 linus boxes. Backups are done to external hard drives as well as to a VXA tape changer. The Mac Servers and clients will soon be upgraded to Tiger, so I'm going to need to upgrade Retrospect. However, Retrospect is somewhat flaky at times, and I've heard about some reliability issues with Retrospect 6. I'm considering switching to BRU Server by the Tolis Group. I've heard lots of good things. My question is, does anyone have any actual experience with similar setups for these two backup solutions and which one should I go with? Or maybe is there a better backup solution in the same price range I should be considering?
posted by edjusted on Jun 22, 2005 - 6 answers

Is it just me, or does Firefox kinda suck anymore?

In less than a month, I've had Firefox crash on one machine -- a new G4 Powerbook relatively free from stuff like GUI mods, extra software, a million extensions, etc. -- more than 15 times. Usually, it's while doing something innocuous, like trying to open a new tab. I have the same problem on my G5. [more inside]
posted by mrkinla on Jun 22, 2005 - 21 answers

Mac doesn't see printer over wifi

I have an iBook and an old Lexmark laser printer with an Axis print server. The computer has historically talked to the printer via Appletalk over my Ethernet network. Now I'm trying to go wireless. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jun 18, 2005 - 5 answers

Acer LCD, mac mini aspect ratio

I bought a mac mini and an Acer 17" LCD for my mom recently, and it finally looks great since I switched from the VGA to the digital cable. However, the aspect ratio seems a little off - everything is a bit squished together. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jun 18, 2005 - 5 answers

What's the black stuff coming out of my 12" Powerbook?

A couple of months ago, I noticed a small black spot on the bezel around my laptop's screen, and on the spot that was directly under it when the laptop is closed. Today it oozed. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by michaelkuznet on Jun 18, 2005 - 6 answers

Safari to

How do I post to multiple accounts from safari? [more inside]
posted by Dennis Murphy on Jun 16, 2005 - 2 answers

Keyboard Remapping in XP

I'm already to used to my new Mac's keyboard. Unfortunately, I have to use XP at work. Is there a (preferably free) keyboard remapping program for XP? The only one I've found is a six buck download via
posted by keswick on Jun 15, 2005 - 8 answers

Group/Permissions oddness in Tiger

I just cannot change the group of my Music folder. I created a new group called "music" as a first step towards allowing my SO to share my iTunes library directly. I try to set the Music folder (and its contents) to being part of "music", but no dice. The "get info" window says that it's changed. But as soon as I click the lock to prevent further changes, it switches back to the group of me. If I close the get info window and don't hit the lock, then call up get info again, I see that the attempted group change hasn't stuck. I also cannot change the group ID to "admin." As root, it doesn't work either, but then I get a mysterious error called "-60002." chgrp doesn't work from the shell, either. Is this a known bug or am I missing something?
posted by yesno on Jun 15, 2005 - 8 answers

Blogging 101

Getting My Own Blog, FuckWits... [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Jun 14, 2005 - 37 answers

Slow Verizon DSL with Mac OS 10.4

Three days ago, my Verizon DSL stopped working. Now it's working again but is quite slow. Any thoughts as to the cause? [more inside]
posted by cahlers on Jun 14, 2005 - 14 answers

Compare SideKick II & Blackberry?

Has anyone used both a SideKick II and a Blackberry, or at least done an in-depth comparison of the two? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Click on Jun 11, 2005 - 3 answers

Problem with my iBook!

I'm having issues connecting to all online functions on my 3-year old iBook when I use dialup (via the internal modem)...[more inside] [more inside]
posted by elquien on Jun 10, 2005 - 2 answers

Pismo DVD Drive Dead?

I recently acquired a G3/Pismo via ebay and decided to upgrade the hard drive. Upon doing so, my dvd/cd drive no longer functions; Help me sort through my options! [more inside]
posted by AllesKlar on Jun 8, 2005 - 4 answers

Old Mac Memory

Having recently splashed out on a nice black PowerMac 5500/275, I want to upgrade the RAM. I'm aware that it takes 168pin, 5v EDO DRAM (up to two 64mb DIMMS), but finding these in the UK is tough. I won two 64mb chips on eBay at 1p, but they're the wrong voltage. Anyone know a (cheap) supplier of the stuff here in England?
posted by armoured-ant on Jun 7, 2005 - 3 answers

Mac Processor Upgrade

This old Mac: My 450 Mhz G4 has held up for about 5 years now. I was on the market for a new iMac G5, but as we Mac people will be wanting to upgrade to intel machines in a couple years, this seems like an unwise purchase (the Osborne effect and all). So I'm thinking a processor upgrade might be a good stopgap. Anyone have any experience with this?
posted by aladfar on Jun 7, 2005 - 14 answers

How to get XP desktop & OSX laptop to play nice in a LAN?

I'm getting an OSX laptop Monday after the keynote, and I'm trying to figure out how to get to place nice with my XP desktop. [more inside]
posted by keswick on Jun 1, 2005 - 10 answers

MacFilter: Freeing up your Hard Disk

MacFilter: I have a 14" iBook I bought last September and I have recently installed Tiger on it. My Hard Drive space is running low. I know about uninstalling language packs and getting rid of classic. Those are not options. I am looking for a uttility program that will hunt down and delete files from programs that are no longer installed.
posted by Livewire Confusion on Jun 1, 2005 - 14 answers

Illustrator CS Mac OSX .tmp files

Since upgrading to OSX Tiger on my Powerbook G4, Adobe Illustrator CS has been acting a little flaky. Among assorted document hangs/crashes (requiring force-quits), Illustrator keeps creating .tmp files on my desktop such as "Acr1058251.tmp". I've done a bit of googling and, as suggested, have changed my prefs to not create PDF's upon saving, but this doesn't seem to help. Have any designers out there found a solid answer to why these files are being created, and a proper fix?
posted by sharksandwich on Jun 1, 2005 - 2 answers

Why won't my iRiver show up on the desktop?

I'm having problems mounting my iRiver on the (G4 iBook, OS 10.3.9) desktop. [more inside]
posted by Len on May 31, 2005 - 4 answers

How do I move files from my ancient Mac?

My mother is upgrading from an ancient (pre-USB, pre-FireWire, OS 9) G3 to a much more recent G4, but I'm not sure how to transfer her files. The G3 doesn't have a CD burner, and the G4 doesn't have a zip drive. Is there a quick and easy way to connect the two computers via Ethernet or file sharing so that I can copy her files to the new computer?
posted by jed on May 30, 2005 - 15 answers

Multiplayer mac games

LAN-based multiplayer games for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on May 29, 2005 - 4 answers

My Mac Mini Display Detection Dilemma

I've made the switch to a Mac Mini, and unfortunately it seems to be detecting my monitor capabilities incorrectly; how can I override this autodetection, or otherwise get around the problem? [more inside]
posted by Chunder on May 28, 2005 - 17 answers

Powerbook G5's... When o' when... What's your plan?

Anyone else on the verge of making the switch to Mac land (or upgrading)? Everywhere i've seen rumored they are saying 2nd Q for the G5 powerbooks... What do you guys think? I'd rather not repeat my mistake of getting the Canon Rebel right before the new one came out (d'oh!).. So I'm thinking about waiting for the G5 to appear and either get the low end one or a used (or new) G4 assuming the prices drop. Given that being a gadgetfreak if you're always waiting for the next big thing you'll never end up buying anything... but seems like it could be soon hmmm?
posted by joshgray on May 27, 2005 - 23 answers

Powerbook mouse enhancer?

I want more buttons, dammit. [more clicking inside] [more inside]
posted by mzurer on May 27, 2005 - 7 answers

How to copy Shared iTunes music?

Illegal Uses for iTunesFilter: How do you copy the mp3s from Shared libraries on iTunes to your HD? I seem to recall a program that achieved this task, but don't remember its name.
posted by mowglisambo on May 24, 2005 - 8 answers

How to make a VCD disk using a Macintosh

How do I make a VCD disk using the CD burner in my Powerbook? I have an .avi file that I would like to play on my DVD player, but I have no idea what's the best software to use for encoding, burning, etc.
posted by invisible ink on May 24, 2005 - 13 answers

cheap mac scanner?

I'm looking for a cheap scanner for my ibook running Tiger, something like the Canoscan 3000ex for $50, that works ok.
posted by mecran01 on May 23, 2005 - 5 answers

Burning a DVD in a PC for a Mac

My machine has a DVD writer, my girlfriend's iMac has a DVD reader. Is there a piece of software which will allow me to burn a bootable DVD in Mac format?
posted by NinjaPirate on May 23, 2005 - 10 answers

mac tips and tricks

What are your favorite Mac-only tips and tricks (like the instant-off / instant-on feature when you close the lid of an iBook) from which a switching Windows user would benefit?
posted by humuhumu on May 19, 2005 - 41 answers

mac os X problems

I have two niggling little problems with my mac. First, the screensaver comes on when my mac is idle. I know about my control panels, and the screen saver is, and always has been, set to never. My desktop pic also changes at startup and it too is set to never. Also, when I drag a picture from a website to my desktop, using safari, I get a jpeg icon on my desktop. When I use explorer, the image is a viewable thumbnail. Upgrading to Tiger didn't help. Any ideas?
posted by vronsky on May 18, 2005 - 3 answers

Recover deleted files in OS X?

Is it at all possible to recover deleted files from OS X? What if they were deleted 6 months ago? [more inside]
posted by rough on May 18, 2005 - 10 answers

Cisco VPN client for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

I recently upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. However I do not have a compatible VPN client from Cisco. Anyone know of a place I can obtain one? [more inside]
posted by cahlers on May 18, 2005 - 15 answers

m:robe 100 and OS X

Yes, I know that the m:robe 100 isn't *officially* Mac compatible, but it's so sweet looking (fine, fine: "pretty"), that I'm sure somebody has hacked it together to work for the finer 10% of computer users out there... Has anybody had any luck with using the m:robe 100 on a Mac running (specifically) OS X.4.1?
posted by michaelkuznet on May 16, 2005 - 2 answers

Mac to PC: I want to avoid the tiff decompressor error

Mac to PC: How do I avoid having images replaced with the error message "Quick time and a tiff decompressor are needed to view image"? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on May 16, 2005 - 6 answers

bestexternal firewire harddrive for mac?

I'm looking to buy an external firewire hard drive for my aging G4. [more inside]
posted by item on May 16, 2005 - 14 answers

Why does my mac wake up randomly from sleep?

My mac wakes up randomly from sleep in the middle of the night. Why? (Question 2: My mac beeps once at 1:30pm and I think 4:30pm. Whats with that?) [more inside]
posted by sirion on May 15, 2005 - 7 answers

I have a 12" G4 Powerbook, the model released last year, and it's hot!

I have a G4 Powerbook 12" the model released last year, and it's hot. I mean, really physically hot! [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on May 14, 2005 - 13 answers

OS X Account Won't Open

All of a sudden my wife's Mac OS X account won't open on our desktop (OS 10.3.9). We put in the password but the login bar just displays the blue and white candy cane bar (it's animated). And then it just hangs. I've tried correcting permissions but it didn't help. Anyone have any suggestions short of deleting the account and starting over?
posted by Taken Outtacontext on May 14, 2005 - 6 answers

Ok, I switched, now help me out!

This switcher is looking for OS X equivalents of two can't-live-without Windows apps. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on May 13, 2005 - 6 answers

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