Nathan Walker
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What is the format of a .xip file
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According to the xip manual page: A XIP file is an analog to zip(1), but allows for a digital signature to be applied and verified on the receiving system, before the archive is expanded. When a ...

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How can I update everything installed through Homebrew after OSX upgrade?
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Use the command brew upgrade in the terminal to update all of the packages. As for rebuilding all of your programs for the new OS build, there is no reason to do this as the compiled binary should ...

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Is a 3-5 second delay normal for a Retina MacBook Pro to wake up from sleep?
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After the rMBP or the MacBook Air are left sleeping for one hour, they enter a deep sleep mode in order to conserve battery. Traditional Macs without SSDs do not enter this mode, so they might awake ...

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Reinstalling XCode
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The App Store actually recognizes the Install Xcode.app file in the Applications folder. So, in order to reinstall, just run Install Xcode again from the Applications folder. But, if you wish to ...

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Lock fullscreen app positions
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There is actually a quite easy fix to this: Launch System Preferences. Select "Mission Control." Uncheck "Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use."

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Changing the name attached to my MacBook Pro
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You need to change your personal contact card in Address Book, soon to be Contacts in Mountain Lion. In order to do this, launch Address Book and create a card with your information in it. Then, ...

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Is it safe to run a Mac Mini (i5) on its side?
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Sure. Just make sure it is in a secure position so it doesn't fall over. Apple actually has a support page on this: http://support.apple.com/kb/TA22804

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Is there an app other than Witch that allows windows switching (not app switching) with cmd+tab?
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Contexts looks nice, but I've never used it personally. It seems to be similar in functionality with Witch, but it has a more modern (iOS 7-style) design. It does have the ability to map itself to ...

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iPhone backup restore SMS
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If you used the iTunes backup restore process or the iCloud backup restore process, then your messages should have been transferred automatically back to your phone as these are included with the ...

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Does the 'iPhone' label on a Contact's phone number enable any special handling?
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It is entirely aesthetic. I think the only difference is that it says iPhone instead of Mobile when a call comes in.

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Move through images in a folder with Preview.app
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I recommend using Xee instead of Preview, and that will allow you to jump from photo to photo in a directory after only opening one. If you wish to change Xee to the default photo viewer, just right ...

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Is there a way to change the default camera app launched from the iOS5 lock screen?
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Sorry, but Apple doesn't allow this, and it doesn't even look like there is a jailbreak tweak for this.

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How can I add/move icloud contacts to a group?
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On iCloud.com, open Contacts. Then, click on the ribbon with the people icon until the groups appear. Now, hit the plus icon at the bottom, and name the new group. Click back on "All Contacts". ...

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Why do carriers sell the iPhone for so much cheaper than Apple?
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In the US, carriers offer phones if you sign up for a 2-year contract at a heavily subsidized price. The $649 is the price of the phone without that subsidy (retail price). The subsidy also means ...

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Just upgraded to Mountain Lion and I have to buy iPhoto again?
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Since you've never purchased it from the App Store, you cannot re-download iPhoto from the App Store (unless you buy it again). The only way you get re-download rights to iLife on the App Store is if ...

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Is there a way to lock your Apple device against syncing on other computers?
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Unfortunately, no. That's a flaw of the iPhone that is designed to help you, in case you ever forget your passcode.

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How Do I Target an Airport Extreme Shared Disk for Time Machine?
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Try using the following Terminal command then restarting System Preferences (if it's open): defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

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Alternative to FaceTime or iMessages to communicate with Android devices?
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Well, you cannot use iMessage or FaceTime with non-Apple devices. With iMessage on the iPhone, the phone will switch to SMS messages when contacting non-iPhone users, but that's it. Fortunately, ...

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Downgrade a Mac App Store app?
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Typically, the method that you described will work. However, in some (rare) cases, the app will change the way it stores settings and other information, and that would cause the old version to ...

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What image file formats are commonly imported into Keynote and PowerPoint for Mac?
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Yes, these are standard image formats that OS X, Keynote, and PowerPoint for Mac all support. There are not any special Mac graphics formats that would be better for you to use.

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How to Find What a Particular Keyboard Shortcut Does?
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You can find the name of every shortcut in an app by using a free app called CheatSheet.

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Create event in iCloud calendar for different time zone
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I am assuming that you are using the website for this. Go to iCloud, and open the Calendar app. Click on the gear at the top-left, then click preferences. Go to the advanced tab, and check "Enable ...

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Where do these Terminal commands come from?
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Well, these commands edit .plist files in your /Users/xyz/Library/Preferences folder. So, if you look at these files, you can look at these files and base your Terminal commands after these. These ...

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How can I drag and drop transfer a playlist of songs using home sharing?
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Create a new playlist on your local machine with the same name as the one you would like to import. Click on the library that you wish to import a playlist from over Home Sharing. Expand the library ...

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Lion: background of the login screen
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If you are logging in fresh, it is grey linen. If you are waking from sleep or display sleep without a screen saver enabled, it is the desktop background. If you are waking from a screen saver, it ...

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Swiping trackpad no longer wakes Macbook Pro from sleep in OS X Lion
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No, I'm afraid Apple has removed this functionality from OS X Lion. Clicking the trackpad or pressing a key on the keyboard is now the only way to wake your Mac from sleep.

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How to set the default flag color in OS X Lion Mail.app
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This can be accomplished by customizing macOS keyboard shortcuts. Open System Preferences, Keyboard, Shortcuts, App Shortcuts. Click the plus-sign (+) button below the central pane. In the next ...

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Is it possible to convert Blurays to my iPad?
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Absolutely! You'll need a program to rip the Blu-Rays to your computer, then you'll need a program to convert them to a format that your iPad can understand (like HandBrake). Lifehacker has a good ...

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Remap caps lock key on iPad keyboard
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Just by using the default software, there is not a way to do this. Theoretically, someone could write an app for jailbroken iPads to do this, but I did some searching and couldn't find anything.

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How do I install a2ps for better printing?
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Well, first you'll want to install MacPorts on your Mac. This allows you to easily install new command-line applications. Then, just use the following terminal command: sudo port install a2ps

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