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Best way to scan books & documents at home?

I need to scan some documents and sections of bound books at home, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do so. If I were only scanning documents, and if cost were no issue, I'd go with the Fujita ScanSnap iX1500. But since I need to scan books as well, it seems that I'll need either a flatbed scanner or a pen scanner. Or possibly a camera with good lighting? But I need the scans to be output as PDFs with OCR, and that's proven difficult with document photography in the past. My priorities are quickness, ease of use (including software), and suitability for documents (vs photos - I don't care about photos). Plus Mac compatibility. Any suggestions?
posted by petery on Aug 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Temporarily disable specific apps/files/folders on Mac OS 10.5.8?

I want to minimize my computer-related distractions by taking apps like SelfControl to the next level: I want to not just irreversibly disconnect from the internet for a given time period, but to even make it impossible for me to indulge in my next-favorite mindless pastime, viz. reconsuming old movies/episodes/podcasts I have saved on my HD. But I don't want to permanently delete these things. Is there a way of disabling specific apps (e.g. video players) or preventing access to specific files/folders on a Mac for a preset time period? Or even of preventing my computer from powering up at all for, say, 12 hours? (Yeah, I'm that pathetically addicted.)
posted by zeri on Mar 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Matchmaker, pick me a Mac

For you tech nerds - do you see it more worthwhile to invest in the new MacBooks or rely on Airs, with extra drives/support for doing occasional video and gfx work? Where is the future headed.
posted by Unred on Jun 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Unix vs. Apple OS?

CompSciFilter: Someone kindly explain to me what differentiates Unix and Apple OS. [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Aug 29, 2011 - 29 answers

Once you go Mac, you never go back? (Re: external HD use)

I have a Western Digital Elements 1 TB External Hard Drive. I uploaded files onto it from a Mac, and want to put those files onto my PC. Problem is, my PC doesn't recognize my hard drive now when I plug it in, and instead asks me to reformat the whole drive (which I previously had to do on the Mac). [more inside]
posted by matticulate on May 27, 2011 - 15 answers

let me look at you forever

I need a (preferably free) program to pull high-quality screencaps from a DVD on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on May 5, 2011 - 13 answers

Drive me crazy, keyboard cat

Catwalkedacrossmykeyboard filter: My cat sauntered across the keyboard of my Powerbook G4 (running 10.4.11) while I was using it last night, and now the display-- the desktop-- is responding weirdly to the cursor. Help? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe on Mar 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Will the snow leopard upgrade work on my tiger macbook

If I buy the $30 snow leopard upgrade, will it work on my tiger macbook? [more inside]
posted by thanksfive on Dec 27, 2010 - 10 answers

Computer Make Fast

How do I make my 3-year-old MacBook fast again? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Nov 26, 2010 - 20 answers

changing directoies on Apple's Terminal program

Can someone tell me how to do this: "cd to the google-python-exercises directory" [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Nov 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Print Server for R1900 + Macs

Please recommend a print server for an Epson R1900 and a bunch of Macs. [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Oct 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Diagnose my sick laptop?

Please explain to me exactly what is going wrong with my laptop, why doing a particular thing fixes it, and what I need to do to keep it from continually happening, or getting worse. [more inside]
posted by Mizu on May 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Suffering Safari

I have a new iMac, and common web content that displays fine in Firefox isn't working for me in Safari. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest on May 2, 2010 - 16 answers

DVD Drive Malfunctions Suddenly with Different Regions

British DVDs have suddenly stopped playing in my mac mini. [more inside]
posted by tejolote on Apr 27, 2010 - 7 answers

I blame Steve Jobs' parents

Please make my Mac stop talking to me. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 20, 2010 - 8 answers

Power Button on iBook G4 Inoperable -- what now?

To transport or not to transport, that is the question! [more inside]
posted by fantine on Dec 16, 2009 - 9 answers

Apple Macs: Is it possible to boot my mac mini remotely?

Apple Macs: Is it possible to boot my mac mini remotely? [more inside]
posted by telsa on Oct 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Has Apple backed me into a corner of infinite regress?

What's up with my itunes/quick-time/OS?? I can't play my music! [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Aug 23, 2009 - 6 answers

Can I use a software program for a more up-to-date version of OS X than mine, without upgrading my entire computer?

Can I use a software program for a more up-to-date version of OS X than mine, without upgrading my entire computer? [more inside]
posted by world b free on May 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me keep the riffraff out of the (SSH) tunnel

Please help an idiot lock down SSH access to a Leopard machine. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Nov 24, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me avoid weekly tech support calls.

I have two G4 PowerBooks that I've wiped, packed with RAM and installed Leopard on. Now how do I make them as parent-friendly as possible? [more inside]
posted by killjoy on Oct 18, 2008 - 13 answers

Why do professionals in music and art like to use Macbooks?

Why do professionals in music and art like to use Macbooks? [more inside]
posted by rintako on Oct 16, 2008 - 47 answers

A tv tuner for macs?

Can you recommend a good, reasonably priced, external HDTV tuner that will work with a friend's iMac? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Sep 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Bank checks are compatible with Macs...aren't they?

How do I print my own checks? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Sep 12, 2008 - 10 answers

Downloading torrents while I'm away?

What's the best device I can buy or build for under $300 that will download (over bittorrent), serve, and maybe even play my video files? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Feb 3, 2008 - 16 answers

Can older macs be made Airport Extreme Capable?

Inherited an Airport Extreme Basestation with Gigabit ethernet and would like to enable a B&W 400mhz G3 and 400mhz G4 AGP to use this wireless network at the faster speeds. Is this possible? (this is anon because it's a gift to people who know me and read Askme) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2007 - 5 answers

Um, sure, I guess I can support 30 macs...

Help me become a Mac Boffin. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Oct 16, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me get a small business network of Macs organized

Some clients of mine have a small consulting business that is rapidly expanding. What started as 1 desktop computer has turned into 4 desktops, 4 laptops (and recently 2 iPhones), and they'll soon be adding some more desktops. They're moving some of the computers out of their home office, and into a "real" office next week and I'm really trying to nail down a good setup for them. I'm looking for your advice on how you've organized a smallish network of Macs, allowing anywhere access of Files, Email, Calendar and Address Book. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl on Jul 25, 2007 - 9 answers

Building my own Mac?

I am going to be buying/building a new computer soon to replace my Powerbook G4 and I am debating whether to get a Windozer or a new Mac. I thought I might be able to build my own X86 machine and install OSX on it using something like OSX86. Has anyone done something like this? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on May 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Misbehaving technology!

Help me troubleshoot my printer &/or computer, which is refusing to print! I suspect it's something simple, but there's... [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover on Dec 15, 2006 - 4 answers

Very basic Curl question

Very stupid question. Can I use Curl to download every image in a directory? (some idiot, knowing we needed 100+ images, put them in some web gallery rather than on an FTP server and I'm stuck on a Mac here) How?
posted by Grod on Aug 7, 2006 - 9 answers

Hot-swap?

Hopefully simple question about hot-swapping between PCs and Macs. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Jul 13, 2005 - 8 answers

DV Deck FireWire Problem

My Mac won't recognize my DV deck... [more inside]
posted by jtron on Apr 26, 2005 - 3 answers

My mac has crashed; restore disk is not working.

If anyone can help me with my Mac problem, I will be eternally grateful and may even send brownies. Really, really good brownies. [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky on Apr 20, 2005 - 27 answers

Windows Media Player Problems

Windows Media Player will no longer load in Firefox or Safari. I have reinstalled twice, I remember seeing similar problems with WMP and OS X on AskMe or MeFi (I can no longer find where I saw it) without an answer, help!
posted by scazza on Feb 16, 2005 - 0 answers

I need to concatenate ~32000 jpg files into a movie. Impossible?

I need to concatenate ~32000 jpg files into a movie. Impossible? [mi] [more inside]
posted by metaculpa on Feb 9, 2005 - 11 answers

How can I convert a MAC AVI file to MPEG?

I have an AVI file on a mac. I would like to convert it for use in After Effects and eventual burn onto DVD. I can handle the second part, but I'm having trouble converting the AVI to MPEG. (More Inside) [more inside]
posted by shotsy on Feb 1, 2005 - 6 answers

OS X - Hard drive copy doesn't match.

OS X stumper: My internal boot drive (160 GB) "info" reports 12.4 GB available, 136.63 GB on disk. A bootable (120 GB) clone shows 55.42 GB available, 55.24 GB on disk. I've run Disk Utility and Disk Warrior, repaired and rebuilt and the report persists. (I checked the disk used with "WhatSize" and, while I've not done the math, the rough aggregate of disk used appears to be more in line with the clone, which is what I expect. I am not sure when this apparent mis-reporting began but I know it was recently.) Googling has failed me. What is going on and how do I fix it?
posted by Dick Paris on Jan 22, 2005 - 14 answers

Help with using a Windows specific GPS product on a PowerBook

I have had a gigantic crush on this product ever since my friend got one. Small (big!) problem though- the software for this specific GPS watch only runs on PC, and I have a PowerBook! (+) [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jan 18, 2005 - 10 answers

Fixedsys 9 Comparable Font For Mac Terminal?

Font search! My favorite font for use with the putty SSH client on a Windows machine is fixedsys 9. I'd love to find a version of this font that I can use with Terminal on my Macs at home - but so far I've been unable to find one.

fixedsys.org supposedly had a version at one time, but what they've got available now looks horrible in Terminal (after adding it to the system w/Font Book). Any suggestions?
posted by mrbill on Jan 13, 2005 - 8 answers

Question on X11 support in OS X.

Question on X11 support in OS X. [+] [more inside]
posted by George_Spiggott on Jan 13, 2005 - 13 answers

Do specific mac brands and forms map to the power structure in organizations?

Ad-Culture Filter: Inspired by an odd source, I find myself wondering this morning about some sub-cultural differentiators within ad-shops....[MI] [more inside]
posted by lodurr on Jan 12, 2005 - 7 answers

Is there any way I can get a Vivicam-30 to load on to Mas OS 9 or X machines?

Is there any way I can get a Vivicam-30 to load on to Mas OS 9 or X machines? Read the history of my attempts to do so over here. Ta very much!
posted by Wolof on Jan 12, 2005 - 3 answers

Can I configure Garageband differently on two different OSX user accounts?

On my Mac OS X 10.3.5 machine, I have two user accounts. Is it possible to set up the Garageband music software so that one of the user accounts contains only the original installation of Garageband loops and effects... and the other user account contains the original installation, plus all other loops and effects I've installed from subsequent Jam Packs?
posted by skylar on Jan 2, 2005 - 3 answers

How do I reclaim the 4 GB of unused space on my powerbook? Filevault isn't cooperating.

I've deleted 4 gigs (after having maybe 5 available on an 80 gig HD) from my powerbook, and now after restart I have only 400 MEGS available. I've repaired permissions, run all the cron tasks, etc. and still no go; I assume filevault is eating up the extra space, but no amount of logging out / shutting down / restarting brings up the Filevault "reclaim unused space?" dialogue. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jan 1, 2005 - 8 answers

Mac Operating Temps

Mac operating temps...MI [more inside]
posted by damnitkage on Dec 13, 2004 - 7 answers

Universal "Now Save"-style autosave utility for OSX?

[Mac] Back in the System 7 days, Now Save (part of the defunct Now Utilities) allowed for configurable autosaving. Even though NowUtils was often a buggy nightmare, that autosave was such a handy feature, especially after a crash. Despite claims to the contrary, modern applications and OS X still do periodically crash and the unsaved work gets disappeared *groan*. Although a few applications offer their own autosave option, VersionTracker shows no sign that a universal utility exists for OS X. Any suggestions for a good substitute?
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Dec 9, 2004 - 1 answer

Freeware or shareware games for old iMac (256MB, either 266 or 333Mhz)? Especially first person shooters?

I'm giving away an old tray-loading iMac (256MB, either 266 or 333Mhz, I really can't recall right now) to a friend and have loaded it up with productivity-related stuff. Now I'm looking for games I can download. Freeware and shareware, preferably, as opposed to warez (although if you care to recommend a NES/SNES/etc. emulator ...). In particular, is there a decent FPS I can download for this machine? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Nov 5, 2004 - 5 answers

Office for OSX

Office for OS X: I've never had trouble sending documents from Mac Office to PC users until this week. Now PC users frequently complain that they cannot open my documents at all. What is wrong? (I've got a properly licensed copy of Office/X)
posted by b1tr0t on Oct 17, 2004 - 6 answers

Mac Defaults to QuickTime

Potentially-really-obvious-mac-question-filter. Why does Safari want to open MP3 streams in QuickTime no matter what I do - and how can I stop it?
posted by ascullion on Oct 15, 2004 - 8 answers

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