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Why does my Mac OS X 10.6 kernel run in 32-bit mode?

I have a MacBook Pro (5,1) with 4GB of memory running 10A432 - but it's running the 32-bit kernel. Any ideas why it wouldn't be running in 64-bit mode, and how I can get it to do so?
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Free XPS Viewer for Mac [closed]

I can't seem to find one or my google-fu fails me. Is there one?
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Recommendation for an OS X (or iPhone) work timing application?

I've checked out this question, but it refers to something a little different. I would like an OS X app that is like a stopwatch with multiple timers. So if I have five different project and I start ...
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How to cause app to launch on startup — Mac

There's a way to make an app launch on startup on OS X. In fact, I even did it and now have FF launching when I boot my machine. But now I can't remember how you do it. Would someone remind me?
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Foolproof automated backup strategy?

How can I ensure automated back-ups of all my data without manual intervention? My data lives on a 160GB MacBook internal hard drive, three 500GB external hard drives, and a 500GB network attached ...
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Why aren't all Mac applications easily portable to Linux?

Since the Apple OS-X operating system is a UNIX derivative (BSD), and the underlying (Intel) Mac architecture is the same, why isn't it very straightforward to get Apple-specific applications running ...
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why is screen not showing the current running process name? (Mac OSX Terminal bash)

I am running screen inside Mac OSX Terminal app (bash). Here is the screenrc (got it from here): $ cat ~/.screenrc termcapinfo xterm* ti@:te@ startup_message off defutf8 on shelltitle "$ |what?" # ...
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How do I get the size of a Linux or Mac OS X directory from the command-line? [duplicate]

What command do I use to find the size of all the files (recursively) in a Linux or Mac OS X directory?
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Partitioning a bootable Flash drive

Is it possible to have a 2 partition Flash drive that looks like the following: A partition that is bootable to OS X (this will require a GUID partition table) A second partition formatted either ...
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Lock Mac after N mins of inactivity?

Is there a mac app that can lock the screen after N minutes of inactivity? Preferably N mins after the screensaver has kicked-in. Locking when the screensaver comes on is annoying - I want my ...
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Why are Craigslist posts full of question marks?

There's no craigslist presence in my city, but sometimes I browse the "best of" because it's funny or interesting. Why are some posts full of question marks? It looks like all punctuation except ...
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What's the best solution to boost my built-in speakers' max sound output level in Mac OS X?

I have a first-generation MacBook, which are notorious for having a very low max sound output level when using the built-in speakers. I'm looking for a good software solution (i.e., no suggestions for ...
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How to hide files from Windows…on Mac OS X?

I have created a FAT disk image using Disk Utility and added files to it. I would like to hide some of these files from Windows. Is there a way to do this from OS X? What I'm looking for is ...
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MacPorts does not install package

I installed MacPorts and XCode, then went to a terminal and issued the command "sudo port install lua" and it appears to do nothing. When i execute "sudo port installed" i get back "No ports are ...
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RSSI value of wifi connection - how to interpret?

In Mac OS X you can obtain the RSSI value of your by wifi connection by holding Alt and clicking on the Wifi-indicator icon. My questions are: What range of values can RSSI take? What RSSI ranges ...
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Set up a virtual machine (with ssh access) without installing a GUI

I'd like to set up a linux environment on a local Virtual Machine to test/develop code before running it on a cluster. I don't need or want a GUI on the VM as all the work I need it for will be ...
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Virtual Desktop for OSX: Not “Virtual Desktops”

[I've asked this to a few friends, and they've insisted that it doesn't exist (probably true).] Exposé does what I want to a certain extent, but I would love to have a huge organizable desktop. ...
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Terminal: On wake, mount external disk automatically

I'm new to Terminal, so feel free to state the obvious. SleepWatcher runs scripts right before and after your Mac goes to sleep. I've got a script to unmount an external disk before sleep, then ...
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How can I get AB repeat functionality on iTunes/Mac OS X?

I'm wondering if there's an A-B repeat feature on iTunes, a quick google found nothing, but I was hoping there was a plugin or maybe a separate app that provided this. For me it's useful for ...
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MacBook wifi gets unreliable/slow when NOT charging

I've encountered a really bizarre problem with my MacBook: when running without the charger plugged into the computer the wifi connection gets really flaky. When the charger is plugged in the wifi ...
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3.5mm headphone jack -> component video?

I have a strange cord that has a male 3.5mm headphone jack on one side, and some component video and audio outputs on the other. When I plug the headphone side into my computer, and the other side ...
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Adium says I have unread messages but I don't see them

I'm running Adium v 1.4b8 on Mac OS X 10.5.whatever and the dock icon shows that there are two alerts, however there aren't any authorization requests visible or anything showing up when I open the ...
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How is OS X Disk Utility's secure erase mode in comparison to other commerical secure delete methods/apps?

Within OS X, the utility Disk Utility has a secure erase for hard drive formatting. It has 1,7, and 33 pass options, which to my knowledge are very good writting random data to the drive. What does ...
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iTunes CPU usage

iTunes on Mac OS X 10.5 is consistently using 10-11% of the cpu when playing one song. I understand that iTunes is a resource hog and my iTunes library is pretty big but could any other programs be ...
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Reducing heat under Windows using Apple Boot Camp

I have a unibody MacBook Pro. It is noticeably hotter under Windows using Boot Camp than Mac OS X. Does anyone know how to get better temperature and power management results when running Boot Camp?
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How to delete the sign in history of Messenger:Mac

How can I delete the accounts on the sign-in history on Messenger for Mac? Is there any way to avoid the list getting populated?
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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?