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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MacBook Pro won't connect to some web pages

Been having this problem for a few months now. A few websites will not load at all on my old MacBook Pro 10.7.5. They hang for ages with "connecting" then I get the usual Google Chrome cannot open ...
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Working on a MS Access file with ODBC connection on OSX

I need to open an accdb file on my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.8.5). This file uses an ODBC data source connection. So I guess my questions are: How do I setup a new ODBC data source connection on a Mac? ...
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Why is the Xcode icon red?

Today I noticed a very odd thing: the Xcode app icon on my system has changed to red. It seems really odd as the entire icon is the same, just that the color is red!
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Should I join a Mac to the domain using a network account or local account?

Is there any diference joining a computer to the domain under the local admin account or using the new network account? Does the computer have to be added using the new network account? If I added ...
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2007 15" macbook pro disk full won't get past login screen

I was trying to help my brother fix his computer: A pop up that comes up at login that will tell you that your startup disk is full, he logs in and the screen gets stuck without loading any files. I ...
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Finder closes and reopens over and over

I recently created a RAID 1 set with two external 2TB drives, and it caused me lots of issues. First, my iMac (10.8.4) kernel panicked a dozen times before I found out it was the 256k block size ...
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Run themed dock on login without affecting other users

I would like to know if there is a method for preventing the dock from starting on login, as I would like to run the stock dock with a different theme instead (but don't want it to affect other ...
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Script to make the x red button kill the app

Quick background: new mac, long time windows user; not scared by linux and scripts. I am currently using RedQuits to make the x red button quit de app, not just close the window. It is a great ...
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Mac Mini and MacBook Pro are giving slow upload speeds on wired gigabit LAN

My Mac Mini and MacBook Pro are giving relatively slow upload speeds (~60mbps) on my gigabit (10/100/1000) LAN. I think the problem has something to do with Mac OS, but I really can't pin point the ...
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DNS resolution temporarily failing

Macbook air mid-2012 w/ Mountain Lion. Whenever I wakeup from a long sleep and also on some random moments when it's on, i get DNS resolution failures for every server, with nslookup saying ;; ...
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Is it possible to change Apple Mail mail list background

I'm using Apple Mail 6.5, configured with "classic view". Is it possible to change the background color (and the foreground color of the fonts) of the main pane that shows the list of mails in the ...
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Is there another way apart from screencapture to take a screenshot of a background window?

I'd like to take a screenshot of a background window given its title. I know this can be made with screencapture -l idwindow output but unluckily I can't use this method because I'm on a 10.5.8 ...
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What's the /home directory for, or did I just accidentally create it?

I saw reference to a bash command, cd /home, in a multiple choice quiz about navigating within Terminal. I tried it, expecting -bash: cd: /home: No such file or directory, but to my surprise it took ...
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purchased a paid app on a laptop and will not appear on my mac's itunes

I purchased a paid app on my laptop, after logging in with my apple ID, and even got an email verifying my purchase. Today, I logged in to my mac, opened itunes and the app was not in the list with my ...
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Help needed installing OS X 10.6 on a clean iMac 8.1/early 2008

I have an iMac that has had the hard drive wiped completly clean, no partitions at all, just a blank drive, I have purchased OS X 10.6 installation DVD. I try to install OS X, the disc loads up and ...
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PHP exec() with Mac ports issue

I'm running PHP 5.3 from Mac Ports. I'm seeing some odd behavior with "exec()" that I can't track down. Calling commands that are installed in system-standard directories work, but calling commands ...
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Rails Command Fails Because of Space in Path

I tried setting up a Ruby on Rails project on my nice safe volume called "Data RAID". The set up failed with some strange errors that I eventually tracked down to the space in the path name. It works ...
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Kernel error as soon as I press a key on my USB Apple iMac keyboard

As soon as I press a key on my Apple iMac keyboard, the iMac freezes and instantly restarts with a box popping up saying Your computer was restarted because of a problem. Everything worked fine ...
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Bootcamp Windows Partition Won't Boot After Accidentally Changing Boot-up Partition

I was messing around with the startup partition on my Windows 7 partition on my Mac and accidentally changed it to the Mac OS X partition. So when I boot the Windows 7 partition it says the error ...
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Error message, “hpPlugInInit.kext was installed improperly”

I recently bought a MacBook Air and transferred my system information and user data via Migration Assistant. I used to get error messages on my old computer like this: The system extension ...
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Airport Extreme open file limit

I'm using an Airport Extreme 802.11n (2nd Generation), running firmware version 7.6.3 I'm connecting to it via a Mac Mini running 10.8.4 I'm trying to diagnose a backup software issue, where the ...
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Issues with using the Japanese Kotoeri input sources in iTerm 2

When I type text in the middle of a line, the text is inserted over the characters right of it as if overtype mode was enabled. The text is displayed normally (or the characters on the right side are ...
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How preconfigure os x install image for automatic install?

I want to build a custom system image of OS X (say ML). I want to install it on the virtual machine (not really important). I want a never-boot image (i.e. not a preinstalled image) fully configured. ...
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Increased the Size of Bootcamp Partition but Winclone Restores Old Size Partition

I followed all documented steps to increase the Bootcamp partition size on the Mac OS 10.5.x. I used Winclone, Disk Utility and Bootcamp Assistant to perform this operation. In short, I cloned Windows ...
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Windows desktop not showing properly under Parallels Desktop

I'm stuck and not finding any real solutions... I have MacBook Pro (2011) running Mac 10.7.5. Research led me to look into using Parallels Desktop to have Windows on same machine. So I did and then ...
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rsync sending incremental file list, but no back ups?

I've used rsync to archive my hard drive to an external successfully and now I'd like to use an incremental session to only update files that changed or were added. Putting together what I've found on ...
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How to use a different mirror of macports rather than the offical mirrors?

How to use a different mirror rather than the mirrors in the list? Well, I mean not only download port.tar from other mirror, like the question here, but also download packages from a different ...
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How to avoid OS X halting when network drives are not connected

I have set up an AFP drive to be automounted, using the Login Items pane of Users & Groups. But when I now have used my Macbook extensively without any connectivity, I find that a lot of apps wait ...
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How to make Mail resync exchange?

For some reason my Sent folder in my exchange account is not showing mail from older than 3 weeks. I've tried clicking on "synchronize" and it doesn't work. I've tried deleting the account and ...
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How to Lock / Restore Window Positions?

I'm looking for a way to lock the screen positions of the various windows I have open. I've tried the "Stay" app and the "Disktility" app. The former worked sporadically and the latter kept ...
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What ghost in the machine is changing Safari Privacy settings? Mail, too?

Safari, Mail. What on earth? Occasionally, Mail can't connect, so I go into Preferences .. and every time, a password has just plain disappeared. Or I'll go thru Safari Preferences and discover, ...
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Apps unresponsive directly after starting them. Log says: “didn't gather any samples due to audio running”

Recently, I'm seeing the following symptom regularly on my Mac. I'll start an application such as safari or sktich and then the app bounces in the dock and is unresponsive. I have to force quit the ...
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Clean install Mac OS X 10.6.8, using USB Drive

I've Mac 10.5.8. I've upgraded to Mac 10.6.8, using USB device. Now I'm thinking of clean installing Mac 10.6.8, using USB device. When inserting Mac 10.5.8 CD, I' getting option to format the disk. ...
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Mount ISO as CD/DVD in VMware fusion 5

I am trying to mount as CD/DVD an ISO image of Windows 8, in VMWare Fusion 5, but i cant. I dont know if this is a VMware bug. I have rMBP, and since it doesn't have an optical drive, I have to ...
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VPN in OSX is ignoring the subnet mask from DHCP

We've set up a VPN in our office, and are having problems connecting the native VPN client in OSX. Our DHCP subnet mask is 255.128.0.0, but when we check the connection in ifconfig it reports as ...
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Enabling AGC logging in OSX 10.7.2?

I'm trying to enable AGC logging in Mountain Lion to the kernel log: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" ...
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Ruby and osx, clipboard status detection

My question: is it possible to detect when clipboard was pasted into other app ? With use of RubyMotion, Macruby, or Apple Scripts maybe ?
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How do I remove black rectangles on the desktop screen in os x 10.8?

Shown to the left of the screen, on the middle. Moving a window over it does not remove it, however restarting does. But then they reappear after a while.
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How to select which disks are allowed to sleep?

There is an option "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible" in Mac OS X's preferences: Is it possible to configure which disks Mac OS X can put into a sleepy state? For example, I want to ...
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Keyboard shortcut within Mission Control for choosing a specific application window?

I use Mountain Lion and want to know if there are keyboard shortcuts for moving around and choosing a particular application window within a given active desktop in Mission Control. I chose an option ...
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Is there any way to speed up kdiff3 startup time?

I recently switched over to OS X from Kubuntu and am trying to get my favourite development tools working. In Kubuntu I always used kdiff3 as my git difftool. I can get it to work on OS X, either by ...
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Screensaver on external screen only

Is it possible to start the screensaver (preferably the origami style) on only the connected external monitor? I want to be able to use the second display as usual. A third party app would also ...
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OSX changing backgrounds- iphoto folder doesn't update

I have the background image on my OSX desktop set to change every x minutes- it chooses a random image within a specific iPhoto album. However, when I remove photos from that iPhoto album, the ...
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How to download Mountain Lion installer after changing a store?

I'm going to upgrade my machine with ssd drive, so I want to make a clean install. I was told that I can redownload the installer via Mac App Store, but the problem is that I used the store of other ...
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Help needed with Boot Camp Setup

I have a 2009 27" Core2Duo 8GB RAM iMac. The hard drive is a brand new 3TB with a fresh install of 10.8.3. I want to install Windows 7 64bit. I set up some basic settings and have a backup at the ...
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How do I get TimeMachine to backup a FUSE filesystem?

I have - /Users/me/Documents/ /Users/me/Documents/ADocument ... /Users/me/Fuse4XFileSystem/ /Users/me/Fuse4XFileSystem/AnotherDocument ... TimeMachine will happily backup /Users/me/Documents and ...
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How can I increase java heap size on my Mac running PS3 Media Server?

i've some issues running ps3 media server on my MacBook Pro 13" on OS 10.8.3. When I want to play a MKV on my xbox throught PS3 MS, no matter which movie I try, it plays only for 10s then the java ...
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Updating and migrating a Mac OSX 10.6.8 server to a new Mac OSX 10.7 server

There is no good instruction on the internet on how to upgrade and migrate a Mac OSX 10.6.8 server to a new Mac OSX 10.7 server (not just updating the 10.6.8, but also migrating). For my employer, I ...
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Do Java security settings in Mountain Lion cause java.lang.ExceptionInInitializerError?

In a nutshell, I have a java app that crashes in java.lang.ExceptionInInitializerError and I'm looking to see if my OS/Java settings might be causing this error. I cannot change the security settings ...
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How to split jointly used iCloud account/Apple ID?

My wife and I use the same apple ID but do not like cloud because we do not want each other's contacts or phone numbers. How do I take her off our joint ID, keep that one for myself, and set up her ...