Mac is short for Macintosh, a brand of computers created and sold by Apple Inc. Apple currently produces several lines of Macintosh computers including the iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and MacBook. All current Macs ship with Mac OS X. You can also install Windows or Linux ...

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What is a good GTD app with cloud sync on iPhone, iPad, and Mac?

I am looking for a good GTD (todo/task/project management) app that has cloud sync. I'd like it to be on my iPhone, iPad and Mac. Web app would be nice, too. OmniFocus is the closest thing I've found ...
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How can i reset my Terminal?

just some time ago i installed the OS X Server app on my mac and since this day it always appears server as the chosen directory in my terminal. But because i dont really like the Server application ...
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Case-insensitive ls sorting in Mac OSX

How can I make the ls command in Max OS X Lion sort files and directories similar to how Ubuntu Linux does (case-insensitive, directories NOT on top, dot files NOT on top)? Ideally I'd like to do ...
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Can I get iPhone charge status from my Mac?

I have my iPhone plugged into my Mac via USB. Is there anyway to check on the charge status? I know iTunes does give you a small battery indicator, but I am looking for something a bit more detailed, ...
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How to know which program has just played sound?

At times, my computer suddenly played some annoying short sound (sounds like darrrt, seems not from the system), and it's so short that I have no idea where it comes from (and cannot capture it). Is ...
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What terminal command or program can list an SSD's Power On Hours?

I'm looking to script using the unix shell the retrieval of SSD (and HDD) data that disk utility shows in the information window. I'm immediately interested in the Power On Hours and Power Cycle, ...
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How can I tell OSX NOT to mount some of the drives in my computer?

I have a Mac with a Windows drive that I occasionally boot to. Most of the time, I'm using the Mac, and the Windows disk always mounts and shows up on the desktop. I would like to keep it from showing ...
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Controlling a Mac remotely

Is it possible to control the Mac remotely? My parents live in different country other than where I'm living now, I think about giving one of my Mac to my parents to use iChat. As my parents are not ...
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Transfer Photos From Mac to iPhone

How could I transfer photos from a Mac to an iPhone? I don't want to use iCloud Photo Library or Photo Stream. I think there is some way to do it using iTunes. I would like it if the photos were ...
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How many cores does a Mid 2012 Macbook Air have?

I checked the specs, and the i5-3427U CPU has 2 cores. But the Activity Monitor shows 4 little charts for the CPU, so it looks like 4 cores. Which is correct? Why does the Activity Monitor have 4 ...
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Can I upgrade my 2008 Mac Pro completely?

Hey everyone, I have a 2008 Mac Pro/2.83hzXEON(8)/8800GT512mb. Is it possible for me to upgrade this machine to newer hardware, since it is Intel based? What would it entail to put a newer processor, ...
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Recording the sound of my Mac

Is there a way to capture the currently playing "sounds" ? For instance, If I want to copy (to an audio-file) the noise I make while playing a flash game, is there a way to record what is currently ...
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Can I have multiple mice & keyboards for one Mac?

I would like to control two cursors with two mice in the same time, as well as have two keyboards for separate control and text input. My goal is to have two users on one computer, so I can let my ...
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What is Boot Camp?

Is Boot Camp some sort of virtualization system, or will it run Windows 7 on a Mac the same way it runs on a Dell or an HP machine? I need to run Visual Studio in Windows 7. and I need it to work ...
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Show/Hide hidden files without restarting finder?

I came to understand that the following is the way to toggle the visibility of hidden files: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES # replace YES with NO to hide hidden files killall -...
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What Information Is Gleaned From Conducting An Apple Hardware Test?

What information is gleaned from conducting an Apple Hardware Test ( or Apple Diagnostics for Macs purchased from June 2013), when trying to find out if something is wrong with my Mac ?
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How to export address book to mailchimp or CSV file?

I want to export specific address book groups to mailchimp from a clients Mac computer. The client have version OS X Lion (10.7) and the Mac she has is faulty and will be scrapped soon. Therefore it ...
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The Command to enter login items is not working in 10.8

I am entering the login item from the terminal but, this command is not working for me: defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/loginwindow AutoLaunchedApplicationDictionary -array-add '{Path="/...
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Prevent iMac from sleeping, for VPN login?

We have an iMac in the office, and I have been getting inconsistent access when trying to log in to it. The firewall isn't going down, since I can connect to the VPN. After discussing it with the ...
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Amongst Macs that can be upgraded to support OS X Recovery, can any model *not* accept a firmware downgrade?

Focusing on computers that can be upgraded to use OS X Internet Recovery: is there any Mac on which firmware can not be downgraded? I see that for at least one type of MacBook Pro, firmware can ...
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amplify sound output on mac [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you know a simple sound booster app for Mac? Is there an app to amplify sound output on mac osx, I've put the volume to max and its still quiet.
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How can I see the system status during boot?

I would like to monitor the messages generated when I boot my Mac, similar to what you on a *nix box. Is there key-combo to press/hold that will let me do this?
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Does Remote Wipe securely wipe the contents of the drive?

With all the ruckus surrounding the Mat Honan debacle, I'm curious: When you remotely wipe a Mac, is it a secure wipe or does it just lock down the machine with a code? From the Wired article: ...
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./ vs normal execution

This is probably a question more for unix systems but because i have it on my Mac Pro i hope i will find an answer here : When i browse to /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_11.jdk/Contents/...
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Grayed-out tracks in iTunes library

In my iTunes library there are many tracks that have the cloud with embedded arrow (indicating that I need to download them from the cloud), but which are grayed-out, so that I can't download them, ...
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Hard drive read only access with Mac

I have an external usb hard drive that I used to connect on my old PC laptop. There are some files I created with the laptop on this hard drive. Now, I can only read those files with my Mac notebook ...
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Internet Sharing on Mac via LAN [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Internet Sharing is grey out My Mac is connected to internet using WiFi and its working fine. I want to share the internet connection via LAN but I am unable to select the ...
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Different “free space” indications in Macintosh HD after upgrading to El Capitan

I wanted to know what was the free available space in my internal HD (I actually have a SSD). In Finder, if I trust the Show Info information (right click or cmd+I on Macintosh HD icon in the Finder ...
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A way for the Command+TAB app switcher to continuously cycle instead of stop at the end

Is there anyway to have the Command+TAB app switcher continuously cycle instead of stop at the end when you hold down command and tab like it did pre Mavericks?
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What should I do after I lost my MacBook data?

I lost my data on my Mac and now I don't know how to recover it. Do I have to go to a recover shop and pay for the costly recovery?
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Unwanted programs at startup

How do I turn off the background functions at startup (in my case, Creative Cloud, Evernote, Dropbox, et cetera) that cause my OSX hard drive to run hot, so that they don't cause this problem in the ...
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Why is my Mac using so much memory?

When I got my Mac Mini with 4GB RAM I thought it would be enough, since on my Windows machines I never hit past 3GB – but I was wrong. So I ordered 16GB of RAM, but one of the sticks was bad, so I ...
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How to prevent iMessage syncing without access to device

I foolishly logged into someone's iPad with my Apple ID. This person is now receiving my full communications on iMessage. I know I can remove my account from that iPad but I don't have access to it. ...
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Suspicious NDTV notification pop-ups in my Mac Yosemite 10.10

I started to have notification pop-ups called NDTV since a week ago and I can't find a way to remove it. I certainly didn't install a 'NDTV' app and I checked it is not in the application directory. I ...
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Terminal shows hostname from old machine, not new machine

Right now I have a Mac Mini. I migrated macbook pro data from a time machine, but I didn't do it from the beginning of my startup. I used the migration assistance to migrate the data. However, I'm ...
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How to identify which model is my Mac?

Sometimes, you need to know the exact model of your Macintosh. When you want to know to which version of OS X you can upgrade your system, e.g., or when you intend to buy parts for self-repairing your ...
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How long should Lion take to set up Spotlight?

I updated my Mac from Snow Leopard 10.6.8 to Lion. Everything went well. The computer restarted when the OS setup finished. Now, Spotlight setup has been running for more than two hours. Is something ...
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Best free application uninstaller on Mac [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any recommendations for a before&after software installation scanner/uninstaller? What is the best free software "uninstaller" for OS X?
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What Mac to start [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which Mac to develop iPhone apps? I am new to this. I am looking to get into Mac, iPhone and iPad app development. I just enrolled in the dev program. It would be ...
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How can I assign different characters to different keyboard shortcuts on Mac?

I am using Macbook Air with OS 10.8.2. I bought my MAC from the US, and then moved to another country. Therefore, I had to change my keyboard language. The problem is the keyboard layout is not the ...
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How to find Mac admin password not reset Mac admin password

I am not a administrator and I would like to find the administrator password. I would not like to reset it however. Is there anyway to find and not reset the administrator password?
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How to Retrieve the Wi-Fi Password of a Connected Network on a Mac

I need to find the password for a Wi-Fi network that I am already connected to. I'm using a MacBook Pro that's running OS X Lion. Any guidance is appreciated.
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What's the best NAS for home usage with Macs?

Please share your experiences and reviews about NAS (Network-Attached Storage) below. In particular, rate their compatibility with Macs, OS X, iTunes, Time Machine, AppleTV, and other Apple-specific ...
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System-wide finder view preferences

I know that .DS_Store files are created in every directory I enter with the finder in Mac OS X, and that keeps track of the folder's metadata (including how is it being displayed). I also know that ...
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Can I change the behavior of the Home and End keys on an Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad?

I just bought an "Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad", then I connected it to my Macbook Pro running Lion. But the home and end key under the F14 key doesn't work as I expected. Say in "Pages", the ...
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How can I achieve page-up and page-down in OS X?

I am using MacOSX Snow Leopard. How do I achieve page-up and page-down?
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How can I convert JPG into PDF easily?

Is there any way to batch convert .jpg files into single .pdf files?
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How can I rotate a video?

I just recorded a video on my phone, but when I play it on my Mac it's in the wrong orientation. How can I rotate the video by 90 degrees so that I can upload it to youtube? Free solutions are ...
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Can't get rid of incomplete download bar underneath dock icon

My Downloads folder in my dock has been showing a download/progress bar at 50% since yesterday. There aren't any half-complete files in my Download folder, Google Chrome isn't awaiting any action to ...
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Do computers slow down as they age?

I have an eMac I bought in 2004. I just used the system restore CD to re-install Panther, iLife '04, Internet Explorer for Mac(!), etc. I don't have any timed specs from "back then", so I can't answer ...