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Alt+click-drag window resizing on a Mac? (Similar to X-Windows)

Is there a way I can get this behavior on Mac OS? alt + right-click-drag will resize the window, relative to where you've clicked within the window and the window's center alt + left-click-drag will ...
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Home-network wifi issue with Macbook Pro

I'm using a Macbook Pro and having problems with the wifi network at home. Every 20-30 minutes, I am unable to connect to the internet although I can login into 192.168.0.1. If I turn the wifi (on the ...
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Use specific version of package per directory with Homebrew on Mac

I often find myself switching to a specific version of a package installed with homebrew when switching projects. $ cd ~/Desktop/projects/project1 $ brew switch phantomjs 2.0.0 Cleaning ...
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What are files that end in ~ on OSX? (e.g. test.txt~)

I'm simply wondering what files that end with ~ are used for. Also, while I'm here, what types of files are generally "hidden", as well, which on OSX are .-prefixed. Are hidden files and ~-suffixed ...
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Cloud hosted configuration management for OSX?

I'm setting up IT systems for a small, Mac based company (about 20 laptops). They don't (and probably never will) have an onsite IT guy so I need to build systems that a smart, but non-IT person, can ...
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Where is the Javascript console (like in Chrome) in Safari 6?

I'm a heavy Chrome user for development, and wanted to try out Safari, but how do I get the console to see my traces and other outputs?
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How to run specified terminal command from context menu on right clicked folder?

I'm quite happy I found out about Finder > right-click > "New Terminal at Folder". To make it perfect, I'm looking for a way to run a specified command right after. Automator doesn't seem to have such ...
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ggplot2 doesn't load in R/RStudio - Application not responding

I have installed ggplot2 version 1.0.1 on R version 3.1.3, using install.packages('ggplot2', dependencies=T) Checking for the installation: find.package('ggplot2') returns [1] ...
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Reuse Linux SSH-Key with MacOS

I want to use an SSH-Private-Key generated on Debian 7 with my MacOS-Machine. So I copied id_rsa and id_rsa.pub to .ssh/ on my Mac. The Key is recognized, but every time I enter my passphrase the ...
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(Mac OS X) How can I adjust the default popup size of Quick Look in Finder?

If I have an item selected in Finder, I can do a Quick Look by pressing space. Is there a way to control the default size of the Quick Look popup? Most of the time the default size is way to small ...
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Possible to drive 5K display with MacBook Pro + Thunderbolt PCI chassis + Capable Video Card?

It's my understanding that currently the only Mac hardware that specifically supports an outboard 5K display (like this one) is the Mac Pro and that this only came along with the recent 10.10.3 ...
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URLs with hypen - converting MS Word to PDF

I'm writing a document with MS Word for Mac 2011. This documents uses a lot of URLs that are also hyperlinks. When converting the document to a PDF by using the save as... option, the URLs that ...
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Keyboard shortcut to reapply sorting in Excel 2015 Preview for Mac

In Excel 2013 for the PC, you can press Ctrl-Alt-L to reapply a filter/sort on a table in your worksheet. This shortcut does not work in the Excel 2015 Preview for Mac. I tried other variations on ...
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How can I scan multiple pages into a single PDF?

How could I scan multiple pages into a single PDF on the Mac? This is for document archival (mostly invoices and receipts). Ideally, the results should be somewhat searchable (but manually giving it ...
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OS X Yosemite - Too many files open

I recently upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite....headaches ensued I'm pretty sure my problem lies w/ the number of files I can open - but I'm not sure how to solve it. I'm also pretty sure I've ...
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XAMPP won't start Apache on Mac OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite

I had a local XAMPP stack running on my Macbook Pro fine for weeks (OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, XAMPP 5.5.24). Then, I spent some time trying to install a library, in which I somehow messed up the ...
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How to fully uninstall the Cocoapods from the Mac Machine?

I installed Cocoapods version 0.28, and now I want to uninstall it from my machine. How can I do that?
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Synergy 1.7.1 OS X 10.9 to Windows 7 drag and drop causes secure socket error: SSL_ERROR_WANT_READ?

I am currently running Synergy 1.7.1 Pro activated on OS X 10.10.4 and Windows 7 Enterprise SP1. This is under a domain controlled Windows corporate network and I imagine the root of my issue is ...
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Single line diff

Is there a diff tool I can run from the command line or maybe just an online webpage that will compare single lines? GitHub diffs do this, but I don't want to publish things to GitHub just to read the ...
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How to zip a folder in osx excluding the “Icon” file?

I have been trying to zip a folder using the terminal and excluding the Google Drive pesky "Icon" file. This is the command I tried using: zip my-zipped-folder.zip -r folder-to-zip/ -x "Icon" ...
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Can't use Bootcamp partition for Windows 8 installation

I'm trying to install Windows 8 with Bootcamp on my Macbook Pro. Sadly it won't let me get past the disk partition choice (even after formatting the Bootcamp-drive). It says: Windows can't be ...
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Why is Google removing my .gsheet documents?

Everyday I'm seeing Google Documents removed automatically from my Mac and they appear in .Trash for some reason. However when I recover these files, I could still open them. Is there any known ...
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Update a bootable OS X drive clone with rsync?

The question: is it possible to keep a boot-able backup drive clone of OS X updated with rsync? If rsync is not a viable option are there alternatives? The Setup: My situation is as shown above. ...
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How to create a file and insert a line in it using OS X terminal

How can I do the following using the terminal on OS X? Create a file named .inputrc in a user's home directory and put this line in it: set completion-ignore-case On
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Windows 10 Preview as Fusion Guest VM

I tried to install Windows 10 Insider Preview (x64) - Build 10074 in a VMware Fusion 7.1.1 VM but it always hangs at Please wait a moment (with the spinning thing). Is there a way to get around this? ...
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OSX Guest Account Default Application

On a shared computer running OSX 10.10 I have the guest account enabled so that all files and browser history are deleted for those who use the account. I just installed LibreOffice so that guest ...
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Mac OS X .bashrc not working

I have a one-line .bashrc file in my home directory: alias countlines='find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 cat | wc -l' But it is not creating the alias. Why might that be?
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Can't access my computer with its public ip

I installed MAMP on my Macbook Pro. It opens on 'localhost:8888'. I went to http://www.whatismyip.com/ and it gave me my ipv4 address. I copied my ip and put it on my browser like this: myip:8888 and ...
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how to hide text in a PDF in Preview

I need to send a pdf containing bank details about a payment, only some of the data in the pdf is relevant to the receiver, and I would like to hide everything else. I have opened the PDF in preview ...
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Time machine backup on S3

Is there any possibility to use Amazon S3 for Mac OS X time machine backups? Or in other words: Use S3 rather an external hard disk for time machine backups?
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What is preventing Firefox from deleting active logins/cookies on exit?

Alright, so I want Firefox to delete all active logins/cache when I close it. My privacy settings are: Accept cookies from sites Accept third-party cookies: Always Keep until: I close Firefox ...
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Setting Environment Variables on Mac OS X

I'm new to using Mac OS X. From my understanding, it uses Linux under the covers. I have a need to add an environment variable. Currently, whenever I start a terminal window, I've been executing ...
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Cannot log into migrated Apple OSX 10.6 user profiles

The problem: I cannot log into either of two migrated profiles on an OSX 10.6 system What I did: I'm rebuilding an OSX 10.6 system for someone due to a failing disk. The old disk was unbootable but ...
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Adjusting 10.10 Desktop Change Python Script

I'm not fantastic in Python and I'm currently using a script based off of https://gist.github.com/gregneagle/6957826. I'm looking to make one change to the Desktop Image Dictionary Keys option in ...
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How to tell where an item in the Trash came from?

The Mac OS X 10.6 Trash shows an option "Put back" for files that were trashed after installing 10.6. However, it does not show where the file will be put back to. So: using Finder, is there any way ...
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How to prevent Preview from opening files when it launches

The Preview application currently hangs when it opens (it doesn't crash - it becomes unresponsive). Since Preview opens the files that were opened at the last invocation - killing and reopening ...
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How do I stop Google Chrome from changing the current space in Spaces in Mac OS X?

Whenever a website changes, finishes loading or re-loads; Google Chrome moves me to that Space. It drives me crazy. Is there any way of stopping that?
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Mac OSX unable to SSH connection reset by peer

I have an SSH server running at home and I am trying to connect to it from school. But when I try to connect I get: ssh_exchange_identification: read: Connection reset by peer However, when I ssh ...
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All iOS Provisioning Profiles stuck at pending

I'm attempting to create new iOS Provisioning Profiles, but as I create them the Apple website hangs as I submit the 'Name the profile and generate' page. Returning to the list of profiles I can see ...
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Cannot manually update database for locate?

I've been trying to update the databases used by locate on my Macbook (10.6.3 Snow Leopard) but even following the commands shown in this thread hasn't gotten me anywhere. I just get an error from it ...
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Change Mac phone call defaults

I have Lync for Mac installed on my machine. When I try to make a phone call from the Mac messages application , it routes me to the Lync to make the calls and fails. How can I change this setting to ...
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What can I do without admin privileges? [on hold]

This is a question about security. What can a process without admin privileges do for an OS X (or any other UNIX computer). I'm asking this because I want to try untrusted apps and I thought that ...
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Mac users create text with non standard accents

When a Mac OSX 10.3 user inputs text in Wordpress, his accented characters such as é or è are not rendered correctly on Firefox and Safari. The accent is shown too high in relation to the letter. ...
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How to identify which process is running which window in Mac OS X?

I’d like to know if it is possible to identify which process is responsible for creating/managing a window in Mac OS X. For example, when multiple instances of an application are started, how can I ...
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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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Text Editor that hilights all instances of selection for Mac

On Windows, I use Notepad++ which has the great feature of when I select a word, all instances of that word are also highlighted in the same document. I have found it very helpful for finding ...
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How to convert iso file to USB (don't even know how to mount)

I'm a total total noob who is trying to download Linux Mint on a Mac OS X using a (8 GB) USB flash drive. I know there is some way to go into terminal and convert the iso file, but I don't know how. ...
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Can I run Skyrim on Mac with Bootcamp with my machine?

Here's the situation: I've tried running Skyrim on my Mac using a demo of Crossover 13.2. My Mac looks like this: V 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3 NVIDIA ...
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Easiest way to create a new text file in a Finder window on OSX

OK, so if I'm browsing directories in OS X Finder, what's the easiest way to create a new text file? Right now I have to either open TextEdit, click around until I get to the same directory I'm in, ...
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Mac OS X seems to be unable to find directory that certainly exists

For some reason Mac OS X cannot find a directory I just made. Any idea why? sh-3.2# mkdir /Users/Administrator/Documents/drive/ sh-3.2# mount -w -t "hfs+" /dev/disk1s2 ...