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How do I reformat an unrecognized flash drive?

I just got a new flash drive (Corsair Flash Voyager 32GB). I tried to install live Chromium OS on it but I messed something up and decided to reformat it. The formatter froze and I canceled it. Now ...
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Bandwidth aggregation and fail-safe with WiFi and 3G

I am in a temporary apartment for a few weeks and have 2 options to connect to the internet from my work Windows 7 x64 laptop: Wireless network (802.11g) limited to 2Mbit/s down, 0.5Mbit/s up, in ...
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Tmux key bindings not working

I installed tmux using homebrew on Mac OSX Lion a while back. Suddenly the keybindings have stopped working. For example if I try Ctrl-b then c (Create new window) it just types c in the terminal ...
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Is there a way to revert/destroy/disassemble a RAID-0 set with Disk Utility?

And recover/reconstruct the data (that is split in half) across two SSDs? I just haven't noticed enough real-world-usage improvement using RAID-0 (perhaps related question) and would like to use the ...
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“Remote Disk” volume always mounted (but only in Finder)

I just bought a new Macbook Air the other day. Everything is fine except, for some reason my Finder keeps showing the volume "Remote Disk". Now, I assume this is the shared optical drive that is ...
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Reset Mac OS X's GUI

A couple days ago, I installed a GUI theme kit called "Liscio" on my Mac, which is running OS X 10.7 Lion. Problem was, it was for the wrong OS: It was for 10.5. Now I can't resize any windows without ...
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MacBook Pro does not connect to WiFi network automatically

At some point, my MacBook Pro (3,1, Late 2007, running Lion) stopped connecting automatically to my WiFi network, e.g. when awaking from sleep. Also, it takes it unusually long (~ 1 minute) from ...
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Why does iterm2 toggle font rendering with every other boot

I don't reboot my mac very often, so I can't really state if this occurs with every reboot/relogin, but I dare to say, pretty much every time the font rendering of my iterm2 becomes thicker or thinner ...
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OSX Drag and drop sensitivity setting?

Is there a setting in OSX Lion that allows me to change the drag and drop threshold? I am using a Wacom intuos4 tablet and when working fast I sometimes drag files or tabs instead of just clicking ...
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Why does iCal show a question mark person icon even though the only attendee for the event has accepted it?

I have a simple event in iCal with one attendee. I sent an invitation to the attendee via iCal and they accepted the invitation. When I double click on the event or do Get Info, it shows the attendee ...
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How can I set Safari to clear cache and cookies on startup?

Is there a way I can set Safari to clear cache and cookies on startup? Maybe a flag I could use when launching the application, or perhaps even a bash or applescript that would delete files on the ...
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Force users (on a mac) to log off after inactivity

I'm looking for a way in which I can force accounts left logged on to my Mac to auto logoff after a period of inactivity. There is a setting built in to the operating system (Lion), that does this, ...
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How can we use Photoshop CS5.1 on Mac OS X Lion in a normal behaving window (like it used to be)?

I'm new to Mac, but I'm sure I've seen Photoshop windows behaving the way it does in Windows. Where the entire application resided in a single window. And inside the application window, there could ...
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env command shows 3 times same path

When i run env it shows 3 times /usr/bin under PATH . Same for every path under PATH title. For example - my scala bin directory shows 3 times . However, in my .bash_profile, it is written just one ...
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Mac OS 10.7 DMG files don't pop up anymore?

Has anybody noticed that double-clicking on a DMG file no longer raises the mounted image to the front of all windows? It used to be that when you double-clicked a dmg file, it would pop-up but now ...
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Is it possible to query the launch services database for applications that will open an arbitrary file or UTI type?

I am able to use mdls to show the Uniform Type Identifier (UTI) for an arbitrary file as well as the hierarchy of types that are supersets of a specific UTI. mac:~ mike$ mdls -name kMDItemContentType ...
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How do I convert webm to mp4 for MacOSX?

I'm on MacOSX Lion and would like a method for converting webm to mp4 (or another iTunes compatible format). ffmpeg seems like a possibility but the documentation is a bit obtuse for me; step-by-step ...
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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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Mac - Convert from Case-Sensitive to Case-Insensitive File System

So I just got my first Mac. After getting everything set up just the way I wanted it I decided to install Steam. When I opened Steam it said something about not supporting case-sensitive file systems.....
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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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Samba server doesn't show up in Finder on Mac OS X Lion

I've a Samba server running (version 3.5.8; Linux box), but after upgrading to Mac OS X Lion the Samba server doesn't show up in the "Shared" section in the Finder sidebar anymore. Regular Windows ...
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Can I reset my IMac to factory settings without loss of data?

Is there a way of resetting my IMac to factory settings without losing any data. Following an upgrade my address book seems corrupted and I am having other problems including my email address being ...
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How can I synchronize stickies between Macs?

I really like the stickies that come with OS X. I know there are some more advanced "to do" lists, but I kind of like the simplicity and solid design / ux of the native ones. How can I synchronize ...
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Trying to install MySQL, lots of brew doctor errors

In OS X Lion I couldn't install mysql. I get this when typing brew install mysql Error: You must `brew link cmake' before mysql can be installed so then I type brew link cmake ...
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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): /System/Library/CoreServices/...
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Mac Lion OS X - I deleted files, but the disk free space is not increased

I had on Mac Lion OS X just 0.5GB of free space, so I deleted like 15 GB movies => OS X wanted to confirm this operation by filling out the password => I did it and the files were deleted. I checked ...
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Getting “The HOME environmental variable changed out from under us!” in system log

In Mac OS X Lion, I am seeing many lines in my system.log file indicating that the HOME env variable has been changed. 19/02/2012 23:47:16.204 com.apple.launchd.peruser.501: (com.apple....
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ssh video streaming to VLC on a mac

I've been looking for how to do this for about a week now over 4 forums. I have a mac laptop and a FreeBSD server at home. I've been putting up some of my movies on my server. When I want to watch ...
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Shortcut to look up a word from a document on a specific website

On my MacOsX 10.7 (Lion), I would like to be able to select a word in a document, program or webpage and use it as an input for the search-fonction on a specific website. I know this function is ...
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VMWare: How to change screen resolution of a virtualised Lion?

I'm having a screen resolution problem while running VMWare virtual machine on Mavericks. I'm simulating Lion and I can't change the resolution of the screen. I've tried the Lion Display Preferences, ...
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Reset Mac OS X Terminal to default

I accidentally renamed my "Basic" terminal profile under Terminal -> Preferences -> Settings. I renamed it back but this got me wondering if there was a way to reset all terminal settings to defaults. ...
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Windows 7 64 bit VirtualBox VM slow on Mac OS Lion

I'm running VirtualBox on my Macbook running Lion (Aluminum 2008, 4GB RAM 1067 MHz DDR3, 160 GB hard drive space, 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) to run Windows 7 64-bit Professional Edition. Starting up 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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Mac: window manager frozen, have ssh access

I have a Mac which regularly runs into a problem. The user interface stops reponding, showing a "frozen" user interface. The mouse is still moving but clicking does not trigger anything. This happens ...
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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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Unable to locate Java 7 on OSX

I thought this should be straightforward, but I un unable to successfully install and use Java 7 on OSX Lion. I downloaded java from the Oracle site, opened the installer and followed the steps. the ...
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Mac OSX Lion 10.7.5. Is there any way to permanently disconnect from a server?

Every time I open terminal on my Macbook Pro, I get the IP address of a server I once ssh'd into. I allowed someone to use my computer to access his server and now it seems like there's some permanent ...
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How to shrink/split large PDF to less than 50 MB

I have a large tech PDF. It's 2500 pages with images and 100 MB in size. I'd like to try and read it on my Kindle. To my understanding, PDFs have to be less than 50 MB in order to read on the Kindle. ...
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Can I safely delete the files that cause iTunes incoming network connections alerts?

I am experiencing the same issue mentioned in "iTunes.app" to accept incoming network connections? but have a question about the files that iTunes creates, which cause this issue. I have ...
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How to disable Spotlight content indexing in Mac OS

From Windows experience, I could always elect Live search to only index file names not their content. Is this something that can be done with Spotlight on a Mac? It used to index absolutely ...
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OS X Lion new Finder view that doesn't allow sorting

In OS X, from Lion onwards, when I click on some of my folders in Finder and the title row of the files contains the usual stuff like "Date Modified" and "Size". However unlike the old Finder view I ...
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How can I create a desktop shortcut to a network drive that is persistent even if the machine disconnects from the network?

I have a MacBook Pro that I'd like to create a couple desktop shortcuts for that point to different network share locations. I'm able to create the desktop shortcuts easily but whenever the MBP ...
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Open a “chrome-extension://” URI from command line

chrome-extensions:// is a non-standard URI used by the Chrome browser. How do I open a page like chrome-extension://mijlebbfndhelmdpmllgcfadlkankhok/app.html in the Chrome browser from command ...
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osx change printer ip address without adding new printer

Is there a way to change a printer's IP address in OSX (Lion) without having to add a new printer? I did find Printer IP Remedy, but was curious if there was an 'official' method.
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How do I forget an unforgettable OSX package?

Some time ago I must have installed Tor and some other tools that came along with it. Later I must have uninstalled it but I don't remember how. Now I find these packages in my package database but I ...
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FTP Url issue on Mac mini

We have a few Mac mini OS x 10.8.5 Mountain Lion machines. One machine is not able to load ftp URL on browsers. Checked terminals (command) also but it is not working. We have tried firewall and ...
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TimeMachine migrates to the wrong date. How do I specifiy which date to migrate from?

Recently, my MacBook Pro 2011 unibody, 10.7.5 crashed due to bad sectors. After installing a new a hard drive, I preformed a restore via the migration assistance. It all went well except that it didn'...
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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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How to disable SSL 2.0+ in OS X 10.7?

I am currently encountering a problem with my Webkit browsers (Chrome v31.0.1650.63 and Safari) on my MBP running OS X 10.7.5. The browsers are not able to establish any SSL connections. The Google ...
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Permissions restoring from Time Machine - Finder copy vs “cp” copy

Note: this question was starting to sprawl so I rewrote it. I have a folder that I'm trying to restore from a Time Machine backup. Using cp -R works fine, but certain folders cannot be restored with ...