Our cooktop has a downdraft vent to the outside. We live in a windy area and the flap on the vent bangs often. It's also a huge heat loss. How can I keep it closed when not in use? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton
on Sep 3, 2006 -
I'm a newly-Switched Mac user with a few questions about setting up different...uh, users? Accounts? Profiles? (I'm not sure what they're really called; I think this might be part of my problem) [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T.
on Aug 27, 2006 -
Ticketfilter: It is possible for me to switch my seats with someone else's if it's Will-Call only? [more inside]
posted by Ugh
on Jul 20, 2006 -
Auto Mechanic Filter: What is preventing my car from starting? Happens about every 10th time I attempt to start. No click, no churn, but the lights (including those on the dashboard) work fine as does the radio. I get it going by rocking the front end of the car up and down, and back and forth for a few seconds. Head back in, turn the key and it starts normally. [more inside]
posted by terrier319
on Jul 10, 2006 -
Network follies. Airport + wireless ethernet bridge + gigabit switch + printer + Mac + PC = any single network service works until I try to use another one. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks
on Jun 15, 2006 -
Can raided firewire hard drives from one mac be attached to another mac?
In other words....here's my situation. I currently have a mac mini that I use as a backup fileserver. I have 2 250gb hard drives attached to this mac mini. Although it works fine and I'm not really looking to upgrade, the 256 mbs of original ram are not enough to run any programs on it very efficiently (as far as time is concerned). [more inside]
posted by eatcake
on Jun 5, 2006 -
Help me make the PC to Mac switch. A few specific questions from a complete Mac newbie.
posted by ruwan
on Jun 3, 2006 -
I think I just need a USB switch.
Simple solution needed for sharing my new Canon printer (working wonderfully with my Windows 98 SE machine) with my true love's Mac OS X (10.3...) machine. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Apr 24, 2006 -
I have elderly relatives who no longer can turn or twist the normal switch on a table lamp or touchier lamp. I am looking for an easy ergonomic solution that will allow them to be able to simply turn lamps on and off.
I remember recently seeing a replacement switch knob that was designed with 3 flat blades that protruded from the center of the knob; somewhat like the shape of a modern windmill blades.
I would appreciate any and all ideas and hints.
posted by muse
on Dec 30, 2005 -
What concerns are there when switching from an all Macintosh (Quark 4.1, Pshop 7, Illustrater 10) shop to an all Windows shop running new PCs and the Creative Suite 2? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Nov 29, 2005 -
My wife has an old laptop that can just barely handle running Windows XP. I've spent the last year acclimatizing her to Firefox and Open Office, so I believe she would be willing to give Linux a whirl, assuming I could find a distro that was usable, attractive, and faster than XP on her laptop. So what should I try? Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Plutor
on Oct 27, 2005 -
OK - I just bought an iMac to replace our dying Windows machine at home. I've successfully moved over almost everything - email (thanks to emailchemy
), bookmarks, contacts, calendar items, documents. But I'm stuck on one thing - how can I reproduce the groups of contacts from our old windows outlook express address in the OS X address book? I would rather not have to recreate them one address at a time if I can avoid it. Thanks!
posted by sfz
on Oct 22, 2005 -
Questions about making the switch to Mac: We have 200GB of files, mostly music and photos, on the harddrive of my PC (running windows XP SP2). I want to give my SO an iMac G5. (Shh! It's a secret.) Tell me what the easiest way is to move the pictures and music from one platform to the other. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 21, 2005 -
I have two light fixtures in the entryway of my house, near the dining room. There are three light switches in the immediate vicinity that will turn both fixtures on or off. I would like to split the switches somehow so that I can turn on a fixture by itself. The problem is two-fold: impress my wife with household prowess and not to shock myself. [more inside]
posted by jmevius
on Oct 20, 2005 -
I have 4 Gigabit switches for my network and one 10/100 router. Can/should I hook each switch up to the router and then also plug each switch into each other switch to improve internet performance while still maintaining Gigabit on my LAN?
posted by hoborg
on Oct 12, 2005 -
I want to learn IOS and any other Cisco switch configuring protocol stuff. Is there a good resource for this? I kind of need it to get out of a bad situation so learning quick would be much appreciated. I want to learn the fundamentals so that I can a) impress them b) begin the learning curve which is the hardest thing to do in my opinion.
BTW this is switch configuring for a wireless network. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza
on Aug 2, 2005 -
Add me to the growing list of people planning to make the switch to a Mac. To those that have made the jump, how hard was it? And is it a losing proposition to buy now, with Intel-based machines coming around the bend? I know this is an AskMeFi FAQ, but I have some specific questions. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon
on Jul 11, 2005 -
On the Mac, if I need to munge text in extremis, I prefer to use BBEdit. Recently, on the PC, I am finding myself in need of a text editor which is similar to BBEdit. I will use it both for coding and for text-cleaning. I prefer freeware and shareware but that's by no means the deciding factor. Which programs should I check out? Which should I avoid? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark
on Mar 16, 2005 -
I just received my second install kit for VOIP, but unlike Episode I, there's no second LAN jack for my computer on the phone adapter. [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus
on Mar 7, 2005 -
Apologies for what is undoubtedly a topic that has been covered before, but I can't seem to find a relevant thread.
Making the PC to Apple switch. Right now I have a Dell PC from '98, which is creaky and slowly failing and therefore gets only minimal usage.
I'm having trouble figuring out how much computer I need. I'm not looking for a minimalist machine -- part of the reason that I'm willing to take the plunge is so that I can expand my home usage pretty significantly. [more inside]
posted by desuetude
on Feb 28, 2005 -
I've got two s-video signals and one s-video jack on my TV. What's the cheapest way to mitigate this, assuming I don't have easy access to the back of my TV for constant switching? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer
on Feb 21, 2005 -
Apple Switcher Requires Mentor. Are there any fellow mefites who can answer multiple simple questions from a new Max OS-X user? [+] [more inside]
posted by seanyboy
on Feb 6, 2005 -
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.
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 -
MacSwitchFilter - I'm a long time PC user that just got a Mac. I really really miss my home and end keys! I used to use them constantly! Is there anyway to configure my Mac so that the press of the home key triggers an apple-left arrow event and the press of the end key triggers an apple-right arrow event so I can have my old buddies back? [more inside]
posted by badstone
on Aug 9, 2004 -
I'm contemplating the Switch. It's been 10 years since I've used a Mac, is it time to go back? Looking for advice from longtime Windows users who switched to Mac, and no I'm really not trying to make a commercial... [mi] [more inside]
posted by badstone
on Jun 10, 2004 -
Wireless Networking Question. I want to use wireless networking to connect a DSL router to both my PVR & playstation 2. How do I do it? [M.I.] [more inside]
posted by seanyboy
on Apr 22, 2004 -
How do microchips work?
I understand it at a very basic level. I know that when you apply current to a semiconductor, it becomes conductive, and that this closes the gate in a transistor. By opening or closing the right gates, you're able to do basic counting and logical operations.
Here though, my conceptual model totally falls apart. Because try as I might, I can't get my head around exactly what it is that controls the current going to the semiconductor in the gate in the first place. How does the microprocessor know to open or close a particular gate? It seems like if it already knew to open or close a gate, then the operation has already been done. It's like you'd need another microprocessor controlling the current within the first microprocessor, and so an and so on back to some omniscient prime mover.
posted by willnot
on Apr 12, 2004 -
Is there away around using an A/B switch for my digital cable? Here's the deal, the Cable In on my television is malfunctioning. I get intermittent reception, almost as if the cable is not making full contact. I have a VCR, DVR and DVD player. The television only has one set of A/V inputs, which are currently being used by the DVD player. The DVR is not compatible with the DVD player, so I can't run them through the same A/V lines. I went to Radio Shack and the only solution they could come up with was using an A/B switch, which requires me to physically switch between the DVR and DVD player. Isn't there any other technology that would not require me to get off my lazy butt and walk across the living room when I want to switch between television and a DVD? I've been unemployed for four months, so buying a new t.v. is out of the question.
posted by Juicylicious
on Apr 2, 2004 -
I am considering a foray back toward my roots in the Macintosh world. The aluminum powerbooks really are quite nice looking but have only one mouse button. I dont know if I can make such a big step backwards. I won't often use an external mouse with a laptop, so that isn't a great option. Any other right click addicts make the switch and thrive?
posted by jester69
on Mar 26, 2004 -
Just made the switch to Mac OS X (12" Powerbook) -- my first Apple. For the Mac crowd -- any "standard build" recommendations? Favorite app, apple script, etc that I should be checking out? Just installed Office, but that's about it so far.....
posted by mmangano
on Feb 3, 2004 -
So I'm finally going to do it. I'm finally going to make the switch
. After using PCs for many years I've got my sight set on a shiny new 1.25Ghz 15" PowerBook.
Does anyone have any warnings / suggestions / stories that they'd like to share about their switch? [more inside]
posted by bshort
on Dec 10, 2003 -