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Unable to launch OS X Mountain Lion VM on VMWare

I have OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 which was running fine up till yesterday. But today, when I tried to launch the same via VMWare Workstation, it is not going past the Apple Logo with activity ...
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How do I restore the ability to do Terminal commands?

I am using Mountain Lion. I added an alias to my ~/.bash_profile file, and now every time I open terminal, it displays the following: Last login: Thu Feb 11 09:50:30 on ttys000 Saving session... ...
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the voice that talks to me from my computer sounds strange

My Mac desktop has Mountain Lion osx 10.8.5 installed. Since installing it, the voice that talks to me from my computer sounds strange. Why has it gone from sounding clean and advanced to . . . ...
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How to explore more defaults write tweaks on OS X?

I would like to explore some new tweaks which can be done by the "defaults write" command in OS X(ML). What can I do to find them out myself rather than hunting online for known tweaks?
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Why does DropBox occasionally add *com.dropbox.attributes files?

I've been a user of Dropbox for a few years now. Just recently I noticed that files with the extension com.dropbox.attributes started to appear in some dropbox sub-folders. Steps I create a new ...
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How do I cancel software updates that are downloading on Mountain Lion

I have installed Mountain Lion. Software Update has now been integrated in to the App Store application. I clicked the Update button to start downloading software updates for the OS, but now I see ...
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How to get rEFInd working with FileVault 2 on OSX 10.8

I installed rEFInd on my new Macbook Air which I planned on using to do a dual boot to Linux, but prior to installing Linux, I decided to encrypt my drive. I knew I was going to do this, so I had ...
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On a Mac, how do I use the 'special' keyboard keys on a non-Apple keyboard?

On a Mac, there are special keys to adjust the brightness, show Mission Control, go to the previous/next song, and adjust the volume. In the System Preferences, there is the ability to set the ...
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Illustrator : automatically export multiple different-sized images from project

I have an .ai project open in Illustrator, that I need to export to multiple PNGs with different resolutions. Is there a way to write a script or automate these exports in some way?
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How can I disable the calendar agent from running on Mac OS X Lion?

I suppose that because because of the updated way that the Calendar application is integrated into the OS X system and the notification area the "calendar agent" needs to constantly run in the ...
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how can I dedicate more display graphics in Mac OSX Mountain Lion (Vmware)?

I am running Mac OSX Mountain Lion in VMware Workstation 9 and I want to increase the display graphics from 128 mb to maybe about 512mb is there a way to do this? This is my current laptop setup. ...
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list active VNC connections from terminal

I am looking for a way to list all the active VNC connection to a machine. I know I can get all the active connection of the machine by running netstat -na but I don't know how to filter just the ...
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How to turn off Facebook notifications on Mac OS X?

How to turn off Facebook notifications on Mac OS X Mountain Lion?
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Mac client on AD domain - individual folder redirection

I'm trying to configure a home network with Windows 2008R2 and Windows 7 / Mac Mountain Lion clients. I have a separate NAS drive, which I want to host all home folders as well as a central store of ...
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Time Machine encryption versus disk encryption

I'm backing up with Time Machine on a Mac Pro to an internal hard drive. I have encrypted my Time Machine backup in system preferences. This resulted in an initial backup of about 2 days, and backups ...
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How to Allow outgoing traffic to ports Mac Os

I am not a programmer and I have no experience with coding. Therefore, I want to ask about allowing outgoing traffic to ports on a Mac. I want to open TCP:80, TCP:11031 and UDP:11235-11335 in Mac OS. ...
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How to unzip files that contain .DS_Store from a different computer?

I'm trying to unzip folders that contain .DS_Store files from another computer and because of this, i cannot unzip the folders. I keep getting the error: Error - unable to expand into downloads ...
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How To Keep Wi-Fi On Even When Your Mac Sleeps?

Whenever I want to download something which is over a gigabyte, I leave my computer, so the download could happen smooth and fast, but that's not to be, when my computer goes to sleep, and the Wi-Fi ...
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Is there a solution to the zip/cpgz cycle after downloading from Dropbox to Mac?

I've downloaded a file to my computer from Dropbox and am now suffering a zip/cpgz cycle! Instead of unzipping the downloaded zip file, my iMac converts it into a cpgz file and when I click to ...
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OS X Mountain Lion - See unread notification badge in menu bar or Notification Center icon

Is there a way to show a badge or to highlight the notification center icon where there are unread notifications? A program, an app, anything that do this! A badge on the Notification Center icon or ...
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Open and scroll through 42 GB text file in Mac OS X

I am running Mac OS X 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion) and I am trying to open and scroll through a 42 GB .XML file. I plan on using an XML parser to parse through it and delete parts, but first I need to know ...
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Installing git for a single user

I'm going to borrow another computer for a while so I've copied my project directory to the new computer and now I need to install Git on it. Is it possible to install Git and the Github GUI client ...
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Is it possible to redefine App Store application paths?

I sort my applications in separate folders within the Applications folder (e.g. One for my photo related apps, one for my guitar playing related apps, one for my video related apps, etc). Since some ...
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How do you add Dimension columns in all folders on a Mac?

On my MacBook Pro 17" running Mountain Lion, in Finder I can go to the Pictures (and Movies) folder and, in column view, I can right click on the head of the columns and add 'Dimensions'. The problem ...
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Problems on OSX 10.8.3 System Console , can you help me?

I would like to know what the following console message means: 24.05.13 09:26:00,251 com.apple.launchd[1]: (org.samba.nmbd[3502]) Exited with code: 1 24.05.13 09:26:00,251 com.apple.launchd[1]: ...
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Multiline Equation won't center and align on equals sign

I have a multiline equation which I wish to align on the '=' and center the equation block on the page. I have selected align on '=' and center as a group, however the equation group becomes left ...
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OS X Keychain Won't Stop Popping Up

The OS X Keychain keeps on popping up on my Mountain Lion Macbook. As soon as I log into my user/admin account, I'm assaulted by three Keychain prompts, one after the other: Messages Agent wants to ...
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Auto-close unused applications in OS X

I am a software programmer and I almost never reset or shut down my Apple computer. Over time, I open a lot of windows, and I don't close them, because I am focused on doing other things. I was ...
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How to use an animated .GIF as a desktop picture for Mountain Lion

As the title says. I have an animated GIF that I would like to set as a desktop picture for my Mac running Mountain Lion 10.8.4 Thanks for the responces
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Bluetooth Connection, Trendwoo Blade with OS/X 10.8.5 (EDIT: unsolvable)

I have a new Trendwoo Blade speaker. It's a lovely unit, and pairing with my Galaxy S5 and my 2013 iPod Touch works just fine. I cannot get it to work properly with either of my Macs, a 2012 Mac ...
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tilde and acute accents not working

I need some help. I have no idea why but today tilde and acute are not working. I checked system preference, input sources and Canadian French CSA is selected. Nothing else. When I press alt+ç I ...
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Can I upgrade a MacBook 2,1 to OS X 10.8?

I have a MacBook 2,1 mid-2007 model with a 2.16 GHz Intel Core2 Duo processor, 3GB of RAM and 500 GB storage with 300GB still available. I was using this Mac to submit apps to the AppStore but for ...
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OS X Terminal prompt changed

My terminal prompt on OS X 10.8.3 suddenly is not the machine or hostname anymore but something like: minint-j4lfb2s:~ Where does that come from? I did not change it. How can that be?
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Triple boot WIndows 7, Windows 8, and Mountain Lion on Macbook Pro

Ok, So I have a bit of a unique situation here I could use some help on. I've modded my summer 2011 MBPro to have 2 harddrives by replacing the optical drive. OSX Mountain Lion is installed on a ...
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Opening dropdown box immediately on cell entry excel

I have successfully implemented cascading dropdown lists, where the contents of the dropdown are filtered by the previous selection, using an adaptation of Contextures Offset/Match method of ...
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MySQL won't start because it can't find mysql-bin.000006 (Errcode 2), how do I fix this?

MySQL (part of AMPPS) suddenly stopped working. Looking at mysql.err it says it can't start because it cannot find mysql-bin.000006 (error 2). Here is the full log from mysql.err: 130401 17:00:47 ...
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Can't access certain websites

I'm trying to access the site http://www.svenskadomaner.se but it's unreachable from my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.8.5). The domain belongs to a web hosting company and it's not only this specific site I ...
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Safari: how to directly jump from 'omnibox' (ie. 'smart search field') to search results (as in Chrome)?

In Chrome, TAB takes you directly from 'omnibox' to search results. This doesn't seem to be the case in Safari (it takes ~12 TABs). Is there any way to remedy this?
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Mac OS X 10.8.5 memory usage on the high side. How to lessen or improve

I bought a Macbook with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It comes with 2GB of memory but it using alot of it from looking at the Activity Monitor. Here's what it shows: Free: 140 MB Wired: 441.4 MB Active: ...
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Is there any way to “Allow Guest Account to log in to this computer” via the command line?

How to enable “Allow Guests to log in to this computer” option on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) via command line?
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Key and cursor glitch in Terminal.app

I am having a problem with Terminal. It is triggered when I do something that involves the Command key, Cmd-C, Cmd-V etc. It causes my keyboard actions to not be recognized until I click somewhere ...
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Can't add folder to PATH. [duplicate]

The instructions for some software I am using asks that I add: /Applications/TetrUSS/bin/ to my PATH. I followed the instructions on this website. However, when I do echo $PATH, that path does not ...
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Creating a bootable DMG or ISO for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

I have a 4.04GB DMG file for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), which is being used for reinstalling the OS on my MacBook Pro. However, the bootable USB needs a GPT (GUID-partition table) format. The ...
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Starting Terminal as full screen by default

In Mac OS X 10.8, how can I make terminal.app open in full screen by default? It appears that it opens full screen if I control click the terminal app before quitting and then choose close. But I ...
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How can I monitor memory usage of a process running from the terminal in OSX

I am running a command line utility called casperJS (installed via node npm) from the OSX terminal. It's a long running process and I'd like to see how much memory it is using, together with any ...
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How do I configure custom URL handlers on OS X?

I've been reading a lot online about custom URL handlers / custom protocol handlers such as: Launching External Applications using Custom Protocols under OSX OS X URL handler to open links to local ...
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Run `sudo` command at startup/bootup on Mac OS X

How to run a sudo on command line when a Mac startup? Specifically, I'm trying to run the following line on Mountain Lion: sudo ipfw add 100 fwd 127.0.0.1,8080 tcp from any to any 80 in There are ...
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Enable logging in Calendar.app for OS X 10.8

You used to be able to access a secret debug menu in iCal but this seems to have been removed in 10.8. Annoyingly the command used to enable logging seems not to work any more either. Can anyone ...
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Permanently reject Bluetooth pairing request

There's some keyboard device that attempts to pair with my iMac about every 30 seconds. The reject button only removes it temporarily. Same with the disconnect. Discoverable is already off for the ...
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Wifi on iMac Constantly Dropping

I have had this iMac for a couple of years, and I have had constant issues with the wifi periodically disconnecting (only recently cared because I have actually started using it). I have recently ...