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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Browsing to a nested subdomain resolves wrong page

Our corporate network has some web applications hosted in a nested subdomain hierarchy. A "subdomain's subdomain", as you will. For example: Root-> http://*.mydomain.com (resolves to: 192.2.2.200) ...
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What are the historic OS X versions' 'selling lines'? [closed]

OS X 10.7 (Lion) is advertised on the Apple website as The world's most advanced desktop operating system advances even further The beta page for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) goes: ...
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Address Book App adds the letter “n” to my notes

The Address Book app adds the letter "n" to notes of contacts in most of my contacts. In the Notes field I randomly see the letter added in front of names, numbers etc. I have off course tried to ...
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How Should I Correct the Owners and Permissions in an OS X User Folder?

My issue is that I've seriously busted all of the owners and permissions on my user folder and subfolders and it's causing lots of issues using lots of applications. The initial cause was that I had ...
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Completely synchronise multiple Macs

I actually have a Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard (I plan on upgrading to Lion). I may have to buy an Mac mini in order to have a full dual screen (external identical screens) layout (see my previous ...
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“Z” windows position lock

I frequently running into strange problem on Lion: my windows constantly being locked on z position (sometimes you can see this feature in some apps as "Window->Stay in Front/Behind"). But I really ...
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MacBook Pro WiFi keeps shutting down for no apparent reason

I've got quite a problem with my Macbook Pro (late 2010, running OS X Lion 10.7.3). Since a few days ago, my wifi frequently keeps shutting down. It starts by the network not being functional and then ...
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Wi-Fi profiles on OS 10.7.3

I have a strange problem. I connect to 2 different Wi-Fi networks, one with a proxy and the other without. I have read that installing profiles created using iPCU works, but it doesn't seem to work ...
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How can i buy Sims 3 Mac platform?

as the title, already looking at EA store site at http://store.origin.com/store/eara/en_SG/DisplayProductDetailsPage/productID.105153500/pgm.64539100 But seems they only sale PC version only. But ...
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OSX control over MacBook Pro 17 line out minijack - Can I play music out to a device and throught the loudspeakers at the same time?

I am trying to connect an analog subwoofer to the line out of my MacBook Pro 17. Apparently, contrary to the smaller models, the 17 inch's line out minijack switches between analog or digital, ...
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What is the Apple_PubSub_Socket_Render environment variable for?

After running: env ; #from with in terminal I see the following output: ... Apple_PubSub_Socket_Render=/tmp/launch-pc2V6P/Render ... What is this environment variable used for? Not really ...
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Wirelessly play audio from an iPad to a Mac

Is it possible to send audio from an iPad to a Mac to make use of speakers connected to Mac? Either Bluetooth or WiFi will work, it doesn't matter to me. The problem is, it's much easier to play ...
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Warning: “CSUserAgent wants to access data stored in your keychain.”

For my backups I use an encrypted external hard disk. This hard disk has two partitions (names are: Backup, Private). Today, when connecting the backup I was prompted with the following message: ...
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What is the TERM_PROGRAM and TERM_PROGRAM_VERSION environment variables used for?

After running: env ; #from with in terminal I see the following output: TERM_PROGRAM=Apple_Terminal ;#Not sure Terminal.app TERM_PROGRAM_VERSION=273 ;#The CFBundleVersion of Terminal.app ...
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Virtualizing Mac OS X on Linux - is it legal?

While browsing i found an interesting tool in sourceforge.net it says Mac-on-Linux is a Linux/PPC program that virtualizes Mac OS or Mac OS X in Linux. Is it legal In india?
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Is there a way to absolutely force a Log Out, Shut Down, or Restart with open tabs and unsaved documents?

I could not find any relatively simple way to log out of a public use Mac quickly with many tabs open and unsaved document in the background without resorting to sudo shutdown -h now. The reason I ...
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Is it possible to send push notifications to the iPhone Simulator?

I am developing a push notification infrastructure and would like to test it with the iPhone Simulator on a Mac. Is this possible, or do I need to use a physical iPhone?
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Weird errors in system.log while trying to run .kext

First, I don't know if this is the correct place to put this question. Would Serverfault or Stackoverflow be better? I was running through a tutorial on making Mac Kernel Extensions. I loaded it, and ...
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Mounting a disk as though it were an external disk

Here's the setup: We have a corporate Time Capsule (or series of them, rather) with encrypted backups in the server closet. My Mac currently backs up to that. I've just completed encrypting an ...
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Getting VPN to auto-reconnect on connection drop

I use the built-in VPN on Mac OS X 10.7.3. It's IPSec, FWIW. From time to time, it disconnects (probably an issue with my corporate server). Is there a way to get it to automatically reconnect? ...
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How do I know if I have the Lion recovery partition set up?

I am looking to swap my HDD for SSD and OWC recommended methods 2 listed in this link Perform your drive upgrade. Place your original drive in an external enclosure. Boot to the recovery partition ...
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Is it possible to hack the “Correct spelling automatically” setting in OS X to emit a sound when correcting?

There are many times when I curse the autocorrection mechanism for changing what I typed, but overall, much of the corrections are welcome so I don't really want to disable it. I do want to have it do ...
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Why do I have to reboot my iMac and Wacom Cintiq after sleep?

I have an iMac and a 24 inch Wacom Cintiq. When I put the iMac to sleep, it freezes and I have to restart both the iMac and the Wacom Cintiq. How can I get around this?
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How to restore from a Time Machine backup when there is already a user account set up?

I can't figure out how to access my Time Machine backups since Apple replaced a defective hard drive. Some Background: My setup: iMac 24" (Early 2009), 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo, OS X 10.7.3. I have been ...
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What is 'connectservice.app'

It's in my Login Items. Examining the package shows a reference to arcsoft.com. But I don't have either of their Mac products (Panorama Maker or PhotoStudio) installed, and never have.
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What is the purpose of the extra room on Finder's “View Options” window?

I am running 10.6.8 on a late 2008 MBP. I know this has been the look of the "View Options" window for a while, but I just really noticed all of the extra space at the bottom. It's now being used in ...
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How to get HFS+ filesystem blocksize

How can I find out the HFS+ filesystem blocksize for a local volume on a MacbookPro5,4. I think its 4k. I need to confirm this. Diskutil reports that the disk blocksize is 512 bytes.
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Easy way to disable processor cores on the fly

Hey i'm looking for a fast way to disable processor cores of my macbook to save power when i'm stranded away from a charger. I'm away that instruments can do this from it's preferences, but that's a ...
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How can I kill a process by its name?

Sometimes I notice that the process Python hung up. Then I'll kill it via the Activity Monitor and everything is fine. I'd like to kill that process in the Terminal instead. However, looking up the ...
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How do I make a custom context menu item in Finder?

I do a lot of command line work, which involves a lot of folder navigation with cd. To make my life easier, I'd love to be able to right-click on a folder in Finder and have a context menu item I ...
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VM size in Activity Monitor: hundreds of GB?

When I open the Activity Monitor, I get something looking like this: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1342. But why the heck is "VM size" around 100-200 GB?? Here is the capture from the apple support: ...
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Lock & Unlock the screen via WLAN - Keyboard

I use Synergy to share my mouse and keyboard across different computers. Now i want to lock and unlock the screen of my mac. I have activated corners, so when i move my mouse at the left corner of ...
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Not able to extract any .gz or .tar file (Mac OS X 10.5.8)

I have Mac OS X 10.5.8. I am not able to extract .tar or .tgz files with any of the extractor utilities (Mac OS Default Archiver or WinZip or 7zip or any other, I have tried almost all possible). ...
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Is there any way to hamstring my system?

I'm looking to temporarily reduce the amount of cores and RAM available to my system, as well as the processing power. I've written a server that uses epoll (Linux) and I want to get a rough ...
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Make Activity Monitor show more than 4 cores worth of CPU usage in the Dock

Is it possible to force more than 4 cores in the Dock, this looks like a feature apple does not want after checking out Mac OS X: Activity Monitor shows one CPU Usage graph on systems with more than ...
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Utility to move windows as a group for Mac OS X?

Is there a utility for Mac OS X that will group windows (2 separate apps)? Similar to how objects are grouped in PowerPoint or other design apps. I would like both windows to move together.
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Is it possible to write a script to change the Energy Saver settings in OS X (10.7.3)?

Basically, whenever I know I'm going to be gone, or if I'm going to sleep, I change the Energy Saver settings in System Preferences in OS X (10.7.3) for Power Adapter to: Computer sleep: 1 min ...
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How to fix very slow server performance on OS X Lion?

I have a 2008 Mac Pro (MacPro3.1 -- dual 3 GHz quad-core Xeon, 6GB memory) running Lion (10.7.3) that I'm using for as a server for a business (files, print, media, etc.) as well as a development ...
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There was an error in the Mac App Store. Please try again later. (13)

I have big problem. I can' t install any application from the Mac App Store. I have message "There was an error in the App Store. Please try again later. (13)". I'm search for this bug in google. ...
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How can I remap the volume buttons for custom use?

First of all, I only want to disable the standard volume buttons - I do not want to disable the buttons to change brightness, launchpad... I need this because I want those buttons to trigger scripts ...
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How can I batch convert image files and PDFs to TIFF?

I have a lot .jpeg, .png and .pdf Files and I want to convert all of them to .tiff all at once. How can I do this?
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What does “@” signify in unix file permissions?

I have a file with the following permissions on my MacBook Pro: -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 101K Feb 29 17:09 apachectl What does the @ stand for? I can't execute the file and this is the only ...
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What is the data corruption risk of force shutting down a running Mac?

Eg when the power supply is cut or someone presses the power button for 5 seconds? How big of a risk am I taking to my data? Is it a 1% chance of corrupting data? I know most mac these days have a ...
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Is there a safe way to shut down a Mac that doesn't have a keyboard or mouse?

I'm trying to safely shutdown a Mac desktop that does not have a keyboard or mouse connected to it any more, after hardware damage to the only keyboard and mouse in the house. It also does not have ...
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Is it possible to prevent renaming of file extensions when dragging images from the browser?

I have noticed that when I drag a JPG file from Google Chrome to my desktop, OS X conveniently (?) renames it to <filename>.jpeg, even though the extension was originally .jpg. Is this behavior ...
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How to send a Apple iCal invitation from special eMail adress when I use iCloud

I use MacOS X 10.7.3. I try to send a event invitation to colleagues. I have added iCloud to my iCal to sync my calendar with. When I try to send a invitation and choose the "business" calendar and ...
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does anyone have a mac webcam recommendation [closed]

Can anyone recommend a good high quality webcam for my mac? I want something that captures in high quality and its easy to mount and move around etc.
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Spanish-English + English-Spanish .dictionary for Dictionary.app?

I am looking, now for quite some time for a Spanish-English / English-Spanish .dictionary integration/extension in Apples native Dictionary.app So far no fruitful success!! Isn´t there any version ...
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Can Mac App Store installs & upgrades be automated?

How can I script installing or upgrading apps from the Mac App Store? I'd prefer command line tools, but AppleScript or some other API would suffice. Relevant puzzle pieces: installer: note ...
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Any harm done in Symlinking ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync to an external drive?

I'd like to reclaim the many GBs that this directory is currently eating up. Any reason I shouldn't symlink it to an external drive?