jksoegaard
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What's the purpose of ~/Library/Containers?
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~/Library/Containers contain the home directories of sandboxed apps. Sandboxed apps are for example the apps you download from the Mac App Store. Sandboxing means that they are "isolated" from the ...

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How to view monitor refresh rate in macOS?
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You need to hold down the option-key while clicking the "Scaled" radio button to bring up the hidden part of the interface. However, usually this does not give you any information on Refresh ...

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Why can macOS have two files with same name?
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You cannot have two files with the same name in the same folder. If you look closely at the "Get Info" screenshots you've posted - there seems to be a much larger gap between the filename ...

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Can I initiate a MacOS restart to Recovery mode solely from the command line?
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You can do that using the following command: sudo nvram "recovery-boot-mode=unused" sudo reboot This sets a firmware variable in nvram indicating that you want to start in Recovery mode on the next ...

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Can you add an external fingerprint reader to a MacBook that will work like the built-in reader?
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No, there's no external fingerprint reader that works like the built-in reader. The built-in reader is not communicating directly with macOS on the main CPU, instead it communicates with a seperate ...

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What is the "ls" directory in my home directory?
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That ls/ directory is not standard on Mac, so its something you or another user on the Mac have created (either directly, or indirectly by being created by some third party program). It hasn't got ...

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How can I trick programs to believe that a recorded video is what is captured from my MacBook Pro camera in realtime?
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I would suggest installing OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) from this web site: https://obsproject.com/ It allows you to create content in a variety of ways, including green screens, etc. In your case ...

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How does iPhone still recognize Airpods even with turned off bluetooth?
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When you use the Control Center to "turn off Bluetooth", you're actually not turning off Bluetooth. Pressing the icon means to disconnect from any connected Bluetooth accessory. It does not ...

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How can I safely install applications which aren't distributed via the Mac App Store?
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There can be many reasons for app developers to stay away from the App Store. For example: Wanting to avoid paying fees/percentages to Apple App has functionality not possible in the App Store due to ...

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Why does Chrome need access to Bluetooth?
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Modern Web APIs allow web sites to run code that communicates with your Bluetooth devices using the Web Bluetooth API - after you have given permission in each specific instance. This particular ...

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How to find all the available tools in mac terminal?
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The easiest is simply to open the Terminal and then press the TAB key twice. You'll be asked if you want to see all possibilities - reply "y" and you'll get the full list.

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Someone in China tried to log into my AppleID account. What should I do?
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Apple recommends you select Don't Allow since that will block this attempt. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201303 The bottom of the page linked above has steps to take (like change your password) ...

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Can my employer access my iCloud data if I sync it on my managed Mac
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With a managed Mac where "everything is controlled by the employer", the employer could technically access your personal data stored on that Mac - yes. It doesn't matter if the data comes ...

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What replaces x86 intrinsics for C when Apple ditches Intel CPUs for their own chips?
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Intel Intrinsics are really just a library that provides easier access to a number of Intel instructions sets - such as SSE (Streaming SIMD Extensions), AVX, etc. - for C programmers. The goal is to ...

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macOS artificially restricts speeds to 100 Mbps over Ethernet
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MacOS does not come with such a restriction. There's no built-in feature that limits transfer speeds to 118 Mpbs (or similar value) after while. You can build such a feature yourself using the ...

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APFS - how do I enable transparent compression
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The standard Mojave setup does have APFS compression implemented, but there's no user visible tools that allows you yourself to select files/folders for compression. It seems that the "ditto"...

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Why am I able to open Wireshark and capture packets in macOS without root privileges?
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The reason is that the Wireshark installer installs a LaunchDaemon (i.e. something that runs with superuser privileges on boot) for setting special permissions to capture network packets. More ...

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What means SecTaskLoadEntlitlements failed error=22
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You need a bit of introduction to understand what SecTaskLoadEntitlements really is/does: An application (.app) in OS X is really a folder containing a number of files, including the actual program, ...

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Why is my MacBook Air faster than my iMac?
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One main difference between the two computers is that your MacBook Air has an SSD - a solid state drive - for data storage, whereas the iMac has an ordinary hard drive. SSDs are typically an order of ...

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How to find cause of high kernel_task cpu usage?
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As it persists for a very long time, and it persists across restarts, it seems likely that your problem is caused by a hardware problem - namely lack of cooling. You do not describe which type of ...

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Apple Store Connect: Access to Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles grayed out
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You need to assign the user the Developer role before you can give access to Developer Resources. You do that by checking the "Developer" checkbox in your screenshot. Note that if you have enrolled ...

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What exactly are the files . and .. on mac?
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In practical terms, the folders named . and .. refer to the current folder and its parent folder respectively. For the root directory (referred to as /) the .. name simply refers to itself. The "....

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update_dyld_sim_shared_cache is taking up a lot of memory
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This specific program is used to update a separate dynamic linking cache for the Simulator app that comes with Xcode. It runs to update the cache at times such as for example after updating Xcode and ...

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Stop dock moving between monitors while moving mouse to the bottom of screen
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You cannot "just" stop it - unfortunately. You have some options to keep it in the same place, but they have drawbacks: A) Keep the dock on the left or right side of the desktop. That way it will ...

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Finder can show milliseconds - is this new in macOS?
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This change happened with the introduction of the APFS file system. Traditionally on Mac OS X the computer's disk drives were formatted with the HFS+ file system. This file system stores time stamps ...

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How to disable the "locate" command in Mac OS?
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You can disable it like this: sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist Keep in mind, this process only runs periodically to make the database that caches the ...

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Has my MacBook been hacked?
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Yes, there's always a possibility that a laptop has been hacked. Are the observations you have cause for concern - not really. macOS contains a feature named "Power Nap" which allows the Mac to wake ...

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Are there credible technical bases for reports of “Apple deliberately slows down older devices when new software is released”?
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I just wanted to add a different angle to this: The clerk warned you that the iPhone 7 is becoming an older model (released in 2016), and that you should take that into account when choosing what to ...

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How many writes do I have on my 250GB SSD hard drive on my Macbook Pro High Sierra
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You cannot in general track how many writes exactly have been performed on the drive. You would have had to keep track of that statistics yourself somehow. Similarly you cannot in general say how ...

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Backup from iPhone on Linux without iTunes
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Yes, you can use the libimobiledevice project to backup your iPhone. The project website is: http://www.libimobiledevice.org However, most Linux distributions have it available in their package ...

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