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 to use Homebrew to install local archive

I'm trying to use Homebrew to install wget, but something is happening where the download is always corrupt. This happens for all packages, not just wget. I can download the tar.gz fine through a ...
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Apple wireless keyboard is outputting an " character when I expect an @ character

I just bought a Mac Mini and a wireless apple keyboard. Whenever I type Shift+2, expecting the @ symbol to appear, I get a " character instead. How can I diagnose the problem and correct the mapping ...
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Some dvorak shortcuts aren't working. 10.8.2

I just got a new Macbook Air, and was all excited to code: but then wham. For example I cannot do command + / Which is pretty valuable when coding. It treats it as Command + { I'm trying to use ...
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Search over different types of documents such as DjVU sometimes without OCR?

Suppose Apple products such as iOS devices and OS X devices at hand. You want to make things searchable. Some files such as converted PDFs lack OCR so you cannot search them. Some formats are not ...
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OS X dialogs: Can I use 'Enter' to invoke the *currently selected* button instead of the default one?

In an OS X dialog, there a way to make 'Enter/Return' invoke the currently selected button instead of the default one (and, if possible, make 'Space' invoke the default button instead). That is, can I ...
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How to create a text file in a folder

In windows I right click and then there is an option to create a text file. How to do so in mac?
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Edit System Dictionary on Mac OS 10.8

So, I think I've found a misspelled word in the Mac OS 10.8 dictionary. This is not a word that I've added. I double checked in \Library\Spelling and don't have it added to any user dictionaries. ...
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Can I remotely access my Mac from Linux using screen sharing?

I like to access my Mac from work (Linux) and I wonder if it is possible without installing additional software like TeamViewer or ChickenVNC. I also noticed somewhere that it is possible to wake my ...
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Can I play music from my macbook on my iPad for free?

Is there an app that works to play music that's on my macbook on my iPad? Right now my iPad is connected to my stereo, and is only the 16 gig model, so I can't exactly move all my tunes onto it. I ...
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Is AirDrop possible between iPad, iPhone and MacBook?

A new MacBook came with something called AirDrop and worked between many MacBooks such as MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Can I also use AirDrop to exchange data between Macs and iOS devices?
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How can I remap the right mouse button to the left mouse button?

My googling abilities have failed me and I can't figure out how to remap the mouse buttons. My 3 year old niece is having trouble using the mouse on the computer because she is right clicking by ...
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How to tell which files are entirely or partly within a band of a sparse bundle disk image?

I have an image with an error in one of its bands: /Volumes/twoz/macbookpro08-centrim.sparsebundle/bands/3252 The file system personality of the image is Case-sensitive Journaled HFS+. Question ...
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how to disable Firefox's app tab glow?

I recently switched from Linux to Mac OS X, and one little tweak that didn't survive is disabling the blue highlight "glow" that Firefox adds to App Tabs when they have updates. Any idea how to do ...
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Permanently save iOS backups

Whenever I connect my iPad to my mac itunes backs up it's current state. This is great and I want to keep it this way. Though it overrides the previous backup, which is ok most of the time, but now I ...
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Where are Mail.app rules stored? They got deleted and I want to restore them

Since Mail.app had trouble connecting to the various accounts, I tried to 'reset' it by removing all accounts and the stored passwords in Keychain Access.app. Then I re-added all the mail accounts. ...
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Mac Hard Drive Testing Tools and SMART Analysis

How good is SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) for really finding and predicting drive problems for regular hard drives and now, for SSDs. From what I understand, different ...
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Uninstaller that tracks installed files and removes them later

On windows I've used various utilities that actively track which files are added during a software install, and I'm sure there must be a good one for os x. Itrash (http://www.osxbytes.com/) is ...
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what is com.apple.coresymbolicationd in caches?

Doing some cleanup on my Macbook Air with 128 SSD looking for big files to reduce space used. I found something named com.apple.coresymbolicationd that is 1GB in the library/caches folder I don't ...
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X11 periodically losing focus

I have a very annoying issue with the X11 app on OS X when using it to run things remotely over SSH. Every now and then (it's pretty regular, I'd say about each 1-2 minutes), the app I'm in loses ...
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Spotlight doesn't work anymore in OS X Mountain Lion

I can't get Spotlight to search for any documents. When I search the Finder for documents, nothing happens and the Spotlight search through the menu bar only shows up web searches.
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Adding Ricoh C4501 printer via command line - Installable options

I need to deploy one Ricoh MFP to ~50 Mac users. I thus wan't to do this through ARD/CLI. I'm looking for the correct lpoption tags for the Ricoh MP C4501. I want to set the "Finisher" (SR3020) and ...
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OS X Serial Number in VM

I was wondering after installation of Mountain Lion on VMWare or other virtualization softwares (on a mac) will it show the same "serial number" in "About This Mac"? And is it possible to customize ...
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What is Mountain Lion (10.8.2) shutdown cause -81?

My 15-inch, Mid 2009 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.8.2 mysteriously crashed while it should have been sleeping. Nothing in the Console logs indicate that it was shutting down, and when it booted up it ...
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Unicode normalization for filenames and copied text from pdf:s

I have two issues that seem related. When copying text or filenames containing umlauts or e.g. å ä ö, OS X can't seem to handle the characters in a sane way. Apparantly this is a well-know problem, a ...
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Unicode HOT BEVERAGE (U+2615) in Google Chrome

In the screenshot below, I am looking at an email with a unicode HOT BEVERAGE (U+2615) character. The character is displayed correctly in the OSX dialog and in the developer tools, but not in the web ...
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Reparing a corrupt Time Machine backup on a Time Capsule won't work

I tried to follow these instructions: http://www.garth.org/archives/2011,08,27,169,fix-time-machine-sparsebundle-nas-based-backup-errors.html But after typing in the hdiutil command I only get one ...
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Key logger/watcher suggestion

I'm thinking my Mac in for repair again and last time I lost data. Can someone suggest a key logger or watcher so I have a bit of granularity in terms of what the repair guy is doing..
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Is it safe to delete the /Developer folder on Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion)?

My computer originally had Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) installed on it but has since been upgraded to OS X 10.7 (Lion). I noticed that the /Developer folder is still on the hard drive even though ...
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How do I automatically kill processes that leak memory?

I have problems with processes that leak memory. They cause my hard drive to be filled with swap files in /private/var/vm. I would like leaking processes to be killed at sight by the OS. I’m not ...
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OS X installation on external HDD

I am planning to install a second OS X on an external HDD, I was wondering when I boot in external HDD will it in any ways affect my first OS X installation? Will it have the permissions to write or ...
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How to create an alias with drag and drop?

In MacOSX, when dragging a file or folder one can force a copy instead of a move by pressing option. I think that there used to be a way to alternatively create an alias but can't find which key to ...
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How to remove the use of master boot record from an external hard drive?

I have a 1TB external hard drive and I want to slice it into different partitions. When I try to do so, I get this error: can not modify external drive because it uses master boot record Is ...
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There's a folder shortcut on my dock, next to the trash. Why is there and how do I remove it?

I want my dock to be purely for shortcuts to the programs I use the most. Frankly it annoys me that you can't remove the Trash from the dock, but I can live with that. What I really want to get rid ...
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How do I remove or alter timestamps from Word 2011 (Mac Office) tracked changes?

Is there an easy way to batch change a group of Track Changes edit and comment timestamps in Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac? Can I remove the timestamps altogether (ideally without removing my name)? ...
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Memory leak in Message after a sleep

I am acually running Mac OSX 10.8.2 on a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 @ 4 Go (1600 MHz) DDR3. I am using Apple Message apps for synchronizing my SMS with my computer. The problem is that everytime my ...
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How to set up multiple PATHs in the user bash_profile in OSX 10.8?

I am looking to set up my laptop for both Python development and Phonegap Android development in OSX 10.8 using Eclipse. I installed the lastest version of Python (3.3) which added the code: # ...
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mac mini stuck on boot

since I was not longer using the Server options on my mac mini I wanted to install os x mountain lion, so I downloaded the app and selected the appropriate hard disk. now, after it booted i'm stuck on ...
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How can I change permissions of mount point of a network resource on Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)?

I want to give another user permission to a mount point of a network resource. The directory mode is 700 and the owner is, of course, the logged in user who created the mount point. I have programs ...
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Terminal Tab Title after SSH Session

In Mac OS X (I'm on 10.6.8, though I believe other versions are the same) ssh'ing into a remote machine changes the title of the current tab in Terminal. Annoyingly, when I disconnect from the remote ...
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Searching Gmail from Mail.app doesn't work

The search in iPhone's Mail.app doesn't find anything. The same problem exists on OS X. When I search a word I usually get no results. It only works if the word is included in a recent email, let's ...
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How to clone user accounts via Apple Remote Desktop - Mountain Lion

I am trying to configure a middle school lab of 25 new iMacs running 10.8 Mountain Lion. I would have liked to have cloned them over the network, but we don't have a Mac server. Right now they are all ...
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When editing files on a (Windows?) networked drive I get “could not be saved” errors

When I edit files that are stored locally, everything works fine, but when editing files that are stored on my networked home directory (at uni here), I get: The document "<x>" could not be ...
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Remove app from Location Services?

I've used App Cleaner which clears preference and associated files, but I can't clear it from Location Services permissions list in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy. Any idea how ...
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Where does OS X Lion save data from my iPhone backups?

Where does OS X Lion save all the information it copies when making backups of my iPhone 4? Specifically, I'm looking for where my contacts, photos, music are. I can not find them in the 'Application ...
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How can I get my MacBook to use my second hard drive for storing photos? [duplicate]

My disk is getting full, probably because I have so many pictures. How can I remove images and how can I specify the location where the images are stored from iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad? I ...
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Why does iCal always show days of the week and months of the year in English?

I have iCal open in Italian, and for some reason the months and days of the week continue to show up in English. Is there some way to get it to run entirely in Italian?
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Disable Little Snitch in guest account?

It's annoying as hell to let others use your computer on a guest account with Little Snitch installed, all the consecutive popups one after another...it's really ridiculous. Also in the event my ...
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Did my OSX 10.8.2 computer crash or go to sleep due to inactivity?

I left a Java program AppMain running on my Retina MBP overnight and in the morning it looked like the program died at around 12:46am before completing. Since the program works fine when I am actively ...
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What differences are there between using the Server.app Time Machine server and simply sharing the attached backup HDD?

I'll get a Mac mini next week and apart from other things, I'd like to use it as a backup server via Time Machine and an external HDD. As I want to be able to access the HDD from remote anyway, I ...
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MBP Headphone Jack Doesn't Work in OS X but does in Windows

I bought a brand new Mid-2012 MacBook Pro 13" from Apple. Ever since I've had it, it's had this quirky bug where headphones are only recognized if they're plugged in before the computer is woken up: ...