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OS X 10.4.11 hosting USB printer; Vista machines need to print to it

I have a home network in this configuration.... Mac desktop with OSX 10.4.11 with a USB printer Windows Vista Home Basic desktop Windows Vista Home Premium laptop I want to be able to easily print ...
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In what preference file does Time Machine store the backup Volume name?

I have opened the following preference files: com.apple.backupd-wake com.apple.backupd-auto com.apple.backupd-attach com.apple.backupd com.apple.TimeMachine None of them mention the volume being ...
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How to remove duplicate “ghost” network drive on OS X?

In terminal my Volumes directory looks like this: "Sanitized"-Computer:Volumes "sanatizedUserName"$ ls Backup of "Sanitized"’s MacBook Macintosh HD LaCie iDisk LaCie-1 Somehow I have a ...
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Can't chown a timemachine file after migrating to a new Mac

I followed the directions here: http://www.macosxhints.com/comment.php?mode=display&format=threaded&order=ASC&pid=97623 Everything seemed to go well, but I still can't open my Time ...
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Faster user switch in Mac OS X

Does anyone know a way to switch between two users faster than the current method? this rotating cube is a waste of time.
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Where does Mac OS X store file association information?

I know there is a system preferences pane to manually modify the file associations in Mac OS X Leopard. However, I'm curious where does Leopard actually store these information? UPDATE: as I said, ...
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Good reference book for OSX (non-obvious tips/tricks) [closed]

What are some good reference books for learning the subtleties of OSX? I found it fairly easy to pick up, but some things are kinda weird (like switching the default web browser, I had to get my ...
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Change default Safari email client to Gmail

How do I change the default email client in Safari on the Mac to Gmail? Mailto tags currently open in Eudora, but it's time to move to Gmail.
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What's the easiest way to migrate one Mac OS X volume to another

I want to move a volume from a smaller drive to a larger unformatted one. What is the best way to achieve this? Ideally I'd like the new volume to have the same name as the older volume as it contains ...
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How do I change my windows domain password from Mac OS X?

Macs work well in Windows corporate environments, but a lot of companies require you to change your password after a period of time (3 months for example). How do you change your Windows domain ...
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My friend's Mac OS X is crashing every 20 minutes since her last Software Update… can it be fixed?

My friend bought a Mac OS X in January 2004. Two years ago, she upgraded to Leopard. Her Mac performed OK, although it froze now and then. Then today, she did a Software Update. She clicked ...
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What is the difference between the default groups on Mac OS X?

Two questions: What's the difference between the groups "wheel", "staff", and "admin"? What do they do? specific use case: I'm trying to setup a local CVS repository as stated in the Apple webpage ...
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How do I look at disk journals under OS X?

About 2000 files just turned up missing on my Mac, with no clues as to where they went or how they were deleted. I have disk journaling enabled, so I'd like to look at the journals. Hopefully, ...
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Keynote presentation in conjunction with other app?

The short version: I'd like to tell Apple Keynote to switch to a specific app (never leaving full-screen mode) before a certain slide appears, then display that slide as soon as I switch back. Some ...
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Apply Style to Similar Formatted Text in Pages '09

I have just copied a large amount of text from an application and it is already formatted. Is it possible to apply a style to all text that has the same formatting? For example, the commit comments ...
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New Safari crashes with Flash plugin, for me only?

I have Safari 4.0.2. Ever since I did the upgrade to OSX 10.5.8, it's been crashing several times an hour. After viewing all of my installed plug ins, deleting them, and reinstalling, I have found the ...
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Does Safari 4 crash protection actually work for anybody?

Apple touted Safari 4 as having a crash protection feature (similar to that provided by Google Chrome), wherein the crash of a browser plugin (ahem, Flash) would not bring down the whole browser, but ...
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How is Mac OS memory handling different from Windows?

I recently switched to a Mac, and have a laptop with 4GB of ram. When I look in the prosess explorer, I can see that almost all the memory is used, there is only a few hundred MB left. But almost 2GB ...
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Equivalent of Win-L on Mac [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a keystroke that can lock the Mac OS X screensaver? What is the equivalent of the shortcut Win + L on a Mac? Eg. the shortcut to lock the computer when you go ...
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How do I disable/remove this box around the currently focused item in OSX?

Notice the black box around the content area. It should look like the following: I'm not sure what I pressed to get this, but it just started showing up and I'm not sure what's causing it. It ...
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How do I set up rsync between two of my own laptops on the same network?

I have two laptops, one running ubuntu and one running Mac OS X. How do I rsync from the Mac to the ubuntu machine?
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Mac OS X: easiest (free, non-QuickTime Pro) application for converting numbered folder of images to movie

I'd like to convert a folder of PNGs into a quicktime .mov with PNG compression (it's a folder of fractals in an animation; PNG compression works great here and the losslessness is important). What ...
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How many Applications can I minimize in Mac OS X Leopard?

If I minimize the application that I'm currently using, it goes to the end of the dock. How many applications can I minimize like this?
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Empty the contents of Trash for only a single volume

How can I empty the Trash only for an attached external drive, but not at the same time for the internal hard disk?
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Mac book pro home button

I recently have bought a mac book pro and I have noticed there is no home button, and I can't find a hotkey anywhere to make the cursor to the beginning of the line. Am I missing something? Is there a ...
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Time Machine: “Delete all backups of selected files”

I am reaching the capacity limit of my Time Machine drive. Instead of purging snapshots from way back when, I'd like to just delete the backups of large files that I definitely do not need (such as ...
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Password Manager that can sync a Blackberry and Mac OS X

I use a Blackberry Bold and a Macbook Pro. I am looking for a solution to have a synchronized password manager between the two devices. All the commercial ones I have discovered won't work between a ...
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How to have a timer driven “reload” of a tab in Mac OS X Safari 4?

Is there a way to have safari 4 on Mac OS X to reload a web page every N minutes on a per tab basis?
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Is Mac OS X open source?

I learned recently (on superuser) that Mac OS X uses the bash shell. I also know that OS X has a UNIX core. I was searching for information about OS X and Open Source on google, but what I found was ...
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Extremely weird computer problem

Well, having worked with computers a long time, I thought I had seen everything that could go wrong with a computer. Today, I learned that I was wrong. My Mac has been behaving extremely weirdly. ...
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How can I easily mount a Windows share from my Mac?

I'm running Tiger. I know I can go to finder, click network, find the computer, click connect, wait, select the share, and click OK. Is there any way I can compress those into a single action? ...
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Is Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.x) 32 bit or 64 bit?

Is Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.x) 32 bit or 64 bit? Can I address more than 4GB of RAM?
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USB to Serial adapter/cable Windows/Mac/Linux [closed]

I'm looking to get a USB to Serial cable for my Mac/Win/Linux preferably small in size and without unnecessary software installations. I've had one a while ago, it would only work with Windows. On my ...
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Is it possible to find all untagged face suggestions in iPhoto?

iPhoto 2009 introduced face recognition. It will try and detect and recognise faces in photos that you import. You can create a Smart Album to find all untagged faces in your Library using the ...
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Mount a .DMG over the network?

Is it possible to mount a .DMG file that is on an SMB share on the network, or do I have to copy it locally first?
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How can I view .swf files within Mac OS X?

I have been sent a number of .swf files as attachments. I wish to view these within Mac OS X. I used to drag them directly into Safari and it would display them. However, after installing Safari 4 I ...
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OSX, VMWare Fusion: how to map function keys for a Windows Server 2003 VM

Is there a way to map the function keys on a mac keyboard for a VM running MS Server 2003 under VMWare Fusion on OSX?
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How to synchronize iPhoto libraries between several Macs?

Is there any "easy" way of synchronizing my iPhoto library between, say, my iMac and my MacBook ? My basic strategy is "modify only on the iMac, make a blind copy to the MacBook" but it's not really ...
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Copying and pasting the path within Finder

I've recently moved to the Mac from Windows as my primary machine. One feature I'm really missing is the ability to quickly navigate between folders. I used to do this under Windows by copying the ...
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How Will Mac OS X Snow Leopard Upgrade Work?

I am relatively new to Mac OS X. I got my MacBook in January, and I have never experienced a new version of the operating system. I am wondering if I should simply upgrade my install to Snow Leopard. ...
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Is there any Media Centre software for a Mac?

I am thinking about getting a Mac Mini (mainly because of it's form factor) and a 24" iMac. I wish to using both of them as home media centres. (please don't ask why I am getting two.. it's ...
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Can I do packet sniffing out of the box on OS X?

I'm doing some development, a Java app that communicates via HTTP. The log4j isn't helping me much so I'd like to see the actual HTTP Request that I am creating once it gets sent out. I know that in ...
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Leopard Network Shares and browsing are unreliable

I have two macs, running Leopard 10.5.8. One is the 13" MBP connected via WiFi, and the other is a 24" 2008 iMac, connected via ethernet. There are at least another 6-10 machines (windows and mac) ...
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How can I prevent others from seeing the contents of my home directory, except for the public folder?

On Mac OS X, it's relatively easy to prevent people from seeing the files contained in your home directory: chmod 700 ~ I'd like to perform a variation of that. I want it so that when people open ...
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How do you elevate permissions on a Mac Application using the GUI?

I having trouble with an application not prompting for administrator privileges (thank you Blizzard's WOW installer) and I'm looking for an OS X equivalent of Windows' RunAs. I am familiar with ...
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Making switching between Mac and PC each day easier

As I've started to use different operating systems at home and at work, I've found a few things that help. App Launching (Quicksilver and Launchy) Not having to mouse through folders or menus ...
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Finder Smart Folder - Seeing file size in OS X 10.5

I've created a smart folder showing the large files on my computer. The resulting view lists the file name and 2 other fields - don't have it in front of me. It does not show the file size. The ...
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Mac OS X diff tool for Microsoft Word docs?

I am using svn for version control and want to be able to compare 2 revisions of a MS Word doc side-by-side. I am aware of Araxis Merge but this converts the doc to text and compares which is more ...
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Can I map the Windows context menu key to Option on OSX?

104-key Windows keyboards have this key with a sort of context-menu icon on it, which on Windows simulates a right-mouse-button-press. I'd like to make it act as a right-hand-site 'Option' key ...
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Is there a way to use the keyboard to move an application to another Space on OS X?

I'm using Spaces on OS X, and I'd like to replicate the Ctrl-Alt-<arrow> functionality (or is it Ctrl-Alt-<arrow> -- I can never remember) in Gnome that causes the currently selected ...