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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Alternative activity monitors for OS X?

I’m a bit intrigued by the new detailed activity monitors and progress indicators in Windows 8 (copying files, the task monitor, network activity, etc.) It got me thinking: surely there must be some ...
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Where is my login picture saved?

Where is my login picture saved? I would like to use it for other apps but cannot find it under pictures or in any other document folders.
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Executables in /bin and /usr/bin are not found in path

Somehow I can’t execute files in /bin or /usr/bin without providing the full path. This isn’t happening when running from Terminal, but, for example, iTerm can’t run bash (only /bin/bash), OnyX ...
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How to mount local folder with mount_afp in OS X 10.6.8

I tried to use mount_afp afp://user:111@127.0.0.1/home ~/Documents to mount the ~/Documents folder to the shared folder, but it shows the error like below: mount_afp: AFPMountURL returned error ...
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Sum of all processes' real memory not equal to used memory?

I wonder why the sum of all processes' real memory listed in Activity Monitor is not equal to (MUCH less than) the used memory?
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Unable to unlock disk after enabling FileVault2

I just enabled FileVault2 with my personal account. After the necessary reboot my user is not able to unlock the disk which just started to be encrypted. The only way to get access to my computer is ...
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Checking apps for a “GateKeeper” Developer ID?

Is there any way for a Mac user currently running Snow Leopard or Lion to check, maybe from the Terminal command-line, whether some application downloaded from the net was digitally signed with an ...
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Data on file exchange partition is owned by 1000 and locked. How can I unlock this in OS X?

I have created a file exchange permission that both OS X Lion and Ubuntu 12.04 can write to and read from. This partition is formatted as... Apple_HFS Exchange ...with journaling disabled. I have ...
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Is it possible to share an Ethernet connection to a secure wireless network in OS X on a MacBook Pro?

I can share my Ethernet Internet connection to WiFi clients using System Preferences, but I'm wondering if/how I can make that network secure (WPA) and not broadcast the network name?
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How can I see what custom URI schemes are registered?

One of the neat things about OmniFocus is that you can add tasks to it by calling omnifocus:///add?name={query} from a browser, or launcher (like Alfred or LaunchBar). I'd like to know what other ...
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How do I give focus to the correct window when closing another application's window?

On Lion, if I am in Chrome and click on an alert from Outlook that says I received an e-mail, I get a new window from Outlook with that e-mail on top of Chrome (I can still see Chrome immediately ...
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double password entry to access account

I have the Require password 4 hours after sleep ... option in Security and Privacy System Preferences set and am running a script with launchd to suspend my session at a certain time of day (see this ...
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How to add some additional DNS search domains without ignoring the DHCP ones?

I just want to add my own list of Search Domains but without overriding the ones returned by the DHCP? As anyone would imagine I already tried to add them to Network > Advanced > DNS but adding them ...
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Moving desktop folder back to where it should be!

I've had a real headscratcher... the other day I was downloading a large folder from FTP to a folder on my desktop. When I went to check the files half were missing, I soon found out it was because ...
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MacBook Pro: long time to wake from sleep, what could it be?

I have a 2011 13-inch entry-level MacBook Pro, which was upgraded almost straight away to Lion. I consider myself a careful, conscientious user, not installing things I don't need. However, recently, ...
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bash: brew: command not found [closed]

I am new to mac and was following a video and typed export PATH="$HOME/opt/git/bin:$PATH" I believe this messed up my path and I am not able to install MySQL now. When I tried to install homebrew I ...
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Are there any cloud based antivirus solutions for OSX?

I recently heard about ImmuNet and am interested in learning if there are any cloud based anti-virus solutions for OS X. It appears to be quite a good niche for the OSX community at this point.
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How to move files to trash from command line?

I do a lot of terminal work, and today had the experience of typing rm fileInQuestion.txt Before finding out that I did actually need fileInQuestion.txt. If I'd deleted in the GUI then I would have ...
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How do I prevent access to a folder on a non-boot drive

My /Users folder is on the boot drive. On another drive, I have a folder (F) that I want to protect by providing no access to other users. How can that be done without encrypting F?
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Is there a way to access the menubar icons using the keyboard?

I know how to use the menu items using only the keyboard. Is there anyway I can access the icons in the top right as well?
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What is the performance bottleneck when launching large applications on OS X?

I have an Early 2011 13" Macbook Pro (i5 2.3Ghz). I've upgraded it to have 8GB 1333 ram and an OCZ Vertex II (120GB) SSD. There are a couple of heavy lifting apps on my mac that take roughly around ...
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Applications occasionally start showing “The document could not be autosaved” dialogs

Every now and then, some application (usually TextEdit) starts showing dialogs like this when I try to close or save any document: The document “2.txt” could not be autosaved. Your changes ...
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How to configure where Lion fullscreen apps open

I recently noticed that when I fullscreen an app, it opens as a new space all the way to the right, after all my desktops. I don't think this is how it worked before -- I seem to recall that it used ...
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OS X Lion mysterious user cron job just does echo “PATH is $PATH”

OS X Lion 10.7.3. Console view of system.log shows log entries for cron jobs defined in my user crontab as expected. Follow this link to view a copy of my user crontab if you want. I inspected ...
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Does activating auto-login compromise secure password storage?

or: Does enabling auto-login in OS X add any additional security risks? How does this auto-login work? I'm not a security expert, but I imagine that such a procedure would require the password to be ...
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Set Default NFS v4 when connecting from Mac OS X Lion

I have installed an NFS File Server on Ubuntu 11.10, and that is working well. I am only able to connect to the NFS server from my Mac with this command: mount -t nfs -o vers=4 10.0.10.26:/srv ...
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lock account and sleep

Is there an easy way to lock my mac and then immediately sleep, all in one command? I know I can show the login window and then choose the sleep button, but I'd prefer one step rather than two (and a ...
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Why are home folders in Mac OS X located in /Users, and not /home?

My question is as title stated. Why mac osx user directory located at /Users, but not /home? Because /home is the default directory of user's home of Unix and Linux.
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Cloned OS X to new HDD, startup starts same programs each time

Recently I changed my HDD, and used SuperDuper to clone the drive. Each time I boot it up, however, Terminal and Chrome start once I hit the desktop, no matter what programs I had open when I last ...
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Can I upgrade MacOS X 10.4 to 10.7 Lion?

I want to upgrade my OS to a new level so that I can download Google Chrome. My computer is pretty old and is running Version 10.4.11. The Mac store won't let me download Lion because I need a higher ...
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Google Chrome - Flash on Youtube issue

Here is the information about Flash plug-in in Google Chrome: Flash - Version: 11.2.202.235 Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202 It's able to load & stream videos on YouTube but the problem is, after ...
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Mount a RAM disk on boot

I'm running different applications for development purposes: Apache, MySQL, Tomcat and a couple of other products. I would like to set up the logging verbosity of all applications to debug, but when ...
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How can I make all folders in Finder “snap to grid”?

I don't like how in Finder, you can drag a folder and drop it anywhere, even overlapping on another folder. For example: That is just annoying. And when I resize the window, the files stay how they ...
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How can I automate keeping historical versions of iOS apps on the Mac?

I find that iTunes management of backing up Apps isn't ideal for a number of reasons. It will happily keep a copy of the most recent App in it's own area within the iTunes library, but it's archival ...
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Creating a keyboard shortcut for “Show Path Bar” in Finder

It seems there's no built-in keyboard shortcut for "Show Path Bar" in Finder. How can I create one?
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App to alert if Internet connection is lost

Is there an app for the Mac that will alert me if my Internet connection is lost? Sometimes I work from home and lose my connection without knowing it.
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Open MS Office documents on Windows 7 guest VM in OS X host using Office for Mac

I am running OS X Lion, VMware Fusion 4.1.2 which points to the Windows 7 installation created for Boot Camp. When I am in my Windows 7 VM, I want to double click on files (.pdf., word .docx, .pptx, ...
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nslookup works with /etc/resolv.conf, ping and ssh don't

In our local university network, I have (obtained by DHCP) the following setup in /etc/resolv.conf: search a.domain.com b.domain.com domain.com nameserver x.x.x.x nameserver y.y.y.y The settings ...
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Japanese MacBook Stop Switching to Japanese Language

I own a Japanese version MacBook Pro, that of course has the Japanese keyboard with the particular keys (around the space bar) that are used to switch between the various forms of Japanese (and ...
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Automatically Mount a Network Drive and Copy a File to a Network Folder (AppleScript)

I've a rather complex task to solve. I don't use OS X, but now I have to provide some colleagues with a simple application that automatically copies a certain file to a network folder. Normally I'd ...
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How to arrange two windows easily to left and right side?

In Windows 7, we can easily arrange two windows with these shortcuts: Option (Alt) ⌥ + ← maximizes the window to the left side of the screen, and Option (Alt) ⌥ + → maximizes the window to the right ...
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How to rebuild iTunes Library with altered file locations without losing playcounts|ratings etc

My iTunes was set to make copies of all the music that it imported and keep it's own library within the iTunes folder. I wanted to delete my original files but deleted my iTunes copies instead. Now I ...
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What mail program offers spam filtering and a unified way to check multiple mailboxes?

I have been using Mail and I really don't like it. I have tried Thunderbird, Entourage and Postbox and do not like any of them either. I need a clear and unified way to check all my mails and also a ...
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How can I disable rounded window corners in OS X

Is there any way that the rounded window corners can be disabled in OS X Lion (10.7.3) ? Update: It's the bottom two corners that I have problem with as they show up even in full screen mode.
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How do I prevent iWork apps from restoring windows from the previous session?

Whenever I reopen Pages or Numbers, all documents that I had open when I last exited are reopened. I have the "restore windows" checkbox unchecked in System Preferences > General, but all windows ...
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How can I archive automatically on reply in mail?

I'm using Mail with Google Apps (Gmail). My goal is to archive automatically the email I've just reply. Leaving me with a clean inbox. How can you that exactly? (I'm using MailTags and Mail Act-On a ...
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Running older version of OpenOVPN on OSX Lion

The current situation: I need to connect to an Astaro VPN box. Currently the only way to connect is using the Astaro Client for Windows. Normally any OpenVPN client (Viscosity, Tunnelblick, openvpn ...
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Extending crosshair arms for partial screenshot on Mac OS

I very frequently use Command ⌘+Shift ⇧+Control ⌃+4 to take a partial screenshot and store it in the clipboard. However, the arms of the crosshair which appears are very short, making it hard to ...
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User specific hosts file in Mac OS X

I'm working on an OS X 10.6.8 machine, for which I do not have superuser privileges. I'd like to imitate the effect of adding an entry to the hosts file, i.e. have a certain domain resolve to a ...
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Group windows in Mac OS X

Is there a way to group 2 or more windows so that they act together? If I drag one, they all move. If I hide one, they all hide. If I alt-tab to one, they all come in focus, etc. These windows might ...