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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Anyone able to connect gioteck VX-1 (PS3 controller) via Bluetooth?

I have a Sony DUALSHOCK 3 SIXAXIS controller, I can use it as a USB controller on my OS X Mountain Lion MacMini and it works perfectly. I have it set up in Bluetooth so that when it is not connected ...
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In Messages 7.0.1 on the Mac, is it possible to delete specific messages in a chat session?

I'd like to delete specific messages from a conversation in Messages 7.0.1 – is this possible? The messages in question originated from iPhones where you can tap "Edit" and select individual messages ...
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Customizing new-window placement

Is there any way for a user to customize how OSX chooses where to place new windows? It would be great if I could create rules for how that's done, especially if I could do it per-application. To be ...
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How do I restore Dashboard widget list? (Launchpad-style adding)

When using a tutorial to clear Launchpad of its mess I had in /Applications, I accidentally cleared Dashboard's list of widgets when I click the (+) button to add downloaded widgets at the same time, ...
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Remapping keys in KeyRemap4MacBook, how do I find keycodes?

I'm currently remapping some of the keys on my MacBook using KeyRemap4Macbook - in that process I need to remap the keys using this xml-file, namely private.xml, that is referenced ...
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Why does the folder icon in my Terminal have a question mark overlaid?

From time to time, I spot that the folder icon in the titlebar of one of my Terminal windows has a question mark overlaid on it, e.g. this one: What does this mean? It doesn't seem to have any ...
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Why is my Mac's CPU throttled? (Turbo Boost Ratio)

AnandTech has a instructions1 on how you can check the Turbo Ratios for the Mac's CPU. Since they are logged, the information is very easy to find. In Mountain Lion you can do this the following ...
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How can I recover an unresponding application without quitting?

I've just run a very long Matlab simulation on my Mac Book Air. It uses Mac OSX. The simulation has practically finished, but seconds before the end, Matlab appeared in the activity monitor as not ...
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Restore deleted Mac App Store on 10.8.2

I accidentally deleted system apps like the App Store.app and the Calendar.app. How can I restore these? I've tried the combo update like suggested for 10.6.6 systems, but that unfortunately doesn't ...
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How do I restore /Applications

When trying to copy an application into /Applications, I accidentally copied MyApp.app/Contents into /Applications, turning it into an executable package instead of a folder. I have removed ...
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Configure ipfw to filter by ip range

I am a Linux user and very new to OSX. I have an OSX 10.7.5 "Lion" server that I am configuring as a webserver. I only have shell access. I am tryin to configure the firewall, but ipfw is quite ...
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Does Power Nap work for multiple users?

My wife and I share a laptop at the house. Because iCloud works best when each individual has their own account (in particular reminders and photos), we each have our own iCloud accounts and therefor ...
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Installing Xcode via command line

I am a Linux user and have never used OSX before. Someone asked me for help with installing some software on an OSX "Lion" server. I asked him to give me an SSH shell, assuming that would be ...
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What happens when you remove (or lose) the SSD from a Fusion Drive?

After storing data on a Fusion Drive, is it possible to downgrade your Mac to use the hard drive (HDD) by just removing the solid state drive (SSD)? In particular, I was wondering what happens when ...
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Change events alert default time in Apple Calendar

I need to change the alerts preference in Apple Calendar. I would like all the alerts for events on a particular day to be given the day before at a specific time (6 am). Now I can do the day before ...
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Move cursor in steps using mouse keys

Every time I tab on one of the numpad keys to move the cursor with mouse keys it doesn't move enough. Is it possible to customize how much it will move with one tab on the key? I want it to move like ...
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2560x1440 resolution in linux vm with virtualbox or vmware

I've got a macbook air (10.8.2) and want to use an external monitor with 2560x1440 resolution with a Linux (Debian) virtual machine. I want to use the vm in fullscreen mode, with 2560x1440 resolution. ...
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How can I remove “zombie entries” from login items when the controls are dimmed?

How can I get rid of zombie entries in Login items? In this case BambooCore App doesn't respond to the - control even when I select it. Also the hide checkbox is disabled on this item, just like the ...
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Disable backspace to delete e-mails in Mail.app

Sometimes I accidentally move messages to the trash in Mail.app when I hit backspace. I tried to find what the 'Backspace' shortcut stands for, but I could not find it in the Mail.app menu. The only ...
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In apple mail, with contact photos enabled next to mail subjects, one person in my contact doesn't have his picture show up

In Apple mail for OSX, I have pictures enabled for both the mail list view as well as in the message itself. This works fairly well, grabbing pictures from my contacts except for one person. Their ...
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Sleep / hibernation logic on OS X

I'm wondering what is a logic of sleep/hibernate of the OS X System. On the lid closing MacBook should go to sleep - it is obvious but.. What if the machine is running only on batteries and it is in ...
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how do I get Terminal's Search with Google to open in the default browser?

Scenario: working away in Terminal, get an error message. Want to google it so I select text and use right-click and "Search with Google". Opens Safari every time. Google Chrome is my default browser. ...
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How do I view disk usage on my desktop computer icon?

How do I get disk usage information on my 'Machintosh HD' icon on my desktop? I did it on my old computer, so I know it's possible, but can't seem to find the option again. I am on MacOSX 10.8.2.
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Application that allows you to customize which keys to use for mousekeys

Is there an application for customizing mouse-keys, specifically choosing which keys to use? I don't have a numpad so I can't use the built-in mouse-keys.
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Why doesn't tar recognize .iso files, even though the documentation says it should?

man tar says that OS X's tar implementation should be able to extract .iso files. tar creates and manipulates streaming archive files. This implementation can extract from tar, pax, cpio, zip, ...
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infection in ~Library/Application Support/Mobilesync/Backup/xxxxx

ClamX is finding phishing infection in the Backup folder on my MacBook Pro with 10.7. ~Library/Application Support/Mobilesync/Backup/xxxxxxxx Does this mean that either my iPhone or Mac is infected? ...
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Correct way to free up Time Machine space

I manage a Time Machine backup for a photographer. We had a 2TB drive for photos and a 2TB drive for the Time Machine backup of those photos. The Time Machine backup drive has run out of space and ...
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Is there a good one hand typing Mac app?

Is there a (decent) Mac app that I could use to learn one handed typing?
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How to quit from a group conversation iMessage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to “unsubscribe” from group texts in iOS 5? I am trying to quit a annoying iMessage conversation. You know, when someone send messages to multiple users, ...
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Why is Lion’s “Keep Both” option missing from the file copy dialog?

I am running Mountain Lion (10.8.2), and when I attempt to copy a bunch of files from Directory A to Directory B (which contains some files with names matching those from Directory A), I get this ...
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How effective is Deep Sleep Mode?

I got frustrated from turning on my Retina MBP and waiting a few seconds while the systems loads from Deep Sleep Mode. I disabled it using sudo pmset -a standby 0 However, I would like to know what ...
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Can Gatekeeper be disabled via terminal in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion?

How can you disable Gatekeeper via Terminal Commands in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion? I am looking to replicate the Security & Privacy preference pane selection to allow applications downloaded from ...
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Automator Group Email problem

I am at the end of my tether. I want to send an email to a group of about 50 people, which is personalised at the very least with their name. (so that each email says "Dear Bob" or their name, and ...
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How to create a terminal use only account in MacOSX?

I want to create a user(say, hera) that can only be used in terminal. That is this user does not appear in the Mac welcome screen. This user can be su - hera by other users. Can I do this and how?
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Detecting that a script is run within ARD

Does anyone know of a way to detect that a shell script is running within ARD (vs. running the same script locally on the machine)? I looked at detecting that we are running in interactive mode - ...
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Setting preferred language order on iPhone

Q: Is it possible to set a secondary preferred language on the iPhone? Background: On the Mac Desktop it is possible to select a "Language Preference" order, so that if your favorite application ...
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How to make Spotlight index PDF documents to search faster or on my command?

I need to search some words in many PDF documents. It worked very well when I searched over old documents but my OS X has not indexed yet the new PDFs. How can I search over the new PDFs?
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Why is the system dictionary not available from .pdf files containing text within Safari?

How can one use system dictionary ^+⌘+D in .pdf's opened in Safari 6 (using Acrobat Reader)? Is perhaps Adobe Reader at fault (i.e. does the dictionary work with Safari's default .pdf reader)?
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Can I get iPhoto's albums to work like folders instead of labels?

My wife has been trained for years with the desktop metaphor of a file living inside one (and only one) folder. iPhoto uses the "label" paradigm that Gmail has where photos can live inside multiple ...
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Calendar reminder freezes and requires reboot to get rid of

I have the Macbook Pro and use the Calendar program that came with it. I have reminders come up an hour before my appointment but it does not allow me to "CLOSE" or "SNOOZE" it and when I put my ...
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How to install CPAN modules from the command line on OS X?

Simple question: How to install CPAN modules on OS-X like normal Linux/Unix way? I just want to type in cpan something like install Perl6::Say for example.
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Why does Finder interact so slowly with NAS?

I have a Synology NAS D213+. When I want to connect the NAS to my Mac, Finder mounts a new volume which behaves like a normal partition. But it interacts so slowly - I click on a folder, and it ...
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Install X11 version of Firefox on OSX 10.8.2

I'm trying to install a x11-enabled version of Firefox on my OSX 10.8.2, so it can integrate nicely with xmonad. My problem: Firefox in macports is extremely old (7.x) and building 17.x from source ...
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Possible to integrate Keynote in custom UI?

In Windows it is possible to load and instantiate COM/ActiveX components, e.g. PowerPoint, and use them to render in your UI of choice. With e.g. WebKit, this seems to be possible as WebKit is ...
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Minimize other windows of an application

Is it possible to do the equivalent of "Hide other Applications" for Windows of the same application? Say i have around 4 main windows open for Chrome and each has 10 tabs. I would like to switch to ...
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How to fix contacts being read-only?

My Contacts (accessible via Mail or the Contacts applications) are read-only on my Mac Book Pro running Mac OS X 10.8.2. Contacts reports itself as Version 7.1 (1167). I have 5 total contacts ...
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Macbook - I don't know the password or the type of macbook and don't have cd's

Is there any way of booting up and erasing the user account and creating a new one. I can't login, so I don't know what version of OSX this is. It's a white Macbook with a 2.16GHz processor. Model ...
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Sudden flash of gray in the background

In the last few days I've had a sudden flash of gray in the background. I'm on MacOS 10.7.5. I'm not able to provide a screenshot because it only happens for a split second, but here is a more or less ...
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How to add multiple tracks from Finder to iTunes now playing list?

The new iTunes 11 finally contains a list with the current and to be played titles. I'd like to add multiple files from the Finder to that list. Is that possible somehow?
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Control not working in iTerm 2 when using Programmer Dvorak keyboard layout

I'm using the Programmer Dvorak keyboard layout and found that the Control key does not work in iTerm 2. Emacs is unusable as a result, and I can't interrupt processes with Ctrl-C. Interestingly, the ...