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Is there a way in Mac OS X to stop applications from stealing focus, especially between spaces?

I have certain applications set to open in certain spaces, but would like them to open in the background and not switch the space just so I can watch them open.
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Remote Installing OS X 10.5 on a PowerBook G4

I recently acquired a PowerBook G4 (always loved the PPC architecture over Intel when it comes to Apple), currently it has OS X 10.4 installed. Unfortunately I can't find the original 10.5 install ...
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Mac OS X Leopard: Install on External from Lion or Mountain Lion

I'm trying to set up some testing machines on an external hard drive. I have a Lion MBP and Mountain Lion MBP, and I'm trying to perform the installations from mac books. When I attemt to run the ...
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How to check hardware compatibility for Mac Mini before upgrading to Snow Leopard?

I am using a Mac Mini (having a light white logo – an older Mac Mini model). It is using Leopard 10.5.8. I want to upgrade to 10.6.8. I want to check is it possible to install? If it is possible, ...
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Getting “no route to host”in Mac OS X 10.5.8

I have an issue with one of my computer on my network. It is an iMac running OS X 10.5.8. The issue is accessing certain websites. For instance, one of these websites is that the computer is ...
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Opening Time-Machine OSX backup files on Windows 7?

Have Time Machine backups on a Western Digital External HD. The Time Machine backups were done on my now dead Mac G4 running OSX Leopard. I am waiting on a new iMac but in the meantime I need to ...
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Is it possible to give harakat when we use Arabic keyboard layout?

How can I give harakat to my Arabic font writing when I use an Arabic keyboard layout? I'm a Dvorak touch typist, but I can still type in QWERTY if I really need to do so. Sometimes I need to type ...
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Is there a tool like WinSCP for MacOS?

I used to use WinSCP to log into my remote server. I need to login with an ssh key and move the files from and to the remote server. So far I have not find any tool with the same features for MacOS. ...
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Ctrl + Alt + Del on a Mac with Windows

I'm using Boot Camp to run Windows on my Mac. Last night I tried to compress the memory of C, then after that finished, it told me to Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart How do I press these keys?...
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groupadd/useradd not found on Mac OSX

Does anyone know how to add unix groupadd command on Mac OSX 10.5? I'm trying to do man on groupadd and useradd commands but it doesn't seem to exist.
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How to close large Javascript Alert windows on Chrome/ OSX

I'm using Chrome 14 and OSX 10.5.8. If a website generates a Javascript alert window with a lot of content (like debug information) the bottom of the window disappears off the screen. This places ...
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What's a Unix command which will output a list of files in a folder to a text file?

I'm on a Mac with Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard). I'm using tcsh, but I could use Bash if it'd help.
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Mac: Everything quits unexpectedly

I have a friend with a Mac which runs OS/X 10.5 (Leopard). He has minimal computer experience. He says that EVERY application excluding Minecraft fails to open with an error message resembling "The ...
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Expertise needed - newbie looking for a NAS dual platform solution

I need some help in setting up a NAS and to allow back ups from both OS X and Windows on the same device. Will a Buffalo Quad NAS be the solution to my problem ? The Kit: Mac: I have an old G5 ...
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How to add user to a group from Mac OS X command line?

trying to add a user to a group from the command line but can't figure out how? Specifically this is on Mac OS X Server 10.5.8 like to add user to 'admin' and 'wheel' groups
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Is there a way to preserve or remember sort-by preferences for different folders in column view in Mac OS X?

For example, I would like to have folders in column view, and to have Folder 1 always to show files sorted by kind, and Folder 2 always to show files sorted by date created. I'm running Leopard, with ...
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Leopard Network Shares and browsing are unreliable

I have two macs, running Leopard 10.5.8. One is the 13" MBP connected via WiFi, and the other is a 24" 2008 iMac, connected via ethernet. There are at least another 6-10 machines (windows and mac) ...
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Spotlight Infinite Indexing issue (external data drive)

This is an external drive, formerly a boot drive which is now in use only to access music files (sibelius, audio, midi, live, logic etc.) without transferring the data into a new boot system, partly ...
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How do I disable the beep in OSX Leopard when I perform an invalid action?

When I perform an action that is not valid in a given context, like attempting to type when a text area does not have the focus I hear a beep, which is very distracting when wearing headphones. How ...
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How to change a symlink in OS X?

How do I change where a symlink points to, without deleting and creating a new one (with ln -s "/path/to/point/to" "/path/where/symlink/is")? When I tried doing that to Java's "Current" symlink, Java ...
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Permanently map a network drive on Mac OS X Leopard

I want to have a mapped drive in Mac OS X which points to my NAS - however I've found that I have to do it after every single reboot. I'm a Mac noob, so would like to just have the drive mapped at ...
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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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TextWrangler show Folder path

I'm new into TextWrangler. I'd like to let view a sidebar like on the following picture. (Which shows the folder path with included documents) Without knowing the name of this item, I don't know how ...
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Installing the newest KeePass for Mac OSX from source

I've transitioned our passwords to KeePass. LastPass looks cool, but I prefer a system where we control the database locally rather than it being kept in the cloud. I have a windows and Linux system ...
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Re-install Mac OS X: “Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer.”

I'm trying to do a fresh install of Mac OS X on my MacBook. When I try to do so, I get the error "Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer." I've searched the problem and discovered that the ...
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Cannot bind OSX to AD

I'm trying to get an mac mini running snow leopard server to join a windows domain here. The windows domain server is running Windows server 2008. When I go to "Accounts" in my System Preferences, ...
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Does Mac OS X support hibernation?

On Windows, you can hibernate your computer, so that it starts a lot faster while consuming zero energy while "hibernating". I see an option to Sleep on my Mac mini but not hibernate. Does Mac ...
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Recovering a G5 disk, still possible after what I did?

It's a long story, and I have to admit right up front I think I did some pretty dumb mistakes during the process. Ok, a G5 at work is dead (likely to be a logic board issue). I need to boot from the ...
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ISZ (compressed ISO format) viewer for Mac OS X

Is there any utility available that mount or view ISZ files (the compressed ISO format used by Ultra ISO) in Mac OS X?
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how to find biggest files on disk on Mac [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need an app that tells about file & folder sizes How can I find the largest files on my hard drive? I am using Mac OS X 10.5.
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Is it possible to customise the appearance of the application switcher in Mac OS X 10.5?

When you press Command-Tab to switch between applications and the icons appear, is there a way to reduce the size of those large icons? I have tried 'Witch' but it can not be customised to achieve ...
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A way or software to convert or export an audio file (aiff or wav) in a vector graphic format (eps, ai)? [closed]

I am looking for a way to read an audio file and convert it to a vector graphic format, which I can use for example for Illustrator? I am working on the Mac OSX platform (10.5.8).
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How may I mount a disk with a Apple / Mac partition table (APM) in Linux?

I've backed up some files from a old Powerbook G4 (AluBook), and I used the Mac Partion manager or whatever to first initialize the disk. It worked, originally, as one large volume, and I copied ...
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How do you know where macports installs python packages to?

I am running macports to install scipy and such on OS X leopard with python 2.7. The install runs successfully, but running python and trying to import the packages I've installed, they're not found. ...
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Is there a keystroke that can lock the Mac OS X screensaver?

On Windows I can hit Windows + L to lock my desktop. On Leopard there doesn't seem to be this capability. While I can set the screensaver to come on very quickly, I would like to hit a key combo to ...
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Running php scripts via command line mode gives warnings

Whenever I run my php command line script, before the script actually outputs to the screen, php always returns a bunch of error messages as follows: PHP Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic ...
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2 Page view in Preview shows the right page on the left and left page on the right?

I have a pdf that I am reading in Preview and I would like to view it in 2 page mode as many pages reference illustrations on the next page. However, when I enable 2 page mode, the left page is put on ...
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How can I “tune-up” a somewhat 'crusty' Mac OSX 10.5 / Leopard Machine?

I recently inherited a pretty decent machine running Leopard. I'm kind of a Mac noob. This machine is (and has been) used by a small non-profit media team for editing video/media and such. It seems ...
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How to upgrade Mac Pro 1.1 from OS X 10.6.8 to OS X 10.9 Mavericks?

Upgrading the Mac Pro 1.1 2006 in the standard way using the app store is not possible. This is caused by the lack of the 64 bit EFI bios. The hardware of the Mac Pro 1.1 is already complete 64bit ...
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What exactly does the little green “+” button do in Mac OS X?

OK, I must admit that I am from the Windows world and started using Leopard not for long. One really annoying thing when using my shiny new OS is that I can't predict what exact behavior it brings ...
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How can I find out what password I need to use for 'su'?

I am using Mac OS X 10.5, and have my account set up so that I don't need to login. When I go to Network Preferences and click the lock icon on the lower left corner, I am prompted for my username and ...
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How to enable standard internet services on Mac OS X 10.5?

I'd like to access standard internet services as echo (port 7), discard (9), daytime (13), chargen (19) and others on my Mac OS X machine (running Mac OS X Leopard). If possible, how to enable them? ...
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Where can I force a specific DNS server to be used on OS X?

On OS X Leopard, scutil gives me $ scutil --dns DNS configuration resolver #1 nameserver[0] : 192.168.1.1 nameserver[1] : 192.168.2.1 order : 200000 resolver #2 domain : local options : ...
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Where had my disk space gone? ie. Used+Free <<< Capacity - Solved (sort-of)

I have a PowerBook G4. OS-X 10.5. Recently is was running very slow and I found it only had about 3 GB free. I set to and free'd up 26 GB on the 93 GB drive. Finder, however reports about 15 GB ...
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Activity Monitor on 10.5.8 showing up blank

Just recently, out of the blue, any time I bring up Activity Monitor, there are zero processes listed. Also, any statistics on memory usage or disk activity are blank as well (including graph image). ...
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Best way to optimise disk performance in OS X

As the question suggests, does anybody have any tips in increasing disk performance in OS X Leopard?
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Setup restarts when trying to create a user

Recently I was given a MacBook Pro (late 2010 I believe), and asked to see if I could reset the password for it. I assumed that it would be relatively easy so decided to go ahead and give it a go. I ...
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USB stick (HP V210W 16GB) mounts on MBP 13“ running OS X 10.5.8, but not on MBP 13” running 10.6.8

My brother bought a HP V210W 16GB usb stick. It wasn't recognized by his MBP 13" (2011, 2.7GHz i7, 4GB 1333MHz DDR3) running OS X 10.6.8. He then tried the stick on his Win7 PC which recognized it ...
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Turning Telnet on on Mac OS X Leopard

Does Mac OS X Leopard have Telnet client technology? I've seen plenty of stuff around on the internet pertaining to Snow Leopard, but not plain old Leopard. I know some people like to use SSH, but I'm ...
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Bring the windows of two different apps in mac os to the front?

How do I easily bring to the front of the screen the top windows of two different application in Mac OS X? I prefer to use the keyboard only. Example Scenario: Say there are 10 Firefox and 10 ...