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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Will RAID-0 speed up OS X that is installed on external SD card?

I'd like to have some portable OS X installation that I'll be able to use with different machines (MacBook at home, MacMini at work, etc.) I installed Mountain Lion on my 32GB class 10 SD card ...
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Can a keyboard shortcut force TextEdit windows to close and discard all changes?

Is there any way I could configure TextEdit to close the window (through keyboard shortcut) without asking me if I want to save an unsaved file? Can be another script/program configure globally when ...
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Can I install the preinstalled Mac OS X Mountain Lion on other Macs?

I just ordered a Mac that will be shipped with Mountain Lion. Is it possible to install Mountain Lion on my other Macs? Or do I have to buy an upgrade in the App Store?
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How can I restore file permissions to get my Mac booting again?

Out of curiosity, I set the permissions on my hard drive from "everyone" to "no access". The drive then turned into a blue folder with a red circle on it. I restarted and now I’m stuck at the gray ...
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mdfind query on kMDItemFSTypeCode can't find some type codes

I just upgraded to a new MacBook with Lion, and having discovered that some of my old apps can't come with, I'm scouring my files for certain types that will need to be converted to future-proof ...
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How to keep Messages chats sorted manually

It is possible to keep opened chats in Messages in order i sort it manually? Because it always resorts it chronologically, so it's changing all the time and it's kind of confusig to me.
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iCal events missing problem

I have recently updated my Mac OS X to 10.8 version. The iCal application is changed as "Calendar" app in OS X 10.8. The problem here is, I lost all data which I stored in iCal. Any suggestions to ...
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sandbox for testing application

I have developed an application and I want to test it in a fresh environment (e.g. as if this is a clean OSX, no custom /usr/local, a fresh ~/Library, etc.). What would be the simplest way?
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Volume control (sliders or keys) stops working after plugging into/out of headphone jack

I plug my machine into a projector/sound amplification setup regularly for teaching. Often, when I get back home afterwards, the sound volume controls no longer work. Neither the dedicated volume ...
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How do I set a custom avatar for my account profile in Mountain Lion?

I just got Mountain Lion. On previous versions of OS X, I could choose a photo from the filesystem as my account avatar. This doesn't seem possible under the Users & Groups section of System ...
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How can I make earphones with full inline controls work with VLC/Spotify?

I have a set of earphones with full inline controls (mic, play/pause, vol up/down) but they only seem to work with iTunes (and I'm not sure the mic works at all). How can I make them work with ...
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Drafts going in Trash

I have configured my Gmail account with OSX Mail Client. The problem is that the drafts on the Mail Client aren't stored in draft on Gmail. And all the drafts are going in Trash of Gmail. I had mapped ...
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MacPorts on mountain lion - cannot install apache2 due to gettext package

I have been having problem with installing gettext package from macports. When I am launching /opt/local/bin/port -v install apache2 it checks dependencies, and continues with gettext package ...
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Sandbox admin privileges

I just downloaded the iAntivirus app from the Mac App Store. I wanted it to scan my whole hard drive for viruses, so it presented me with an Open dialog box pointing at the root of the hard drive (so ...
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How do I resize the iOS simulator?

I know that there's Window>Scale>100/75/50% but the scale of the retina iPad simulator is still too big for my screen to be able to test anything. Is there a way I can scale the size of the iOS ...
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Why do I have repeated “Are you sure you want to open it?” messages when launching applications?

My Security settings are set to "Mac App Store and identified developers". I'm still getting this problem though I've allowed the app to run more than once as an Administrator. Specific apps that are ...
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On Mac OS X, why would a network folder appear dimmed, and not be accessible?

I have a user who is using a Mac to connect to our corporate network. He is attaching to a DFS share on a Windows Server 2003 machine using the IP address. He created a folder a few weeks ago that ...
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Offline Use of Sparrow

I have a ton of mail to catch up on and a flight coming up. Does Sparrow (for Mac, not iOS) support an "offline" mode? If I read, respond to, label, and archive GMail messages on Sparrow while ...
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OS X Application to add contact from clipboard

Several years ago, I had a Microsoft Windows application that would offer to add a contact to Outlook if I copied it from anywhere into the clipboard. For example, if I received an email containing a ...
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Parental Controls Always Allow does not work

I have enabled Parental Controls on my son's MacBook Pro (OS X 10.8.1, Mountain Lion) and have restricted the applications his account can use. Everything works fine with the exception of Minecraft ...
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Can Microsoft RDC client use retina scale resolution on the MacBook Pro?

I'm using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection tool with my MBP retina to connect to a Win7 system, but I can't get the resolution over 1440 x 900, even in full screen mode. Is this a limitation, ...
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How can I have my shell always start in a certain directory that is not my home directory

I've tried putting cd /Users/my_name/my_directory/structure in both .bashrc and .bash_login but neither works, i.e. when I open a new terminal window I am in my home (/Users/my_name/) directory. ...
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How do I run an interactive GUI application in pre-login environment?

I am interested in writing an application which runs in a pre-login environment, i.e. right after a user enters their username and password, much like how OS X does the initial account setup: How ...
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re-mount ejected SD card without reinserting

I use a microSD card in my macbook air for additional storage, using a flush adapter (homemade, similar to the nifty minidrive). To save battery when I'm not using it, I disabled auto-mount using ...
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Why do I get serious execution lag on clicks, application switching and general usage

I have an MBP 8.1, early 2011, 13 inch, Mountain Lion. Whenever I leave it on for more than a couple hours, I get serious execution lag on every command. For example: I click something (a link, ...
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Is there a sane way to emulate the newer media key behavior completely on an Apple Extended Keyboard II?

The operative word here being "completely". I recently found a nearly flawless (cosmetically and functionally) AEKII (Alps, not Mitsumis) on eBay and won it for $30. It's an awesome keyboard and it ...
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How can I open a folder called something.app in various applications?

For whatever reason, I created a folder on my Mac called customer.app, and it contains a python module. I want to open that folder and it's files in applications like BBEdit and GitX, but the open ...
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After binding Mac to AD, first login successfully creates mobile account and logs in, after that next login locks AD account

Configuration: Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 Active Directory Server 2008 R2 Binding using AD Plugin or dsconfigad -add mydomain -username myuser -ou "OU=Computers,OU=Sites,OU=Mysite,DC=mycompany,DC=com" ...
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How do I automatically resize all iPhoto pictures above a certain size?

I have many photos managed by iPhoto that are over 16 megapixels, much larger than I need. I'm running low on hard disk space and I'd like automatically resize all images over a certain ...
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Can't unlock preferences - no password dialog

In system preferences, if I click the "lock" icon to allow me to make changes as the administrator, no dialog opens. The message "Authenticating..." appears momentarily, then disappears, and the lock ...
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Can’t reboot into OS X from Boot Camp

I made a partition with Boot Camp on my wife's Macbook Pro and installed Windows, however after being installed I can not find the Boot Camp control panel. I have looked in the control panel and the ...
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Calendar app is being brought to foreground when new event is received

When I get an invitation to a new event, or response for event I sent invitations to, the Calendar app is being automatically brought to foreground, no matter on what application I'm working on at the ...
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tmux on mountain lion

I have recently upgraded to mountain lion and every time I start a new tmux session, I get the following warning: │warning: unsupported new OS, trying as if it were 10.6-10.7 Is this anything I ...
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Mountain Lion won't wake up after an extended sleep

I've recently upgraded my MacBook Air to Mountain Lion. Now whenever the machine sleeps for a long time (more than two hours or so) while disconnected from the mains, it won't wake up. I had to hold ...
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How can I use RSVG with ImageMagick?

I'd like to use the RSVG for SVG processing in ImageMagick (the included library is fairly incomplete). RSVG is a supported delegate but needs to be installed separately. I've installed librsvg and ...
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How do you type Theta on a Mac?

I know option o comes out to ø? So I have been using that as my theta. But I would love to know how to type Theta for a mac?
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Mac Terminal PATH settings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reset your PATH variable Everytime I open Terminal I need to set the PATH using: PATH=/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/X11/bin Otherwise commands like ...
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OS X Keychain keeps prompting me for my SSH passphrase even though I save it (OS X 10.6.8) [duplicate]

Every time I log in to a remote server with SSH, OS X keychain prompts me to remember the SSH passphrase. I type in the passphrase and check the box to remember it. I then connect ok to the server but ...
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Does OS X Notification Center receive messages from APNS, LAN or just locally?

I'm looking for technical details on how the Notification Center is architected on Mountain Lion so I can make the most use of it as a user of OS X. Specifically, does it receive messages directly ...
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Making MacBook command-key the Emacs meta-key under VMware/Windows

I can configure emacs under OS X so that the key nearest the space bar (the key labeled Command ⌘) is my Meta key by running (setq mac-command-key-is-meta t) How can I configure the same key to be ...
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Is there any way to verify that OSX 10.8.1 installed correctly?

When I was installing OSX 10.8.1, when the install when to reboot Finder refused to shut down citing a mount point problem. I force closed Finder at which point the post-reboot install started ...
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What utilities assist in taking and annotating screen captures for local (clipboard) reuse?

Is there any Mac utility that will allow me to: Take a screen shot Annotate it (arrows, text, etc) Upload it somewhere Put a link directly to the image on my clipboard (i.e., not to some Skitch ...
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Avoiding malware in recommendations?

Occasionally, answers on this site include software recommendations. Let’s assume a "legitimate developer" pretends to have created a useful application that is (secretly) capable of doing harm. How ...
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Does Time Machine fix ownership of files when restoring from another Mac?

My computer recently crashed with no backup of Time Machine. I'm having issues getting a clean install to install on my hard drive (it won't let me do a fresh install from my Boot USB disk). I am ...
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Prevent Address Book (Contacts) to quit when closing the window

The Address Book quits when closing the window. Did anybody find a way to prevent this behavior?
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Can I develop iPhone apps under Windows using an image of OS X?

I want learn iOS development, but I don't have enough money to purchase a Mac. Is there any way that I could learn iOS development on Windows, perhaps using an image of OS X?
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How can I reset a Mac's password from Single User Mode?

My sister bought a used MacBook about 6 months ago and she has lost her password. Here is the procedure I tried to use to reset the password: Boot into single user mode (press Command-S at power ...
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Prevent email signature from being inserted when replying

Is there a way to prevent Mail.app on OS X from auto inserting your email signature when replying to a message?
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Is it possible to store “on my mac” local folders on a network device?

==== System info: Model Name: MacBook Pro Processor Name: Intel Core i7 Processor Speed: 2.7 GHz Memory: 16 GB System Version: Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549) Network: GB ...
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Delete all OS X accounts in terminal when selling laptop

I have an old macbook with some photos on it that I'm trying to sell. I want to keep the OS on there so that someone new can use it, but I have to wipe it through terminal because the screen is mostly ...