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How to boot a Linux live USB on a Mac?

I have a USB stick with a Fedora 11 live environment on it. It's booting fine on 3 PCs where I've tried it. But I can't get it to boot on a Mac (Intel). When pressing the alt key (or command key, I ...
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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 one window they have a vertical 'split.' On one side of the split, they have emacs or ...
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Can I delete the 'EFI System Partition' without harming other data on the drive?

I have three external HDDs in a USB enclosure. After a recent upgrade to Windows 7, during which these three drives were actually installed inside the PC tower, two of the three drives now have a ...
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How to enable remote access for another account on Mac remotely via SSH?

I have admin rights at a remote Mac computer. I can access it via SSH. The Mac has another user account, which doesn't have remote access. How can I remotely (via SSH) enable remote access for the ...
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Share a Wifi connection through wifi on Mac OS X

I have a WiFi connection and I would like to share it through my WiFi card to computers. For some security reason, it seems that only one device can access the WiFi connection directly. This is why I ...
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Why does OS X insist on spinning up all external drives when loading a file from the local drive?

Why does OS X insist on spinning up all the attached external drives (firewire, usb) when loading a file from the local (internal) drive? It's driving me insane that I have to wait for 3 attached ...
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Wireless backups with Time Machine without Time Capsule

I just bought a 1TB external drive. I would like to set up time machine to backup wireless. Is there anyway I can do this with the components I have now. Which are 1 macbook osx 10.6, 1 desktop pc ...
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Disable creation of .AppleDouble files on Mac OS X

Is there a way to disable the creation of .AppleDouble files in Mac OS X (Snow Leopard) on non-HFS filesystems (such as SMB or NFS network shares etc...) ?
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Multiple Skype clients on Mac OS X?

How can I run multiple Skype clients on Mac OS X?
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Accessing Menus in Mac OS X via Keyboard

My question is how to access application menus, like file, edit, view - using the keyboard. Or how to create a new short cut in any application (for example Xcode). Example -> I want to create a ...
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Are Mac Minis suitable for a proper desktop computer?

I've read about a lot of people using their Mac Minis as a file server, or media centre or something similar. Does the mini function alright as a standard desktop PC? The Mac will be used primarily ...
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How can I find out if a PNG file is 24 bit color or 32 bit color on Mac OS X?

I have PNG image files on Mac OS X. How can I find out if an image is 24 bit color or 32 bit color?
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Where does Mac OS X store file association information?

I know there is a system preferences pane to manually modify the file associations in Mac OS X Leopard. However, I'm curious where does Leopard actually store these information? UPDATE: as I said, ...
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Hotkey to Mute Mic on Mac OS X?

Is there a hotkey I can use or configure to mute the mic on a 13" MacBook Pro (MPB)? I would prefer an icon or notification to confirm that it is set (even if I need to toggle the option).
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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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Why aren't all Mac applications easily portable to Linux?

Since the Apple OS-X operating system is a UNIX derivative (BSD), and the underlying (Intel) Mac architecture is the same, why isn't it very straightforward to get Apple-specific applications running ...
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GNU Screen on MacOS 10.8 says “Be careful! New screen tonight”

GNU Screen on MacOS 10.8 says "Be careful! New screen tonight" when it starts up screen sometimes. Any ideas what causes this, or is there a way to disable it and/or change the text to something else? ...
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How to re-map command and option keys on Mac OS X with a PC-keyboard?

in my keyboard the command key is mapped to the windows key (I'm using a regular PC keyboard) so I only have a left command, because the space on the right is occupied by the useless Fn key. I've ...
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How do I uninstall MySQL on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard)?

I had installed MySQL from the command line when I setup a local web server with custom modules on my Snow Leopard box. I recently discovered MAMP and its just easier to work with it than with the ...
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Mac: How can I have Adium reindex the chat logs for searching through the Chat Transcript Viewer window?

In Adium, When I go to the Chat Transcript Viewer window to search for stuff in the chat logs, it not always finds what I want. Is there an index file that I can delete to have it reindex the logs? ...
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How to disable Spotlight in Snow Leopard?

It seems previous Spotlight disabling method that worked in Leopard, no longer works in Snow Leopard. How can I disable Spotlight in Snow Leopard?
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Prevent iTunes from starting when iPhone is plugged in on Mac

Is there any way to prevent iTunes from starting on a Mac under OS X Leopard when an iPhone is plugged in?
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Take a screen shot of a scrolling window that includes off-screen parts [closed]

On the Mac, how can I take a screen shot of a window that includes the parts that are off-screen and need scrolling to become visible? The built-in Grab application can capture individual windows, ...
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Need a non-Mac keyboard alternative for Mac users

I'm a Macbook Pro user. I like Apple products in general, but I hate their keyboards. I work on my computer/laptop 10+ hours a day, so I would like to have a keyboard that is Mac-compatible and ...
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What does this dtrace error mean?

When running iotop -C 5 12 on my late-2010 Macbook Pro (10.6.7) I get repeated instances of this error: dtrace: error on enabled probe ID 5 (ID 19507: io:mach_kernel:buf_strategy:start): illegal ...
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Can I connect a DisplayPort monitor to the Thunderbolt port on a Mac, and vice-versa?

Does anyone know if a monitor equipped with a DisplayPort (e.g. the Dell U2311h LCD screen) can be connected to the Thunderbolt port on a Mac? I want to connect two of these LCDs (one via ...
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Disable compressed memory in Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks?

Is there any way to disable memory compression in Mavericks? Ever since I upgraded, my Minecraft server has been using ludicrous amounts of CPU time and choking. I'd like to test without compressed ...
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Filesystem to use for external hard drive to be used with Mac, Linux and Windows machines [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cross-platform file system I have a rather large USB drive that I'd like to be able to use across the different machines I own. I'm having a hard time figuring out what ...
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In Mac Chrome, how can I return focus from the address bar to the page? [duplicate]

I can press Cmd-L to get to the address bar, but I can't find a keystroke to bring me back to the page. It sounds like Esc works on Windows, but it doesn't work on the Mac. Is there an equivalent?
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Sharing the Mac OS X clipboard with the internal X server

I'd like to be able to copy and paste between native (Cocoa?) MacOS X apps and those running under Mac's internal X server. Currently I can copy and paste independently. If I select text in an xterm ...
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Spotlight doesn't solve math operations any more

It used to be that Spotlight would figure out math operations for me (for example, if I typed 5 + 3, the first Spotlight result, before any located files or other search results, would be the answer). ...
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My Macbook is a Battery Denier

I have a four year old Macbook rev 1,1 (the original Intel Core Duo). Just recently it has begun denying the existence of its battery while still happily running unplugged. I get the X battery icon ...
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Ballooning Mac OS X kernel_task and Wired memory usage. How to diagnose / fix?

I have a very strange issue, which I'm having a hard time diagnosing as to the root cause. I have a Mac Pro (2008, 8-core 2.8 GHz, 8800GT) with 14 GB of RAM (recently upgraded because of this ...
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Color scheme not applied in iTerm2

I haven't been able to apply any color scheme to iTerm2. It looks like that the Basic Colors are applied, but the ANSI Colors are not (as shown in Preferences>Profiles>Colors). Using Mac OSX ...
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Sorting human readable file sizes

How can I sort a list using a human-readable file-size sort, numerical sort that takes size identifier (G,M,K) into account? Can I sort "du -sh" output for example? Problem: Consider the problem of ...
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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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Where can I get a “black screen” screensaver for OS X Lion?

Mac OS X Lion doesn't come with a "black screen" screensaver. Where can I get a screensaver that works with Lion and blanks the screen?
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Why has my Mac become so slow? (And how do I start to answer that?)

Over the past few months, many things on my MacBook Pro have become unbearably slow. Often application switching or opening a new tab in Chrome will take up to 10 or 15 seconds. Obviously, no one ...
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Open massive file on Mac?

I'm looking to open a massive text file on my mac. The file is just over 10Gigs. I won't get into how it was created or what it's use is, since it isn't really relevant to the question. Are there any ...
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An application to easily pick a color in Mac OS X and get the hex value

I'm looking for a way to easily pick a color from anywhere on the screen in Mac OS X and get the value as a hex code (like #ACC782 ). OS X has a built in system "color picker" and I found a ...
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How can one bulk time-shift the creation date of JPG images? (OS X)

I have an unfortunate situation following a vacation. The gist is this: 2 cameras, with Camera #1's clock being two days ahead of Camera #2. Therefore, in (Insert Photo Management Application Here), ...
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Disable Mountain Lion Dictionary Gesture

Ever since Lion I've been using Better Touch Tool in order to have the three finger tap gesture trigger a middle click. Now, in Mountain Lion, Apple has changed the in-line dictionary definition ...
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Bash on Snow Leopard doesn't obey terminal colours

With the new version of Snow Leopard, OS X upgraded the bash version to GNU bash, version 3.2.48(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin10.0). Now, my .bashrc sets the following settings: # Colors export ...
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How do I trim my Time Machine backups and find and exclude frequently-updated large files from bloating it?

Time Machine is nice because it Just Works and it does its magic in the background. But left to itself, it can really swell up due to either large files that you don't really need backed up slipping ...
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Are there any differences between `/etc` and `/private/etc`?

Are there any differences between /etc and /private/etc on Mac OS X?
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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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How do I use Split in the Mac OS X Terminal to split files directly to another directory?

How do I use the OS X Terminal command split to split a file into several pieces, and store them in a different folder, on a different drive? The reason is that I need to move files to a FAT32 ...
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Tab character width in Terminal

Default tab width for Mac OS X Terminal.app is 8. I want to change it to 2. How can I do it? I've found tabs command, but I can't figure out how to use it.
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How much swap is a given Mac application using?

Is there any way to tell whether a particular application running on Mac OSX (10.2+) has some of its memory swapped out (i.e., to one of the /private/var/vm/swapfile* files)? And how much? Bounty ...
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How would I remap Mac CMD to CTRL keys in Remote Desktop Connection for Mac application?

I sometimes have to use Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac for remote access to a Windows 7 machine from an iMac running MacOS X 10.6.6 (Snow Leopard). Making the mental switch to use the ...