OS X (formerly Mac OS X) is the marketing name for Apple's computer OS. Note the proper pronunciation is "ohh ess ten" and not "oh ess ex".

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Option key boot selector suddenly failing

I have an early 2008 Mac Pro (12 GB, several hard disks). On OS X I run Yosemtite, On Bootcamp, Windows 7. All works fine. Yesterday I installed a "new" Radeon 5770 to replace the aged (and very ...
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Copying Xcode.app to another location causes system lockup

Whenever I try to copy or compress Xcode.app on a computer (downloaded from the Mac App Store, currently version 6.1), the system completely locks up, just allowing me to restart with Ctrl+Cmd+Power. ...
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How to Download m3u8 stream to local HD in OS X?

The file in question looks like this: http://​website.com/somenumbers/somenumbers/somename.ts.m3u8 The file in question isn't a live stream. It's a recording. I've tried using the ffmpeg library ...
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How to quit a file without modification & without changing its modification time?

Within my work I regularly open files with Pages, Numbers, Keynote… and even if I typed anything within these files I want to be absolutely sure I didn't modify them in any way. Moreover I want to be ...
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Attempting to copy a .zip file over SMB results in “Invalid argument”

I am on OS X Yosemite. I have connected to my work via VPN. I have mounted a share on the VPN over SMB. I can see the .zip file that I want (I just created it) but I cannot copy it: Rammy:Main ...
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Access OS X Yosemite “Share Menu” extension through Apple Script

I'd like to make an Alfred workflow that would send a file as an attachment through Airmail. I noticed that Airmail has a "Share Menu" extension to do just that. Is there a way to access this ...
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Updating OSX's Java version

After the upgrade from Mavericks to Yosemite, some Java applications begin failing. Specifically, the error message is Dyld Error Message: Symbol not found: _CGContextSetAllowsAcceleration ...
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Tweaking OS X 10.10 Yosemite to auto-toggle Reduced Transparency when on battery

I am curious about whether there is a way in OS X to hook to some events to find out whether the laptop is plugged into power. (And furthermore how we can control the "Reduced Transparency" settings ...
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BitDefender opens randomly

BitDefender's Dock icon pops up randomly and I have to quit again and again. I tried to contact the support but got only some generic response. Does anyone have the same problem and have a workaround? ...
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Telephone callback reminder

Yesterday my phone (iPhone 6 / iOS 8.1) alerted me to a reminder to call a phone number. I did not set that reminder. It somehow just appeared in the Reminders app. Curious, I called the number. ...
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On Yosemite, how can I audit the safety of an executable?

I would like to audit an executable binary from an untrusted source, and ultimately maintain whether it is safe to run it. My main interest is to establish, in a safe fashion, whether said binary ...
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Accidentally wrote over external hard drive with an img file using dd

I had two partitions, one "clear" and one encrypted. Had my iPhoto library. On the encrypted partition. I am slightly panicking now. Any ideas on how to recover my data? Various relevant ...
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Macbook Pro 2013 slow startup from sleep since Yosemite

I have an 8GB Macbook Pro (2013) and have recently upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite. Everything has been fine except when I wake it from sleep. Firstly, it brings up the login screen but the ...
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How To Add Per-Webpage, Not Per-Website Icons for Favorites View In Yosemite

I am dealing with this mess of icons in OS X Yosemite Safari's Favorites view: Note how nice and easy it is to visually locate the IPython and AWS icons: I would like to have similar icons ...
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Change the menu bar icon of WhatPulse

I'd like to make the WhatPulse icon white to make it match the rest of the icons in Yosemite dark mode. I've looked in the package contents of WhatPulse.app, but I don't find any images in the ...
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Unable to Download Mac OS X Yosemite

I currently have Mac OS X Mavericks. When I try to download Yosemite from the App Store the file begins to download and shows an estimated time. After a few minutes the file stops downloading and ...
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Correct Filesystem Setup?

Recently I did a fresh install of OSX Yosemite on my Macbook Pro. I followed these instructions to create a USB install drive, and I then used the Disk Utility app from that booted USB drive to erase ...
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Finder Problems after Updating to Yosemite

I updated to Yosemite from Mavericks. Everything seems to be working normally, except Finder. When I open a Finder window it is empty. Even if I open the Applications folder - it is empty. The files ...
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Macbook wake from sleep ctrl key to activate keyboard

I have a really annoying problem with my 2011 13" Macbook Pro running 10.6.8. Whenever I open the lid after it's been to sleep the keyboard seems to be in a mode where it thinks the Ctrl key is ...
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Not supported input when switching from external TV to monitor on Yosemite

I'm using a LogiLink Mini Display Port to HDMI adapter to connect my MacBook Pro (late 2013, 15", non-retina) to external screens - Dell monitor (through an HDMI-DVI cable) at my desk and a Samsung TV ...
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Compile new version of WebKit for Safari

I have a requirement in our automation to upload our file using Selenium. Selenium Safari file upload is not working and its already a bug. And doing this way in js also not acceptable : ...
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Why does OS X use swap memory when memory pressure remains low?

My system (Yosemite / 10.10) has been paging out to swap memory despite my memory pressure reading less than 50% over the last 7 days (tracked with iStat Menus). How is this possible? It would be one ...
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iTunes showing album as individual songs

I just installed a new version of iTunes, 12.0.1.26. When I want to add a new music album into my music library it is showing as individual songs in the library.
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Unable to Install EOS Utility from Canon Solution Disc

I just got a mini DVD with some software which will probably help me downloading the photos from my Canon 600D using the interface cable but I have a mac and it does not have a DVD drive. I tried to ...
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Saving, Switching between window arrangements?

Repeating series of actions := productivity lost. Is there a way I can arrange, and save for later loading, an arbitrary arrangement of open programs, closed programs, and arrangement of windows? ...
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Reconnect to VPN automatically

I have a Softether VPN server v2.00-9387, which is OpenVPN compatible. I am connecting to it via L2TP protocol on my Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.9.5 computers, using built-in network connections, ...
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Xcode not updated after updating through Mac App Store

I recently downloaded Xcode 6.1 from the Mac App Store and after downloading it, Xcode shows the version is still same as the old one (5.1). When I go to the Mac App Store and search for Xcode, it ...
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Change Managed, Mobile Account Password through script?

Wondering if anyone has worked with something similar before - we have a number of Mac laptops connected to an Active Directory server, and on first login users create a Managed, Mobile account. When ...
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Yosemite and coreaudio outbound traffic

Ever since upgrading to Yosemite my Mac Mini is filling our network firewall syslog every minute with a UDP denial to a private address (10.61.0.119) outside our network. I made sure that updates ...
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Is it possible to change the from address on Mac OS X server email alerts?

I have enabled email notifications in Server.app (2.2.4) on Mac OS X server (10.8.5) If port 25 is not being blocked at the local firewall or the ISP, this generally works ok. I've found that if it ...
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⌘+↑/↓ for Page Up/Down not working any more in Yosemite

In Mavericks I could use ⌘ + ↑/↓ for Page Up/Down but it's not working anymore. I googled it and some people said it's fn + ↑/↓ but thats also not working. How can I fix that?
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Is there a way to clean up possibly invalid disks that only show up on Mac OS Recovery through ‘diskutil list’ in Terminal? Does Recovery use them?

Hopefully that question is clear enough, and hopefully this is just me being silly. When I boot into the Recovery Partition, go into Terminal, and run 'diskutil list', I get quite a few tiny and ...
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Yosemite Problems - Mac OS X Base System

I am trying to clean install Yosemite, not using a bootable usb. Instead, I want to upgrade to Yosemite from Mavericks, then erase my Macintosh HD (I will leave my bootcamp) from recovery mode then ...
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Trouble installing OS X Yosemite (using bootable USB) onto MBP'12 w/ wiped HD

I erased the disk on a MBP ’12 running Mountain Lion before upgrading to Yosemite. So I erased the “Macintosh HD” using Disk Utility and now I’m at the “OS X Utilities” front-window in recovery mode. ...
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Yosemite: replace desktop with Launchpad

Is there any way to replace the desktop with launchpad? I would like to do this thing at this point Kind of gives me the feeling of coming full circle, but ultimately my desktop is just an ...
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bridge CDCmodem and wifi on mac OSX 10.9.3

I am not a professional in IT. I am looking for a way to bridge OSX wifi with CDC modem (datacard). I tried using the internet sharing but then the wifi makes a new SSID network and disconnects from ...
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Time Machine stars background image back

I want the space and stars image of Time Machine back in Yosemite. Anyone figured out how to do this please? Why? I think it is such a great metaphor.
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Aggressize standard stream buffering in latest Command Line Tools (6.1)

I just upgraded my "Command Line Tools" via App Store.app's update process to Version 6.1. It seemed to install just fine, but a lot of commonly used command line tools now have much more aggressive ...
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MacBook Air (2013) doesn't restart or shutdown after upgrading to OS X 10.10 Yosemite

My MacBook Air (2013) doesn't restart or shutdown from the Finder menu after upgrading to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. I have to press the power button. Moreover, it shows the Apple logo and progress bar ...
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“brew install python” without Xcode in Snow Leopard

I've been able to get brew to install many packages on Snow Leopard using just the gcc library without installing all of Xcode. I had installed Python as well as PosgreSQL from the gui installer and ...
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My Desktop folder was “wiped”

about 3 days ago, after turning on my mac, I noticed that all the folders and files that were in the Desktop folder were just gone. I considered the (highly unlikely) possibility of accidentally ...
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More beautiful notes?

I would like to have an app that can use existing iCloud notes, but to show them in better way, using eg. simple markdown. So I can edit notes using the simple built-in application Notes or to use ...
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10.9.5 mac pro - cannot ssh out

I cannot ssh to any server. ssh -vvv joe@ip OpenSSH_6.2p2, OSSLShim 0.9.8r 8 Dec 2011 debug1: Reading configuration data /Users/joe/.ssh/config debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh_config ...
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ImageMagick install fails on “verification” step in OS X 10.8

I’ve just tried to install ImageMagick on OS X 10.8. Everything seems to work fine, except the last "verification" steps: MacBook-Pro-de-Ewan:~ ewandelanoy$ /opt/local/bin/identify -list font -bash: ...
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How can I change the text on the shutdown window?

When you press the power button on a mac laptop, a window is shown that reads "Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?" An image of the power symbol is shown next to this text and at the ...
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OS X Ram Viewer

I am starting to become an intermediate C++ programmer and messing around with memory allocation and would like to take a look what is going on behind the scenes. For instance, I would like to see ...
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Changing /etc/hosts not getting affected

I have added the following line in my /etc/hosts: 127.0.0.1   myapp.corp.com so my full /etc/hosts looks like: 127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.0.1   myapp.corp.com 255.255.255.255 broadcasthost ::1 ...
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Macbook Pro 180 Degree Screen

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro With OS X 10.9.3 the 2.3 GHZ Intel i5 and 8 GB of 1333 MHZ DDR3 Ram. When I plug in my Cintiq Companion Hybrid. I run it in mirror mode at 720P because the Cintiq has a ...
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Copy folder into multiple folders

I have a folder that I need to copy into 400 other folders. Instead of writing code to do this is there an easy way to paste into multiple folders?
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Update OS X without using discrete graphics card

I have a Macbook Pro late 2011 and my discrete GPU stopped working about a month ago, so now I have to use the Intel HD Graphics 3000 card only. Anyway, I've deleted some kexts related to my old AMD ...