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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OS X Snow Leopard installer hangs

I installed Linux on my MBP. I just told it to overwrite the whole hard drive so OS X is gone. But now I want to go back to OS X so that I can upgrade to Lion. I start up my MBP with the ...
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How do I mount ejected external USB flash storage? [duplicate]

Suppose that we connect our flash USB drive to a MacBook, then eject this storage from Finder sidebar. Now I want to remount this storage without unplugging and replugging it into the computer, but ...
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How can I change the modified date of a symlink?

I would like to change the modified date of a symlink. The symlink points to a directory so it cannot be a hardlink. The following command works fine in the terminal for an actual directory, but it ...
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How can I keep Mail.app's archive from becoming too big?

I'm trying to reduce my hard drive space used to prepare for a move to an SSD. I've got a wonderful application called DaisyDisk that allows me to visualize data segments on my hard drives. I have ...
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Change tabstop in TextEdit.app

How does one change the tabstop in TextEdit.app for Snow Leopard? The current tabstop is 8 spaces. I would like to change this to 4 spaces. Is there any way to achieve this?
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How can I extract video clips from a non-encrypted DVD?

I have a non-encrypted DVD (of my wedding, if you must know) and I was wondering if I could extract clips from the DVD into files in some standard video format (i.e. clip1.mp4) so I can look at them ...
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Show Desktop and Stacks in Lion

In Snow Leopard, I would routinely swipe up to show the desktop and then click on my "Documents" or "Downloads" stack from the dock in order to quickly move a file to the desktop. In Lion, if I ...
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Why does stock Mac OS X allow me to rip CDs but not DVDs?

When I insert a music CD into my iMac, iTunes opens and gives me the option to "rip" (i.e. import the content and save as files) the tracks using any of these encoders: AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3, ...
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Set the default search to current folder?

The Finder's search bar is an integral part of my workflow. I am constantly using it to search the contents of files within various folders. However, typing into this bar always searches the entire ...
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Many Applications accessing obsolete x509anchors

When I look into console.app I see that every 2 minutes one of the mac os programs (Safari, Mail, Keychain, Addressbook, WebProcess etc.) is giving an "Warning: accessing obsolete X509Anchors." error. ...
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How can I prevent java processes from stealing focus?

Has anyone else noticed that command line java applications in OS X create GUI processes that steal focus (ie, groovy, maven sub processes)? I'm finding it extremely annoying; probably because I've ...
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Operating System becomes unstable after prolonged use

My setup uname -a prints: Darwin Jutsu.local 11.2.0 Darwin Kernel Version 11.2.0: Tue Aug 9 20:54:00 PDT 2011; root:xnu-1699.24.8~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64 Mac OS X Version: 10.7.3 as of this post ...
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Any way to know what causes allocation of wired memory?

Activity Monitor lets me see how much memory is allocated as "wired", but I can't find a way to break the allocation down by applications or other memory consumers. Is there a tool out there that ...
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How can I show Growl notifications on both displays?

I've got a MacBook Pro connected to an external display. Right now the notifications come through on on the primary display (MacBook Pro built in display) and not the external display. I know I can ...
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How do I detect failed remote login attempts and block them?

How do I detect failed remote login attempt on my MacBook Pro and how do I block them? My MacBook Pro is on a network with built-in firewall, if that's relevant.
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How to check installed OS X version from the command-line on each partition?

I'm managing a lot of Macs and each machines has several partitions with different OS versions. I would like to create a script that I could run to do an inventory of all partitions of all machines ...
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How can I report security vulnerabilities for open source OSX applications?

In the event of finding a security vulnerability in the Linux world, the procedure involved would be to report the vulnerability... ...to the developers or the maintainers of the package in a ...
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How to get Gmail priority inbox sections on Mail?

I use Google priority inbox so I've a Starred section, Important, and Everything else as separate sections on the web gmail. Now, I just set up my "Mail" on Mac OS X (using IMAP) but Mail will just ...
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How do I prevent widgets from moving around on the dashboard?

Is there a way to disable moving widgets around in the dashboard? I have a neat layout all set up, and would like to prevent accidental widget movements.
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Where are Microsoft Office for Mac My Templates stored?

Where do Word for Mac and Powerpoint for Mac store user templates?
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Can't install programs nor change system settings because admin password is not recognized on Mac OS Lion

I can't install programs nor change system settings. I have admin privileges and I can successfully login into my account. I can even perform admin operations in terminal using sudo command. But, ...
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Why does iChat launch itself whenever I wake my monitors?

I'm using OS X Lion. Whenever I wake my monitors, the iChat screen below pops up: When I let my Mac idle, iChat was NOT open. I never use iChat and would really like this dialog to go away ...
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Will the old version of Airport Utility still be usable if I upgrade to 6.0? [duplicate]

I would like to know if, once I upgrade Airport Utility to version 6.0, the old version I had previously will disappear, and I want to know if I can use both of them (old and new) on the same Mac.
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Is there a way to spellcheck the word under the cursor with a keyboard shortcut?

Basically, is there any way to trigger the native OS X spellcheck context menu using a keyboard shortcut. I know the command keys ⌘+: activates spellcheck, but what I'm trying to do is get the result ...
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Is there a way to hide, stack or collapse menubar icons?

Right now I have far too many icons on my menubar. I know I can command drag them off of there. But I do need to use them on occasion. Is there any app that will combine menubar items into one such ...
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Mail app; how to change default preference of attachment to be at end of document?

I always want to place a photo somewhere other than at the end of a document. How can I change the default setting so this is allowed without having to go to Preferences, attachments and un clicking ...
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Is there a SVN software that'd allow to work with a remote copy?

So far I've checked cornerstone and versionapp, neither of which allows to do that. I've also tried mounting a remote disk (SFTP) using Transmit 2, but that resulted in an error when I've tried to ...
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How can I backup and restore Wi-Fi profiles in Lion?

I want to reinstall my Macbook, but i do not want to loose all my saved WPA/WEP Wi-Fi profiles. Is there a way to back them up and restore them after the reinstall?
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Move contents of one directory to another

I have a Time Machine backup of my entire system on a hard drive (the system folder and everything else seems to be there). How do I move all of the contents of this directory to another directory? ...
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How to set up so on the Mac the default new user will have a single color wallpaper?

We are trying to set up multiple user accounts on a Mac and wish to have all the users' desktop wallpaper to be single colored (such as aqua blue). It can be done manually but I would like to know if ...
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How I take photo using the MBP's webcam from command line? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I take a steathy picture with my iSight camera from the command line? Is there a command line method for taking ?
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Installation of a .pkg file is nowhere to be seen

I have gone through the install process of a .pkg file and when I look for it in /Users/~/Library/Application Support it's nowhere to be seen. I've only recently become a Mac user so it might be a ...
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Is there software that allows multiple users to simultaneously and independently share a personal computer running Mac Os?

Like BeTwin. For example, I have Macbook Pro with one Mini DisplayPort (for additional monitor) and two USB port (for additional mouse and keyboard). How can i implement it on Mac OS Snow Leopard?
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Apple Certified Trainer [closed]

I want to become an Apple Certified Trainer in Aperture and teach at an AATC over the summer as a job. This AATC told me that if I can get certified, then there's a job waiting for me because as of ...
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Changes in /etc/hosts are undone

I have a computer on my local network for which I would like to use a nice alias, and therefore I put an entry in /etc/hosts. After a while this change is undone. The entry is gone from /etc/hosts. It ...
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Problem saving settings in OSX Control Panel after SSD installation

On my Lion installation changes in the OSX Control Panel some settings are no longer saved eg. General oder Language. After reentering the Control panel again, the old settings are still in place. ...
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How do I copy (or clone or duplicate or make a template) user account?

In Mac OS X Lion (10.7.3), is it possible to create a new user account with settings identical to an existing user account? Or put another way, is it possible to set-up a user account template? I do ...
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Run a Cocoa application on Lion as another user

I'm trying to run an application as the user 'steve' with the window displayed on my desktop ( brendan ). This is what I have been doing so far. sudo -u steve open -a /Path/To/MyApplication.app ...
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Can I view system stats in the Terminal?

The widget iStat Pro allows to monitor different system stats like CPU usage network bandwidth in/out memory usage ... How can I view such system stats in the Terminal?
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Is it possible to disable auto mount of external devices?

How can I disable the auto mount of usb/firewire devices or basically any external disk in MacOSX? My motivation for this is that in Windows there have been possible attacks via USB trojans that ...
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How can I run a hardware test in lion?

My Mac was shipped with Lion. Therefore I have no install CDs that I could use to run a hardware test. How can I run a hardware test?
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Using FileVault 2 on non-boot disk with moved home directory

I have OS X Lion installed on an SSD which is encrypted with FileVault 2. I have a second magnetic hard drive that I've moved my home directory to in order to not take up space on the SSD. My ...
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What user behavior is necessary to make Filevault 2 maximally secure?

Situation: Filevault 2 passwords can be stolen Passware has released the Passware Kit Forensic 11.3 which is able to steal the FileVault 2 password from the RAM by performing a DMA Attack via the ...
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What traffic is sent over the build-in VPN connection?

Under System Preferences > Network > VPN > Advanced > Options I can choose to "Send all traffic over VPN connection". Contrariwise, this would mean that if this option is not enabled ...
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Can I lower the minimum volume on my Mac?

Even when the volume on my MBP running 10.7.2 is set to only one bar - it is too loud for my use. When using headphones, the minimum and maximum volume configuration is just fine. This is not the ...
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3 finger select and drag freezes Finder

Using the 3 finger drag to swipe across document icons and then dragging from one finder window to another (say drag and dropping to an external drive) freezes the icons in their position on the ...
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How can I manually delete old backups to free space for Time Machine?

I use a Time Capsule for backup and now I want the drive to back up data from an extra Mac. But the drive is filled up with old backups from Mac 1. There simply is not enough space available for the ...
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HTTPS Not working on Macbook Pro

I'm having a weird issue on my Macbook Pro (OSX 10.7 Lion) where ANY site on ANY browser doesn't function if it is using HTTPS. For example, http://google.com will appear, but https://google.com will ...
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Removing ACLs from files… can I do damage?

Can I do any damage to files if I remove ACLs from them using something like chmod -RN /directoryWithABunchOfFiles What is the purpose of these ACL attributes?
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Where can I find resources to learn about the internals of Mac OS X? [closed]

I want to dive into Mac OS X, but don't know any good sources to learn from. I found this book: Mac OS X Internals, but it's a bit old, and from the recessions it discusses the PowerPC, and not the ...