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How to disable Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) on OS X 10.8?

I am using an iMac at work, and the IT security guys are raising issue with the Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) trying to bypass the proxy continually. I would like to know how I can disable ...
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System Services in Automator won't start

For about a week it occurs that System Services created in Automator suddenly refuse to work. It happens on all Services, system-wide, i.e.: Open in Marked in Byword Create Symlink in Finder ...
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Services on homescreen jailbroken iphone

On my jailbroken iPhone 5 with ios 6.1.2 I sometimes see all kinds of services from applications filling up my homescreen. Most of the times this happens after installing an application. After a ...
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Avoid using command for keyboard shortcuts

I work with a disabled person who uses their communication-aid to control their iMac through keyboard and mouse commands. I'm setting up keyboard shortcuts to launch applications directly using ...
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How to create Automator Service to change font of selected text?

I'm trying to create a "Service" in Automator that changes the font of the selected text in the frontmost app.
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What does “reveal” do from, e.g., the services menu?

"Reveal" seems to be an alternate action to "open" - except it just opens some random thing that I have no control over. For example, "revealing" a ruby file in the Finder opens Path Finder (the third ...
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Automator service for encrypting or decrypting with openssl

Can I create two Automator services that allow me to encrypt or decrypt files? So I would right click a file and click 'Encrypt', the .txt file would be encrypted to a .enc using openssl: ...
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How to pass inputs to a shell script in automator?

I want to pass the filename of the file I rightclicked to a shell script through automator: # encrypt file.txt to file.enc using 256-bit AES in CBC mode openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -salt -in file.txt ...
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Show all services on right click

Whenever you have more than 4 services, they are put in a dropdown option "Services" on right click instead of just being added to the right click menu itself. Is this an option somewhere that can be ...
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How can I add a service to Finder to add a movie/track to a VLC playlist?

I am using VLC for playing videos in MacOSX 10.8, the VLC version is 2.0.5, I want a context menu in Finder with option to add a video file to vlc now playing list.
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Set Keystroke for Service from Terminal

I created some services to be used in Finder. Now I wanted to create some keystrokes to call these services. That would be easy in the System Settings, however, I would like to add them from the ...
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Submenu for services

I have written a small application and want to allow other applications to share data with it. My first idea was to integrate it into the service menu. However, I need dynamically populated submenus ...
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Can't assign keyboard shortcut to service

In OSX 10.8.2, I created a service using Automator and saved it in ~/Library/Services. The service receives selected messages in Mail.app. It shows up in the list of services when I click on the ...
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iPhoto opens automatically by creating files on Desktop

My problem: iPhoto opens automatically, when I: Copy and paste any kind of file to my Desktop Save any file type to my Desktop Create a screenshot (which is automatically saved to Desktop) iPhoto ...
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How to start a service automatically after openning an application?

For example, I have a service that I want it to be started automatically when I open Firefox. I know how to write scripts as services in automator, but I don't know how to make a hook that when ...
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How do Services work on Mac OS X Lion (I can't make them appear in Menu Bar)

I'm trying to create a service (in this case, operating on images in Evernote.app). I open up Automator, make my script, and set it to to receive 'image files' in 'any application'. Doesn't show up ...
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Derive the launchd config plist based on a launch label

When I list the currently running services, I see a service I'd like to remove: % launchctl list | grep -i spotify - 13 com.spotify.webhelper Launchctl allows me to stop it via launchctl stop ...
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What is the function of each of the system location services in iOS 6?

I'd like to know what functionality I gain or lose by enabling / deactivating each of the services under Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. Some incomplete information is ...
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How can I control (start/stop) applications and services that start up after reboot?

I have a Mac that is slow when using the internet, but other PCs on the same connection aren't as slow. I suspect there are too many AV scanners running concurrently, or there is some process that ...
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How to open quickly – in a browser – a Wikipedia URL from Dictionary or from the 'Look Up in Dictionary' service dialogue?

Example Either: in Dictionary, I am at the Wikipedia page for something; or in a Services-capable web browser such as Safari I select a phrase, then use the contextual menu to Look Up "…" (and ...
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Where have the folders from public.me.com been moved to?

Has the content that people made publicly accessible at http://public.me.com/ been moved somewhere, so that it can be accessed from the web? Can the content still be accessed with WebDAV as before?
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Can't find my Automator service action in the Keyboard Shortcuts list

I've made a very simple Automator service (moves some selected files into a new folder). It works fine via the Services -> menu. So now I'd like to add a keyboard shortcut to launch this action from ...
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Create a zip file using an Automator Service

I am trying to create a service in Automator in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. The command that I want to use is as follows: zip zip-file.zip "$@" And here is a screen capture of what I did: It works. ...
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Create Automator Service With a Python Script?

I'm trying to create an Automator Service that will act on selected text, converting dashes to spaces, and also making word caps for all the text. A friend gave me this python script (I know nothing ...
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Why won't my AppleScript run as a Service?

I have a simple AppleScript that works exactly as expected when run on its own, ether as an app, directly from within ScriptDebugger or Script Editor, or as an element of an Automation from within ...
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What's the services/running processes manager in Mac OS X?

I installed MySQL but I am unable to see if it is running or has stopped. How do I see what are the currently running services corresponding to the "Services" interface in Windows?
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Some of “Services” menu is in Portuguese

I tend to assign keyboard shortcuts to the services I use most often. Occasionally, I need to access one from the toolbar menu. When I dropped the menu down today, I noticed that some of the items ...
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How I can start mongodb automatically?

I'm doing like here is described http://hunterford.me/mongodb-startup-item/ but my file called different and path is here ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mongodb.plist. and mongo is starting ...
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Is there any study on how which services/sensors consume the battery?

I am looking for some study/comparison on how battery-consuming are specific services/sensors (3G, Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, accelerometer) in the iOS devices. Has anyone stumbled across something like ...
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Invisible pictures in system applications

While just browsing through apps like the CoreServices in both Mac and iOS, I found that most (all?) of the pictures have sizes and memory, but don't show anything when I quick look or open them. What ...
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How to restart sshd in OSX Lion?

I have configured ssh keys for github. I have multiple ssh keys configured already. I need to add new ssh keys for bitbucket. But it does not seem to be working. How do i restart sshd in OSX Lion?
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How do I assign a keyboard shortcut to a service in OS X?

I created a service using Automator and I'd like to assign a keyboard shortcut to it. How do I do this?
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How do I delete a Service?

If I created a service using Automator, how can I delete it if I no longer want it?
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How can I change my Mac OS X Services to all be in english?

I am not sure how this happened, but many of my services are now in, what I believe is spanish: How do I change this back to English? My language in the Language & Text system pref is set to ...
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How to toggle closeViewZoomFollowsFocus in com.apple.universalaccess via shell script with instant activation?

I created a Service with Automator on a Mac running "Lion 10.7.3". The Service toggles via a shell script the visibility of hidden files in the Finder and works like a charm. Here's the script: ...
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In a Service, how to get a URL from rich text?

I'm interested in making a Service (using Automator if possible) that allows me to perform an action on a URL. If the URL exists as plain text, this works just fine. However, if the URL is a link in ...
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Can I drag a document window to an email message to attach it?

I realize that I can drag files from Finder and drop them in a mail message in Mail.app to attach them. What I would like to do is drag an active document window from another application, say Preview, ...
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Is the “Lookup in Dictionary” context menu option hardcoded in Google Chrome for Mac?

I'm having a hard time removing the "Lookup in Dictionary" context menu element in Chrome for Mac (see screenshot). I tried deactivating the Dictionary Service shortcut in Preferences / Keyboard, ...
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Postfix SMTP server slow to accept incoming connection

I have a snow-leopard os-x Server configuration running postfix with no local firewall on the X-Serve. When a client attempts to connect to the SMTP port the connection takes about 15 seconds to ...
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Apache starts even if web sharing is disabled

I do web development so I normally have web sharing turned on in the sharing preferences. After upgrading to Lion I have been continuing with the web development projects I have pretty much as ...
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How can I make an automator service always show up?

I have an AppleScript that adds the subject of a selected email in Mail to my task manager. I have put this AppleScript in an Automator service so I can hotkey it. Only problem is this: Lion insists ...
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How can I add an action to search for the selected Terminal text in Google?

I want to be able to add an action to search Google with any selected text in Terminal. Any ideas?
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How do I set up iCloud for a family?

What is the right way to set up iCloud for a family? Assume that I want to share iTunes store account, have separate mail, contacts, bookmarks and notes, but have the possibility of sharing calendars ...
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Remove services from context menus (but leave them in the app's Services menu)

I created a few services with Automator and it seems OS X automatically adds these to the context menu of files/folders that they apply to. Is it possible to remove the services from the context menu ...
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Coming from a Windows Server world, how does one connect workstations to an Apple server?

I have a number of workstations on a LAN with a new OS X Lion Server. The server is "set up," in that there are user accounts on the server, among other things, but I actually don't know how to ...
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Always show service in contextual menu

Sometimes when I create a service in Automator, I want it to always appear in the Finder contextual menu, not just when I have a selected a file or folder. The services are always either pure ...
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Symlinked services in ~/Library/Services not working in Lion

Does anyone know how to make symlinked services work in Lion? I used to keep all my services under version control in SL and symlinked into ~/Library/Services and this stopped working when I installed ...
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How to reload autofs on Lion without restarting?

I'm trying to get my host machine running Lion to automount an NFS export on my CentOS VM. I was able to get this working on a system running Mac OS 10.5 by modifying /etc/auto_master and then ...
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Does changing a daemon's plist file extension prevent it from being loaded?

I particularly want to disable: /private/etc/mach_init.d/dashboardadvisoryd.plist.disabled, but in general for any daemon. Does changing its plist extension prevent it from loading? In the past I ...
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How to show a list of processes that are launched upon a login?

There are some processes that are launched upon a login, how to get a list of these processes? I want to prevent some processes from being launched automatically.