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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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 ...
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My SD card slot doesn't work

My SD card slot on the latest Macbook (Mid 2012) won't mount my SD card. The SD card doesn't appear in Finder, Disk Utility, Image Capture or anywhere. I know it's not a software problem, because ...
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What's a good Mac app for making timelines (Gantt charts)?

What's a good native Mac app for making timelines on Macs? I'm looking for an easy-to-use program that I can use to create timelines easily without delving into graphics programs like Illustrator. (...
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Move iPhone notes to iCloud

I have OS X 10.8, and there is an empty list of notes on my Mac. But I have some notes on my iPhone, which are not in iCloud. Instead, they are local notes in the "On My iPhone" folder. How to move ...
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What is a good program for timing activities?

I am looking for a program to time projects and activities, both computer- and real life-based, allowing me to tell him to start and stop timing this or that activity, in a very light, background, non-...
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How to see what files were changed in TimeMachine?

I tried TimeTracker, tms and timedog but none of them works with OS X 10.6 Any suggestions?
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How can I setup my printer to print in black and white as default?

Is it possible to set up a printer, so it will always print in black and white?
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How do I stop the “Are you sure you want to open it?” dialog box from displaying when I open an app?

Every time I open the "Amazon MP3 Downloader" app (by downloading a new MP3 from Amazon.com in Safari) I get this dialog box: I'm used to seeing this the first time after I open a new app I've ...
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Is using a Mac mini as an iPhoto server for 2 client laptops a good idea?

We have 200+ gigs of pictures and home videos on both me and my wife's laptops. This is getting unmanageable as well as taking up too much hard drive space on both of our laptops. I am thinking about ...
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How do I adjust the time Mac Mail takes to mark messages “read”?

It takes a number of seconds before Mac Mail marks a message as "read". I would like for it to take no more than 0.5 seconds, though instantaneous would be best. How can I adjust the time required to ...
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Enabling both trackpad Drag Lock and 3 Finger Drag at once?

OSX has two methods of dragging with the track pad, “drag lock” (double tap then drag until you tap to release) and “three finger drag” where you touch three fingers and drag until you release. The ...
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How can I disable Mac OS Lion asking if I really want to open a downloaded file?

I already tried this: cd ~/Downloads find . -print0 | xargs -0 xattr -d com.apple.quarantine But it doesn't seem to work under Mac OS X 10.7 (aka. Lion) anymore: xattr: ./cabin/Cabin-Bold.otf: No ...
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Does anyone know any good Diagnostic tools? [closed]

Does anyone know any good diagnostic tools for Mac? something inline with Apple Hardware Test, Apple Service Diagnostics, tech tool pro, preferably more in depth perhaps something low level, pre-OS-...
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How can I remove this icon from the menu bar?

I am seeing attached icon in the top right menu bar. I tried deleting MenuExtras by going to /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extrasbut it didn't help, please help to hide or remove it.
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Wifi Won't Connect; Connection Timeout (Mac)

I'm having issues with my macbook pro OS X 10.7.5. It used to connect to the wifi router (D-Link N300, DIR=615) no problems. But for the past several weeks, I haven't been able to at all. What pops ...
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How can I disable the Screen Saver on the login window?

How can I disable the Screen Saver on the login window?
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How to rename multiple files at once?

I want to rename multiple files at once. For example: Picture1.jpg Picture2.jpg Picture3.jpg Picture4.jpg into Vacation-Picture1.jpg Vacation-Picture2.jpg Vacation-Picture3.jpg Vacation-Picture4....
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How to insert new line on return key press in iMessage on Mac OSX

Does anyone know if it is possible in iMessage on Mac OSX to set the return key to go to the next line instead of sending the message?
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Can I simulate multi-touch input on a Mac?

With iOS's accessibility features, it is possible to pretend the user is using multiple fingers or making certain gestures while in reality they are only using one finger. Is there any way I can ...
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Is there a way to make Windows-style SMB share paths launch correctly?

We have a mixed Windows/Mac network, with Windows fileservers, and an Exchange/Outlook mailsystem. The Windows users send out emails with links to the shared files that look like: \\FileServer01\...
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When is the locate database updated?

I use the locate command in Terminal regularly. When does its database get updated? On other systems, I could run updatedb as root to force it to update. Note: I know using mdfind to search with ...
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Are there personal finance applications offering both an iPhone and a mac version?

With the demise of Cha-ching, I find myself in need of an application for managing my expenses which I can use on both platforms. It should work in Europe, and maybe have a decent UI.
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OS X MacBook remote login with higher resolution

I was wondering if there was a way to remote login with a visual client to a macbook , for example, with a higher resolution than the LCD attached. Currently I tried vnc (with screen sharing) but ...
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Phantom Update Stuck In Mac App Store

About a year ago I downloaded the "<3 Sudoku Daily" (click for MAS link) app from the Mac App Store. After a while I decided I didn't want it anymore, so I deleted it by putting the application ...
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Need a way to save multiple window layouts for multiple configurations of monitors

When I work at my desk, my MBP is connected to two 27" displays, so I have 3 screens, and they're laid out very specifically, so my chat, mail, trello, etc. windows are all in their own spot. I'm ...
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Constantly dropping internet on El Capitan?

I have a brand new 2015 mac, el capitan 10.11.4. The wifi constantly drops. I have re-installed a fresh el capitan, reset SMC, created new wifi profile/location with google dns, safeboot, updated ...
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How can I forcibly shut down my Mac at an appointed time?

I'm looking for an auto shutdown app that will forcefully shut down the computer at an appointed time. The most important part of this is that the shutdown should not be cancelable (unless the ...
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Dimensions as criteria for iPhoto smart album?

In iPhoto '11 (latest version, on Mac OS Lion), can I make a smart album for all photos of a certain size (e.g. 960x640)? Can I make a smart album containing photos of multiple sizes? EDIT I ...
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/private/tmp vs /private/var/tmp vs TMPDIR

What is the differences between these directories? How long is the files stored in each of them? The oldest file/folder I could find in each of them were /prviate/tmp, 13 days old /private/var/...
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Keyboard shortcut to sleep a Mac

I am looking for a quick way to sleep without closing the lid, or using the mouse. If it matters, I have Lion version OS and a MacBook Air.
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Is there a software that can visually highlight focused windows more?

I do web development on my Mac and I tend to have lots of windows open. Even per application, I tend to have multiple windows opened (ie a Terminal window for tail -f error logs, one for ssh, and one ...
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What is causing this sound on my Mac?

For several weeks now, my friend’s MacBook has been plagued by this sound, randomly occurring while running: http://c.abr.vg/321r2Q3Y2W0J We’ve never been able to reproduce it, and it has persisted ...
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Change mac menu bar color

Is there a way to change the color or appearance of the mac menu bar from the standard gray?
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Bandwidth limiting in Yosemite [duplicate]

I get disconnected from the internet whenever the speed reaches 2.5 Mbps Is there any app to limit the internet speed below that. I am not talking per application based. Using MacBook Pro (mid 2013) ...
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How can I clone my Lion-pre-installed drive to a new smaller hard drive?

I got a new MBP with Lion installed (as detailed here: How can I install an SSD on my new Lion MBP w/out install disks?), and I want to clone the drive (including the Lion install partition) to my new ...
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How to remove apps from the “Purchased” list in the Mac OSX App Store?

I've installed a bunch of apps from the App Store, some free, some paid. Many of them are garbage, were uninstalled, and I don't intend to ever install them again. How can I remove (or hide) them ...
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How can I view/inspect my Mac’s Parameter RAM (NVRAM)?

Inspired by this question I started looking for apps that allow to read the data saved in my Mac’s Parameter RAM. Aside from a very antique (pre OS X) application for Classic, I could not find any. Is ...
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How do I kill the Application Switcher?

All of the sudden the Application Switcher's graphics breaks: Restart does help, but became a nuisance. How can I kill it? Restart it? UPDATE: Logging off fixed this. UPDATE 2: I came to a ...
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AppleScript get active Application

How might I run code(for example display dialog("test")) using AppleScript only if the "Finder" Application is currently in focus/active.
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Is there a way to find the age of a specific Mac?

Is there a way to decode the serial-number of your Mac to get more information ?
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Is it possible to run Mountain Lion on older hardware by using a virtualization solution?

I'm wondering if anyone has gotten Mountain Lion to run on any hardware in virtualization (VMware Fusion, Parallels, VirtualBox or other...). If so, it would be interesting to know how well (if at all)...
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Bash script to click button on an HTML page

I'm trying to write a Bash script that opens a browser, clicks an HTML button on a webpage, and closes the browser after getting response. I need this script to be executable from within Terminal. If ...
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Best resources on data recovery from corrupted OS X HFS+ partitions

My Macbook Pro won't boot from it's hard disc. If I boot it from CD, the drive will only mount sometimes. Where should I go to get hints and tips on data recovery? What are the best tools that should ...
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Do the wi-fi communications from Mac to Mac travel through the access point?

Let’s put two Macs MAC1 and MAC2 on the same table. They are connected to the same AirPort (wi-fi) network. They are connected to the access point AP, which is far away, at 10 meters. The Macs are ...
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migrating partition to a 2015 MacBook Pro

I'm a developer and through the years with my MacBook Pro early 2011 I installed and configured a lot of stuff to help me in my job. I would like to buy a new MacBook pro but don't want to spend days/...
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What does hidden windows mean?

Mission control supposed to show everything running on Mac. The definition for Mission Control given by this website also confirms that (see the screen shot shown bellow. EDIT: This has now been ...
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refresh Preview from command line

I have a workflow (LaTeX editing in Emacs) which produces PDFs that I then examine in Preview. Preview is smart enough to re-load the PDF when it changes, but it only does so when I click on the ...
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How can I get the exact URLs/requests that a program is trying to connect to?

I currently use Little Snitch to control network traffic on my Macbook Pro, and see what my apps are connecting to. Unfortunately, Little Snitch only shows you the hostname that an app is connecting ...
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How to control your iPad with your Mac remotely?

I would like to know, is there a way to control your iPad with your Mac remotely (be able to see and manipulate iPad's desktop on your Mac)? I know that with the TeamViewer or other programs you can ...
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Do all Macs come with iLife apps?

I bought a Mac that is only a few months old. My understanding was that it is supposed to come with iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand) either preinstalled or available as a "free" download in the ...