OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion

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Is the Guest account a security risk with full disk encryption on Mountain Lion?

I have File Vault 2 full-disk encryption enabled on my 2012 MacBook Air running Mountain Lion. By default it also has a "Guest" Safari-only account available. I just tried it the other day and found ...
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How to change/customize mail signature in Mountain Lion?

To add an custom mail-signature in Lion you had to add an signature via preferences, and then replace the contents of the webarchive with your own. In Mountain Lion, Apple replaced the webarchive ...
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In Mountain Lion why do remote shells via ssh do NOT inherit the environment of the launchd parent process?

When logging in to my Mountain Lion Mac remotely via ssh I do not get the same PATH variable as when I open a shell locally: The local shell inherits its environment as expected from launchd and ...
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How to I access documents saved in iCloud with Mountain Lion on my iOS device

I know that I can save a pages document in the cloud in Mountain Lion and then open it in Pages for iOS, but how do I access something saved in iCloud on TextEdit or Preview. For instance, with ...
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Is there an app that will notify me (in notifications center) if a process is using up a high percentage of CPU for a specified amount of time?

The other day, I was sitting in a coffee shop working, when I looked down to find that 25% of my battery was left. I looked at my Activity Monitor and saw that the time machine process was going at ...
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Re-Enable Apple Java 6 SE from Command Line?

So, I broke Java Preferences.app. I'm on Mountain Lion. I had Java 6 SE (the Apple-distributed JDK/JRE) and Oracle's Java 7u10 preview. Trying to get a stub app to launch with Java 7, I unchecked the ...
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How do I prevent OS X Server from issuing dynamic DHCP leases?

Prior to "upgrading" to Mountain Lion Server, I used OS X Server as my DHCP server. The purpose of the configuration I had was to provide MAC filtering, assigning static leases based on hardware MAC ...
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Where can I get a copy of Mountain Lion that I can resell with my Apple hardware?

I'm looking to turn over some older Apple hardware I have and all of the gear has been upgraded to the latest Mountain Lion using the App Store version of Mountain Lion and my Apple ID. Section 2.B of ...
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How to move the Downloads folder (in Mountain Lion) to another disc

I want the "Downloads" folder not on the system drive but on my second internal drive. In Lion I just deleted the "Downloads" folder and replace it with an alias with the same name (pointing to the ...
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How can I play chess over Game Center in Mountain Lion?

I've looked in Game Center on Mountain Lion and in the Chess game, but I can't seem to see a way to play Chess over Game Center. Does Chess for Mountain Lion support turn-based play? If it does, how ...
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Any easy way to search for & replace characters in JPG file names in a folder?

Have a MacBook Pro 15 (Oct2009 vintage), and am running 10.8 (Mountain Lion). Is there an easy way to search for and replace chars in JPG file names in a folder file list? I'm working with over ...
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Can you make iTunes forget a device?

After migrating from one computer to another, my iPhone now automatically appears under the devices list in iTunes on both my old and new Macs. I don't want to accidentally sync my iPhone with my old ...
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Remove Sender name ( not email address) from outgoing Mac Mail

Instead of "from" showing (Name,Name)blablabla@hjgy.xxx - just show blablabla@hjgy.xxx. Only want my email address to show on certain outgoing emails from certain servives, ex. show Name and ...
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ssh fails: image not found [preauth]

When I try to SSH to my computer, ssh fails with this error: Mothership:~ kuyan$ ssh kuyan@localhost Connection closed by ::1 This also happens when I attempt to SSH to my user from another ...
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Completely erased my Leopard machine from another computer, how do I install an OS on it?

I started up my computer in Target Disk Mode and erased it from a friends Mac thinking that I could then install Mountain Lion without installing Snow Leopard. Do I have any way of getting my machine ...
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Time Machine deleting backups from several months ago (but not the oldest)?

During its "Cleanup" phase, Time Machine has recently been deleting backups from several months ago—even though these aren't the oldest backups, and my backup drive isn't full. My backups go back to ...
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Can we simply rename an app if they are different versions and keep them both?

For example, I have Xcode 4.4.1, and now Xcode 4.5 Golden Master (GM) version is available, but it is also called Xcode (when the .dmg is mounted as an disc image, it shows only one app (or folder), ...
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What does a 'dotted-line' cloud icon in the iCloud file browser represent?

What does this "dotted-line" cloud icon next to a file in the iCloud file browser mean? This is a plain-text file saved to iCloud from Byword, and it refuses to sync to my iPhone. But I'm having ...
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Is there a way to install Mountain Lion on a Mac Pro 1,1 2006?

The Mac Pro 1,1 2006 is not officially supported for OS X Mountain Lion, are there any work arounds to get it to work? Your Mac must be one of the following models: ... Mac Pro (Early ...
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Upgrade Mountain Lion to Mavericks, with DMG file obtained from unofficial source?

I am trying to update from Mountain Lion to Mavericks using a DMG installer that I obtained over BitTorrent. I don't want to download it via the official App Store as I don't have good enough ...
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Assign Application Windows to Different Spaces/Desktops

I have two Spaces configured and I keep some Safari windows in one space and some in another. However, Mission Control only allows you to assign an application to a Space, but not different windows ...
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Create hotkey to open a menubar app?

Is it possible to create a hotkey (or other trigger) that opens a menubar app? I don't mean launch. I mean, cause the menubar app to display its contents. Let's say, for example, I wanted to create ...
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How do I activate SNMP on Airport base stations

Using Mountain Lion and the Airport utility I can't find a way to activate SNMP on any of the Airport base stations I have. Even the old ones which were configured to use it don't have the option ...
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Can Apple mail only sync the last month of a Exchange email?

I just synced my Mountain Lion Mail app with my Exchange work email account in order to have it locally on my machine (rather than continuously going through the web interface). However, now Mail ...
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Is there a way to add items to notification center through terminal or other means?

I'm wanting to add specific Websites to notification center (the stack exchange network, for example) and I want to be able to see various notifications that the website would send me. Is there a ...
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Which Macs cannot upgrade to Mountain Lion?

As everyone already know, Mountain Lion was released today. I am eager to get my Mac ready for Mountain Lion, but I know that a number of Macs do not support Mountain Lion. Is there a list of Macs ...
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Installing & running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion from an external hard drive onto my Snow Leopard Macbook Pro?

I am currently running Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard on my late 2010 Macbook Pro. I am perfectly fine with running Snow Leopard at present, but I feel I may be missing out on features or indeed updates ...
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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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upgrade this old MacBook Pro to mountain lion?

I have an "old" MacBook Pro with the following specs: Modelname: MacBook Pro Modell-Identification: MacBookPro5,4 Processor type: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor speed: 2.53 GHz processer count: 1 core ...
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Multiple Java versions support on OS X and JAVA_HOME location

I know is possible to have multiple versions of Java on OS X but i find it difficult to understand how it works. I upgraded to Mountain Lion and now echo $JAVA_HOME is empty. However in ...
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How to hide notification center button in Mountain Lion?

I am using Mountain Lion. The only advantage (for me) over the gesture is that Option + clicking the button enables/disables showing alerts and banners (toggles the switch in the notifications ...
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How can I enable Trackpad tap-to-click for the login window in OS X 10.8?

In older OS X versions, this used to work just fine: defaults write /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1 It would enable tap to click for built-in MacBook ...
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How to stop MacBook Pro (Retina) from freezing/locking at the login/authentication dialogue, after wake?

Steps to reproduce: Be doing anything Close the lid of the computer Wait around for a while Open the lid of the computer Login prompt for last logged in user appears, battery and time MAY update, ...
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Removing spotlight icon from menu bar persistently

I tried to remove spotlight form the menu bar with the following trick: sudo chmod 600 /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Search killall SystemUIServer Unfortunately if I ...
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Change location of notification center alerts

Is it possible to change where alerts in the notification center appear on the screen? Alerts appearing in the top right tend to cover up work I'm doing more often than not and I would prefer, say, ...
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Is there a way to completely disable Dock?

I want the Dock completely gone. I haven't used it in the past three releases of OS X (10.5 to present). I want it completely gone, and LaunchBar there instead. Is there a way to kill the Dock so ...
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How to compile mod_wsgi, mod_fastcgi, etc on Mountain Lion (Mavericks) by fixing `apxs:Error: Command failed with rc=65536`?

I've updated to OS X Mountain Lion. Update has removed all of my python and apache modules including mod_wsgi. Now I'm trying to recompile mod_wsgi (it compiled without problems on Lion). I use ...
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What steps are needed to create a new user from the command line on Mountain Lion?

What commands (or script) can create a fully functional user account on Mountain Lion, running only from the command line via terminal or ssh. It looks like an existing pair of answers might work, ...
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How can I create a new Recovery Partition on EXTERNAL disk?

I want to enable encryption on an external FireWire disk. The disk has been formatted a while ago (2+ years), and when choosing "encrypt volume" from the Finder context menu, Mountain Lion refuses ...
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Enabling Java 7 on Mountain Lion

The first time I tried to use Java on Mountain Lion, it installed automatically. Unfortunately, it installed Java 6, so I installed Java 7. If I navigate to Java in System Preferences, only Java 7 is ...
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Delay in keyboard responsiveness after wake with Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, now when I open the lid to my 2010 13" MacBook Air, there is a 3-5 second delay between when the screen powers on and when the keyboard will respond to key presses in ...
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How do I enable the Debug menu in Calendar?

The following command entered in Terminal will enable the Debug menu in iCal (Lion): defaults write com.apple.iCal IncludeDebugMenu YES I would like to accomplish the same thing in Calendar ...
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How to save chat logs in Messages for Mountain Lion?

I always used to save my Chat logs because I use IM in the professional environment. Now I find that I can’t save chat logs anymore. That option is gone. Is there any workaround or hidden preference ...
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Move iPhone notes to iCloud

So, today 10.8 released, and I have empty list of notes on my mac. But I have some notes on iPhone, which are not in iCloud. How to move them into iCloud?
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How does memory management work in Mac OS X?

I am a university student who has been trying to write a compare and contrast paper between how Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X manage memory. For instance, with Windows, it's physical memory (RAM) and ...
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Disable inactive memory swapping

Background: OSX keeps some information in RAM that is no longer used, but was recently used. This is called inactive memory, and is intended to improve user experience by speeding up some actions: ...
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Can a Mac's airport card run 802.11 N, G, B or A only?

Occasionally it's nice to hard code a wired connection network port to not auto negotiate and force things to be 100 half duplex even though a higher speed is configured and negotiable on the switch. ...
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Can Mountain Lion's Preview.app be configured to use Lion's highlighting colours?

The highlight function in the Mountain Lion version of Preview.app is now directly accessible from the toolbar, while the other annotation functions keep their usual location. The problem is that ...
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Can Apple Mail be optimized to perform well when I have 30k messages in my inboxes?

I have about 31,300 emails in 4 different inboxes in Mail. Sadly to say, it is extremely slow. Is there any tips or trips to optimize Mail? And no, I don't want to delete any, I need them for work.
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How to always show “Library” in the Finder its “Go”-Menu without holding a modifier key?

I often use the "Library" folder in my home folder ~/. The Library folder there (~/Library/) is shown (unhidden), and that is not the question. I would like to also always show the menu point ...