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How is the Y value for the Memory Pressure graph in Activity Monitor calculated?

How is vm.memory_pressure's value bounded / calculated on OS X 10.10.2 - Yosemite? I've researched several answers to this question and am trying a few things on the command line to get exact values ...
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Equivalent of Dragon NaturallySpeaking's HeardWord function in Dragon Dictate 4

In Dragon NaturallySpeaking's Advanced Scripting Command on Windows, HeardWord is a function that enables Dragon NaturallySpeaking to behave as if the specified word, word sequence, or voice command ...
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Siri can not activate some alarms on iPhone 6S Plus with iOS 9.2

When I use the "Hey Siri" feature to enable an alarm it usually works. But recently I've encountered a problem. The conversation with Siri would go like this: <me> Hey Siri, wake me up at 7 ...
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Dictionary lookup wider and taller

It's possible to change the font and the font-size for 3-finger lookup popup. You just need to edit css file for dictionaries you use, e.g.: sudo vim /Library/Dictionaries/New\ Oxford\ American\ ...
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Unable to communicate with secure web proxy on iOS 8

I am attempting to connect to a web proxy server using the Charles proxy application installed on Windows. I have two iPhones - a 5 running iOS 8.0.2 and a 4 running iOS 7.1.2. I have used both of ...
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Why do downloads (storedownloadd) from the Mac App Store consume so much CPU?

I have noticed this often with large downloads such as Xcode updates and OS X updates and that sort of thing. Basically we see this sort of thing for however much time it takes for the download to ...
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Why does opening AirPort Utility restore my internet connection?

My office has a D-Link router hooked up to DSL. Connected to it via Ethernet is an Airport Extreme (6th generation). The Airport Extreme is the wireless router to which my MacBook and other users ...
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Mail memory usage?

I'm seeing massive RAM usage from Mail I removed all mail accounts as I assumed it was something in an inbox taking up space, but even then, with no accounts other than iCloud (which contains zero ...
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How can I remove the window shadow in El Capitan?

I tried ShadowKiller and ShadowSweeper, they do not work anymore on El Capitan. I tried to disable System Integrity Protection, but it does not work. toggle-osx-shadows also does not work: ...
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Force Chrome to use OS X notifications?

I'd like to find a way to use OS X native notifications instead of the Chrome notifications. I have read something about using a Growl extension and then redirect Growl to OS X Notifications Center ...
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How to not import duplicates from shared Photos album

When I import photos from a shared library, either from my own Family album or one shared with other iOS users, they are imported as expected. I cannot reimport them again. However, if you share a ...
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Issues with Unicode symbols in some applications running in Terminal.app and iTerm2

Darwin DeoGloria 13.3.0 Darwin Kernel Version 13.3.0: Tue Jun 3 21:27:35 PDT 2014; root:xnu-2422.110.17~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64 Fresh user account. Terminal.app and iTerm2 with UTF-8 set. Accented ...
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Is there a way to disable as-you-type search on Mac, especially in Preview?

Sometimes when typing a search term in the search bar in Preview or Spotlight the text entry locks up for a few seconds. I assume this happens because it is beginning to search on the letters I've ...
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Can I change the resize zones on windows in Yosemite?

It feels like the "hit zone" for the resize handle on windows in Yosemite is about 4 pixels wide. Meaning when I want to resize something I end up hunting around for it for 3 or 4 seconds every time. ...
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Change delay for auto-hide on menu bar

In 10.11 is there a way to change the delay for showing the menu bar when auto-hide is enabled? I know for the dock you could use terminal and defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-delay -int 0
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El Capitan drops USB-connected speakers

I've been running the Beta for El Capitan for a while now, but since the OS got officially released today, I feel it's okay to ask a question. FYI: I'm running the GM. I have an iMac with a Bose ...
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AirDrop between Mid-2013 MacBook Air and iPhone 6S not working

I have a MacBook Air from Mid-2013 and the new iPhone 6S, both running their newest OS (Yosemite and iOS 9). According to Apple, AirDrop only works on these machines: Use AirDrop between iOS ...
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Spotlight not connecting to internet

My problem is that Spotlight shows no results from internet sources (Wikipedia, iTunes Store, etc.). I've reindexed my drive twice, cleared all the caches, and reset the NVRAM. Still not working. I ...
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Avoid Unwanted/Blank Text Annotations in Preview.app

When opening a PDF in Yosemite's Preview.app, I can select text using the Text Selection tool from the Markup Toolbar. However, if I don't click directly on the text, a blank text box will appear. ...
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This “weird group trick” makes MacBook Pro login, apps, and systems run slow slow slow … but why?

Edit  In response to Tetsujin's comment, further details now are provided for reproducing the slowdown, and for reverting back to normal speed. The usual caveat  Experimenting with ...
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Messages wont open: the Messages database is being updated

Recently on my new macbook when I try to open up the messages app it won't let me open it and gives me the error: Messages is updating... The Messages database is being upgraded, please wait while ...
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Why not have iCloud keychain as default?

Yosemite 10.10.1 and iOS 8.1.2 On my Keychain Access on OS X, I have the "login" default keychain and an "iCloud" keychain (I have iCloud Keychain ON for all my devices). I'm just wondering, could I ...
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Menu bar icons disappearing when connecting USB device

If I plug something into one of the USB ports on my Mac 17″ (after upgrading to Yosemite) my Menu Bar at the top of the desktop keeps disappearing and reappearing. The icons keep flashing on and off. ...
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Restoring data from both an iCloud and iTunes backup

I backup my iPhone to iTunes manually about once a week, and backup to iCloud automatically every night, when I charge my iPhone. If I want to restore from an iTunes backup, then I just connect my ...
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Renaming “Hey Siri”

Hey Siri is too short: it keeps getting triggered when people talk around. Furthermore, I have several iOS devices: I would like to have a different voice command for each device. Is there any way to ...
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How do I prevent Music app from using 1 GB of cellular data in less than 10 minutes?

I received 3 text messages within 10 minutes from my cellular carrier as I was driving in my car with iTunes Radio streaming music. 10:20 pm - 65% of my 1 GB plan is used. 10:22 pm - 90% used. ...
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What features will I lose if I disable Bonjour's 'whats-my-name' service?

Upgrading to Yosemite (from Mavericks) enabled Bonjour's "whats-my-name" service on my Mac; I would like to disable this (for security policy reasons) but wonder if some feature (perhaps something new ...
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Is it possible to compose Mac OS Mail in an external editor?

For Thunderbird there is the External Editor extension a very very classical piece of software that, when called via a shortcut, pops up your external editor (emacs in my case) and let's you edit your ...
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Caps lock remap release delay

I'm trying to remap the caps lock key of a wireless aluminum Apple keyboard and am having a delay on release (not activation). That is to say, if I hold down the caps lock key after remapping, it will ...
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Configure HTTPS proxy on iPad

I have a secure login page on my localhost. In my network settings on the iPad I can only change HTTP proxy setting to access insecure pages in localhost. I have configured it this way: Server: ...
4
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Lync and automatic reconnect

I am using Microsoft Lync (14.0.8) with Mavericks (10.9.3) on a laptop. When my IP address changes Lync does not reconnect automatically. From time to time I see a big red X icon in the dock but in ...
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Typing >console in username box—nothing shows up until cancelled

When I type >console into the username box on the login screen, the computer seems to freeze for a very long time. Then I press ^C^C^C^C^D^C^D^D^D^C^D and eventually the computer unfreezes—but ...
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How to remove outdated casks from Homebrew?

I am using homebrew-cask to keep my ecosystem of applications up-to-date. It is great when maintaining several computers at home, travel or on the go. However, when some packages are getting updated ...
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How to disable “changing a repeating event” dialog in Mac calendar?

I have a number of repeating events in Calendar (formerly iCal). I often make changes to individual ones on-the-go, but every time it asks me this: Is there a way that I can make the default ...
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Workflow Services not showing in Service Menu

All of a sudden my Automator services are no longer showing in the Service menu in Mail. None of them. All I see is No Service Apply (grayed out). I know they still work, if I open them in ...
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Building mysql with readline instead of editline

I'd really like to be able to use readline instead of editline with the mysql client, but I can't find out how to do this. The bottled mysql that brew installs by default for mavericks is using ...
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463 views

Removing shutdown and sleep button from the Apple menu on Mavericks

I'm trying to remove the "Sleep" and "Shutdown" entries from the Apple menu. So far I managed to do it by editing ...
4
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0answers
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Podcast syncing via iCloud: Mark episodes as played/watched

I use iCloud to sync my podcast subscriptions across multiple devices (Macs, iPhone, Apple TV), and generally, it works: All my feeds and stations appear on all the devices. Also, the play position ...
4
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Frequent locations not remembering any location?

I had this option activated months ago and it registered my home location and some other random location. But I decided to turn all system services off and delete it's history. Two weeks ago, I have ...
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iPad tries to connect to Apple TV but then gives up

I am trying to set up my Apple TV and running into some difficulties. I can see the mirroring option on the iPad, and when I select it I can see my Apple TV. When I select these options it nothing ...
4
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59 views

Block external storage for a user account

I am doing a proposal for new network where the Macs will be networked, OS X Mavericks + server app Is there any solution to disable external storage USB/Thunderbolt/Firewire/CD/ Bluetooth? ...
4
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How to save sent messages in Outlook to the same folder as message being replied to?

If I am replying to an email in Folder "TEST", how do I get a reply to automatically go to the Folder "TEST" as opposed to the Sent folder? This helps with productivity so that I don't have to move ...
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Disable USB Write Caching by default

Is it possible to change OS X's USB filesystem mount behaviour to use the noasync flag to disable write caching? The aim here is to allow USB devices to be safely removed without eject or hdiutil ...
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281 views

Disable Esc shortcut to quit Fullscreen

Some apps (Safari, iTunes...) quits fullscreen mode on Esc keyboard shortcut. Is there a way to disable it? It interferes e. g. with web apps control resulting in unintentional quitting fullscreen ...
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How do I make NFS automounted volumes visible in Finder?

How do I make NFS automounted volumes visible in Finder or, in other words, have opposite effect to default option nobrowse? From mount manpage nobrowse This option indicates that the mount ...
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Reparing a corrupt Time Machine backup on a Time Capsule won't work

I tried to follow these instructions: http://www.garth.org/archives/2011,08,27,169,fix-time-machine-sparsebundle-nas-based-backup-errors.html But after typing in the hdiutil command I only get one ...
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How to enable logged-in thumbnails for Safari Top Sites for Secure (HTTPS) Sites?

How do I allow Safari to generate logged-in thumbnails of HTTPS pages? Maybe there's a hidden setting for this? Right now thumbnails of secure (HTTPS) pages are rendered without login data. For ...
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802.11n Airport Express automatically choosing to extend 5Ghz network instead of 2.4 Ghz

I have a latest model (2012, 2.4Ghz/5Ghz simultaneously) Airport Express serving WiFi for my house. I have an older model, 802.11n, Airport Express set to "extend a wireless network". On the new AE I ...
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471 views

How to add smbutil as a lookup mechanism for hostnames

There are a bunch of computers on my network that are not on the DNS server. They broadcast their name using Samba or are Windows Workgroup machines. When I run either ping or try to access them over ...
4
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Solver Window Resize in Mac Office 2011

For what ever reason the Solver add-in for Mac Office's Excel 2011 produces the following dialog box when attempting to add a constraint to Solver: Does anyone have a similar problem? Or know how ...

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