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Removing Java from OS X Lion

OS X Lion ships without Java now. Installing it is not very difficult - however, our product relies on Java so we need to test the scenario of not having Java installed. Once I've installed Java, is ...
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OSX Lion: Can I use “classic” mousewheel scrolling but keep “natural” trackpad scrolling?

I recently upgraded from OSX Snow Leopard to OSX Lion version 10.7.1. So far, I'm enjoying the "natural" scrolling when using my trackpad. However, when scrolling with my mouse wheel, I'm having ...
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10 second delay for .local TLD in Mac OS X Lion

Our company network uses xxx.companyname.local for all the servers on our local network. Whenever I access one of these servers on my Mac, I have a 10 second delay. I have found out that this delay is ...
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OS X Lion launches iTunes when connecting a Bluetooth Headset

Is there any way to prevent this? I've disabled the iTunes Helper Login Item but iTunes will still start automatically when I connect my Bluetooth Headphones.
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OS X Lion Inverted Scrolling Automation Shortcut

As everyone will know (who has Mac OS X Lion), by default, scrolling is inverted to make it a bit like the iPhone. Problem: There is no way to have "normal scrolling" for a USB mouse, and ...
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How to open a clean terminal in Mac OS X Lion?

Whenever I open a terminal, the last used commands appear. I'd like to get a clean terminal when I open it, but I haven't found how to do it. For example if while using the terminal I do: defaults ...
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Can't find the Google Chrome User Data Directory in Mac OSX Lion

I need to increase the font in my Inspect Element window in Chrome. I found a tutorial on how to do it: http://k20e.com/blog/2011/08/18/how-to-set-the-chrome-console-font/. According to the Chrome ...
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How to add a line to .bash_profile

I just installed Homebrew on bash on my Mac and now I need to do this: Once you’ve installed Homebrew, insert the Homebrew directory at the top of your PATH environment variable. You can do ...
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How to kextunload in OS X Lion

I'm starting to learn more about the mac os x internals. Now i want to load and unload some kernel extensions. I startet to load the MS-DOS file system via sudo kextload ...
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Enabling SSH Daemon from Terminal (OS X Lion)

I am trying to find a way of turning on SSH through terminal, instead of opening settings and turn it on that way. Or perhaps a way to turn SSH on by running a .pkg file? I am running OS X Lion, but ...
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Why can't I add my home folder to the Mac OS X Lion Finder Sidebar?

After upgrading to Lion, I'm unable to add my home folder to the favorites section of my Finder's sidebar. I tried it through Finder Preferences by ticking the checkbox, but it deactivates itself ...
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Mac OS X “hosts” file, can I include other files with it?

I am working on some automation scripts to configure my network settings, hosts file contents, and /etc/resolver files, when accessing different networks I frequent between. There are some ...
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How do I disable the Command-Control-D word definition keyboard shortcut in OS X Lion?

Mac OS X Lion introduced a new feature where in many applications you can press Command-Control-D to produce a popup with the definition for the word under the mouse cursor. A side effect of this is ...
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How do I setup a local DNS server on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)?

I had some serious lag to resolve website address and sometimes things simply wouldn’t load; pages keep loading for 5+ minutes without even a timeout error. So I had setup a local DNS server/cache ...
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Isn't localhost simply 127.0.0.1 on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)?

I tried telnet localhost on Mac OS X Lion, and this is the output I got. Trying ::1... telnet: connect to address ::1: Connection refused Trying 127.0.0.1... telnet: connect to address ...
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How do I set up SSH into my Mac with Lion?

I recently bought a Macbook Air with Lion. I would like to ssh into my Mac at work. How do I set this up? I have a private and public key, so I will likely use that option to allow access into my ...
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How to kill a zombie process on a mac

How to kill a zombie process or find it's parent process on a Mac using the Terminal?
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Lion / name resolution order

(this issue went away for me with the 10.7.1 update - /etc/hosts now works as always for me) I've updated my Mac to Lion and now I notice that /etc/hosts is consulted last, even after DNS. This is ...
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Homebrew keeps saying XCode is not installed

I'm trying to installed Ruby using Homebrew, the OSX package manager. When I run 'brew install ruby' I keep getting the message 'Warning: XCode is not installed!'. XCode is installed, it's lying. ...
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Where do mounted volumes and thumb drives show up in OSX Lion?

Perhaps I need to load a driver to get Lion to recognize my WD 500 Password USB drive. However, I thought for sure I could load my thumb drives. But they don't appear anywhere on the desktop (that I ...
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How does a trial version know it has been installed before?

How does a trial version determine that is has been installed before, to prevent users from installing it a second time, just like the products of Adobe do? I'm using Mac OS X Lion.
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How do I disable animations in Preview in Lion?

For example, open up a pdf and set view to two pages and hit arrow key up/down. Is there a way to get rid of the animation? Preview feels really snappy and fast, and to have animations like that just ...
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Apple Magic Trackpad 3-Finger Drop Lag

After enabling three-finger dragging for my Trackpad, I notice that it drags well, but when I release there is about 1-2 seconds of lag before it actually drops. I understand this is supposed to be a ...
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Spaces Over Multiple Monitors on OSX?

I have a new Macbook air 13 and love it. I have my spaces set up with my browser in one, terminal and textmate in my development space and my Skype/chat/email in another. It Keeps things very neat. ...
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Exposé in 10.7: When exposing “Application Windows”, how do you show only the windows in the current space?

This is basically the same question as Exposé in 10.6: When exposing "Application Windows", how do you show only the windows in the current space?, but with 10.7 Lion. In Mac OS X 10.7 ...
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Internet Sharing on Lion breaks my routing table

When in the office, I'm connected to a 192.168.1.0/24 network. When Internet Sharing is off, when I run netstat -nr the first entry shows default 192.168.1.254 UGSc 10 ...
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Is it just me or is the ~/Sites folder gone in Lion?

It appears that the ~/Sites directory no longer exists in OS X Lion. I preferred working on sites there than in /Library/WebServer/Documents. Is there any way to change it back, or set it up so that I ...
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How to Set a Default Arrange Type in OS X Lion?

I'm having trouble setting a default arrange type in Mac OS X Lion. I remember doing it in Snow Leopard very long time ago but I forgot it.
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How do I make Vim beautiful (read: Textmate font/color ) on Mac OS X Lion? [closed]

I am just starting to make the Textmate to Vim switch. I love it, but it's so ugly. I'm running Mac OS X Lion and needed Ruby support so I am using Vim 7.3 as installed via Homebrew not the Vim Lion ...
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MacVim is not found by Spotlight

I'm a Mac Noob but generally a power Linux user. My new job handed me a fresh MacBook Pro with Lion installed. I installed MacVim successfully using homebrew. I'd love for it to be the default app ...
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How do I change the default screenshot name in OS X Lion?

In OS X Lion, when I press cmd+shift+4 and then space, I take a screenshot of an app. But I use my OS in Spanish, and the screenshot file name is very long with spaces and "(,)" chars. Captura de ...
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Cannot access pear.php.net from OSX Lion

I am stumped by this issue. I have 2 separate Macs that cannot access pear.php.net at all by name or IP. Here are the symptoms and steps that I took to try to resolve/narrow down this issue. $ ping ...
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How to move Macintosh bottom dock bar from one screen to another?

On a MacBook Air running OS X Lion, I have a dock bar at the bottom of the built in screen, how can I move this to my external screen? I've already got the menu bar moved, but the screen system ...
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ulimit does not obey me

Well.. $ ulimit -s 8192 $ sudo ulimit -s 16384 $ ulimit -s 8192 Why does ulimit disrespect me in such a barbaric way? Lion, by the way.
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How do I use OSX Lion Time Machine with Windows Home Server?

My wife and I have a mixed Windows and Mac household. A couple years ago I purchased a HP MediaSmart server with Windows Home Server on it. HP provided software to get Time Machine on Leopard to work ...
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How to prevent BlueStacks from starting automtically?

I installed BlueStacks How can I prevent it from starting automatically?
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Will a hard drive use less power if it is unmounted?

I recently did the Optibay mod on my 13" Macbook Pro, the stock magnetic drives now lives where the optical drive used to be. And an SSD has taken its place. It's all good, but power consumption ...
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How to change the Finder icon in Mac OS X Lion?

Is there a way to change the Finder icon in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, without using something like Candybar? Here's what I've already tried updating (neither worked): ...
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How to install Uniconvertor (command-line app) on Mac OS 10.7.2 (Lion)?

Uniconvertor is a command-line tool that shares code with the sK1 Project. it's used to convert from one type of vector graphic file to another like this: uniconvertor before.eps after.svg I'm ...
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How do I change my resolution on my Mac to a custom size?

I want my Macbook to be 1280x720 for a certain thing I need to do, yet all the programs that do this cost money. Is there a free way to do within on Lion? NO: SwitchResX or whatever is not free.
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Install NTFS-3G with read-write on OS X Lion using MacPorts

I have a nicely working MacPorts on Lion. When I run sudo port install ntfs-3g it does compile without errors. However, when I attach a NTFS-formatted external drive, it's read only. And there is ...
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How to move through browser tabs using gestures in Mac OSX Lion?

I'd like to move back and forward through the tab collection in Safari (or Chrome or FF) using trackpad gestures. Does this gesture exist? Using a 3 finger swipe (left and right) nicely moves you ...
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Create new partition on encrypted volume in OS X Lion

Updated: see below. I encrypted a 500 GB partition on an external 1TB drive on OS X Lion. The other 500 GB was not used yet and I want to create another partition on the external drive now. Disk ...
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In OS X is there a way to assign an application window to a specific monitor?

I know that with OS X Lion (10.7) and Mountain Lion (10.8) applications can be assigned to specific Spaces/Desktops. With my laptop I daily connect and disconnect from an external monitor. When I ...
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Boost output volume past the maximum on OS X

The max volume on my iMac is way too low. I can barely hear videos in some online videos for example. I know the volume can go louder though — depending on the audio source the iMac can be very ...
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How to disable the animation when activating fast user switching in OS X Lion?

I really loathe the cube animation when using fast user switching. Is there a way to disable it?
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How to reset mac PRAM through the command line in Lion/Mountain Lion?

I'm trying to write a script to automate a PRAM reset and I've seen a lot of old guides that tell me to use the following command to reset the Mac's PRAM via the terminal: nvram boot-args="-p -r" ...
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Lion disable animation of fullscreen

On Mac OS 10.7.2, how can I disable or quicken the slow animation that happens when I fullscreen most apps?
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How to open a new window from dock if it's already running in OSX

I'm new to OSX and the thing I miss from Windows 7 is the ability to open a new window if you hold the Shift key and press on the Applications icon within the task bar. Similarly, OSX does have a ...
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Homebrew doesn't find XCode 4.3

When I try to install something with homebrew I get an error message that it does not find XCode. But I just installed XCode 4.3 and also did a reboot. admins-MacBook-Pro-2:~ ernst$ brew install ...