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How to merge (and not replace) folders when copying on the Mac?

There's a similar question about windows. This is the same, but for mac. By the way, it's odd there's no question on this yet, since it seems like it's the most hated thing on Mac OS X. If I try ...
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Is there a good tool for monitoring network activity on Mac OS X? [closed]

Is there a good bit of software on Mac OS X that I can use to monitor incoming and outgoing network activity? Nothing too geeky, I just want something simple to use. I'm on version 10.6 (Snow ...
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How to create a bootable USB Windows OS using Mac OS X

I'm having a trouble here because of my PC got infected today and I've tried everything to get it back to normal, but the only option left for me now is to do a clean install. Now, what happen is ...
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Copy-on-select, paste-on-middle-click on Mac OS X?

Is there a way to give OS X the usual X-windows behavior where selecting text in any application automatically copies it to the clipboard, and the middle mouse button automatically pastes it? +C, +V ...
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Is there any way to prevent a Mac from creating dot underscore files?

At work we're letting one of our very tech savvy clients actually help out a little with a few development projects specific to him. However, he uses his own personal Macbook, and as he edits files on ...
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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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Bash completion for commands in Mac OS X

How do I get fink and macports to autocomplete program names when typing commands, as in Ubuntu's apt-get? For example when I type sudo port install ca and press tab, I want the terminal to ...
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Start configured VPN from command line (OSX)

I have two VPN configurations on my mac and I would like to be able to start them from the console when I ssh into my machine. I have found the command networksetup which allows me to configure ...
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OS X Terminal command to change color themes

Is there a command that can be used to change the color scheme of the Mac OS X Terminal? I like the idea of being able to change colors depending on scripts I run. So far I am just changing the color ...
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How do I mount ext2/ext3 partitions in Mac OS X Snow Leopard?

Is there anything that will natively allow read/write on an ext2/3 partition within Snowie? Just don't want to get a Linux box to mount, and then access via samba. Although I could perhaps through ...
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How do you get loopback addresses other than 127.0.0.1 to work on OS X

According to everything I read, the entire 127.x.x.x subnet should loopback. However, on my Mac, I can only ping 127.0.0.1 I know I've done this before (though possibly on another OS) and has come ...
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403 Forbidden Error on Mac OS X Localhost

I set up Web Sharing in System Preferences on Mac OS X 10.6 and clicked the link it gave me there. Unfortuantely, Apache gave me this 403 error: Forbidden You don't have permission to access ...
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AutoHotKey equivalent on Mac

I am looking for a Mac application similar to AutoHotkey. What are the best Mac applications in this category?
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How to change default app for all files of particular file type through terminal in OS X?

How can I change the default app for all files of a particular file type through the Terminal in OS X?
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Get mac tar to stop putting ._* filenames in tar archives [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do I get files like ._foo in my tarball on OS X? I create autoconf scripts on a Mac. When tar runs, it puts all of these ._foobar names in the archive: ...
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Switch TO specific input source

In Mac OS X, there is a keyboard shortcuts to switch between activated input sources. Is it possible to switch to a specific language? So if you have 3 input methods, you could have 3 shortcuts: ...
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Best Mac OS X DVD Ripper [closed]

I want to rip a DVD on OS X, but don't know what software to use. Is there free open source software? What is the best software for ripping on OS X?
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How do I reset the $PATH variable on Mac OS X?

I've messed up my path variable, and now some apps that I run raise errors saying Command Not Found (error 127) for commands like date and sleep. These commands work fine when executed directly in the ...
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How to enable Bluetooth in Mac with shortcut or command line?

I accidentally disabled the Bluetooth on Mac OS. I can't enable it because my Bluetooth based keyboard and mouse are now disabled. I found a USB based keyboard I can use, so how can I enable ...
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Getting Mac OS X applications to close after last window closed

I know it's just a pet peeve, but I hate it that Mac OS X's Preview.app stays open when it has no windows open. Is there any way to make it close when its last window is closed? Since I don't see ...
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How do you sort files in OS X Finder so folders appear at the top?

How do you sort files in OS X Finder so folders appear at the top? There doesn't seem to be any option in View Options.
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How can I see a visual overlay of shortcut keys I've pressed?

I've seen several screencasts (recorded on Mac OS X) which show a nice little "toast" indicating which shortcut key is being pressed by the screencaster, typically in the middle of the screen. Is this ...
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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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How to use multiple SkyDrive accounts on one computer?

Is there any way how to use multiple SkyDrive accounts on one computer running MAC OS X or Windows 8? I would like to sync data from different accounts to different folder and not to merge these ...
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Is there a way to make Windows 7 install .iso onto USB drive from OSX?

I copied my windows 7 cd to a ISO and trying to source the image onto my USB drive from OSX. So far it doesn't seem like it's possible with disk utility. Is there something else I can do to make this ...
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Which torrent apps work headless (from command line only)?

There's a question on here about what torrent apps work well remotely, but I'm hoping to find out one that works well through a command line interface, preferably with no GUI. What torrent apps ...
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How can I block all Facebook elements/content

I have no Facebook account. How to block all Facebook elements (not only like-button, but everything Facebook) on the rest of the Internet. I worry being tracked by Facebook. I am using Firefox on Mac ...
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How can I recover a crashed hard drive?

My hard drive from my MacBook crashed and died hard last week. I replaced the drive with a new one, and installed 10.6/Snow Leopard on it. The old drive is now in a usb enclosure, and I really need to ...
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How can I remap windows and alt keys in OS X?

I sometimes hook up my macbook to a windows keyboard. The annoying thing is that on windows keyboards the modifier keys at the lower left are layout as ctrl - windows - alt while apple keyboards ...
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How can I create a remote connection between Mac & Windows computers?

My office has 30 Windows PCs and 5 iMacs, all of which are connected to a LAN and the internet. I have seen TeamViewer being used for accessing other computers remotely, and want to know if it is ...
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Cycling through minimized windows

In Mac OS X, how can cycle through minimized windows and/or maximize them using a shortcut? I noticed that I cannot cycle through minimized windows with ⌘-``.
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How can I set custom key bindings and key macros on Mac OS X?

I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard, from Leopard and I was using an awesome app called Spark that let you remap your keys, set scripts/macros and even had repeat functionality. However, this app ...
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How can I diagnose a slow mac?

What steps can I take to diagnose a 2 - 3 year old iMac that is getting slower and slower. The CPU utilization seems ok, its just slow to respond. There is no obvious software running that would be ...
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Compress a folder into multiple zip files

I'm on mac osx. 1. Is there any tool to compress a folder into multiple zip files ? 2. Is there any tool to split a compressed zip file into smaller zip files (to open individually later) ? thanks
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Enable SSH on a Mac in single user mode

I have an iMac that I can access only in single user mode, because of serious hardware damage. I attached to it another computer with an Ethernet cable. I would like to login remotely to the iMac ...
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Mac OS DVD Burning Software

There is a question I see popping on and on at forums but with no "good" answer. I've copied a DVD to my hard drive and it is about 6.6 GB. Is there any software that will help me to burn it into a ...
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Best filesystem for use with multiple OS? [duplicate]

what's the best file system to use with windows, osx, and linux that is not fat32. I need a file system that can share large video files with good performance
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Move windows between Spaces in Mac OS X using only the keyboard

How can I change the active space while taking the active window with me? In Gnome, I can press Shift-Ctrl-Arrow to move virtual desktops, bringing along the active window. I'd love the ...
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How can I edit the user interfaces of Mac OS X programs?

How can I edit the user interfaces of Mac OS X programs? I'd like to tweak settings for some programs, things like window sizes.
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Remapping of keys in Mac OS X

My MBP comes with a Turkish keyboard but I'm using US layout. However, the key just under ESC gives § instead of ` (back-quote) which I frequently use. I need to remap this key but I couldn't find ...
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How to make changes to Mac /etc/hosts permanent?

On my Mac (running OS 10.6.8), I can edit my hosts file with sudo vi /etc/hosts, but changes I make don't seem to persist through restarts or possibly awaking from sleep mode. Is there a way to make ...
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Free filesystem drivers for ext3 on OS X Leopard

I have an external drive that holds an ext3 partition, which is shared on the network via NFS. Problem is, I can't see this drive on my MacBook after I mount this via Directory Utility. Does anyone ...
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SandForce controller SSD Garbage Collection for systems without TRIM support

Mac OS X does not seem to support TRIM, the command that tells SSD drives they can reuse a block. This means, after a while of usage, writing over much of the SSD, performance degrades. Since waiting ...
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Clean install Mac OS X Lion on new SSD

I'll be getting a Macbook Pro 13.3" (Pre-installed with OS X Lion) soon and I plan to replace the built-in HDD with a 128GB SSD that I already have. Since Lion doesn't come with any install disks, ...
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Mac OS X for VirtualBox [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run Mac OS X within Windows Virtual PC? How do I virtualize Mac OS X on Windows XP host with VirtualBox?
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Text editor for Mac OS X [closed]

Does anyone know of a good text editor for Mac OS X which will organize HTML tags?
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Can I seize control of Cmd-Left in OSX?

On OSX, Cmd + ← is supposed to move your cursor to the beginning of a line; Cmd + → is supposed to move your cursor to the end of a line. Some OSX apps (e.g. Firefox and Adium) do the wrong ...
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Spotlight and the locate command don't search *all* folders

There are several places in Mac OS X, that don't get indexed by spotlight or the terminal locate command. Is there a way to change that? How can I search in places like /private?
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Image copy Mac drive, how to do this?

How do you make an image of whole Mac disk drive and tranfer it to another Mac? What is the best software to do this? I am looking to make an exact duplicate copy of my machine to reload on a new ...
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How to uninstall software on a Mac

I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows. For the software I installed, how can I uninstall them? I did not find ...