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How to disable the voice that says the text I hover over in Mac OS X?

I am a newbie in the Mac world, I have a Mac mini, and suddenly yesterday I found it crazy, as when I hover overy any text with my mouse it says it. A friend of mine told me about this problem and ...
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Launch synergy client on boot in Mac OS X

I have a mac as a secondary machine at work. Currently I use synergy on my main machine to share its keyboard and mouse with the mac. I created a launch agent for my user to launch synergy when I ...
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How can I use Windows quick navigation combo keys under OSX?

In any text area under Windows, you can use CTRL-Right Arrow to move from one word to the next. You can also add meta keys such as SHIFT or DEL to select words or delete them respectively. How can I ...
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RootKit Hunter Warnings on Mac OS X

Just executed rkhunter on my new MBP which runs a freshly installed Mac OS X and I get the following warnings: Checking for passwd file changes [ Warning ] Checking ...
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Is there good free media server for OS X to stream movies to an XBox 360? [closed]

I have a mac mini running OS X 10.5 that is filled with movies and I am looking for a good way to stream them to and Xbox 360? Anyone have any suggestions for a media server (UPnP) for mac?
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How do you create a bootable partition on a USB drive?

I have a bootable ISO designed to be burned to a double-layer DVD. I don't have a double layer DVD burner, so I would like to stick the ISO image on a 50 GB partition on a USB hard drive I have. How ...
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Reassigning the caps lock key on Windows or OS X

How can I remap the caps lock key in Windows or OS X? Is there for example some way to map caps lock to a key combination like alt-tab on Windows or command-tab on OS X?
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How do you unlock a locked alias file in OS X?

There is no sharing and permissions tab present in the "get info" pane. Using "sudo chflags nouchg [filename]" on the file has no effect though also throws no errors in the terminal Trying to delete ...
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.profile in Mac OS X?

I have set my terminal preferences to execute: set -o vi at startup. The problem is I don't get that command executed when open a new terminal tab. Is there something like .profile in OS X where ...
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Can I remove a Boot Camp partition from my MacBook?

A couple of years ago, I installed the Boot Camp beta on OS X, reserved 20 GB for Windows XP, and installed an XP in that partition. Since then, the Boot Camp beta expired and I used Parallels to run ...
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How to disable the HTTP Referer header in Safari

I read several different solutions to disable the Referer header in Safari but no one worked. I also installed SafariStand but it didn't solve the problem. Do you know a valid solution to disable the ...
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Import contacts from MS exchange to Address Book

Does anyone know how to import contacts from MS exchange to OSX Leopard Address book? I am able to get auto-complete in Mail for the email address stored in Exchange but I cannot import the contacts ...
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How can I take a screenshot of the login screen in Mac OS X?

So how does one go about doing this? As of yet, Google has turned up no useful answers for me, although I may yet get lucky. EDIT: This would need to be done using just the one Mac, not using a ...
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Why Firefox on Linux looks different than Windows/Mac?

Beyond each platform toolkit of course. How come Firefox UI looks, mmhh well, not that good on Linux, it's pretty decent in Windows and it definitely rocks on OSX? Is it a single product recompiled ...
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Opera as a default web browser on OS X?

Mac OS X uses Safari as it's default browser. Firefox has a preference option to be set up as a default browser. Does a similar mechanism exists for Opera? If not, where is this configuration stored ...
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How to send the escape character on OS X terminal?

Connecting with telnet looks like this: $ telnet some.host Trying 10.1.2.3... Connected to some.host. Escape character is '^]'. I'm running this on the OS X Leopard terminal. Question is, how do I ...
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How to remap eject key on MacBook keyboard to “delete”?

I own a first generation MacBook Air and this has bothered me since the beginnings. When I bought this thing, I was sure I'm not going to carry a DVD drive. I don't use it. WiFi has worked pretty ...
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How do I uninstall and remove a .kext on Mac OS X?

I bought a X-in-1 media card reader and had to install a driver in order to be able to read SD-HC cards. Now sometimes when I unplug the reader from the USB port I get a kernel panic. So now I'd like ...
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Backup software for Mac OS X [closed]

Which backup software do you recommend for Mac OS X? As you probably know, Leopard comes with an integrated backup tool called Time Machine. It works pretty well despite it misses some advanced ...
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Reset Mac OS X Windows Position after de-attaching external monitor

Using Mac OS on multiple monitor is great, but after removing external monitor (2nd monitor) usually windows position originally on the external monitor doesn't get re-positioned to default monitor. ...
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Way to migrate Time Machine data to a new disk

I know that there's a "Change Disk..." button in Time Machine, but what if you want to migrate the data (hours, weeks, and maybe even months) to a new, larger disk without starting over again?
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Is there a ctrl+tab equivalent on Mac OS X?

I want to cycle trough the windows of the currently active application on Mac OS X. Some applications respond to Ctrl + Tab but they all seem to do something else. I want to switch between the ...
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Why does my Macbook become extremely hot when using Boot Camp?

The bottom of my Macbook becomes extremely hot when I use Boot Camp (Apple's built-in solution for running Windows on a Mac), especially when I play games. Sometimes my Macbook shuts itself down ...
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How do you silence the startup chime on a Mac?

What tools or techniques are available for silencing the start up chime on a Mac? I know this can be accomplished by muting the sound before shutdown, but I was hoping that a solution existed that ...
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How do you re-associate an Airport Time Machine backup after migrating to a new mac?

I used the migration assistant to copy my files directly from my old Mac to a new one. My new Mac won't "link" Time Machine backup on my Airport disk. I can browse the old Time Machine backup, ...
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Speeding up OS X boot times on a year old MBP

I've had my MBP for a little over a year now. It used to boot up lightenign quick, to the envy of my Windows friends. Not so much anymore. What can I do to speed up the boot time on my OS X 10.5 ...
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Mac OS X 10.5.7 Installing Wine with sudo and MacPorts

Using a Macintosh with OS X 10.5.7. Unsure how to operate terminal, and trying to install Wine using Mac ports. Unfortunately the sudo command doesn't perform as expected. ******-imac:~ James$ sudo ...
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How can I switch the Mac Version MonoDevelop from German to English?

I just installed MonoDevelop on my mac, and I like it. But I don't like the German translation and I can't find any place in the menus where I could change the interface language. Any ideas?
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OS X: adding a “force quit” to a dock menu item

I see some apps such as Thunderbird and Firefox add a "force quit" to their dock menus. where is this menu configuration stored? if it's not a simple text file change, how can I add this to other ...
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How to setup an iTunes library to use between two Macs?

As you can tell this is no where near work related. I have an iMac G5 where my itunes is currently hosted, I have also just got a new MacBook Pro. What I want to be able to do is sync my itunes ...
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Mac OS X: Best Way to Make an ISO from a CD or DVD

Both command-line and screen-oriented pointers appreciated! update: I verified the disk utility, hdiutil, and dd methods. dd seems the fastest, 30 minutes on my macbook pro vs. 40 minutes for ...
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Parallels from Bootcamp Partition: Can Vista be activated for real and virtual HW simultaneously?

I am running Vista and OS X natively on a new Mac Pro. Now I am trying to virtualize the natively installed Vista via Parallels 4. I am not planning to migrate Vista into a virtual machine completely, ...
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How do I change a users default shell in OSX?

What is the correct OSX way of changing a users default shell? When I googled for it I found several references to an application called NetInfo Manager but I couldn't find it on my system. There were ...
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Macbook Pro Optical Drive Makes Sounds When Drive is Empty

I have a MacBook Pro (1.83Ghz) running Mac OS X 10.5.7. The optical drive makes sounds like it's accessing data off a disk. However, the drive is empty. The sound is intermittent. Sometimes I won't ...
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Fix screen resolution of macbook external monitor

I have a macbook 13" for about 3 years now, and last weekend I decided to format the disk and reinstall everything. Turns out that after reinstall Leopard, install all available updates, and connect ...
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Using Ctrl-Tab to switch between tabs in Mac Terminal.app

How can I make Ctrl-Tab and Ctrl-Shift-Tab switch between tabs in Terminal.app on a Mac (OS 10.4 and 10.5 specifically)? This is how I switch tabs in Firefox and Aquamacs, and Command-Shift-[ and ...
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Parallels vs Vmware Fusion for running Windows on Mac OS X

Has anyone used both of these? Is one clearly superior to the other? I notice they are the same price. Any pros and cons?
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How can I rotate the screen of a MacBook Pro 90 degrees?

To read content like books.
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Visio-like design software? [closed]

A friend of mine is looking for an equivalent on Macintosh to Visio or SmarDraw to draw plans for home improvements. I don't know anything about Macintosh, so would appreciate any feedback on good ...
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Install Mac OSX on a partition of a Windows notebook?

Can this be done? Don't care about legal issues just would like to know if possible. I have a 150GB partition on a HP DV6000 Vista machine and was tempted to try... Note SuperUser does not condone ...
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Force an application to use a specific network interface

I'm using multiple network interfaces (LAN and Wireless), and I've noticed that there's a way to change the order of prefered interfaces. How can I use the wired network to do work, check email, and ...
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How do you duplicate current open Finder view?

I often have a window where i want to drag and drop to a parent folder, and i need another finder window, so i open a new one and need to browse back to where the other window is ...
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Arrow keys does not work in cscope in Terminal on Macos

I am running cscope in Terminal on Macos by using cscope -d. But the arrow keys ( ↑ / ↓ ) do not work, as i need to navigate from 1 query to another. Can you please tell me how can I fix that? Thank ...
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Constantly seeing a Textmate pop up message

Every time I boot my Mac I see this Textmate popup: What is it and how do I kill it?
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How can I change the keyboard shortcut for switching tabs in Mac Terminal?

I know that you can switch tabs with shift cmd [arrow key] in Mac Terminal, but it is painful to reach the arrow key. How can I change the default keybinding?
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setting up synergy (multi-computer shared input devices) new to mac

I've just gotten a mac and the first thing I'm trying to do in setting it up for dev is to set-up synergy. I've run into countless issues, and am making progress, but that 'mac's just work' theory ...
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Is there a free/cheap batch video watermarking program for Mac

I need to batch watermark a couple thousand video clips (avchd format supported would be great). Any ideas? I'm using OS X 10.5. Cheers!
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How to make a linux desktop and mac notebook share keyboard/mouse?

I installed Synergy server onto my Linux system, and installed Synergykm on to my Mac. When I try to connect with Synergykm from my Mac to my Linux system, it always fails to connect. The error that ...
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How can I get the Mac Terminal to not beep?

I'd like to prevent the Mac Terminal program from beeping, for example when there are multiple possible completions when I hit TAB. I looked in the preferences, but there's nothing about beeping.
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Untar, ungz, gz, tar - how do you remember all the useful options?

I am pretty sure I am not the only one with the following problem: every time I need to uncompress a file in *nix I can't remember all the switches, and end up googling it, which is surprizing ...