Scott Earle
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-d option for split is illegal on OS X 10.9
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The GNU version of split is different to the OS X version of split. OS X is based on BSD Unix, and Linux (often referred to as GNU/Linux) uses the GNU toolset. The GNU version of split is part of ...

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Why is macOS often referred to as 'Darwin'?
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Darwin is the core upon which macOS (previously Mac OS X, and OS X) runs on. It is derived from NextSTEP, which itself is built upon a BSD and Mach core, but Darwin is the open source portion of macOS....

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Single keypress types repeated characters (MacBook Pro 2016 & 2017)
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The current range of MacBook Pros seem to be suffering from this problem with the keyboard. To the point where they have released this technical note about how to attempt a fix. But a recent article ...

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Adding SSH private key gives error that 0644 permissions are too open
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Go to the terminal and type this command: chmod 0600 ~/.ssh/myKey.ppk That should be fine.

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Switch to Intel Iris Pro on MacBook Pro under Windows
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I know this is not the answer you want to hear, but unfortunately there is no way to disable the discrete GPU and use the integrated graphics, when using Bootcamp. This has been discussed (to death) ...

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How to install iOS 14 on an iPhone 6?
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I think the main difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s that stops iOS 14 supporting the iPhone 6 is probably the fact that the iPhone 6 has 1GB of system RAM (not storage), and the iPhone 6s ...

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Swift usage and payment as Apple Developer
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The $99 fee is only if you want to publish apps to the App Store. You can download all the latest release versions of the development tools and create your own apps without paying anything. The ...

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nvram boot-args to boot in target disk mode
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From this (very useful!) page : http://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-manage-os-x-boot-options-with-wireless-keyboards/ I found the answer you want. And I quote: The "boot-args" variable can be used for ...

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Mac (OS X 10.9.2) no longer saving screen shots
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If you have installed Dropbox it can change where/how screenshots are saved.

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iPad 1 can't install a new app
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The original iPad (iPad 1) can support iOS 3.2 up to iOS 5.1.1 - source here: the iOS Support Matrix. According to the link you provided for the app, the app you want to install requires iOS 8 or ...

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Choice of Scheme when formatting USB flash drive in macOS
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Sadly, Disk Utility has been made progressively worse in recent versions of the Mac OS (macOS or OS X or whatever). Usually, as mentioned already, the correct scheme is GUID. You only need MBR if you ...

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RAM Caching - Exploiting RAM to the fullest extent possible
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Manually tuning RAM usage is not always as smart as it seems. Apple have spent quite a lot of time making OS X use memory as efficiently as possible, and so even when you are not using it directly, ...

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Get rid of Apple Mail and its Databases
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I am pretty sure that OS X will not let you delete Mail.app from within the Finder (although you may be able to force it from Terminal). I would not recommend deleting the app from the /Applications ...

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MacBook Pro 16 inch 2019 having kernel panics stating thunderbolt power on failed and now my USB-C Ports don't work unless I reboot
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This sounds like a hardware fault, and you should return the laptop for repair. It might be difficult during lockdown, but call Apple and ask them what the process is for returning the laptop.

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Recommend a Terminal app for iOS?
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I use Prompt 2 by Panic. It's an excellent terminal app / SSH client, and works on the iPad too (in fact, it's even better on the iPad). However, it's not free.

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Unable to login due to broken key on built-in keyboard
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An external USB keyboard will allow you to log on. Then you can change your password using the external keyboard, and you will be able to log on with the internal keyboard again. But you won't be able ...

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Transferring files using ssh on terminal
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Have you tried, while logged on to Computer A : scp (Computer B user)@(Computer B address):/Users/(Computer B user)/Desktop/(file_name) ~/Desktop/ It's more explicit than using ~, which may not ...

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Cannot enroll in Apple Developer program
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I imagine that during WWDC the demand for dev accounts is higher than usual, and also that most of the people at Apple who would normally look into any problems with the developer program are likely ...

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Restoring from Yosemite Time Machine backup on Mavericks
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It's unlikely that this will work - and any software that was updated will probably not understand its settings file (e.g. Mail, Messages and the like). Also, restoring everything would replace system ...

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Is it possible to interrupt installation procedure at power on
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Yes it is. If you quit the installer when it starts, it will shut down the computer, and next time it starts up it will run the installer from the start again.

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Is there a way to convert a video from iOS (QuickTime) format to Windows (WMV or AVI) format?
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For all conversion tasks, I like to recommend Handbrake. There are versions for MacOS, Windows and Linux, and its use does not involve messing around with command lines.

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Can I remove battery while my iPhone 4s is still on?
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It should be possible to perform a reset of the phone by holding the 'home' and 'power' buttons for ten seconds. That should cause the phone to reboot. If you can't do this (e.g. broken power button),...

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Steps after buying a used iPhone
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Once you get your hands on the iPhone, put your SIM card in it, do a full reset, and after it restarts go through the initial setup phase - until you get to the main screen with the apps on it. Make ...

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What point is there in using an everyday non-admin account on OS X?
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It is generally considered best practice to use an account that has no more privileges than are required. What this means generally is that you should use an account that has the lowest privilege ...

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How do I know if my iPad has a virus
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If your iPad has not been jailbroken, then it is extremely unlikely that it has malware on it, as it would have required that you explicitly installed the malware yourself. All programs under iOS run ...

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Hard disk on Macbook Pro
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The 'why' part is easy to answer: Apple uses SSD (Solid State Drives) in their computers because they are many times faster than a hard disk drive, they are smaller and lighter, they use less power, ...

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Backup/Time Machine solution for an office full of iMacs?
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Install a copy of the OS X Server app on a spare Mac with a pile of storage connected to it. Create a share for each Mac that you need to back up, and connect each Mac to its own share. That way, each ...

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Unlock iPhone from Japan to Kazakhstan
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If you buy a mobile phone that is locked to a carrier (as is common practice in the US), then you can only use it on that carrier. If you buy an unlocked mobile phone, then you can use it on any ...

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Is it safe to upgrade to Yosemite when using VMWare Fusion 6?
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The latest version of VMWare 6 is now OK with Yosemite. Previous versions would not even run if the system was upgraded to Yosemite. I would recommend upgrading VMWare to the latest version of v6 (...

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How to get iMovie, iPhoto & garage band back after rebuilding system?
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Log into the App Store, and they should be there in the 'Purchases' tab - assuming that when you bought the Mac you told the Store that you wanted to register the apps to your Apple ID.

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