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Boot Camp, Parallels, VirtualBox Or Fusion? [closed]

Boot Camp, Parallels, VirtualBox Or Fusion? In a recent article on Australian LifeHacker.com they discussed the following question, I trust the SU group more then the anonymous answers from ...
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Can you run ONLY Windows on a Mac?

I'm aware of plenty of options like Boot Camp and Parallels that allow you to run Windows on a Mac, but can you remove OS X and run only Windows on new Mac Intel based hardware?
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How can I see a visual overlay of shortcut keys I've pressed?

I've seen several screencasts (recorded on Mac OS X) which show a nice little "toast" indicating which shortcut key is being pressed by the screencaster, typically in the middle of the screen. Is this ...
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Screen capturing and annotating tool under OS X? [closed]

I am recent convert, so please bear with me. I use FastStone Capture under Windows to do screen capturing, cropping, editing, annotation with great ease. Now with Mac OS X, what is your ...
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Recording speaker output on MacBook with OS X Snow Leopard

Does anyone know a way of recording speaker output on a MacBook with OS X Snow Leopard? I have written a program that generates music, and just want to record its output. I do not have a feedback ...
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Wrapping word configuration in mac

When i am using TextWrangler and double-click a word "game" in a sentence like "game.score", the word game is selected, but the both words and dot "game.score" is selected instead in some other editor ...
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Remapping of keys in Mac OS X

My MBP comes with a Turkish keyboard but I'm using US layout. However, the key just under ESC gives § instead of ` (back-quote) which I frequently use. I need to remap this key but I couldn't find ...
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How to make changes to Mac /etc/hosts permanent?

On my Mac (running OS 10.6.8), I can edit my hosts file with sudo vi /etc/hosts, but changes I make don't seem to persist through restarts or possibly awaking from sleep mode. Is there a way to make ...
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Adjust screen brightness automatically at night

Can anyone recommend an application that will automatically dim my monitors when it gets dark at night?
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Clean install Mac OS X Lion on new SSD

I'll be getting a Macbook Pro 13.3" (Pre-installed with OS X Lion) soon and I plan to replace the built-in HDD with a 128GB SSD that I already have. Since Lion doesn't come with any install disks, ...
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Text editor for Mac OS X [closed]

Does anyone know of a good text editor for Mac OS X which will organize HTML tags?
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Using Laptop Screen as a monitor

I am planning to buy a Mac Mini. I have a Windows laptop and wanted to get a Mac. But my job requires me to move every 3-4 months, so don't want to get a monitor that I will have to carry around all ...
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How to uninstall software on a Mac

I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows. For the software I installed, how can I uninstall them? I did not find ...
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How to automagically move windows between monitors with one keystroke?

In Windows I had this great little app that allowed me to move application windows between 2 monitors with a click of a button (or a key-stroke). I'm aware of an application that will change the ...
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What version is my MacBook hardware?

I've seen links on the web about going into Apple > About This Mac but it doesn't tell me information specific enough to help me purchase new RAM. Namely, the specific version of my Mac. Here is what ...
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How can I remotely login to my Windows PC using my Mac?

What is the easiest way to do a remote login over a local network, ala Remote Desktop? (preferably using something free)
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Reinstalling Mac OS X without original disc

I've had Mac OS X Lion installed on a mid-2011 iMac. I've erased the main partition and when I try to repair OS installation it connects to the Internet and says that it can't continue and I should ...
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Status app for Windows?

On the Mac, there is a hugely useful iStat Menus. It displays all kinds of statuses, such as CPU/RAM/Disk utilization, HD temperature, etc... Is there something similar for Windows XP? Edit: I ...
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Windows to look like Mac

Does anybody know any way to make my windows computer running vista look like a mac?
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How to selectively route network traffic through VPN on Mac OS X Leopard?

I don't want to send all my network traffic down to VPN when I'm connected to my company's network (via VPN) from home. For example, when I'm working from home, I would like to be able to backup all ...
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Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard

I have been able to move Apple's virtual memory swapfiles to a dedicated partition on my hard drive up until now. The technique I have been using is described in a thread on forums.macosxhints.com. ...
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Case insensitive tab completion in Bash

Is there any way to make Bash tab complete case insensitively? $ bash --version GNU bash, version 3.2.48(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin10.0) Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. I am ...
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How can I get control+left arrow to go back one word in iTerm2?

I was reading up in the Linux manual and I noticed that it said I could use control+left and control+right to move forward and back words in the terminal while editing. "Pressing Ctrl plus the ...
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Fix bad blocks on Mac hard disk

I have a hard disk that I scanned with TechTool and it reports one bad block. As far as I can tell, TechTool only scans and reports a failure. It doesn't fix anything. Back in the day, Norton Disk ...
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How do I uninstall and remove a .kext on Mac OS X?

I bought a X-in-1 media card reader and had to install a driver in order to be able to read SD-HC cards. Now sometimes when I unplug the reader from the USB port I get a kernel panic. So now I'd like ...
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How to disable the Option-Space key combination for non-breaking spaces?

How to disable the annoying Option-Space key combination for non-breaking spaces? This is very very annoying in Eclipse or the terminal as I often type the non-breaking space instead of a regular ...
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How do I run a launchd command as root

I have the following launchctl command as a .plist file. It's loaded and set to run once a day but, it needs to run as root and I'm not sure how to verify this. Also, this cron job basically CDs ...
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Disabling mouse acceleration in Mac OS X

I've been looking for a solution to the unusable mouse problem in Mac OS X for ages. I've tried a gazillion programs and fiddled with every setting there is or there can be added. So far, I haven't ...
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User friendly way to schedule jobs in Mac OS X

Is there any easy way to schedule repeated jobs in Mac OS X? I know I could use cron, but I'm looking for a more user friendly way to do it, a GUI for schedules, something like this.
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Change DPI on OSX

How do I change DPI setting on OSX so that everything looks larger? Lowering the resolution makes everything look crappy so it's not an option. Related question: DPI setting on OSX
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Good program to visualize file system usage on Mac?

Based on this question, I would like to know if there are any good programs to visualize file system usage on OS X? I used to have SpaceMonger when I was using a PC and would love to find some ...
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Prevent MacOS from making .* and ._* files

Whenever I plug someone's FAT32 flash drive into my computer, MacOS loves to add all sorts of hidden files. A couple of these include: .Spotlight-V100/ .Trashes/ .fseventsd/ .DS_Store When they ...
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What is the task “java” (parent process “launchd”) doing on MacOS X?

I have a process called "java" showing up in my Activity Monitor that uses a good amount of CPU (4 - 8% average, 20 - 80% on occasion). It reports that "launchd" is its parent process. Any idea what ...
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Throttle network bandwidth per application in Mac OS X

I notice that iTunes seems to suck up all my bandwidth and doesn’t play nice with other applications that use the web when it's downloading. In fact, it doesn't even give itself enough bandwidth when ...
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Make OS X Terminal commands I type BOLD

I'd like to make commands I've typed (input) into terminal stand out from all the output. For example: imac:~ buster$ chmod -R g-w myfolder imac:~ buster$ cd myfolder imac:myfolder buster$ ls -l ...
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Is there a way to use the keyboard to move an application to another Space on OS X?

I'm using Spaces on OS X, and I'd like to replicate the Ctrl-Alt-<arrow> functionality (or is it Ctrl-Alt-<arrow> -- I can never remember) in Gnome that causes the currently selected ...
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Migrating Time Machine Volumes

I have two external drives I use for Time Machine backups. On each drive, I have Time Machine backups for multiple computers. My primary computer has a large disk, and the associated external Time ...
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A synergy alternative that just works? [closed]

I have been using Synergy for a few days now on my Windows 7 desktop (as server) and Macbook (client). Unfortunately, it seems to be buggy - often, the keyboard would stop working on the Mac to the ...
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Mac Lion: fstab is deprecated. so what replaces it to prevent a partition from mounting?

If fstab is deprecated in Lion (and before, I think?) how does one, properly, prevent a partition from mounting on system boot? This is loosely related to this question which as of this post has no ...
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How do I install a 64-bit Windows 7 on a Macbook Pro without Boot Camp?

Is it possible to install Windows 7 (64-bit) on a Mac Pro without Boot Camp? I don't need Mac OS at all and just want to install Windows 7. EDIT: Yes, it seems possible (see answer), but I would ...
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How do I uninstall Google Chrome *completely* from my Mac?

I have 2 iMacs and just installed OS X Lion (clean install) on one of them (let's call it iMac A). Did a time machine backup and restored that backup to my other iMac (B) to avoid installing twice. ...
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How to remove the Dock in Mac OS X Leopard

I don't want the dock that is at the bottom of the screen. I don't want to hide it but completely remove it. How can this be done? If not possible, why not?
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How to crop Screen Recordings under Snow Leopard?

Quicktime Player for Snow Leopard now allows you record the screen. Awesome! Once you have a movie it will let you trim screen recordings for length. Is there a way to crop the movie's dimensions, ...
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How is DNS used by individual processes?

When resolving FQDNs or machine names to IP addresses on my local network (mycompany.internal) I can use dig on the command line (linux/mac) or nslookup (windows) to query the configured server and ...
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Speed up Spaces on Mac OS X?

Is there any way to speed up the animation when you switch from one space to another on Mac OS X? I'd like to make the space-transition quicker, or even instantaneous. Does anybody know of any way ...
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Cycling through minimized windows

In Mac OS X, how can cycle through minimized windows and/or maximize them using a shortcut? I noticed that I cannot cycle through minimized windows with ⌘-``.
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How to get vertical split of terminal in Mac, to execute different actions?

Every once in a while I see people using what looks like terminal in their mac, except that in what seems to be 1 window they have a vertical 'split.' On one side of the split, they have emacs or ...
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Free Usenet reader for Mac OS X

I know about Unison. Are there any decent free usenet readers for Mac OS X Leopard?
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Enable SSH on a Mac in single user mode

I have an iMac that I can access only in single user mode, because of serious hardware damage. I attached to it another computer with an Ethernet cable. I would like to login remotely to the iMac ...
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Does VMWare Fusion negatively affect system performance?

Since installing Fusion my Mac Pro seems to hang (SPOD) more often even when Fusion isn't running. Has anybody else experienced this? My Mac Pro never used to display the SPOD at all but now it ...