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Who's got the focus?

On MacOS, I can say osascript -e 'set myapp to name of (info for (path to frontmost application))' to print the name of the program that currently has focus, in a way that's useful for shell scripting. How can I get the same information in a graphical session on Linux?
posted by fantabulous timewaster on May 12, 2010 - 21 answers

iTunes hates me. The feeling is mutual.

Why does iTunes hate me? Not me specifically, but my iMac G4? Twice in the past month, I have had to wait as my entire iTunes library loads, as if it is loading for the very first time. iMac G4, 1GHz, 1.5Ghz SDRAM, OS 10.5.8. iTunes 9.1.1 just installed. 235Gb music files on 750Gb USB external drive. The "loading iTunes library" becomes a two to three day affair. [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Apr 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Looking for Mac versioning/document management software for nonprogrammer use.

Looking for a Mac-based document management system that is not source-code oriented. Google-fu fails. [more inside]
posted by socratic on Mar 5, 2010 - 11 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

Help me switch to Ubuntu

I'm considering switching to Ubuntu with no previous Linux experience. Also, I'm no techie. If this is a dumb idea, tell me why. If not, do you have any tips for making the transition? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Feb 16, 2010 - 46 answers

So simple a child could likely code this

Using Automator and/or AppleScript to automatically move files of a specified type(s) from one folder to another? [more inside]
posted by mosk on Jan 15, 2010 - 5 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

Can you help me find OS X software to organize various files into "projects"?

I am trying to find a program on 10.6 that will be a sort of companion to the Finder, something that will allow me to collect files from different directories and organize them into projects. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Dec 31, 2009 - 6 answers

More MacBook Questions

I now own a MacBook Pro 17". And now I have some questions relating to MacOS and Windows 7, hardware upgrades and getting Applecare-on-the-cheap. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 11, 2009 - 19 answers

Does this create a local root exploit for Mac OS X using Finder?

Why does Apple's Finder bypass some group permissions? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Aug 30, 2009 - 15 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

Case-Insensitive LS on Mac OS X?

Unix mavens: is there a way for ls on a Mac OS X install to alphabetize its listing case-insensitively, while still preserving any other ls flags you may be using? If not, does another ls variant offered by anybody offer case-insensitivity, and if so, how can I supplant one with the other, without risk of any harm to anything else on my system? (If it matters, my shell of choice is tcsh.)
posted by WCityMike on Aug 16, 2009 - 19 answers

Display Affinity Software for MacOSX?

Is there a piece of Mac OS X software which will let me divide a very wide screen up into several virtual displays so window/app affinity hacks like spaces will work? [more inside]
posted by tomierna on Aug 1, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I get rid of a Mac user acct w/o losing files?

I have a MacBook Pro running Leopard. It has two admin accounts. Some time ago I stopped using account "A" in favor of new account "B" (the reason behind the creation of account B isn't relevant to this question, however). If I delete user account "A," what precautions must I take to ensure the preservation of the files created under "user A," and what automatically happens to the ownership of those files?
posted by Piscean on Jul 21, 2009 - 10 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

Is there a way to reduce the margins between pages when printing two pages per sheet in Leopard / OSX?

Is there a way to reduce the margins between pages when printing two pages per sheet in Leopard / OSX? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx on Jun 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Faster way to upload to Amazon S3?

Is there another way to upload ~15GB of data to Amazon S3 besides my slow DSL line? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on May 20, 2009 - 25 answers

Please help me fix my workflow

Why can I only sometimes drag and drop images from Aperture into Photomatix? [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy on May 12, 2009 - 3 answers

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

Buffalo Terastation

What is the best way to use Japanese filenames on NAS drive in Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Mar 8, 2009 - 4 answers

How can I transfer text and pdf files to my iPhone?

Transferring files (namely txt and pdf files) to the iPhone 3G, how is it done? I broke it out of jail already, so what's my next step? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Mar 7, 2009 - 10 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

How to sanely migrate email messages from Apple's Mail.app to Google Apps' GMail

How do I move around 2000 messages from Apple's Mail.app (10.4) to a Google Apps (Premier) GMail account quickly and efficiently? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Jan 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Please help this n00b get his Mac OSX back!

Help me get my OSX back! Ubuntu/Mac questions inside. [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith on Jan 9, 2009 - 8 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

Scrunched up Firefox bookmarks!

Firefox 3.0.5 on MacOSX 10.5.5: How do I make the Bookmarks Pulldown Menu Wider? I cant read half of my bookmarks because the dropdown is too narrow. [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Dec 24, 2008 - 6 answers

Install Mac OX X "Tiger" onto blue-and-white G3?

I have an old blue-and-white G3 tower that is still running OS 8.6 (!) and I'd like to install Tiger on it to use as an in-house web server. However, it doesn't have an internal DVD drive, and recent attempts to use an external DVD drive failed. Any suggestions on how I might work around this?
posted by ancientgower on Dec 16, 2008 - 10 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

How to Create Non-Paginated PDFs from Current Webpage of Firefox?

Is there a Firefox extension, or Mac app that can work with what is currently on Firefox, which will export the current webpage as a PDF file that is not paginated and reproduces the screen appearance, such as what Saft's "Export PDF" feature offers for Safari? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Dec 1, 2008 - 6 answers

Need to connect Wii and Blu-ray to wireless Mac network

I'm clueless about wireless home networks. Please help this Mac user get his Wii and Blu-ray player connected to one. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Nov 5, 2008 - 7 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

Anz ideas_

While talking to my friend, who was using gchat in gmail on a Mac, suddenly her keyboard started acting up. It didn't work it gchat, did work in rmails in gmail, and the kezboard is messed up for other things++ (y is swapped with z, and all sorts of other things.) The strange part is, she doesn't even know how she did it. Any Mac gurus have anz ideas_ (any ideas?) Particularly useful would be how to reverse the change...
posted by hAndrew on Sep 28, 2008 - 7 answers

iPhone/OS X filter: Can the iPhone sync wirelessly to iCal?

Is there a way to wirelessly sync my iPhone to iCal via Airport or Bluetooth (without purchasing MobileMe)? Maybe an app through the App Store or a jailbroken app solution?
posted by helios410 on Sep 12, 2008 - 2 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

Worker, Parasite, and a Leopard.

How can I make an optimized "Work" account on my Macbook, with a few specific requirements? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 31, 2008 - 10 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

Which Hazel?

I am a Mac owner who bought Hazel, an application that will do a number of different tasks to your files based on certain rules. (Think of it as Outlook rules for your Mac desktop.) However, I've really found myself stumped as to what to do with it, and it's basically just been sitting on my machine unused. If you have it, what do you do with it? If you don't have it or have a Windows machine, do you have any good ideas for rule logic, or automated rules, to apply to files on your desktop, anyway? Looks like it'll auto-run AppleScripts and Unix shell scripts, too. Basically looking to tap other people's minds on this one since my own seems to be balking at this particular mental problem. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 31, 2008 - 8 answers

Now You See Me, Now You Don't: Moc OS X Networking Question

SETUP: -One PowerMac G4 running OS 10.4 -One Macbook Pro running OS 10.5.4 -One Airport Extreme (older UFO model) on 802.11g For a long time I've had a home network between my desktop and my Airport. I never had any problems with signal or anything. About a year ago I purchased a Macbook Pro and set it up for my network. The only problem is that on my Macbook I consistently get fluctuating signal strength and my network often just disappears all together. [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Jul 29, 2008 - 3 answers

Tell me about cross-platform AIM encryption

Tell me how to enable video encryption between iChat on Leopard and AIM on Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse on Jul 9, 2008 - 1 answer

Online banking, credit and investing through one package

What basic, personal accounting software do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 24, 2008 - 15 answers

Like Paint for Mac?

Can you suggest a simple 2d drawing program for Mac OS X (Tiger)? I'd like something with the simplicity of MS Paint. I'm trying to draw some very simple line diagrams. If it's free (or cheap) that would be good. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Help a PGP/GPG noob hold a key signing party.

Help a PGP/GPG noob hold a key signing party. [more inside]
posted by zenja72 on May 26, 2008 - 12 answers

Regaining Access to a Fairly Old Encrypted PDF?

Is there a way that I can access some very old PDF files that are encrypted with a password I cannot remember any longer? I have a system running Mac OS X (Leopard), and I do need to do the decryption myself. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on May 16, 2008 - 12 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

Is Safari a drag & drop application?

Can I drag & drop Safari from one hard drive to another? I accidentally deleted the application:-( I don't have the original install DVD with me right now, but I do have a backup on an external drive that's about two weeks old. So, I dragged the Safari.app that was on that to the Applications folder on my Powerbook. Everything seems to be functioning okay.....or am I inadvertently running a browser with a bunch of loopholes & missing parts? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Mar 5, 2008 - 3 answers

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