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Join two h.264 movie files, merging chapters?

I have two h.264 encoded .m4v files, generated with Handbrake 0.9.3. They used the same Handbrake preset. How can I merge the two files into one movie, and do I need to do anything special to preserve ...
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Avoid time sychronization between OSX and XP using Parallels

I need to have my XP virtual machine system date, de-synchronized from my OSX host server. I'm using Paralles 4 but I can't figure out what or where is the option to do that. I already uncheck the ...
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Unable to understand a line in Google CodePreview's README

The README is in Google's codepreview which uses Google-appengine. To run the app locally (e.g. for testing), download the Google App Engine SDK from ...
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Why does Mac OS X sometimes complain that a copy failed because a file is in use?

Recently I've been copying files from DVDs to network storage on my Mac running Leopard 10.5.7. I'm just dragging and dropping in Finder to perform the copy. Occasionally the copy will fail with a ...
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How can I stop my Mac opening jnlp files using Dashcode?

My Mac has started opening jnlp files using Dashcode, rather than running Java. How can I fix this so it runs the files as before?
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“A copy of Firefox is already open. Only one copy of Firefox can be open at a time.”

I cannot start Firefox on my Mac. It just says "A copy of Firefox is already open. Only one copy of Firefox can be open at a time." I have tried restarting the computer. Any fixes? You have ...
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Make Safari open new links in existing windows as a tab, rather than a new window

When using NewsFire for checking my feeds and I click the title to read the full article, it opens it in a new window in the background in Safari. How can I make it open the articles in a new tab in ...
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Better layout of Expose on Leopard

Is it possible for Expose on Mac OS X Leopard to arrange the preview windows in a more optimal manner? After a while on superuser, opening up a new windows for each question that interests me, Expose ...
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No longer get expanded input menu in Leopard

For some reason, I no longer see the useful menu items in the Leopard input menu that allow you to enter any unicode character. Now I only see the keymaps I have active. How do I get the other items ...
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Is there a way to compact OS X's swapfiles?

Is there a simple way to compact the /var/vm/swapfile0 etc, short of rebooting? They can get quite large if things start swap'ing, and my laptop doesn't have much free disc space..
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Spotlight doesn't solve math operations any more

It used to be that Spotlight would figure out math operations for me (for example, if I typed 5 + 3, the first Spotlight result, before any located files or other search results, would be the answer). ...
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“Stuff” dissapearing from spotlight search

Question What is causing this to happen? What can I do to fix it? Background I use spotlight to launch my applications much like quicksilver and have recently found that many of my applications ...
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flac2mp3 on mac?

What tools are there to convert flac to mp3?
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How do I open a file in binary/plaintext format on Mac OS X?

This is the thing bugging me. I'd like to see some of my files in binary or plaintext format, but I can't figure out how to do it for all files. I can open some image files in plaintext using ...
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OS X keeps “losing” my Linux Samba shares

I have a Linux server (Ubuntu 8.10) and a Macbook (10.5.7). The Linux server has some Samba shares which I mount on the Macbook. They are set to mount on boot using the "Open Applications at Startup" ...
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Mac UI locked up. Are there any ways to unfreeze it short of cycling the power?

My Mac's UI has locked up. Is there any way to unfreeze the system short of cycling the power?
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Read OS X partition from Windows 7

I have installed Windows 7 onto my Macbook using Boot Camp, but i find the whole experience very quiet seeing I cannot access my music that resides on the OS X partition. Is there software out there ...
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Why does some of the songs in my iTunes library stop prematurely and go to the next song?

For the couple of weeks a whole bunch of the songs from my iTunes library stop early and skip to the next song (just as if it was at the end of the song). Although the point where it skips varies for ...
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How can I make tooltips stop popping up in Finder list view?

When I put a Finder window into list view, and the file name is too long to fit into the column width, the Finder pops up a yellow tooltip with the full name. The delay is too short and it gets in the ...
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Cmd-Tab suddenly stopped working, and my Dock is unresponsive, what do I do?

command ⌘+tab⇥ and my Exposé shortcuts have stopped working, and clicking/mousing over dock icons has no effect. What's wrong? What can I do to get things back?
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Logitech mouse driver alternative for Mac OS X

I've had my Logitech MX Revolution for several years now, and I still like it a lot. However, when I first installed the software that came with it, Logitech's drivers required Application Enhancer ...
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DPI setting on OSX

When I open my Excel spreadsheets or Word docs on my MacBook Pro 15" (in MS Office 2008), I always need to zoom in to 125-150%. Since the zoom settings are saved with the document, I'd rather not ...
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What are the differences between iTunes on the Mac and on Windows?

I often hear people say that iTunes may be a bit poor on Windows, but that it's much better on the Mac. What are the differences that make it better? And is it the same on XP, Vista and Windows 7? I'm ...
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2008 model iMac doesn't stay asleep

At night, when I'm finished using my computer, I put it to sleep. Most of the time, it will stay asleep. Sometimes, the machine will buzz twice quickly, and then wake back up. No amount of putting ...
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Overrall effect of changing system date on OSX

On windows I happily changed the system date with no or minimum side effects. I what to do this to provoke some effect on time based components. Anyway. I'm not that sure if something strange may ...
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searching Time Machine backup data

so I get how to browse of Time Machine data; you can see what your backup's state was at any time. How do you: see what files have changed between two successive backups find which backup has the ...
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Accurately resize a non-Cocoa Mac application

I want to do some screencasts and then upload them to Vimeo, which has specifications of resolutions that will yield good results. As such, I would like to be able to accurately and repeatably size ...
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Is it possible to grow a volume in a Mac OS X partition?

I'm using my main office server as a "poor man's Time Capsule" with Time Machine to back up my Mac OS X boxes. It works fine but I've just built a nicer/faster/bigger server so I wanted to extend the ...
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Why would 10.5.7 not be listed in software update?

I am running 10.5.6 and when I run Software Update it says that my system us up to date. Why would it not list 10.5.7? Has anyone else experienced this? There was a suggestion on the Apple discussion ...
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How do I copy a link to a Mail.app message without using drag-and-drop?

I keep a daily journal, and I like to have links to email messages, my mail client is Mail.app on OSX. I can drag-and-drop links to my journal program (VoodooPad), but I would really prefer to copy ...
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OS X Maintenance - how to keep the system clean?

I'm a .NET developer and a long time Windows user. Recently I've been working a little bit on OS X Leopard, trying to learn iPhone development. So far so good - Mac OS X seems like a great operating ...
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On Mac OS X how can I monitor what is using my internet connection?

I've got a relatively limited broadband connection (I live miles from the nearest exchange) and from time to time net access (but nothing else) slows to a near crawl. I know from a bit of monitoring ...
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Mac OS X: simple script wanted

I'm looking for a simple script that will do the following. Can anyone take a shot at it (+ if cryptic, please explain what it does), or give me some pointers so I can run this myself? I want to ...
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Mac OSX: conventional places where binary files should live

I'm only vaguely familiar with Unix and the filesystem convention for Macs, so sorry if this is a dumb/easy question. I've downloaded an application that is a command-line application, and want to ...
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Is it possible to use a Vista Boot Camp partition inside Virtual Box on Mac OS X

I've got windows Vista installed inside Virtual Box on my Mac OS partition. I've also got it installed under boot camp and I occasionally boot to it when I want to run windows with better performance ...
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Mac: What's the keyboard shortcut for switching between video mirroring and and extended desktop screens?

What's the keyboard shortcut for switching between video mirroring and and extended desktop screens? In Display Preference the feature is called "Turn On Mirroring" or "Mirror Displays." It took me ...
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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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Blu-ray software options for Mac OS X?

Ok, so Apple has not official supported Blu-ray playback in Mac OS X yet. Has anyone developed any Blu-ray playback software for Mac OS X? I have seen Toast and a few others that are able to write ...
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What do you remove from a default Mac OS X install? [closed]

Is there anything in the default Mac OS X install that you like to remove for performance, clutter, or non-use reasons? I have done custom installs without all the extra print drivers and language ...
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OS X rootkit/spyware scanners?

For OS X, I have discovered Rootkit Hunter recently and liked the functionality. What other rootkit/spyware scanners for OS X have been developed that are available for use?
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Recording Interfaces for OS X that are supported/work well?

For os x, I would like to know what other audio production/music recording interface type products people have found to work well with os x? I do not want to know about stuff that only works. I want ...
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For OS X, backup solutions that perform just like Time Machine?

I am wondering what backup solutions for OS X exist, but not just any backup software. I am wondering which ones act and perform like time machine with incremental file change backups?
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Windows version of Mac OS X's display key press widget equivalent?

I'm not an expert at OS X at all, but I saw a screencast one time where the user was on OS X and it showed the keys he was pressing in a little window in the corner. Does an equivalent app exist for ...
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IMAP on Mail.app, and Gmail questions

I recently setup my gmail account with IMAP on my email account. Unfortunately, I now have a stubborn white folder called [Gmail] that contains all of gmail's folders. I can't get rid of them, or ...
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How can I span wallpapers over two monitors in Mac OS X?

Is there any way to get a single wide desktop wallpaper to span a dual monitor setup in OS X?
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Looking for free Mac software to produce DVD's with subtitles [closed]

I have a movie in .avi format and I created the subtitles, now I would like to create a DVD that can be reproduced on a "regular" dvd player. Any idea?
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How to run Mac OS X within Windows Virtual PC? [closed]

The short answer is: You Can't. It seems to be a popular question as to whether you can install/run Mac OS X under virtualization within Windows. However, most of the questions really answer the ...
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How can I get OSX Terminal.app to open fullscreen and not cascade?

I prefer to have separate Terminal App windows rather than tabs. If I open a new windows then it always wants to cascade and I can never get it to go fullscreen. Solution?
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OS X will not register newly installed network adapters

I have purchased an Edimax 7318USg and tested it on a Windows machine (works). The installation process for the software for this adapter runs smoothly. However, OS X simply does not recognize new ...
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How do I “sandbox” Adobe Reader on my Mac?

I hate Adobe Reader, but every once in a while I have PDF which requires it. Launching Adobe Reader 'infects' my Mac, by changing the file associations and causing Safari to render PDFs with Adobe ...