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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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Log of cron actions on OS X

Does the cron which comes with OS X log its actions anywhere? I'm not looking for output of any particular cron job, but rather log of what cron is doing. On a couple linux machines I've checked, ...
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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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Can I run iOS apps on my Mac?

I've seen a number of neat iPhone apps recently that I'd like to use. In particular, there are a number of neat musical apps (metronome, tuner, etc.) that seem highly rated, and have no real Mac ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 ...
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Is there a way to virtualize Mac OSX in Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run Mac OSX within Windows Virtual PC? I have heard rumors that there is a way to run Mac OSX Server in a Virtual Machine in windows. I know this is not exactly ...
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How to automagically move windows between monitors with one keystroke?

In Windows I had this great little app that allowed me to move application windows between 2 monitors with a click of a button (or a key-stroke). I'm aware of an application that will change the ...
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Installing Tiger on a Snow Leopard MacBook

My lab is planning to buy a MacBook that comes with Snow Leopard to test our RCP applications (Eclipse). We would also like to install Tiger to test our applications because many of our users are ...
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How to uninstall homebrew? (OSX Package Manager)

I've got some problems with this package manager. I can't find how to remove it! Is it safe to remove whole /usr/local? Homebrew was installed somewhere in that directory.
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How to selectively route network traffic through VPN on Mac OS X Leopard?

I don't want to send all my network traffic down to VPN when I'm connected to my company's network (via VPN) from home. For example, when I'm working from home, I would like to be able to backup all ...
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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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Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard

I have been able to move Apple's virtual memory swapfiles to a dedicated partition on my hard drive up until now. The technique I have been using is described in a thread on forums.macosxhints.com. ...
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Renaming many files in Mac OS X, batch processing

I used to rename file in Linux via a rename command: rename 's/old_pattern/new_pattern/g' *glob Is there something similar in Mac OS X (Snow Leopard)?
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Case insensitive tab completion in Bash

Is there any way to make Bash tab complete case insensitively? $ bash --version GNU bash, version 3.2.48(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin10.0) Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. I am ...
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How can I get control+left arrow to go back one word in iTerm2?

I was reading up in the Linux manual and I noticed that it said I could use control+left and control+right to move forward and back words in the terminal while editing. "Pressing Ctrl plus the ...
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How can I get a script to run every day on Mac OS X?

Cron? Launchd? iCal?? If so, how?
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Make Mac OS X mouse acceleration more Windows-like

The mouse acceleration on Mac OS X is driving me nuts. It may work for touchpads but nothing beats the Windows' acceleration curves. Is there a way to modify the behaviour on OS X? I tried getting a ...
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How do I run a launchd command as root

I have the following launchctl command as a .plist file. It's loaded and set to run once a day but, it needs to run as root and I'm not sure how to verify this. Also, this cron job basically CDs ...
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How do I view my clipboard history on OS X?

I am often copying and pasting various tidbits of information, and then forgetting to save it. I would copy something else and lose what I had in the clipboard before. Is there some sort of built-in ...
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Force an application to use a specific network interface

I'm using multiple network interfaces (LAN and Wireless), and I've noticed that there's a way to change the order of prefered interfaces. How can I use the wired network to do work, check email, and ...
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How to use command line whois for “spam infected” domains like apple.com?

In short: is there any way to get the full whois-details for domains like apple.com, using the command line on Max OS X? Running whois on the command line for, for example, apple.com is like ...