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There isn't any advantage to wiping and reinstalling OS X on a new Mac direct from Apple. You'll end up with the exact same drive contents. I can't think of any difference between an Apple-imaged Mac and a self-imaged Mac.


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There are several disadvantages: Most internet posts describing how to reinstall OS X miss the hardware specific diagnostic boot image that is stored on Recovery HD. You will lose the iLife apps if you don't first boot the factory OS and claim those redemptions to an Apple ID. The recovery boot isn't a deal breaker if you don't mind using a generic ...


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The How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space? provides a general approach to answering your question. Graph and Find You can use a tool like GrandPerspective to help highlight large files on your Mac: Disk Inventory X is an alternative disk space visualizer: Ask VideoBlend's Developers Consider contacting the makers of VideoBlend, ...


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You can use meta data. Select the app in Finder, press ⌘+i or secondary click -> Get Info.. There You have "Comments" section, where You can describe Your app (for example "great screen capture app"). Then You can search for an app in Spotlight using the keywords You privided. After upgrading the app, extended attributes are not erased.


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You should have to remove an EFI password or permit them to reset that since it prevents Service Providers from network booting to diagnostic images or selecting an attached bootable volume to run test software. You don't need to decrypt FileVault 2 in any service I've ever seen unless you want them to log in to your user account and look at your software. ...


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This question probably has all the answers for you. In short there is no easy way. Your options are: Recover the files from a (Time machin) Backup, if existent. Reinstall OSX, e.g. from the Recovery mode pressing Command+R at the startup screen Copy the missing files from the Recovery partition (check if the partition is up to date first). E.g. by doing ...


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That indeed sounds very strange. Keep in mind that there can also be stores which only fake their licenese and aren't real service providers. If you want to be sure, look up here: https://locate.apple.com/ | There you can search for official Apple Authorized Resellers. You also could contact Apple-Support and ask them: ...


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Repair centers generally need to boot your device. They do NOT need to access your account. You will need to remove an EFI password if there is one If you use filevault just create a separate account for them. Something obvious like "AppleService" with "password" and delete it when they are done. It does not need to be an admin account unless you took it ...


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The .filename was intended by unix to represent invisible file names. Even before there was GUI's, the ls command by default would not list these files for normal users. There is no reason you can not add a . prefix to your own file names. On the other hand, using ._filename seems to be unique to OS X. One use of these filenames is to store addition ...


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That rename comes from any one other device on the network that remembered the IP address of your mac before it went to sleep or renewed its DHCP lease. You would want to power down all Apple TV and Apple airport/time capsule devices and then restart your router (if an Airport device isn't doing the routing) at that point, the iOS and Mac devices should let ...


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To find all files larger than 50MB in any directory, use Terminal.app and the find utility: $ find . -type f -size +50M -ls | awk '{for (i=1;i<7;++i) $i=""; print $0}' | sort -n Adjust +50M to whatever size limit you find suitable. The list will be sorted with largest file last. Be warned that this might take some time if you start from root. You might ...


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I don't have a macbook by my side, is maybe ioreg -r -k AppleClamshellState -d 4 | grep AppleClamshellState | head -1 still working ?


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Pointer Finder This app will put a circle around your cursor when you press a key.


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Mouse Locator Highlights the cursor with a green circle upon keypress. Highly visible locator instantly reveals your mouse position. Controllable trigger time period, from 1 second to 30 minutes. Eliminates the frustrating search of your screen.


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The simplest way to prevent the access is by Get Info.. (or ⌘+i on directory and setting the permissions there. To prevent other user from viewing your files, settings should look like: username(me) read / write everyone no access Note: remove all the other positions like group etc.


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You can use fail2web, but, as this is only a frontend to fail2ban, is not easier to use than modifying fail2ban's text files.


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I've found at least two applications in the App Store that do this: The simple Color Palette Importer (which worked perfectly for me) lets you import Adobe's aco files more or less directly into the OSX color picker. The more comprehensive (and more pricey) ColorSchemer Studio lets you import palettes from a number of different formats, including Adobe's ...


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Your system fonts got corrupted. Stop/Ignore the flash update and start in safe mode. Now use the Font Book app in the applications folder. Use the File- restore standard fonts.


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No, Apple doesn't have any bloatware. But I still see two advantages: Free up some space (precious if you have 128 GB SSD) if you won't be using iLife apps such GarageBand or use Office instead of iWork apps. They can consume a few gigabytes. And you will be still able install them later as when you first run Mac App Store, it will run a check of your ...


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I don't think that the total displayed in Activity Monitor is the total you think it is. I think it is maybe just the last online action a process had. I noticed that while watching softwareupdate download data. Just to be sure: Is automatic software update disabled? See System Preferences, AppStore. Also, do you have anything set to sync itself? iCloud ...


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I am not so much familiar with Dropbox, but I'd assume an encrypted sparsebundle image would be suited quite well fro your task. For instance this site explains the procedure. In essence you have to: Open Disk Utility Click File > New > Blank Disk Image... Customize your encrypted image file. I'd suggest to use sparsebundle disk image since it consists ...


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Changes to files are saved automatically when you close, or automatically in the background. If you don't want to alter the original image, duplicate it first with ⇧⌘S (File → Duplicate), or use ⌥⇧⌘S Save as… (File → ⌥Save as…). To revert to the original version, open the file and choose File → Revert To and select a revision.


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In fact, there are lots of options: HandBrake: free. But the quality will loss. Online-Converter: paid. And you have to upload your source file. Time! Some third party software like Video Converter tool: paid. But most of them are professional and reliable.


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Yosemite Users Apple changed the way the LSUIElement works in Yosemite. It will cause the app to run as an agent but will no longer cause it to overlay full screen Windows. To fix, open up the Info.plist file per other people's instructions and add the following two elements: <key>LSUIElement</key> <true/> ...


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You're correct. I have "Install App updates" and "Install system data files and security updates" checked in System Preferences and "Install OS X updates" deselected, and exactly what you describe is what I observe. OS X Updates are user-facing updates that directly affect the user, regardless of whether the user actually uses the respective app (e.g. RAW ...


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This can be done by enabling the keyboard shortcut. Now in full screen mode there will be a pop up when you use the keyboard shortcut (cmd+space) letting you see or change the input language. The advantage of this method is you do not have something floating on you full screen all the time, but only when you call for it.


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This is a known bug with the discoveryd process on 10.10 Yosemite. Recent rumors is that it will be replaced by its predecessor, mDNSresponder, come 10.10.4 to help alleviate network issues. Although the actual cause is unknown, it has been said that it is related (at least in part) to improper name resolution in DNS when the computer wakes from sleep. It ...


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The current OS X HIG is delivered through iBooks for free to the general public. Get it at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/os-x-human-interface-guidelines/id930571558?mt=11# If you're not a Mac developer, you might consider joining if that's your best avenue - if not, you might see if a local university or library has a technical research department and ...


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The app store has some pretty good options for file browsing apps. I use FileBrowser for example. FileBrowser description. FileBrowser is the original and best file manager and viewer for iOS. FileBrowser can view, copy, move, upload, download, stream, and manage files between computers, servers, NAS drives and cloud storage in any direction. You ...


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The sub folder contains all the legacy photos from iCloud and iPhoto and normally should have photos and videos. With 10.10 and the new Photos app, everything appears to be stored in ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.cloudphotosd/ and not in Application Support once you open the new Photos app and allow it to migrate things. If you're in that situation (open ...



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