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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How can I automatically keep track of in-office hours when I connect to my office Wi-Fi?

I'm looking for a solution that starts a timer whenever I sign in to my office wifi and stops it when I've left. It should essentially log the hours I've spent at the office. I'm aware that there's ...
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Making a GIF from a Video

I have a video clip that I want to convert to an animated GIF. I used GIFBrewery. But I couldn't figure out how to make a GIF that's the proper speed. The default preview they showed had way too many ...
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Change Image Format of a Screenshot

Lets say I want to save my screenshots as a .jpg instead of .png. How would I do this? Is there a bash command I can enter or a setting I can toggle?
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Invisible pictures in system applications

While just browsing through apps like the CoreServices in both Mac and iOS, I found that most (all?) of the pictures have sizes and memory, but don't show anything when I quick look or open them. What ...
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Why does the wireless disconnect when cooking?

I use a unibody Mac laptop to read recipes or listen to music while in the kitchen. The wireless disconnects sometimes. How can I prevent this?
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How can I make OS X recognize new file extensions?

In Finder.app, you can hit Enter to edit the name of the currently selected file or folder. OS X will automatically select only the file name part, not the extension: This is very useful, because ...
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Apache virtualhost - Mac OSX 10.7.3

After upgrading to Lion, all my virtualhosts stopped working. They redirect to "It works" main apache page on my device for some weird reason. Example: /etc/hosts: 127.0.0.1 myhost.com ...
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What methods are available to (re)install Lion on a Mac?

With genuine Lion install media being a rarety (and only included on certain newer Macs), there are a lot of queries by users on how they are best able to re-install (or even simply install) Lion on ...
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Copying the current directory's path to the clipboard

What's a quick way of copying the path to the directory that's currently open in Finder? Copying that path is very easy in Linux and Windows file managers - you just need to copy it from the address ...
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Where does OS X remember previously connected bluetooth devices?

I completely erased my hard drive (DOE compliant 3 pass secure erase) that had OS X Lion on it and reinstalled it from the recovery drive earlier today. To my astonishment, I saw that the Bluetooth ...
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What is a good web browser for OS X 10.4 Tiger?

I have an old MacBook that can't run anything higher than 10.4, due to hardware limitations. Is there any decent modern browser I can run? Opera, Safari and Firefox all need at least 10.6. I just ...
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What are the advantages of formatting an external disk as journaled HFS+?

The application Disk Utility /Library/Utilites/Disk Utility.app which is part of the applications that ship with the Mac OS allows to reformat an external disk. Options include: Mac OS Extended ...
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Do I need to reinstall OS after macbook upgrade?

My MBP mid-2009 is starting to slowly fall apart, so I figured I need a new one. I got an SSD for my current macbook, which has OS and apps installed, etc. Can I just insert this system disk into a ...
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Lion shutdown menu, locks computer

I'm having a weird problem.. When I go to the 'Apple' Menu in finder, and select the 'Shut Down...' button, it locks the computer. Not shutting it down. I'm running Lion 10.7.3 on a late 2011 macbook ...
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Alternatives to Geektool that make desktop content clickable?

Does anybody know of any alternatives to GeekTool that allow you to put content on your desktop sourced from shell scripts, files, etc but that makes the content interactive? A few use cases I would ...
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View your rated music, apps and etc. on the iTunes?

I would like to ask, where could I find all my rated music, apps and etc. on the iTunes? Moreover, how could I unrate those items? Thank you in advance. Regards, Arthur
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Lion OS install for new SSD. Do I need to install Leopard first?

I was going to replace my HDD with a SSD - but I need to install Lion for my SSD. Do I need to install Leopard on the SSD first, then go to the Mac App Store to update?
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Which is the best alternative for Dreamweaver in Mac? [closed]

I'm looking for a few freeware alternatives to Dreamweaver that I can use in my Mac that runs on OS X Lion. Shoot the best free, website development applications you know?
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Does the Mac support multitouch screens in any way?

I love using touch with Windows 7 and 8. Especially on Windows 8, the touchscreen finally feels like it's respected just as much as the keyboard and mouse. So, naturally, I'd want to carry this ...
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How to control AirPort wireless radio from the command line?

I want to know how to control (specifically turn off) the networking (specifically AirPort - I want to turn off the radio) from the command line (specifically from bash in Terminal.app, being run by ...
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How do I move a third-party application's menulet from one location to another in the menu bar?

I bought QuickCal 3 from the Mac App Store recently. Now, when I boot my Mac, the QuickCal menu icon shows on the menu bar, and where it wants to by default, I suppose. Since QuickCal has the ...
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Can I copy (myself) an app purchased through the Mac App Store to another of my licensed computers?

I have some applications purchased through the Mac App Store, and I have two Macs. Presently, if I buy an application on my Mac mini, I just go and launch the App Store on my MacBook Air, and then ...
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How best to share a Mac-connected printer with Windows 7 PCs on a workgroup network?

I've currently got an old but decent non-network-capable laser printer connected to one of my Windows 7 PC's, and shared over the network (a plain Windows workgroup.) Other PCs in the house, my Mac ...
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Who can I contact to discuss adding features to Apple's operating systems?

I have some ideas (i.e. certain software algorithms) which I think could enhance the user experience if implemented in the next version of Apple's operating systems. I'd like to connect with ...
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How do I silently start up my MacBook Air?

When I start up my MacBook Air, it makes a loud startup sound unless I muted the computer prior to shutting down last time. However, I cannot guarantee that I had muted the computer last time before ...
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Disk diagnostic and repair utility for Mac that works with all kinds of storage devices?

There are some nice and useful utilities for testing disks for bad blocks like MHDD, Victoria, HITACHI Drive Feature Tool etc. But these utilities have some limitations. For example, MHDD is the best ...
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Switch internal monitor off by software (script/terminal/shortcut/…)

I’m using my MacBook Pro (OS X 10.6) standing in a shelf with an external screen on my desk so I don’t use and need the internal screen. But if the internal one is on it’s shown in spaces. It is ...
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How do I truly flush Safari's Cache?

There have been countless times where I run into a problem after I edit HTML on a Mac. The issue derives from me uploading the updated file to my server through FTP, and I'll navigate to the website ...
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Cannot repair permissions on systemsetup (open error 1)

I've been noticing some issues with my Mac lately and decided to repair permissions (with Disk Utility). However, after getting through a few files I am presented with: Open error 1: “Operation not ...
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What's the Mac equivalent of Windows' Turn Windows Features On or Off?

One of my favorite parts of Windows is the ability to selectively turn features on or off. For instance, on a tablet you can turn on Tablet PC components; on a desktop you can disable these and ...
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Is it possible to configure OS X to use the domain-name supplied by DHCP option 15?

I run a small home network, and have configured my DHCP server to provide a domain name with all responses. My MacBook Air (running 10.7.3) places the provided domain in the DNS search path, but does ...
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How to access “Faster (fine)” and “Slower (fine)” playback controls on VLC for OS X? Else, what alternative?

I'm a little impatient. When I watch recorded technology conference sessions, I like to speed a video up during parts I can grok quickly, and slow it down to normal when knowledge isn't sinking in ...
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Has coreaudiod been fixed in Lion yet? [closed]

I tried Lion a few months ago, but had to revert to 10.6 because of the "coreaudiod bug" – where audio via QuickTime would stop working every few minutes, requiring a killall coreaudiod each time. ...
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Is this possible? Prevent Live-Linux from booting and grabbing your files without encrypting your disc?

I am a medium-experienced Power User with knowledge about most of the stuff (studying this since two years) and I know something about how Linux and Windows work; I have screwed up countless ...
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How do I run VI with colors on Lion?

I'm looking to enable color syntax highlighting in vi. I just enabled colors in Terminal via here. Any ideas on how to enable this? NOTE: Usually on Linux when I open vi with vi file.txt and it opens ...
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Internet sharing over AirPort

In MacOS X 10.6, is Internet sharing over AirPort implemented as NAT or full-blown routing? The backing wired network is a corporate one, Ethernet with DHCP.
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No Sound from Mac Mini after OS X Server Reinstall

I had to reinstall OS X Lion Server 10.7 on my Mac mini (late 2011) due to partition and boot record corruption. Since reinstalling, I have not have sound. The only sound device that shows under ...
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Adding tags to files in OS X: How to use, where are tags stored, and will they work on a network?

I've heard it is possible to add tags to a file's meta data in OS X, and have Spotlight search through such tags. In a nutshell, how would one access this feature in Finder – not Spotlight ...
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Any idea how to disable Version?

As titled, is there anyway I can disable it? Sometimes when I close a TextEdit window or whatever application, I really want to purge it. But when I open the application again, the same text that I ...
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OS X equivalent of Windows keyboard commands to access in-application menus?

In Windows, I often use the keyboard commands to navigate through the menus in a program. For example, in Photoshop, I can do Alt+F, then D to quickly Save for Web & Devices. Or Alt+V, then D to ...
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How to to specify pronunciations for OS X Lion?

The text-to-speech function on Mac OS X Lion is quite good, although sometimes it misses the just-right pronunciation of a word. Is there a way to specify a pronunciation for certain words or phrases ...
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MacBook frozen immediately after logging in

I've had an ongoing issue (since Snow Leopard and now on Lion) with my MacBook Air. After a restart or when I boot the machine up, I type in my password to login, and then about 25% of the time it ...
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What is the Mac equivalent of Windows' Power Plans' Maximum Processor State?

One of my favorite features in Windows is the built-in Power Plans. I can change how much energy my computer uses - whether I want it to drain power like there's no tomorrow and get incredible ...
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How do I find out the applescript commands available for a particular app?

I'm trying to find out if I can get iTunes to do something complex, but don't know what can be scripted. Is there a way to find out what applescript commands an app will respond to?
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Chrome toolbar icons acting weirdly

It recently started happening that the icons in Google Chrome started freaking out, and randomly look weird: And they don't always look the same, either: The appearance of them tends to change ...
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How can I rebind the return key so that it works consistently across all applications?

I tried rebinding my keyboard with Ukelele to switch the return key with the ' key. This works fine most of the time. There are just a few websites (that I've found so far) that aren't compatible with ...
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How can I use Lion's “look up” feature without the trackpad?

Lion introduced the new "Double-tap with three fingers" to Look up, which pops up a small definition of whatever word you double-tap. Is there any way to invoke look up without the trackpad? For ...
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Text in forms deletes and pages reload randomly

Using Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 and Firefox 11.0 browser. While actively completing online forms, the screen clears and reverts back (never saving it) to the blank version of the form. Or, while ...
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OS X switches resolution without monitor KVM

This is a interesting one. I use a KVM switch on my Mac Pro and Cinema Display. While the display is on another computer, the Mac switches to a different resolution (not seeing a monitor). I know it ...
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PL/SQL Mac compiler or Mac OS X compatible softwares

How can I run PL/SQL in Mac OS X Lion. I couldn't find any compatible application for mac to run PL/SQL. Please give some suggestion.