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Making HFS+ volume available to Windows 8

What is the best way to access an HFS+ volume from a Windows 8 PC? [more inside]
posted by zainsubani on Jun 3, 2013 - 6 answers

 

Simple animated graphics via OSX + text file

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 - 1 answer

Export iCalendar as Event List

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 - 3 answers

Use Exchange. Not too much. Mostly unobtrusively.

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 - 4 answers

Turning a PDF photobook into 2-page spread PDF photobook, how?

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 - 9 answers

USB interface for vinyl conversion with a mac?

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 - 9 answers

Mac Clipboard Manager with "Paste and Remove from History"

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 - 1 answer

Can I force OSX to check for external drives after startup???

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 - 9 answers

OS X legal billing software

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 - 5 answers

I need Apple Remote Desktop, but for everything else

How do I send a Unix command to a bunch of Red Hat servers at once from Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Apr 4, 2013 - 16 answers

What version of Windows should I get to run on a new Macbook Air - 10.8?

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 - 14 answers

Help me put together a class assignment on hardening a computer

I want to teach students good computer security habits. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Mar 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I upgrade to Mountain Lion from Lion in March 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 - 6 answers

ghost skype? malware?

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 - 4 answers

Why does OSX Text to Speech occasionally garble/skip words on me?

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 - 1 answer

Macbook Pro will not connect to Thunderbolt display

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 - 7 answers

Vectoring from Cairo to Kinshasa.

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 - 4 answers

Consistently connecting to an external monitor

Is there a correct sequence for turning on, and plugging in, my MacBook Air, to make it play nicely with a generic HP external display? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Feb 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Load Runner for modern Mac OS?

Hi all, I have a project I'd like to do that involves the use of Broderbund's Load Runner game. I have a 4 year old Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion. I have found various sites to download the game, but so far none of the downloads work. [more inside]
posted by LizardOfDoom on Feb 19, 2013 - 10 answers

How to sync oracle calendar with iCloud?

I have a Mac with OSX Mountain Lion. My university uses Oracle Calendar 9.0.4. In the past, I have set up syncing to my iCloud calendar using my iPad with SyncML pro, so I know I can do this, in principle. What I'd like to do is find a way of syncing to my iCloud calendar without an iOS device - preferably an OSX application. Why is this so hard to figure out how to do? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Feb 18, 2013 - 4 answers

PowerPC G4 OSX-native kids games

What are the available OSX native educational kids games that will run on an iMac G4 (I have the 400mhz one)? I bought the Jumpstart games off ebay, but those seem to be ClassicOS games that they just slapped a wrapper on, and as such they don't work very well. 640x480 in a tiny window not-well, for instance. [more inside]
posted by BeeDo on Feb 15, 2013 - 6 answers

I get a check on Friday, but it's already spent.

I'm desperately trying to become an adult (finally!), but I can't wrap my head around 'classic' budgeting software. Suggestions and tips to find what I really need? [more inside]
posted by hanov3r on Feb 14, 2013 - 28 answers

I can SEE that this is a burned disk.

DVD-R data archives from an old computer are showing up as blank disks on all the new computers I've tried them with. What can I do to get my data? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Feb 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Apple Mail w/ multiple accounts

I use Apple's Mail app with three mail accounts and I would like somehow to differentiate emails other than the tiny little label they show. [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Feb 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me prepare for a complete reinstall of OS X

I need to do a complete reinstall of OS X on my iMac, and I'm looking for advice on how to back up to make sure that I don't accidentally lose anything in the reinstall process. I'm running Lion 10.7.4, and I have an external drive doing Time Machine backups. What should I check before going back to square one? And do I need to do anything special with apps that required online activation (I'm thinking specifically of Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Suite)?
posted by philosophygeek on Feb 1, 2013 - 3 answers

xml files: how to see and search them under OS X?

I need a way to see and do a simple search on two large xml files under OS X. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Jan 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Trouble free switching to external monitor and back (OSX)

OS X has spaces. I can assign programmes to different spaces. What I can't have (it seems) is one of those spaces/second desktops show up on the external monitor, it is always an extension of the desktop I am using. So I get a double-wide desktop A (Mac + monitor), then swipe across and get a double wide desktop B (Mac + Monitor) when I go to a different Space. I want A on my Macbook and B on my monitor. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Why won't Spotlight find things?

I do a Spotlight search for "foo." I have at least a dozen files with "foo" in the name. I do the search while looking at foo.pdf, foofighting.pdf, etc. right in the Finder right in front of me. But when running the search, none of them show up. Why? Under System Preferences for Spotlight, I have Folders, Files, and PDF Files all checked. Any idea why Spotlight is blind to these files?
posted by megatherium on Jan 22, 2013 - 8 answers

MacBook Pro i5 vs i7 -- Prius body with Lamborghini guts

Which one to get: Macbook Pro i5 duo core, i7 duo core or i7 quad core [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Will these Macs play nice together?

I have an iMac desktop running OS X 10.6.8 and a newly acquired MacBook Air running 10.8.2 and I want to make them be as friendly with one another as possible. Can you hope me? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Java exploits in Mac - how do I get rid of it all?

After running Avast, I discovered some infected Java files on my macbook (10.5.8). I deleted them in Avast, but how do I know if I've gotten rid of it all? Is it on my Time Machine back up? Do I need to change my passwords? Do I need to take this to a Genius Bar, or can I fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by min on Jan 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Does this feature which exists for Word for Windows exist in Mac Word?

If I'm using Word for Windows, I can double click at the bottom of a page to create one big page. But if I double click at the bottom of a document inside Word on MacOS it opens up the footer prompt. Does Word for Mac have a similar "join pages" feature?
posted by professor plum with a rope on Jan 12, 2013 - 12 answers

OSX calendar software sync to Google Calendar?

Is there any calendar/scheduling software for OS X and Windows that can sync info with Google Calendar? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Whats wrong with Apple Mail IMAP

Migrating from Thunderbird to Apple Mail (on OSX Lion). Apple Mail takes about an hour to get messages from the IMAP server whereas Thunderbird gets them instantly. What may be going on? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Jan 4, 2013 - 7 answers

OSX game me

Are there any well-crafted, engaging, easy-to-learn games for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jan 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Installing Mountain Lion

I'm selling my mid-2010 iMac on eBay. In the ad, I want to say that I'll include a copy of Mountain Lion on a USB stick so the buyer can install the OS once they take possession of the computer. What I don't know is what will happen if the buyer doesn't yet own a copy of Mountain Lion and they try to install the copy I give them which was downloaded using my Apple ID. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jan 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Rename my files

Is there a Unix command (Mac OS X Terminal) or a command-line program that will rename a series of plain-text files based on the first line of each?
posted by megatherium on Dec 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me edit the metadata in my music files

Can you recommend a good sound-file metadata editor for OS X? [more inside]
posted by TheDonF on Dec 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Restoring Files From the Trash in OSX

How do I take a bunch of files that are in the Trash in OSX (Mountain Lion) and restore them to where they used to be? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Why is Time Machine trying to backup so much?

Why is Time Machine trying to backup 35 GB of data every single day when I'm only using 300 GB of my 500 GB HD and I know I have not changed or added that much in the time since my last backup? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Nov 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Help a relative server n00b keep his Mac Mini safe.

I'm planning on getting a Mac Mini with Lion Server. I don't have much experience with security or setup. Point me to some basic articles, sites, or books, please. I'll also take any advice the hivemind might have as well. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Nov 29, 2012 - 1 answer

IMAP Mail Checker for Mac OSX?

Is there a IMAP Mail Checker for Mac OSX? [more inside]
posted by mule on Nov 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Take My Privacy, Please!

I'm trying to hack together an OS X script that's dependent upon my location. Problem is, Apple's location services doesn't know where my home router is - and I don't have an iOS device to tell it. Is there any way I can suggest or hint to the server where my IP is located?
posted by Apropos of Something on Nov 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Dad fails at first world problems: I can't make Spore run.

I can't make Spore run on my Macbook Pro. My 9 year old is nonplussed. Please help...he's getting pouty.... [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 20, 2012 - 12 answers

My Macbook with Leopard wants to play in the snow! Rawr!

Upgrading a mid-2008 aluminum macbook from leopard to snow leopard (and eventually on to Lion). The superdrive is broken, and I am trying to boot the OS from a usb drive but having problems. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Nov 18, 2012 - 4 answers

And that's why you always leave a note. To eject your drive. Or something.

A friend of mine is having an issue with her USB flash drive. I'm gonna post what she sent here; can anyone help recover her files? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on Nov 15, 2012 - 5 answers

/usr/local/binwonderingwhatthisisfor

Development on OSX. I lots of kiddie-pool programming experience, but I'm starting to do learn web dev and working with frameworks is leading to a lot of confusion regarding paths, dependencies, permissions, and file structure. What's a good resource that lays out the "how & why"? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Nov 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Wifi Stalling at Work

At work, my wifi connection frequently stalls (MacBook Pro 9,1, OS X 10.8.2). The connection never drops, but websites will "hang" while loading and I am unable to receive/send mail. Although I'm still connected, if I click the Wifi icon on the menu bar so that it starts "Looking for Networks", the connection is immediately restored. This happens every 4-5 minutes. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Nov 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Convert Mac OS 9 font suitcase to OS X

I've got an old Mac font suitcase (OS 9) containing fonts I'd like to use on my OS X (10.7) Mac. I'm not sure what format they're in but copying the file over to my new Mac results in a 0-byte file. I think I have to convert them to TTF on my OS 9 iMac, but not sure what to do it with. Any suggestions? Free would be great, since I don't plan on doing this again, but cheap would be okay.
posted by tommasz on Nov 4, 2012 - 2 answers

What's a good to-do app for Mac & iOS that syncs with iCal/Google Calendar?

I am using an iMac with Mountain Lion as my desktop, and an iPhone 4S with iOS6 as my cell phone. I use OSX's and iOS's native apps for email, contacts, and calendar, which are provided by Google Apps. What I need is a GTD (to do) application for the Mac, which a) has an iOS version, and b) supports syncing to iCal or Google Calendar. I currently own Omnifocus, but as of Mountain Lion, it no longer supports iCal sync. I want to be able to sync deadlines and tasks to my calendar, this really is a pretty basic feature that seems to be missing from a lot of GTD applications. Wunderlist doesn't support this. I've looked at Things, but it doesn't seem to support it either. Any recommendations?
posted by Unhyper on Nov 3, 2012 - 4 answers

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