OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion

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Why does Back Up Now work from Time Machine Preferences but not from the status bar?

I am backing up to a Western Digital network drive (via Ethernet LAN), but my Time Machine won't run automatically. Whenever I run it manually from the status bar, selecting Back Up Now it fails with ...
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MacBook Air awakes in the night (when a sleep)?

Just curious, i have a old USB mouse connected to my MacBook Air. I noticed that in the middle of the night (when the cover is closed an MBA is a sleep). The LED (red) inside the mouse is turned on ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on Mountain Lion

I'm working on a MacBook late 2008 Unibody Aluminium with Mountain Lion on. I'm trying to mount Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit on a USB stick in Mountain Lion but it seems impossible. I've read all the ...
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How to save sent messages in same folder as message being replied to?

One of my favorite features back when I used Outlook was the option to save sent emails in the same folder as the message being replied to. For example, if I had moved a message to folder A and was ...
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Large difference in reported free disk space

I have a strange discrepancy in the amount of free disk space that's being reported. The finder says: My iStat Menus says: Which is the same as df -h reports: remco@Prosperpine ~ $ df -h ...
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Mail.app encounters recurring connection error (to Gmail IMAP server) after installing Mountain Lion

I have a Gmail IMAP account in Mail, which up until installing Mountain Lion has always worked smoothly. Now after the upgrade, I find that if I have Mail open for a while in the background or I put ...
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How to install Mountain Lion on a disk that cannot be formatted in recovery mode?

I'm trying to do a clean install of Mountain Lion but I'm not being able to format my partition. I previously had Lion, encrypted the disk, then upgraded to Mountain Lion, then booted into recovery ...
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Get rid of WW8Num* list styles upon exporting from Pages?

Context: MacOS X 10.8.5 Pages ’09 From Pages upon exporting a file to a .doc format, I get a file with more than 20 new list styles with names of the form: WW8Num* These list styles ...
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Cannot ping localhost

I have setup a new MacBook Pro retina, things were going well but now I cannot access localhost. $ ping localhost ping: cannot resolve localhost: Unknown host My /etc/hosts file is fine, or at ...
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Spotlight doesn't work anymore in OS X Mountain Lion

I can't get Spotlight to search for any documents. When I search the Finder for documents, nothing happens and the Spotlight search through the menu bar only shows up web searches.
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How to Instantly Lock your Mac OS X Screen, using keyboard, in Mountain Lion [duplicate]

I have a Macbook Air, and I want to know if there is a way to instantly lock my screen, using only my keyboard. I saw that it is possible to lock it using the following shortcut: Control+Shift+Eject. ...
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Is there any way to run PowerPC applications on Mountain Lion (Not installing-just opening from a CD)

I have old software (will run from a CD) in both a Mac OSX (10.5.8) and Mac OS9 version which I would like to run on Mt Lion, MacBook Pro 2012. A very similar question has been asked and answered ...
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Apache 2 `UserDir` problem in OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) Server after upgrade from Lion (10.7)

I had a Mac under OS X Lion. I upgrade it to Mountain Lion, and buy the OS X Server software in the AppStore. Since the beginning, I use the Apache version bundled in Mac OS, and it work fine. But ...
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Making a program use a specific network interface

I would like my IRC client to only use a WiFi connection and all other programs to use WiFi or wired connections. This is because every time I plug in my Ethernet cable my IRC client automatically ...
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What to do when having I/O (kernel panic) errors with Samsung 830 SSD on a mid 2009 MacBook Pro?

I am trying to upgrade my mid 2009 13" MacBook Pro with a Samsung 830 SSD but I am experiencing a lot of issues. The issues starts at installation time, when I sometimes get a kernel panic when I try ...
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Can I dismiss a Notification Center Alert using the mouse?

Is it possible to dismiss a sticky "alert" (from Notification Center) from the upper-right corner of the screen by using the mouse?
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Which browsers with an integral Java runtime environment (JRE) can run that JRE on Mountain Lion?

I know that some old Netscape products included a Java runtime environment (JRE). (I'm not sure where to download the most recent app with that integration, I'll continue to look. ...
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Automatically Save Attachments in Mail.app in 10.8 Mountain Lion

I am trying to automatically save all email sent to one address (let's call it test@example.com) to this folder /Users/luomat/Dropbox/Incoming/e2w/ (where /Users/luomat = $HOME). Here is the rule ...
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Add recovery partition back onto drive after drive change [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recreate Lion Recovery HD partition? I hope this question is different enough from the others that is doesn't get closed. I am first time Mac user, long time ...
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what is com.apple.coresymbolicationd in caches?

Doing some cleanup on my Macbook Air with 128 SSD looking for big files to reduce space used. I found something named com.apple.coresymbolicationd that is 1GB in the library/caches folder I don't ...
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How to get iMessages in sync across an iOS 5 iPhone, iPad and Mountain Lion Mac?

One of the new features of Mountain Lion is the Messages app - and the "fact" that all your Messages threads are consistent across all your devices. I would really like to have my the threads that I ...
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Can I disable auto-correction of a single word on OS X?

I'm running into an annoying issue with OS X's automatic spelling correction where the word nala gets automatically corrected to napa. I've tried adding nala to my custom dictionary under ...
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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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Can Mountain Lion be modified so that a double click will open “hidden” folders and files?

I've noticed something strange in Finder since upgrading to Mountain Lion; any hidden folder or files (that I've already run defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE for) can only be ...
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Spotlight in upper right screen corner in Mountain Lion

In the System Preferences panel for Spotlight in OS X 10.8, it claims "Spotlight is located at the top right corner of the screen". On my system, this no longer appears to be true; the Notification ...
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How might text be selected while typing the login password on my Mac?

When I wake up my Mac I am presented with the login screen. I begin typing my password in the empty password text box. After typing the first few characters, the password text becomes highlighted ...
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How can I make files I drag to the desktop stay where I put them?

In Mountain Lion, when I drag a file to the desktop, it's automatically moved to a neat grid in the upper left of the desktop. But I want it to stay in the spot to which I dragged it (usually ...
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Keyboard Shortcut To Switch Between Opened Windows

How do I switch between open windows? Command + Tab switches between opened applications, but for example, when I open prefernces window of BetterTouchTool I don't get it shown via Command + Tab.
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How to get Java 6 in OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)?

OS X 10.8 removed Java 6 and the Java Utilities switcher and made Java 7 the default jre making it hard for engineers like me who work exclusively on Java 6. How do I get back my Java 6? Note: I tried ...
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Grey login screen after enabling encryption

After turning on encryption with FileVault on my MacBook Air with Mountain Lion my login screen went gray. Is there a way to go back to the default one? The grey one The default one
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Change Command Prompt - Variables are literal, and changes to .bashrc or .bash_profile not making a difference

Trying to change my command prompt in OS X 10.8 / Mountain Lion. Changes to ~/.bashrc and ~/.bash_profile do not make any difference. Like: export PS1="\W \$" It defaults to the host name ("\h\%"). ...
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Daemons or other processes responsible for dictation in 10.8?

Dictation in Mountain Lion is a nice little feature that works great for me. However I often need to switch between dictation languages, so going through the System Preferences is way too many clicks ...
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How to determine when a Mac is in Power Nap state?

I've got a mid-2011 Macbook Air running Mountain Lion. Power Nap is enabled. My Time Machine back up goes to a USB external hard drive. My current workflow is to sleep my computer when not in use, ...
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Mountain Lion: AirPlay doesn't show up (but it works in iTunes)

I have mountain lion and Apple TV. iTunes only displays the option for AirPlay. But it doesn't display on the OSX top bar. I have a MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
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Is it possible to go from pre-installed Mavericks to Mountain Lion on my new Macbook Pro?

I just brought a brand new MacBook Pro (mid-2012) and it came with Mavericks installed on it. The previous Mac I had before I got this one had Mountain Lion and it ran my pro tools sufficiently but ...
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How do I disable text antialias (font smoothing) in Terminal and globally for all apps?

I'd like to disable every kind of text anti-aliasing and font smoothing globally in OS X. With OS X 10.8 on a mid-2013 MacBook Air 13", I've tried quite a few options: the Turn off text smoothing ...
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Encrypt data before sync to dropbox?

If I have FileVault on, this will encrypt all my data on my HDD. so this said, will this send to dropbox the encrypted files or the original files?
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Time Machine automatic backups fail, manual backups succeed

Short Description Automatic Time Machine backups fail (with an error code of '19'), but manual backups succeed. Does anyone know what would cause this behavior? Long Description & ...
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Redirect traffic using PF along with Internet Sharing

The short version: How do I redirect all traffic from en2 port 80/443 to 127.0.0.1:8080 when I have enabled Internet Sharing in OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)? Some background: I am doing a master ...
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How to easily and completely disable/enable WLAN (so it cannot be turned on again while travelling)?

Without going into specifics of why I might like to do this, or whether this is a good idea or not, I would like to know how I can disable use of wireless networking on my MacBook Air, either via ...
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Deleting files doesn't free up space [duplicate]

I moved away (to an external drive) about 30 GB of files from a drive (startup disk) that had 60 GB of free space. After the move it still shows only 60 GB of free space, not 90, as I would expect. ...
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Unable to read last block of the device

I'm mid way through replacing the hard drive in my MacBook Pro (mid-2009). I've created a boot disk (10.8) on a SD card which I am booting from. On trying to format the new drive with disk utility ...
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Can Google Chrome be blamed for high RAM usage and lagging performance?

On my Mac, OS X lags substantially when browsing through Chrome. I've researched things and understand that inactive memory is part of the free memory, that can and should be freed at a moment's ...
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Time Machine backup to Airport Extreme AirDisk

I thought it was NOT possible to use the USB hard disk attached to the Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) as a backup destination for Time Machine backups. This was mostly due to Google results as ...
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How does TRIM Enabler work?

I recently bought a third part (OCZ) SSD and used Trim Enabler to, well, enable TRIM. I've noticed that some software updates can cause TRIM to be disabled, and have thus been curious about how TRIM ...
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Some dvorak shortcuts aren't working. 10.8.2

I just got a new Macbook Air, and was all excited to code: but then wham. For example I cannot do command + / Which is pretty valuable when coding. It treats it as Command + { I'm trying to use ...
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Mountain Lion desktop order

On Mountain Lion, I have three desktops. What I find is that the sequential left to right order of these desktops keeps changing. Is it doing something based on usage ? and how can I disable this ?
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Dictation not working in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

I have enabled dictation in the preferences, but it fails to start. When I tap fn fn, the Icon with three dots appears, and quickly disappears. I don't see a microphone. My system is connected to ...
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Choosing between opening a file with primary or secondary program with a shortcut

I know how to change default program to certain type of files, but I've been running to situations where I could use 2 defaults. Lets take .html files for example. I have assigned Chrome to open all ...
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Computer slows when battery is low

My Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion slows down dramatically when the battery is below 4-5%. All the applications running are very slow to respond, and several have the "Application not responding" ...