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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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Keyboard shortcut for restoring applications from the Mac OS X Dock?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to restore a minimised application window from the Dock? Almost all Apple Mac OS X applications respond to the Apple + M command which minimises the current application ...
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using terminal to copy a file to clipboard

I got a file on desktop, file name is ded.html. To copy the file, I click the file and press cmd+c. Now how would I do the same thing using terminal ?
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How to increase keyboard key repeat rate on OS X?

I know how to set the key repeat rate using System Preferences > Keyboard but it looks that the fastest settings is not enough. Is there any way to speed up even more? I do not know if others ...
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Can I get the CPU temperature and fan speed from the command line in OS X?

Is there a command I can run from the command line in OS X to get the current CPU temperature and/or the fan speed(s)? To be more specific, I'd like to be able to get the same info available in the ...
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How can I save tabs in iTerm 2 so they restore the next time the app is run?

Can I save tabs on exit in my iTerm 2, so I don't have to open same directories again after restart? Like Chrome does, for example. I couldn't find such option in settings. Maybe "Arrangements" is ...
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What are the practical differences between Bash and Zsh?

With the news that Catalina will default to Zsh instead of Bash, I'm finding lots of results telling me about the switch, and that it may cause problems with shell scripts, but I'm not familiar enough ...
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How do I disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) AKA “rootless” on macOs [OS X]

Apple has introduced System Integrity Protection, also known as "rootless", with OS X 10.11, El Capitan. I understand this is a step for general protection against malware but as a developer I need ...
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Why are dot underscore ._ files created, and how can I avoid them?

I am using different operating systems on different machines on different locations. I am using a USB flash disk to keep my files (source codes etc.). I am new to Mac OS X and now I realize there are ...
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How can I make Safari show the URL when I hover over a link?

Safari 5.0.1 on OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) doesn't seem to have any status bar in which the URL of a link shows when the user moves the cursor over a link (without clicking) All other browsers I've ...
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4answers
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What are pros and cons for MacPorts, Fink and Homebrew?

I'm just migrating from Ubuntu Linux to Mac, and everything is new and I'm re-learning a lot of stuff. On Linux I had the excellent apt-get to manage software packages. I googled for an alternative ...
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What is the difference between iTerm2 and Terminal?

I keep hearing that iTerm2 is much better than Terminal. However, when I downloaded iTerm2, I didn't see what made it preferable over Terminal. What are the differences between these two apps?
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Where can I find the installed package path via brew

I installed some packages via brew. But I can not find where they are. I can not get access by typing hping on terminal % brew install hping (git)-[master] Warning: hping-3.20051105 already ...
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7answers
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Why isn't iTunes shuffle random?

This is a problem that has bugged me for the last 5 years, across multiple devices, operating systems and installs of iTunes and iPods. I have found that the iTunes shuffle feature does not randomly ...
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Task Switcher moves to non-primary display on Mavericks-Catalina

I'm running OS X on a computer with two displays that are not mirrored. One of them is configured as the primary display using the menu bar location in Displays System Preference, pre-Mavericks style....
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iTerm as a slide-out terminal from the top of the screen

I have installed iTerm2 and was hoping I'd have something like guake (Yes I just switched from Ubuntu). I mapped the hotkey to a button of my choice and it works fine, but I miss the slide-down-from-...
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Open Finder window from current Terminal location?

If I am in a specific path in a Terminal window, how can I open that same window in a new Finder window? Note: This is the opposite of opening a Terminal from Finder.
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WindowServer high CPU on Yosemite

This is a follow up to So my Yosemite install is slow - what to do? Since installing Yosemite a week or so ago my machine is very sluggish. I am a web developer so I change windows/apps a lot. ...
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How to simulate slow internet connections on the mac

What's a good software solution to slow down internet connections on the mac for testing and simulations? My primary need is when testing code in the iPhone / iOS simulator, so slowing down the ...
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14answers
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Best app to switch between all open windows

After 4 years of being a Mac user, there is only one thing that I still miss from the Windows world, and that is being able to switch with a single keystroke between all open windows in the computer. ...
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14answers
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How to move files to trash from command line?

I do a lot of terminal work, and today had the experience of typing rm fileInQuestion.txt Before finding out that I did actually need fileInQuestion.txt. If I'd deleted in the GUI then I would have ...
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Need a cli to check the sha256 hash of a file

To check the sha1 of a file I would use openssl sha1 <file> I'm not sure what to use to check the sha256 hash of the file however, what would you recommend?
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How to create a text file in a folder

In windows I right click and then there is an option to create a text file. How to do so in mac?
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5answers
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Where can I download Safari for Windows?

This sounds like an absurd question, I know, but when I go to: http://www.apple.com/safari/ There isn't a download link! I'm sure it used to be there :-/ Here's what I see: Scrolling further just ...
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How to use the Homebrew installed git on Mac?

I have installed the newest version of git (1.8.3) using homebrew but when I type git --version in my terminal, it prints: git version 1.7.10.2 (Apple Git-33) What should I do to replace the old ...
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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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8answers
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How can I find color codes on Mac?

I used to find color codes which I want to use for texts or background colors on htmls with color edit tool of MS paint which pre-installed on Windows. But now I use Mac instead of Windows. How can I ...
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2answers
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How to investigate high kernel task memory usage?

I was using my MacBook Pro (with 16GB of RAM) as usual and out of blue I've this popup that: Your system has run out of application memory. To avoid problems with your computer, quit any applications ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to move a window from one monitor to another?

Is there a free app that I can use to move a window from one monitor to the other monitor (assuming only two monitors) via the keyboard? I shouldn't have to use the mouse at all (e.g., for selecting ...
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6answers
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What can I do when my SSH session is stuck?

Sometimes my ssh session in the terminal hangs. How can I exit the ssh session and reconnect?
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Why is it not possible to use the “cut” command to manipulate a file in the Finder?

On OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I don't seem to be able to us the "Cut" command on a file in the Finder, like you can do in Windows Explorer on Microsoft Windows. (In Windows, once you select a file and "...
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Using The Terminal Command to Shutdown, Restart and Sleep My Mac?

I'm getting more interested in using Terminal as an alternative way to address solutions on my Mac. I have seen this question entitled "Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?". I would ...
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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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Can I change the brightness on a secondary display?

I have a MBP with a secondary display. Is is possible to have the brightness keys (F1 & F2) change both the main display (laptop screen) and the secondary display (a VGA external monitor connected ...
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2answers
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List USB devices on OSX command line

Can I List USB devices on OSX - similar to lsusb on Linux. I know I can access from System Information.
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10answers
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Should I disconnect my MacBook Pro's power cord when the battery is fully charged?

My friend told me that I need to disconnect the power cord when the battery is fully charged. Otherwise, I will shorten the life of the battery. Other people say you should drain it once a month or ...
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20answers
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How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and USB sticks?

When plugging a USB stick into a Mac, OS X creates a number of hidden files on the stick, including a Spotlight index and Trash folder. Example from the terminal for a USB stick "Untitled": $ ls -a /...
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What happens if you plug more than one charger in the new MacBook Pro (2016)?

Apple's controversial decision to convert all the ports on their 2016 MacBook Pro lineup to USB-C ports contributes to blur the difference between ports that supply power (such as a power adapters) ...
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Override iTunes “media” keys (play, pause, etc) for Spotify?

Is it possible to set Spotify as the default program when the "media" keys (play, pause, previous, next, etc) are pressed on the Mac keyboard? For the most part when Spotify is open, the "media" ...
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10answers
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How to change the default behaviour of the fullscreen/maximize button?

There is a question that deals with the different behaviour of the fullscreen button in the window bar. There, it is shown that by doing: ⌥ + ⇧ + Click on green or outer right icon (plus icon) I can ...
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6answers
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What is installd, and why is it eating my CPU?

My Macbook is frying my lap, and the CPU monitor is going crazy: over 200% CPU being used by something called "installd". What is it? Can I kill it? (OS X 10.8.)
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11answers
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How to record both screen and sound with Quicktime on El Capitan?

I'm trying to record both what's happening on screen and the audio being played by the applications. To my surprise, QuickTime did not record the sound. I believe it worked before in previous OS X ...
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10answers
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Move through images in a folder with Preview.app

When looking at an image in a directory with the Preview application, I'm used to the Windows behaviour of using the ←/→ keys to move through all the other viewable images in that ...
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6answers
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Is it safe to delete ~/Library/Caches?

Is it safe to delete the file Caches, in the Library of the Mac OS X Hard Drive? It's a pretty big file, 3.56 GB, Caches reminds me of logs i don't need or browser cookies. Is it safe to delete the ...
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16answers
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How can I open a Terminal window directly from my current Finder location?

I was wondering if there was any was I could right click inside any instance of a "Finder" window such that I have an option that says "Open Terminal Here". It would be really helpful.
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10answers
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How can I copy files from my Mac to PC via Microsoft Remote Desktop?

I installed Microsoft's Remote Desktop and connected to a PC. How can I share files between my Mac and PC? When I use RDP on Windows, I can simply add a file to the clipboard and paste it inside the ...
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3answers
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Change canvas size in Preview.app without scaling image?

I have a PNG that I want to add additional content to. For this I need to increase the canvas size of the image: Just make the image larger, but without scaling the existing contents (which the Adjust ...
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4answers
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How to upgrade OpenSSL in OS X?

Today the heartbleed OpenSSL exploit was announced in the wild, which allows an attacker to surreptitiously detect and steal private server keys (allowing them to MitM and decrypt your encrypted data ...
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10answers
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Mail App keeps popping up in the background in Mac OS Mojave

When I am doing some work on my macbook pro, Mail app's main window keeps popping up in the background, it even pops up when I watch movies by interrupting full screen. This is so frustrating, I can't ...
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10answers
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OS X computer name not matching what shows on terminal

My computer name in System Preferences > sharing is set to "archos" but is showing as "iphone" on the terminal. It just started doing this after I loaded Xcode for doing iPhone development. Last ...

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