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Dead Macbook: how do I get the data off?

My MacBook (mid-2007) just crapped out. I can't afford a pro data extraction fix. Is there any other option? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Mar 7, 2008 - 13 answers

What to do with an old iBook and iPod?

What to do with an old iBook and iPod? [more inside]
posted by methylsalicylate on Mar 6, 2008 - 15 answers

Content filter's for Macintosh?

What are the options for single user content filtering for Apple computers? [more inside]
posted by peripatew on Feb 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Windows on a new Mac: Safe?

I want to install Windows XP on my Mac through Bootcamp. I want to do this for purely frivolous reasons... I want to play games. Has anyone had any bad problems as a result of doing this? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Feb 22, 2008 - 24 answers

Not So Mighty Mouse

Help me find a (non-Mighty) mouse for my Mac that can be programmed to function with Exposé and Spaces. [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Feb 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Making a commentary track for a dvd?

I have a commercial DVD (the content of which I own the rights to) and I have an mp3 (which I also own the rights to). Two questions: How can I make another "video" using the visuals from the dvd and the audio from the mp3? Then, how can I turn this final file into an .avi? Further, what if I want to run the DVD's audio track at a diminished volume beneath the audio of the mp3, therefore using the mp3 like a commentary track? I'm on a Mac.
posted by dobbs on Feb 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Install older Bioware games on a brand new Mac?

Can anyone help me with installing older Bioware games (BG2, NWN and expansions) on a new Mac Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Feb 5, 2008 - 8 answers

Run Mac OSX on Windows?

Any way to easily run Mac OSX on Windows? [more inside]
posted by gb77 on Feb 5, 2008 - 16 answers

Currnet Macintosh OS X vulnerabilities or exploits?

What is the current state of the art in Macintosh OS X vulnerabilities, exploits and other remote security issues? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Feb 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Importing Bookmarks to Google Bookmarks?!?

I am trying to import bookmarks to Google Bookmarks from 4 browsers -- Opera, Safari, Explorer, and Firefox. I cannot figure out how to do this. I have an IMac running OS 10.3 --- Thanks in advance for any guidance!
posted by snap_dragon on Jan 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Stupidly Simple Recipe Management

What's a good, idiot-proof way for my mom to scan and manage her old recipes on her iMac? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jan 20, 2008 - 15 answers

How can I get a macintosh to recognize a digital camera again?

What can I do to have a Macintosh G4 laptop to recognize a Pentax Optio 33WR digital camera? It once did, but it has since stopped. [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Jan 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Firefox browser windows spawn too low

Whenever I open a new browser window in Firefox (2.0.0.11) on my Macbook (OS 10.4.10), the window opens one title bar too low. How can I force all new browser windows to spawn in the upper-left corner? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 7, 2008 - 8 answers

RFID login on a Mac?

How can I use RFID to login to my Mac running Leopard [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Dec 26, 2007 - 6 answers

2.2Ghz vs. 2.4 Ghz. Can it possibly be worth an extra $500?

Macbook Pro question: 2.2Ghz vs. 2.4 Ghz. Can it possibly be worth an extra $500? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Dec 19, 2007 - 33 answers

wireless speakers on a Mac

I'm wanting to send sound to and from a remote room in a house to a Macintosh sound in and out ports. I'm thinking wireless mic and wireless speakers. This is inside a standard ranch style house that spreads horizontally and would cross several walls. [more inside]
posted by D-ten on Dec 2, 2007 - 5 answers

What's the filetype of this old mac "references" file from an old research paper?

What Mac program would I have been likely to use to write the references section of a scientific paper in 1993 or 1994? I have the file, and I want to open it or convert it. (file link inside...) [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Dec 1, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I restore the missing factory display profile on my Macbook?

How do I restore the missing factory display profile on my Macbook? When I try to calibrate the color for the display on my Apple MacBook i get the error "The factory profile for the display could not be found." This seemed to happen after a problem with Parallels having some problems. What can I do to fix this?
posted by jeffreyclong on Nov 22, 2007 - 2 answers

Tipsy Mac, why do you crash when I pick you up?

My laptop crashes about 80% of the time when I pick it up or put it down, even when I'm ultra-ginger. Why? Before you cry "Disable the sudden motion sensor!" as far as I can tell, I don't think it even has one. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Nov 19, 2007 - 16 answers

Automator workflows for Excel

Automator as an antidote to Excel tedium. Can you help me get through repetitive tasks with favorite Automator tricks in Leopard? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol on Nov 18, 2007 - 6 answers

Microsoft Word for the Mac Woes for the MetaMind

Microsoft Word woe -- I have Word for the Mac (2002) version....Anyway, everytime I open up a cover letter with a previous date, it automatically updates the date. I have checked all the auto format settings and I suspect it has something to do with a macro. But when I go into using some sorta macro, it asks me to install visual basic...I get a bit more confused at this point...anybody else have this trouble with dates?
posted by snap_dragon on Nov 16, 2007 - 7 answers

I miss my monkey

Why did Greasemonkey stop working? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Nov 7, 2007 - 3 answers

On the plus side, it smells great!

A friend spilled "essence of pumpkin" oil on her new Macbook laptop's LCD screen, resulting in a permanent stain of shiny glop in the lower righthand corner. Advice on fixing it? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau on Nov 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Better Browser for the Mac

I need a better browser for my Mac. I use a MacBook Pro 17". For the past year, I've been using Safari as my default browser. I like it swell except that it crashes all the frickin' time. I've installed SAFT, which allows me to restore my browsing sessions, but still -- it's a pain. Last weekend, I moved over to Firefox in the hopes that things would be improved. That's not going to work. What's with the delays for nearly every action? Ugh. (No extensions installed.) I don't yet have Leopard, but am willing to upgrade if Safari 3 offers a marked improvement in performance. What can I do to improve my web browsing experience? (Session restore is a must. Undo closed tabs is nice.) [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Nov 1, 2007 - 66 answers

Entourage database corrupted

Corrupted Entourage database: what can I do (Mac)? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer on Oct 15, 2007 - 4 answers

Maps on a Mac

GraphicsFilter: Help me find a program to import and mark up maps on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by MarshallPoe on Oct 11, 2007 - 10 answers

USB 2.0 PCMCIA cards, Mac G4 Laptop

USB 2.0 PCMCIA cards on a Mac G4 Aluminum Laptop: Does the card brand matter? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Sep 30, 2007 - 0 answers

How does one move data from old floppies to a MacBook Pro?

I have some Macintosh-formatted floppy disks from the 1990s. They contain data I would like to have (old writing, Quicken files, etc.). Leaving aside issues of media integrity, how do I transfer these to a modern Mac. I have no access to Mac floppy drive of any kind. I do have access to PCs with floppy drives. But, of course, under normal circumstances a PC doesn't recognize a Mac-formatted disk. How do I get my data from these floppies to my MacBook Pro?
posted by smithmac_99 on Sep 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Shrinking and JPG'ing images to a certain FILE size?

Wondering if there's a Mac OS X program that I could drop an image file on and tell it "Make me a 'best quality' JPEG out of this that winds up being no more than 10 mb in size". [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Aug 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Help.flv?

I want to send a video on CD to an unsophisticated user of a Macintosh computer. [more inside]
posted by gum on Aug 17, 2007 - 12 answers

Apologies if it's not kosher to turn the green into one's private Genius Bar.

Is it worthwhile to upgrade the RAM on a six-year-old iBook? [more inside]
posted by donpedro on Aug 9, 2007 - 16 answers

Is a new iMac enough for a graphic designer?

New iMac: Good enough for a graphic designer? Convince me it isn't. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Aug 8, 2007 - 29 answers

Please Help Me Get Some Files Off a Prehistoric Macintosh

Please help me get the contents of an Apple 7300/200 Power Macintosh off of it and onto... well, anything else. [more inside]
posted by interrobang on Jul 29, 2007 - 33 answers

Fixing a dropped Powerbook

DIY repair for a narcoleptic titanium Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by pandaharma on Jul 21, 2007 - 3 answers

I type $&@^$#! but it still won't let me swear

Help me find out what magic spell will get my keyboard to play nicely with my computer again. For several years, I used a Microsoft "Natural" Keyboard with my PC without a problem. But now that I just connected it to my new MacBook it's acting out. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jul 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Looking for an old Mac game

Looking for an old Macintosh game, where you flip reflectors to get a ball to bounce from one side to the other, [more inside]
posted by NewGear on Jul 4, 2007 - 8 answers

Active Directory name game

I have a bunch of Macs that someone wants to put on Active Directory. That's not the problem. [more inside]
posted by Gungho on Jun 8, 2007 - 3 answers

Help Me Find A Mac Font

Mac Font question: I am doing some home tech support for an elderly couple, and they're looking for a symbol/dingbat sort of font that draws frame/table elements (corners, etc.). I know I have seen fonts just like this but can't for the life of me remember what they might be called. If you can think of the names and/or give a link to a free download, I would appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by briank on Jun 1, 2007 - 6 answers

Color Picker keyboard shortcut in Photoshop...?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to open the Color Picker dialog box in Photoshop CS2? Or how can I set such a shortcut? [more inside]
posted by erinchan on May 29, 2007 - 4 answers

How can I define a folder on Mac OSX to be readable and writable to all users that will store all the itunes on that computer and give every user account access?

How can I define a folder on Mac OSX to be readable and writable to all users that will store all the itunes on that computer and give every user account access? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on May 23, 2007 - 4 answers

Please help me run OS 9 on my desktop

I'm feeling nostalgic after having gotten this to work, and I was wondering if it's possible to make the OS 9 "Classic Environment" run in a separate window within OSX. [more inside]
posted by interrobang on May 22, 2007 - 7 answers

mac virus?

how did my mac get a virus??? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Apr 25, 2007 - 32 answers

Three Mac questions

Dead hard drive in PowerBook; multiple backups; colour lasers [more inside]
posted by joeclark on Apr 23, 2007 - 15 answers

External Laptop Battery Pack

Is there a way to reuse an apple powerbook g4 battery to power a macbook pro? I know that it doesn't fit, but I'm hoping there is some kind of external pack that can accept and charge a powerbook battery but which can power a macbook pro. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by jwiener on Apr 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Printing from AD joined Macs slooow

Printing to a Xerox DocuCentre from Macs joined to the Active Directory is very slow. [more inside]
posted by m3thod4 on Apr 4, 2007 - 5 answers

Converting multiple WordPress-powered sites to single Drupal install

I would like to convert multiple WordPress sites to one Drupal installation (more inside) [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Apr 3, 2007 - 6 answers

ClassicMacFilter: What's the name of that typing/track-and-field game?

ClassicMacFilter: What's the name of that typing/track-and-field game? [more inside]
posted by LightStruk on Apr 1, 2007 - 11 answers

Learning about old Thai movie theaters

Is there some sort of Mac program that can monitor a web forum and update me when there are new posts? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Mar 31, 2007 - 5 answers

Macintosh Powerbook 540c project?

What should I do with an old Macintosh Powerbook 540c? [more inside]
posted by grieserm on Mar 17, 2007 - 14 answers

Why won't Office let me be legit?

I'm trying to clean up my act and bought a legitimate copy of Office for my Mac. Problem is, after deleting my (bootlegged) copy, it's still recognizing that copy over th legimitate one. What's up? [more inside]
posted by itchie on Mar 15, 2007 - 2 answers

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