What's the best way to setup a MacBook Pro so that it can be regularly hooked up to an iPhone's Personal Hotspot without unexpected background processes (Dropbox, iTunes Match, auto OS or app updates, etc) resulting in massive data charges? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike
on Dec 17, 2013 -
Is it possible to assign chords to each bar on the GarageBand timeline, so that when I'm recording a Guitar track GarageBand displays the Chord changes? [more inside]
posted by steinwald
on Dec 10, 2013 -
I currently use approximately four+ computers with all major OS'es (Mac, Windows, Linux-Ubuntu) between work and home. Plus an Ipod Classic for portable music listening. Problem is keeping my music library up to date on all machines, or synced together. If I create a playlist, or change ratings, genre, etc. the results also aren't propagated to the other machines. On Windows and Mac I've been using Itunes but I'm not necessarily tied to it, but it does work on 2 of the 3 OS'es.
There are some previous similar questions, but all look several years old.
posted by aarondesk
on Dec 3, 2013 -
When I burn a CD, some songs that sound fine in iTunes on my computer will inexplicably have between 3-20 seconds of 'silence' at the beginning, thus causing my car's CD player to skip them if I don't fast forward to the actual music...WTF? (do my best to give some Tech Specs inside!) [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat
on Nov 25, 2013 -
According to Disk Utility, I have only 36 GB / 500 GB free, and it's been pretty full for a while. For the last year I've taken this at face value, but today I looked into it closer, and found that according to other applications (Disk Inventory X and JDiskReport), I apparently should have more like 200 GB free. How can I figure out what is using this extra space? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs
on Nov 15, 2013 -
I have an Apple MacBook Pro Retina display with NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
I use Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac and I installed Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro with success, however windows does not recognize that I have nvidia installed in my system.
My question is:
How to let Parallels Desktop 9 to enable NVIDIA work in windows 8.1 pro?
If it does not support it, what other tools or software to make nvidia work in windows 8.1 pro?
posted by omaralareefi
on Nov 13, 2013 -
I'm all ready to upgrade to Mavericks (OSX 10.9) except for one thing.
On Snow Leopard (10.6.8), I am able to open Safari's "Activity window" and see most video files as they're loading there (however, not certain sites like Hulu). From that window, it's an easy Option-Click to download said video file. Safari 7.0 doesn't have this ability. Is there a Safari 7.0 add-on or something that will bring this ability back to Safari? [more inside]
posted by blueberry
on Nov 1, 2013 -
Hi, I am looking for a whole-window screenshot application for Mac OS X. I have and use Paparazzi
, but need to take SS images of login-state dependent webpages, which Paparazzi can't do.
I would prefer an app that works as SnapzPro used to, where the SS includes all the content below the fold of a webpage and the screenshot-taking app does not need or gain independent login access to the target page.
Thanks in advance!
posted by mwhybark
on Nov 1, 2013 -
I regularly want to make videos for YouTube consisting of a single still album art image + audio track. I use OS X. I'm still looking for the best solution for this seemingly trivial task. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog
on Oct 28, 2013 -
What to expect, what to watch out for, does upgrading make sense at this iteration, is it going to be a disappointing hassle or a marvelous new world? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword
on Oct 27, 2013 -
Which OSX application will allow me to most efficiently set up the beginning and endpoints of MP3 files in order to extract brief audio clips? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman
on Oct 21, 2013 -
I noticed there's a new version of OpenOffice out and was wondering if the hive had determined what the best choice for a free, Microsoft compatible office suite for OS X is: Open Office, LibreOffice, or something else [more inside]
posted by gwint
on Oct 21, 2013 -
My newly obtained MacBook has a minor but annoying behaviour. I have it set up to lock when the display goes to sleep. But when I unlock it, it relocks again. What gives? [more inside]
posted by outlier
on Oct 1, 2013 -
I am looking for an anatomy atlas to use on my Mac (running Mountain Lion) that lets me see the body in 3D, rotate it, peel away layers, and shows as much detail as possible. It must use Latin names. [more inside]
posted by blub
on Sep 30, 2013 -
Is there a game like Audiosurf for OS X
involve shooting stuff? [more inside]
posted by Nattie
on Sep 26, 2013 -
How can I type stress marks on Mac OS X using the Russian keyboard? I'm talking about, for example, the ´ marks like in "Соединённые Шта́ты Аме́рики"—the а́
and the е́
. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign
on Sep 9, 2013 -
If I've upgraded PHP on my Mac, should I now avoid all OS X Updates? I'm hosting a website on a Mac mini in a datacenter, and some of my software required a newer version of PHP than what's included out-of-the-box in OS X Mountain Lion. I keep getting the notification saying system updates are ready, and restart to install. But I'm scared it's going to overwrite my PHP upgrades and break everything. And it took me an insanely long time to get the PHP upgrade to work properly and play nicely with OS X Server.
posted by ferdinandcc
on Sep 3, 2013 -
After years and years of agony, we're quitting iPhoto for OS X. For now, we're using Lyn plus existing cloud backup rather than paying another monthly nut for Dropbox or the like. The only problem is, I like that when iPhoto imports photos, it organized them by year, month and day. I'd like to find a way to replace this functionality -- Apple script, existing software, whatever -- without actually importing them into iPhoto.
posted by blueshammer
on Aug 25, 2013 -
I’m looking for a money management app for Mac that also syncs with iPhone. What do you use and why? (I’ve looked here on Metafilter and found little to nothing that’s recent). [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke
on Aug 15, 2013 -
For years I opened dozens of photos at once in Preview on the Mac, cropped them all, and hit the button marked 'Save All Changes.' Since shifting to Mountain Lion I now have to hit the Save button dozens of times to accomplish the same thing. Is there a better way to do this, or a different, better program?
posted by LeLiLo
on Aug 11, 2013 -
My goal is to install Windows 7 on a Retina MacBook Pro via Boot Camp. I have an official Microsoft Windows 7 installer DVD (OEM version) that I bought from Amazon. However, the laptop doesn't have an optical drive! How can I get Windows 7 onto there? [more inside]
posted by trevor_case
on Aug 8, 2013 -
My Macbook Pro will sometimes refuse to come out of sleep and show a blue screen instead. How can I keep it from doing this? [more inside]
posted by neckro23
on Jul 30, 2013 -
My early-2007 Macbook Pro is still going strong, besides the fact that it gets very hot and that the battery is kaput. The biggest problem I have with it is that the OS (v.10.5.8) is far enough out of date that I can't update most of my software, and have a hard time acquiring new software. Is it worthwhile to upgrade to the latest version of OS X, or would I be better of just springing for a new mac? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry
on Jul 20, 2013 -
Looking for software suggestions for a media asset management system for a small workgroup setting, mostly on OS X hardware. [more inside]
posted by spitbull
on Jul 17, 2013 -
I recently got a Mac mini server hosted in a datacenter in order to host my CRM server, and now I'm wondering what other useful things I can do with it. [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc
on Jul 14, 2013 -
I want to give it a video and say "cut this into clips of 30 seconds/10 minutes/whatever" and have it spit out the clips as movie files. Is there an OS X app that can do this? Or some way to do it with automator? [more inside]
posted by ejfox
on Jul 10, 2013 -
So I used to have a router running Tomato firmware, which would show me the MAC addresses of every machine connected to the router. I have since switched to a faster ROSEWILL| RNX-N300RT router, but cannot locate the MAC addresses of connected machines. Is there a good, free utility for OS X or Windows 7 that will show me the MAC addresses of connected machines? [more inside]
posted by craniac
on Jul 7, 2013 -
I upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion from Snow Leopard, and now all audio crackles in Chrome. YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud.. everything. It starts out clear and then after about 10 seconds it begins to crackle and gradually increases until the audio is unlistenable. Crackle volume changes with volume controls but intensity does not. Audio is fine using Safari and Firefox or any desktop application like iTunes or Spotify. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman
on Jun 22, 2013 -
I would like to connect to a remote OSX machine for screen sharing via a SSH tunnel. A third machine is acting as the bridge between my local machine and the remote host. [more inside]
posted by tip120
on Jun 5, 2013 -
I'd like to use the color labels in finder more extensively to help manage files all over my computer, not just for certain areas. Because the labels are system wide the names don't always match the intentions for certain folders labels tend to be cumbersome and not clear in meaning. Areas that I would like labels to work well in are: Downloads, work project folders, Desktop, Archive folders and media folders. Labels that work for one area don't mesh with others. Have you been able to figure out some names for the color labels that are elegant and useful in every user folder in the filesystem? I'm not looking for a way to use spotlight comments or another program to handle this - I'm specifically interested a solid naming convention for elegant, useful color label names. Thanks!
posted by Brent Parker
on Jun 5, 2013 -
Sometimes I play around with pixel art, usually in Pixen. It's great! It also has some built-in animation tools, but as soon as I want to do something with more than, say, a dozen frames, it becomes very unwieldy. [more inside]
posted by curious nu
on May 31, 2013 -
I would like to take a calendar in iCal and turn it into a list of events with times / locations. Basically turn a schedule that I've built in iCal into format suitable for text distribution to a bunch of different people. Seems simple! But I can't figure it out. Copying and pasting events from iCal into a text document randomizes the order, which is a huge hassle. Help me, hive mind!
posted by sixswitch
on May 23, 2013 -
I, sadly, have to keep an eye on an Exchange e-mail account. There is no IMAP. Is there a small Mac app that will live in the menu bar and notify me of new e-mail that actually works? Bonus if I can quickly reply to the e-mail when it appears. [more inside]
posted by michaelh
on May 23, 2013 -
I have a number of (self-published) photobooks which are currently PDFs, with each side on a separate PDF page, as one would normally expect. However, the book is laid out as diptychs, meant to be consumed 2-page spread by 2-page spread. I want to produce a PDF which is the same book, but each page is the 2-page spread. [more inside]
posted by unSane
on May 1, 2013 -
What device do I get to connect from preamp out to Mac via USB for better sound quality in converting cassettes and vinyl to digital media using my existing stereo and existing Mac mini? I don't want or need to buy a new sound system or computer. [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke
on Apr 25, 2013 -
I'm looking for a standalone clipboard manager for OSX that has LaunchBar's "Paste and Remove from History" functionality. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar
on Apr 12, 2013 -
I purchased a massive external drive to serve as my media HD. I use it for iTunes, Aperture, etc. It works like a charm except that it sometimes powers down during a restart, meaning the drive doesn't always show up after a restart. Even worse, iTunes finds the backup of this drive and uses that instead. Obviously, the solution is to always check to make sure the drive mounted after a restart... but that leaves room for human error.
Is there an app that checks to make sure certain drives have mounted? Or is there some other trick I can use to make sure all drives have mounted after a startup? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1
on Apr 10, 2013 -
Looking for an OS X equivalent of Legal Billing
from Chaos Software, or just any good law firm billing software package for Mac. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by DavidNYC
on Apr 10, 2013 -
I would like to be able to run windows occasionally on my Macbook Air (probably via parallels), but find all the versions of windows a bit overwhelming. What would be the simplest and cheapest setup that would allow me to run the latest version of internet explorer for testing purposes, and maybe Microsoft Publisher for the random pub file I receive? I am guessing I could get by with Windows 7? Thank You.
posted by travis08
on Mar 27, 2013 -
I have a late 2008 MBP, 8GB RAM, with an SSD, running Lion without problems. Should I upgrade to Mountain Lion right now? Have the battery life and other issues been resolved? I'd like to upgrade because I've finally encountered a program that requires Mountain Lion and I'd like to use it. [more inside]
posted by michaelh
on Mar 18, 2013 -
A few minutes ago, my macbook pro (OSX 10.6.8) played what I think was the Skype incoming call chime. I didn't think Skype was running, and as I was Cmd-Tabbing through applications to see if I'd accidentally left Skype turned on, the webcam light briefly flashed. Skype wasn't running, but I double-checked by starting Activity Monitor, and didn't see any processes with Skype in the name.
I'm not totally sure it was the skype chime, because I don't use skype often. I do have google chat running in gmail with video chat enabled, but there were no visible notifications in the gmail window. I suppose it could've been a deceptive flash ad in a browser tab, but it's the webcam light that creeps me out. Any ideas what might have happened? Should I find a malware scanner? Is that even a thing? The last ask.metafilter match for "osx malware" is almost 2 years old.
posted by moonmilk
on Mar 14, 2013 -
In order to reduce eyestrain when on the computer, I use the basic OSX (10.6.8) Text to Speech (System Prefs -> Speech -> Text to Speech) software for the computer to read out long-form articles found online. This works great! Except....sometimes when I ask "Alex" to read out to me it will skip or garble words from the highlighted article, usually one word per sentence or after x
number of words. Why? [more inside]
posted by carabiner
on Mar 11, 2013 -
MPB late 2011, Thunderbolt native running 10.8.2 will not light up Thunderbolt display I bought today at the Apple Store. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate
on Feb 24, 2013 -
I'd like to produce an offset-print-quality map, modeled after airline flight path maps, which graphically reproduces hundreds of point-to-point connections: in this specific case, between radio transmitters and reception locations. What software is capable of producing some variation on this, perhaps by putting in GPS coordinates? (OS X please.)
posted by mykescipark
on Feb 22, 2013 -