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comment Merge old exchange contacts to iCloud (with iPhone)
Could you elaborate on how precisely to get Exchange to phone or exchange to SIM?
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comment Can someone be reading my iMessages?
See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/76433/imessage-security and apple.stackexchange.com/questions/88076/… and apple.stackexchange.com/questions/121757/… as well
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comment iPad 2 has suddenly lost ALL Contacts, ALL Calendar entries
We have droves of questions covering both losing all contacts and losing all calendars. Would you refine your issue with more details that would make it distinct from the ground already covered. Specifically, what count of contacts are stored when you log into icloud.com on a computer?
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comment Used iphone. App Store log in
What do you want to do with the phone? Erase the settings and start over? Restore to factory defaults? Just remove the app store log in?
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comment Can you tell if updates came from OS X caching server?
It is worth keeping that answer since for many it will be the ideal solution. If you find another, queue up a second answer :)
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comment Can you tell if updates came from OS X caching server?
This would be great except for the "without having any sort of log in to the server itself" requirement.
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comment How do I completely and securely wipe a FileVault (SSD) drive?
See my edit - you're clear from what I can tell. Once you have FV turned on, everything is "erased" unless you decrypt the contents (which takes hours or days) or hand over the password and don't repartition the drive as a new volume.
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comment SRT subtitle problem
Thanks for disclosing your relationship with the product. Welcome to Ask Different!
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comment Mac pro late 2008 8 core can only see 1.9GB memory with Windows 7?
Are you running boot camp or some virtualization software? Would you be open to changing that if it made better use of RAM?
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comment Set keyboard shortcut as double tap of modifier key on Mac?
I'll close this since there's already a thread on SuperUser. Let me know if you'd prefer this to remain open and close that thread.
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comment List All Documents Shared by All Apps
Could you edit in what OS you prefer to run iTunes and connect to your iOS device? If you don't care Windows or Mac, saying that would help guide potential answerers.
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comment How to get iTunes to reconnect after buffering?
What version of iTunes and what OS does it run on? Could you edit that into the body of the question?
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comment Automated mass MAC Address and Serial Number collection with NetBoot or NetRestore
Yes - if you know how to shell script, then you have lots of options. Fool proof is going to make answering this difficult. Perhaps you can read our software recommendations Ask Different Meta to refine what you really need and what is optional? meta.apple.stackexchange.com/questions/2180/…
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comment Automated mass MAC Address and Serial Number collection with NetBoot or NetRestore
ARD is the tool I'd use. For 40 machines or even 100, It's not likely that rolling your own code would make sense or trying to reinvent the wheel Apple provides for this sort of bulk collection and exporting to a spreadsheet.
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comment Changing OS X's Apache settings to replicate Ubuntu's Apache environment
Could you try editing things. the title really steers me to think you want apache when it seems you're looking to replicate ubuntu user environment on OS X. If you describe one thing you want to do in the end, perhaps we can get you to your goal rather than having to suss out all the differences between two OS default users and groups.
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comment Changing OS X's Apache settings to replicate Ubuntu's Apache environment
Is there a version of apache on ubuntu that works perfectly for you? At worst, you could simple download that version open source (or homebrew) and run it instead of Apple's modified version.
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comment Changing OS X's Apache settings to replicate Ubuntu's Apache environment
I've asked the SF moderators to look at this. As it's worded, it's a very poor fit for their site. I'll check the ubuntu mods. Please note that it's really perfectly on topic here and I'll put a bounty to help promote it as I'd like to see it answered here. 4 up votes and that bounty as soon as it's possible to even place it should help with visibility.
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comment iTunes Store: “Your payment method was declined.”
There are several reasons for this: see apple.stackexchange.com/q/125846 for an official Apple KB article.
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comment Can I download a free app from the App Store without a credit card?
There are many reasons why this might happen. If the answers here don't work, check the KB and explanation here. apple.stackexchange.com/q/125846
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comment iPhone 4s asking payment details
Also see apple.stackexchange.com/questions/125846/… and apple.stackexchange.com/questions/139633/… and apple.stackexchange.com/questions/141276/…