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How to route certain applications through a VPN and others to use my 'standard' connection in OSX 10.6?

I am currently working abroad and use my company's VPN for FTP and some browsing. This is a relatively slow connection and while it is suitable for those VPN necessities; much of my other internet ...
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MKV to M2TS muxer for Snow Leopard

I currently use the tsMuxeR for Windows within a VM on my Mac to mux MKV to M2TS to play on my PS3. tsMuxeR currently doesn't have a version that works with Snow Leopard, and I have not had any luck ...
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Enable SMB file sharing on OS X - “Incorrect Password”

I have a Mac running Snow Leopard connected to an Active Directory domain. I can share folders on the Mac and view files from Windows without problems. When I try to enable my Mac account for write ...
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OS X can connect to Windows machine, but can't access shared folders

I can create new folders on my Windows XP machine, set them to "shared". On my Mac, I pick Finder → Go → Connect to Server → smb://192.168.1.4 → Connect → Name / Password. ...
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Snow Leopard can see Windows shares in Finder but can't connect

I have an iMac with the latest version of Snow Leopard on it. I have a NAS drive and a Windows machine that both show up in the Finder's 'Shared' section. However, if I click on them, Finder says ...
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Can I install Windows 7 on a MacBookPro2,2 running Snow Leopard (10.6.8) with Boot Camp?

The installation & setup guide says I need a MacBook Pro introduced in 2007 or later. I have a MacBook Pro introduced in October 2006. I have my Snow Leopard installation disk, and can obtain a ...
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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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How can I quit frozen Spotlight without rebooting my computer?

I opened up Spotlight, typed '12*' to do some multiplication and it's been frozen for the last 20 minutes. I am looking for how to restart the program/service/whatever it technically is, but it's ...
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Dell V105 printer and OS X 10.6

I am trying to get a Dell V105 printer to work with my iMac. It is running 10.6 and I have installed all the drivers on the Snow Leopard disk. I believe there is no official Dell driver but I have ...
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Java compiler error: Can't open input server /Library/InputManagers/Inquisitor

I am trying to compile HelloWorld in Java under Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and I get this compiler error: java[51692:903] Can't open input server /Library/InputManagers/Inquisitor It happens ...
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Snow Leopard - Dock icons randomly disappear

Snow Leopard works great! My mac's really fast after this. But sometimes the dock icons just disappear! I see the blue dot beneath when I click the empty space. So I know the item's there. But there ...
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OSX 10.6.8 - SSL failure in Chrome due to cert authority missing

I'm at my parents house for the holiday period, and they've just revealed to me they've been getting this error every time they visit their banks website in Chrome (ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID) They ...
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Can't mount dmg image as read/write

Hello I've downloaded a bootable .iso image that I'd like to write to an USB stick under OSX (10.6). I've converted the image with the command hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o ./X15-65804.img ...
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How to disable stuck ctrl key in software/memory?

The ctrl key of my MacBook 6,1, OS X 10.6.8, got stuck by a water hazard. It's recognized as permanently pressed by the system. Is there any way to tell the system that it is not? I'm thinking of a ...
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Time machine failed

Backed up all files, erased disk (partition) reinstalled OS that came with machine (snow leopard - was informed that that was the OS that came with the machine originally and that one had to be ...
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bug: launchctl.c:3576 (25952):17: ioctl(s6, SIOCAIFADDR_IN6, &:fra6) != -1

I have an old MacBook 1,1 that when booted in verbose mode gives the following bug: bug: launchctl.c:3576 (25952):17: ioctl(s6, SIOCAIFADDR_IN6, &:fra6) != -1 It also gives another, possibly ...
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How can I change the default Python version on Snow Leopard?

I recently upgraded my Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard install to 10.6 Snow Leopard, and with that came an upgraded version of Python, 2.6.1 (instead if 2.5.1). Now when I type python in the Terminal i still ...
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How do I banish the Evernote Helper once and for all in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?

I want Evernote to open when I need it and then I want it closed when I close it. I've repeatedly removed the helper from my login items, yet it keeps reappearing. Apparently, every time I open ...
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Magic Trackpad clicks and points, but doesn't scroll

I just got a new-to-me Magic Trackpad, but after pairing it and adjusting the settings in System Preferences, I can't get it to do the two-finger scrolling gesture. So far, I've uninstalled USB ...
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Is it possible to control the CAPS LOCK LED on OS X?

I don't use the CAPS LOCK functionality in OS X, so I disabled the key under the system preferences. Now that key is completely useless to me - ok, I could map the CMD/CTRL/ALT key to that key, but I ...
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In Mac OS X, how can I unzip a zip file without unzipping its contents?

I have a zip file that contains another type of archive (in this case, a jee app server WAR file, but this happens with other contained archive types as well). When I unzip the zip file, instead of ...
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Can't execute hdiutil create from remote machine

I have an iMac with the HD split into two equal size partitions. Both partitions are bootable with Snow Leopard. I then start-up partition 1 with an admin user account. I want to create a disk ...
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How can I stop Mac OS X overriding my hostname when I receive a DHCP request on Snow Leopard?

Whenever I go on a network where the DHCP server assigns hostnames then it overrides the settings I've set for my hostname on my Mac in the "Sharing" section of System Preferences. How do I stop this ...
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How to reverse video on Mac OS?

i don't have a Final Cut. Is there a way to reverse video ? Some apps, or terminal utilites ?
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View local PHP files in the browser on OS X

is there a way to view local PHP files in my browser without running Apache or anything? I'm using Snow Leopard.
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What can I do to stop the Play / Pause button from opening iTunes?

In Snow Leopard the Play / Pause media button (on the F8 key) opens up iTunes. How can I disable that? Preferably keeping the old Leopard behaviour, so I can use it to control other media applications ...
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Are Snow Leopard text substitutions scriptable?

I prefer using typographical quotation marks when possible, so I love the Smart Quotes part of Snow Leopard’s text replacement feature. But there are a few cases in which I need to toggle it, and it’s ...
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Mac OS X: Applications not responding

This happens to me several times a day. I'll quit an app, the window will close, but the app won't finish shutting down. It stays open in the dock, and right clicking and force quit show not ...
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Multiple Instances Of Applications in Parental Controls - Allowed Apps List After Snow Upgrade

After upgrading several systems from Leopard to Snow Leopard there are now multiple instances of several applications listed in the System Preferences > Parental Controls > Allowed Apps The ...
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Why is my Application's Icon grayed out in OS X Lion?

In the Applications folder on OS X I have a few programs that are "grayed out": I tried running Repair Disk Permissions in the Disk Utility but it doesn't fix this. I tried looking at the ...
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Safari can’t establish a secure connection to the server

I realize there is another question with the same title, but my situation is very different. The problem started on three of my computers after upgrading from Leopard to Snow Leopard. I can login to ...
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How to install an App that asks for admin rights without giving it admin rights?

How to install an App that asks for admin rights without giving it admin rights? I want to install some software downloaded from the web, but it is asking for admin rights to my Mac OS X 10.6 laptop. ...
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How to skip words in OS X terminal?

Let's say I wrote a long command in the Mac OSX terminal, i.e say "Hello, how are you? I am good thank you. How is it going with you? Fine, thanks" and now I want to change the word Hello to Hi. ...
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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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How to recover deleted files in Mac OS X?

Is it possible to recover my deleted files in Mac OS X (after I emptied the trash also)? In Windows I can recover the deleted files using file recovery software. What options are available in Mac OS ...
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Is it possible to interrupt or cancel the trash-delete process?

I am connected to the company server, onsite not remote, which is Windows based. When, in the OS finder, I go to delete a file or directory that resides on the window-based server, the trash progress ...
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Tap to click on OS X login screen?

I'm using OS X Snow Leopard, on a Macbook Pro. Is there any way to "tap to click" (on the trackpad) instead of pressing down on the trackpad when interacting with the login screen? It's not really ...
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Why isn't sox able to convert to mp3?

I installed Sox, i installed lame-398, but sox is not able to convert any file to mp3. It fails with the messages: ./../sox FAIL util: Unable to load LAME encoder library (libmp3lame). ./../sox ...
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Split Terminal windows on Snow Leopard

I'm not sure if anyone ever noticed, but in snow leopard in Terminal on top corner of your scrolling there is an icon also can be used through apple key + D How do i use both windows independent from ...
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Background color in OSX Snow Leopard?

I really like the dashboard background color on Snow Leopard, where it reduces the brightness of the monitors. My monitors are too bright at night time, so I'd like to reduce the brightness? How can ...
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Snow Leopard hide scrollbar in terminal?

Is there a way to get rid of the scrollbar in Terminal.app in SN (it worked with earlier versions of OSX, but so far I didn't get it working on 10.6)
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Move file to Trash on Snow Leopard from Terminal

Snow Leopard allows users to "Put Back" files that were moved to the Trash from Finder. However, when I do mv <file> ~/.Trash from the command line I don't get the "Put Back" option. Is there a ...
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How do I create a symbolic link in Mac OSX?

I have a .sh file that I need to create a symbolic link. I would like to be able to access the file using the Terminal. The command I use is: ln -s /path/roo.sh /usr/bin/roo But when I type roo, ...
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How to move multiple files in OSX

In OSX, when I click on a file while holding down the command button, I can move it to another drive. The problem is trying to do this with multiple files. If I press command-A to select all the ...
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Dead keys on 4 year old aluminum keyboard: How do I correct this?

I have two dead keys on my Apple thin aluminum keyboard. My AppleCare has expired, I'm in the fourth year. I changed the mouse, no help. I logged onto Main IP, Charter, and used their email rather ...
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Create a keyboard shortcut for fast user switching in Mac OS X

How do you create a keyboard shortcut that activates fast user switching (i.e. brings up the login window) in Mac OS X Snow Leopard? I'm trying to emulate the Windows Start+L keyboard combination, ...
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How can I put a newline in my zsh prompt without causing terminal redraw issues?

I'm trying to fix a minor (but annoying) issue with my zsh prompt. The problem I'm seeing is that when I'm using a terminal in a GUI OS environment (for example, Terminal.app or iTerm 2 on OS X ...
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Looking for a Mac OS X terminal program that allows line wrapping to be disabled [closed]

Are there any replacements for Terminal.app that allow the line wrapping to be turned off? By turned off I mean in such a way as to cause a horizontal scroll bar to appear? I've seen proposed ...
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Can't Install Xcode on OS X Snow Leopard

I have tried 3.2.5, 3.2.6, 4.0.2, 4.2 etc and I get an install error immediately after providing credentials. I provide username, password. I am admin. Then I get The "Installation Failed" error: ...