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PATH env variable on Mac OS X and/or Eclipse

When I print out the path in bash, it prints this: /usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/X11/bin When I run System.out.println(System.getenv("PATH")); in Java running under Eclipse, it ...
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Use Color Profiles in OS X to reduce monitor's color saturation

I've got nice-to-have problem: my new monitor (Dell 3008WFP) has wide color gamut and displays too saturated* colors (magenta and cyan look almost fluorescent). I'd like to get colors closer to ...
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Easier way to switch sound output device

I bought a USB soundcard for my Macbook Pro, so I can use a headset mic for Skype. By default, the. sound goes to a pair of external speakers (for iTunes) or the built-in speakers (on the road/gaming) ...
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New Macbook Pro 500gb: 5400rpm vs 7200rpm

I'm planning on buying a new Macbook Pro, and originally was going to get the 7200rpm 500gb option. I'd heard a while ago it will make computer games go faster (is this true...?). I've ALSO read that ...
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AutoHotKey equivalent on Mac

I am looking for a Mac application similar to AutoHotkey. What are the best Mac applications in this category?
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How can I force Growl notification of the currently playing iTunes track?

I'd like a hot-key to tell (ask politely) Growl to throw up a notification of what's currently playing in iTunes. I've poked around a bit but couldn't find an answer "out there." Any thoughts?
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Command to get usage % per CPU/core?

Is there a command I can use from the Terminal on OS X to get the usage percentage per CPU/core in numerical format on my dual-core iMac? I'm going to need to grab this every 5/10 seconds so I'm ...
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Playing music from the computer on a iPhone Bluetooth Headset

I'd like to use the "iPhone Bluetooth Headset" headseto play music from my OS X laptop. I can pair my laptop and the headset without any problems, but setting the sound output device to the headset ...
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GeekTool-like app for resource charts/graphs? [closed]

Is there an app that's similar to GeekTool that will allow me to show graphical charts on my desktop showing resource usage (network i/o, disk usage, etc)? Specifically, I'm looking for something like ...
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Problems with Mac OS X Leopard Install DVD

I lost my last OS X install disk and Apple kindly sent me (Leopard 10.5 - 2Z61-6037-A) a new one free of charge, however I'm having a problem. I load in the CD it pops up and the application opens ...
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Three finger Page Up / Page Down in Safari/Chrome

Firefox 3.x has a "three finger" gesture using the trackpad to perform Page Up and Page Down, but neither Safari or Google Chrome has it. Is there a way to enable this gesture on those applications? ...
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How can I let the kids use Webkinz with parental controls turned on?

The kids like to play Webkinz. However, I enabled "Parental Controls" on their account, mainly so that I can limit their login hours—I haven't restricted the web sites they can visit using ...
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Alternative to DVD Player on Mac OS X [closed]

DVD Player is probably the program I use that crashes the most. Are there any alternatives?
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Time Machine does not back up, “failed with error: 11”

For some reason, Time Machine is refusing to backup my files. When dragging and dropping manually all my files onto the backup volume, it says that there was a file that could not be read or modified ...
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Text editor for Mac that will open any file

In Windows, every text editor I encountered allowed me to drag and drop any file type into it and it opened. Apparently, Mac app developers have a different philosophy because I can't find a simple ...
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Mac Program to show multiple slideshows [closed]

I have iPhoto09. I want to find a Mac program that will select from a list of slideshows and/or albums and play them randomly. I don't want to show just one slideshow continuously or just show one ...
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Where is the OS X Remote Desktop Client

An update to the remote desktop client was recently applied to my MacBook via the software updater. I can't find this application anywhere. What is this application called and where is it located?
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Mac OS Terminal: Why does sudo say that I don't have permission to do stuff?

I only use Terminal when I have been given exact instructions on what to type in. So, I am a novice. But, I was trying to create a bootable USB drive of Ubuntu, which requires Terminal commands (that ...
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How to get a list of Software Updates that have been applied to my MacBook Pro via Software Update

How can I get a list of the patches that have been applied to my MacBook Pro via the Mac OS X software updater?
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What is the procedure to troubleshoot an iBook G4 whose networking has gone deaf?

I have an iBook G4 whose wired and airport card aren't leasing a dhcp'd IP address. ifconfig shows that neither interface has an ip address. The DHCP server is known to be good and working properly. ...
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Focus Follows Mouse or Sloppy Focus on Mac OS X

"Focus follows mouse" or "sloppy focus" is a feature common to X11 window managers on Linux/Unix, including GNOME, KDE, CDE, XFCE and window managers like Enlightenment, Fluxbox and Window Maker. It ...
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Sync more than 20 most recent iPhotos events to my iPhone?

I have finally made up my mind to import all the photos I have since year 2000. Now my iPhoto photo count has exploded from ~3K photos to >11K photos. Now the problem is I usually sync all the photos ...
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Parallel Operating System (How to virtualize a second OS)?

Can anyone tell me how to install two operating system on one PC such that both operating systems can be used at the same time?
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Batch-convert files for encoding

How can I batch-convert files in a directory for their encoding (e.g. ANSI->UTF-8) with a command or tool? For single files an editor helps, but how to do the mass files job?
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Wireless USB adapter with OS X support? [closed]

I haven't been able to locate any other wireless USB adapters with OS X support. It should rather be able to handle 108 Mbit/s or higher. Any suggestions? Edit: As I'm not a Mac user, I totally ...
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Use cron to screen capture on Mac OS X

To analyze my own computer usage, not to spy on anyone (although it crossed my mind), I want to have cron capture the current screen every minute. * * * * * /bin/bash -c "/usr/sbin/screencapture ...
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Is there an OS X tool that allows cropping with a particular aspect ratio?

I'm spoiled by FastStone on the PC. I'm looking for decent freeware/shareware for Mac OS X that will allow basic photo editing, particularly something that lets me pick a crop size or aspect ratio by ...
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Cycling through minimized windows

In Mac OS X, how can cycle through minimized windows and/or maximize them using a shortcut? I noticed that I cannot cycle through minimized windows with ⌘-``.
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Cleaning up temp files in Mac OS X

My 4 months old Mac partition volume is losing space slowly and gradually. I am pretty sure there are a lot of orphaned temporary files laying around in the volume. I know where to find the obsoleted ...
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Enabling extensions in Chrome on a Mac?

I already know how to enable extensions in Chrome on Windows (by adding the --enable-extensions command line parameter). My question is how to do this on a Mac? Are Chrome extensions even supported ...
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How does X11 work?

I'm trying to get X11 to work on my mac when connecting to a remote machine, and having lots of trouble. I have spent all day googling to no avail. Here are my main questions: What is the difference ...
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Clip for Timestamp (Panic Coda for OS X)?

How can I insert a timestamp using clips in Coda for OSX? This is the "snippet" in Textmate $`date '+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M'`
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External USB disk causing OS X shutdown to hang

I'm looking at an iMac running OS X 10.5.8 and it has an annoying problem. It has an external USB disk for Time Machine and it will normally shutdown okay. However if the machine has been asleep and ...
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Addressbook.app won't start

On my mac the Addressbook application won't start anymore. /Applications/Addressbook.App does still exist, but it seems very slim in the contents. The actual binary doesn't exist anymore in this app ...
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Macbook can't 'see' Exchange server

I have a client with a MacBook Pro running OS X Tiger. The rest of his network is all Microsoft software. I'm having trouble connecting the mail app to the Exchange Server. I've tried with another ...
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Is it possible to put Safari 4's tabs on top of the window?

In the Safari 4 betas, the tab bar was moved to the top of the window, rather than underneath the address/bookmark bar: Is there any way to get this back in the current Safari 4.0.3 (non-beta ...
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Alternatives to TextEdit?

I use TextEdit on the mac for nearly everything I do, making notes, writing letters, etc. I'm interested to find out what you use (if you use an alternative)? I've found that "competitors" like ...
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How to hide a folder in Mac OS X?

How do I hide a folder in Mac OS X? Also is it possible to password-protect a folder
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Can I run Mac OS X as a Hyper-V Virtual Machine?

I would like to know if it is possible, (not from a legality standpoint, but from a technical standpoint), to run Mac OS X on a Hyper-V VM. This would make testing so much easier as I would not have ...
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How to Transfer Audio Output from Mac OS X to Ubuntu via a Network?

Is it possible to somehow tap in to sound output and send it via network to another machine. Formats probably are incompatible, but I would appreciate even on some information on how to tap in to ...
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Why does my terminal turn all text white?

When I launch terminal, it looks fine. Black text on a white background. BUT when I run a command that requires the screen to scroll, it turns to white text on a white background. I have to ...
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Why does terminal say: “You have mail”?

Any idea why my Mac terminal says: You have mail in /var/mail/lofye How can I make it stop saying that every time I open terminal?
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Removing large files from Time Machine?

I love the way Time Machine works. And I'm smart enough to have excluded certain folders, like Music and others. But I foolishly forgot to exclude my virtual machines. That's 3GB+ that's now been ...
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How to get DVD Player (Mac OS X) to stop being the frontmost window

So DVD Player likes to be the topmost window on Mac OS X, and if you try to push it off the side of the screen in creeps back on. I don't like this and I'd like to disable that feature. Is there a way ...
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Stacks configuration

Where can I change the default appearance of the stacks? I was able to change that in the past but I can't remember how to revert back to the default way.
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Formatting an external Hard Drive for Windows using Mac OS X

I have an external Hard Drive I'm selling. I'd like to be able to deliver to the hard drive to the buyer for it can be used on either Mac OS X OR Windows. Is it possible to do this using the Mac ...
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Can I move my home folder in Mac OS X?

I want to move my OS X home folder to another location. Can I do this?
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Moving Mac OS X user folders?

Is it possible to move the user folders (not the home folder itself) e.g. documents, photos, music etc to another location e.g. inside my Dropbox on Mac? If so how do I do it? I know I can do this ...
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Forward delete using Apple keyboard

How to do a forward delete in Mac, like <-backspace on windows keyboard?
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Windows Task Manager equivalent for Mac OS X?

My MacBook seems to be really slow these days, no matter what I do. On Windows I had so many choices to figure out what's taking memory, CPU cycles and what not and take action appropriately. ...