OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion

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Display Unread E-Mail Count on Loginwindow

Bit of an unusual case, but I'm planning to restructure how I use OS X when I next do a clean-install, such that I have a separate user account for casual use and work use, to keep things a lot tidier ...
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How to get rid of the circular speech commands thing?

This thing has appeared, hovering obtrusively over my desktop (Mountain Lion): I don't know how it got there. Presumably I pressed some key combination by accident. But I can't for the life of me ...
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How to install OS X 10.7 and 10.8 in VMWare Fusion, on a 10.9 host?

I'm working on fairly new Mac Mini, running OS X 10.9.4 and VMWare Fusion Pro 6.0.4. For software testing purposes, I want to install both a OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion inside a ...
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Enable SMB sharing from command line

On OS X 10.8, using terminal commands, I'd like to enable SMB sharing as if I had ticked the following checkbox under System Preferences - Sharing - File Sharing - Options: I've tried the following ...
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sudo: unable to cache user root, already exists

Suddenly started getting this strange error when attempting to run any command via sudo: sudo: unable to cache user root, already exists I've tried different Terminal windows, repairing ...
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Why files created by Kaleidoscope App are in quarantine?

I like to use Kaleidoscope (v 2.1.0 - build 133.01 under Mac OS X 10.8.5) to compare 2 directories. But, when I create files by copying them from a directory to another using ...
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Not able to update from 10.8.5 to OS X Mavericks

I'm currently trying to update my mid 2009 Macbook Pro to Mac OS X Mavericks. I've downloaded the file from App Store several times the but every time when the Install progress reaches about "1 second ...
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Why does my mac keep crashing?

(I will have to do this fast, since I think my mac will crash again.) My Mac keeps crashing. It started happening since I installed Adobe Acrobat Pro (since then I have removed it), but it might be ...
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Flash player unable to proceed with the installation

I have difficulties installing the latest version of Adobe Flash Player (14.0.0.125) on my Mac OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks). Every time I do so, it fails at 90% with the following error message. Error: ...
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Can't install Mountain Lion on a machine that has Mavericks installed, even on a separate disk/partition

I have upgraded my Mac mini 2012 to Mavericks, and everything is running quite well. However, it turns out that I need to also run Mountain Lion sometimes (a piece of hardware I need to use is not ...
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Dock background disappears. Bug or trouble?

It's already the second time that this occurs. I switch from one user to another and the dock has no background. It looks pretty cool but I don't understand if there's a problem on my hard drive setup ...
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How to install OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) on VirtualBox 4.3?

I've seen a lot of variants of this question, but most are pretty old, and don't quite match my use case. How the heck do you get 10.8 (Mountain Lion) running on the latest version of VirtualBox, ...
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MacBook Air serial number

I am seeking to find a Macbook Air serial number from within the backup files created by the Mountain Lion operating system and stored on an external hard drive. Exactly which file do I need to be ...
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don't show contact photos in mail message view

How do I disable showing of the contact photos in OSX mail in the message headers in the message view? The faces distract me from the messages. They are pulled from some ldap server based contact list ...
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How can I get a OSX mountain lion installer for deployment testing?

I have a macmini which came with Mountain Lion preinstalled as from factory. I need to create a virtual machine on this macmini (OSX host/OSX guest) with the same version for end-user deployment ...
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Running Mac OS X in non-apple hardware [duplicate]

I want to know if its "legal" to run Mac OS X in non apple hardware. If not, what is the point of having to run Mac OS X in a apple hardware, when apple hardware is running Mac OS X already.
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White Login Screen?

Whenever I boot up my mac, I get a white login page with only my user on it. This started after I entered single-user mode to give myself admin (this is a school laptop... shhhhh ;) ) I can boot ...
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Why it shows "You are opening the application 'Xcode' for the first time?

I am running XCode v.5.1 in my Mountain Lion, I don't know why, but I'm getting this message after a successful start of Mac computer. I was already using this version of XCode before and now ...
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What's up with “paused” applications in Launchpad?

When I activate Launch on both my Mavericks and Mountain Lion systems, a few of the application icons are (seemingly permanently) greyed out and marked "Paused" with an empty progress bar. It isn't ...
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MP3s cause QuickTime to crash - how do I reinstall QuickTime on Mountain Lion?

QuickTime crashes whenever I try and play an MP3. It says 'QuickTime Player quit unexpectedly'. This is for all MP3s. Ableton Live also refuses to load any MP3s, either because QuickTime is broken, ...
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Invalid Argument using ditto

I'm using a backup script on my server that uses ditto and I keep getting the following error: ditto: /Volumes/BKP/Daily_bkp.051114/VM Share/Machine/Backups/backup_copies.cmd: Invalid argument This ...
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How can I save all modified files in Preview in one go?

When I open several images in preview and apply quick modifications in succession I would like to close preview and save all the files without questions. Unfortunately preview keeps asking for each ...
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Is Maverick faster than Lion on a MacbookPro year 2009?

I want to format and reboot my old 15" MacBook Pro year 2009 (2.4 GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo, RAM 8 GB). I'll use it with Office, Chrome and VLC, nothing else. Given that, what's the best choice between ...
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Damaged hard drive due to magnet damage (Macbook Pro)

I am able to get internet recovery on my Macbook Pro that I previously wiped with a magnet I was trying to re-install OS X Mountain Lion again but when I got to the 'choose a disk' there was no ...
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What is the source of the Earth and Moon wallpaper?

What is the original source of this wallpaper, introduced in Mountain Lion? I'm guessing was taken on a Gemini or Apollo spaceflight, but I can't find it in any of NASA's albums, and the image has ...
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Is it possible to change Calendar.app's color scheme to give today a more distinct background color?

I'm running 10.8.5. I use Calendar.app pretty heavily (it's hooked up to the Exchange server at work) and my only continual beef is that the current day doesn't stand out enough visually. I don't ...
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How to burn a dvd on 10.8

I have a .mp4-file I want to burn to a DVD to then watch on a dvd player and have automatically loop infinitely (can you program that into the dvd or is it to do with the dvd player?) What would you ...
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MacBook Pro can't boot: shows Apple logo then grey screen

There is a MacBook Pro from 2012 with Mountain Lion that won't boot. The Apple logo is showing, the spinning wheel and then it just goes to a solid grey screen. I've tried to hold Cmd+R while ...
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Mouse cursor sporadically stuttering, “IOHIDSystem cursor update overdue. Resending.” revisited

this is a new (improved? ;)) version of this post, which never got an answer. I've been having the same issue off and on for a while on different hardware and OSes. First: 2008 Mac Pro Dual 2.8Ghz, ...
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Apparent GPU Problem on Macbook Pro 6,2 Mid-2010 A1286

If my friends son goes to Pbskids.org, and the cursor goes to the top left of the screen, the computer gives the grey screen with the error message, and must be restarted with the power button. It may ...
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Software-only way to disconnect and reconnect a USB device?

I have a DisplayLink 3rd monitor on a Mac Mini. Half the time I wake the computer up, the DisplayLink syncs but the graphics onscreen are garbled. Reaching behind the computer and ...
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Can I disable Safari's pinch-to-zoom tab switcher?

When looking at a PDF document I often want to zoom-out to scroll quickly to its contents and get an overview. However, when I zoom-out past a certain threshold (it seems to differ per PDF) Safari ...
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Automator list of urls - no results

I have a list of URLs as input, and I'm trying to get image on the pages in order to download them. I'm filtering the text and passing it to the 'Get Image URLs from Webpage' action, but it's not ...
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'which openssl' returns nothing when trying to upgrade OpenSSL

I've been working the last day or so to get openssl upgraded on my machine. I've followed the answers here and here and now I've got some pretty funny results. When I type which openssl I get no ...
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Blinking question mark on folder on boot

I am attempting to boot up my 2009 MacBook Pro, but when it starts it immediately shows a white screen with a 'question mark folder' — it keeps blinking until the computer shuts down (unless I keep it ...
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How to copy my Mountain Lion system to another drive?

I'm considering upgrading at long last to Mavericks, but need to feel confident that all my apps & workflows will work properly before committing 100%. I boot off of an external Thunderbolt SSD ...
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Mac OSX: strange shaking (jitter) of screen

I noticed that sometimes a strange interference in rendering happened on my screen. I thought it was some minor issue with hardware. It happened 2 or 3 times a few months ago and I didn't think much ...
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How to login as a different bash user in terminal?

I have to check if my web page running locally on nginx does not work due to permission issue. My web scripts are running as _www user, so I tried to switch to _www but this does not work: ...
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Is it safe to lock my startup disk?

A mysterious file keeps appearing on my startup disk. It's most likely a typo in a script or something, but even though it's being created with my user account as the owner, that hasn't helped me ...
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System freezing during time machine backup in higher performance graphics mode

Starting in 10.8.x and continuing in 10.9.2, I notice my system freezing when running a time machine backup while "higher performance graphics" are enabled. When I say "freeze", I mean that the ...
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Why does Messages on OSX always show unread messages?

On my iMac running Mountain Lion, Messages is chronically showing that I have 2 unread messages in its Dock icon. However there are no unread messages at all. I've even gone through and clicked on ...
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Allow access to www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies, but not www.bbc.co.uk

I'm using OS X Parental Controls to limit what my son can do on our Mac. He has his own user account, managed by the Parental Controls. Under Website Restrictions, I've chosen "Allow access to only ...
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Mail.app on iOS 7.1 not syncing with Mail.app on Mountain Lion

I have an iPhone 5s and an iMac running Mountain Lion. When I mark a message in Mac Mail as read, it doesn't sync on the iPhone. I have me.com email on both. They used to sync just fine until I ...
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Can't chmod or chown a file in TimeMachine backup directory

When trying to restore a certain directory from TimeMachine (TM) I'm getting the error The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access problem_group_file.png. Looking ...
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What is the technical reason why OS X can't write to NTFS devices?

Mac OS X can't write to a hard drive with the NTFS format. It can, however, read it. Why can't it write to it? My basic understanding is that a file format dictates how is data stored and retrieved ...
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How can I get all my open TextEdit documents back?

I have a bad habit of having zillions of open documents in TextEdit, containing brief notes that I've made. Most of these are unsaved, so they have titles like "Untitled 67". Usually this isn't a ...
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Using XQuartz for communicating to the Centos server using local graphical user interface

I wonder how to use XQuartz to communicate with the Centos server through a local graphical user interface on my Mac? I did the following steps so far, and the result so far is just connect to the ...
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How can I convert a text selection to upper case in Apple Mail with a keyboard shortcut

Apple Mail version Version 6.6 (1510) OS 10.8.5 Is there a keyboard shortcut for converting the case for a text selection in the message editor? I know I can right-click and access this from the ...
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iMac 27" intermittently fails to reach login screen after Mountain Lion Upgrade

I have recently upgraded to Mountain Lion from Snow leopard and now the system will not always go to the login screen. (iMac 27" circa 2010 standard as it came from Apple no upgrades) I have tried ...
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Modifying .plist with shell changes .plist order

I wrote a simple shell command and saved it as .command. The shell command is simply: defaults write /Users/Milo/Desktop/MyPlist "My Key" "My Entry". The issue that I'm having is that after running ...