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 -
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 -
Fonts in Mac OSX. I have 4 TTF fonts which should belong to the same font family, but don't. How do I combine them into one family? [more inside]
posted by seanyboy
on Jan 29, 2006 -
Burning DVDs: I want to get clips from (commercial and locked) DVDs and into a new DVD for class, with a menu system. I've seen this explanation
, but I have a Mac (OS X, I could be convinced to upgrade to 10.4 if necessary). What's the easiest and/or best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by barnone
on Jan 18, 2006 -
I have two identical PowerMac G5s and a single copy of Mac OS X Server. One is a file server for small network. The other exists in case something happens to the first one. Through what mechanism can I keep the contents of these two systems in sync, whether constantly, every few hours, or nightly? [more inside]
posted by waldo
on Jan 6, 2006 -
I'm trying to boot the Mac OS X Intel installer CD from a hard drive partition (I have no DVD drive). I used dd to write the ISO to /dev/sda6, and I configured grub to boot from it. But grub won't boot it. [more inside]
posted by jbb7
on Jan 5, 2006 -
MacOSXFilter: Is there any way to set up a folder in the finder that automatically sends stuff to other folders based on date? My downloads folder and my desktop are both a perpetual mess. I'd love it if there was a way to use applescript or what-not so that whenever I opened my downloads folder, I saw my most recently downloaded files, then a few folders containing "1 Week old downloads" "2-4 Weeks old" "+1 Month old", etc. Is this possible?
posted by anonymoose
on Nov 29, 2005 -
Getting raw signal data from a USB or Firewire device under Mac OS X... [more inside]
posted by Rothko
on Nov 10, 2005 -
Is my iPod hosed? After restoring it to factory defaults, it freezes whenever I upload significant amounts of mp3s (crashes after a few gigs at a different place each time)
posted by anonymoose
on Oct 10, 2005 -
How do I play .WMV windows media player files on my Mac? How about in fast-forward? [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Sep 21, 2005 -
Help fix my jumpy Mac OS X Universal Access Zooming!
I use the zoom function of OS X's Universal Access to help me read things and watch videos and such. This has been working wonderfully until I switched my monitor configuration from both of my monitors side-to-side to the current configuration of having one monitor on top of the other. Now when I zoom in and move the mouse at all, the zoomed in rectangle jumps so that the bottom edge is stuck to the bottom edge of the bottom monitor. I can move left and right, but no longer up or down. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by sirion
on Sep 16, 2005 -
Looking for: OS X MP3 player with good ability to scroll through long files easily and accurately. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Aug 6, 2005 -
A friend of mine is having trouble copying files from Mac HFS+ to a FAT32 drive, and I'm stumped. [more inside]
posted by TPIRman
on Jul 22, 2005 -
I have a problem playing a particular quicktime movie in the Quicktime 7 application itself even though the video plays fine when I "preview" it in the Finder under Mac OS X 10.4.2. [more inside]
posted by gyc
on Jul 18, 2005 -
Hopefully this question makes sense, I know next-to-nothing about IRC. I'm trying to download some things off of IRC. I can always connect to a few people's severs, but most of the time I get an error message. [more inside]
posted by hughbot
on Jun 22, 2005 -
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 -
My Sony DVD player is being obnoxious about playing Brit DVDs. I'd like to convert my BBC DVDs from their native PAL signal to the North American NTSC signal, region code-less, all on a Mac, so that I can create working DVDs... [more inside]
posted by AlexReynolds
on Apr 21, 2005 -
I have a Fuji FinePix zoom A204 digital camera that I use with my iBook 14". The software that came with it for Mac OS X 10.3.x only allows me to download photos from the camera and then organize them. I can not use the "PC Cam" feature on my Mac, just on my PC. Here's my question... Is there any free or cheap software out there that will allow me to use its "PC CAM" feature on MAC OS X 10.3.x?
posted by Livewire Confusion
on Mar 22, 2005 -
I've got an .avi file whose audio has come unstuck in time. Is there some easy Mac OS X solution to re-sync this audio? Basically, is there any software out there that will let me take apart the file, and then glue it back together with the audio two seconds later?
posted by hughbot
on Mar 8, 2005 -
Why are some of my icons in OSX being randomly replaced with icons of unrelated things? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar
on Feb 20, 2005 -
Is it possible to convert or otherwise use Photshop plugins from Windows to Mac? I have lots of legacy plugins and effects from the old Windows PC here at work. We switched to Mac but many of the plugins are not available for Mac.
posted by ooklah
on Jan 27, 2005 -
MacFilter: How do you make the screen fonts bigger in OS X? I've just upgraded my grandmother from a virus-infested WinME box to a 17" iMac G5. Unfortunately, the text is much too small for her to read clearly, and she wants her WinMe box back. I've changed the resolution down to 1024x768. Other than seriously degrading the image quality, it doesn't make the fonts much larger.
I'm comfortable working with the command line and editing plists, so don't hold anything back.
posted by b1tr0t
on Jan 26, 2005 -
Macmini alternatives. I was considering purchasing a Mac Mini to make it a relatively inexpensive home media center, but after upgrading the hard drive to 80GB, adding Bluetooth for a wireless keyboard & mouse, buying the wireless keyboard & mouse, adding 802.11g for home networking, etc the $499 price tag was closer to $850 or more. Can anyone recommend a Windows box manufacturer who makes small form factor PCs for this kind of application?
posted by jonson
on Jan 20, 2005 -
An iSight / iBook / EvoCam question concerning non-refreshing images and possibly firewire power inside ... [more inside]
posted by terrapin
on Dec 7, 2004 -
I have a Treo 600. I was using Mac OSX Palm HotSync to sync the phone, and started to have some problems here and there. Went ahead and set up Apple's Isync to handle the task, and now my Palm "To Do" list does not sync in the process. Anyone know what gives or how to get my "To Do" to sync via Isync?
posted by sharksandwich
on Dec 1, 2004 -
Death of an iBook. A couple hours ago, in the exact instant that I pushed the button to turn off my iBook G4, the iBook made a weird sound, its power was cut out immediately and abruptly went dead in a split-second (instead of the usual, slower process). It doesn't restart. It doesn't. Batteries are OK, by the way. Two questions: how bad is it, is it just electrical or the hard disk has been damaged as well? Also, I have put a lot of expensive software (Photoshop CS, Toast Titanium, Office, etc) in it. I still have the cd's and serial numbers, will I be able to reinstall them when the iBook's been fixed? It is still under guarantee, it's 7 months old. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by matteo
on Nov 1, 2004 -
I've got a network in my home - one PC, connected by wire to the router, and one Apple, connected by an Airport card (which I believe is 802.11G). The fastest speed I can get transferring files from one to the other is 2.5MB/s, which seems slow. Am I right, or is this standard?
posted by ascullion
on Oct 21, 2004 -
Can I use the OSX CDs that came with my iBook to upgrade a desktop G4 from OS9? [more inside]
posted by kmel
on Oct 12, 2004 -
I would like to use Skype on OS X with a bluetooth headset. Is this possible? I don't yet have any bluetooth devices and would also like some recommendations.
posted by the biscuit man
on Oct 3, 2004 -
When I create a background color is MS Word, and then print it out, the yellow on the screen takes on a green cast, and after a bit of fiddling, I can't seem to compensate for this effect. Is this inevitable, or, is this a function of working on a 5 year-old iMac, whose screen is losing it's phosphors? Any suggestions on how to efficiently match the screen color to the paper color? (I've adjusted the screen options in the OS already)
posted by ParisParamus
on Oct 3, 2004 -
My own blue thread
makes me want to know how I can record these concerts (Real media streams) to my hard drive and then
convert to MP3 and then
break them up into individual tracks. I'm on OS X Panther and prefer iTunes but will download whatever.
posted by dobbs
on Sep 19, 2004 -
How can I browse
a .rar file using OS X? I've tried UnRarX, I've tried StuffIt Deluxe 8.0.2, and I've tried searching google for anything else that might work, with no luck. I need this feature because I want to access one small file in the archive, but don't have enough room on my hard drive to unrar the whole thing.
posted by teem
on Sep 19, 2004 -
Mac OS X TCP/IP routing filter! I have two network interfaces on my Mac. I want most of my Internet traffic to go through my NAT router, but still allow the machine to be accessible from the Internet at its own address. More inside... [more inside]
posted by kindall
on Sep 16, 2004 -
I have a PC with WinXP Pro. She has an iBook with Mac OS X. Together they
share a router. e:\ is where I shove all my
music. How can I make this available to her to copy what she wants to her machine or her ipod?
posted by pieoverdone
on Aug 7, 2004 -
I have a dozen iMacs that I just upgraded to Panther. I want to set up the superuser account and then a limited rights login that can run only specific programs etc. I find all the configuration stuff nice and easy, but a fairly long process. In OS9 I couple copy the multiuser settings to CD and drag and drog the settings in the system folder. I can do a similar thing in OSX, can't I? If so, how?
posted by spartacusroosevelt
on Aug 7, 2004 -
datascrubbing: I'm using rm -R */*.gif (for example) to get rid of unnecessary files in a directory. There is stuff that's nested about five directories deep that I can't get to using the above command. I'm using the Bash terminal in OS X. specifically, there is a redundant file called "popup" nested in there that I want to get rid of, among others.
Second related problem: is there a way to recursively delete (full) directories, say ones that end in .blob using wildcards? And would I use rmdir or rm -R to do this?
I'm working on a copy of the original, so its ok to experiment a little
posted by mecran01
on Jul 16, 2004 -