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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Yosemite Security Defaults

I've just made a fresh Yosemite install and noticed two strange security defaults Firewall is disabled User is created as an admin account It is hard for me to imagine how a disabled firewall is a ...
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How to type in Cantonese in OS X?

In System Preferences | Keyboard | Input Sources, you can add any languages you like by tapping + button. The list contains Simplified and Traditional language, but it doesn't have Cantonese. I ...
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Preview print dialog defaults to Scale to Fit or Print Entire Image

When printing a PDF file from Preview, the print dialog defaults to "Scale to Fit / Print Entire Image", and the default scale is some arbitrary number. To get 100% scale requires clicking "Scale" ...
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How do I record my iPhone's screen and sound whilst recording my mic

I have my iPhone plugged into my computer via USB, I have QuickTime Player open and am previewing my iPhone screen as well as the iPhone's audio, but how would I go about recording my audio from my ...
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Unable to expand “.zip” into “downloads” (Error - 63 file name too long.)

Unable to expand "zip" into "downloads" (Error - 63 file name too long.) on my MacBook Pro with OS X 10.9.5.
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Command key when running Mac through virtual box on Windows OS

I just recently installed Yosemite in Virtualbox. Here's the installation video I followed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYMEb0ZCfes My OS is Windows and I'm trying to run Mac using Virtualbox. I ...
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Installing git on OSX 10.8 without Xcode

I'd like to setup my dev environment on my girlfriend's iMac, but she's not cool with me wasting 3GB of space, which is what Xcode takes up. She also doesn't want to/can't upgrade past 10.8 because ...
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X11 Error: Running Wineskin Wrapper OS X El Capitan 10.11 Public Beta [on hold]

Of course I know I shouldn't be complaining cause I downloaded a Beta version... just wondering if anyone knows how to solve this problem running Wineskin on El Cap. I have an image attached of the ...
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How to disable SpeedStep/XCPM on Macbook Pro 11,1 OSX 10.10.2?

Does anybody know how to disable OSX from throttling/underclocking the CPU on a Macbook when the battery gets low on power? I think the feature is called SpeedStep. The problem is that my battery is ...
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how to do a batch change (shift) of file creation date

OS X Yosemite: I took thousands of pictures on a trip recently, some from my iPhone, and some from my DSLR camera. Now, the iPhone automatically gets its time and date from the local cell towers, ...
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Force unmount drive - Yosemite

have a very stubborn Mac, it is a slightly older model but can run Yosemite. I have been trying all day to reformat the main drive in it, I have using the regular disk utility and terminal. I have ...
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Determine an Automator-based OS X service's own filesystem location

I'm trying to find the running Automator-based service's own filesystem location from inside that service. (Background: I'm trying to create duplicates of the same service and want each duplicate to ...
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add /home to time machine backup list

I would like to backup the /home directory on a macbook pro running osx 10.8.5 using time machine, unfortunately this is directory is ignored by default. According to this post: On OS X, what files ...
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Excel rendering into the Clipboard

Some of my Excel handiwork doesn't copy correct into the Clipboard. Perhaps the following example is illustrative. On the top you see the Microsoft Excel for Mac 15.11.2 and on the bottom you see how ...
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Why is extracting this tgz throwing an error on my Mac but not on Linux?

I'm experiencing a rather odd problem, and I can't figure out what's going on. I have a tgz file, scip-3.2.0.tgz, that is throwing an error when I attempt to unpack it. The error is only occurring on ...
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Force netaccounts network device list to show up at loginwindow

Is there a flag within com.apple.loginwindow or somewhere else where I can force the network dropdown list above username and password to appear (even without WiFi being on or an ethernet device being ...
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How to get a universal binary with both architectures from Homebrew on Mavericks

I need to install Cairo for the use of a 32-bit application on Mavericks. After first uninstalling libpng, I have succeeded in forcing a complete recompile of Cairo and all its dependents (libpng, ...
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iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 won't boot into OS X after installing Ubuntu, will boot into grub rescue

So, as the title says, I have an iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 model and I installed Windows 8.1 with Boot Camp. After attempting to uninstall Ubuntu and Windows in Disk Utility (in OS X and Recovery) it ...
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Find who is intercepting traffic on port 80

Every 7–10 days, all internet browsing on my Mac stops working. I can use Firefox, Safari, Chrome, but I'm able to surf only Google and few other sites. So I tried to telnet a webserver on the local ...
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Can I remotely change home or lock screens on iPads?

Is there a way of remotely changing multiple iPad's locks/homescreens to the same custom image all at once over the air (not via USB)? I currently compile profiles with Apple Configurator, but ...
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Trying to find file location of Mac Mail Smartboxes so that I can run automatic email archiver

I'm currently working on a MacBook late 2008 with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. I use Mac Mail for my email. I have created smart mailboxes to collect together emails that relate to a project number. When ...
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No bootable disk when booting Windows after installing Linux on Mac

That must the weirdest title you've read in a long time. I have a MacBook Pro Mid 2012, I installed Windows 7 with Bootcamp and all was working fine. Last night I installed Kali Linux with a bootable ...
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Is there a single user mode or safe mode on a Mac?

Is there any single user mode or safe mode on a Mac? I'm using 10.10 (Yosemite). I want my Mac not to load some plists in the LaunchDaemons directory and some kext files.
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Screenshot of selected area with shadow?

Is it even possible? I understand it's possible for a window, when you press space after Cmd-Shift-4. I want shadow on my selected area screenshot, so it doesn't blend with the rest of the ...
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Alt[Option] key not working as meta when ssh a linux server from Mac

I use emacs on my Mac locally, I'm also using iTerm2 as the terminal tool. By setting the 'Preferences--> Profiles-->Keys--> Left option key acts as +Esc'. I can use the left alt key as meta if I ...
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How to tell from logs if a MacBook was booted and logged in as “root”?

I'm trying to interpret a brief log from "system.log". This is the entire log for that day/session. The scenario is my MacBook Pro had a password-protected admin/login account. However, it appears ...
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Is there a way to make the Function keys act as standard keys with a Logitech K811 keyboard?

I changed the Fn key on my Macbook Pro to actually work in the reverse way (so, just hitting the F1 key actually sends the "Function 1" signal, rather than the brightness decrease signal when the Fn ...
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Possible to uninstall OS X apps without admin password?

I have a school issued MacBook Air with several apps installed. While they were downloaded from the App Store using my personal Apple ID, I need the administer password (which I don't have) in order ...
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OS X 10.10.2 Grey screen and progress bar at start-up normal?

Running OS X 10.10.2 and has for a long time had a grey screen at start-up which occasionally freezes but most of the time just starts up after a while. Is this normal? At last upgrade the process ...
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How to restore network preferences in OS X?

I took my SSD, plugged it into another Mac, and booted the system (OS X 10.10.4) there. When I opened the Network Preferences, I was surprised to find, that all VPN services had disappeared. I am ...
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Trick OS X into thinking it has a Retina display?

I own a Wacom Cintiq 13' display/input device. It connects via HDMI to my Mac Pro and works nice so far, except that all the menus, buttons and controls in OS X are very tiny. A resolution of ...
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How do I mirror my display on an external monitor? [closed]

I have a Macbook Pro (Late 2013) running OSX El Capitan. I'm trying to mirror the display on a LG M2035A. The monitor only accepts VGA input. So, I purchased a HDMI to VGA converter, to connect to the ...
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Can't use machine name to login using SSH anymore on Yosemite, how to fix?

from yesterday I have noticed that I can't connect via SSH to my OS X's SSH server anymore using the following command: User-MBP:~ user$ ssh user@user-mbp user is the user on the server, user-mbp is ...
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Is there a way to hide the title bar of applications?

Is there anyway to hide the title bar aside from fullscreen mode?
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Shell script to rsync or if not mounted - mount and rsync

This is what I've got so far: !/bin/sh Storage Folder Backup Defines mount point LOCALMOUNTPOINT="/Volumes/thisisanetworkshare" Checks for mount if mount | grep "on $LOCALMOUNTPOINT" > ...
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Disk space not freed after deleting files, unable to save things, unable to delete things, unable to update things

Recently my Macbook Air has been saying "The disk you are attempting to use is full. Removing files and emptying the Trash will free up additional space." I have deleted everything in the trash, ...
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can't drag photo from between events [closed]

I can't drag a photo between events because my screen won't roll as I drag it. I command click each event, open one and begin to drag but the screen won't role to drop it in the other event
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Why is MDNSresponder Failing to Perform DNS Queries for Custom TLDs?

I'm on Yosemite 10.10 and continue to have some DNS problems post-reversion to mdnsresponder from discoveryutil. Use of tcpdump to monitor DNS requests indicates that a number of GUI applications ...
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Uninstall PHP on Mac Mountain Lion

I have installed PHP 5.4.40 on my Mac OS Mountain Lion, but need >=5.5.9 (for laravel/lumen-framework v5.1.0 installation), so i run installation with package installer, iMac-Dmitry:Projects dmitry$ ...
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Why does my Macbook Air get so hot when playing even a simple game?

Basically, even small games like Rogue Legacy, Battle World: Kronos, Magicka, Crusader Kings, etc. These are not graphic intensive games, yet the laptop reaches temperatures over 90 C. However, this ...
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How can I delete files in recovery mode using Terminal on my OS X main partition?

I need to delete a folder otherwise my mac won't boot. How can I do this in recovery mode or whatever it's called using Terminal commands?
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dark mode docker does not change to dark

hey guys may i know what what happened ? i have to tried several method to get this done however i still have no luck. as you can see the dock at below does not change to dark in dark mode
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Monitor ALL network traffic by app

so far I used nettop and/or the activity monitor to observe the traffic used by each app but I noticed just now, that there is a huge difference between the sum of the per app traffic and the traffic ...
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Is there a way to get access to ALL files on OS X from a guest account? (If I have the user and password for the admin account)

I don't want to get into why I need this so I'll just make it clear: I have the admin account password and I need to be able to access and modify any file from a guest account. Is there a way to do ...
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nfs mount fails from Finder though works from command line

Using Finder's Connect to Server... option with nfs://vers=4;nuc.local/mnt/tb I'm unable to mount my nfs server. However from the command line it works just fine. Ideally I want the MBP to boot and ...
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As a new Swift/Xcode user, I want to setup a Playground to fetch the battery status of my macbook

As a new Swift/Xcode user, I want to setup a Playground to fetch the battery status of my macbook. I have already tried the following: import Cocoa import IOKit import Foundation var blob = ...
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Why keyboard shortcut “ctrl + left” doesn't work?

I'm used to switch between my desktop spaces using ctrl + arrows. But ctrl + ← doesn't work while ctrl + → works fine. Here is my settings:
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What are your tips for finding a replacement battery for mac book pro? [closed]

The battery on my mac book pro (late 2008) running OS X Yosemite needs to be replaced. The battery only holds half capacity. What are your tips for finding a good battery. What battery do you ...
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Ensuring network connections are 'synched' with Yosemite [closed]

I am looking for commands relating to networking, maybe for Terminal. With windows there are commands to close ports, flush DNS and other important things. What are good Terminal commands for a ...