Applications, either provided by Apple or third-party, which facilitate administrative functions that usually involve working with the operating system or file system

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What Window Management Options exist for OS X?

I'd like to do something with my windows on OS X, where something includes options like re-arranging, moving, re-sizing, remembering positions, cloning across Spaces, etc. What options exist? Rules ...
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OS X Terminal “must have” utilities

I've just read with pleasure, and learned a lot from these questions : OS X Terminal Tips and Tricks OS X Hidden features and nice tips & tricks OS X Applications you can't live without But I ...
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How to replace Mac OS X utilities with GNU core utilities?

I found there is some differences between the utility command I used on the mac OSX and linux. I want to make my experience united. How could I replace all my mac utilities with GNU utilities?
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Is there a GUI SSH client for OS X?

I know that SSH from the command line is easy enough, but would like to give my students that use OS X a GUI option. Is there a PuTTY equivalent for the Mac?
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Is there a file copy utility for OS X that's similar to TeraCopy for Windows?

On Windows, I use TeraCopy for improved file copying. Are there any similar equivalents for OS X? In particular, I'd like to see things like copy speed.
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Snap feature for Mac?

Coming from Windows I have gotten extremely used to the Windows Snap feature, which resizes a window when it's dragged to the screen edges. However, it's not built into OS X. Are there any 3rd party ...
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What program can print source code well on OS X?

I am looking for an OS X application to nicely format and print source code from a variety of programming languages. Line numbers would be nice Constant width font Printing the contents of the ...
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What programs exist to find and delete “orphan files” left after deleting an Application?

I have transferred my system from Mac to Mac for over 15 years. I have preference files and other plists lurking around in my system for programs I tested years ago. Is there a smart program that ...
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Why would you choose Alfred over Spotlight?

Mac OS X is already loaded with Apple Spotlight, why use Alfred? What does Alfred bring to the table that Spotlight doesn't?
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Free OS X utility to scrape web sites?

I want to scrape all the pages and subpages of a web site (by scrape, I mean save all the online content to local HTML files). What is the best utility to crawl all the pages? Ideally, I would like ...
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Do any OS X apps ease Search and Replace across multiple files?

I'm looking for an OS X tool which allows me to search and replace a search string in multiple files. The requirements are the following: Search and Replace Search by regular expression Search ...
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Good simple Clipboard manager

I'm used to using Ditto on windows, and need something similar on my mac mini. Any Suggestions?
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How do I find my CPU's temperature?

There are a number of posts that talk about CPU temperature. Is there a utility built in to Mac OSX that I can use to determine the current temperature of the CPU?
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Monitoring network usage of individual applications?

I want to monitor each application's network/internet usage on my Mac. Sort of like how Activity Indicator shows total upload/download usage -- but I also want to know particular application usages. ...
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I wish I could get a new Finder window launched if I double-click the Finder icon in the dock. Is this possible?

I wish I could get a new Finder window launched if I double-click the Finder icon in the dock. I'm not sure if this would be possible with an Automator script, or if I would have to try to program ...
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What screen capture tools can copy the image path to the clipboard after a snap?

Can anyone recommend a screen capture tool that can: save a capture as a file, and... copy the path to that file to the clipboard? The first part is easy, but I can't find a utility that does the ...
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What are “dmgpart” files and what tools can create, merge, or manage them?

I downloaded something that came as three large files: One was a *.dmg (a disk image file, which I expected) and two more were *.dmgpart files, which I haven't happened to see before – I never ...
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“Lockable” stickies on the dashboard?

I'm looking for a dashboard sticky-type widget that I can "lock" so that it won't accept edits. I have a number of stickies that I place there with common terminal commands I use, but I have the nasty ...
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Is there an app that will track “Time since last full charge” on OS X?

I am trying to troubleshoot battery life issues in OS X Lion on my MBA13. Is there an app (or hidden system information) that can tell me how long my computer has been on since last full charge. I am ...
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Is there a good replacement for the Dock?

What are the best dock replacements? It's frustrating to keep track of windows in the dock unless they're minimized. For instance, I often have 10-15 separate PDF documents open. It's ...
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How can I get a list of programs installed on an iPad?

I'm using a rental iPad2 this week and it came with a lot of cool pre-installed programs. When I get my iPad2 back next week I'm thinking of installing some of these programs. Is there an app or tool ...
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OS X menubar/dashboard/dock utility for monitoring a server?

Is there any desktop utility for OS X that would periodically monitor a (non-osx) server and display a status icon? Something as simple as attempting to visit a URL every 5 minutes and turning red if ...
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Learn about basic OS X applications

I have been a Windows user and have recently started using OS X (I have Snow Leopard on my machine). I wanted to learn about the basic applications in OS X (e.g. Terminal) and other commonly or some ...
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How to bulk rename in OS X with my requirements

Is there a utility that can rename filters in multiple subfolders and then rename the files inside sequentially? E.g. I select my-pictures and it'll do its magic and sequentially rename all the files ...
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Howto merge files after using split command from terminal?

I've split a large file with the split command from a terminal and copied it from a usb-stick to my macbook. This results in couple of files named 'xaa', 'xab', 'xac'. How do I merge them together ...
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Options for recovering deleted files

I deleted a file last week (a PDF in this case). While I'm able to reconstruct the information I need in this case, I'd like to take precautions against this happening again. Is there anything built ...
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Where is the screen shot (aka grabber or grab) app?

I haven't used my Mac in a while (I'm a Ubuntu user). Where is that grabber app? I don;'t see it under applications or settings
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Rename various folders ignoring current name with Better Finder Rename

I have the following folders trip to xxx folder-temp pic-temp my-xxx-videos I wanna rename all the folders to "my-folders1", "my-folders2" and so on. I am using better finder rename but I don't ...
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What kinds of things should I do to maintain the performance of my iMac?

I've recently switched from PC to Mac. So far, so good! With my PC, I had a variety of tasks I'd regularly perform to keep my PC running well: Run CCleaner to clean up all the cruft (temporary ...
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iPhone FTP utility with automatic backup?

I am searching for an iPhone utility / application with an FTP client that can do automatic backup without user intervention. More specifically, I'd expect to configure the utility once and specify ...
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How do I merge folders using finder? [duplicate]

I have a folder (let's name it main-folder and it's mounted via smb) that contains lots of files and subfolders. I want to copy half of the contents of main-folder to a local subfolder (let's call it ...
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Is there a utility for mac that shows the information of an SSD like the health etc…?

I am wondering if there is a utility for the mac that allows you to see the details of an SSD like the health of the drive, TBW (total bites written), how many running hours etc... In researching for ...
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Is there a (free) graphical SSH file transfer client for Mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's a good graphical SFTP utility for OS X? I'm looking for an SSH client that includes drag and drop file transfer functionality. I'm aware of CyberDuck, but ...
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Is otool removed in Mountain Lion?

I can't find /usr/bin/otool any more in Mountain Lion. Does anybody know why otool is removed? Is there any alternative for otool in Mountain Lion.
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Silencing the Memory slot utility

I recently upgraded my Mac Pro with 24Gb of ram, quite the nice feeling. When I booted up the system again, I got this message : Quite nice I thought, seems the memory is working as it should. And ...
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Can I continue to use a Mac while Carbon Copy Cloner is cloning its HDD?

Carbon Copy Cloner is taking 2.5-3 hrs to work its mojo these days. I suspect this has something to do with the switch to Lion (the same process took 20 mins on SL.) In any case, is it advisable to ...
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Freeware for tiling windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Window Management Options exist for OS X? I've seen many, many utilities for resizing windows (BST, Moom, Divvy, SizeUp...) but I wanted to know if there were any ...
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How can I keep certain apps from showing in the command-tab switcher?

Pretty much self-explanatory... I just have a bunch of utilities (LaunchBar, DeliBar, Tags, etc...) that I never need to tab to and so are just in the way.
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NeO outliner by d-lit forums/users

I recently bought NeO and I am having a bit of trouble understanding it. I have tried googeling for resources, but NeO does not seem to have that many users. I am looking for a place to discuss NeO ...
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Is there a Siri on Mac OS X?

I'm really into Siri on the iPhone, does Siri also exists for the Mac? I wish to be able to use a shortcut to summon Siri, and ask a question. Any similar utility for OS X will be welcome.
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What is the quickest Mac OS X app to use to remove the background of an image to make it transparent?

I followed the instructions in How to use Preview for Basic Image Editing: Remove Backgrounds and Extract Shapes to use the Preview app to remove backgrounds with an image. The problem is that the ...
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What's the tool that can do some actions when a file is copied?

I use Cmd+L to make a alias, and the alias has "alia" appended to the original file name. I move the link to a directory, then remove the "alias" part manually. Is there a tool that can do this kind ...
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Make the desktop report the OS X version

I have to maintain several different versions of OS X for testing, and it would be nice to know at a glance which version of OS X is on a machine. I've previously created custom backgrounds with the ...
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Screenshot tool that uses current state of web browser?

I'm looking for a screenshot tool that will snap the current page, in its current state. So if I've filled out a form, or changed the page from its default state in some way via DHTML, or I'm using ...
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OSX Utilities downloads installer then goes back to start

Yesterday I had what seems to have been some hard drive malfunction. The disk cannot be verified or repaired and suggests that I reinstall OS X. I've backed up my files and in the recovery utilities ...
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Why is 'xattr' not working?

When I attempt to execute xattr in Terminal, I get Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/xattr-2.7", line 33, in <module> import xattr ImportError: No module named xattr ...
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How to interact with programs when names read from a list

I have a script which checks for loads of applications if they are open, and closes them if yes, and opens them if not. Until now I had a simple: tell application "System Events" if exists (process ...
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Is there an iPod locator?

I know the iPhone does that, using me.com, but I don't know anything similar for iPods. I have an iPod touch and, sometimes, I forget where I leave it, only knowing it's on my house. If it was my ...
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Which of the GNU coreutils applications are included in the MacPorts coreutils package?

In general, I would like to know if there are any discrepancies between the MacPorts coreutils and the GNU coreutils, and how I might go about answering this question myself. In particular, I don't ...
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How can I get Launchbar to open the Wireless Diagnostic app?

I use Launchbar Version 5.5 (1008) to start programs from the keyboard and can't figure out how to start one specific app that comes with Mountain Lion 10.8.4 Build 12E55. Has anyone figured out how ...