I’m running OS X10.11.6. A week or so ago a new folder showed up on my hard drive, labeled only with a tilde (~). I have no idea where it came from, and can't get rid of it. [more inside]
Half the apps on my iMac that sync with iCloud have corrupt or missing .plist files that prevent them from launching. Signing out of iCloud, restarting, and logging back in to reset synced data did not resolve problems. Running First Aid on drive returns no errors. What next? [more inside]
My Mid-2010 Macbook Pro, which currently runs Mavericks, has been fuddy-duddying around as of late. Beachball city. As such, I finally pulled the trigger on upgrading my hardware: I bought a new SSD (the Samsung 850 EVO 500gb 2.5'') and 16gb of RAM. I'm preparing to install the SSD, and am trying to figure out how best to migrate my data from the old hard drive to the new one. I'm also wondering whether now would be a good time to upgrade to El Capitan. Help? [more inside]
I have been using the Calendar app on my Macbook - running Yosemite - and would now like all the various events (or “calendars” - the color-coded categories in the sidebar of the Calendar app) from it to appear in a Google calendar. [more inside]
I'm writing a dissertation (specifically, an ethnography). What writing software do I need (Mac OSX)? [more inside]
I somehow have two desktops running in Firefox 46.0.1 on OS X 10.11.2. How do I delete one of them?
How do I use a SOCKS proxy in OS X when tethering via Bluetooth? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
What's the best app for graphing out a phylogenetic tree, including pictures, for a fantasy taxonomy? (OSX or iOS, please.) [more inside]
Please point me to Mac software that can be used to make these adorable graphic design items. [more inside]
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.
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?
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
I'm looking for wiki software to help me organize information on a project I'm working on. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
[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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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?
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.
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]
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]
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
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]
I need advice on which monitors will work well for my older MacBook Pro. [more inside]
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]
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.)
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.
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]
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]
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]
After upgrading to 10.10.3 I have a repeat of a problem I had months ago, and still no satisfactory solution. [more inside]