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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Odd text before “:” in Terminal

In Terminal.app I have a text prompt like the following rover-205-89:Documents username$ What is the "rover-205-89"? I thought it was my computer name but I looked under System Preferences > ...
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Linux 'Byobu' equivelant for mac

So at home ive been a linux user for a while, and frequently use byobu in the terminal. After a little searching I was unable to find anything like it for a mac, which I now have to use at work. I'm ...
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My iMac suddenly crashed when I turned off my Bluetooth headset. Why?

My iMac running OSX 10.8.2 suddenly turned itself off. It was a hard reset. It said that an error had occurred. Basically the equivalent of a Windows 'blue screen.' It happened when I turned off my ...
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How to pinpoint cause of disk I/O errors

I am getting (seemingly random) disk I/O errors on my bootdrive. At first I thought it was caused by a faulty hard drive, but now I've replaced it and I still get those errors. These are the steps I ...
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Mirror iPad 2 screen on Mac

I would like to know if there is a possibility to display the iPad 2 screen on my Mac? You know, silmilar to the Steve Jobs presentations. Thank you for your help.
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Why does the folder icon in my Terminal have a question mark overlaid?

From time to time, I spot that the folder icon in the titlebar of one of my Terminal windows has a question mark overlaid on it, e.g. this one: What does this mean? It doesn't seem to have any ...
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Is there any way to disable Mac OS X global search string propagation?

Mac OS X has a feature where if you use any search box in any app, it automatically overwrites every other search box with the text you searched. I find this rarely useful and it often interferes ...
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Change Date Created based on the filename

I've downloaded a bunch of my Instagram images but the Date Created of the files is set to the time that I initiated the download. What I do have though is the Date Created in the filename. What I ...
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Deauthorise Apple ID from the Mac App Store

I have Xcode installed using an Apple ID that I want it to be detached from. How can I login to the Mac App store using a different Apple ID and then have Xcode reattached to the new account in order ...
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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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How to change the Admin password from blank on OS X Lion?

I bought this Mac several months ago, and when it first installed by the people in the Apple store, they set the password to blank. At first it was ok, but now I can't install any programs because ...
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killing httpd spawns new processes

In short, I need to kill all httpd processes so I can run a particular program. When I go to Activity Monitor and Quit all of the httpd processes, a new one is immediately spawned. I'm not sure what ...
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What is the Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) volume encryption standard?

I have found countless blogs and tutorials how to encrypt an external drive using Mac's extended journaled encrypted format, but I couldn't find anybody stating the standard behind it. I know that ...
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MacMail client getting notifications from Google+ in Chinese - why?

For some reason all notifications from Google+ are coming through in Chinese when sent to my dad's @mac.com email address (when accessed on iPhone, iPad or on his regular Apple computer). When the ...
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Can't run a application on 10.7

I'm trying to run an application named "Test.4a". The icon has a line going across it (similar to a "No Smoking" sign). And it says "You can't open the application Test.4A because the Classic ...
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vba split() not working in Mac Word 2004

I was trying to run a Word macro on a Mac. That macro contains the split() function. When I run this it is throwing an error saying function or sub not defined. StrArr = Split(InputString, ":", -1, ...
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A working applescript fails when running via cron

MacOs 10.8.2 I have 2 applescripts shown below. They are arranged in one shell script to run one after another by using osascript (just to simplify the example). Everything works fine when starting ...
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Why won't Office 2011 install on Snow Leopard?

I'm trying to install Office on my mother-in-law's MacBook. The installer fails every time with: 12/28/12 12:26:42 PM installd[1798] PackageKit: Install Failed: PKG: pre-install scripts for ...
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Why does my Mac have Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD1?

I have a VMWare virtual machine of 256GB. The HD capacity on the Mac is 750GB. In terminal under the Volumes folder, I see Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD1. About 300 gigs seem to be wasted. How do I ...
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Mac applications refuse to launch

Every time I click on a application, both Apple and third party applications refuse to open. The little blue dot appears below the app on the dock, and then it disappears. I've restarted the computer ...
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Can you triple boot on Mac OS X Lion (twice) and Linux?

I'd like to install two separate version of OS X Lion and a copy of Linux on my Mac. How do I go about doing this?
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Where can I find my crash logs?

I would like to ask you, where could I find my crash logs?
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unable to run ddd on mac

I am trying to install ddd debugger on my MAC. It installed fine, however when I try to run it I get the following error: bash-3.2$ ddd test Error: No `Ddd' application defaults file To resolve this ...
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How do I get technical information on my video card? (Model, RAM, Mhz, etc)

I'd like to get as much technical information about my MacOSX's video card as possible... technical details, even serial number if the card has a unique identifier. I intend to use this information ...
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Moving External Boot Drive into Mac mini (Mid 2007)

Some time ago the hard disk inside of my family's Mac mini (Mid 2007) failed. We purchased an external disk (Some iteration of the Western Digital 'My Passport'), installed OS X onto it, and have been ...
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Restore user data, settings and apps from hard-drive copy

Here's the situation: My GF's MacBook Pro broke, OS would not start at all I inserted Knoppix Live CD, booted and just copied all of the files from her HD to folder on external HD I've reinstalled ...
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How do I view disk usage on my desktop computer icon?

How do I get disk usage information on my 'Machintosh HD' icon on my desktop? I did it on my old computer, so I know it's possible, but can't seem to find the option again. I am on MacOSX 10.8.2.
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Can you export or share Categories in Outlook 2011?

Is there any way to export or otherwise copy Categories, with colors, between Users/Macs? They also don't yet synch to Exchange 2010, from what I can tell. I'll likely develop a default new user ...
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How can I hide an Application from the Updates Tab in the Mac App Store?

I had an app on my MacBook that I never used. I recently did a clean install of Mountain Lion on the same MacBook (not using the Migration Assistant or anything to copy my old data). I reinstalled the ...
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Mac laptop to TV issue: mirror display doesn't work?

I can get the laptop display onto the screen but when I click Mirror Display it doesn't work and loses the signal. I have a MacBook Pro and the TV is a Samsung. I'm connecting via an HDMI cable. Any ...
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What is the universal Document format on the Macintosh? (format you can be sure any Mac can display)?

I'm preparing a document for Macintosh users. Currently the document is in .doc format. Will all Mac OSX users be able to view that format? If not, is there a better universal format to use? (.RTF, ...
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Safari Unexpectedly Quits on Launch

So I brought my 3.2 Ghz Intel Core i3 imac with 4 GB Ram in for a hard drive recall. They ended up replacing the 1TB HD with a new one, as well as the logic board (no explaination given for the board ...
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Finder jumping to currently selected item

When I am browsing a long list of items, and have one of the items selected (whether above or below the current viewing area/viewport), quite often it jumps up or down to show the currently selected ...
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Deploy Software On Macs Connected to Active Directory?

We have about 50 Macs connected to our Windows Active Directory server and they work ok, they are bound up just fine using the built in functionality. However, the time has come, we need to install a ...
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How can I mix audio from separate devices and output to one device?

I have a USB audio interface which I use for recording. When I use some recording app (like Audacity), I can select the USB interface from a drop down menu, which will tell Audacity to use that device ...
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Using two 30" LCD screens with a MacBook Pro

How can I use two 30" LCD screens with my 2011 MacBook Pro?
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“No Devices Syncing” in menu bar

Previously in the menu bar when I click on the "Refresh" icon it use to say Sync Now and now it says No Devices Syncing. Is this feature now obsolete due to MobileMe not available anymore?
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detect thunderbolt display connection and switch bluetooth accordingly

I have a thunderbolt display that I use as a docking station with wireless keyboard and mouse. Is there a way to turn on bluetooth when connecting the display and turn it off when disconnecting the ...
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Can I get my mail folders on my iPhone synced to my Mac?

I've made many mail folders on my iPhone and they are automatically synced to my iPad, but not synced to my Mac. Anyone have an idea?
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Safari auto correction jumps

For a pretty long time I have the problem that the auto correction in Safari doesn't always work as it should. So it often happens that I write a word, and on pressing the spacebar it replaces the ...
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Auto run a UI app and click a button on startup

I want to do two things when my Mac boots up: 1) Run an app 2) Click a button on that app Any suggestions for how I can accomplish this? FWIW, this is app I haven't written so I can't change ...
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Copy text from mac to ipad

I'm often reading stuff on my Mac but then I want to switch to my iPad to read it there. Is there a simple way to copy text or an URL from my Mac to my iPad?
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How to open a jar by default?

I had a question "How do I run a jar when double-click it?" But now I know that my computer is not set to open jars by default. Is there a settings in the mac that open jars by default? All the jars ...
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Moving from iDisk backups to new online storage service [closed]

For several years I've been using Apple Backup 3 for my periodic backups and then uploading them to my iDisk. Since iDisk is getting the axe in favor of iCloud I need to find another solution for ...
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Mac startup key sequences

What are the Mac hardwares various startup key sequences? On the older Macs, Shift used to be start without extensions, Ctrl-Apple-O-F would boot to OpenFirmware, (but didn't the Intel Macs switch ...
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What kind of cloth and cleaner do the people who work at the Apple store use to clean MacBooks? [closed]

I have a MacBook and an iPad and see dirt and fingerprints all over it. What kind of cleaner do the people in the Apple store use to clean all the Macs and iPads on display? I figure that anything ...
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What charging mechanism to be used to maximise the battery life?

So I got my first Apple laptop, a Retina MacBook Pro. Since macbook pro retina's battery are no longer easily switchable I'm concerned about it's life and would like to maximize it. I have few ...
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Problem with update to Motion 5.05

I purchased Motion 5 through the App Store yet when I go to update to 5.05 it tells me that I didn't purchase through App Store. What can I do?
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Can't unmount the disk during Mac OS X install

My MacBook started to get really slow recently. Now it can’t start up properly anymore. All I see is the Apple logo and then it shuts down. I've tried rebooting multiple times, but I've seen the same ...
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Disable screen lock when in certain location

Is there a way to disable the screen lock on my Mac, only when certain conditions are met? I'm looking for a way to have it stop locking when connected my home network (i.e. at home)