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What are the purposes and safety to enable the hidden debug menu in Disk Utility?

I'm primarily interested to know whether installation of Lion included the Recovery System. I understand you can enable extra formats and debugging in Disk Utility, using the following commands: ...
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4answers
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How to launch a GUI application in another user's graphical session?

I'm trying to figure out how to launch a GUI application as another user that's logged in interactively, in that user's graphical session. For example, say I have two users, foo and bar. Both are ...
7
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3answers
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Can I change some but not all Apple keyboard function keys (dim vs F1, bright vs F2)?

I want to override F1 and F2 behavior, since I have external display and Mac can't control display's brightness. The rest of the keys should retain their non Fx I know about "Use all F1-F12 keys as ...
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4answers
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What apps are available for subscribing to podcasts directly on the iPhone

I listen to a lot of podcasts - A lot of stuff from twit, cnet, smodcast and npr. I sync my phone about once every two weeks or so which for a lot of my daily podcasts is not good. For twit there's ...
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5answers
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How do I stop MacAppStore from showing updates for deleted apps?

I've deleted apps that were purchased through the Mac AppStore. I used "CleanApp" to delete the parts left in app support folders. But I still see notifications of updates in the AppStore app. I ...
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3answers
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Why do full-screen applications change their order in Mission Control?

How are fullscreen apps organised? This is usually my workflow: Dashboard / Desktop / Safari / Pages I sometimes go to Pages and type some things and go back to Safari, and then I find that it ...
7
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3answers
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Turning off hibernate on a MacBook Pro with an SSD

I've been reading several articles on the Internet how to "optimize your Mac with an SSD". I'm not sure whether or not to agree with the articles because I think that Apple knows what's the best ...
6
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3answers
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Is it possible to activate an iPhone 4 without a SIM?

So we bought an iPhone 4 from the Apple store. But we didn't get a micro-SIM as there are no PAYG tariffs on micro-SIM available. Is there anyway to activate the device without getting hold of a SIM? ...
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3answers
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How to tell Messages “I'm not at home”?

I leave my Mac running 24/7, but I'm not always sitting at it. Is there any way to tell the Mac, or Messages specifically, if my phone isn't on the local wifi subnet, don't take messages, leave them ...
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1answer
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iPhone 5 won't activate without SIM card

I just purchased an unlocked iPhone 5 from the Apple store today, and I can't activate it to use it because it says "please" insert a valid SIM card to use it. I'm not using this phone as a "phone" to ...
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5answers
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All apps wiped from jailbroken iPhone (iOS 7.0.4) after reboot from battery loss

Basically I have my iPhone w/ iOS 7.0.4 jailbroken using the latest evasion software. I recently ran out of battery, and when I had managed to recharge and get my handset back on, all of my apps ...
2
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1answer
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Is it possible to upgrade iOS offline?

I have an iPad 3 iOS5.1.1 jailbroken. Now that iOS 7 (exactly 7.0.3) is on the Apple update servers, I want to know if I am able to update my iOS to 6.1.2 or not. I downloaded the firmware of 6.1.2 ...
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3answers
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Any recommendations for a before&after software installation scanner/uninstaller?

I'm trying to decide on an uninstaller that does before and after system scans. So far, I've come across these three: CleanApp (syniumsoftware.com/cleanapp/) - which I saw someone recommend in this ...
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3answers
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Transferring Clash of Clans

I originally started playing Clash of Clans on a first-generation iPad and connected it to my GameCenter. I then got a third generation iPad, linked it to the first iPad's GameCenter account, and ...
51
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36answers
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What are your favorite Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts?

What are your favorite keyboard shortcuts on Mac OS X?
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20answers
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Know of any features or tips and tricks in OS X 10.7 (Lion)?

Kind of like this: Got any Mac OS X hidden features or nice tips & tricks? but specific to OS X Lion 10.7.x ONLY Do you know any hidden or little-known nice feature of OS X 10.7 (Lion)? It ...
198
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7answers
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Make the green full screen window icon on Yosemite maximize windows

On Mac OS X Yosemite the green icon in every window: is by default used to make the application full screen. How do I make it work the same way as in previous versions of Mac OS X, i.e. to ...
72
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4answers
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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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5answers
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How do I install GCC via Homebrew?

I am using Homebrew exclusively (i.e. I don’t, and won’t, use MacPorts or Fink). I also want to keep manual installations to a bare minimum.1 … But how can I install GCC? First of all, I’ve of ...
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86answers
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What iPhone apps can't you live without? [closed]

What are your "must-have" iPhone or iPod touch apps—the ones you can't live without? (Figuratively speaking, I hope.) Please omit apps that come pre-installed. Rules One app per answer. Use this ...
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3answers
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Can I get back Snow-Leopard-like application hiding (Cmd-H) in Lion?

Till Mac OS X Snow Leopard, pressing ⌘+H while using an application did two things... The application hid itself from view. The application placed itself at the end of the ⌘+⇥ ...
19
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3answers
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Can I use Back To My Mac's mDNS address and for ssh and other routing of traffic?

On Lion and iCloud, the old MobileMe and Snow Leopard mDNS naming has changed and no longer works. I'm wondering how to use command line tools to find out the DNS name that Apple has assigned to my ...
41
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6answers
132k views

How can I open a .pkg file manually?

Some applications come in .pkg files, and ask for you administrator password, even if all they do is copy the binary to /Applications. I like to have my applications in ~/Applications, and I do not ...
14
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4answers
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Why is my Macbook Pro getting so slow?

On my MacBook Pro (Year 2009) it takes a long time until I'm logged in or until when a program is started. From day to dayit's getting slower. Programs like Safari or Word or MonoDevelop take up to 2 ...
15
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4answers
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Reducing Lion OS Footprint by removing unnecessary files/folders

I am trying to downsize my iMac 640Gb disk to make it fit onto a 120Gb (113Gb usable) SSD. The total size of use files is currently approximately 340Gb, of which my home folder accounts for 265Gb ...
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4answers
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Discoveryd Alternative to Replace mDNSResponder Argument?

This is a direct follow-on to this question. Before Yosemite, I'd add the "-AlwaysAppendSearchDomains" argument to the mDNSResponder plist file so that all local resolver lookups added the search ...
56
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7answers
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Internal keyboard and trackpad stop working after plugging in USB device

I got a new MacBook Pro with OS X Mavericks. When connecting my phone via USB, the internal keyboard and the trackpad immediately stop working -- not always but in most cases. The bluetooth mouse and ...
40
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3answers
24k views

What's the difference between Real, Virtual, Shared, and Private Memory?

The different columns in Activity Monitor are a little confusing
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17answers
101k views

Can I change the brightness on a secondary display?

I have a MBP with a secondary display. Is is possible to have the brightness keys (F1 & F2) change both the main display (laptop screen) and the secondary display (a VGA external monitor connected ...
33
votes
8answers
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How can I clean up 'Other' storage on iPhone 3G?

My iPhone 3G is currently showing 3.1GB of 'Other' disk space in iTunes, and this amount seems to be growing by about 0.1GB every couple of days. I can't find any good references for what this space ...
29
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15answers
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Lock Screen Command One-Liner

I'm trying to find out whether there is any kind of equivalent command line one-liner which replicates the exact identical functionality of the 'Lock Screen' menu option available via the Keychain app ...
35
votes
10answers
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Can you disable rubber-band scrolling in OS X Lion?

In OS X Lion, is there a way to disable rubber-band scrolling? This is the bounce that occurs when the window is scrolled beyond the top or bottom edge. I'm aware that non-apple input devices don't ...
22
votes
4answers
24k views

Copy and Cut sometimes don't work [closed]

My system is kept fully up to date and I still see this problem intermittently, although not as often as I used to; I would say that this has not been fully fixed. If there are any workarounds ...
39
votes
2answers
68k views

Why doesn't Mac OS X source ~/.bashrc? [duplicate]

I found a lot of people figuring out why instruction similar to this : Put X to your ~/.bashrc and you can do Y don't work. It always turns out that Mac OS X's bash's startup files (or Mac's ...
31
votes
3answers
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Yosemite auto creates multiple desktops (spaces) on main monitor

Since upgrading to Yosemite I've been having issue with OS X creating additional desktops on my main monitor for no apparent reason. I usually have 3 different desktops setup on my main monitor and ...
27
votes
5answers
3k views

Is it possible to disable Terminal's automatic tweaking of colors in Lion?

While it's great that Terminal now has built-in support for changing the ANSI colors, I find it annoying that it automatically adjusts the colors to improve contrast, which means the colors that I ...
24
votes
2answers
10k views

What's the correctly way to make Postfix run permanently on Lion (not server)

I can start Postfix temporarily with: $ sudo launchctl launchd% start org.postfix.master However, Console.app shows that it only runs for a short time: 26/11/11 2:00:55.710 PM postfix/master: ...
22
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8answers
44k views

Macbook Air + Lion + Windows 7 Boot Camp + shared partition

I would like to setup my Macbook Air's disk drive with 3 partitions - 50Gb for OSX Lion, 50Gb for Windows 7, and the remaining 150Gb for Data to share between both OSes (music, photos etc). What's ...
18
votes
3answers
29k views

What steps are needed to create a new user from the command line?

What commands (or script) can create a fully functional user account on Mountain Lion, running only from the command line via terminal or ssh. It looks like an existing pair of answers might work, ...
18
votes
2answers
14k views

Amending PATH so that /usr/local/bin is ahead of /usr/bin

I'm trying to install brew but get the following warning: Warning: /usr/bin occurs before /usr/local/bin This means that system-provided programs will be used instead of those provided by Homebrew. ...
18
votes
7answers
84k views

Put the display to sleep without putting the whole computer to sleep?

I like to use vnc on my ipad on my bed. I want the mac to go to a black screen so I can fall asleep while using the ipad, and not have to get up to shut down the mac afterwards. Is there anyway to ...
34
votes
4answers
13k views

Prevent photos app on OSX Yosemite from starting when plugging in device

There seems to be a new app called Photos on OSX Yosemite (not iPhoto). This app opens whenever I plug in my phone. How can this be prevented? I have seen many solutions for the old iPhoto app that ...
29
votes
7answers
27k views

Can I get windows 7 like window resizing on Mac OS X?

Windows 7 has a nice new feature for moving around windows. The one that I am particularly interested in is: Windows Key + Left/Right : Move the window to the left or right of the screen, or over ...
28
votes
14answers
27k views

Why is iOS 5 draining my battery so fast?

My wife's phone went from lasting a full day to needing a recharge every few hours after upgrading to iOS 5. Mine still works fine after the upgrade. What might be causing this?
28
votes
8answers
21k views

How can I reinstall an application that the Mac App Store thinks is installed already?

I'm the developer of an application that is currently on the Mac App Store. I'm trying to download my own application so that I can test out the binary that is on the store. (As opposed to running it ...
49
votes
6answers
10k views

How do I disable or get rid of the startup sound my Mac makes?

Everytime I turn on my Macbook Pro it makes a start up noise. This is annoying since there is no volume or ability to turn it off. I just don't want the sound to play at all. How do I disable this ...
14
votes
4answers
12k views

Why won't my MacBook Pro automatically sleep?

I have my MacBook set to go to sleep after 2 minutes while on battery (via the Energy Saver preference pane.) However, when I leave it idle, it only turns off the screen—it does not actually sleep. ...
35
votes
4answers
55k views

How can I send a mail message later?

Back in the day, I remember having an e-mail program (perhaps it was Eudora?) that could schedule the sending of mail, so when composing a message, you could set some preference for when it would be ...
19
votes
6answers
150k views

How can I install boot camp off a Windows 7 USB flash drive?

I'm trying to follow the directions on how to create a Windows 7 installation USB flash drive. I was able to create the drive and when I insert it into a Windows computer, it shows the installer ...
19
votes
5answers
12k views

What does it mean if I have lots of “Inactive” memory at the end of a work day?

After a day's of work at my MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.6.5, Activity Monitor shows that the majority of my computer's 8 GB of memory is "Inactive", and only a tiny sliver of the pie chart is ...

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