David Rouse
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Do Macs come with any programming language available from the Terminal?
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I'm on Mojave and Python, Ruby, and Perl are installed by default. But I understand that there is a Deprecation notice with Catalina that says future versions of macOS won't include scripting ...

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Is it possible to upload files to a website from Safari on iPhone?
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Specifically the browse button is disabled because there isn't a file browser (like Windows Explorer/Finder) on the iPhone. Most people don't notice that, because the iOS is designed around avoiding ...

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How to save files on Mac with extension I want?
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It sounds like you are in rich text mode, so the editor is trying to save the file in non-plain text format. In general for css/html/code you want just plain text. In the "Format" menu, choose "Make ...

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How can I group applications?
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1) The pre-installed Apple applications generally won't get updated by Software Update if they are moved. The Developer applications won't work properly if moved. I honestly haven't tried complex ...

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Renamed /etc folder. I can't login anymore
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I would try booting in single user mode (holding the Apple and S keys while rebooting), mount the hard drive (mount -uw /) and then check and rename etc as needed (there should be an alias at the root ...

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How to make AppleScript count exactly?
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The command line utility bc is capable of arbitrary precision mathematics, and you can call a command line utility from AppleScript and get a value from it. For example: set myVariable to do shell ...

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How to move hosting from mobile.me to iCloud?
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You will still be able to access the mobile me website and files making the website through June 30th, but iCloud does not offer web hosting or internet-based disk storage. After June 30th you will ...

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I've inadvertently deleted my thunderbird.dmg, does it matter?
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"Re-downloading thunderbird.dmg has fixed my issue" That sounds a lot like you are running Thunderbird from the .dmg (Disk iMaGe) file. As someone else mentioned, you don't have to do this, and the ...

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How to know if Mac OS X machine is being remotely viewed?
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If you have access to the command line, then 'netstat -n' will show the active network connections at the top of the list. The local port should be 5900, so you would be looking under "Local Addresses"...

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Is it possible for an iPad - or any iOS product - to get a virus?
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The fact that the devices can be jail broken at all means that there are exploitable weaknesses in the security of iOS, because jail breaks involve bypassing the usual security to be able to run ...

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What control / access does the exchange team have over my iphone when using the exchange connector?
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From a quick glance at http://www.apple.com/iphone/business/integration/ -- Exchange can set password policies, network access (including VPN), restrictions on use of YouTube and iTunes, prohibit app ...

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How can I bulk-edit Address Book, in particular to split the contents of First Name into First Name, Last Name?
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If you are comfortable with AppleScript, you should be able to get it done using this web page as a starting point: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20070813135408868 Otherwise, you can ...

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How can I stream my desktop to another device so I have complete control over it?
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I'm working from home on an iMac, accessing two iMacs at our office through a VPN, and I'm using the "Screen Sharing" app that comes with Macs by default (at least up to Mojave) and is located in /...

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(Re)install Mac OS and install default needed apps
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I'd recommend looking into an MDM system, that is the way Apple expects fleets of Macs to be administered. There is a bare-bones version available in Apple's Server app, but there are also commercial ...

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How do I get Mail.app use a template?
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The Mail.app is scriptable, although AppleScript can be a little weird to work with. It wouldn't be hitting the reply button, but you can put a command in the Menu Bar under a Script Menu. Much of ...

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Is there any Cloud Storage GUI for Mac?
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I haven't tried it yet, but the folks behind CyberDuck have released Mountain Duck, it allows you to view remote resources as volumes on the desktop (i.e. integrates Azure, SFTP, S3, etc. with the ...

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Where are audio device files in OSX?
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According to the Mac OS X Developer Library: The Audio family does not export device interfaces for applications to access audio hardware directly. However, it does provide a device interface ...

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How to choke network preformance on OS X
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Although you can use command-line tools to do this, Apple has a developer tool that allows you to do what you are talking about from a control panel. There are presets available, or you can set your ...

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What characterizes a Mobile Account?
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Mobile Account home directory trees are stored locally (normally under /Users) but are synced with a home directory tree on the server. Other than local files for the user home (which is good if you ...

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Preventing safari from opening Preview for images
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In the general pane of the preferences, uncheck the 'Open "safe" files after downloading'. I have mine unchecked and Safari doesn't open the file downloaded in your example link.

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View all a fonts characters app?
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Alternatively in System Preferences -> International in the Input Menu tab there is an option to place a Character Palette on the menu bar that can (among other things) show you all the glyphs in a ...

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What iPad app will allow me to present .PDFs or .PPTs that include OTF (and other) fonts?
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It might be that the fonts aren't being embedded into the PDF, that would cause them to not render correctly on a computer that did not have the fonts installed and Adobe Reader may be faking the look ...

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Information/File Manager
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I don't use it myself, but I've heard a lot of good things about Bare Bones Software's Yojimbo Also, note that iTunes and iPhoto cover a lot of the file types you mention (just not all in the same ...

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How can I open a text file with TextWrangler from the Terminal (command line)?
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If you have the TextWrangler command line tools installed you can use 'edit' to open files in TextWrangler from the command line. You should have been prompted at the initial install to install the ...

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Default installation folder
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If I'm not mistaken, the default installation location is determined by the author of the installer package and not by the operating system. See the Apple Developer "PackageMaker User Guide" for more ...

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How to remove obsolete contact groups?
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For account groups, you need to remove or disable in the preferences. In the "Contacts" app, go to the menu bar, "Contacts" then "Accounts..." those accounts should be listed. If so, you can remove or ...

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Wrong icon and association app
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In the "Get Info" panel, the field under "Open with:" should be a picklist, you should be able to click on the list and choose an alternate application. You should then be able to use the "Change All.....

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How do I create automatic sections in Quark Xpress?
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There are two ways to go about this. You can either get commercial QuarkXPress XTension software that handles database publishing or you can attempt to write your own AppleScript that talks to some ...

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How to set the amount of IMAP email stored locally in Apple Mail?
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(Assumptions: Clients are using Mail.app, clients are on a reasonably current version of the MacOS) The point of IMAP is to store email on the server, so that the user can access their email from ...

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How to prevent Mail.app from marking legit mails as junk
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One thing I can't see from what you posted is the actual email address in the "From" field, so I'm wondering if that might be part of the problem. Looking at my rules, I see that when I'm using a "...

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