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Is there a way to find out if someone downloaded files from my Mac?

Problem: I was in a big meeting and logged in to a wlan with everyone else. Everyone had a Mac. Like 50 people or so. After the meeting I saw that in my sharing settings, my whole Mac HD was ...
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How is DNS used by individual processes?

When resolving FQDNs or machine names to IP addresses on my local network (mycompany.internal) I can use dig on the command line (linux/mac) or nslookup (windows) to query the configured server and ...
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How do I get more information on a potential network freeloader?

I have a home network set up, complete with a relatively good password. I'm in Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and have been noticing, on occasion, a computer showing up in my Finder's Shared section, ...
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How can I split incoming mail into several mails in Mail.app?

I am receiving some bundled emails whose text bodies are delimited by dashes. I would prefer to have each body content in a separate mail, replacing the subject with maybe the first string of the body ...
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Mac OS X automatically turn off Airport if ethernet cable is plugged in

I have a Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard, any way to do this?
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Mac .flac player that organizes folder structure? Can Songbird write to a ntfs drive?

I have a bunch of music in .flac format on my pc. I would like to put that music on an external drive which I can access from both my Mac and PC at work. I have the drive formatted in NTFS using ...
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Is Keyboard Viewer supposed to work through VNC?

I'm connecting to my Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) from my Windows XP work computer using both TightVNC and RealVNC, and both of those don't give me access to the Option key. So to work around that, I ...
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How to turn off verification after DVD burning on OS X?

I use the built in DVD burner from OS X. Whenever I burn a disk, it is verified after burning. Nice, but I am usually quicker in verifying myself with a bit more human, maybe more error prone ...
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Disable PHP mailing on Mac OS?

I'm developing a web application in PHP, and my Macbook, running Snow Leopard, is actually sending emails when PHP's mail() function is called. It's emailing customers, and that's BAD. I COULD ...
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removing the .local in local network name serving

I have several local machines; I use a OSX 10.6 machine to do most of the serving. Annoyingly, it postfixes its network name with .local. How would I set up a system so that I could access it by its ...
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How do I get my cocoa emacs on Mac OS X to load my .emacs visual customizations for new windows (any document opened after the first)?

So I just downloaded emacs 23.1 for my new snow leopard macbook pro from http://emacsformacosx.com/ and it works like a charm, except... I have visual customizations in my .emacs, a few lines are ...
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Aero Glass mysteriously disappears

I am running Windows 7 in a VM (Parallels 5 on Snow Leopard). Every once in a while it decides, all on its own, that I really don't need the Aero Glass UI and turns it off. Rebooting the VM restores ...
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How do I set the title of Terminal.app with the fish shell?

I'm trying the fish shell in Mac OS X, intalled using MacPorts. I'd like to have the title of my Terminal window be my current directory. Currently, the title just says Terminal - fish - 80x24 ...
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What is the name of the Mac OS X text editor that uses a green and yellow lotus flower icon? [closed]

I'm pretty sure there's a Mac text editor out there that uses a green and yellow lotus flower as it's icon but I cannot seem to remember the name. Can anyone help me out?
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Restore apple software file [closed]

I have broken my software file, but I don't know how to I can fix it with Apple's own software updater again. Can anyone suggest how to fix it.
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Script to disable any key on Mac?

How to write a script to disable keys on Mac? Is there any script to do that?
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Disable zoom/pinch zoom in Firefox on Mac

Is it possible to disable zoom in Firefox altogether? I work as a web developer and sometimes those odd off pixels is caused by the page being unintentionally zoomed in Firefox. I do most of my work ...
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Pecked to Death By Keychains

Every time I close the lid on my MacBook Pro, running 10.6.2, and open it again, Mail, Cal, and/or Adium will pop up the keychain unlock dialog. Even if they are minimized to the task bar. The unlock ...
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Limit Time Machine restore point age?

We're running Time Machine on our SL server and recently purchased a Drobo S with the intent to perform regular local backups of the whole server. However, it's not really useful for us to keep ...
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GTD tool for Mac OS X and iPhone?

I am looking for a GTD (getting things done) tool, which there is a OS X and an iPhone app available. I don't want any web based stuff, but native applications. The Mac application needs some ...
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VPN client doesn't work after updating to Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

I get the Error: Error 51: Unable to communicate with the VPN subsystem Please make sure that you have at least one network interface that is currently active and has an IP address and start ...
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Chrome, FF, and even Safari crash on file selection

MBP running 10.6. This started on the Apache JIRA site. I went to attach a file to a JIRA entry in Chrome 4.0.249.30. Chrome crashed, repeatedly, every time I selected a file from the choose file ...
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Mount a share on a Mac using a login hook

I have a script that mounts a Samba share to a folder on the desktop, it runs no problem but when its setup as a LoginHook it doesn't mount the folder. Does anyone have a working login hook that ...
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Google Chrome “This webpage is not available” error on Snow Leopard [closed]

I'm using Snow Leopard and I've just downloaded Google Chrome for Mac. However it doesn't load any page: This webpage is not available. Error 104 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_FAILED): The attempt to connect ...
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How to load system-wide daemon on Mac OS X

I'm trying to load my daemon-app with this command launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/myPlistFileName It works fine, but only while my user is logged in on system. How can I load my deamon-app, ...
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Install Windows on Mac OS X

I would like to install Windows XP on Mac OS X. Following are my quests related to this.. Do I need to have the activation of Windows XP or just licensed one is enough to install using either of the ...
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Terminal automatically moving me out of a directory?

I'm noticing a strange issue where I appear to be forcefully cd'ed out of my MySQL data directory every time I cd to it. I'm using Terminal.app on OS X 10.6.1. joebmaclap:mysql joeb$ cd ...
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Why should I use Quicksilver instead of Spotlight?

I recently purchased a Macbook (13") and have been perusing various blogs and zen/hacker sites which provide insight and instructions on becoming a proficient user. I feel relatively comfortable on ...
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How do I force QuickTime to open on a second monitor?

When I launch a movie in QuickTime I'd like for it to always open up on my second display (not the default primary one). I'm actually opening the movie via AppleScript from iTunes so an applescript ...
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Mac OS X kernel panic after TM restore

I changed my HD in my MacBook Pro, and restored from Time Machine backup. Now I keep getting kernel panic error everytime I restart. I booted from the DVD and ran a few tests, noticed that HD and ...
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Can I use Vine VNC server to share a USB port from a PC?

Can I install a Vine VNC server on my Mac Mini and share a USB port on my Windows 7 laptop running Vine viewer? I would like to connect my iPhone to my Windows 7 laptop and configure the Vine server ...
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Is there a way to automatically remove all the invalid entries from an iTunes music library?

I share one iTunes music directory between 2 Macs through sftp mount disk. Every time some dated podcast files are automatically removed from one computer, that change can not be reflected in the ...
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OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard no longer mounting an external USB drive

I have a 1TB generic external hard drive containing a single HFS partition. I originally formatted this using Disk Utility and it worked fine. Now, for some reason, it's not auto-mounting when I start ...
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Free video converter software for Mac? [closed]

I'm using Mac OS X 10.5 and am looking for a free video converter software which supports mp4, avi, and wmv files (and perhaps rmvb, too). I want to convert avi, wmv, and rmvb files to mp4 to be able ...
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How to bring a minimized window into foreground on OS X

when I minimize an application window on OS X (10.6.2), e.g. Firefox, it does not show up anymore, when I "cycle" through the running apps with the apple+space key combination. Is there another way ...
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OS X Terminal is choking on color

My friend helped me get colors in my OS X Terminal by having my copy some preferences into a file somewhere. Now when I try to run 'git commit' I get this message: **fatal: bad config variable ...
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Mac OS X 10.5 VNC Resolution independent of hardware display

Is it possible to set the VNC display resolution that is independent of the hardware resolution when you are using OS X 10.5 Screen Sharing? I have a macbook and a windows box with 3 monitors. I'd ...
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How to perform daily backups?

While developing an iPhone project, I create new folders on each day and as follows * November 2009 o 01-DEC-2009 + MyProject o 02-DEC-2009 + MyProject * December ...
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Streaming flash video does not work on my Mac OS X

Flash videos do not work properly on my Mac. On this Vimeo video, for example, it shows only the beginning frame, and audio stutters like crazy, playing audio for a quarter second or so, then silence, ...
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Installing Adobe AIR on Mac OS X

I've been trying to install Adobe Air in Mac OS X 10.6.2 for a while without success. When installing Adobe AIR the progress bar reaches completion and disappears. Then nothing happens, the installer ...
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Free MP3 divide (cut) software for Mac? [closed]

I use Mac OS X 10.5. I'd like to divide some bigger mp3 files into several smaller ones. (e.g. divide one track that is 9:29 min long into 13 tracks that are all about 30 sec - 1:10 sec long). ...
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How to use Mac OS X's Summary Service on the command line?

Can the 'summary service' be used on the command line in Mac OS X? I have already tried piping, using the text file as an argument and sending the text file as stdin.
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Disable internal display on Macbook Pro without closed lid mode?

I have an early 2007 Macbook Pro running 10.5 that I've recently set up on a KVM with my primary desktop system. The problem I've run into is that I have a 20" 1680x1050 LCD, and OS X only provides ...
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How to setup an ascii text-only printer in OS X

Is it possible to setup a printer equivalent to the Windows 'generic ascii text-only printer' in Mac OS X. I cannot find anything about it within the current cups drivers docs. But I think there has ...
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what video technology does mixergy.com use for its interviews?

I know it is Mac-based but I have not been able to find it in my Mac. An example of a video chat taken with "the technology" is available in this link: http://mixergy.com/amy-jo-kim/
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Mac: What's ~/.CFUserTextEncoding for?

So I have this .CFUserTextEncoding file in my home dir. Google search results are less than ideal, filled with old ugly forum pages. Apple gives me an unrelated support article. ADC gives me an ...
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Where does Spotlight store its metadata index?

Where does Mac OS X store Spotlight comments associated with a file? Is it stored as HFS+ file metadata, or is the information kept by the OS somewhere else?
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Execute “Get Info” on a file from command line in Mac OS X

How would you get the "Get Info" window to appear from command line as you would if you were in Finder and hit Command-I? I could write it in applescript... but I stay away if I can.
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Is it possible to automatically back up a mac to two different time capsules (in different locations)

Can Time Machine automatically back up to two different timecapsules, one at home and one at the office for example?
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Increase the size of a Boot Camp partition

How do you increase the size of a Boot Camp partition?