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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What's a good graphical SFTP utility for OS X?

I need a small graphical utility, using which I can ssh to a server and see all the files and copy and paste (drag and drop) into my local machine. I am running Snow Leopard.
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How can I change the meta key on OS X Lion's Terminal.app?

Is there any way to use "Option" as the meta key in OS X Lion's Terminal.app? The checkbox that was present in Snow Leopard is nowhere to be found.
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How to clean ._AppleDouble files from unix packages?

Introduction Here's my problem. On occasion, I create the odd deb package using dpkg-deb (e.g., dpkg-deb --build "folder" file.deb). The problem is that any file with an extended attribute, carries ...
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Keyboard shortcuts for renaming file and accepting extension

When I try to rename a file (by pressing enter, then changing the extension of the file), it pops up with an alert asking "Are you sure you want to change the extensions ... " and the old extension is ...
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Launch terminal in new window by default

Is it possible to set up Terminal to launch a new window by default? I recently came from running Ubuntu and I normally open hundreds of terminals a day. It's a pain to have to always right-click on ...
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How can I stop my whole screen from flashing white on errors?

Whenever I access Terminal and press Command ⌘ + Delete ⌫ my screen flashes white. It also happens when Chrome's Command ⌘ + F returns no results. Have I somehow messed up my settings? I already ...
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How does one reorganize one's entire Aperture library from scratch?

I imported pictures into Aperture from iPhoto and since then, added a lot of new ones. I'd like to start over because the dates on the tags/folders in which the pictures are organized are not ...
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SecurityAgent causing a freeze

Intermittently, I witness a freeze with my MacPro and I was wondering if anyone has had a similar freeze and found a cure. Some background: I have my screen saver turned off. I have Energy Star set to ...
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How can I add static route?

How can I add a static route "forever", that means without retyping add route in Terminal each time I'm using VPN? I found this solution for 10.6, but what if there is a nicer one for 10.7?
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Can I uninstall stock Apple applications (e.g. Stickies)

Is it safe to uninstall stock OS X applications that I do not use? They're really just taking up space on my Applications list (and my SSD). The applications I'm eyeing for deletion are: Front Row ...
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Two full screen apps in OSX Lion when using multiple monitors

Is it possible to run two full screen apps at the same time in OSX Lion when using multiple monitors?
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Lion hangs on boot with empty progress bar and then switches off

Today as I was working on my MacBook Pro, it became incredibly slow and almost impossible to work with. I spent five minutes trying to restart it from the system menu, and eventually I did. It took ...
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What tool exists to identify the RGB value of a pixel?

I need to get the RGB for a pixel that is in an image. Under Windows this is easy but is there a way to do this on Mac OS X?
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Finder allows rename on Exposing desktop

When I press F11, It directly shows me the current-desktop of OSX. Now, Let me describe the issue ( which is an issue according to me ). Step 1) open any finder window ( for example as follows. ...
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How do I open Google Chrome in Incognito mode by default

Is there any way (using apple script or by using settings on chrome) to open Google Chrome in incognito mode.
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How do I stay in the same desktop when I switch to a full screen app?

When I switch to a full screen mode app in OS X Lion, it automatically switches to Desktop 1. I prefer to automatically switch back to the Desktop that I was in before I switched to the full screen ...
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Dashboard Widget for Outlook:Mac2011 tasks

I am using Mac OS X 10.7.1 and Outlook for Mac 2011 (14.1.0); I am looking for a dashboard widget which could list all the tasks I have added in Outlook. Is there one such dashboard widget ...
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What is the cheapest way to upgrade from OS X10.4 to 10.6?

I have been living in the past, and it is finally catching up to me. What is the cheapest way to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.6?
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Ideas for reinstalling Mac OS X on a 2009 Macbook Pro whose shift key is constantly stuck down?

I have a Macbook Pro 13 inch from 2009 on which I spilt gin a few months ago. As a result the shift key is constantly stuck down. Initially, the problem was that I couldn't start the machine up, as ...
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Installing Python on Mac 10.5.8 64-bit

I'm working on getting Python installed on my Mac 10.5.8 and I have been having a heck of a lot of trouble. The standard downloads at Python.org do not show a compatible version. They have 10.3 - ...
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How can I specify delimiters in Terminal for word and character selection before copying and pasting?

I am new to Mac and still struggling to be productive with fewer clicks and keys... When I use Terminal and click on a word, I would like the delimiter to be only space and not other characters like ...
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Where does OSX 10.6 store user specific location data

For some reason, whenever websites try to identify my location, my MacBook Pro always gets confused and spits out a location that is not based on my current coordinates, but rather is my hometown, ...
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How can I export my iPhoto library so I can import it on another computer?

I want to export my iPhoto library so that I can import it onto another computer and still keep the Events I've organized etc. How can I do this?
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Is there a way to “split” one display so that it treated as two separate screens?

Is there any app or hack which can split a monitor into multiple screens? So for instance, a 1920x1080 display could be treated by the operating system as though there were two 960x1080 screens ...
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Optimize macbook pro for internal SSD+HDD drives

I upgraded my MacBook Pro by replacing the SuperDrive with an SSD. I'm now using the SSD as the boot volume and have all my applications. My home folder is on the HDD. My question is how to best ...
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Fixed region screen capture on Mac OS X?

I use both Windows and Mac OS X on my work/home computers, and on Windows I love SnagIt, because it allows me to capture fixed regions of the screen: I select a resolution (for example, 500x400), and ...
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How do I change the menubar transparency in Lion?

So I love the login screen in OS X lion, and I want to make my desktop look like that. I found the background image they use, but now I want to make my menu bar completely transparent like it is in ...
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How can I log into the desktop environment as Root on a new mac running 10.6 or 10.7 without creating a user account?

Under Mac OS 10.5, you could boot a fresh-out-of-the-box Mac into single user mode, mount /, set the root password, and touch .AppleSetupDone - this would allow you to log into the desktop environment ...
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Screen turns off at lid opening

When I close the lid, the computer behaves correctly: Screen turns off Does not go to sleep (front light stays on and does not flash) Still can hear fans It behaves this way because I share my ...
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OS X: Is there an open source screen recorder?

I need a screen recorder. However, I try to avoid using closed-source software whenever possible except from major vendors like Apple and Skype. I am wondering, is there an open source screen ...
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Leopard won't remember default programs

Everytime I restart/boot my mac and open up a mail application (thunderbird) or a web browser (firefox or chrome) I am always asked if I want to make it the default. This happens even if I click yes. ...
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Booting for imaging

Our corp is implementing Macs for the first time. We are using Casper to manage them. Unfortunately our Computing Security folks will not allow a Mac Server with NetBoot on our network, which puts ...
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How do I loop a video in MPlayerX?

I downloaded MPlayerX from the App Store and I would like to use it to play a video in loop. Is there a way to do that?
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Adding movie-style sound effects to the Terminal

I want to have movie style sound effects in the terminal. You know, when every keystroke and line emits a cool little beep. (Something like this.) I've used KeyClick, but that's only for keyboard ...
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How do I extract an ECM archive in Mac OS X Lion?

I came across a ECM archive that I need to extract. The Unarchiver can't handle this format, and I'm not sure about other utilities. How do I extract ECM in Mac OS X Lion?
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How do I change a username? (shortname and home folder)

Under Linux, this would be a no brainer. Just go into /etc/password and edit that, and rename the directory in /home. I want the new shortname and the new home folder to match after the change.
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Chrome putting itself in the Dock whenever it wants.

So I have Google Chrome installed on my Mac & randomly it will put itself in my dock, where it normally doesn't reside. It is usually about every two weeks or so, but sometimes its within a few ...
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Are there any native tools for SVG conversion on OS X? [closed]

How can I convert SVG image to something raster? Are there any native [command-line] tools on OS X that can do that? I am able to open them in Safari or Firefox, but doing "Save as..." only proposes ...
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How can I forcibly shut down my Mac at an appointed time?

I'm looking for an auto shutdown app that will forcefully shut down the computer at an appointed time. The most important part of this is that the shutdown should not be cancelable (unless the ...
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Can I manually limit the %CPU used by a process?

I would like to limit the amount of CPU time dedicated to certain processes (e.g. Firefox, Safari, ...). I can't understand why such programs, even when not used (nothing loading, no animations, ...
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Why can't I use the GNU Debugger (GDB) programming utility on Mac as a standard user?

I can only use the GNU Debugger (GDB) when authenticated as an administrator. When I launch GDB as a standard user, after giving the GDB command "run", a dialog requests me for a user name and ...
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Web clips on Dashboard not always updating correctly in OS X (Lion)

I am having problems with Web Clips. Had the problem in OS X Leopard and now in Lion. My problem is that I have clipped the "Major Stock Indexes" part of this page: ...
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Why is the coreaudiod daemon using 5% or more CPU?

Every time I listen to music on iTunes or VLC, I notice that the process coreaudiod causes an unusually high CPU usage (5% or more). Are you having the same issue? What's the reason for such a high ...
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Trouble launching Adobe AIR debugger after installing & uninstalling Port proxy

This is a rephrased post of this question. I haven't had any luck over on Stack Overflow, and I'm a relative newb to the macworld, so thinking there could be some mac guru's out there to help me. ...
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Xcode 3.2.6 and iOS 4.3 SDK installation problem on Mac OS X Lion

I recently brought a new Mac mini running Max OS X 10.7 Lion. I downloaded the iOS SDK 4.3 and Xcode 3.2.6.dmg from Apple. The download was successful and I was able to install it without any ...
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How do I check my Mac's RAM?

I know there is MemTest86+ for PCs, but what can I use to see if my RAM is actually good in an Apple product? Whether it's a MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac or Mac Pro? What symptoms would show that RAM is ...
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Internet browsing problems when the Mac is bound to a Microsoft server with Active Directory

I have set up Active Directory on my Mac and I can log in and authenticate fine to the server. When I try to browse the Internet, there is an error which says "The user could not be determined by the ...
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Restart OS X GUI

I need to restart the WindowServer (OS X's GUI); I know this can be achieved using the command sudo killall -HUP WindowServer but this closes all your open applications. Is there a way to restart the ...
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Uncheck “Reopen windows when logging back in” by default

The shutdown/restart dialog has a check-box Reopen windows when logging back in which is checked by default. I need to change its behavior to be unchecked by default. Is this possible? If yes, how can ...
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Is it possible to use Bento for Mac as the database for a database-backed website?

I'm looking to create a website on my Mac, with content coming from a database also on the Mac. The website is static, and I'll probably need to write some scripts that will periodically (1) create ...