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comment My Desktop folder was “wiped”
Do a Finder Get Info on your desktop. When was it created? Is it possible that something moved it to a different location, and OS X created an empty one when you logged in?
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comment OSX Mavericks Root User
Alternately, you could do sudo -v periodically. That'll reset the timer to 15 minutes (only prompting for your password if it's already expired). You might also edit the sudoers file and raise the time limit (don't raise it too high, though).
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revised Can I use a Time Capsule as an all-purpose storage disk?
fixed grammar, rephrased some things, removed irrelevant tags
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answered Can I use a Time Capsule as an all-purpose storage disk?
Oct
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comment Printing in black and white without intermediate greys
Ohhhhh, so THAT'S why you can't print a grayscale document when you're out of color ink!
Oct
20
comment Is there something stronger than “Force Quit”?
@Ken If you give a command, and it doesn't fail with a permission-denied error, trying it again with sudo will usually not help. Don't worry, I used to think like that too. :)
Oct
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comment Is there something stronger than “Force Quit”?
@Ken SIGQUIT causes a program to dump its core and exit. OS X treats this like a crash (I guess probably because it is), and will display the usual thing saying The application <whatever> quit unexpectedly. It can be caught, but by standard or convention, SIGTERM is the one you want (kill sends it by default), not SIGQUIT.
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comment Is there something stronger than “Force Quit”?
@DavidDelMonte Force Quit for graphical applications is the same thing as SIGTERM, and the same thing in the dialog and Activity Monitor.
Oct
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comment Any way to know what causes allocation of wired memory?
“wired” memory is not specifically memory used by the OS, but rather memory that has been “locked” into RAM with mlock() or something similar. mlock()ed memory cannot be swapped out to the hard drive. Usually locked memory will belong to the OS, but this is not guaranteed at all. You can write a program that allocates and locks a chunk of memory for itself, no problem. I imagine this might be practical for storing passwords or other sensitive information to prevent traces being left on disk. (No downvote for this; it's not related to the actual question, and it's not terribly important.)
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comment What features in iOS 7 make a difference?
I agree; we can wait for third opinions.
Oct
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comment What features in iOS 7 make a difference?
-1: This is in iTunes' desktop version, too. I'd even forgotten about it, but there was a biiiiiig box taking up about a quarter of the entire window, telling me I could redeem using my Mac's camera instead of typing the code. I noticed it even before I noticed the option to type in the code manually, which was much, much smaller. Definitely not hidden!
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comment What features in iOS 7 make a difference?
@JasonSalaz But they could just as easily rename the image, or use any well-known URI shortener.