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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Logging of all process started since boot?

For a few days now I've noticed that the PID keeps going up quickly, at a rate of over 200 or so an hour. I'd like to make a log entry of every process that starts (and quits) so I can figure out ...
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Is there a desktop pager for Mac OS Lion?

A desktop pager is a little program that sits in the corner or the dock, that allows me to switch desktops with a click, and drag windows between desktops. Something like KDE had with kpager: ...
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Organizing user home directory between SSD and HDD

I've installed an SSD into a new Mac mini. I've installed ML, and used the migration tool to copy programs and user settings from the stock 500GB drive. What doesn't fit onto this 64GB SSD drive ...
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How to truly disable Ethernet and Firewire?

I'm working on securing my Mac completely and utterly. I may be going to China for a business trip and I've been advised to do this but not provided steps that work for a Mac. Is it safe to say that ...
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How to configure OS X for exhibitions

I need to configure a Mac Mini and OS X for use in exhibitions so that it: boots when power switches on (or wake on LAN) starts Safari in full-screen mode suppresses closing Safari and/or showing ...
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Preview copies aliens. How to change the encoding/make it work?

Preview copies aliens! Literally. Here is a screenshot: The text selected on the pdf was copied (Cmd+C) and pasted (Cmd+V) from Preview to TextEdit. What did I get? A bunch of aliens. I'm guessing ...
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My iMac refuses to log me in

I'm not an idiot, caps lock is off, num lock is off, I am using the correct password. When I type in an incorrect password, the screen shakes as it's supposed to. When I type in the correct ...
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Privacy issues: is someone watching me on my laptop?

Is there any way I can tell if anyone has set up my laptop to where they can see what I'm doing remotely whether it be the camera or surfing? Maybe there is a way I can just look at what programs have ...
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How long does Apple provide support for Mac OS X?

I am currently using Apple 10.6 (Snow Leopard). How long will Snow Leopard be supported for? Does Apple provide an end-of-life policy in writing? I have read that Apple tends to only provide security ...
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What is trying to launch 'java' on my Mac OS X Mountain Lion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to determine what application wants Java installed? I recently installed OSX Mountain Lion and as you know, the default install removes any java VM, ...
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Cabal won't configure X11 in Mountain Lion

I need to run cabal install X11 >=1.5.0.0 && <1.6 But it fails when configuring: Resolving dependencies... Configuring X11-1.5.0.1... configure: WARNING: unrecognized options: ...
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Clear out Chrome history from command line?

Is it possible to clear out Chrome's history from the command line? I know that this history is also cached online, ideally it would be good to do this from the command line as well.
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How to clear find from command line?

I want to be able clear out the whatever is cached in find (command-f) from the command line, is there a way to do this? Whatever is in there seems to carry across between applications.
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How do I create a shortcut link from the dock to an application?

I'm trying to put a link to Outlook Express in my dock but can't see how it's done. When I right-click on the application icon in a finder window, "Make Alias" is not one of the options available, so ...
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Installing Xmonad on Mountain Lion?

I'm following this tutorial http://sourcematters.org/2012/06/27/xmonad-on-os-x-lion.html to install Xmonoad on OS X through Xquartz. When installing some of Xmonad's dependencies through cabal, cabal ...
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Will setting a cron job to delete ._ shadow files on a linux share work?

I recently tarred up a directory to send to a remote linux system. When I untarred it, there were ._ files tossed into the target directory. I did a search and found articles of people being ...
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How can I upgrade Mac OS X for free on a recently bought rMBP?

I've recently bought a rMBP. I've heard I could ask for an OS update for free. Im not sure what that means as I'm new to the Mac. What should I do?
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Remap Home and End Keys to beginning and end of line in Mountain Lion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remap “Home” and “End” to beginning and end of line I've recently gotten a mac and during my coding sessions, I'm really missing the usage of ...
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Xquartz crash infinite loop in Mountain Lion?

I'm trying to get Xquartz to work in Mountain Lion, but when I click it, it starts up, then crash, then starts up again etc. It loops like this until I reboot or logout. My console says this for ...
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Toggle Natural scrolling from command line with reload

I'm looking to make a script that quickly toggles the Natural scrolling settings, so I need a way to do it from the command line. I think I found the correct defaults command, but I'm not sure how to ...
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How can I open a file in its default application from the command line in OS X?

How can I open a file in its default application from the command line? For example if I have a file foo.doc, can I type command ./foo.doc into the CLI and have that file open in Word? Note: on my ...
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MacBook Pro Retina lag when switching workspaces

I got a lag when I switch between workspaces (four fingers left/right). Can somebody confirm this? I assume this is the weak ivy bridge graphics. If this is true only the next generation will fix ...
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Xcode 4.4.1 version not recognized in Macports?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I noticed that I can't install ports via Macports. I get the following error: Error: The installed version of Xcode (3.2.6) is too old to use on the installed OS ...
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Mountain Lion on Macbook Air

Just got a MacBook Air, and it is running OSX 10.7.4. Is it possible to upgrade to 10.8 (Mountain Lion)? Are there any benefits to doing so? What is the process?
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How to reset Messages application settings in Mountain Lion?

I upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion and, when I started the Messages app for the first time, it imported the iCloud account, a Google Talk account and to old iChat accounts I used in the past. I ...
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What is the PATH environment variable and how do I set it up to use the Android SDK?

I'm a mac noob, and a terminal noob. I'm used to installing things in Windows, and now I'm trying to set up Eclipse with the Android SDK on Mac and I'm having some trouble. I downloaded Eclipse and ...
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ReFit background image?

Is there a way I can set a background image in ReFit boot loader? I'd like to use my 1280X800 desktop wallpaper, is that possible?
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How can I log in again after downgrading a 1st-gen MacBook Air from Lion to Snow Leopard?

I have a 1st-gen MacBook Air. It came with, if I remember correctly, Leopard. I subsequently upgraded to Snow Leopard and then to Lion. However, I have found it to be very sluggish after upgrading to ...
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Can I still set my account picture to an image from disk in OS X Mountain Lion?

I can't seem to browse my hard disk for a custom image to use as my account picture anymore since installing OS X Mountain Lion. The new popover shows that I can now only choose from the default set ...
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How can I disallow all network operations except for browser, mail?

I am on a rather low monthly limit with my mobile phone plan. When travelling, I usually write mails and browse the web on my Macbook Air via iPhone Personal Hotspot. However, I do know several ...
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What can I use to do decent content aware image resizing on OS X?

What can I use to do decent content aware image resizing on OS X? I know that Photoshop and iResizer are supposed to provide this, but first is quire heavy and expensive and the other one seems not ...
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How to view progress when encrypting a disk?

Mountain Lion allows one to encrypt any disk by right-clicking on the disk in the Finder and selecting Encrypt from the contextual menu. Is there anyway to check on the progress of this encryption ...
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Quarantine alert for Skim

I'm on Mountain Lion. Every time I double-click on a pdfd (pdf bundle) document, I get the alert saying that I'm opening Skim for the first time (which is, of course, false). I've completely disabled ...
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How to assign different ReFit icons for multiple Mac partitions?

I have 2 different OS X partitions on my Mac. I use ReFit to boot them. But since they're both the same OS, it shows the same icon for both of them, which isn't their disk icon that I can change. Is ...
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How to set animated gif as a wallpaper?

How can I make my wallpaper image an animated gif?
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How to do fresh install of Mountain Lion?

My Mac is very slow. My Mac is running OS X Mountain Lion after an upgrade from Lion. How can I do a fresh install the OSX Mountain Lion, with a clean HDD (all of my documents deleted), so it ...
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How to setup MacBook Pro 13" Earlier 2011 Screen Resolution 1440 x 900

Like the title. How can i setup macbook Pro 13" earlier screen resolution 1440 x 900? I tried from system references, the max resolution is 1280 x 800. I use OSX Mountain Lion.
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How do I use AirDrop from the Terminal?

Is there a way to share a file over AirDrop via Terminal on Mountain Lion? How so?
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Change DMG capacity

When changing my mac HDD to an SSD I ran into the following problem: I've created a DMG image of my old HDD which has a capacity of 320GB. The DMG file remembered and saved the capacity in the image, ...
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Does OS X have a builtin DHCPv6 client?

Upon testing a within a standalone network with just a DHCPv6 server on it and several client computers with different operating systems, OS X 10.7.4 fails to automatically obtain an IPv6 address from ...
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How to permanently put TextEdit in the Open with… menu list?

I'm a developer and often dealing with unusual file types. If I want to open one of these files in TextEdit, I have to start it first and then open the file with it, or drag the file to the TextEdit ...
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Could iCloud be replaced by a personal WebDAV server?

I like to run all my own data services (for security and confidentiality). I'm wondering whether anyone has tried to replace iCloud with a personal server. I presume that a combination of server side ...
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Automatically removing Dock icons not consistent in Mountain Lion

I know that whenever we add an icon to the dock, it gets added to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist file. So, when I wanted to remove a dock icon from a program, I removed the corresponding ...
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Does the Programmer's Dvorak keyboard layout work on Mountain Lion?

I see that Mountain Lion has come preinstalled with 4 versions of the Dvorak keyboard layout. I do not think these versions are "Programmer's Dvorak." I found a version of this layout here: ...
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Preview auto-open of PNG files after being downloaded from Safari

How can I make PNG files be automatically opened after being downloaded from Safari?
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VPN send but not receive data

My VPN service works perfect until last friday and still working on a DD-WRT router. I'm using OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. Here is the log output http://pastebin.com/QZyz3eSf Others connections works ...
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How can Apple provide GNU tools?

I am a web developer and am wondering why os x comes a long with a lot of gnu tools (nano, bash, vim). How can apple provide them in their closed-source system when the GPL forbidds this? Regards, ...
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Mountain Lion Figlet through MacPorts error?

I've just installed Mountain Lion, Xcode 4.4.1 + command line tools, and MacPorts for ML. It's working for other packages but I can't get figlet to install. When I use sudo port install figlet in ...
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What does com.apple.timemachine.supported denote?

What does the presence of a file named .com.apple.timemachine.supported denote? Is it safe to delete? I find about a dozen of these scattered across my local hard disks, not the TimeMachine ...
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Can I install Linux and Windows on a Mac to triple boot the hardware?

I'm quite the newbie at operating systems etc., so forgive me if my question is dumb. Is it possible to install Linux and Windows on a Mac, to run side by side with OS X? I'm about to start a new ...