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DMG mounting warning message says “it may make computer less secure or cause other problems”

When I try to open a DMG file I get this: I'll just transcript the image: There may be a problem with this disk image. Are you sure you want to open it? Opening this disk image may make ...
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Old (Leopard) Expose on Snow Leopard (for mac)

I'm amazed this question hasn't been asked here. There are many discussions about it out there and even a way to remove the blue glow. Of course I've already filed my complaint with apple... Is there ...
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Apple Mail: Can't undo a delete?

Sometimes I can't, and sometimes I can. I want to be able to ⌘-Z after I accidentially delete a message. Or multiple messages. I want the Undo feature!
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What is the official installer for Unix packages on Mac OS?

I'm a bit confused about the installation of standard Unix packages on Mac OS X. For example, I have /usr/bin/svn, which is SVN v.1.4.4, but FinkCommander says svn is not installed. The same holds for ...
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I have a wireless Canon P560 and my computer can't find it

The printer is wireless and I haven't connected it via USB. I set the configurations for the Wi-Fi access point in the printer and it connected to my Wi-Fi. I have AT&T as the service provider and ...
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Mac OS Leopard: SyncServer process constantly using 100% CPU

I am running Leopard that I upgraded from Tiger. I've been noticing that every once in a while the SyncServer process starts up and eats up all the CPU. The fans will start going at full blast and ...
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Easily tell if focused on VirtualBox window?

Is there a way to make it very obvious that my VirtualBox window isn't in focus? The problem I'm having is switching between workspaces on Ubuntu or OS X and then trying to type in my Windows virtual ...
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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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Syntax for find on Mac OS X

I have a project directory that contains source code and subdirectories of source code. I want to use the Unix program find to search recursively for the names of files of certain extensions. The ...
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Unpause application in Mac OS X

I tried parsing a gigantic XML file and I ended up running out of virtual memory. The OS put all my applications on pause and gave me a screen to shutdown applications to free more space. I killed the ...
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Align windows to a grid in Snow Leopard

I've become so used to aligning windows to a grid on Windows (via Win+Arrow Key) and Linux (via Compiz Grid) that when I sit down at a Mac I want to gouge my eyes out trying to align windows. How can ...
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Unset the system immutable bit in Mac OS X

In theory I believe you can unlock and remove the system immutable bit with: chflags noschg /Path/To/File But how can you do this when you've set the bit as root? I have a file that is locked, and ...
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Convert Mac font to Windows format?

I have a font that was used on Mac OS X 10.5. Mac recognizes it as a font file. Windows Vista shows it as a "File". Changing the file extension doesn't work. I tried both .otf and .ttf and neither ...
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How can I differentiate between two docked applications existing on Mac OS X's dock?

I have the different versions of the same application added several times in the dock but the application icon and title is identical. I cannot change the icon or the file name because they are ...
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GNU screen multiuser mode is broken in OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

I'm using GNU screen for remote pair programming. Let's call the local account for the remote user 'pairpair'. I have the following lines in my .screenrc: multiuser on acladd pairpair I have run ...
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Can I have more than 16 Desktop “Spaces” on Mac OS X Snow Leopard?

Is is possible to have more than 16 desktop "spaces" with Mac OS X Snow Leopard? I know that it does not seem possible at all from the System Preferences settings, but I was wondering if there exists ...
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Mac OS X : Open up 3 terminals, run different commands from all for each of them, to set up a development environment

I'm a Ruby on Rails Web Developer and there is a lot of repetition I go through to start up my development environment. I was wondering if there is any way that I can remove some of this repetition by ...
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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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Mac OS X - User home directories shared via NFS

I've run into some problems with how I've got user home directories set up on our system here. Our server is an XServe, using Open Directory to manage the user accounts. The majority of our ...
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Use the keyboard to activate the menu bar

In OSX, is it possible to navigate the menu bar without using the mouse (such as the arrow keys)? I'm looking for something similar to how Windows does this – pressing Alt allows the arrow keys to ...
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How can I uninstall my Huawei modem on Mac?

I've installed many things trying to make this modem works, until I finally found something that should work on the official website. Now it isn't working, and I hope if I uninstall all other things ...
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Modify the way files get opened from finder by shift-clicking (etc) as in windows

In the windows shell it is possible to modify the default action for opening any document type when holding down a modifier key such as shift or option when double clicking. So for example I can open ...
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Remote desktop to Mac from various platforms (Windows, Ubuntu)

I fear I know the answer to this already, but I would like to be able to connect to my Mac Mini in a 'remote desktop' fashion. I would like to connect to my Mac as if I were sat at my desk, but I ...
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Is it possible to remove JAR files from the application list in Spotlight?

When I'm looking for applications using Spotlight, the top entries are often JAR files. This is annoying. Is it possible to change Spotlight so that JAR files are not considered applications?
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Prevent app from auto-launching in OS X - what are ALL the places to look?

An app on a Mac that automatically launches on boot and I don't want it to. The app itself offers no way to prevent this. Rather than identify the app, I figured it would be nice to use this question ...
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Stream video from one app to another in OS X (Software video input device)

Is there any way to take a video stream from one application, for example VLC Media Player, and present that video stream to other applications as a video input source? For example, could I ...
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Mac Text Editor (with function list) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Text editor for Mac OS X So I've got a Mac in the post coming to me, and will probably be doing quite a bit of development on it so I am looking for a text editor (PHP + ...
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How can I open VLC multiple times?

In my particular case on a Mac, I would like to dump several parallel Flash video streams. So the question is, how can I run several instances of VLC?
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Set default reminder pattern to iCal Calendar/Group

I have in iCal some Calendars/Groups named Birthday, Exams and Holidays. Now I am wondering if I can assign a default reminder pattern to all Exams events, for example: 2 Weeks before, 1 Week before,...
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Sharing a single window/application on OS X thru VNC?

I'd like to share a single application (or window) via VNC so I can have another user use an application on my OS X box. The closest thing I've found is SharedAppVNC but it doesn't seem to play well ...
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Why does cpio say “WARNING! These file names were not selected” when copying a large number of files?

For over 10 years, I've been using this strategy to copy a large number of files between UNIX filesystems: cd source_directory find . -depth -print | cpio -pdm /path/to/destination_directory It ...
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Automate ripping TV show DVDs

RipIt & Handbrake do a really good job of ripping and compressing. For normal "single main feature" DVDs I have a good workflow, and for the most part handbrake does a good job of figuring out ...
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What's the best way to partition an SSD?

In case you're creating one partition, should it be as big as possible, or should a certain percentage of space be left unpartitioned?
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Snow Leopard and a Windows network

I have just added a MBP to my home network and while I can connect to the internet etc, i cannot browse my home networked computers. I have already added a new location in my Network preferences yet ...
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How can I modify keyboard shortcuts for Firefox?

I recently started using Firefox as my primary web browser, and I would like to change some of the default keyboard shortcuts, especially the ones used to switch between tabs. Can this be done? I ...
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Disable Help Agent (the lightbulb icon) in OpenOffice.org

How can I turn off the Help Agent (the lightbulb icon) that keeps appearing the in the lower-right corner? I'm running OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 on MaC OS X.
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Can I convert an image from CMYK to RGB in Mac OS X?

Is there a way to convert a JPEG from CMYK to RGB, using Preview or any other tool built into Mac OS X? I see I can go to Tools | Assign Profile… and select from a long list of options, including ...
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Get rid of drop down cc-bcc-reply-to field when composing in Mail?

Is there any way to get rid of the drop down cc bcc reply-to etc. field menu in the compose new message window in Mail in Mac OS X Snow Leopard? The offending menu is the one immediately to the left ...
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Western Digital not recognized by Windows after power Outage on windows

I have WD Essential Plus 1.5TB (formatted in NTFS). It was working fine under windows and mac mini. While it was connected to the mac mini, I had an power outage and now the HD is not being recognized ...
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Using built-in camcorder microphone with Skype on OS X

I have a MacMini. I want to use it for video calling with Skype. Rather than buying a new webcam I have managed to set-up my Sony Handycam as a webcam by connecting it to the Mac with a Firewire ...
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How do I turn off macbook laptop screen when external monitor is connected?

How do I turn off laptop screen when external monitor is connected? Turning brighness down to zero is not any good as windows will keep popping up on external screen. Closing the lid and hoping it ...
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Mac OS X: which folders should ClamXav Sentry watch?

I'm using ClamXav on my Mac. I've read this, and I am aware of the whole Macs-need-no-AV-but-they-do-anyway discussion. I guess that's why I would feel like a real jerk if I somehow managed to ...
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Mac OS X applications downloaded from Internet stuck with “circle with diagonal line” icon

After I've downloaded an application from the Internet and dragged it into my Applications folder it is shown with a "prohibited" crossed out circle icon. When I click on it the first time I get a ...
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Is it possible to resize the existing mac partion

I have existing MAC partition of 16GB. But my hardisk is 40GB. I want to increase the size of MAC OS . I have created another virtual disk of 30 GB which is appearing on MAC as well. BUT what should ...
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Can I open a folder in the current Finder window, rather than getting a new window for each folder?

In Mac's Finder, I have a million windows piled on top of each other when I finally find a file I want. Is there any way to select a subfolder and when it opens, have it REPLACE the current open ...
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Mac OS X: growlnotify doesn't work when script is run from Quicksilver

Say I run the following script that includes growlnotify. #! /bin/bash # do something ... echo 'I want growlnotify to say this' | \ growlnotify -a '[Some Application]' 'Growl Headline'; \ exit; ...
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Problems running some apps on mac, no error message

I hope this question is within superuser scope. I've recently downloaded an application that just happens to be a computer game but this is not pertinent to the problem. Thing is, I can't run any of ...
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Thunderbird 3.0.2 stops automatically checking for email

Since upgrading to Thunderbird 3.0.2 on Mac OS X 10.6, Thunderbird will intermittently stop checking for messages automatically. Frequently I am presented with the error "This folder is being ...
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German-Danish / Danish-German dictionary for Mac OS X

I need a German-Danish and/or Danish-German dictionary. I have tried searching Google, but there's really not many dictionaries out there for Mac OS X it seems. Do you know of any? I don't care if ...
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Audio Device access on Mac

I have a device (Lynx) which can take audio from 8 mice and saves the files into my machine using graph edit. In windows they provide driver and I can access mice and can save files. I want to do the ...