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taskgated erorrs in syslog for macports installed software

Whenever I run things that I've installed via macports (like tree, wget, etc) I get the following log message (I'm dumping . into this particular log, so it may be fairly low priority). ...
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Why do fonts sometimes look “fat” on Mac OS X?

Sometimes when resuming from suspend, the fonts in Mac OS X look "fatter" than normal. Unfortunately right now I can't get my Macbook Pro to exhibit the "normal" behavior for comparison, it has been ...
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Java 1.6 on Mac OS X 10.5?

I'm running OS X 10.5.8 on an Intel iMac and don't have any immediate plans to upgrade to Snow Leopard. Am I able to upgrade Java to 1.6 somehow? The release notes on Apple's website for Java are ...
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Add new attachment actions in thunderbird

is it possible in thunderbird 3 to add new action for different types of attachments? For instance, I receive a file with extension .xyz and I want to specify which program I need to use to open this ...
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Winrar-like archive utility for OS X

I've been a Mac user for about 1.5 years and so far enjoyed the experience. But one thing I miss from other operating systems is the lack of compression/decompression utilities that follow the ...
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When a Python process is killed on OS X, why doesn't it kill the child processes?

I found myself getting very confused a while back by some changes that I found when moving Python scripts from Linux over to OS X... On Linux, if a Python script has called os.system(), and the ...
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mail.app crasches on startup, OS 10.5.8

The mail.app (3.6) crashes on launch -- or rather, it doesn't launch. The report says: Process: Mail [282] Path: /Applications/Mail.app/Contents/MacOS/Mail Identifier: ...
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DVD burning software for the Mac, searching for a Nero equivalent [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mac OS DVD Burning Software I'd like to burn some DVDs, but the software that comes with the Mac to do this isn't up to scratch. I haven't been able to find any so far. ...
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Is there any good software to remotely take photos of someone who has stolen my macbook?

I'm just wondering if anyone knows of an app I could install on my macbook pro that would allow me to photograph someone who has stolen it and receive their photo when they connect to the internet. I ...
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NicePlayer lost its playback

I somehow broke NicePlayer. Once I open a video with it. The timer starts - but video doesn't appear. Have tried both CoreVideo and QuickTime as the video Plugins. Anyone have any ideas as to why ...
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Snow Leopard won't reboot after recent Security Update

This has happened to me after a recent Security update from Apple. Went to restart, and Mac just hung for ages with pinwheel spinning. Eventually turned off at back of Mac Mini. Trying to reboot and ...
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Linux File Format on OSX

How would I read Linux formatted file systems (EX3 or EX4) on OXS (Snow Leopard)?
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Stream Flash video into non-Flash-Player player

On the Mac, Flash Player is not GPU accelerated. On top of that it is horribly inefficient. This means that if I open 5 tabs with Flash video things slow down like crazy. Is there a way to stream ...
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Weird graphical artefacts on OS X Snow Leopard

Since a couple of days I experience some strange graphical artefacts on Snow Leopard. Usually after a certain uptime, the background image would show some strange colours at some place. This could be ...
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partition contents

I have a macbook pro...running snow leopard. Just installed a new hard drive, and designated 2 partitions: one for system and applications, and the other is intended for all data. Because the first ...
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How to stop OS X from switching input method (keyboard layout) automatically?

After using the wireless keyboard that comes with the iMac, I have switched to a MS Ergo Natural 4000 one. Surprisingly I had to install extra software as OS X could not work out which keyboard I had. ...
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How to configure Mac OS X Snow Leopard to automatically connect to my Bluetooth Speakers for sound output?

I have a bluetooth speaker that I use for audio output on Snow Leopard (the Sony SRS-BT100). Generally I like it, except for one thing: When my laptop wakes from sleep it does not automatically ...
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Capture VHS to Mac

I have a Mac Pro running Leopard and a RCA to USB cable and a VCR. I'm trying to figure out the best way to capture VHS tapes onto my computer using what I have. I cannot seem to find video capturing ...
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Good (free) Mac OS X Timecard Software [closed]

I am beginning to do some freelance work, and am looking for a good timecard program in Mac OS X. Anyone know of any?
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OS X 10.6 change folder Finder displays as Desktop?

I know this is weird, but is there a .plist or key that I can edit to make the Finder use a different folder besides ~/Desktop for its Desktop folder? Why? Because I really like the BumpTop Desktop ...
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Mail.app with Yahoo! account

How can I use a vanilla Yahoo! account (free) with mail.app in Snow Leopard? I note that with my iPod Touch I can access my Yahoo! account without a single problem.
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Mac OS X 10.6.2 Install DBD::mysql

I've got a Mac Mini Server with Snow Leopard 10.6.2 64bit. I'm trying to install the Perl module DBD::mysql but cannot get it to work. Is probably worth mentioning that this is the first time I'm ...
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How to script Bluetooth on/off and Tethering on Snow Leopard

The Bluetooth / Tethering features in OSX are excellent. But they could be a little bit better. Is there a way to script (via AppleScript?) turning the bluetooth radio on and off, so that I could bind ...
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OS X alternative to Filemaker

We're a small office (20 people) on OS X that needs to replace our old Appleworks databases with something that's a little more future-proof. We have the problem where something like Filemaker is a ...
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Drive Genius says: “Invalid catalog btree reverse link in node” is this fixable?

No obvious problems with my Mac OS X 10.5 system, but Drive Genius 1.5.1 says: "Invalid catalog btree reverse link in node" when doing a "Verify" The "repair" and "rebuild" options fail. I did some ...
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Does Spotlight re-import a file that has been copied or moved?

This isn't a trick question about corner cases or anything like that -- simply, if Spotlight already has a file imported and indexed into its database and that file is moved or copied (say, a script ...
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OS X taking a photo with the iSight using a command-line tool?

Is there a utility that is able to run from the command line to capture a single frame of the iSight inbuilt (and external?) camera? This would save to an image file. I have searched on Google and ...
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Shell environment for su

I have some aliases and modifications to ls that I'd like available at all times. Is it possible to set environment variables for use when I am logged in as root after I sudo up with sudo su?
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How to get terminal windows to span multiple desktops in OSX

When I moved a terminal window from one virtual desktop to another, all of the terminal windows opened move with it to the new desktop. Is there any way to make them go on separate desktops? I am on ...
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How to make Exposé in Snow Leopard hide minimized windows?

Exposé shows the minimized windows under a faint line on the bottom third of the screen. How can I make Exposé HIDE those minimized windows, in Snow Leopard?
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What's the difference between ODBC Manager and ODBC Administrator?

I have two applications in my Applications/Utilities folder that look exactly the same except for the icon. One is ODBC Manager, the other is ODBC Administrator. Does anyone know what the difference ...
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Hiding some users in the user list of the OSX 10.6 login panel

Is there a way to show only some users in the login panel? I'm using OSX 10.6, and if I recall correctly I did something like that in a distant past but I really can't find out how. In the system ...
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Mac OS X as guest on VirtualBox with Ubuntu Host?

I have a legitimate copy of Mac OS X. I want to install Ubuntu on my new AMD computer as my host OS, then install Mac OS X as the guest OS via VirtualBox. Does anyone know if this will be an easy ...
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Make VirtualBox VM bootable in Boot Camp

I currently have Windows 7 installed in VirtualBox on Mac OS X 10.6 and I was wondering if there is any way to make that image bootable via Boot Camp. I already have my disk partitioned.
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Can't set up printing from Mac OS X (10.5.7) to an HP PSC 2410 shared from PC running Ubuntu 9.10

I've got an HP PSC 2410 printer shared from a fresh Ubuntu 9.10 installation. I'm able to send documents to this printer over the network from another Ubuntu machine. But so far, I haven't been able ...
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Clipboard sync between Win/Mac/iPhone devices?

Is there a solution out there for syncing clipboard items between Win/OSX/iPhone devices? Pastebot and Syncopy come close, but both lack Windows support.
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Without a toolbar, Finder opens each folder in its own window

How do I stop Finder opening a window for each folder navigating action?
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View Filesystem Access in Real Time on Mac OS X

Had a sysinternals tool (filemon) for that, but now I can find something similar for the mac. I'm a developer and I basically want to debug "file not found" or "wrong permissions" errors.
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Is there a way reinstall a fresh Adobe trial on Mac?

I was wondering if it is easier to fool the Adobe Installer into giving a second and third etc 30 day trial of various product on Mac OS X 10.5 than it is on Windows. Is this doable? How so. I am ...
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Print from Mac OS X 10.5.8 to HPC3180 on Windows 7, How?

Can anyone point to a document that describes how to print from a Mac OS X 10.5.8 to an HP Photosmart C3180 series print connected to Windows 7. I can’t get anything but nonsense to print. I was able ...
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Change Path for OS X

I am not asking how to change the path for mac OS X terminal windows. I am having this problem, and I’d like to be able to launch by clicking. It does work if I open it in a terminal window (since ...
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Tunebite Platinum and VMware Fusion

Has anybody managed to get Tunebite Platinum working with VMware Fusion 3? My installation hangs and product struggles with the in-built devices on my iMac. I'm trying to remove the DRM from TV shows ...
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How much swap is a given Mac application using?

Is there any way to tell whether a particular application running on Mac OSX (10.2+) has some of its memory swapped out (i.e., to one of the /private/var/vm/swapfile* files)? And how much? Bounty ...
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Clearing Cache in Mail on Snow Leopard

Can anyone tell me how to clear the cache in the Mail application on Snow Leopard? I noticed that it was automatically backing up my gmail messages so it ended up caching 11GB of emails even though ...
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Disabling log on for technical OS X user

I created a technical user that is only used to run a certain service. It doesn't have a home folder or anything else standard. The account also doesn't appear in the System Preferences... > ...
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Can't get WINS name broadcasting to work on Mac OS X

A client of mine has a new MacBook. I'm trying to setup Synergy. I've got it working where I can run the server on the Mac, and connect to it from the PC, using the Mac's ip address. I do not want to ...
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Changing dual-monitor settings without closing the laptop lid on OS X

I have a Unibody MacBook hooked up to an external display. By default when I boot up, the system will go to dual-monitor mode. I want to use only the external display. The Apple supplied solution ...
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CCleaner for Mac / Linux?

Is there a program for OS X and/or Ubuntu like CCleaner? Memory cleaning and internet cache cleaner?
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How do I establish the network sharing to my WinXP server network drive from my Mac notebook?

I have been able to connect to my WinXP server's shared drives by using Finder's Command-K to browse the network. Unfortunately, when the server gets rebooted, the connection drops and sometimes I ...
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Custom shortcuts to folders in Finder

Mac OS X offers some handy keyboard shortcuts in the Finder to the Desktop, Applications-folder etc. Is there a way to make your own shortcuts to certain folders? There is software that does this, ...