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How to open new Chrome window with applescript as a different user

I would like to know how to open a new Chrome window as a different, non default, user using applescript. I'm trying to create Alfred workflow to open chrome window as a user from a list, but i ...
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OS X command to make current terminal window full screen

I am trying to make a bash script to open up my working environment. I want 1) Open up Terminal.app and type a command like "time_to_work" 2) This command will: a. open up sublime text open ...
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Limit Mac users ability to upgrade MAC OS

I run a mixed environment, with both Mac and Windows users on a windows domain / active directory. I have had a few users on mac upgrade their OS without thinking of the ramifications this may have ...
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Why is Chrome 40 rendering Ubuntu Web Font with faulty rsaquo and lsaquo?

Since I updated Chrome from 39 something to version 40.0.2214.91 (64-bit) earlier this week I noticed that the Ubuntu web font I use on my site render some characters ugly. The characters rendered ...
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Jar file won't open

Running a mac with yosemite. I have a load calc software that won't open. I keep getting this error. The Java Jar file "file_name.jar" could not be launched. Check the console for possible messages. ...
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My MacBook is in kernel panic limbo, what can I do?

So I'm writing this because these past few weeks I have experienced a heap of problems with my 2008 MacBook which have come to a head in the last couple of days culminating in me being almost ...
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Default telephone links on OSX open with Hangouts instead of Skype

How can I change the default opening action for telephone links in Chrome? I can't get rid of Google Hangouts - I only have Skype credit so I'll never call a normal phone number with Hangouts. I ...
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OS X LoginHook - nc exits prematurely for no apparent reason

I'm trying to use loginhook to download large amounts of data and I've been having problems which I've nailed down to nc exiting prematurely for no apparent reason. This is a simplified test script: ...
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iTunes 12: How to export podcast subscriptions

With the release of iTunes 12 for Mac the option to export my podcast subscriptions (via an opml file) seems to be killed. Is there a possibility to create an Applescript that performs this job?
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In Mac OS 10.10 Whenever I open new Terminal window some command automatically gets executed

In Mac OS 10.10 Whenever I open new Terminal window some command automatically gets executed. I don't know how it came to my Mac. Probably after installing some command line utility not sure which. ...
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No hard drive to shows up when setting up MacBook for Mac OS X install

Trying to reinstall Mac OS X, ran “Disk Utility” from the install disk, hard drive is good, but no hard drive shows up to select to install on. Before this, the MacBook woke up from sleep with a ...
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Efficient way to copy and paste address into web form, fill forms

A repetitive task I would like to automate is moving address data from one website to a form on a different website. Currently I copy the name, paste the name, copy the first address line, paste the ...
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Why is text selection in some pdf's so weird? [on hold]

Often when I try to select text in a pdf the text selection is behaving weirdly. In the below image my goal was to select all the lines between Microsoft Office LaTeX and Software Programming ...
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How can you minimize full screen apps in OSX Yosemite?

I like keeping my windows full screen. However, when any application is full screen, the yellow button in the upper left becomes grey and is not clickable. How can I minimize the window without ...
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Apache won't start after OSX Yosemite upgrade

I installed Apache 2.2 using Homebrew on OSX 10.9 and it was working fine until I upgraded to Yosemite this weekend. sudo apachectl start ps aux | grep httpd ps aux | grep apache sudo ...
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Mac OS X Mail messages moving back to inbox after Applescript moves them to another folder

I used Automator with an Applescript to move messages from my inbox to designated folders. When I check, they are all there. If I get another message with a related topic, it seems that both messages ...
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How do I open a google search link with a new tab using the keyboard?

Previously, I was able to use Cmd + Enter on my Mac using Chrome. However, lately, I noticed that it does not work anymore. Cmd + click still works. It works by opening that link in a new tab. Does ...
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Rsync file has vanished error on OS X

I'm trying to rsync between two shared drives. For the most part this works fine, however any file with international characters reports the following error: file has vanished: ...
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How to image a windows machine and put it on a Mac?

I have a desktop running windows 7 Professional, which I invested countless number of hours to setup various development environments and tools. I just purchased a MacBook Pro and need to replicate ...
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Cmd+Enter to open link in new tab not working

I am using Chrome on Mac OS Yosemite and occasionally when in chrome, the cmd + enter shortcut to open a link in a new tab just stops working. Is there anyway to check the keyboard shortcuts in ...
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Export first few pages of Doc to PDF using LibreOffice

I have been using LibreOffice in my rails app to convert my Doc to PDF using the command /Applications/LibreOffice.app/Contents/MacOS/soffice --headless --convert-to pdf --outdir ...
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Wacom icon won't appear on system preferences? [on hold]

I'm using Yosemite OS X, and I haven't been able to use my Intuos tablet because all the preferences were reverted, but not shown under system preferences.
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iMac target display mode - non-standard apple keyboard

So enabling TDM with an apple keyboard works by pressing cmd + f2. But it won't work on my logitech. It is very annoying to have to plug in my apple keyboard just to get this to work. Can anyone ...
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Why does a progress bar persist for files in my download directory?

When I download files using a browser in OSX, a progress bar appears on the Dock. It's a great feature that I like. I downloaded some files a few days ago, but the progress bar remains. How do I ...
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how to solve burning cpu message in Console

When I run Google Earth or any viewer for Second Life, and it shows 3D imagery, the Console shows a message like the following: 26-01-15 19:51:58,000 kernel[0]: process Google Earth[5427] thread ...
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How to prevent firefox from melting my CPU?

While many people complain about small battery life on notebooks, I'm much more annoyed by a hot one. Normally, the best way to avoid this is by disabling flash on my browser, using click to play for ...
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Does Mac OS X have the ability to change Retina scaling per-app?

I'm rather new to OS X, and my machine has Retina scaling. That's great for everyday tasks, but some applications (for instance, IDEs) benefit more from screen real-estate. Is there any way I can make ...
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MacBook Air, OS X 10.9.3 - Excel for Mac 2011 [on hold]

I am trying to save a spreadsheet that was built in a different version of excel and the conditioning formatting formulas are too complicated for Excel for Mac 2011. Any ideas?
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How to prepare Laptop (or other device) for a mobile hotspot to save data

I want to browse the internet with my laptop over my mobile data plan using a mobile Wi-Fi- or USB hotspot. My data plan is limited to a certain amount of data and I don't want to spend that on ...
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Go to directory of symlink file target

How can I create a command (or alias) to go to the directory which contains the target file of a symlink. For example, if I have a symlink symFile@ -> /Users/zhermes/some/dir/someFile I'd like ...
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Why is iconservicesagent haemorrhaging the RAM on my MacBook Pro

Superusers, I have a MacBook Pro i7 (late 2010) running Yosemite OS. I recently upgraded the machine with a new crucial SSD and 8GB of RAM. Though the machine is working light years better, the ...
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Ruby RuntimeError on launching terminal (Mac)

Whenever I open the terminal on Mac I get this error: /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/Current/usr/bin/ruby: invalid option --1 (-h will show valid options) (RuntimeError) ...
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Problems connecting to a Mac OS X machine via FTP

I have many problems with my Mac OS X. The system is only reachable via SSH, but not with FTP and not with SMB. So I tried to concentrate on FTP, seems easier to debug and may be it's one problem for ...
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is it safe to delete a “login.keychain.sb…” file?

I donwloaded MPlayerX and it seems it had a bunch of Addware. Anytime I type something in Safari it will take so some advertisement site, like MacKeeper, ZipCloud etc... Now I was looking in my ...
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How do I make a backup of OS X Yosemite boot USB as an image on the hard disk?

For CDs one could make an image file and store it on their hard disk. If they wanted to use it again, they could burn to disk or emulate using something like daemon tools. I want to know if something ...
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Change iTerm settings using defaults

I have to set custom hotkeys in iTerm (in order for my option-left and option-right keys to work properly, and I'm looking for a way to do this via the command line so I can script it. I've ...
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OSX Yosemite USB Flash Drive Missing Space Issue

I purchased a 128GB flash drive. Available space after exFat formatting is 123.6GB I transfer roughly 25GB (a TON of files beyond the 100,000 range) from another flash drive onto this one. I now have ...
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Searching for files in my computer's filesystem named food using find . and grep together

So I'm trying to run a search of my computer's entire filesystem for files named "food" using find . and grep together. According to my homework instructions the search should take a while. I've ...
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How to run app as sudo? [on hold]

I can run the terminal in Applications folder, but how to run an app using sudo? Can I run a specific app as root using System Preferences settings? EDIT I am using a GIT client software, named ...
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HP Printer Unable to connect to SMB on Mac

I've got an HP Officejet 8600 which can scan to an SMB Network Folder. I've got an iMac running Yosemite that I would like to use as the SMB destination for Scans from the Officejet. SMB has been ...
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How to install osx or windows on my iphone 6? [on hold]

My pc is slow. Can I install Windows or OSX on my iPhone 6 so that I can use it as a computer and use its resources including cpu, disk space etc,,, and use the screen and mouse of my laptop?
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Prevent websites from playing audio when they are opened in Safari 8

Is there any way to prevent a website from starting to playing audio when it's opened in Safari 8? As an example, this MacWorld article exhibits that behavior.
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How to modify an bundle in OS X?

In order to make my Plex media server play nicely with my SONY SMP N-100, I'm trying to edit the DLNA profiles in ~/Library/Application Support/Plex Media ...
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Odd 7z Extracting Behavior

In short, I would like to use command-line 7z to extract an archive and recreate the directory structure of the archive. I know the function letter for this is "x" yet it does not seem to work for ...
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accessing remote web-pages from local computer

Suppose I can access my remote computer from the console putting (using OSX) ssh my_name@my_ip Suppose now I want to visit web pages of the remote computer, and this from my local only using the ...
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How do I configure easy_install to use the right Python interpreter?

I am using mac OSX and have installed python 2.7.9 via this article, from /usr/bin if I run the command ls -l /usr/bin/python* in a bash terminal, I get lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 67 Jan 24 02:12 ...
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Cannot use Cmd+Enter in Google result page to open links in new tabs after upgrading to Yosemite

I enabled Google result page's shortkeys, so when searching for something, in the result page, pressing down arrow on my keyboard would make the pointer arrow to point to the first result, and that ...
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Changed home folder name and lost everything

I tried to change the home folder name on my mac by using this sudo code in the terminal: sudo mv /Users/old_name /Users/new_name And I lost everything, every document, every file. Its like my user ...
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Running a web server through a Thomson ST780 SpeedTouch router

I run my own web server on my Macmini for years. I used to simply connect to my ISP via the Mac OS X Network System Preferences Pane. I have a static IP for which I pay a monthly fee. Physical ...
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How to create private ssh RSA key from text file on mac?

I requested a client's sys admin to give me access to their AWS account.. so he sent me an email that looks like this -----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY----- XXXXXXXXXXX -----END RSA PRIVATE KEY----- And ...