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Can the search as you type behavior in the Mac OS X Spotlight feature be disabled?

The goal is to invoke the spotlight search field, enter text and to generate search results only AFTER hitting enter. Default behavior is to start generating results as soon as a character is entered ...
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Emacs background is grey after upgrading to Snow Leopard

I use Emacs within Terminal on my MacBook. I have configured Emacs to use the color-theme package. I prefer the "whateveryouwant" theme, which has a white background. Incidentally, I also have a ...
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Sharing or syncing home folders between Macs

I've had a Macbook for some time, and recently got a Mac Mini too (both as desktop & media player computer). When setting up the Mini, I copied mostly everything (in target disk mode) from Macbook ...
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What Is the Mac OS X Terminal Command to Log Out the Current User?

I would like to run something like "sleep 3600; logout", but the logout bash command only closes the current terminal. How do I close the full Mac OS X session?
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Quickly Empty Trash in Mac OS X

Emptying the trash in OS X can be a long process, especially If you have lots of items (like me). This is after 5 minutes: Is there a way to quickly empty the trash, or make the process a whole lot ...
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What Is the Keyboard Shortcut for Moving to Last Message in Mac OS X Mail.app?

I'm on Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard). In Mail, I have the first message in my Inbox selected and I'm trying to navigate to the last message using my keyboard. In Thunderbird, I just hit the End key, ...
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Aquamacs: How to Remap Capslock to Meta Key, at Application Level?

In aquamacs, how can I remap the capslock key to meta? I can remap command to control using: (setq mac-command-modifier 'ctrl) Is there a similar way to remap the capslock? EDIT: I know that I can ...
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How Do I Debug Not Being Able to Connect a Bluetooth Mouse?

I am running 10.6 and cannot get any bluetooth mouse connected on my macbook pro. I've tried both my mightly mouse and a proclick band. My bluetooth is enabled (i also set it to be discoverable) and ...
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Mac OS X Terminal - Remap Command Keys

Is there a way to remap command keys just for Terminal.app in Mac OS X? I know that I can remap keys at the system level, but I'd like a way to do it just for the Terminal app. Ideally I'd like ...
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Take a screen shot of a scrolling window that includes off-screen parts [closed]

On the Mac, how can I take a screen shot of a window that includes the parts that are off-screen and need scrolling to become visible? The built-in Grab application can capture individual windows, ...
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Will a clean install of Snow Leopard delete my user files?

While I know it's a good idea to have a backup regardless, should I expect my user files to still be on the hard drive after a full non-upgrade install? I'm currently on Tiger, and one of my ...
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Best screenshot utility for Mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Screen capturing and annotating tool under OS X? Several versions of this question have been asked, but I'm looking for something specific: what screenshot app for the ...
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Why Does My iMac Keep Setting the Screen Brightness to 'Full'?

I have a 2 week old 24" iMac running Mac OS X 10.6. It is the primary monitor with the menu bar on the top of display. I have an external monitor as well, a 19" Viewsonic LCD. The LCD is set to the ...
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Multiple Firefox Icons

I am going mad with multiple Firefox profiles. They all show the same icon! How can I use multiple icons? More importantly, how can I change the name in the alt-tab so that it doesn't say "Firefox" ...
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Unable to Disable FileVault in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I want to disable FileVault on my home directory but when I try it the preference pane will freeze for some minutes and than report that I need 65 GB additional free space in my home directory. Now ...
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Burn WMV to DVD on a Mac

I have a WMV and I would like to make a video DVD. What is the cheapest way to get from WMV to DVD? I already have a burning program (Toast).
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Backspace in Google Chrome not “back to last page”?

In the beta version of Chrome on the Mac Backspace is not working as 'back' as in virtually any other browser. It just does nothing. Is there a way to activate that or is that a known but still ...
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Sort All Files (any depth) within a Folder by Size

I have a folder full of folders and files. I want to sort files by size (so I could remove the largest files). I know how to do that in Windows Explorer, but I can not find a way to do it in Mac OS X ...
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How Do I Keep Snow Leopard From Showing the Soft Keyboard When Asking for a Password?

Ever since I upgraded to Snow Leopard on my Mac, it insists on showing me the soft keyboard when it asks for a password. It wouldn't be too bad if it dissappeared afterward, but no. It stays there ...
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How to keep TightVNC client on Windows XP alive when connected to OS X?

I'm using TightVNC on my Windows XP workstations to connect to a remote OS X box (10.5.x) using OS X's VNC support. I've noticed that the TightVNC will become unresponsive after a period of ...
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Induce Mac graphical login from SSH

How do I induce the Mac graphical login from SSH? Is there a way to make the loginwindow process start a user session by running a command when remotely logged in via SSH as an admin on Mac OS X? ...
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Text Expander broken upon Snow Leopard Upgrade

I've been using Text Expander for years. However, I found out today it doesn't work on my newly upgraded (to Snow Leopard) Macbook Pro anymore. I know that there are a lot of applications that are ...
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Where Are Wireless Passwords Stored on Mac OS X?

After the Snow Leopard update I can't connect to my home wifi router. I removed it from Network Preferences and from Keychain but when I reconnect it will not ask me for the password. All other ...
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Bookmark or auto-connect to servers through FInder's “Connect to server…”

I'm currently using the "Connect to server…" feature of the Finder. Is there any way to "save" specific connections or connect automatically on login?
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Is there an IMAP email client on OSX (other than Mail.app) that allows you to hyperlink to mail messages?

I'm looking for a new email client for OSX because Mail.app seems to occasionally lose messages in my Sent folder. One feature I really like with Mail.app is that you can store hyperlinks to ...
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Snow Leopard steadfastly refuses to connect to Wi-Fi

Snow Leopard on my Macbook (Model identifier 2,1) is refusing to connect to the internet via the WiFi connection I use in the office - the very same network that my iPhone is happily connected to ...
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How do I launch a bash script from Finder in OS X?

How do I launch a bash script from Finder in OS X? I'm OK working at the CLI, but my little script is not so loved by my GUI-bound colleagues.
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git-receive-pack : command not found

I made a git repo on a local machine with "git init --bare" and added it as the remote origin on the project on my main computer with ssh: git add remote origin git@192.168.1.14:repoName.git I was ...
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Calibrate Screen Measurements / Scaling in Mac OS X

Is there a way to adjust the scaling of items on the screen in Mac OS X so they are 1 to 1 with the real world? I.E. When I'm working with a line in illustrator that is 5 inches long, and the zoom is ...
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Changing Emacs bindings in Mac OS X

I'm trying to reset the binding for "C-x C-c". Specifically, I want to rebind it to a function that asks me if I really want to quit (I just fat finger it way too much). I've done this before under ...
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How to Fix a Vertical Blue Line Running Across the Screen of an iMac running Mac OS X Tiger?

The LCD Screen of my iMac G5 (PowerMac12,1) shows a vertical blue line, could this happen because of a DVD failure? Or is this a hardware problem - is the solution to replace the LCD screen.
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How to Suppress Repetition of Warnings That an Application Was Downloaded From the Internet on Mac OS X?

On Mac OS X, when I run Firefox (and Thunderbird, and ...) which I downloaded from Mozilla, the OS pops up a warning that the file was downloaded over the internet, giving the date on which it was ...
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How can my wife and I share our iCal calendars on my home wireless network?

I'm looking for an easy way to share iCal calendars that my wife and I have setup for ourselves on separate computers with each other. I'd like to do it without having to setup a calendar server or ...
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Exposé in 10.6: When exposing “Application Windows”, how do you show only the windows in the current space?

In Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, If you activate the "Application Windows" Exposé function, it will show all of that applications windows, whether they're in the current Space or not. Is there a way to ...
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User Sites not working after enabling Web Sharing in System Preferences on Snow Leopard

I'm using Snow Leopard (upgraded from Leopard) and in System Preferences I have enabled "Web Sharing". The preference pane lists the following urls as active: http://192.168.1.67/ ...
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FileVault performance Snow Leopard

I am thinking of enabling FileVault in snow leopard. I have tried to find some information regarding the performance, but have been unable to find any. What are your personal experiences with ...
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Sending (simpler) plain text emails with Apple Mail

I would like to send plain text emails using Apple Mail. (I'm using version 3.6 on Leopard.) This looked fairly straightforward: Preferences -> Composing -> Message Format: Plain Text. However, Apple ...
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Resetting default fan settings (smcFanControl)

I'm currently the process of fixing a friends Mac, they have smcFanControl installed, how do I go about resetting the mac back to it's default settings and get rid of what ever control smcFanControl ...
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Mac OS X Program to Sort Files Into Folders for Burning?

So I have 90 GB of photos from an event that I'm going to make contact sheets for and put onto DVD. It's sorted by photographer and by subject. Normally what I do is make folders for each disc, then ...
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SCP Error - .+i+;I:

What does .+i+;I: mean with scp? I'm trying to transfer a file from my laptop (OSX 10.6) to my school's linux server (RedHat 5). Ssh works normally with a public key but when I try to transfer a file ...
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GUI to Change the Login Screen Wallpaper Image on Snow Leopard

the "standard" login screen background on OSC (Leopard and Snow Leopard) can be modified using these command line incantations: cd /System/Library/CoreServices sudo mv DefaultDesktop.jpg ...
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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 ...
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Memory Attacks on 64-bit machines (Is this article out to lunch?!)

I just finished reading an article on Remote BSOD errors on Windows 7 and I had a question about the content. Specifically this line: Apple's software [...] has gotten more secure with the ...
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Self-assigned IP address

I sometimes have problems dropping IP addresses after changing networks and get stuck with a self-assigned IP that I cannot drop by hitting the renew "DHCP Lease" button on my Mac OS X.5 Leopard. The ...
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How can I change an application icon in Mac OS X?

I've just created an AppleScript simple application and I'd like it to have a nice icon (besides the rolled paper it is by default). How can I change an icon for this application (or any other ...
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Macbook Pro - Sound doesn't work and there's a red light coming out of my headphone jack

How do I get my sound working again? It works with Headphones, but when I unplug the headphones a red light is coming out of the headphone jack and I can't adjust the volume on my Macbook Pro.
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Make a Mac sound an alarm when it can't ping a server?

Is there a way I can make a Mac Mini sound an audible alarm when it's not connected to the Internet? I'm quite handy with bash, so if bash is the answer I could create a couple of commands - one to ...
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How can I tell a fresh ubuntu 9.0.4 install to boot from an external Mac OS X usb drive?

I have a reformatted Mac mini containing only a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.0.4. The Apple boot loader as been removed, so I can't hold down option, or the c key to get it to reboot form the install ...
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In TextWrangler for Mac OS X, how to change the selected text to lowercase using a keyboard shortcut?

I know how to use the menu to change case, but I want it to be a keyboard shortcut. Other text editor have this feature but I would prefer to stick with TextWrangler. Does one already exist or is ...
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Alias links in OS X vs. Ubuntu

I use both Mac OS X an Ubuntu on two different, synced computers. On my Mac I often use aliases (not in the bash sense, in the Command-L sense) to link to files on my computer. Is there a way to do ...