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 can I force Mac OS X to treat my Mackie Onyx Blackjack as a mono input device?

I have a Mackie Onyx Blackjack audio interface, and my microphone is plugged into the first of two inputs ("left"). The other input doesn't have anything plugged into it. What this means is that ...
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Fake/randomize/delete geolocation in Safari for certain Websites

I would like Safari on Mac OS X Lion to send correct geo informations to some websites but not to others. Instead sending correct location data I would like it to send either no location data, faked ...
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Can I use partitions for multiple OS X installs?

I'm curious about whether possible to install OS X on multiple partitions. I am already using several user accounts in one installation, putting different accounts into different installations of OS ...
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Is it possible to read iBooks without an iOS device?

I no longer have an iPhone or iPad, but still have books in my iTunes account that I would like to read. Is there a program for OS X that will allow me to read iBooks without an iOS device? I am ...
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How do I repair permissions of a specific directory?

I want to repair permissions of a user defined directory along with it's subdirectories. How can I do this? So far, I've looked for options in finder and tried to drag the folder into Disk Utility. ...
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How can I open port 80 so a non-root process can bind to it?

I want to run a web server on my Mac as a non-root process. Normally only root processes can bind to port 80 (or to any port below 1024). Can I open port 80 specifically so that non-root processes ...
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Unexplainable large number of cycles of MacBook Battery

My battery is a year old, but it has 189 cycles. Why is this? I always use my MacBook with the charger plugged in and very rarely without the charger.
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Problems with contacts in Mail

I have a problem with Mail and I don't know how it happened. I somehow accidentally added several names for one email address. Now these names are displayed randomly. This problem is driving me crazy. ...
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Crash when using university wifi

I recently bought a MacBook Air 13", to use at my university (Technical University of Denmark). But when I am using my laptop in a place with many other laptops, OSX crashes every 5 minutes (kernel ...
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Prevent automatic removal of the Spotlight index due to low disk space

I am guessing that when disk space runs low, it automatically deletes the Spotlight index to make room for virtual memory. Then when space becomes available it reindexes. But I'm not sure about that. ...
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The document “x” could not be saved. You don’t have permission

I am getting the following error: The document could not be saved. You don't have permission The error is not helpful at all because it does not point to where I don't have permission. To save ...
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How can I add a new search engine to Safari without any 3rd party add-ons?

I know add-ons such as Glims can do this, but I would rather stay away from them. Any native (or more likely semi-native) way to do so? If it matters, the engine I would like to add is duckduckgo.
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MacBook autofill name fields with someone else's name

I have a brand new MacBook Pro. When I first started the computer and set it up, it asked for my name, but the field was already autofilled with my brother's name. When I install software, when there ...
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Stopping LaunchAgents and Daemons

I work as admin in a college environment. One of the challenges is to stop the services installed by students with CS major. Some time back they got the admin access and installed launch agents and ...
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Is there a way to change a short name in OS X

I am trying change the Short Name for an account on my computer. Is there an easy way to do this?
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ssh -A doesn't properly enable forwarding of authentication agent connection

I love ssh -A, which allows me to use my local ssh key when establishing a connection from a remote server. For example, I ssh -A host1.example.com and then from there I can ssh host2.example.com (or ...
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Setting a static route every boot with launchd / plist is failing

I hope to use launchd to set a static route on a server at boot time since I haven't figured a better way to configure this sort of networking on a server. My problem is that the command seems to be ...
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Are there any keyboard shortcut prompt applications?

I've been dealing with repetitive stress injury in my mousing hand for many years. Each time it's flared up, I've managed to find something to delay the inevitable (e.g., switching from traditional ...
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How can I be auto logged in with the computer locked?

I want to have the computer log me in so all my login items can get started, but I need it to be secure, aka it still needs to ask me for my password before I can actually use the computer.
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What is a good way to archive iTunes movies?

I have bought a decent number of movies off of iTunes through various sales. The issue is, they take up a lot of space on my 120GB hard drive. I want to free up space, but I also do not want to lose ...
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Should I Move The Swap Location For My Mac From The SSD To The Larger HDD In My Laptop?

Should I move the swap location for my Mac from the SSD to the larger HDD in my laptop? Background information: I've heard some suggestions in the general PC/Windows world that if you have an SSD for ...
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Black MacBook WiFi drops when fan starts blowing

I have a 2007 Black MacBook running the latest version of Mac OS X Lion. It has a strange issue wherein the Airport shuts down if the fan starts blowing, and will not start up without a reboot. Any ...
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SNES Graphics Editor for Mac?

Does anyone know of an editor than can open/read SNES 4BPP graphics files? Or at least one that can convert to/from this format?
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Why can't I insert a DVD into my Mac Mini?

I'm trying, without success, to insert a DVD inside my Mac mini DVD drive. Let me say that actually the computer is without the upper case and the HD drive has been taken from a Windows laptop (it is ...
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Remote Management

When remote management is enabled on a client computer, does the client computer keep logs of when the computer is being observed, when reports are generated, etc? If so, where would this log be ...
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Vimeo embedded videos don't show in Safari

Vimeo embedded videos do not appear in Safari although they appear in all other browsers on the same machine. Not only do the video not play but the placeholder where the video should be on the page ...
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Why will QuickTime movies load but not play on iMac running OS 10.7.2?

When I run QuickTime to play a movie (let's say a .avi file), the movie loads but the movie doesn't play. I click on the triangle button in QuickTime to play the movie and nothing happens. If I ...
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What is your preferred way to start a (shell) script from the GUI?

I was wondering what ways there are to start a (shell) script from the GUI, e.g. double-clicking an icon in Finder or launching via Spotlight. This is not about opening a terminal and "manually" ...
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Can I convert a RAID 0 set to a RAID 5 set?

Can I convert a RAID 0 set to a RAID 5 set in a Mac Pro? I currently have two 500GB drives in a RAID 0 set. I want to add a third drive and convert it to a RAID 5 set. Is it possible to do this ...
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Problems with font rendering on a MacBook Pro using external 24" LCD

I have a 24" HP LP2475w at my home and 23" Apple Cinema Display at work. Today when I turned on my laptop at work, I noticed that all fonts look perfect (after having an issue with rendering for the ...
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What are some good open source text editors on Mac OS X? [closed]

I just recently switched from Windows and I must say that as much as I'm satisfied with the whole OS, I'm disappointed by the text editors so far (I've tried TextMate and BBEdit). So I figured I would ...
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why my Mac disk size become zero while Mac running long time?

While my my Mac starts, it shows about 2GB free size but after running about 5-6 hours, I use Firefox and other apps at that time, then only leave the FF running (not close), other apps also in stop ...
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Is there a system freeze problem in Snow Leopard when there's no free memory?

For many months, I chased after the cause of my computer, a late-2006 MacBook with Snow Leopard and all available updates installed, locking up, forcing me to restart. It locked with a spinning ...
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Unable to create a partition to install Mac OS X

When I try to install Mac OS X there is no partition for me to choose. I tried to create a partition and got the error, "Partition failed with the error: Couldn't unmount disc." Anyone have a clue? ...
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Serious system issue - kernel extensions installed improperly

I have just gotten an error message for every single kext file there is. the error message goes something along the lines of: The system extension "*file path*" was installed improperly and cannot be ...
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How can I prevent an SSH session from hanging in OS X Terminal?

When I close my MacBook with an active SSH session in Terminal and then wake it up, the prompt goes unresponsive. In about five minutes it says Write failed: Broken pipe and terminates. This ...
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How do I scan for hardware changes?

I have had the times where I have used a usb networking card, or other device, and it didn't show up, although I was not sure if it was compatible with OSX. I just was not sure if OSX had a way to ...
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What is the use of a clean OS (Lion) install?

My machine is a iMac8,1 (24", early 2008) that I bought with Mac OS 10.5 Leopard installed. My question is: what are all the benefits and drawbacks of performing a clean operation system (OS) install? ...
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Skype Bookmarked Chat Issue

I have a desktop running Ubuntu 11.04 and a MacBook Pro. I have 2 bookmarked chats under Linux version of Skype, but it's not showing under Mac version. Any suggestion?
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How to switch to underlying window of the same application?

If I have 2 windows of the same program open (Google Chrome for instance), and I want to get to the underlying one, how can I do that -- without minimizing the fore window. If I click the Chrome ...
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Is there a 3rd party program that can change the cursor size?

I've always used a larger mouse icon in Windows (made it easier to find when zipping around multiple screens :p). Recently switched to using OSX and discovered that the option to enlarge the mouse ...
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Run bash script at login stored in the home folder?

When I try to load a LaunchAgent plist from launchctl I can't find out how to run a script in the home directory. My code is: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC ...
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Is it possible to schedule running Mail.app rules?

I have a number of rules in Mail.app (these ones work!) to move e-mails which are X days old to trash. I'd like to run these rules at a specified time, eg: midnight. In this case, the particular ...
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Can't see properties panel popups/windows in eclipse

Is it me or is it bug in Eclipse (Indigo Service Release 1) running on Mac OS Lion , that when in XML layout design mode, when I select any property of widget, its not displaying popup nor the drop ...
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Mail.app rules - how to write the following requirement

I cannot seem to get the following rule working. Requirement: I want to run a mail filter which says: If the mail is in Account X, and has subject Y, was received less than 10 days ago, and has no ...
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Mac OS X runaway process: AuthBrokerAgent

I'm trying to pinpoint the problem with a runaway process on my Mac (Lion 10.7.2) and I have a hard time finding any kind of info about that process on the Internet. It is simply called ...
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How do I configure a VPN in Lion?

I've tried to configure VPN in Lion (both L2TP and PPTP), but it never connected successfully. The same VPN works fine in Windows 7 and the iPad and other mobile devices, so I think it could be a ...
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PPTP VPN DNS delay

When I connect a PPTP VPN on Lion, it takes several minutes for DNS resolution to actually switch over to the addresses that come back over PTPP. Is there some parameter somewhere what would speed up ...
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Can I use Helvetica if I have a Mac?

Since Helvetica comes with all Macs, and I have bought a Mac, does that mean that I can use that font commercially? For example in a banner or website header?
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How can I get my MacBook to stop freezing after I switch back to Mac OS from Windows 7 in Bootcamp

I have a problem I could not find anywhere else. Maybe somebody here has an idea on how to solve it. I have a MacBook Pro, early 2011, 2.2 GHz i7 with the AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 1680 x 1050 display. ...