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Possible to run scripts on sleep and wake?

MacBook Pro 2010 running OS X Lion. Is it possible to run scripts on sleep and wake events? My specific application is that I've got Dropbox-synced Truecrypt volumes that I regularly use on both my ...
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“System” storage on macOS Sierra is 470GB!

My Mid 2012 MacBook Pro 13" says I suddenly ran out of Storage space. My Mac barely has any data and my upgrade to Sierra was a clean install. Nothing was ported from previous backups. If you see ...
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How to fix broken EFI partition?

I have an iMac running OSX Lion. I also installed bootcamp and Windows 7. During the install of Windows 7 I wasn't paying complete attention and deleted and formatted the EFI partition. I didn't ...
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Is there any way to view saved wifi passwords on the iPhone?

I've previously connected to a wifi network on my iPhone but I've no way of finding out the password. So is there any way to view saved wifi passwords on the iPhone?
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Full Wi-fi/ethernet signal but no internet

I'm really hoping someone here can help me, as I'm getting pretty frustrated with my macbook now. I have a late 2011 model 15" macbook pro running OSX 10.9.5 that refuses to connect to Internet on my ...
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If I remote wipe my iPhone, can I still locate it remotely?

If I lose my iPhone, and I use remote wipe to prevent my confidential data from being stolen, then can I still use Find My iPhone to locate it on a map? I'm assuming not (since it resets to factory ...
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macOS partition startup Volume type FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF

I have encountered a nearly identical issue to the one in this question (and this too: Data Not Backed Up, Partition Type: FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF), but my hard drive's main partition is ...
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What's the best way to prolong the lifespan of a Macbook Pro battery? [duplicate]

I have two Mac book Pros: A 2013 Unibody retina that I use every day An older 2006 model with removable battery that I use a couple of times a month (when not in use, it's not connected to the AC. I ...
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My iPad has a popup saying I have a virus

When I went to a website in Safari, it opened up another website with popups claiming my iPad has a virus. I deleted some of my apps to try and get rid of the virus, but the popup keeps showing up ...
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Using Boot Camp Support Software 4.0.4033 to install 64 bit Windows 7, 8 or 10

My computer is a iMac (20-inch, Mid 2007). The model identifier is iMac7,1. The processor name is Intel Core 2 Duo, which means I have a 64 bit machine. The Apple web site Boot Camp: System ...
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Which OS X Applications do you find indispensable?

Please Search Prior To Posting! There are many applications already listed. In all likelihood, this includes the one you are thinking of. Please check the existing answers to avoid duplicates, and ...
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How can I create a symbolic link in Terminal?

What command is used to create a symbolic link/soft link?
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Fastest and safest way to copy massive data from one external drive to another

I need to be able to copy about 2TB of data from an external drive (single USB external disk) to a another external drive (Drobo attached via Firewire). Finder is not an option. If it hits any ...
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Applications Don't Show Up in Spotlight

Spotlight has stopped showing any results for my Applications. I've tried reindexing and removing the index so it rebuilds it. No change. I've tried adding Applications to the Privacy tab and removing ...
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How do I automate a key press in AppleScript?

Is it possible to automate the key press of a key (such as "a" or "<") in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari (in this order)? I'd like to automate the key press of "a" for example in Mozilla ...
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What are the best practices for battery longevity?

How do you maximize the cycle count of your battery? There seems to be a debate between: Leave plugged in 24/7 but do a full cycle once a month Charge to ~100%, drain to ~10%, repeat. NOTE: Taking ...
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How can I modify the list of Applications under 'Open With…'?

I recently went to open an audio file, and wanted to open it in an editor instead of a player. I right-clicked it, hovered over 'Open With...' and was met with a very unsightly list. I have seen a ...
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How to prevent Mac from changing the order of Desktops/Spaces

You may have encountered a situation in which Mac changes the order of desktops based on some events like alerts on a program or a web page in browser. How could I disable this logical change? Note: ...
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Make the Menu Bar never show while in Full Screen

Pretty much every application I use in full-screen (including Firefox, MacVim and the Terminal) have tabs on the top of the screen. The problem is, when I move my mouse to reach the tabs I'll often ...
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How can I tell if my Mac is keeping the clock updated properly?

I would like to know what the default settings for OS X are in terms of keeping the clock adjusted when I enable automatic time sync in the Date & Time preference. I do know that the venerable ...
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How can I export SMS text messages from my iPhone?

When answering this question, please note if the solution is: For Windows and/or Mac OS X users The price of the solution If you have successfully—and actually—used the solution How can I export SMS ...
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App crashes, dock icon remains, can't reboot, yet no process in ps aux to kill

I've been encountering an extremely annoying problem since I upgraded to Yosemite. FCPX (but I've been having reports of this problem on other computers with finder.app and safari.app) sometimes will ...
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How to thin your local Time Machine Snapshots on macOS High Sierra

I have noticed that my extra space just suddenly disappears since upgrading to macOS High Sierra. For example, I have 170 GBs free in the morning and then by the afternoon I'm down to 56 GBs. Then ...
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Start/stop internet sharing from a script?

Is there a way to start/stop internet sharing from the command line or maybe an apple script? The thing is that I move around my laptop between home and work. At one place I get wireless internet (...
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Is it generally advisable to get anti-virus software for Mac OS X?

Is it worth to buy an anti-virus software for Mac OS X? I heard both opinions like "it's not possible to get a virus on Mac OS X" and "Mac OS X is also vulnerable against virus... " Which is true? ...
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What is the best way to generate a Yosemite or Mavericks Install USB flash drive? [duplicate]

I could probably copy the contents from the package, but what is the best way to create an install Flash Drive for Mavericks? Of course ideally the drive should be bootable.
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Gigabytes of disk space shown as hidden space in DaisyDisk

My disk space usage doesn't add up. I should have used only about 80 gigabytes, but according to DaisyDisk about 25 gigabytes is taken up by hidden space. The mystery disk space seems to be classified ...
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Which command controls the open file limits?

Which command / configuration file controls the open file limits on OS X? Is there a different command for OS X 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7? The options I explore below are ulimit, sysctl, and launchctl "...
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Why is /tmp a symlink to /private/tmp?

Why is /tmp a symlink to /private/tmp on Mac OS X? In other words, why isn't /tmp just a regular directory, like on Linux or BSD? I understand how it works and I don't mind it, I'm just interested in ...
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Macbook Pro Retina running at native resolution

A question I've had in my head since I first saw screenshots of the display preference pane on the new Retina MBP is this: Can it be made to run with what you could call a 1.0 UI scaling factor (same ...
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Data Not Backed Up, Partition Type: FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF

I was trying to install Linux on my MacBook for class when I bricked my computer, which now in an unbootable state. I made my partition too small, so I was going to delete and create a larger one. ...
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Can I downgrade to Mavericks after installing Yosemite (beta/developer preview)?

I have installed the developer preview for Yosemite. Huge mistake. Everything in my workspace is broken. I don't have any sort of backup image. I was wondering if I could re-download Mavericks and ...
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“Select CD-ROM Boot Type:” error during Windows install

Which version of bootcamp 4.x do I need to install Windows 7 (64 bit) on an iMac7,1 with Yosemite? Specs: 64 bit Core 2 Duo, 4GB, 16GB Flash, optical drive, Windows 7 install DVD Everything goes ...
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How can I prevent iPhoto from opening everytime I plug my iPad/iPhone?

How can I prevent iPhoto/Photos/Image Capture from launching everytime I plug in my iPad/iPhone?
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Disable the disk check when reconnecting an improperly disconnected disk to OS X

If you disconnect a removable drive without ejecting it first, the next time you connect it, Windows or Mac run an fsck check on the disk to ensure data integrity. Windows will ask if you want to ...
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The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition. Windows 10 and Mojave

The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition. The startup disk must be formatted as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume or already partitioned by Boot Camp ...
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Can I plug two external monitors in to a MacBook Pro?

I'd like to use two external monitors for some excels, coding, email, not games or video content. Can someone please explain how I can go about using two external monitors with my MacBook Pro, and ...
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1answer
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HFS+ invalid number of allocation blocks

Okay so a few days ago I wanted to install Ubuntu GNOME over regular Ubuntu and it gave me the option to automatically overwrite my Ubuntu installation (that I had on a separate partition from my OS X ...
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Completely synchronise multiple Macs

I actually have a Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard (I plan on upgrading to Lion). I may have to buy an Mac mini in order to have a full dual screen (external identical screens) layout (see my previous ...
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Using Apple Script to Manage Sound Output Selection

I am brand new here and I have an additional clarification or need additional help for an issue from this thread - Applescript: "can't get tab group 1 of window" (El Capitan) In my ...
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Weird free spaces estimation

On my MacBook Pro Retina late 2014 running OS X Yosemite, there's something weird going on. If i look at the storage tab in the "About my Mac" menu, I use only 67 gigabytes of storage but it says 151 ...
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Find out if any files were exported from my MacBook

I left my laptop around with co-workers for around 30-40 minutes. Can I find out if any files were exported/opened from my laptop during that time? 11/5/17 3:12:09.000 PM syslogd[47]: ASL Sender ...
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New SSD problem

I've just installed a new SSD replacing an HDD in my old (late 2008) iMac. When I switched it on all I got on screen was a question mark. On the advice of my son I tried cmdR during switch on with ...
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Can I use Siri with these apps?

Could YouTube, Todoist, myEmail (fill in name app your looking for) be controlled/used with Siri? Could a third party iOS app be controlled by Siri?
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Got any tips or tricks for Terminal in Mac OS X?

One tip or trick per answer. My favorite is open . Opens the folder you're currently browsing in Finder. You can also pass URLs, images, documents or else to open. If you specify a program name ...
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What tiny thing in Lion makes you smile or has caught you off guard?

I would like to call for a place to list some little things that surprise you about Lion. There are so many articles and lists of all the new features with information overload, I would rather focus ...
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Hotkey to show hidden files and folders in File Open dialog?

This question is very similar to Is it possible to always show hidden/dotfiles in Open/Save dialogs?. How to show hidden files and folders in finder? is also related. However, I don't want to always ...
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How to turn off all animations on OS X

Is it possible to turn off all animations on OS X?
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Why does my dock keep moving back to my other monitor?

I have a larger, external monitor connected to my MacBook Pro and have arranged it such that the dock is in the external monitor (via System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement, by dragging the white ...
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How can I mount an ext4 file system on OS X?

Is there a safe, stable application for reading from and writing to ext4 file systems on Mac OS X? If not, what's the best way to access the contents of an ext4 file system on Mac OS&...

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