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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Retrieving saved voice mails

On three days ago I received a voice mail. I listened to the voice mail and did not delete it, I just stopped playback and exited my voice mail box, expecting to be able to hear it again at a later ...
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on-demand launch agent restarting automatically

As title says I have created a on-demand launch agent that listens to socket and is launched on incoming connection. It works well and after it has done it's job I want to quit it. After quitting ...
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Got a blue screen and my mac crashed

I just got a blue screen and the computer crashed. I restarted the computer with the start button and it started, but much slower than usual. Now the mac is a little bit slower, my wallpaper was ...
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How can I disable a key completely?

I want to learn emac keybindings, but I have a bad habit of using arrow keys. Is there a way to disable the arrow keys temporarily (through software)?
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How do I download links (to PDFs) with one click in Chrome for Mac OS X?

Usually when I option-click a single page link, Chrome tries to download the page, but when I option-click on PDFs, Chrome doesn't respond. Is this the default behavior and is there some way to change ...
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Does Secure Keyboard Entry Prevent All Forms of Keyloggers?

I had an understanding that Secure Keyboard Entry (or EnableSecureEventInput) was a feature that essentially disabled keyloggers. Is that the case? Are there ways around it?
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New Mac Machine is asking apple id [duplicate]

New Mac Machine is asking apple id on start up of machine is it really required or mandatory to have an apple id to start with this? if so can i create an apple id without providing any credit card ...
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Compiz-like effects on OS X

I recently moved from Linux to OS X. So far nothing has disappointed me but I miss the compiz desktop effects I used to have on my Debian (on Ubuntu before I moved to Debian) with xfce and compiz ...
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Screenshots won't be saved after System language change

I have changed the language from my MacOS system and now it won't save the screenshots anymore. Is there a way to fix it? Thanks.
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Changing the command prompt of Terminal

I have found myself to grow fond to CentOS's command prompt which looks like the following: [user@host directory]$ cmd I, personally, do not like how Mac OS X Terminal is laid out, which is: ...
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Lion resolving DNS names when querying server directly, but not when used in a command or app

I've recently (as in minutes ago) added a hostname and reverse (A and PTR) records for a hostname on my internal network, using a Bind DNS server. For some reason, i can both dig and nslookup this new ...
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Terminal script for compare and delete unused Library folder and files

I am cleaning up my Library from junk on an MacBook Air (MacOS 10.8.4). Over time I have downloaded, installed and deleted Applications (they are no longer in my Applications folder). However, lots ...
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Can I ensure keyboard commands don't get trapped by browser scripts?

Is it possible to tweak Safari to ensure command key combinations like ⌘H or ⌘L go to Safari as opposed to Safari's window contents? This comes up for me most often on this site because the editor ...
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What's an effective way to proactively spot runaway processes? [duplicate]

Sometimes my Mac ends up with a runaway process; a process that's hogging all the CPU. Often it's Firefox, but I've had a few others recently. Normally I don't spot this for a while until I notice my ...
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Setting .plist path to user Library

I have created a OS X launch agent that is installed per user. It is listening socket and automatically launched when socket connection arrives. On my .plist I have ...
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How can I assign an image to a podcast in iTunes?

In the podcasts list in iTunes, some podcasts don't show an image. Is there a way to assign one? Online help in iTunes suggests doing a Get Info and clicking the Artwork tab, but that tab is always ...
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Problem with permissions

on my Lion Server I have noticed that the permissions for certain folders seem to be screwed up. When I look at the Get Info for the folder I see strange things in the permissions section. There are ...
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How Do I Disable Remote Management and Enable Screen Sharing?

I am connected to a headless remote Mac Mini. Under Sharing in the System Preferences both Remote Login and Remote Management are checked though Remote Mangement is "grayed out". I would like to ...
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Wake Other Computers from Mac OSX

Is there a terminal command within Mac OSX that will allow me to use WOL (Wake On LAN) to wake up other computers? Windows has wolcmd, is there an equivalent within OSX? I am trying to wake a ...
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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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Win 7 size within VMWare

I use VMWare with a Win 7 virtual machine. I have a late 2012 iMac with 20GB of RAM. I use Windows for ... running Groupwise constantly using Respondus occasionally Explorer (please don't judge--I ...
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Can I change the locale for a single application?

Is it possible to change the locale on a per-application basis in OS X 10.8? Background: I'd like to play "Larry Reloaded" in English, but my user locale is German. The game detects this, and switches ...
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How do I use say command creatively to prank my coworkers/friends?

I'm designing a creative / funny prank for OSX via command line. By running in the background, most users would not notice it when she/he first starts using the computer. Using say command with ...
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How to auto run a simple python program when the terminal opens

Say I have a python program called foo.py that prints a line of text. How can I auto run that program when I boot up the terminal? I know you can, but I can't find the documentation. Also no third ...
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Citrix on OS X - GlobalSign certificate errors

I trying to access a work Citrix server using my MacBook pro. I can log in fine with a windows machine, but when I try from my mac I get an error. What should I do to fix this? I have't found much ...
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Space issues with Mac Pro OSX 10.7.5 with SSD 120G as boot volume

Issue is most obvious in Final Cut Pro (10.0.8), but has occurred with other apps. I can't find a way to lower the footprint on the SSD. I only have one user (me) and have nearly all the apps on the ...
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Add circle animation to cursor when clicked

I want to know does any solution exist to add a circle around the cursor when I click on the screen?
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Getting fsck not done error during boot

During starting up, I always get "fsck not done Root device is mounted read-only..." error. When I type "Exit", it continues starts normally.
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After booting correctly, why at some point would function keys get remapped in Macbook Air?

I have a mid-2011 Macbook Air. Sometime in the recent past, the Function key row (which I used for volume control, brightness control, keyboard backlight control, etc) has stopped working. By ...
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Is there a way to configure OSX to auto mount and SMB share without entering a user and password into the configuration file?

I've found instructions on how to auto mount an SMB share, but they either involve adding the share to the login items (I'm using a laptop and that gives me an error when I'm not in the same network ...
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How can I disable password for system preferences lock? How can I permanently unlock all system preferences?

Is there any way to disable the "Click the lock to make changes" needing a password, or is there a way to permanently unlock all settings in Mountain Lion? More specifically I'm turning the Network ...
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What is the best torrent client for OSX? [closed]

What is the best torrent client for OSX ? utorrent, Transmission, Vuze or .... ?
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How can I install a new dictionary on OS X for use with the “Word of the Day” screensaver?

The reason is trivial: I am a fan of the "Word of the Day" screen saver and I would like to add dictionaries for languages other than English and Japanese (these are the two that I can select now in ...
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lpinfo -m -h 127.0.0.1:631 to verfy the printer drivers available on the system

Can someone do me favor and run the lpinfo -m -h 127.0.0.1:631 that will show the listing of all printer drivers installed on your computer. Please tell me if you see more HP printers than ...
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How do I write-protect a partition of a USB drive on OSX that can work cross-platform?

I bought a bunch of USB sticks that I want to give as a gift to friends and clients, with some files on them. I'd like to have the files non-erasable (though I realise they can format the drive, I ...
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.afpDeleted* files, who's making them?

When I use ls, I get the following message. ls: .afpDeleted38045157: No such file or directory My svn fails in this directory with svn: E070008: Can't read directory 'current path': Partial ...
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Antivirus in Mac

How can i know if an antivirus is installed on the system? I can get all apps that are installed in the system, but i dont know get their categories. Thanks for all. Best regards!
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Where is the temp folder?

I would like to know where is the folder of temporary files in system. For example, in Windows is the folder: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrador\Configuración local\Temp
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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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The folder Library/StartUpItems is empty

Under System Preferences / Users & Groups / Login Items I can see all of the items that I've selected to launch at startup, but the folder, Library/StartUpItems is empty. Where can I see these ...
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How to properly register a file extension on mac so it will also work by running open from the command line?

I have the following problem, I registered a file extension to be opened by a Mac Application by clicking on the file in Finder and selecting to always use the target application to open the files. ...
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Floating semi-transparent image for comparison

I'm a web developer on a Mac OS X (Mountain Lion) and was wondering if there is a (free) alternative to Overlay2 - basically it's an app that lets you create a floating window with a semi-transparent ...
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Can I route add automatically when a network interface is added?

Every morning, I connect my MacBook to my company network with the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter: Then open the Terminal to add routes in order to access intranet servers: $ sudo route add -net ...
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What is this flickering menu bar icon?

Can anyone identify this menu bar icon? Every minute or so, it quickly appears and disappears in my menu bar, just for a few seconds.
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vmWare Fusion guest OS display resolution broken (?)

I'm using vmWare Fusion 5.0.3 on Mac OS X, and the guest OS is also Mac OS X. The problem: I can't set the guest OS display resolution to a reasonable value. "Reasonable" here means anything that ...
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What is Tanium spyware, what information does it collect, and how to disable it?

a company put some spyware on a brand new laptop that is causing the battery life to be about half that of a 3-year old Macbook Pro. I need to disable this junkware/spyware temporarily. Is there a ...
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How can I remap keys on an external keyboard, but keep the default layout on the internal?

I have an external keyboard with Windows keys. I'd like to remap the keys so the layout of the keys on the bottom-left is identical to the internal keyboard on my MacBook Pro. This... ...
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Get cpu usage per core on the command line

Activity monitor allows users to see the cpu usage on a per-core basis (for multicore machines, e.g. my MacBook Pro). Is there a way to find the percent usage of each core/processor via the command ...
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Modify “Move to Trash” shortcut in Apple Numeric keyboard

I recently purchased Apple wired USB keyboard with Numeric Keypad for my Mac Mini (best decision I ever made, keyboard is freaking awesome with two USB ports on its sides!). I noticed that there is a ...
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Is there a reason to leave WebGL disabled in Safari?

I know how to enable WebGL in Safari (8.0.7) for OS X (10.10.4) and I am able to visualize and interact with WebGL based content, however I'm concerned that it is disabled by default, given that the ...