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Restore apps from Time Machine after upgrade to Mountain Lion?

Can I restore applications from time machine AFTER an OS upgrade? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jul 26, 2012 - 3 answers

An alternative to Time Machine?

Is there a good alternative to Time Machine for doing backups of a mac? I am running Mac OS 10.7.4 and backing up to an external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jul 26, 2012 - 19 answers

Dropbox vs Mountain Lion

Which elements of Dropbox are now present in Mountain Lion and which aren't? [more inside]
posted by scunning on Jul 26, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I eliminate the Spaces transition animation in Mountain Lion?

Is it possible to eliminate the transition animation when switching between Spaces in Mountain Lion? [more inside]
posted by pharm on Jul 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Why is there a new user account on my laptop?

I shut down my Macbook Pro last night and stored it in my locker at uni. When I booted it up this morning there was a new Guest Account option (which is now not an option) and my user icon changed from my personal picture to a baseball. What's going on here?
posted by iamkimiam on Jul 25, 2012 - 13 answers

How best to restore Macbook Air (OSX Lion) from backup?

What is the best way for me to restore my Macbook Air to full functionality, given that the it won't boot due to a corrupted file? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Jul 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Safe, easy, preferably free way to get hot corners in Windows 7

I want OS X Exposé-style hot corners in Windows 7. Is there any alternative to Hot Corners or LiveEdge? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Jul 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Itunes screensaver with a folder of images?

You know the iTunes album art screensaver? How can I make the same thing with a folder full of images? Replacing the album artwork with the desired images doesn't seem to work (OS X Lion). [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Jul 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Should I upgrade the hardware on my Macbook or just give it a good cleaning?

My 2009 Macbook Pro has grown a little too much hair and is in need of a trim and some general cleaning. Could you tell me if my proposed scenario sounds reasonable or is it overkill? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Jul 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Dork needs database

I'm looking to make a simple, personal, research database in OSX. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Clotilde on Jul 10, 2012 - 10 answers

iTunes Missing Songs, Apple Fix Didn't Work

My iTunes is suddenly missing thousands of songs and all my playlists despite the music files still being there--have tried Apple's fix. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jun 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Please help me go from one drive to two.

I have an early 2011 Macbook Pro. I am installing a 64GB SSD (for OSX Lion and applications) and and then repurposing my stock HDD as my drive for my Home folder (documents, etc) using an OWC Data Doubler (installed in my optical drive spot). I have a bootable SuperDuper backup and many Time Machine Backups (on external drives). Once everything is installed, how can I transfer everything from backups to their new locations without losing all my preferences, bookmarks, etc. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jun 19, 2012 - 3 answers

iTunes Translations?

Nitpicky question: I'm not real happy with the name of the iTunes section "Audiobooks" - I'm usually using it to stash stand up albums or other stuff that isn't music. I'd like to rename it, something like "Performances." Is there a way I can tweak my (English) language files to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 14, 2012 - 2 answers

iCal hiding all appointments

iCal is being a giant jerk. Halp? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jun 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Top Tutes

Lynda.com has a very excellent video tutorial covering the essentials of Objective-C. Where else can I find tutorials of this caliber that cover the basics of Mac programming? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Jun 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Lion desktop scrolling is driving me nuts!

I've run into a Lion bug with switching desktops that is driving me crazy. Googling hasn't turned up anything useful. Has anyone encountered this problem? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 29, 2012 - 6 answers

This is the headline. God, I wish it weren't.

How can I rip a Region 2+4, 4:3 DVD into a format that'll play on my Apple TV? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on May 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Spaces + Chrome = PITA

OSX: What did I do to cause Spaces to freak out when I tear off tabs in Chrome? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on May 21, 2012 - 5 answers

How to parse a text file & collect a piece of each line automatically?

I need to go through text files, each containing hundreds of lines, and copy a specific part of each line, and then add all those parts together into one long line, each part separated by a comma. But how? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on May 9, 2012 - 13 answers

os x lion compatible scanner

Looking for a decent flatbed scanner compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) under $100. Will be scanning mostly photos but some documents and drawings as well. Available at Amazon preferably. [more inside]
posted by 6550 on May 7, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I tell if my boss' spyware transmits audio?

I think my boss is spying on me with screen sharing. That's...understandable, or at least discussed in our contract. But I want to make sure it's not capturing audio. How can I check...without using the work computer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Chroma/Luma Key for OS X Browsers

Is it possible to make a browser window and the background of web pages transparent but to leave the text and images opaque? This would be applied to all web pages viewed in the browser, not just for specific pages I am creating. I've looked at several plug-ins and applications that offer transparent browser windows, but nothing so far gives options for selecting colors to leave opaque. I essentially want something to act as a luma or chroma key for browser windows. I'm using OS X. [more inside]
posted by davidriley on Apr 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me find the big(program) one that got away.

Help me find this obscure software from the dawn of Mac OS X. It was a desktop fishy that let people take screenshots of your desktop remotely. [more inside]
posted by hot_monster on Apr 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Having trouble restoring Mac OS X system software

Please help me restore Mac OS on my wife's MacBook! I am pulling my hair out. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Apr 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Where'd all my fonts go, Word?

Just upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard. Suddenly Microsoft Office 2008 isn't seeing all 1900 of my fonts -- and some of the usual defaults are gone! What the hell happened and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Apr 6, 2012 - 9 answers

I wish there was a new Starflight game.

What good video games are reminiscent of Rogue-likes (viz. Incursion), Risk-likes (viz. Lux, Advance Wars), and Starflight, especially in the fact that they can be stopped and started at any time? Bonus points if said video games are either for OS X or can be easily emulated in OS X.
posted by Sticherbeast on Apr 5, 2012 - 15 answers

How to print exif gps data on a photo?

How do I print gps data pulled from EXIF data on a series of photos? I have about 65 photos that have GPS location data as part of the EXIF data. I'd like to a) print that data on the photo (like some cameras used to datestamp images) and b) print a map showing where the photos were taken. [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Apr 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Alternatives to iTunes

What's the best non-intrusive MP3 playing software on OSX? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Mar 29, 2012 - 7 answers

When did I install this copy of Mac OS X?

Is there a reliable way to determine exactly on what date I first installed a copy of Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by melorama on Mar 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Delete a file that isn't there (Mac file problem)

I have an existential OSX file problem - trying to delete a file that can't be found... After moving a slew of .mv4 files of moves that I've shifted from MBA hard drive to external drive I noted that my laptop memory did not reflect deletion. [more inside]
posted by aggienfo on Mar 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Mac Backups: Retrospect or ???

I'm looking for a reliable way to backup 100 OSX client computers across the network. [more inside]
posted by wearyaswater on Mar 12, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I convert audio from 3ga to mp3 on a Mac?

Mac question: how can I convert a 3ga audio file to mp3 or other friendly format? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Mar 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Destroy all the things.

Hey, please help me delete these files in OSX. They just won't go away. [more inside]
posted by degoao on Feb 27, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I associate OS X Lion with my Apple ID with no computer capable of purchasing Lion online?

Long story short, I have a Macbook Air that is completely formatted. I'm trying to install Lion from a USB drive and I'm getting an error that my Apple ID is not associated with a copy of Lion. I'd like to buy Lion with my Apple ID, but apparently I need to get to the AppStore to do this. I do not have access to another Mac, but I have the following: Windows with iTunes, an iPhone, an iPad. Is there anyway I can buy OS X Lion on these devices so I can continue my installation?
posted by geoff. on Feb 25, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I get my iMac to wake up remotely?

How do I get my iMac to wake on demand when it's asleep and asked to do so? These instructions from Apple are pretty straightforward on how to set it up for Bonjour, but I can't get it to work when it receives a request from Apple TV to wake up. It's an iMac running Lion with a Time Capsule set up as the Base Station. The iMac supports Wake on Demand over Wi-Fi and ethernet (it's connected over Wi-Fi). Time Capsule and Lion have the latest updates. I've found recommendations on Google but nothing has worked. Any troubleshooting pointers? (Bonus question: how can I get it to wake up from outside my network?) Thanks.
posted by jroybal on Feb 24, 2012 - 1 answer

Mac to iphone calendar push notification app?

Is there an app, combo of apps or app/email combo where I can send a calendar event from my mac to my wife's iPhone - and then the event is added to a calendar app on her iPhone? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Feb 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Thunderbolt, MiniDisplayPort, Target Display Mode = ????

I have a late 2010 Macbook Pro (MacbookPro6,3) running Lion (10.7.3) and an iMac of indeterminate vintage (iMac11,3) running Snow Leopard (10.6.8). I have a Thunderbolt cable. Neither mac supports Thunderbolt; both have MiniDisplayPort connectors. I want to run the iMac in Target Display Mode as a second display for the MacBook Pro. Can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Feb 21, 2012 - 6 answers

help me boot my macbook with a dead screen to an external monitor.

Staff member's MacBook (four years old or so, probably running osx 10.4 to 10.6, I'm not sure on this) has a dead screen. I have a back-up machine for them, and want to migrate them to the new machine... The old computer boots, I can JUST barely see the screen enough to log in, but after that, can't see enough to do anything. I can attach an external monitor (I've tried two different monitors, the result is the same), it boots to the initial starry background, and although I can log onto the computer as noted above, the external monitor never changes from that background. No windows, no menu bar, no dock, just that background and the cursor arrow. [more inside]
posted by HuronBob on Feb 18, 2012 - 7 answers

OSX Screencast App with tons of specific features?

Cheap screencast app with simultaneous webcam and audio recording for OSX? A few more catches, too... [more inside]
posted by cmchap on Feb 17, 2012 - 3 answers

I'd be Lion if I said it was going well

What is "brtool" and why is it (or a lack of it) killing my Lion upgrade? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Feb 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Networked Media Player?

Wireless drive? Media Player? What's the best solution for watching dl and ripped media on my home theatre? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Feb 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Why can't I use the terminal any more with Lion?

At work, there is a MacPro that I routinely use remotely via SSH, but have only sporadic physical access to. Someone else upgraded it to Lion (from Snow Leopard), and since then, I am unable to use the terminal locally or to log into it via SSH - in either case, the process immediately terminates / disconnects. Other user accounts on the same machine are not affected. What could be going on?
posted by kickingtheground on Feb 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me set up a media server for my home.

Help me set up a media server for my computer network on one of two old Windows boxes. [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Can Microsoft Dynamics CRM play nicely with OS X 10.7?

I'm running OS X 10.7.2 and I need to access a Microsoft Dynamics CRM system. It won't work in FF, Safari or Chrome; it only wants IE. Of course, no versions of IE will work post-Lion (no more Rosetta). Is there any OS X native solution to this? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Why does Mac Pro get half the wifi speed of MacBook Air?

Why does my Mac Pro (desktop) get half the the wireless Internet speed of my MacBook Air, on the same network? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Jan 27, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I stop fonts from enabling?

MacBook Pro late 2011. OSX 10.7.2. Why is FontBook enabling various fonts without me doing it? And how can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Jan 23, 2012 - 8 answers

How to use Markdown and Pages on OSX without losing document structures?

Markdown and (Apple) Pages. I'm trying to work out a sensible workflow that will allow me to export Markdown text into an existing Pages document, without this process eliminating the structure of the text. [more inside]
posted by davemee on Jan 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I uninstall iTunes and Safari

How can I uninstall iTunes and Safari, and would doing so break anything else? [more inside]
posted by VoteBrian on Jan 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Remote access a Snow Leopard Server

My boss wants me to set up remote access to our OSX (Snow Leopard) server. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by chairish on Jan 20, 2012 - 5 answers

PDFs on Firefox for Mac

PDFs on Firefox for Mac: No matter what hacks I try, it seems that I cannot get the PDF Plugin for Firefox on Mac OS X to work with either Firefox 9 or Firefox 10 beta. I feel like I must be doing something wrong because evidently other folks have gotten it to work. Would be grateful if anyone could walk me through the best way to get this extension working again. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 16, 2012 - 4 answers

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