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Does anyone know why the Mac OSX property list (pflist) file format is such a bastardization of XML?

Does anyone know why the Mac OSX property list (pflist) file format is such a bastardization of XML?

It looks like XML, except it doesn't form a proper tree.
posted by robinw on Dec 29, 2004 - 15 answers

Disappearing Cursor on OS X

Disappearing cursor on OS X. Recently my Powerbook's cursor keeps disappearing when I unplug my mouse. It won't reappear (even when I plug the mouse back in) unless I reboot. It's freaking nervewracking. Any ideas?
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 26, 2004 - 12 answers

Writeable DVD applications

I have an xViD .avi movie, 119minutes, that I'd like to put onto DVD. Toast claims that it can't fit it on (5.7gb required, 4.4gb of my 4.7gb writeable DVD available). What I'd like is to be able to requantize the movie so that it fits onto the DVD. Bonus points for an OS X application. Super bonus points for a free one. That I don't have to find a crack for.
posted by armoured-ant on Dec 21, 2004 - 3 answers

Mono on OS X

I want to monkey about with Mono on OS X. I've found a few installation tutorials via google, but was wondering if anyone here had a preferred set of instructions they use (before I go and break my computer).
posted by alan on Dec 13, 2004 - 1 answer

Downloaded WMV files have video but no audio in Windows Media Player for OS X

Problems with Windows Media and OS X. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Cryptical Envelopment on Dec 11, 2004 - 7 answers

Keystrokes for ffi, ffl, ff ligatures in OSX?

[Typography-filter] Keystrokes for ffi, ffl, ff ligatures. Adobe Garamond Pro. OSX. How? How? How? Ideally I'd love to hear about utilities like PopChar, but right now I'd rather just eat the fish.
posted by Jeff Howard on Dec 10, 2004 - 9 answers

Photo management software for OS X.

I need help finding a good photo management tool for OS X to use at work. iPhoto can't hold enough photos and I haven't found much else that is similar. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by capndesign on Dec 10, 2004 - 14 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

importing email to OSX

MailFilter: I've got a stack of old email stuff that dates back from when I used Outlook in OS9. I want to import it into an OS X mail client. Everything I've tried so far isn't working. [+] [more inside]
posted by Len on Dec 8, 2004 - 5 answers

Images quit refreshing using iSight / iBook / EvoCam.

An iSight / iBook / EvoCam question concerning non-refreshing images and possibly firewire power inside ... [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Dec 7, 2004 - 2 answers

How can you simulate a right click on Apple's one-button mouse on the PC?

OS X geekery: I've installed Synergy on the PC and PB on my desk. I'm using the PB as the server so I can use my wireless keyboard and mouse (Apple's) to control the input of both machines. However, I haven't found a way to simulate a right click on the PC (with the one-button mouse). Any thoughts?
posted by o2b on Dec 7, 2004 - 9 answers

Apple Memory Upgrades

A long-time PC user, I am planning to switch to Apple, replacing my centrino laptop by a 12" ibook G4 (I want a small computer).

Most of the standard Apple configurations come with 256MB of RAM: is this because OSX needs less memory than XP (since most laptop configs today come with 512MB), or do I need to go for 512 (768?) megs?

I mainly use my computer to browse the web, send & receive e-mails, do some word processing, and manage my MP3, which I only store on my iPod.

Other question:
If I buy the computer at the local Apple Store (I'm in NYC), I'll only be able to get a memory upgrade, and not a hard disk upgrade. The laptop comes with a 30GB drive. For a Windows PC, I'd go for 60GB: should I do the same here? This would make me have to order it online, which is a bit of a problem (I'm not often at home...).
posted by rubin421 on Dec 6, 2004 - 33 answers

Podcasts for Jaguars

I know it must exist, but I just can't find it: a Jaguar-compatible podcast receiver? [more inside]
posted by swift on Dec 5, 2004 - 1 answer

Is there anything like buzz for the mac?

Free powerful audio tools for OSX: Is there anything like buzz for the mac?
posted by b1tr0t on Dec 4, 2004 - 1 answer

Problem syncing Treo 600 with Mac

I have a Treo 600. I was using Mac OSX Palm HotSync to sync the phone, and started to have some problems here and there. Went ahead and set up Apple's Isync to handle the task, and now my Palm "To Do" list does not sync in the process. Anyone know what gives or how to get my "To Do" to sync via Isync?
posted by sharksandwich on Dec 1, 2004 - 2 answers

How can I print from my Mac to a Windows network printer?

Can you advise on printing to a Windows PC printer from a Mac OSX machine, over a network? [more inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar on Dec 1, 2004 - 8 answers

OS X tools for task management?

iCal is all right for keeping track of events and appointments but stinks for tracking tasks. Any cool OS X tools for task management?
posted by tomharpel on Nov 30, 2004 - 6 answers

Playing Windows Media video under OSX

Best way to play the latest Windows Media movies under OS X? [more inside]
posted by inksyndicate on Nov 30, 2004 - 11 answers

Fractal Explorer for the Mac?

When I had a PC I was addicted to Fractal Explorer. Now I have Mac, what similiar Fractal generation software can I use?
posted by Mwongozi on Nov 30, 2004 - 4 answers

What are some cool OS X hacks?

I recently got an ibook, and I'm having a lot of fun with fink. But I'm wondering, what's the coolest or most interesting thing/hack you've done with OS X?
posted by angry modem on Nov 28, 2004 - 16 answers

Can I recover files from an accidentally initialized hard drive in OS X?

Data recovery, OS X, on an accidentally initialized hard drive. The guy at the shop has informed my brother that files are basically unrecoverable under those circumstances - something to do with how OS X installs a new system or some such. Is this so? [more inside]
posted by furiousthought on Nov 27, 2004 - 7 answers

Backups

Does anyone know a good backup program? What I want to do is make a carbon copy of a folder on my laptop and have it on my external firewire drive in OS X.
It's a sample library that is pretty big and I don't want to drag copy to whole thing over every time. What I'd like is some sort of "sync" type backup program that would go in and note which files have been added/ changed. Everything app I've seen just wants to make a folder with the date on it periodically.
posted by Napierzaza on Nov 26, 2004 - 10 answers

Speed up iTunes?

My iTunes is slowing down with 60 Gigs of music. Any tips that can help me browse my music at a faster pace? (naturally, MI...) [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Nov 24, 2004 - 11 answers

Recording RealPlayer Streams

How can I reliably record RealPlayer streams for later listening, on Mac OS X or Linux? [MI] [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Nov 21, 2004 - 9 answers

Thinking of a new laptop. Should I switch to Mac/Apple?

I'm thinking of getting myself a new laptop to play with. Do I want to switch? [Intel More Inside] [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave on Nov 21, 2004 - 9 answers

Azureus for OSX, torrent files?

What's the deal with Azureus for OSX and opening .torrent files by default? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by scarabic on Nov 21, 2004 - 8 answers

OS X Terminal problem

OS X Terminal problem: somehow, at some point, my Terminal application window became unusable. It's minimized to the point where I can't see ANY of the actual "terminal", and I can't maximize it. I can ONLY see the "red" close button, cannot drag scale the window anymore, and cannot doubleclick or otherwise use any of the keyboard shortcuts I know to restore it. [mi] [more inside]
posted by robbie01 on Nov 17, 2004 - 18 answers

OSX: Is it possible to recover something deleted from the trash?

OSX: Is it possible to recover something that was deleted from the trash? Please.
posted by dobbs on Nov 17, 2004 - 9 answers

OSX Music Software

Music software for OSX question: A band of which I am quite fond has posted bootlegs for one of their shows on their Web site, as avi videos. I want to be able to listen to the goodness on my iPod, but I can't find any software that will convert the audio from the avi files to mp3s. VersionTracker and download.com yield various shady, non-working shareware or freeware packages.
posted by jed on Nov 14, 2004 - 7 answers

OS X claims a 200 GB Maxtor external drive has only 128GB capacity.

New External Drive for OSX: So I bought a new external, as I've been threatening in other posts. It's a 200gb Maxtor. I plug it into my Powerbook which tells me it can't recognize the format. Do I want to Initialize? I say yes... and it identifies the drive as having a 128gb capacity. What gives? Where are the other 72gb? What format should I choose for this sucker? Help!
posted by dobbs on Nov 11, 2004 - 18 answers

Flash Audio Levels

Why is the sound in embedded Flash movies always so goddamn loud? And how can I make them quieter in OS X? (I tried Detour, but it required APE, which had some incompatibilities with BBEdit.)
posted by kirkaracha on Nov 11, 2004 - 1 answer

OS X WebDAV iCal server crashes. How do I restart it?

i'm running webdav on OS X and publishing my ical calendars - but all of a sudden the server seems to be down. is there a way to "relaunch" it?
posted by subpixel on Nov 11, 2004 - 0 answers

Starting a Mac with an external drive

MacFilter: How do I get a mac to start up with a system CD from an external CD drive that won't recognise the C command on start up? (MI) [more inside]
posted by floanna on Nov 11, 2004 - 12 answers

Synching Email Between Mac and Treo

is there any way to "sync" email between a mac and a treo or blackberry device? might it be as simple as configuring an IMAP account?

i don't want to manage my email remotely only to come into the office and have to do it all again. and if i send important email from the road, i want it in my "sent" folder on my desktop.

please say yes - i really want one of these babies.
posted by subpixel on Nov 10, 2004 - 1 answer

Help, there's no more room on my Notebook!

iMac notebook + OS9 + OSX = no hard drive space. Even more helpful, installing/reinstalling anything doesn't seem to work. iMore inside... [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Nov 8, 2004 - 4 answers

How can I edit out commercials from my DVR recordings using a Mac?

I have a DVD video recorder connected to my TV. What software can I use, on my Mac running OS X, to take the contents of these DVDs and do simple editing on them (for example, to cut out adverts), and then burn back to a new DVD? (The burning bit I can probably already do with Toast.)
Cheap is good. Free is better.
posted by Mwongozi on Nov 5, 2004 - 9 answers

Can I see your OS X Emacs config file?

Emacs is my new replacement for BBEdit, which could not handle large XML files (>10MB) on my system. I've applied the Reitter configs to make it more Mac-like, but I need examples of good line-wrapping, auto-arranging multiple frames, and line numbering. Can I see your OS X Emacs config file? (If it's on the Net, I've already seen it, including everything at DotEmacs.de.)
posted by Mo Nickels on Nov 4, 2004 - 6 answers

.plist vs .xml

What is the difference between a .plist and a .xml file in OS X? They both look the same.
posted by thebwit on Nov 3, 2004 - 3 answers

Free & easy partition manager for OS X?

Is there an easy (free) way to create partitions in Mac OS X without having to erase and create? I heard there is a way to do this via the command line, but my googling has not turned up a good result.
posted by thebwit on Nov 1, 2004 - 8 answers

Death of an iBook

Death of an iBook. A couple hours ago, in the exact instant that I pushed the button to turn off my iBook G4, the iBook made a weird sound, its power was cut out immediately and abruptly went dead in a split-second (instead of the usual, slower process). It doesn't restart. It doesn't. Batteries are OK, by the way. Two questions: how bad is it, is it just electrical or the hard disk has been damaged as well? Also, I have put a lot of expensive software (Photoshop CS, Toast Titanium, Office, etc) in it. I still have the cd's and serial numbers, will I be able to reinstall them when the iBook's been fixed? It is still under guarantee, it's 7 months old. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by matteo on Nov 1, 2004 - 11 answers

Good OS X CD Burning software?

Good OS X CD Burning software? I need a few specifics: a. able to burn playlists; b. able to check the length of the CD prior to burning. iTunes isn't able to do B and Audion is absolute garbage. Help. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 30, 2004 - 7 answers

help me choose between 2 photo printers

Printers: I am looking at photo printers and have pretty much narrowed it down to the Canon i9900 and the Epson Stylus Photo 2200. Which should I choose? (Output continues inside) [more inside]
posted by TedW on Oct 29, 2004 - 2 answers

Can I force this Lacie firewire drive to format as FAT32?

I've just bought a Lacie 160 gigabyte firewire drive. It's to be plugged into a Windows XP machine, but also to be written to and read by a Mac OSX machine. I want to format it with the FAT32 file system, but Windows won't let me. Is there a way to force the drive to format as FAT32? [More inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar on Oct 28, 2004 - 5 answers

Wireless network Security

Wireless Network Security: I'd like to know more about keeping my info safe on OS X. [MI] [more inside]
posted by fionab on Oct 25, 2004 - 6 answers

I need an external HD for use with a Powerbook.

External hard drives.... I have a 160gb Lacie, which works great. (I'm on a Powerbook, btw.) However, it's nearing full of MP3s and I'm not done archiving all my stuff. Should I a) buy another 160 or b) buy a 300gb and sell the 160? {more} [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 23, 2004 - 11 answers

Printer for fine art on OSX

What's the best color printer for "fine art" printing, using OSX? I might consider color laser, but a good inkjet would also be acceptable. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Oct 23, 2004 - 13 answers

Using OS X Utilities - How do I Download Everthing from a Site?

Step by step instructions for an absolute newbie (who knows nothing about OS X Utilities) on getting all the like files (mp3s, jpgs, etc.) from a url...? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 21, 2004 - 7 answers

My wireless Mac and wired PC transfer to each other at 2.5 MB/s. Can I speed this up any?

I've got a network in my home - one PC, connected by wire to the router, and one Apple, connected by an Airport card (which I believe is 802.11G). The fastest speed I can get transferring files from one to the other is 2.5MB/s, which seems slow. Am I right, or is this standard?
posted by ascullion on Oct 21, 2004 - 4 answers

What is a good Mail application for Mac OS X (10.3.5)?

What is a good Mail application for Mac OS X (10.3.5)? Requirements: can send html email, generally produces "windows friendly" formatting. [slightly more inside] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Oct 20, 2004 - 13 answers

Audio editing on OSX

Audio editing on OSX: I have a 30 minute long .aiff file that I'd like to break into separate tracks and convert to mp3. I know that iTunes can handle the .aiff -> .mp3 conversion. Is there software that can do the 1 .aiff -> 6 .aiffs part? Or one that can do 1 .mp3 -> 6 .mp3s if I do the conversion first?
posted by Dreama on Oct 19, 2004 - 8 answers

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