OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion"

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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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Disappearing Alerts - Notification Center not working as per Preference Settings

I'm trying to understand how to get Notifications working properly in Mountain Lion. I understand all the concepts about how to enable them, and configure them etc, but it doesn't seem to work as ...
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How can I enable Time Machine encryption on the command line?

Is is possible to enable encryption for a Time Machine target disk with a script or using the command line? Is an encrypted Time Machine disk really just the same as a normal disk, full-disk-...
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Can I get the original Mac font Chicago on a Mountain Lion Mac?

I'm running Mountain Lion on a mid 2011 MacBook Air. I'd love to be able to set type in the oldest Macintosh system font, Chicago. Is this font included anywhere in OS X Mountain Lion? If not, what ...
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How safe is it for me to install Java on OS X 10.8

I know very little about how Java works and its interactions with OS X, so I'm partly looking for an expert and simple description on how Java works on the Mac, and why so much press includes "fear, ...
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Does Notification Center have keyboard shortcuts?

Are there any keyboard shortcuts for controlling Notification Center on OS X Mountain Lion? Of particular interest is a shortcut equivalent of the Click to Tweet button that appears at the top of ...
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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 /System/...
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Can Gatekeeper be disabled via terminal in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion?

How can you disable Gatekeeper via Terminal Commands in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion? I am looking to replicate the Security & Privacy preference pane selection to allow applications downloaded from ...
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How do you get system diagnostic files from OS X?

I am trying to debug a crashed (or hanging) app. How do I get the diagnostic files from the crash?
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Mountain Lion aggressively hibernates

Recently, my MacBook Pro (mid 2012, 15 inch, 10.8.2) has started going into what seems to be hibernate mode after several hours asleep, whether it's plugged in or on battery. When I unplug it, it ...
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How can I configure custom repeat intervals for Reminders?

I would like to configure an alert for a recurring reminder in Reminders.app on Mountain Lion. Currently the only options I have for repeating the alert are "Every Day", "Every Week", "Every 2 Weeks", ...
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What hooks exist into Notification Center / twitter so that I can tweet programmatically?

I'm specifically looking to design a custom action for LaunchBar so that I can initiate a tweet from that utility. Since Notification Center has a "Click to tweet" button, I wondered if Notification ...
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How to make a Mac (Macbook Pro) not hibernate?

I have already set in the Energy Saver of System Preferences that Computer sleep: on Battery Power, Never when plugged in, Never so if I close the cover of the Macbook Pro running ...
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How I can unminimize windows from an application using a key combination?

Coming from the Windows world, I was initially used to using Cmd-Tab to switch between open windows. On OS X this switches between applications, so I had to learn to use Ctrl-` to switch between ...
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How to hide preview of text contents from Messages.app notifications in Mountain lion?

In Mountain Lion's Notification Centre, I don't like having a notification pop up with the contents of an iMessage text I just got, but I do want to have notifications about it happening. Is there a ...
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How can I dismiss the App Store banner in Notification Center without taking an action?

This is the notification that pops up from the App Store on Mountain Lion: As you can see, the only options are Details and Update. Most of these banners have a 'close' button, to dismiss the ...
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How can I prevent my Mac from periodically whooshing at me?

Seemingly randomly throughout the day, my mac will "whoosh" at me. I set up Messages, but whenever I switch to Messages after the whoosh, I don't have any new messages and usually my buddies are set ...
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How to make a .dmg file?

I know how to make a .dmg file but I do not know how developers (Mostly games) create a window where there is the software file and sometimes theres a readme file. When I create, It shows just a ...
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Software Update doesn't show available updates

OS X 10.8.4 (although this started in 10.8.3). When running Software Update GUI (that switches to App Store), it shows no updates, although some are available (e.g. Java when this was posted ...
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Eclipse 4.2 on Mountain Lion: gatekeeper rejects as unidentified developer?

Just updated the mountain lion, and download the latest Eclipse 4.2 to upgrade the old one. However when opening the application, it shows that it is from an unidentified developer and the gatekeeper ...
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Is there a way to forward Growl notifications to Notification Centre?

Since there's a lot of apps that support Growl, and only a handful have been updated yet, I'd like to know if there's a way to convert those Growl notifications into Notification Centre notifications. ...
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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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SD card slot is always read-only

I have a 4 GB Micro SDHC card and I use a Micro SD adapter sleeve to read it with the built-in SD card slot of my 15" mid-2010 MacBook Pro. It's been a while since I tried to use it, but I just ...
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What causes OS X to mark a folder as Quarantined?

I had a folder under ~/Sites, let's call it Foo, from which I was sharing a Wordpress site-in-development via Apache. This was working fine, I'd mapped foo.local to 127.0.0.1 in my hosts file and was ...
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How to get keyboard focus on login screen password field in OS X 10.8?

My computer doubles as a server, so I leave it turned on and not asleep, but logged out, most of the time. In 10.6, if I logged out of the computer for an extended period of time, I could log back ...
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iCal No Longer Runs Scripts?

I have some automated tasks in the form of AppleScripts which I would schedule to run overnight via an iCal event. The event would simply be set to "run script" at "0 minutes before the event" and I'...
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Open an app in fullscreen via Terminal

I wonder if it's possible to open a program in Lion fullscreen mode via the Terminal. I want to write a short script which starts a bunch of programs in fullscreen mode, so that I only have to click ...
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Safari 6: How to change default fonts?

This is probably a duplicate. I can't imagine I'm the first person to notice this. It seems that Safari 6 has removed the appearance tab from the preferences, and with it, the ability to change the ...
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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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How can Apple Mail be configured to mimic Gmail's “Archiving” behaviour for a generic IMAP account?

It is straightforward to configure a Gmail account being accessed through Apple Mail to Archive messages when you "delete" them from the mail client. With generic IMAP accounts, however, the only ...
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Can sudo's annoying message be removed from Mountain Lion 10.8.0?

After the upgrade to 10.8.0, whenever I do a sudo, I always get this message: dyld: DYLD_ environment variables being ignored because main executable (/usr/bin/sudo) is setuid or setgid I have ...
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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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How can I remove a signature once it's saved in Preview.app?

How can I delete a signature that I inserted using Preview.app? I can edit or delete all the text fields but the signature seems locked somehow.
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How do I install Mavericks now that Yosemite has been released?

I have a late 2009 iMac running Mountain Lion, I also have a Macbook Pro running Mavericks. I have been planning on installing Mavericks on the iMac, but now that Yosemite has been released, Mavericks ...
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Why does File:/// crash my app?

Whenever I type File:/// into the URL bar in Chrome, into Text Edit, and more, it crashes the app. I found out about this after reading this blog post. How can I avoid this crash and make it ...
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How to get a complete list of all applications installed?

Using OSX 10.8.4., I am having a hard time finding a complete list of all software applications installed on my Mac. Of course, the Launchpad only shows the list of those that have an app shortcut ...
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Can I list all the Bonjour-enabled services that are running?

I would be interested in knowing which programs advertise themselves using Bonjour on my machine. Is there a way to do that?
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Desktop image is not showing in Mountain Lion with dual monitor

I have a MBA connecting via HDMI to Samsung Monitor. Problem is desktop background for Samsung monitor is not showing. There is only grey desktop and doesn't have any changes even I try to change the ...
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Time Machine drive encryption going for 22 hours. Is it stalled?

I set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion by plugging in a newly formatted 500GB USB drive, selecting that from the Time Machine dialog, and checking the box to encrypt my backups. A window appeared that ...
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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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How can I rotate my signature in Preview?

I have scanned my signature and can insert it just fine, but at the wrong angle! How can I rotate it (90 deg)?
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Enabling Apache in Mac OS X Mountaion Lion

This is my first Mac, it's Mountain Lion, and I know how to enable Apache through Preferences -> Sharing -> Web Sharing, but how the hell do I do it in Mountain Lion? I find that that button no ...
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How can I clear the JavaScript console in the Safari 6 developer tools?

In previous versions of Safari the JavaScript console in the Developer Tools (aka Web Inspector) had a little 'clear' button at the bottom that emptied out console items, which was useful for getting ...
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Why do I have repeated “Are you sure you want to open it?” messages when launching applications?

My Security settings are set to "Mac App Store and identified developers". I'm still getting this problem though I've allowed the app to run more than once as an Administrator. Specific apps that are ...
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How to disable Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) on OS X 10.8?

I am using an iMac at work, and the IT security guys are raising issue with the Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) trying to bypass the proxy continually. I would like to know how I can disable ...
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How effective is Deep Sleep Mode?

I got frustrated from turning on my Retina MBP and waiting a few seconds while the systems loads from Deep Sleep Mode. I disabled it using sudo pmset -a standby 0 However, I would like to know what ...
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MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion freezes frequently (full screen Flash in Chrome, Messages, HTC on USB)

Problems following an upgrade to Mountain Lion on a 13-inch, Early 2011 MacBook Pro (MacBookPro8,1 with Intel HD Graphics 3000). With Google Chrome, I was watching YouTube video fullscreen – Flash ...
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Has the Virtual Display screen sharing been removed in Mountain Lion?

One of the great things about Lion was the Virtual Display, whereby when screen sharing you could login as a 2nd user rather than just take over the physical display. In effect it was like turning ...
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How do I limit calendar notifications to certain calendars?

In Calendar, I have a number of "iCloud" calendars that I share with my wife. ("Family", "Me", "Her", etc.) so we can see when we're both free/busy. While I do want to see her whole schedule on my ...
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Mountain Lion 10.8.2, Java Preferences has disappeared

I just installed the latest Java update from apple (Java for OS X 2012-006) and I was looking to have a look at what's going on with my java(s) with Java Preferences app (which used to live in /...