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What Window Management Options exist for OS X?
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Moom by Many Tricks App Store ($9.99) Mouse controls Zoom button controls (pop up controls when hovering over a Zoom button): Move & zoom to: full screen, left, right, top, bottom, top-left, ...

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Why can't I run `su`? (and how should I do?)
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In MacOS X, the root user is disabled by default, therefore su will not work. As others have stated, it's best to use sudo. If you must enable the root user, see Apple's technote: Enabling and using ...

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Why would I disable swap file in Mac OS X?
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wonder why one would want to disable the swap file in Mac OS X. Does it increase performance? Stability? Any downsides? I suppose people would do it for an SSD drive because those drives don't ...

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What does .ipa stand for?
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Your guess was correct. .ipa stands for iOS App Store Package Each .ipa file is compressed with a binary for the ARM architecture that can only be installed on iOS devices. If you change the ...

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Why does the enter/return key rename a file/folder, instead of opening it?
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"enter" or "return" is, at least in my mind and experience with others, the universal "okay" key. When a dialog pops up, you can smack the enter key for the default action. In the Finder, the default ...

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How to monitor file access for an OS X application?
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No one has mentioned Activity Monitor, found in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Click on the Process Name in the list, then hit the "Inspect" button on the toolbar. There are three tabs in the ...

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Are any of the USB ports on a Macbook Pro "always on"
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Apple has a support document on this topic. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4049 To meet requests for additional power from these Apple peripherals and devices, some Apple computers and displays can ...

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Tabs to spaces in BBEdit
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The Auto-expand tabs preference must also be set for the Language mapping setting. Also, the setting won't be applied until you create or open a new document. See Languages in BBEdit.

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Application level volume control in OS X?
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Detour is no longer under development, and doesn't work in MacOSX 10.5+ Hear is a rather expensive utility ($49.95) and has a number of other audio "Pro" features. Jack is a low-latency ...

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Is it possible to reorder spaces in Lion?
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it seems you've accepted an answer, but here's a workaround: Turn ON automatic-ordering (System Preferences > Mission Control > Automatically rearrange Spaces) Command-Tab through applications on ...

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How to set custom DNS entry for a particular wifi connection
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What you want to do is Add a Network Location for work. You can then easily switch between them using the Location submenu of the  menu. If you really wanted, you could set up a script to switch ...

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How to install CPAN modules from the command line on OS X?
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You might be interested in perlbrew to manage local perl installations and cpan modules without interfering with perl included with the system or needing to use sudo to install cpan modules.

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Emoticons built in to the iPhone keyboard?
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Click Settings > General > Keyboard Click International Keyboards then select the Emoji keyboard. Switch between the two keyboards using the little globe icon to the left of the spacebar.

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How do I flush the DNS cache on a OS X 10.6 machine?
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dscacheutil -flushcache

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What's a good Mac equivalent of WinMerge?
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A modern, powerful, but paid (currently Mar-2013 $69.99) file merging application for OS X is Kaleidoscope. It handles folders, files, and even images. Ad copy from the page: Compare text in Blocks,...

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Is it legal to use WINE to play PC games on Mac?
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I take issue with your premise: NO BIG GAMES (with the exception of Portal 2 and Starcraft 2) have been released for Mac this far.) Evidently, you're unfamiliar with Steam. I don't know what your ...

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Add a hosts file entry without jailbreaking
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No. See this answer on stackoverflow.

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Can Apple delete an app installed via iTunes or the App Store without your permission?
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Yes, it's true Apple can remotely delete apps. This is a failsafe in case a nefarious app accidentally makes it past the review process. Not sure about Mac App store, I doubt the ability exists there. ...

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Can't boot Mac, only shows a Folder with a Question Mark?
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A folder with a question mark means your Mac can't find the system startup software. Follow the troubleshooting steps in this Apple Support technote: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2570

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ITunes volume noticeably lower than browser volume
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Perhaps you're not aware that there is a volume slider on the iTunes window? Also, Are you using an Equalizer? (Window -> Equalizer) Change the preamp setting if you feel it is too quiet.

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make, gcc and other developer tools unavailable after installing XCode on Lion
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Is /Developer/usr/bin in your PATH variable? You could try ln -s /Developer/usr/bin/make /usr/bin/make

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How can I open a .pkg file manually?
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If you don't trust the installer enough to give administrative permissions to install, then why do you trust the binary in /Applications? Pacifist will let you look in package files. This doesn't ...

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How to disable CMD+Q combination?
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Unfortunately, Firefox (at least the 3.6 version I experimented with) does not disable the command shortcut for Quit when you change it in System Preferences. I think the quick and easy fix for this ...

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How can I run/stop/relaunch an application automatically, at boot/login/some other time?
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If it's only necessary to run when the system is booted, just use the Login Items tab of your Accounts preference pane in System preferences. If it's a script, use AppleScript Editor to save it as an ...

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Why can Mac OS X 32-bit access all 4GB of memory, while Windows 32-bit can't?
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via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_Address_Extension To use PAE, operating system support is required. Intel versions of Mac OS X support PAE. The Linux kernel supports PAE as a build option ...

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How do I load the DiskManagement framework in single user mode?
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The Disk Utility Repair Permissions command is just a front end for the repair_packages program. Use this: /usr/libexec/repair_packages --repair --standard-pkgs Suggestion: run /sbin/mount -uw / ...

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Where is Address Book in Mountain Lion?
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In the new Contacts Application for Mountain Lion there are no buttons for group management, only menu items. Under the File Menu, there are New Group, New Group from Selection, and New Smart Group… ...

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Time Tracking App with Alfred integration
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I use Harvest to track time. It has a robust API. There is a command-line tool called hcl for interacting with Harvest time sheets. I haven't bought the Alfred Powerpack myself, but I presume that ...

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Make locator.updatedb run daily on Snow Leopard w/o hacking /System/Library?
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The way I understand it, that System folder launchd job does nothing but execute /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb itself. So simply create your own launchd job executing /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb that ...

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IMac freezing intermittently--every few minutes. How can I fix this?
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You should check the Console logs. My computer displayed these exact symptoms. The console logs displayed this error: kernel[0]: disk0s2: I/O error After reformatting the hard drive and locking out ...

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