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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OS X/ iOS Password Managers

So I have been reading some articles today and I see the 1Password app coming up a lot. Is there anything special with it? I am currently using Wallet for both OS X and iOS and it does its job quite ...
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How can I remove apps from my Default Browsers list and Safari's “Open Page With” menu?

On my system I have Safari and Chrome installed, and the Develop menu in Safari enabled. In System Preferences (also, Safari's options) I am presented with those browsers as well as the apps Versions, ...
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OSX Lion 10.7.3 FREEZES on Macbook pro 13'' 2009

I've got a macbook pro 13" mid 2009 and I upgraded to OSX Lion immediately when it came out. Never had any problem with it. Also I upgraded to 8 Gb a few weeks ago (because I use a virtual machine ...
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Why do some apps require a password when I move them to the trash?

Some applications located in /Applications require a password in order to move them to the trash, others don't. Then there are also apps which cannot be deleted because they are required by OS X (a ...
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is there an App that can extracts parts of a mp3 file without re-encoding the file?

I have a big (one hour) mp3 file and want to make one mp3 for song or section of the big mp3, without re-encoding. Would be great to have a UI that permits the selection of the sections that I ...
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OS/X 10.6 Bizarre login bug: Making alternative “Others…” appear. Why does this happen?

I am studying at NUS in Singapore, and they have a mac-equipped computer lab here at school. All users (students) have our own personal accounts that we use to log in to the computers with. Sometimes ...
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How to change background of Dashboard in Lion

I find the default background of Dashboard in Lion quite boring. I know how to change the defaultdesktop.jpg for the login screen, and I was wondering if there was a similar process for Dashboard. ...
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How to type in the tilde character '~' with an apple international keyboard?

I am a French developer, used to the French keyboard layout. Being a developer, I invested recently in an Apple international keyboard. Having a french keyboard, typing in the tilde '~' character was ...
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How to disable iChat's popup “You are not connected to the internet”?

I am tired of seeing the "You are not connected to the internet" message from iChat every time after I open my macbook. I use iChat for screen sharing. Is it possible to disable the annoying popup or ...
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scheduled account lock Mac OS X

You can set your Mac OS X account to automatically lock the screen so that the password is required after a certain amount of time of inactivity, but can you do the same thing using a schedule (say at ...
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Allow the Terminal.app to pass command key based keystrokes to terminal programs

I want to allow programs running in the terminal the ability to interpret the keyboard short cut Cmd + S I have already Remapped the Terminals' default binding of Cmd + S to Ctrl + S via the ...
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Troubleshooting high CPU activity in the WindowServer process

As far as I know WindowServer process is used by all apps to draw windows that we see. And a lot of people are reporting a problem when their WindowServer is using a lot of CPU. Is there any way to ...
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AppleScript to display the VPN status bar area icon

I am trying to write an AppleScript to connect to a VPN service. Once connected to the VPN, I want to display the VPN icon in the status area of the menu bar. I've gotten as far as connecting to ...
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A Mac OS X VPN client that can import a .VPN file

I have a .vpn file that I use on Windows with the Shrew Soft VPN Client that has the connection details (excluding the username and password). Is there an equivalent client for Mac OS X that will ...
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How to clean up partitions after OS X is moved from HD to SSD

Yesterday an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician installed an SSD into my iMac medio 2011. The iMac was born with an 1TB HDD but now a Crucial M4 SSD is also installed inside the mac. I've moved my ...
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What does this Safari-related “system.log” message mean?

I keep seeing these log messages in my "system.log" on my OS X 10.5 machine. Within 1 to 12 minutes after connecting to my ISP I see these messages appear: Jan 1 11:20:11 206 Safari[105]: Safari ...
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Time Machine keeps excluding my hard drive

I have Time Machine set up on a FireWire 800 external drive on my MacBook Pro. I have another USB external drive (formated NTFS with Paragon drivers so that I can store files bigger than 4 GB and ...
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Please recommend a good technical design tool for iPad or OS X

I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to create isometric and flattened designs. I'm looking for an application that allows designing of engineering projects for wood working. I've spent a lot of ...
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How do I troubleshoot my Wi-Fi connection when an exclamation mark appears?

Sometimes, when I am in a public Wi-Fi an exclamation mark appears in the greyed out Wi-Fi icon. I can connect to the Wi-Fi (I get assigned an IP address), but I cannot establish an internet ...
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How do I show who created/owns a file in the Finder?

I wish to see who created a file or who has ownership of a file within the list view of Finder. Specifically I'm looking at a network Samba volume and can see the owner and group within Terminal. ...
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How to tune the iTunes and App Store to remember the password for a very long time?

By default iTunes and App Store are remembering your password only for 15 minutes and this is really annoying for someone that keeps the access to his computer safe anyway. I am almost sure that ...
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How to move boot and recovery partition from HDD to SSD

Today an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician has installed an SSD into my iMac medio 2011. The iMac was born with an 1TB HDD but now a Crucial M4 SSD is also installed inside the mac. I've moved my ...
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Inconsistent mouse behavior in Lion

Two different mice?mouses? work for a while and then the light connection gets intermittent and eventually is lost. The pointer is then inactivated - but I can use the scroll wheel on the mouse and ...
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Green color not so green on my mac?

First I've noticed it on my activity monitor: As you can see Free ram color is set to bright green. And in the activity monitor itself shows color somewhat between green and yellow. Now also as you ...
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Where does OS X store unsaved TextEdit documents?

Where does Mac OS X store TextEdit's unsaved documents? I want to programmatically: increase/decrease that size flush the cache provide configuration option to control the frequency of auto ...
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How can I reinstall Lion so that the “Welcome” movie plays at first boot?

I'm preparing an old Macbook Pro for resale. I want to setup the Lion installation in a way so that the Welcome video plays when the buyer boots the MBP for the first time. How can I accomplish this? ...
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Where to find the Mac OS X Lion security configuration guide?

Most Mac OS X releases have very nice security configuration guides, but Lion is not in the list. Is this document available somewhere else on Apple's site, or is there a roughly-equivalent document ...
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How to unstyle incorrect (bold and italic) font display in Safari and Firefox?

I recently noticed that some sites/blogs I visit using either Safari or Firefox are showing fonts incorrectly. My site is included which is why I realised this was a problem. Instead of the correct ...
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Is there a way to disable OS X auto termination of applications?

Is there a way to tell OS X Lion to disable auto-termination for a given application that you do not want to auto terminate? FYI Lion is a quitter if you did not already know, what if you don't want ...
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Hide/Block System Preference Panes?

I have just discovered that System Preference panes such as Mouse and Keyboard cannot be locked, this is a problem as one user could log in change the strings and then another user would log in and ...
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Is it safe to delete the 32-bit Intel code from apps using a tool like Monolingual?

Using the application Monolingual, is it safe to remove the Intel architecture on a Late 2010 MacBook Air and just leave the Intel 64-Bit architecture?
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Disable sleep mode for a specific app?

Can I disable the sleep mode for a specific application so that my mac won't go on sleep until the app is closed?
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Where can I find the latest java update for Mac OS systems prior to 10.6?

I have a couple of old Macs that run old versions of Mac OSX and I want to protect them from the recent Flashback malware. Has Apple produced a java update for systems Prior to 10.6 (snow leopard)? ...
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Install as non-admin user when the installer requires admin permissions

I need to run an app that uses Adobe Air, but the installer for Adobe Air requires admin permissions. On general security principles, I limit what gets installed as admin user, and Adobe has a bad ...
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Cannot access Windows 7 folder shares from OSX

I have a persistent problem where my MacBook Pro cannot access the folder shares on my Windows 7 computer using smb://[server name] at seemingly random occurrences. I am able to access the shares ...
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System font display issues since upgrading from Snow Leopard to Lion

Since I upgraded my system from 10.6 Snow Leopard to 10.7 Lion, I have errors in the display of system fonts, and in the spacing of characters in documents. An image of my old system under 10.6 Snow ...
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Can't downgrade or update jailbroken iPhone

I can't update or downgrade my iPhone 3GS, Firmware 4.3.5 tethered with redsn0w. Whenever I try to update it, I get a "device isn't eligible" error. I researched on how to do that, like changing ...
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How do I disable the Russian keyboard layout in software?

I enabled Russian input source, and am having problem disabling it. How do I disable it?
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Why can I boot into the recovery partition without entering a password even though I have FileVault 2 with full-disk-encryption enabled?

Apple has released this support document for FileVault 2 in Lion which says: FileVault 2 uses full disk, XTS-AES 128 encryption to help keep your data secure. With FileVault 2 you can encrypt the ...
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Is there an equivalent to Problem Step Recorder (PSR) for OS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an equivalent to the Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder on MacOSX? I would like to find an application that reproduces the functionality of PSR on OS X as closely ...
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Any better way to purge the inactive memory?

Running purge command in the terminal to free the inactive memory isn't really what I think about Apple. Lion isn't doing a great at all when it comes to free the inactive memory. Free memory is ...
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How do I create a DMG file from a directory?

I'm trying to add a few files into a dmg. How do I create a DMG file from a directory?
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How to compile apps with g77 on OS X Lion?

I am running Mac OS X 10.7.3 (Lion) I have a problem in using the fortran compiler g77: any program I try to compile, it gives me this message: "g77: installation problem, cannot exec `as" I've ...
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Does Sophos Antivirus work correctly on Lion with (legacy) FileVault enabled?

Some time ago, I installed Sophos Antivirus on my Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard and came up against the "computer stops responding after reboot, with Sophos Antivirus installed and FileVault ...
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How to change the default dictionary on iPhone & Mac?

I'm using iPhone and MacBook. Both there are a default English-English dictionary, which is convenient. However, I'd prefer a French-English dictionary, while I'm learning French on iPhone or Mac. ...
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OS X Text to Speech apps

This may be a broad question, but I think the lack of widespread interest in text-to-speech warrants it: What are some apps for OS X that do novel things with text-to-speech; i.e., more than just ...
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How to set Outlook 2011 as the main contact manager?

When I installed Microsoft Outlook 2011 Lion asked me if I wanted to use it as my main Mail client. How can I make Outlook be my main contact manager in OSX? For example when I open FaceTime my ...
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Select outgoing mail folder in Mail.app

On my iPhone, I can go to Settings > Mail > Any Account > Account > Advanced > Sent Mailbox and select which folder I'd prefer to have my Sent mail stored in. How can I do this in Mail on a Mac? I am ...
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How to share internet with WPA/WPA2 security?

I'm using a macmini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard to share a cable internet connection. Sharing works fine except that security is limited to 40/128 bit WEP that is insecure (can be hacked in minutes). ...
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Store iTunes Password in Keychain

Is there any way to get Mac OS X to save iTunes/App Store login info (ie username and password) to the Keychain? It's strange that pretty much all other application and website passwords are stored ...