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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My Mac has stopped working

I installed bootcamp about a month or two ago and I installed windows 7. Well everything worked just fine until one day whenever I would start up my computer and hold down the option key the Mac ...
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Remove entries from finder's context menu?

Does any one know how can I remove items that I never use from the context menu? e.g.: Burn "yadda yadda" to Disk...
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Control program other than iTunes with bluetooth headphones

I am using bluetooth headphones with OS X Lion. The headphones (like most bluetooth headsets) have built-in play/pause and back/forward controls. Using the play button will always launch iTunes, ...
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DIY fusion Drive two identical volumes show up booting with option key?

I've succesfully built a fusiondrive on my late 2009 iMac (256Gb Samung830+2TB HDD). I set the size to 100%, so I have no recovery partion. However when I boot with the option key I get two identical ...
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Looking for Software to Scan or Convert to Searchable and Signable PDF

I have the occasional need to scan and/or convert scanned images into PDF format. OS X Mountain Lion does this natively, but as far as I can tell it's just an image wrapped in a PDF, so text ...
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Is there a utility OR applescript that will filter Y keystrokes temporarily?

Looking for a way to run a script OR a utility that will actively block keystrokes on my QWERTY keyboard. Specifically, I want to turn off the Y key, if you're curious. It is a 'problem hotkey' in ...
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What OS X signal strength test apps exist to measure Wi-Fi networking?

Is there a way I can get more details on the strength of my Wi-Fi signal? I'm looking for either an app I can download or a system command that I can run in terminal that will expose the noise of ...
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Can any iOS app remotely wake a sleeping MacBook Air when the lid is closed?

I want to be able to access my Macbook Air (Late-2011, Mountain Lion), when the lid is closed (in sleep mode), remotely from my iPhone 4GS. I have tried using LogMeIn Ignition App but it does not ...
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OSX 10.8.1 update problem

I have a brand new Mac Mini. It came (last week) with OSX 10.8.1 installed. Software update is reporting an update for iPhoto to version 9.4.2. When I try to run the update, it fails with a message ...
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Cannot update Microsoft Office 2011

I have tried numerous ways to fix this problem : Clean uninstall and re-install of Office 2011 Download individual updates Download older Office updates I always stop at "Destination Select" step ...
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Create keyboard shortcuts for menu bar items that don't have shortcuts?

How can I create a keyboard shortcut for something that doesn't have a keyboard shortcut? Example, I use Airparrot to mirror my iMac to my Apple TV. I'd like to assign a keyboard shortcut to the ...
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Is there a way to decline Mountain Lion updates?

In particular, I receive update notifications for printer drivers where my current drivers work and I don't want to update them. I'd like to clear the updates from the store and stop receiving ...
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Why are new Apps only compatible with the latest version(s) of Mac OS X & not backward comatible with earlier versions of the Operating System?

I have noticed that many Apps require at least Mac OS X 10.7.4 to be installed on an apple mac and some apps even require Mac OS X 10.8 to be installed. Cant apps be made backward compatible for those ...
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Does Mac OS X allow for the creation of iso files and if so can they then be run on a virtual drive?

Does Mac OS X allow for the creation of iso files (similar to that of Windows) and if so can they then be run on a virtual drive within the operating system ?
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Question about Macbook Hard-driver replacement

My OSX 10.8.2 crashed recently, I think I got a very good chance to replace my Hard drive as I need more storage. My question is: Can I seamlessly transfer my data (Include my iTunes music library and ...
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Hide/Show menu bar similar to dock? [duplicate]

Do you know if it is possible to hide/show the menu bar similar to the Dock? I found about Menu Eclipse , but I think you can't use the menu bar space, and additionally it costs $1.99. Do you know ...
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OSX Mountain Lion: Automatically restarts after showing screen saver a certain amount of time

Since I upgraded to Mountain Lion it happens to me every day when I enter the screen saver while having lunch it tries to restart the computer. I don't have any clue why this happens. If there is ...
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Why won't Mountain Lion Mail connect to Custom Dovecot IMAP server where Lion Mail connects just fine?

I am trying to set up a new Mountain Lion install on a mac mini to connect using Mail version 6.2 with IMAP to my custom Dovecot mail server which is on an old G5 on my network. My Macbook Air ...
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Dell mouse triggering double-click on almost every single-click

My generic Dell mouse behaves pretty strange compared to all other mice I have used with my MacBook. Almost every single-click is treated as if it were a double-click. Both the right and left button. ...
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How to get UUID with Python?

System Report will display the system's Hardware UUID in the format 01234567-89ab-cdef-0123-456789abcdef. Using the shell we can retrieve the same UUID: ioreg -rd1 -c IOPlatformExpertDevice | grep ...
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Where can I find statistics on download amount on OSX?

I'd like to buy a mobile broadband service, but there's a limit in gigabyte per month I can download. Before i buy, it would be great to know what i currently consume, bandwidth wise. Is this ...
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Replaced Macbook Pro keyboard with US-layout, now cannot type ~/` on external keyboard

I'm owning a MBP 15" early 08, which I bought (and use) in Germany. Recently, I decided to switch to US International layout, bought new keyboards (an internal one and and external Logitech diNovo ...
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How to make Time Machine backups over network without OS X server?

At our institute, we have several Macs (from 10.6 to 10.8) but not one is running a server version. In the one running 10.8 there are 4.5 TB of hard-drives from which 2 x 2 TB are raided together ...
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Why can't I drag columns in Finder's Column View?

Sometimes, when I'm working with Finder (Mac OS X 10.8), with a folder in Column View, I suddenly notice that the separator between columns has changed to a thick one like this: When this happens, ...
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Unzip .exe files on Mac [closed]

Is there a method to unzip .exe file on a Mac OS X without downloading and/or buying applications that do this for you?
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Is there a Firefox Task Manager?

The previous question provides answers for Windows and other addons are for older versions of FF, or do not answer the question. This is a specific question for OSX. Chrome has a built in task ...
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How to make windows of new folders open in my size?

In OS X 10.8.2, I create a new folder by right-clicking in the Finder and selecting New Folder. When I open this folder, the size of the window is not the size of the foremost window. The window size ...
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Using PdfLatex in OS X?

This thread here mentions MacTex but it is 2 GB in size and I am trying to find something as small as Apple's open command for modularized preview. How can I get something like pdflatex in OS X? ...
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Is there a way to split the Cmd-Tab app list onto multiple rows?

Is there an app/program for OS X that will "split" the list of open apps that appears when you hit ⌘-tab into multiple rows? This is the default behaviour for Windows 7 and it's really quite useful ...
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How to choke network preformance on OS X [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to simulate slow internet connections on the mac For testing purposes I would like to choke the performance of the network on my OS X 10.8.2 machine. I have ...
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Can I install or update Mac App Store apps through a command line using terminal? [duplicate]

Is there an official way provided by Apple or a workaround so that I can install or update Mac App Store apps through Terminal?
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Remote Desktop Connection session to windows server 2008 problem with licensing

I cannot log in with my credentials using Remote Desktop Connection v2.1.1 (up to date) session to windows server 2008. Error states there's a problem with licensing. Tried from two different ...
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Your computer can't be shut down now, because software is being installed

I was trying to install Microsoft Office 2011 when the installer hanged (and it is not going anywhere, I waited about 12 hours before trying to reboot this macbook). Now I can't restart this macbook ...
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Where can I find the latest release of Darwin?

I want a disk image (for installation). I've checked here and the 'Darwin Technologies' link there but couldn't seem to find anything. I want the Darwin (not any derivatives) and would much rather it ...
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How does memory management work in Mac OS X?

I am a university student who has been trying to write a compare and contrast paper between how Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X manage memory. For instance, with Windows, it's physical memory (RAM) and ...
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Looking for stop watch alarm clock app similiar to one on iphone on OSX for macbookpro

Can I install an app on my MacBook pro similar to the the stop-watch/alarm-clock app on iPhone?
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Export only edited photos from iPhoto '11?

On my Mac, suppose I imported a 200 photos. I edited 87 of them. How do I quickly export just the edited 87 photos? Imagine that I don't remember which photos I edited. If exporting edited ...
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I am downloading something with 300~1200kb/s? Any help?

Today I noticed that my system is downloading something and the download speed is around 300~1200kb/s. I tried everything that I could thing of... installed Little Snitch 3 and I did not see anything ...
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Why Mac OS X requires any amount of free disk space?

I understand the OS needs some free disk space for running. So does windows or any *nix. But OS X is regarded as a very polished system and my question here is more like, shouldn't it already reserve ...
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Can't delete e-mails from Mail app

I have a mail account with lot of e-mails stored on server (around 100 thousand). I would like to clean it using Mail app and delete all unnecessary messages. But so far no luck Store deleted ...
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How do I use/enable Tor when using Terminal?

I live in a country that blocks most types Internet access and protocols so I need to utilize Tor from the command line. I haven't come across much useful information in this regard, so any ...
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Keeping both files when moving them to a different folder?

When I'm moving files to a folder with another set of files named the same, it doesn't give me the "keep both"-option. However when I move the files one by one, I get this option. Any tips on how I ...
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Setting up a Gopher server on OS X (for real!)

I have been trying to host my own Gopher server under OS X (specifically, Snow Leopard), but am finding the process somewhat frustrating. After trying (and failing) to install myriad supposedly ...
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Don't see “Bluetooth Radios” and bluetooth not working on Bootcamp Windows 7

I attempted to ask this question at superuser.com but so far I have not received any help. So for the past couple of days I've been trying to get my Logitech Dinovo Bluetooth Keyboard working on my ...
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Keyboard shortcut to change the behavior of function keys?

Is there a shortcut for toggling the behavior of the function keys between standard and the media functions printed on them? I know I can do this in the Preferences, but it would be great to achieve ...
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Why are 2 Mac Pros on a separate subnet directly connected seeing very low transfer rates?

I have two Mac Pros and as one is primarily utilized for storage, I thought connecting the two directly under a different subnet would be a worthwhile endeavor that would directly transfer data ...
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How to stop Windows firewall from blocking Bonjour hostname resolution

I have Bonjour installed on my Windows 7 PC, and the installer appears to have poked all the necessary holes in the Windows firewall. However, I can't ping windows-pc.local from my Mac. If I ...
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Alternatives to Safari for RSS?

The 3rd party RSS Feed alternatives to Safari that I've found are cumbersome...in my opinion. Any simple, and good looking ones out there? (using NetNewsWire and it looks/feels bloated). Perhaps ...
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One text file is not being backed up by Time Machine

I have this strange problem where a single text file (Notes.txt, where I keep random notes) is, as of yesterday, not being backed up by Time Machine. It exists in the many backups that I have dating ...
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Can I extend Alfred with a command-line program to clean up the desktop?

I'd like to have something that I can run from Alfred or the command-line that can run "clean up desktop". What is a command-line program or apple script that will cleanup the desktop? Preferably ...