OS X 10.7, Lion (Mac has been dropped from the marketing name)

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Disable page curl animation in Lion's iCal

I can live with the skeuomorphic skin of the new iCal, but the useless page curl animation when switching months is both slow and jittery. Is there any way to disable it?
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How do I open a file as root in TextEdit on Lion?

How do I open a file as root, in TextEdit? I've tried these commands as root, but TextEdit always say it's locked: open -e /etc/apache2/httpd.conf open -e -F /etc/apache2/httpd.conf open -e -F -W ...
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How to disable Preview from opening up the last couple items viewed? osx lion

When I download a PDF and open it in Preview on OS X Lion, Preview opens the last couple documents that I viewed. It seems to arbitrarily open anywhere from the last document to the last x documents. ...
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What's a reliable method to create a stand alone recovery disk for Lion?

I'm seeing a lot of questions with all sorts of steps to burn a DVD or create a USB disk so you can boot your Mac with Lion if the internal drive is replaced. Is there a definitive set of steps that ...
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ssh-under-cron stops working in OS X 10.7 Lion

Just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion, and my cron jobs that use ssh have stopped working. It appears that ssh-agent is no longer functioning as expected. Here's a bowdlerized version of my ...
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How to check what is preventing MBP from graceful shutdown/restart and fix it? [Now with log entries]

And hopefully really final edit: After upgrading to Mountain Lion, the issue seems fixed, hopefully permanently. Final Edit: The problem doesn't happen all the time, sometimes I have to wait several ...
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Is there a way to refresh a Finder file listing?

I love my Mac and how things generally just work. Now and again, however, one finds a few annoyances. My latest one is that I cannot find a refresh button anywhere to update a file listing in a Finder ...
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How can I remotely send an SMS message through my Mac from my iPhone?

Is there an application for Mac OS X which would allow me to remotely send SMS messages through my iPhone? Ideally, just a simple application or maybe a full screen remote application like TeamViewer. ...
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How can I create a multipage PDF from JPG's in Preview?

I just upgraded to Lion recently. When I was on Snow Leopard, creating a multi-page PDF document in Preview was simple: I would open up the image Save it as a PDF Open up the PDF Open up the panel ...
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Will FileVault 2 wear out my SSD faster?

I'm considering using FileVault 2 when I upgrade to Lion. Though my understanding of it is weak, it seems as though it shouldn't really increase the number of reads or writes per disk operation ...
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Can I restore a Snow Leopard backup onto a Lion machine?

So I am a little confused and slightly worried, and I was wondering if someone could answer this. I have a Time Machine backup saved on an external HD for my Mac mini that is running the latest ...
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Have to reconnect to WiFi every time computer goes to sleep

I recently purchased a new MacBook Air (2011) with Lion preinstalled. There is this persistent and incredibly annoying problem that is occurring with the WiFi. Every time I close the lid or let the ...
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How can I create a Saved Search that excludes a specific folder from the results?

I'm trying to set up a Saved Search of my Mac that will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results. The reason is because I'm getting a ton of false positives from that folder that ...
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Mac does not sleep automatically in Lion!

My Macbook Pro will not sleep even though it is set in System Preferences → Energy Saver. I do not have any sharing options enabled (System Preferences → Sharing). I do not have "Wake ...
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Can I manually limit the %CPU used by a process?

I would like to limit the amount of CPU time dedicated to certain processes (e.g. Firefox, Safari, ...). I can't understand why such programs, even when not used (nothing loading, no animations, ...
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Troubleshooting high CPU activity in the WindowServer process

As far as I know WindowServer process is used by all apps to draw windows that we see. And a lot of people are reporting a problem when their WindowServer is using a lot of CPU. Is there any way to ...
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Quartz Composer in MacOS X 10.7.3

How do I install Quartz Composer in Mac OS X Lion?
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ssh -A doesn't properly enable forwarding of authentication agent connection

I love ssh -A, which allows me to use my local ssh key when establishing a connection from a remote server. For example, I ssh -A host1.example.com and then from there I can ssh host2.example.com (or ...
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Creating an automated HFS+ compressed folder

I would like to set up an automated way for archiving files in OS X Lion. By archiving I mean using HFS+ compression feature on a specific folder, and make every file that I move into this folder ...
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TextMate 2 Bundle creation

In TextMate 2, how can I create a new Bundle? I´m using a programming language which so far doesn't have a bundle (so no syntax highlighting, snippets and so on). TextMate 1 used to have a Bundle ...
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How do I remove the “.local” suffix from my computer's hostname?

I used to have a Mac hostname as simply "macpro" under Snow Leopard. After doing a clean installation of Lion, then a migration to restore my files, it's now called "Georges-Mac-Pro". What is the ...
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How can I associate a file extension with a content type?

I have some files with extension "module" and "inc," which are PHP files. When I try to open them, the list of applications that can open them shows only the application I have set as default ...
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mid-2011 Macbook Air changes applications on wake from sleep

When my new Macbook Air (13" mid-2011, Lion) wakes from sleep (by opening the lid, clicking the mouse or pressing the space bar), it usually wakes to the last application I was using, then changes ...
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How can I rename a folder in Lion's Launchpad?

I created a folder by dropping one icon on top of another. Now I want to rename that folder, since the default name, "Utility" isn't the one I want. According to all advice I find on the internet, I ...
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Is there a way to limit external hard-drive random spin-up?

I have 2 external USB drives connected to my iMac running 10.7.3. One is designated completely for Time Machine use and the other I use for data. (Nothing but a bunch of JPGs on that one.) The first ...
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Proper group ID (gid) for Lion?

If you create a brand new admin account in Lion, the following will be your id and group memberships (from $ id [new Lion account] | perl -lne 's/ /\n/g; s/,/\n\t/g; print;'): uid=504(lt) ...
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How can I show only an .htaccess file in the Finder?

I'm a web developer. I really need to use .htaccess file. How can make Finder show only the .htaccess file and not all the file prefixed with .? I am running OS X Lion.
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How can I keep apps “always on top” in Lion?

With past versions of OSX, I used Afloat, but ever since I moved to Lion, it stopped working for programs like Evernote & Chrome. Does anyone have a suggestion for a program that will let me keep ...
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Changing Preview.app's default View state in Lion

One thing I dislike about Preview.app in Lion is its defaulting to Continuous Scroll as the view option when a new PDF document opens. My recollection is that previous behaviour was for the last-used ...
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MacBook Air takes an eternity to come out of sleep

For the past few years I've been using a 2008 aluminum MacBook. The day the new airs came out I decided to switch so I purchased one to replace my well used MB. Lion has had its bugs, most of which ...
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Are the changes to Lion's screen sharing documented anywhere publicly?

I am looking for a general technical overview of the changes Lion brought to screen sharing (VNC). Specifically, the server now can differentiate and communicate the difference between dropping in ...
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Is there any way to automatically set outgoing email address based on recipient's email or domain in mail.app?

I'd like mail to be automatically be sent from an account based on domain the domain of the recipient. Details: I've set up multiple email accounts in mail.app, both personal and work. I find ...
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Copying formatted text from a web page to an Applescript input dialog

I have an Applescript which - simplified - looks like this: ... display dialog "foo" default answer "" ... One of the users of this script runs Lion. Whenever he tries to copy/paste a string to the ...
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Where does OS X remember previously connected bluetooth devices?

I completely erased my hard drive (DOE compliant 3 pass secure erase) that had OS X Lion on it and reinstalled it from the recovery drive earlier today. To my astonishment, I saw that the Bluetooth ...
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How do I diagnose a slow login?

After logging in (typing the passwort) my MacBook Air will display a white screen for about 10 seconds before the desktop appears. How can I find out what is going on and fix it? So far I've tried: ...
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Two full screen apps in OSX Lion when using multiple monitors

Is it possible to run two full screen apps at the same time in OSX Lion when using multiple monitors?
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How to create a pseudo-guest account in Lion with FileVault 2?

The guest account always had very limited permissions, unfortunately since activating FileVault on Lion it's deactivated by default. (More about it here: Unable to create Guest Account after enabling ...
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How can I customize the Lion login screen to remove the vignette effect?

Just upgraded to Lion, but the new login screen needs some colour. I found someone online who posted the address of the image that's in the background, so I went and replaced that. Only, after ...
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How can I change the lock screen background image in Lion 10.7.4?

With Lion, I know that, in order to change the lock screen background image, I have to change ...
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Add a delay to menubar dropdown in fullscreen apps

In Lion, the menubar drops down way to fast when I'm in a fullscreen app. This mostly becomes a problem when I have multiple tabs open in Terminal. When I move to the top to change tabs, the menubar ...
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How can I figure out which keychain entries a process wants access to

I'm getting really tired of seeing this: As I understand it, ubd (the Ubiquity daemon) is responsible for the “Documents and Data” portion of iCloud's syncing. However, all of my iCloud-related data ...
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Why is my Time Machine backup failing to fire at the hourly interval?

At some point after upgrading to Lion my Time Machine backups have stopped firing on the hourly interval. It works manually, but not automatically. It also works first thing in the morning when I ...
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Internet sharing through WiFi disconnects

I am currently using an iMac running Lion and am having problems sharing my internet through WiFi. The iMac is connected to the internet through ethernet and I share that connection through WiFi to ...
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How to get Finder in Lion to set group permissions to read/write by default?

To have group permissions set to read/write by default in Snow Leopard and Leopard, I used /etc/launchd-user.conf to set the umask to 002. This still works in Lion in every app except the Finder. ...
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When sharing calendars on iCloud, how do I show other people that I'm occupied, but not why?

Now that I will be able to share iCal calendars (e.g. on iCloud, MobileMe), for events that are marked as private is there a way to make other people only see that I am occupied at a certain time but ...
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Bootloader freezes on login screen when booting into Lion from Boot Camp

Every time I reboot from Boot Camp into OS X, the bootloader gets to the login screen, and then after I've entered my username and password, the screen will just go grey. I have to force a restart ...
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AppleScript vs. Bash script?

I'm a long-time Windows "power user" and developer who has recently decided to move over to Mac OS X. On OS X Lion and indeed previous versions there seem to be two main options for scripting and ...
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Where can I go to make enhancement/feature requests for OSX Lion?

Don't get me wrong, I like Lion, though I do miss many things from Snow Leopard and wish to express this to the OSX team via some sort of suggestion forum. I'm visually impaired and the OS is ...
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How to fix Disk Utility, About This Mac, and Finder that disagree on hard drive space usage?

Has anyone seen this issue and know how to fix it? Look at the free space reported by running "Get Info" on my hard drive (Macintosh HD) in the Finder, "About This Mac" from the Apple Menu, and Disk ...
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How can I find the size of multiple folders?

When I highlight several folders in Finder and do a get info, I get an info window for each folder. Is there a way to get a single window showing size of all folders highlighted?