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Mac: Mount ejected flash drive without reinserting

I have a nifty little USB thumbdrive that I want to use to make backups of various documents; it will live on the powered hub in my office, as I'll only need to use it in the office. It's something of a pain to unplug and re-insert every day, or every time I need to leave the desk with my laptop. After ejecting, the drive is no loger visible using diskutil on the command line, tho I can see it in the system profiler. Is there a way to have the system recognize the device and mount it whenever the Macbook wakes from sleep? I've got sleepwatcher installed, but I'm not certain how to get the system to recognize the USB device without unplugging it and plugging it back in. Shutting down and restarting the mac every time I want to leave my desk with it is not a viable option, either. I'm running 10.7.5 on a Core i7 15" MBP.
posted by Slap*Happy on May 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Firefox is possessed!

Firefox keeps going back to previous page, but I'm not hitting the back button! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Oct 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Having trouble restoring Mac OS X system software

Please help me restore Mac OS on my wife's MacBook! I am pulling my hair out. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Apr 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Thunderbolt, MiniDisplayPort, Target Display Mode = ????

I have a late 2010 Macbook Pro (MacbookPro6,3) running Lion (10.7.3) and an iMac of indeterminate vintage (iMac11,3) running Snow Leopard (10.6.8). I have a Thunderbolt cable. Neither mac supports Thunderbolt; both have MiniDisplayPort connectors. I want to run the iMac in Target Display Mode as a second display for the MacBook Pro. Can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Feb 21, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I see on my main monitor what is being displayed on my secondary monitor?

I have a secondary monitor on my iMac that is installed in a room 50 feet away from my main monitor. I need a way to see on my main screen, whatever is displayed on the secondary monitor. Using Mac OS X 10.7. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by orlandop on Nov 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Is it possible to prevent a user from exiting Front Row?

In Mac OS X, is it possible to prevent the user from exiting Front Row? [more inside]
posted by cirripede on Sep 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Tiger to Snow Leopard in ? Easy Steps

I'm preparing to update my MacBook Pro's operating system from Tiger (10.4.11) to Snow Leopard (10.6.3). I've got the computer in front of me, and the installation disk's right here, too. What do I need to do other than just put the disk in and go? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 31, 2011 - 11 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

Copying over a large DMG backup

What is the best way to copy files out of a 140 GB dmg file from an external USB drive that is a backup from a previous Mac? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jan 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Clean up my PDFs!

Save a clean copy of a marked-up PDF from Preview? (Mac OS 10.6) [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Oct 8, 2010 - 7 answers

[Mac OS X Filter] Slouching towards disk repair

My Macbook Pro (Mac OS X, v. 10.5.8) began operating v e r y slowly, with Firefox (v. 3.6.9) running. Help me solve this mystery, and figure out how to repair my disk without having to pay Big Store. [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Sep 11, 2010 - 24 answers

Spinning wheel during OS X install

MacBook Pro freezes (spinning wheel) during system install (10.5) -- what to do? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Aug 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Writing and editing midi files on a Mac

Please help me find cheap, easy-to-use, music recording/MIDI software for Mac. [more inside]
posted by jalexc on Mar 3, 2010 - 9 answers

How to convert an old Outlook Express 4 mail archive for Mac OS X?

I found an archive of old mail I got in the late 90's using Outlook Express 4 (OE4). The files are in .mbx format, not in .dbx (and certainly not in standard mbox). Opening the files in an hex editor allows me to view the content of those mailboxes. Is there anyway to convert that mail archive into something more usable for Mac OS X (or Linux)? [more inside]
posted by remi on Jan 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Really weird Snow Leopard font problem

I just upgraded to Snow Leopard, and since then, some of my fonts are MAJORLY screwed up in iWork '09 (Pages, Keynote and Numbers). [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Aug 29, 2009 - 17 answers

How do I select what I toggle to in OS X's pop-up windows?

Mac OS X Filter: In Finder, when a pop-up menu shows up, say to empty the trash or cancel, I toggle through the buttons/options by pressing tab, but how do I actually select what I toggled to with a keyboard shortcut? '
posted by helios410 on Aug 28, 2009 - 7 answers

I'm a Python, and I'm a Mac.

Help me learn Python! On a Mac! [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jul 15, 2009 - 19 answers

Space for change

How can I reconcile Emacs, Firefox, and Cocoa controls' keyboard navigation, and still use Spaces' keyboard shortcuts? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Jun 29, 2009 - 1 answer

Can I play CivIV mods on the mac?

Do Civilization IV mods such as Fall From Heaven and Fall From Heaven 2 work in the Mac OSX version of Civ IV? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Mar 13, 2009 - 3 answers

Using Garmin GPS II Plus with Mac OS X

It is possible to transfer waypoint data from an old Garmin GPS II Plus model to a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5? [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Jan 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Mac backup DVD software

I need recommendations for Mac backup / archive software to make DVDs that fill each DVD to capacity with files from a group of folders. I'm using a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.5. [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Jan 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Back my Mac up online

What's the best software for automated online backups for OSX? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on Dec 25, 2008 - 13 answers

How to automate FTP user creation with Pure-FTPd on Mac OS X?

How to automate FTP user creation with Pure-FTPd on Mac OS X (running Apache) retrieving usernames and passwords from another http (linux) server? [more inside]
posted by lion on Dec 8, 2008 - 8 answers

Picture a Venn diagram with 3 circles: LaTeX, Emacs, Mac. I'd like to live in the intersection.

Mac users who write LaTeX documents in Emacs (with or without AucTeX), please tell me about your workflow. [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Oct 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Why can't I disable root login on this Mac?

Mac OS 10.5: why can't I disable root login? [more inside]
posted by neuron on Sep 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Man Attempting to Move Leopard

Great MeFites, I come bearing but a humble request. I bought a MacBook Pro about six months before Leopard was released. When it finally came out, I installed it on a partition on an external drive, which I would boot from (because OS X is awesome like that, amirite?) so I could test out all my apps. Now I'm ready to commit to Leopard full-time - what's the best way to go about transplanting my Leopard partition? [more inside]
posted by indiewizard on Aug 18, 2008 - 6 answers

QuickLook plugin for sqlite?

Is there a QuickLook plugin (for Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" if you didn't follow) to browse sqlite databases? If not, wouldn't that be awesome for Rails and iPhone development!
posted by avocade on May 8, 2008 - 2 answers

Disassociative Networking Disorder

Is there a way for Leopard to bind a hosts file to a location in Network Preferences? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Apr 8, 2008 - 4 answers

Good emulators for OS X Intel?

Please recommend good entertainment console emulators for Mac OS X Intel. [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack on Mar 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Unstick Me

I'm experiencing a strange bug on my macbook pro: with little cause (perhaps a slight mouse gesture, though I have no mouse gesture programs installed), the os will switch to the Stickies application (and sometimes iTunes, when I quit Stickies). I can't figure out what's going on. [more inside]
posted by pinto on Jan 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Take me to Mac network security school.

I noticed this morning in my system logs that I had some failed FTP and SSH login attempts from an IP in China. I thought I was going to have get all Cliff Stoll on this guy, but then looking back further I saw that this has been happening for months, from lots of different IP addresses. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl on Dec 5, 2007 - 9 answers

URL Find and Replace

I'm working on a quick Automator workflow and need some help replacing the local hostname in a series of URLs. [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske on Nov 26, 2007 - 3 answers

Where's my 7.7 Gigs? Missing space on my Macbook.

I have a 100 GB drive in my Macbook. Formatted, it appears as as 92.7 GB according to the Leopard Disk Utility. I've used 37.7 GB, and both the Disk Utility and Finder state that I have 47.3 GB free. So where's the missing 7.7 GB? [more inside]
posted by MiG on Nov 23, 2007 - 12 answers

Acting without doing SOUNDS good, but...

What's the deal with Quicksilver? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 30, 2007 - 40 answers

Help Me Morbidly Count Down the Remaining Days of My Life!

I would basically like to rip off, wholesale, some command-line script which will provide me a countdown -- only in days. No years, months, minutes, or seconds. Unfortunately, adapting an existing script is beyond my ken. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Sep 27, 2007 - 5 answers

.chm to .pdf conversion in Mac OS X?

.chm to PDF conversion, Mac OS X. There seems to be no easy way to do it. Does anyone have an effective and trustworthy workflow they can recommend? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by SeƱor Pantalones on Sep 23, 2007 - 11 answers

Where did it go?

Mac OS X question for you, MeFi. My fiancee's 120 gig hd has 40 gigs missing. [more inside]
posted by The Castle on Aug 16, 2007 - 16 answers

What's wrong with the colour picker?

When I use the magnifying glass in the Mac OS X colour picker, I get a colour value darker than what I clicked on. Why? [more inside]
posted by Mikey-San on Jun 21, 2007 - 1 answer

OS X Mail - autonomous processing of email?

Can Mac OS X Mail be configured to autonomously process email, and based on specific From: and Subject: lines, save the attachment(s) of that email into a specific folder? [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Jun 19, 2007 - 6 answers

RAR Joining for the Mac?

What Mac OS X application (or command-line utility) will join RAR files that come in the form filename.r01, filename.r02, etc.? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 26, 2007 - 23 answers

two places at the same time

Is it possible to selectively mirror windows to a second screen (projector) on Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by rbs on Apr 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Help my parents.

Looking for a computer / networking person in the San Fernando Valley to help my parents out from time to time. [more inside]
posted by rbs on Sep 27, 2006 - 4 answers

Why can't my Keychain.app settings work for both Safari and Camino?

I typically use Safari, and have my preferences set to store all of my passwords and user names in my Keychain.app. However when it starts acting up and giving me the spinning beach ball, I use Camino (v. 1.0.3.) When I try to log in to a website, it asks me for my user name and password - do I really have to fill in ALL those passwords and user names all over again? In other words, is there any way I can get Camino to access the passwords I saved using Safari? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Sep 19, 2006 - 6 answers

Looking for a WiFi signal

Why won't my Powerbook recognize a wireless network? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Sep 8, 2006 - 13 answers

Can I salvage this volume restore?

I need to restore a Mac OS X hard drive. My target volume is 300GB. My source volume is a sparse image from a 500GB drive with only 179GB used, but of course, Disk Utility is looking at the total space on the volumes, not the used space. Is there any way to force this operation, modify the volume size of the sparse image, or do this in any way that will be less painful than reinstalling all my apps and settings from scratch? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg on Aug 16, 2006 - 7 answers

Why does it look so crap?

Why does my the second monitor attached to my 20" iMac duocore produce such lousy colour? [more inside]
posted by I, Credulous on Apr 27, 2006 - 8 answers

How do I rename files based on the contents of a text file?

I have a folder of 300+ files with three digit file names. I also have a tab-delimited text file which has the current file name and the corresponding desired file name. How can I use the text file to properly rename all my files? (This is on Mac OS X)
posted by nathan_teske on Apr 21, 2006 - 14 answers

Backup solutions for MacOSX?

I've had my Powerbook G4 for just a touch under 3 years and i've aquired a healthy amount of personal files, photos, music, and work documents. Last night i had a scare with the drive, it failed to boot for the first time since i've had it. Feeling a tad twitchy about the reliability of my drive i ask: Is there a automated backup solution thats flexable enough for me... [more inside]
posted by Nik_Doof on Feb 23, 2006 - 9 answers

How do I watch .dvdf files in Mac OS X?

How do I watch .dvdf files in Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by Utilitaritron on Dec 15, 2005 - 3 answers

What filesystem can be easily shared between Linux and Macs?

Sharing hard-drives between Linux and Mac OSX (tiger). Which filesystem? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 24, 2005 - 18 answers

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