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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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 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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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Removing an icon from Mac OS X menubar when Cmd+Drag won't work

I noticed this message icon show up on my menubar and I can't tell which app it belongs to. I've tried to click on the "settings" gear but it doesn't take me to anything. The icon is a square chat ...
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How to see the hidden windows in Mission Control?

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). But, I cannot see the ...
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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 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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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 ...
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How can I pair my Magic Trackpad with multiple Macs?

I have a Magic Trackpad that I'm using with my iMac. Everything works great, but I would also like to use the trackpad with my MacBook. For some reason, it seems that I can only pair the trackpad ...
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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 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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Can you pair Mac AND iPad with same Apple Wireless Keyboard?

Can you pair both a Mac and an iPad 2 with the same Apple wireless keyboard, but not at the same time? Or do you have to un-pair one, and then pair it with the other?
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Best practice for installing applications for multiple users?

I have a MBP with Lion (10.7.3) on it and there are two user accounts on it, I use them to seperate work and private stuff, but when I install apps, I generally want to use/upgrade/remove them using ...
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Can't save files in my own directory due to insane permission error

I was working on my mac and saved a file. Continued to work on the file. One hour later, when I tried to save that file, I saw the message "The document could not be saved. You don't have permission". ...
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Alternative backup solution for a mac?

I know that we can easily use time machine. However, i wonder if there exist any other way to backup the data on my macbook? Since I do a lot of modification to the system and sometimes make it has ...
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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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iPad Charging USB Hub? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When I plug my iPad into my computer USB ports, iPad displays “Not Charging”. What can I do? Newer MacBooks provide enough juice through the built-in USB ...
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Can I transmit audio from iPhone to Mac via a Bluetooth A2DP profile?

Is there any way to connect my iPhone 4 to my Mac Mini via Bluetooth so that I can play music on my iPhone and hear it on the speakers connected to my Mac? When I try to connect to my computer via my ...
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If I buy a Mac that was shipped before Mavericks was released, will it have Mavericks preinstalled?

What should I expect if I purchase a Mac soon after the new OS was released? I'm looking to know what will be pre-installed and how that might affect me as a consumer.
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Mac OS X - File Open Dialog: Can't sort or resize columns

I'm having a problem where when I go to File > Open; I can't resize the different columns.
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How to get HFS+ filesystem blocksize

How can I find out the HFS+ filesystem blocksize for a local volume on a MacbookPro5,4. I think its 4k. I need to confirm this. Diskutil reports that the disk blocksize is 512 bytes.
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US International (AltGr dead keys) layout on Mac OS X?

everyone. On Linux there is a layout called US International (AltGr dead keys), which converts the right Alt key into an AltGr key. AltGr+a gives á, AltGr-Shift-a gives Á, AltGr-m gives µ, and AltGr-' ...
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What's the best solution to sync contacts from Mac to Android Phone?

I'd like to sync my contacts from the Mac addressbook to an Android phone, but I'd rather not use Google (or any cloud) where I have no control over my data. So far I found SyncMate and Missing Sync. ...
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Where are good places to buy RAM (memory) for a Mac?

What reputable stores exist for purchasing RAM for a Mac?
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Macbook Pro: How to disable discrete GPU permanently from EFI?

I'd like to disable the NVideo GTX 750M GPU on my Macbook Pro 15" (Retina, Mid 2014, OSX 10.10 Yosemite). I know I can use GfxCardStatus but I read I could have a more permanent solution by changing ...
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Time Machine from networked Mac?

Is it at all possible to setup Time Machine so that it backs up to a disk image on my external Mac? Here's my setup: My MBA which will be backed up MBP which is connected to the wireless network ...
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How can I tell the difference between display sleep vs. computer sleep on my MacBook Air (Late 2010)?

How can I tell the difference between the entire computer sleeping and only the display sleeping? I'm trying to diagnose sleep problems, and one of the basic things I need to know is the difference ...
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Dual boot Kali with Mac

I want to dual my Macbook with Mavericks 10.9.4 and Kali 1.0.8. I have downloaded the Kali .iso and "burnt" it to a USB stick using the dd command from in Terminal. I have partitioned my hard drive ...
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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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Eclipse quit unexpectedly (Mac OS X 10.7.4 and Eclipse 3.8)

I had an Eclipse environment all wrong, than I decided to install another (newer) version from scratch. After I "uninstalled" the older version, I downloaded the Eclipse for Java Developers 64-bit for ...
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double password entry to access account

I have the Require password 4 hours after sleep ... option in Security and Privacy System Preferences set and am running a script with launchd to suspend my session at a certain time of day (see this ...
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Accessing iCloud “Mobile Documents” on latest Lion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I sync iCloud iWork documents with Lion? It used to be (for example, as documented here: How do I sync iCloud iWork documents with Lion?) that you could access ...
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ClamXav not protecting against Malware and Trojans, what to do

Possible Duplicate: Anti-virus comparison for Mac OS X I am using ClamXav for protecting my Mac from Antivirus. But I don't think that it protects from Malware, Spyware, or Trojans. So, ...
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How can I get a high-quality screen capture on a mac?

⌘ + Shift + 3 The screen capture shortcut on the Mac is one of the most useful tools I know. It grabs the screen and neatly places a .png file onto your desktop. But is this the highest quality ...
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Apple Preview Program messed up the shortcuts after the Yosemite update

I am trying to annotate my documents with text. In the old preview, I could change to Text Box and click where I wanted to place the text on my document. It would stay on text box and I could click ...
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How to recover data from unreadable hard drive?

I have an 80GB Fujitsu 2.5" hard drive that died about a day ago and had nothing backed up. Is it possible to retrieve data off of it somehow.
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Can't access particular website (Macbook OSX Lion)

I have one particular website (one that I'm developing) that as of today, I can't access it on my computer. I can access it on my phone, and other people on other computers can access it, but for some ...
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How do I temporarily disable or mute Messages (iMessage) on OS X?

I use Apple's iMessage across several devices, including my (OS X Lion) Mac, using the recent Messages beta. However, the application has some undesired behaviour. When I quit Messages, it will ...
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Mac or Macintosh

Commercially speaking they are the same, as stated by Wikipedia, but what should be the correct way to name our precious personal devices?
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Can sound be off every time I power off?

I would like to config my Mac (10.8.5) to turn the sound off every time I power it off so that when I power it back on it is silent and doesn't produce that funny boot sound. Can that be done? The ...
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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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Dropbox + Mac Mini Server = Syncing Issues

In our office, we use Dropbox business as a cloud; All of our files exist on a Mac Mini Server we use inside the office as a local repository for all of our Dropbox files. We then have Dropbox sync ...
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Mac OS X Terminal: Commands not found

I really don't have much experience with Terminal and I believe I may have caused a problem when trying to download and use wine on my Mac. If I try to type in anything I simply get "Command not ...
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What is the license on mac wallpapers?

As a user (not a developer), what are the license terms governing use of the included wallpapers on broadcast media, for example, a website? Could I, for example, use the mac wallpaper as a starting ...