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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Good/inspiring uses of automation on Mac OS X

I have been a mac user for quite a while now (about 5-6 years) and I would consider myself rather tech-savvy. That being said I have very little insight to the automation capabilities that have been ...
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Is it possible to modify OS X default MIDI sounds?

I've been looking around to find out how to change MIDI sounds for the Built-in MIDI synthesizer inside Mac OS X, haven't found anything, is there a way to do that?
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transfer iTunes from Windows 7 to OSX

I store my music on a network location \192.168.1.6\music I added that folder to iTunes on Windows 7. I want to use a new Mac and I'm wondering what's the easiest/fastest way to transfer all the ...
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What is the quickest Mac OS X app to use to remove the background of an image to make it transparent?

I followed the instructions in How to use Preview for Basic Image Editing: Remove Backgrounds and Extract Shapes to use the Preview app to remove backgrounds with an image. The problem is that the ...
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How can I map keyboard keys to mouse axes in Terminal?

How can I map the mouse axes to my keyboard keys in the Mac OSX 10.6 Terminal? For example, moving the mouse up (positive x) triggers a keypress of W. Is this built in, or do I need a software ...
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How to “type to search” in current folder

Prior to owning Mac, I used Ubuntu with Nautilus (the default file-browser). With Nautilus, you could simply start typing something, and it would select the folder / file matching the characters you ...
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Is there a way to password protect individual apps?

Is it possible to password protect a specific Mac application? For example, I am interested in protecting Mail because even if you cannot retrieve new emails, you still can read all the already ...
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How to filter both from and to address with a single test?

I can't seem to find a simple way to filter mail that is either to or from a given address. It seems that you have to duplicate the address and use two conditions e.g. From - contains - ...
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How to turn off all animations on OS X

Is it possible to turn off all animations on OS X?
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How to make aliases go away when main file is deleted?

Is there a way to (automatically) delete all aliases when the file they are an alias to is deleted?
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How to move a folder containing aliases to another machine without breaking the aliases?

I've got a large folder of music with lots of aliases to tunes that are spread throughout subfolders of the main tunes folder. For example I might keep the original files sorted by artist, and then ...
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How to restore Parallel's Applications folder?

Normally when you install Parallels, it adds a folder to the dock which acts exactly like the default Applications folder on the Mac, except for all the Windows apps. It even organizes them in ...
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Image files organizer for OS X

Is there a good image file organizer for OS X? I'm looking for something with good previews for image files, and that will allow me to tag the files.
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Mac Mini as a bluetooth headset?

Is it possible to have a Mac Mini running OSX act as a bluetooth headset for the iPhone? (sound comes out the mini's speakers, sound goes in the mini's mic) I'm guessing that the mini would have to ...
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Dock Notifications Displaying Odd Red Icons Instead

Having an odd issue. My dock is showing these strange red icons where normal numerical notifications should be. For example, Thunderbird will display a 3 when I have 3 new messages, but instead it is ...
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Why is syslog not logging where I tell it to log?

I've configured syslogd like so: *.debug /var/log/messages I want pretty much everything logged in /var/log/messages. When I run the command syslog -s hello, I get the message showing up in ...
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What happens at the user/OS level when an SSD finally wears out?

I have been reading up on SSD technology and don't know of any first hand reports on what happens when an SSD eventually fails due to over use. I am most interested in the SSD that apple includes as a ...
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What does the lock icon on the 'Get Info' screen do?

In OS X there is a lock icon in the lower right of the Get Info screen. What is this icon called? What does clicking this icon do? http://i.stack.imgur.com/XGISB.png Edit: I guess I should add ...
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Disable Growl Notification When a Certain App is Running

Is there a way to disable Growl notifications automatically when a certain app is running, Quick Time for example. I don't want to get the notifications while watching a movie.
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How can I burn a CD with folders containing MP3's to listen to in a car?

I have a bunch of podcats that I've downloaded as mp3's. I'd like to burn them to a CD in a single directory, call it "podcasts-1". Next week when I download more I'd like to add them to the CD (if ...
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Any REAL good Mac/iPhone combo IM applications out there?

I am looking for a combo of two IM applications, one for the Mac and the other for the iPhone. The main features I am looking for are as follows: supports MSN (Microsoft messenger) has Push ...
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MacOS & finder hang to beach ball after a couple of hard resets, won't go away

I had to do a couple of hard resets (holding power button until it shuts off) because MacOS became unresponsive. Now it's happenning every time, when opening a pdf with preview, or apps that used to ...
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Mac OS X Snow Leopard cannot install python 2.7 readline

When I try pip install readline or easy_install readline I get the following error Running readline-6.1.0/setup.py -q bdist_egg --dist-dir ...
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How can I get the Alt key to work in an X11 application?

I'm using an editor that requires X11 and for the most part it works well. I have many commands that use the Alt key and I like to navigate the menus this way as well, but the Alt key doesn't work ...
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What causes permissions to change?

In Mac OS X, what causes the change in file permissions? For example, consider that the operating system was terminated abnormally. On a subsequent boot, randomly (or possibly those files that were ...
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Disabling the “keep pressed” function of OS X sticky keys

I use the accessibility feature called sticky keys in OS X, what it does is that if you press a command modifier key (Ctrl, Cmd, Alt, Shift, Fn), it stays "pressed" until you press another key. This ...
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Automatically arrange icons on the Mac OS 10.6 desktop in groups

Recently I found my estimated 100 desktop symbols re-ordered in 5 bunches: 4 bunches with one in each corner and one bunch in the middle (leaving more space for more crowd between the bunches :). ...
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Browse website developed in BootCamp via OS X/Safari

If I develop a website in BootCamp under something like http://localhost:3458 can I browse that web site from within OS X? I was thinking maybe using Parallels/Virtual Box to point to the BootCamp ...
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Force Quit Connecting Screen Share

This has happened to me a couple of times now. I try to connect to a computer using screen share and for some reason the computer doesn't answer. I'm not worried about that though. The issue I'm ...
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How to prevent resetting a login password in single user mode or from a recovery partition?

There are a few ways to reset the login password of an OS X user account: Starting up in single user mode, running mount -uw /, launchctl load ...
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OS X: Read mbox formatted files in /var/mail (local mail) graphically

I have a local development environment that is sending email to the mbox file at /var/mail/myusername. I can successfully view those emails with the command line mail program, but I'm looking for a ...
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Updating modifier key mappings through defaults command tool

I am trying to automate the inital setup of my macbook, that includes installing software and changing OS X configuration to my needs. I have tried to update the modifier keys with defaults, the ...
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Choose a default app for opening files with no extension?

Is it possible to set a default application to open files with no extension? I'm not referring to files with hidden extensions, but those completely lacking an extension -- e.g. README, CHANGELOG, ...
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autosave in osx lion [closed]

Will it be possible to disable the Auto Save feature in OS X Lion?
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Can I automate location changing so I don't have to drive the choice manually?

Wondering is anyone knows of an application that can change settings on my Macbook Pro depending on the wireless networks it detects? Ie, If I was at work, connect to the Work Wireless, Change ...
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error code -1407 Mac OS X 10.6.7

Out of the blue, I can't send any files to the trash bin. "The operation can't be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -1407) Any ideas for me?
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What is iTunesHelper?

In my account settings under Login there is an app called iTunesHelper. What does this app do? Can I remove it from the login apps without affecting iTunes, or will it be put back?
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Is Snow Leopard Server a good candidate for everyday use as a main OS?

Although similar questions have been asked before [1,2] non of them fully address whether OSX 10.6 Sever is a good candidate for everyday use on a top of the line computer. For the really lazy; 1 - ...
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Quick OSX startup

I am totally new to OSX so sorry for this beginners question. If I would like to reduce the startup time (from being completely without power to being able to use Safari) of a new (HDD only, no SSD) ...
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How to make a simple app from an applescript!

I've got an applescript that I use to open files such as test.txt in vim, using the terminal. I usually open a file by right-clicking it an selecting the service open in vim (this service is created ...
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CTRL+4 and CTRL+5 not working in OSX

Recently, I've noticed that my MacBook Pro 5,1 (mid 2009) running Snow Leopard 10.6.6 doesn't respond when I press CTRL+3 or CTRL+4. When, for instance, I'm in an application that has no bindings for ...
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SMC issues on a MacBook Pro Thunderbolt

I've bought few months ago a MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 13'. As a Linux geek, I'm really happy with this computer, and it usually works fine. Unfortunately, three days ago, I wasn't able to restart it. ...
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Photoshop shortcuts only work sporadically

Using CMD+J on a layer to duplicate it works... sometimes. But not always. Using CMD+Ctrl+D (my own binding) to delete a layer works... sometimes. But not always. I'm unable to grasp why it only ...
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How do I burn a single ( > 7GB) file to multiple DVDs?

I have single file that is 7GB that I want to burn to multiple DVDs. Is there a way to do this that's built into Mac OS X? When I try through the finder, it informs me there is too much data and ...
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Color Picker for OS X

Is there any app for mac which I use to know the RBG value of the point where my mouse is right now?
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Syncing Linux server data with data on my Mac

I have a Linux server that stores some files, and I want to sync them with my Mac. I can mount the directory of the server, so after mounting it's just directory to directory sync. There are ...
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Can home and end keys be mapped when using Terminal?

The home and end keys on a MacBook Pro can be emulated with fn + left arrow or fn + right arrow. Or when certain settings are changed, with the Command (Apple) key instead of fn. None of these ...
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Opening finder instances extremely slow in browsers and quicksilver since 10.6.7 update

Since the update OSX to 10.6.7 opening finder windows (such as when you want to save an image in a browser) takes between 5-10 seconds and then an additional 1-3 seconds to show places in the finder ...
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How do I use a PC keyboard on a Mac

I have a very nice and expensive mechanical keyboard. It was designed for a PC and not a Mac. How do I set up the mapping, so it works like I am used to. For example, I want the Ctrl key on the PC ...
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Can I use FileVault only for specific folders?

Can I set up FileVault to encrypt only specific folders inside of my Home folder but not the whole Home folder? I want to do this because it's not very convenient for me to encrypt the entire Home ...