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You can drag in any picture from the Finder into the Preference Pane to change the custom image. Not as convenient as using the Open Dialog though...


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Let's differentiate a user being one individual from a user being a single UNIX user account. As for the purpose of limiting privileges to the computer account and not for the individual operating it, creating two separate user accounts in Mac OS X is overkill and if you ask me rather impractical. Even an administrator account lacks the privileges to modify ...


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Home sharing should allow you to see each other's libraries over your home network, and drag apps from your wife's onto yours and vice versa. You can definitely do this despite having two accounts - my wife and I have a similar problem. You may have to enter both passwords from time to time to authorize purchases, though. I found some help setting this ...


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According to Apple's page, it uses the following order for song purchases: Song credits. Gift certificate, prepaid card, or allowance credits. Credit cards. Thus, it would appear that you cannot charge a credit card without using up your credits or gift certificates first. However, similar to what @Nick said, you could just open up another account, add ...


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To add on to the existing answers and offer a different solution, you can securely erase the drive instead of just one user account. If you want to sell your machine but also include installed software, there is a better way to set this up that will ensure none of your personal data is on the machine, as well as provide a better box opening experience for ...


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On your iPhone 5 follow these steps: Tap on the App Store icon in your Home Screen. Tap on Featured on the bottom left corner of screen. Scroll all the way to the bottom where your Apple ID info is. Tap on it. Tap View Apple ID, you may have to enter your password. Once the page loads Change your country/Region to United States.


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You need to change your personal contact card in Address Book, soon to be Contacts in Mountain Lion. In order to do this, launch Address Book and create a card with your information in it. Then, while your card is selected, go to the Card menu and select "Make This My Card". Note: I'm not sure if Xcode has a stores this info elsewhere or not, but ...


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You must first got to iTunes store in iTunes then choose App Store then select 1 free app (this is the most important steps) and try to get that app, when you try to download this free app iTunes ask you to enter your acount. so you must press Create New Acounts and fill the forms but in the Provide a Payment Method steps because you try to download free ...


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Having no password on the OS level effectively means that ssh is disabled for that user. The protocol insists on a non-zero password and thus the hashes of whatever password is supplied fails to match the absence of a hash. You must supply ssh keys or otherwise arrange some authentication to log in should your account have no password.


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Follow these instructions from Apples Knowledge Base: Click iTunes Store on the left side of iTunes. If you're not signed in to the store, click the Account button, then enter your account name and password. Click the Account button again (your Apple ID appears on the button), enter your password, and then click View Account. In the Account ...


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It really doesn't make any difference. The vast majority of apps you will ever use will install in a different location (root Library, or user Library), but their configuration will always be user specific. If you never intend to have other users on the system, the only difference will be remembering where something is installed when you go to delete it.


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Something in memory got corrupted, and the mapping between your userID (502) and your username (ipd) was lost. I've seen it happen (usually when I've manually killed hung system processes), although I'm not sure exactly what causes it. launchd maybe? Because that mapping is lost, whoami can't convert your ID into a username so returns the ID, and your ...


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I see it's an old thread, but here is the solution to this problem (without restarting the whole computer). The problem is in the opendirectoryd daemon and the earliest reports date from the beginning of 2011. Restarting the daemon (switching users with an admin one via Fast User Switching) fixes the problem. While writing this answer, I've found a similar ...


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From Apple's iCloud Tabs support article (emphasis added): If you can't access the device that shared the tab, the tab will automatically be cleared from the list after 14 days if the tab isn't updated. So, any leftover tabs should be gone after two weeks.


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Some social engineering solutions : Your iTunes account was presumably associated with your credit card, yes? You could attempt to prove you identity to Apple via that credit card connection. You could warn them that you plan on contesting credit card charges if they cannot restore the account. If Apple won't help, then collect your old credit card ...


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Another suggestion -- you can authorize itunes on your computer to play content from your wife's account ("iTunes -> Store -> Authorize Account") as well as your own. And you can do the same for itunes on your wife's computer. This will allow you to play both you and your wife's content on both of your computers. However, this way you will have to ...


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Mail > Preferences > Composing


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I think this may be a phishing. I advise you to check the 3 following key points: Within the headers of the 2 E-mails you received, verify they are really originating from apple.com . Verify the included URL is really within the apple.com domain. Within the headers, verify there isn't any Return-Path: outside of apple.com .


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I figured it out.. After looking more closely at the log and mulling over it for a moment I noticed in the log: *** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInvalidArgumentException', reason: '*** setObjectForKey: object cannot be nil (key: serverName)' So I attempted to setup the account in Preferences>Internet Accounts again but this time, I started ...


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You can disable a user account by setting their shell to /usr/bin/false. Either run chsh -s /usr/bin/false <username>, or change it in Users & Groups → Advanced Options. To change it back, run chsh -s /bin/bash <username>.


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An iCloud account, iTunes account and Apple ID are all the same thing. Apple just refers to them a bit inconsistently. You can (and typically should) have a single Apple ID for all of them, unless you specifically need to separate them out. Account "Types" iCloud Account Typically refers to the Apple ID that is used for iCloud services, such as backup and ...


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The way me and the wife have got around this is to use two accounts but have the same password so we don't have to remember a different password. This way, when you come to update your apps, it doesn't matter which account pops up, it will be the same password. We also have a third account. Mine, hers and shared. This is because I have had mine for years ...


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In iTunes you can simply right click the app in question and choose Get Info. On the summary tab you can see the account used to purchase the app.


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I have a possible work around. The songs that you are missing, are they stored on an iPod? If so use software such as Senuti which you can use for free to transfer 1000 files from your iPod into iTunes. If you need more it is a small worth while fee. I am not sure it will transfer songs already in iTunes so you may need to setup another user profile and ...


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Try contacting the IT department of that prior employer to see if they will accept and forward a few Apple emails to you for one day.


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If you have triggered the account to be into a locked status due to too many failed log in attempts, you will need the help of a human to get it unlocked when you no longer can receive email or answer both the birth day question and the security question to a machine's satisfaction. (yes, I'm sure you know your birthday, but it could have been entered ...


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This is what the official Apple documentation says: Your Apple ID can have up to 10 devices and computers (combined) associated with it. Each computer must also be authorized using the same Apple ID. Once a device or computer is associated with your Apple ID, you cannot associate that device or computer with another Apple ID for 90 days. You can ...


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The secure delete option can indeed take a long time. But if you really want all traces of your data to be removed from the media, you need to wait for it to complete. If you want to quickly get all traces of your data off a machine, the quickest way is to physically remove the disk drives (believe it or not). This is what I generally recommend to friends ...


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I am afraid you are out of luck and there is no help for this. I tried to help a tech support client with this same problem and there is nothing to be done about it. It is truly too late. People, if you have ever bought anything from any merchant (not just iTunes) and registered your account with the merchant using an email address from your employer, and ...



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