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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Display a webpage in Mac lock screen

I want to leave my Mac locked, but display a web page (representing a web-based dashboard) in the lock screen. The idea is to leave this web dashboard showing 24x7 but without letting anyone else get ...
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Mac OS 10.8.5 PPTP VPN can't ping hosts few minutes

I connect to PPTP VPN from my MPA and get very strange behavior. VPN connect without any errors, but after connection I can't reach any host from VPN-network about three minutes. After that everything ...
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Partition failed performing a fresh installation

I'm trying to partition a samsung ssd and want to perform a fresh OS X snow leopard install from dvd. When I try to partition the disk in diskutil I get: Partition failed POSIX reports: The ...
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Changing dev environment to Homebrew

I'm a new mac user and I'm going to start using Homebrew to build my environment. My current environment I've installed piece by piece. What I want to check is what to make sure I do, so I don't get ...
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Printing Profile Targets Using ColorSync Utility in Yosemite (10.10)

I am trying to print a color profiling target (created with Argyll) using the ColorSync Utility. Unfortunately, the option "Print as Color Target" is always greyed out. In some documentation, I ...
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How to find lost terminal sessions

I use Terminal for web development, and typically have various tabs open, some of which are divided into multiple session (via tmux). After a while, I'll accidentally hit command-W and kill one of ...
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Is there a way to kill an unresponsive applescript launched by an application without killing the application?

I've got an AppleScript that I usually launch out of Quicksilver, but occasionally, the script hangs, never exiting. (I think it's waiting on a non-existent window to appear). This results in ...
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Run OS X compiled apps in windows

Is there any way to run .app (standard OS X application, written in Xcode, achieved and copied from products folder) in windows (any apps like crossover or vine loader)?
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How do I type a Greek delta with a circumflex?

I need to create a capital Greek delta with a circumflex on top of it: How do I do that in Word or any other text editor (on a Mac)? The file will be mailed to a publisher, so the letter should ...
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How to turn off date links in OSX?

In Messages and other apps, the date linking is sometimes a little unnecessary: Is there a way to turn off data detectors on Yosemite across the board? I know you can turn off Mail data detectors ...
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My PCIe SSD crashed during OS reinstall, now will not mount, unmount, repair

While I'm pretty sure I totally broke the partition table, I've been unable to fix it using tools like testdisk and diskwarrior. My machine crashed during installation of 10.8 OSX on a mercury ...
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How to make OS X server 3 accessible from the internet?

I am trying to setup an OS X server so that I can see it from outside of my internal network. I have OS X Mavericks installed with the Server app installed as a VM for testing purposes right now. It ...
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How to use “diskutil corestorage revert lvuuid” on Yosemite if disk says it is not reversible?

I would like to make a partition for Linux. Here's what diskutil coreStorage list gets me (identifiers omitted): CoreStorage logical volume groups (1 found) | +-- Logical Volume Group ...
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Yosemite Frequent spinning pizza ball

Often when changing within an application what I'm doing( going from making entries in quick book) to say, looking in the cart of accounts for a different account I get the spining ball for maybe a ...
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Full maximise (behind the dock)

None of the maximise commands provide proper maximisation to fill the whole screen. When you have Dock not autohidden, then they only go up to the boundary of the dock. When you have Dock hidden they ...
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Can i create a bootable clone for my mac using diskwarrior?

My mac book pro (mid 2010, running 10.10.1) is currently operating normally. I would like to clean it up and create a bootable clone to an external hard drive. Diskwarrior seems like a good ...
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Screen Recording - NO COMPRESSION

I'm looking to record my screen similar to how Quicktime does it, but I need zero-compression, since I need the pixel colors to remain correct. Basically, I need a automated series of screenshots, if ...
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Using SSHFS with launchd

I have a Raspberry Pi I want to automount on my Desktop (Yosemite 10.10.1). I've installed OSXFuse (with the MacFuse option) and SSHFS both from https://osxfuse.github.io/. I'm using the password ...
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Deleting and creating users with terminal in recovery mode?

would anyone know how to delete and create user accounts in recovery mode? Precise steps would be awesome because im not too experienced with UNIX. I already tried the userdel and useradd in urs\sbin ...
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Disk activity, how to improve it?

Activity Monitor tells me that my Disk Activity is too high even when I'm not running 'heavy' programs. I have an iMac with Mac OS 10.6.8, processor 3.06 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory 4GB. Is there ...
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Powerpoint 2011 - Selection of Shapes does not work anymore

I have a totally weird problem here and I am close to tears, because that strange bug is in heavy conflict with my timeline :/. My Problem: I click on a shape (no problem with images). the shape is ...
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Equivalent to CMD-clicking on a webpage title in Safari 8 on Yosemite

In previous versions of Safari one could CMD-click on the webpage title at the top of Safari's window and get a menu with the website's folder hierarchy. For example if you're at ...
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How to set proxy configuration file in command line?

Sometimes I need to use ShadowsocksX to bypass GFW, but ShadowsocksX will clear my proxy configuration file. When I come to my company, I've to set proxy configuration file manually, I'm wondering if ...
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Transfer software license/registration keys to a new Mac

Where does OS X store license/registration keys for apps? Is there any way these can be moved over to a new Mac? [Context: I did a clean install upgrade from OS X Mavericks to Yosemite. I would like ...
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Re-image Macs in Bulk and administer them

I've recently been called in to deal with the IT infrastructure of a small non-profit organisation that is going through a restructure that involves purging all its staff and employing new ones from ...
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How to disable text drag delay

Is there any way to disable the delay for text dragging in OS X? There is a small delay between selecting and dragging text, if you start dragging the text right after you selected it - it will ...
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Mac Mini Server - Windows 7 Laptop VPN to OS X Server error 629, Tried a lot of options

I am having a hard time connecting to my office server in which I am the admin of. I have recently wiped the hard drive and re-installed os x yosemite with os x server. I use a Windows 7 machine at ...
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Sorting text with diacritics on OS X gives wrong results

Using postgresql I've noticed strange ordering issues. While investigating further, I've found a very informative post. I've inspected further and it is true that LC_LOCALE files are the same for ...
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Actual Folder Size?

I have a TM back up from a retired drive. The folder info screen looks like this. The drive is 3TB and there's still 900GB free, so the 4.75TB reported size is not correct. Is there a simple way to ...
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Menu option “Select startup disk on desktop” greyed out when Finder window is active

Previous OS X versions allowed one to select the startup disk using Cmd-Shift-Up when on the Desktop, or "from" any Finder window. In 10.9.4 this works only from the Desktop. When a Finder window is ...
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Bluetooth keyboard has occasional lag [duplicate]

I bought a third party keyboard to use with my MBA 11in. It is an Anker keyboard. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 When I am continually ...
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Create Custom Drop Down Menus in the Finder Toolbar

Happy (belated-ish) new year! Hope it's been a great one. Any Dropbox users out there will recognize the drop down menu that one can add to their Finder toolbar. Upon discovering that this ...
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How to get file path of user selected .icns file in applescript?

I'm writing an applescript in which I need the POSIX path to an .icns file that the user selects. For some reason though, it refuses to accept .icns as a valid file type. This will work: set Icon to ...
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Visualise on a map the location of the photos inside a folder

Is there a software that I can point to a folder to see a map of the area of all the pictures present in that folder? With tiny thumbnails or dots. Similar to what can be done directly on the iPhone, ...
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How to make an NTFS Shared Volume Writable

I am on a Macbook Pro with OS X Yosemite. I have another Mac Mini running Windows 8 that I have connected to via a Router. I am essentially trying to share files from an NTFS volume, but I need to ...
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Drag-and-Drop from Stack in list view

I have a few "Stacks" in my Dock, where "Stack" is apparently the name for having a folder in the Dock. If the Stack is in grid view, I can drag-and-drop files from the grid. But if the Stack is in ...
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How to view certificate info without installing

I have a certificate and/or private key file (pfx) on my OS X desktop. I'd like to look at its information (CN, SAN, OU, thumbprint, etc) but when I double click on it, it attempts to install into my ...
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Files are not showed in Finder

Recently, I noticed that on the files on my external hard drive are not shown in Finder. All folders can still be navigated, but the files are not visible. When I check the contents of these folders ...
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automount: Another automount is running

I'm trying to reload NFS mounts on my machine. What has worked in the past is: sudo dscl . delete Mounts/ exit sudo autmount -vc But now I get the error: automount: Another automount is running ...
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Searching/opening filer from network location using terminal

I am creating .sh script that will open smb://location/foder. The location contains a lot of folders that are being constantly created, and every time when I navigate I need to open different folder. ...
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Virtualizing OSX currently installed

As I explained here, I have an old MacBook and I am planning to replace OS X with either Windows 7 or Linux. I was wondering if it is at all possible to virtualize the physical Snow Leopard ...
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Replacing OSX with Windows/Linux on aging mac

I have an old 2008 13" Macbook4,1 model (not pro) running Snow Leopard with 4GB of RAM and 160GB of HDD. It is adequate for my needs at the moment but the OS is no longer being supported by Apple (NTP ...
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How can I use Homebrew to install MongoDB 2.8 with “Wired Tiger” storage engine on my MacBook?

I want to install MongoDB on my MacBook, and I would like an no-problems installation experience such as Homebrew offers. However, it looks like brew install mongodb will give version 2.6.6 and ...
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Where are Terminal.app profiles files located?

I just recently reinstalled OS X and forgot to back up all my sweet 'profiles' aka colour schemes. It would be very helpful if I could find the location of these so I can recover them from backup.
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install mavericks onto external HD but from inside virtual box

i don't want to lock down my machine for the install. can i hand it off to a virtual box process? 1 open virtual box 2 create virtual mac 3 attach mavericks install pen drive to virtual mac 4 ...
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I want to install Yosemite on a MacbookPro4,1 that has a broken firewire system

I have been able to run snow leopard by executing rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/*Firewire* I think need to sneak this somewhere into the yosemite installer.. Or perhaps install yosemite with a ...
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Problem persistently defining aliases in terminal

I am trying to persistently define some aliases for my everyday terminal use. I started off with this tutorial: How to persistently define aliases in Terminal, more precisely with Mike's comment. As ...
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Is there a program that automatically tiles all (new) windows?

I'm doing a research on different ways to manage windows on a computer and for that reason I'm searching for a program that automatically tiles all opened Windows including new ones. I know that ...
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Where does Thunderbird, on OSX, store its offline folders?

I marked my Sent folder to be used in offline mode, and asked the messages to be downloaded. I saw the status bar show my messages being downloaded. But I can't figure out where the messages were ...
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Is there a similar functionality of “Get Info” (Cmd+I) from the Mac OS X Terminal.app?

I would like to ask if in OS X there is a similar functionality of "Get Info" (Cmd+I) but from the Mac OS X Terminal.app? I mean something like finderGetInfo /path/to/a/file.ext which will output the ...