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How to cleanly remove Homebrew

How can I cleanly remove Homebrew. I might have a faulty older installation, and I'd like to have a fresh start.
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How to cleanly remove MacPorts

I'd like to cleanly remove all changes made by MacPorts as well as MacPorts itself, to try my luck with homebrew. How can I do that?
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Automated/Simple Deletion of Apps from iTunes Library

Is there an approach to querying the local iTunes library to remove apps that aren't currently installed on any of your devices?
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Selling a Macbook Pro - removing personal information from it

I have recently upgraded to a 2011 MBP, and I'm finally all set up on it. It's time to sell my previous MBP. I've already copied off all of the data I want to keep and deleted the obvious suspects. ...
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Cleaning White MacBook

I have a white MacBook, and it has gotten kinda dingy over the past couple of years. Still runs fine, but I would like to know what I can use to clean the white plastic. I was thinking one of those Mr....
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What substances I can use to clean the touch sensitive screens like iPhone, iPad?

I heard that you are not supposed to use substances containing alcohol because it will destroy the anti-grease coating layer that's above the glass. The problems is that just water and microfiber ...
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Time Machine deleting backups from several months ago (but not the oldest)?

During its "Cleanup" phase, Time Machine has recently been deleting backups from several months ago—even though these aren't the oldest backups, and my backup drive isn't full. My backups go back to ...
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What is com.apple.bird? Why does it grow so big?

Trying to clean up their hard disk, some users discover ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.bird is pretty big. In the order of too many Gigabytes. What is it?
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How can I clean a MagSafe power port on my MacBook Air

There appears to be a few small metallic fragments clinging to the magnet around the port where the MagSafe power connecter attaches to my MacBook Air. I can still get the cord to (mostly) seat, ...
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What programs exist to find and delete “orphan files” left after deleting an Application?

I have transferred my system from Mac to Mac for over 15 years. I have preference files and other plists lurking around in my system for programs I tested years ago. Is there a smart program that ...
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How do I clean the apple mouse so that it can scroll down?

My current apple mouse works fine for moving, clicking and scrolling down. The scrolling functionality with the tiny ball on top is not working while going down. I had the same issue back in 2008 at ...
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Why is my hard drive still full after deleting files?

I'm new to Mac. I have deleted many files from my applications folder, downloads, music, etc. to make clean Mountain Lion installation. After installing Mountain Lion I can still see in About This ...
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Cleaning my Macbook Pro Retina leaves greasy 'streaks' across the screen

I try to clean my mid-2015 Macbook Pro with Retina display by wiping the screen with a damp cloth and then immediately drying. However, there seems to be left some residue/streak marks, which look ...