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How do I speed up new Terminal tab loading time?

How can i speed up the terminal startup in Lion? I'm not referring to the startup of the Terminal application, but to the startup terminal windows, like when i open a new tab. I don't have anything ...
57
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5answers
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Keyboard shorcut to switch focus between multiple displays on OS X Mavericks

The fact that each monitor acts on its own in OS X Mavericks is pretty cool. However, I find that I have to use my mouse and click on the unfocused monitor before I can actually slide back and forth ...
46
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8answers
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Can I make a DIY Fusion Drive?

I have a Mac Mini with two drives: a 256GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. From what I've read, the new Fusion Drive does all of it's magic in software, using the Core Storage APIs. Can I get my setup to ...
45
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7answers
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What are the best practices for battery longevity?

How do you maximize the cycle count of your battery? There seems to be a debate between: Leave plugged in 24/7 but do a full cycle once a month Charge to ~100%, drain to ~10%, repeat. NOTE: ...
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2answers
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Uninstalling Java on Lion

I recently installed the Java runtime (through Software Update) and enabled the Java browser plug-in and WebStart on Lion, but I don't need them anymore. Unchecking "Enable Java" in Safari ...
27
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1answer
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How to auto connect to VPN upon login/boot?

So far, I've been using the build-in VPN tool of Lion. I would like to auto connect my VPN whenever I'm connected to the internet. Is it possible to auto connect my VPN whenever I'm connected to the ...
31
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5answers
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Fastest and safest way to copy massive data from one external drive to another

I need to be able to copy about 2TB of data from an external drive (single USB external disk) to a another external drive (Drobo attached via Firewire). Finder is not an option. If it hits any ...
53
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8answers
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Where does the Mac store account pictures?

I took a picture to add to my account on Mac. Now I want to use it on messenger, but I can't find it. On the account config, it's too small. I need to find the original. Where are the accout ...
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3answers
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What scale or measure does Mavericks' and Yosemite's “memory pressure” adhere to?

Mavericks' (and also Yosemite's) Activity Monitor shows a new diagram, the memory pressure. Sadly, its help text only vaguely explains what exactly it measures. How is memory pressure calculated? ...
37
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3answers
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How to place Dictionary definitions higher up in spotlight results

I used to use spotlight fairly frequently to quickly look up words in a dictionary. With Lion, I've noticed that my dictionary results have dropped down much lower in the list of results: I'd like ...
29
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5answers
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Possible to run scripts on sleep and wake?

MacBook Pro 2010 running OS X Lion. Is it possible to run scripts on sleep and wake events? My specific application is that I've got Dropbox-synced Truecrypt volumes that I regularly use on both my ...
31
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3answers
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Can I safely charge my iPhone 4 overnight on a regular basis?

First time caller, long time listener: I've seen this question asked on a few other sites but with no "definitive" answers. The Apple website on iPhone batteries is ambiguous, at best, and the ...
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8answers
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Do you know a simple sound booster app for Mac?

Some videos on websites have the sound volume so low that even with all sound settings at maximum levels it's hard to listen. I'm looking for an app that would allow me to boost the Mac's volume. ...
12
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6answers
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Unsaved Files in OS X Lion

Where do unsaved files go in Lion? I quit TextEdit without saving since I had no intention of saving, but with autosave the file still got save somewhere since when I reopen TextEdit the file I was ...
12
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1answer
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Replacing SuperDrive with secondary storage?

I'm familiar with the OWC Data Doubler, a kit which allows you to remove your Macbook's SuperDrive and replace it with secondary storage. What alternatives exist for this product? A complete answer ...
28
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3answers
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How to securely erase an SSD drive?

I'm pretty new to SSD technology, so I don't know how it compares to hard drives when it comes to securely erasing the drive. Is it enough to run Disk Utility and erase the drive with the option ...
35
votes
9answers
42k views

Is There A Free Photoshop Alternative for Mac OS X?

I've been doing quite a bit of searching, but I'm only turning up commercially licensed packages. I don't need something as fully-featured as Photoshop, but something in that genre is sufficient. ...
22
votes
2answers
8k views

How to show hidden files and folders in finder?

I have a folder that starts with a dot . but unable to display them in Finder. How can I say that for folder X Finder should also display hidden files/folders?
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votes
2answers
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Disable Repeated System Alerts in iOS 7

On iOS 7, there is a feature under Cellular in Settings called: Use Cellular Data For:. This lists all of the apps I have on my iPhone 4 with individual On/Off Switches to disable or enable cellular ...
14
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0answers
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Reclaim Delete freespace Partition after Yosemite removal [closed]

Many of you face the same issue , that you install Yosemite in a second partition and once you decided to remove Yosemite and go back to Mavericks, you are not able to claim the Freespace partition in ...
35
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5answers
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How does Eclipse work on new Retina MacBook Pros?

I'm thinking about buying the new MacBook Pro. I will use it mostly to write code when I'm not at home and I've read that non-native apps look horrible due to the resolution. I was wondering if ...
22
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4answers
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How can I recover my MS Office 2011 product key?

I want to use Migration Assistant to transfer my data from a Macbook Pro to a Macbook Air. I'm told that I need my product key for MS Office 2011. Is there a way to find my product key on my mac?
28
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7answers
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How can I add a new application to the Open With menu?

How can I add an application to the Open With menu (shown after right-clicking) for a given file type, without making that file always open with that application? In this specific instance, I'd like ...
22
votes
6answers
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QuickLook blanks when displaying some images

When using QuickLook to quickly look through multiple images (pressing space and then using the arrow keys to navigate), some images will not get displayed by QuickLook when hitting them up a second ...
22
votes
6answers
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Is there a image editor like Windows' Paint for OS X?

I tried out several image editors mentioned on this site but I tested some of them like (Pixen and Seashore) I was very disappointed. These apps were so simple and was too low level. What do you ...
19
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12answers
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What is an quick way to create a new blank file in Lion?

In Windows, one can create a new file using Right Click -> Add New -> Type of File. Is there an analogous action in Lion? I just want to create a new blank file on my Desktop.
17
votes
6answers
98k views

How to mimic Safari 5 Activity window with Mountain Lion, to save FLV video files?

With Safari 5 in Lion, I used the Activity window to save video files. Safari 6 has no Activity window. With Mountain Lion, what is the best way to replicate what I could do before?
12
votes
1answer
3k views

Why does the version of Java verified by Oracle differ from the version shown at the command line?

Questions Why do versions differ? Should we trust Oracle's verification routine? In some cases, the version verified by Oracle is different from the version shown at the command line. Example ...
9
votes
1answer
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Can't transfer purchases from iPhone to iTunes in iOS 9

After upgrading to iOS 9, I can't transfer purchases from my iPhone to iTunes. It happens to just start the process, then it finishes without transferring anything. However, I can still transfer ...
6
votes
8answers
37k views

Checking for bad blocks without formatting

My Mac tends to pause every now then when preforming simple tasks such as right clicking, opening menus and typing (It actually just froze when I started typing this question.). I've read in a few ...
20
votes
4answers
17k views

How do I take a steathy picture with my iSight camera from the command line?

Is there a command line utility that allows me to take a picture from the built in camera? Something like screencapture allows for, well, screen captures. The reasoning for a command line tool is I ...
17
votes
8answers
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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, ...
15
votes
3answers
16k views

How can I tell if my Mac is keeping the clock updated properly?

I would like to know what the default settings for OS X are in terms of keeping the clock adjusted when I enable automatic time sync in the Date & Time preference. I do know that the venerable ...
13
votes
7answers
7k views

How would I make a keyboard shortcut to *maximize* the current window?

I love using the keyboard in Windows. It's an integrated part of the OS, and it feels like it; nearly every mouse action has a keyboard equivalent. However, as I am starting to use Macs more and ...
13
votes
6answers
93k views

How do I unlock my iTunes account when my old e-mail is unavailable?

When I originally set up my iTunes account, I used an email address from my prior employer. I later moved my account to a personal rather than corporate email address and I have since changed jobs. ...
6
votes
6answers
33k views

How Should I Correct the Owners and Permissions in an OS X User Folder?

My issue is that I've seriously busted all of the owners and permissions on my user folder and subfolders and it's causing lots of issues using lots of applications. The initial cause was that I had ...
5
votes
4answers
5k views

What free or open source software can I use with Mac hardware to verify integrity of every block of a disk where Core Storage is used?

Verification should be nondestructive. For Mac hardware There's a possible answer in Super User, but it predates Lion so: I don't know whether badblocks run from a live CD is applicable where ...
17
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5answers
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Does the use of SSD give one a dramatic performance boost?

I use Mac book pro 15", and it's time to buy a new one. For HDD, now I see a new option of SSD, which is pretty expensive. I can expect shorter boot-up time and faster access of files, but I'm not ...
9
votes
2answers
5k views

How to change tap to click using “defaults write” from command line?

I want to change the trackpad tap-to-click property from the command line. Graphically, I can do it by clicking System Preferences -> Trackpad -> Tap to Click. How can I do it from the command line? ...
6
votes
6answers
33k views

How do you remove Safari 6 on Mac OS X 10.7.4

I understand there was a uninstaller for Safari 6 beta (is that available anywhere?) but it seems no longer available in the Apple Dev Center, and I am on Safari 6 release version. I need to remove ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

No bootable device USB 2.0 MacBook Pro mid 2014

I've been tearing my hair out the last couple days trying to get Windows installed. I have a MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch mid 2014. Yosemite version 10.10.1. Win 7 64 bit iso (sha1 - ...
16
votes
7answers
67k views

Is Apple's warranty international?

I'm about to travel to the US, where iPods are much cheaper than in my country. I wonder if Apple's warranty is international, and I'll be covered when I return to my country.
14
votes
5answers
7k views

How can I opt out of updates for one app when using the App Store?

I have an app that has been radically changed (Skitch) and I'd prefer to not see any of the updates that the developer has made available to that app on the App Store. I'm lazy and like to use the ...
13
votes
2answers
39k views

Where are photos stored in the new Photos app after importing from Aperture?

I have just upgraded OS X and opened the new Photos app to import my Aperture library. Everything went well (Photos work fine) but I am surprised to see that I didn't loose 100Gb free space on my HDD. ...
12
votes
2answers
19k views

Can I download a free app from the App Store without a credit card?

I just recently got an iPod Touch and wanted to download some free apps. The App Store wanted me to get an Apple ID, no problem. But now it's telling me to input a credit card. I don't have one, and ...
8
votes
4answers
132k views

Downgrading from iOS 7 to a recent full backup of iOS 6.1.3 [duplicate]

I have a device (iPhone 4S) that is running iOS 7, but I was wondering: Is it possible to restore a full backup of the same device running iOS 6.1.3. I'm not worried about losing data from the iOS 7, ...
7
votes
4answers
11k views

Where can I get a copy of Mavericks after Yosimite has been released?

I think I would like to install Mavericks over Snow Leopard on my Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro because I imagine it is more stable than Yosimite and I'm doing a lot of development on it, for which I ...
6
votes
1answer
121k views

Can't install any app, App Store asks for credit card

I haven't been installing anything on my iPad Mini for the past few weeks. But previously, I just had to tap on "Install", enter my Apple ID password and go. Now, for every new application, even ...
5
votes
3answers
126k views

How to recover from a forgotten password for MacBook Pro?

I've forgotten the password for my MacBook Pro, which uses OS X 10.9.1. How can I reset my password?
3
votes
4answers
1k views

What techniques for disk, volume and file system management are possible with OS X, but troublesome within Disk Utility?

In the past, Disk Utility was the best starting point for the vast majority of disk-related tasks. As technologies within (or possible with) OS X have developed – without equal development of Disk ...

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