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Two Firefox Desktops

I somehow have two desktops running in Firefox 46.0.1 on OS X 10.11.2. How do I delete one of them?
posted by partner on May 21, 2016 - 3 answers

OSX - SOCKS proxy for bluetooth tethering?

How do I use a SOCKS proxy in OS X when tethering via Bluetooth? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on May 4, 2016 - 2 answers

Mac Malware?

My dad just called me in a panic. His iMac (running El Capital or Yosemite) gave him a scammy looking error message. Need some help figuring out what's going on and how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Apr 13, 2016 - 19 answers

El Capitan and noatime

My Mom has an old iMac that's always seemed a bit sluggish. I recently installed El Capitan and it's now painfully slow, so I tried the noatime trick and it makes a big difference. Problem is I can enable it using the terminal but I can't get it to persist across reboots. Does this have something to do with Apple's System Integrity Protection?
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Apr 9, 2016 - 3 answers

Why is Spotlight completely re-indexing the hard drive on every startup?

I've got a late 2009 iMac that has been experiencing this same issue for a long time. Every time I start up Spotlight completely re-indexes the hard drive. As a result, the system is slow for minutes after system startup. What would make it do this so consistently? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Apr 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Floating audio widget for recording comments in OS X

I'm responding to student papers that are stuck inside our school's LMS. The software has a recording feature, but it is clunky and sluggish. What I would like to do is leave audio comments as a read the paper, hitting record and pause until I reach the end, then save the recording as an mp3. Quicktime would work perfectly for this if I could get the recording window to stay in the foreground. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 31, 2016 - 5 answers

App for graphing a phylogenetic tree?

What's the best app for graphing out a phylogenetic tree, including pictures, for a fantasy taxonomy? (OSX or iOS, please.) [more inside]
posted by progosk on Mar 23, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me find easy-to-use graphic design software for my Mac

Please point me to Mac software that can be used to make these adorable graphic design items. [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Mar 22, 2016 - 4 answers

Is it possible to restore 25 photos from a time machine backup

So I've got a macbook air. There is NOT a ton of room left on it. But somehow a bunch (like 25-30) photos I took were deleted. I'm still not sure how. And I want to restore JUST those photos. But as I understand it, I need to restore the entire library. And I don't have enough room for TWO libraries on this computer. So is it possible to just go back, look for the photos I want, and restore JUST those? If so...how? Latest mac OSX.
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 21, 2016 - 4 answers

OSX on-demand antivirus/malware?

I don't do a lot of random downloading, and surf with NoScript, so I'm not too concerned about an always-on solution. I'd like to be able to scan odd bits and pieces, though. I used to use ClamXAV. That's gone to a paid product, which I'm 100% okay with paying for if it's still the best option. What else should I be looking at?
posted by curious nu on Mar 9, 2016 - 3 answers

How to keep mac Outlook 2011 folder structure after reinstallation

I will be reinstalling mac OSX Yosemite because of constant problems with it but I am looking to retain the folders that have been previosuly created to organise my mails. I am using Outlook 2011 as my mail client. Does using: File - Export - selecting outlook for mac data file (.olm), when imported back, retain the previous folder structure that I have used to organise my mails? If not could anyone suggest how I could keep the existing folder organisation? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Mar 7, 2016 - 1 answer

Should I install El Capitan on my 2013 Macbook Air?

I have a mid-2013 Macbook Air with 4GB of RAM. It's currently running Mavericks, and I would love to just keep it that way, but more and more software doesn't work with Mavericks. I would update, but I hear so many people who say that 4GB isn't enough and you need at least 8GB to run both Yosemite and El Capitan well and that performance is worse than on Mavericks. [more inside]
posted by blub on Feb 21, 2016 - 12 answers

How to download complete Facebook message thread (sender and recipient)?

I'm editing my poetry manuscript and foolishly I've got a few stray poems nowhere else except scattered over some Facebook messenger threads. I'd love to find a way to quickly download threads without scrolling through the whole things, so I can quickly locate the poems I want to add to my draft. [more inside]
posted by Mistress on Feb 19, 2016 - 2 answers

Mac music player not iThing

Is there a non-iTunes music player for OSX which can handle multiple file formats, and can be told not to go online for data? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Feb 18, 2016 - 7 answers

How to create multiple resized copies from one source image?

I have a challenge almost exactly like this one. I produce a promotional image at print resolution and then need to create copies at different resolutions for the usual social media sites. [more inside]
posted by d-no on Feb 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Upgrade Macbook Air from 10.6.8 to El Capitan, or is that a mistake?

I have a Macbook Air that is happily chugging along on OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard). Obviously, I haven't upgraded the OS in, well, ever, which hasn't really been a problem. However, lately, I'm starting to get little issues here and there, where I can't use a particular app or software because my OS doesn't meet the minimum requirements, etc. My biggest concern about upgrading is whether my computer has enough oomph to handle the newer, bigger OS or if it will just get bogged down. [more inside]
posted by leticia on Feb 14, 2016 - 19 answers

Getting out of the Photos Picture

I have an 8 year old MacBook Pro, an 8 day old Windows 10 desktop, and 26 thousand photos. Help me improve my life/workflow. [more inside]
posted by itesser on Feb 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Why can't I reliably see my favorite folders on my Mac anymore?

Normally, when I open up the Finder on my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012, running OS 10.11.1) in the sidebar to the left of the window, I can see a list of my favorite folders. But lately, sometimes when I open Finder (or when I click "Browse..." to select a file for upload somewhere) the list of Favorites is often missing. Sometimes all that's left is "Media," sometimes it's "Shared." This makes it really difficult to navigate my computer. What is causing this, and how can I fix it?
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 21, 2016 - 3 answers

Macbook refresh; best practices needed.

I've got an older Macbook Pro I'm trying to refresh. Its been a while, and I'm looking for some guidance for software updates. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Jan 20, 2016 - 13 answers

iMovie won't recognize my Aperture or iPhoto library

When I try to browse photos or videos from iPhoto or Aperture in iMovie I'm unable to do so. The libraries are greyed out. I've Googled and tried stuff to no avail. Help! [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 answers

OS X Yosemite - Help me fix Photoshop CS5.

Today, I tried to crank up my copy of Photoshop CS5 for the first time on my machine running OS X Yosemite. Much to my chagrin, the application won't start, instead I get an alert advising me to downgrade to JRE 1.6.x. [more inside]
posted by oxidizer on Nov 13, 2015 - 3 answers

I'm looking for easy wiki software

I'm looking for wiki software to help me organize information on a project I'm working on. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Nov 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Recommendations for a Word-compatible OSX word processor?

Having finally run out of patience with having to install a massive security fix every time I want to use Word for Mac 2011, I'm querying the Hive Mind for recommendations for an OSX word processor that can also open/save .doc or .docx files. [more inside]
posted by soundguy99 on Nov 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Bulk SMS in Europe using cellphone + osx

I've been looking at bulk SMS solutions for our organisation and thought I'd check with the hive. I'm using clickatell.com at the moment but it's rather bulky, so have this idea about using a flat fee mobile phone account. Let's hear what you think… [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Oct 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Can you help me update OS X?

My Mac is (and has been) prompting me to update software. Every time we get past the "Agree" or "disagree" prompt, the window tells me it can't be installed on "Macintosh HD." There is 300-some GB of space. Any ideas what's going on? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Oct 12, 2015 - 17 answers

Preparing for a complete, clean re-install of OS X

I'd like to completely wipe my late 2010-era Macbook Air and do a fresh reinstall of OS X and all the applications I use. What steps should I take to make sure I retain everything I want? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Oct 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:57 PM

[OSX Yosemite] My clock keeps resetting to Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:57 PM at seemingly random intervals. Any idea what's going on? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 6, 2015 - 8 answers

I don’t want my calendar in the iCloud

I just updated my Mac OS to El Capitan. When I opened the Calendar app, all of the events were gone, until I checked the “Calendar” box under iCloud, then they reappeared. When I check “Calendar” under the “On My Mac” section (and uncheck the box under iCloud), they don’t appear. Why is this happening? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot on Oct 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Software to generate a report of my computer usage?

I'd like to see a weekly breakdown of my personal computer usage. Showing total time spent using different applications, and total time spent visiting different websites. Just to monitor my productivity and see where I'm spending/wasting the most time. Can anyone recommend a (preferably free) mac application?
posted by pablocake on Sep 27, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I simplify my iMac photo collection by only using Picasa?

I manage my photos on my iMac with Picasa, but have realized that Apple's Photo app has sort of taken control of the library duties, and the "photos library.photolibrary" file is now in the tens of gigs...in short, that's way too large and I don't know where to start fixing this [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Netgear wifi-extender: I can't get past the second-to-last setup page

I have just bought the Netgear N300 WiFi Range Extender (EX2700), and followed the instructions to the letter. I connect to the extender, tell it which network to extend, put in the router password, and get to "name your extended network." I leave the default name and security and click "continue." NOTHING HAPPENS. Please help. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Sep 11, 2015 - 3 answers

iTunes: hide these stupid cloud purchases?

iTunes has introduced this "feature" whereby it shows you crap you've bought in the Cloud in your iTunes library. I hate this "feature" with white-hot fire-passion and want to turn it off. Can I?
posted by xmutex on Sep 4, 2015 - 2 answers

User not able to get/send mail thru OS X Mail but they can w iOS Mail

Email server running Novell Groupwise... User(s) are able to read write w the iOS client, using "mobilemail.XYZ.edu" as the server. But... When I plug the same info into OS X's account info pane, I'm able to set up the account, but Mail.app can not seem to connect or sync with the mail server; it tries, but times out.
posted by disnchntd on Aug 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me rescue my hard drive!

I have my entire iTunes library on an external hard drive. I have a computer that has no problem accessing the iTunes library on the external hard drive, but for any other purpose refuses to acknowledge the existence of said drive, because it's a powerpc external hard drive. I would like to figure out how to transfer my iTunes library to a brand new external hard drive to use with my new mac. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Jun 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Wifi dropping on certain wifi networks and only on Macbook Airs.

Wifi is dropping on two Macbook Airs on certain networks but not on others while all other devices are fine. How to fix? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Jun 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Start recording at Bang

I want to start a few seconds video recording prompted by a gun blast. Plan is to attach a USB camera to a spotting scope and have my Mac start recording a few seconds of video the moment a shot is fired. The start and stop of the Video recording can be done with Automator ad/or Apple script. I am looking for an app or hardware solution to prompt the recording. It could be an application that starts a script once a sound exceeds a certain level. Perhaps even better a motion sensor that will sense the shock in the rifle stock. Thanks for your help. Rogier
posted by Mac-Expert on Jun 24, 2015 - 8 answers

Mac experts: Simple question about doing a clean install

My machine has gotten sluggish, and I think I'm going to try a clean install, which it's never had. I understand how to wipe a partition and do a complete install from a bootable USB drive. What I'm not sure about is getting my documents off my backups. Is it as simple as using Migration Assistant? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jun 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Advice on external monitor for macbook pro

I need advice on which monitors will work well for my older MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Straddling the Java Runtime Environment line on OSX 10.10 Yosemite

I run OSX 10.10 (Yosemite). I have some programs that need the current Java runtime environment; I have some programs that need a legacy JRE (6). I need to use both of them. Is there a solution (virtual machine?) that lets me do that? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jun 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Automatically eject OS X volume

I make use of an encrypted volume (.dmg file on OS X Mavericks). Now and then, I manage to forget to unmount this volume after use. To plug this security hole, I'd like to find a utility that automatically unmounts the volume after a period of inactivity. Does anyone know whether such a tool exists? (Googling about has yielded some AppleScript based solution proposals. I'm not too much a fan of AppleScript and would prefer a daemon based utility.)
posted by oxidizer on Jun 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Thunderbolt display or something else?

I'm looking for a monitor for my MacBook. I have a Thunderbolt at work and it is great, but the $1k price seems Apple markup priced. Is there another market comparable in price? Or is the picture and sound not really matched? It has been forever since I actually looked at a monitor. Bonus question: On OS X with a gigantic monitor how do I lock things to the left and the right as if I were using two separate monitors? I lose track of things on this monitor.
posted by geoff. on May 29, 2015 - 17 answers

Automator to download files from web that have changed since last week?

I wish to automate downloading an mp3 from a specific web directory (I have permission, and it is not password protected) each week, but only the single mp3 file that has changed since the previous week. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on May 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Word 2008 suddenly not working on Yosemite Mac

Word 2008 has stopped opening on my mid-2012 Macbook Pro, running Yosemite 10.10.3. Just bounces a couple times in the dock and then hangs; Microsoft Error Reporting hangs too. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on May 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Apple's Spotlight isn't finding files which I know are on my computer

I rely on Apple's Spotlight search to find files on my MacBook Pro, because I am so bad at organising stuff into folders. But recently, it hasn't been working. I look for a word I know is in the file contents – like a Word doc – and it simply doesn't show up in the Spotlight results. I've tried re-indexing Spotlight but it hasn't helped. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on May 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Bypass OS X "security" for my own Automator applications?

After upgrading to 10.10.3 I have a repeat of a problem I had months ago, and still no satisfactory solution. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on May 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Managing data use w/ OS X 10.10.2 on a metered connection?

My father's Macbook Pro is consuming bandwidth at a prodigious rate, and he's on a metered data connection (10gb/month 4g data). What should I be sure to disable so he can control when the system wants to run updates? List of what I've already tried inside. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on May 2, 2015 - 9 answers

SMS/Text messaging on computer

I'd like to be able to send/receive text messages on my computer. I have an iPhone and a MacBook Pro, but I DON'T want to update to Yosemite. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Apr 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Is this a feature? I hope this isn't a feature.

Simple question, I hope, but this is driving me nuts. On an iMac with Yosemite, I would like to be able to leave the keyboard for, say, ninety minutes—without getting automatically logged out. [more inside]
posted by bricoleur on Apr 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Windows on a Mac

What's the cheapest way to get Windows working on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Mar 30, 2015 - 13 answers

How to bring active window to foreground in OS X?

I just got my new MacBook Pro and I want to get to work, but I cannot figure out why active windows remain in the background. Clicking on an inactive window doesn't bring it to the foreground. If I want to actually see what's in the active window, I have to minimize the inactive window that's on top. I've looked at different settings but I don't see how to change this. Help is much appreciated.
posted by stinker on Mar 27, 2015 - 10 answers

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