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Forcing specific resolution on a specific monitor on Mac OS X

I have Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) installed with 2 monitors. Main: a 24 inch Dell monitor that Mac OS X detects and displays on 1920x1200 Secondary: a 19 inch Chimei monitor that supports ...
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Using curly braces with a standard pc keyboard on a mac laptop

I have a standard PC keyboard connection to my Mac laptop. All keys work fine but the special characters that need "Alt-Gr" as accelerator keys would not work. I have a Swiss layout where the curly ...
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.Net 2.0 on OSX with WineHQ?

This page doesn't mention OSX, but the WineHQ stuff in general does. Does anyone know if there's any reason that .Net 2.0 cannot be run on OSX with Wine? Has anybody tried it?
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Longlasting Macport installation

I use Macports on Mac OS X to install some software. But there are somethings that I find very strange. For instance, yesterday I installed some app and it needed to get gcc43 and compile completely ...
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Cycling tabs graphically

Mac OS X's window manager is composed of: Applications Windows Tabs By default on OS X, you can cycle over applications with the famous ⌘⇥ shortcut. In addition to this, I use a little utility ...
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How to use custom live CSS on Safari on the Mac?

To use a CSS on Safari, just go to Preferences -> Advanced -> Style Sheet. But pay attention to the "live" part. I mean, being able to edit the CSS on the fly, without needing to quit Safari and open ...
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What are your most useful textexpander (or similar) snippets? [closed]

TextExpander is a program that aims to save you time by auto-replacing snippets of text with the content of your choice, or to quote their Web site: "Save yourself time and effort by typing short ...
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Is it possible to prevent windows in Mac OS from opening below the bottom edge of the screen?

When opening a new window in finder, the new window will go below the screen. This is not a big deal, but when using macvim or terminal it can be annoying since your command prompt is now hidden. ...
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Is there a Windows or Linux equivalent of Soulver calculator application? [closed]

I've just been shown a brilliant calculator app called Soulver which is only available on Mac OS X Maths on a Mac as it should be Soulver is a new kind of calculator application which uses a ...
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Equivalent of OS X's Shift Apple-3/4 in Windows 2003 Server

Is there a screenshot equivalent of OS X's Shift-Apple-3 or 4 built into Windows 2003 Server? Just to clarify, I have this Win 2003 box on a KVM switch .. and since I am at a 95% OS X shop, the ...
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Free iPhoto Alternative [closed]

I'm looking for a free iPhoto alternative for OS X. I reinstalled my Mac, and lost the original iLife cd. So instead of trying to find it somewhere, I'd like to use an Open Source alternative instead. ...
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How to copy file path on a mac?

Windows refugee here. On Windows you can easily copy the path and paste it elsewhere to get to the directory. Here is the situation on the Mac. I am in the Finder 20 folders down and I see the file ...
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Any tips to extend battery life under 'Bootcamped' Win 7

I have a late 2008 MacBook and have recently installed Windows 7 via Bootcamp. Under OSX I can get about 4 hours of web browsing and general usage but under 7 that is slashed to about 2 hours. I ...
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How do you open a folder in OSX using the keyboard?

On Windows, pressing enter when you highlight on a folder in Windows Explorer will open that folder. On OSX, pressing enter when you highlight a folder edits the folder's name (like F2 in Windows). ...
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How do I change the color of binaries listed by 'ls'?

In Mac OS X, when I do ls the binary files have red color, how change this color to green? Similar to other Unix.
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Linux binary support under Mac OS X?

Is there a way to add Linux binary compatibility to Mac OS X 10.5+ such as that found in FreeBSD? For instance, and totally as an example, here is Arlequin 3.5, a population genetics software that my ...
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Get back position in X11 in OSX?

I use Mac OSX. When launch X11 this open a xterm. how I can automatically locate xterm in a specific position every time I open X11? (centered on the screen)
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^+Left Arrow and ^+Right Arrow suddenly stopped working on OS X

I'm not really sure what to make of this. The key combination of ^← and ^→ have stopped working for one of the two users on my OS X installation. I use these keys all the time (switching tabs in ...
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Avoid unwanted path in Zip file

I'm making a shell script to package some files. I'm zipping a directory like this: zip -r /Users/me/development/something/out.zip /Users/me/development/something/folder/ The problem is that the ...
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Expand TrueCrypt volume on Mac OS

Are there any known solutions to manually or automatically expand a TrueCrypt volume on Mac OS?
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usb vs firewire for connecting two RAID 0 disks

I have a 2TB and a 4TB RAID 0 external drives (both have two physical hard drives in them). Both have a FW800, FW400, and USB port. My MacBook Pro has one FW800 port and two USB ports. I want to copy ...
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How do I make Mail.app quit after iCal sends an alert?

iCal uses a built in script file to email reminders through Mail.app. It works great, but I don't use Mail.app for my main email account, just for sending calendar notifications. So, Mail.app opens ...
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Tool to modify properties/metadata of a PDF? i.e. Change “Title”, “Author”? Sony Reader showing some books as “untitled.”

I own a Sony Reader PRS-600 ebook reader. I bought a ton of Manning Publications ebooks (DRM-free) recently. Many of the books are PDFs since not all the ones I wanted are available in epub format. ...
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Is there any way to get iphoto metadata (faces, tags) onto the file information?

So faces, places, tags, appear in the jpeg metadata? I want to be able to find them in spotlight, have them if I change programs, etc. If not, does anyone know whether aperture 3 can do this?
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How to disable iSight auto adjustments?

The built-in iSight cam on my MacBook machine keeps re-adjusting the lighting (and focus I think). I need to manually set those, but I found nothing of any use in System Preferences or System Profiler....
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Moc in mac show error message

I install moc with port, but when try launche I get this error message. $mocp Running the server... Trying JACK... FATAL_ERROR: No valid sound driver FATAL_ERROR: Server exited any idea ? Many ...
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How-to: switch between tabs in Opera?

This has got to be possible - I just don't see it: how do you change from one tab to another in Opera with the keyboard?
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vim is very slow on my Mac

I use vim on Mac OS X, but this is realy slow in Terminal.app and iTerm. Progress over many lines becomes tedious. some idea of solution?
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How to make Microsoft Keyboard special keys run osascript commands on OS X?

I'm trying to make (1) special key open new terminal window. I bound it to file /Users/taw/bin/new_term, which contains: #!/bin/sh exec osascript -e 'tell application "Terminal" to do script "cd ."' ...
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How to make a single window on Mac OS X sticky to every desktop space?

I'm trying to make a single terminal window appear on every space but the built in spaces only allow to configure this per application basis. This makes it more or less useless for terminals if you ...
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hardstatus screen in mac

I use this hardstatus in my .screenrc hardstatus string '%{= kK}[ %h ] %-Lw%{= KW}%50>%n%f %t%{= kK}%+Lw%< %{=kG}%-= %1` %d %M %c%{-}%{= kK} ' but in macOS the %h not work, don't show the ...
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How to save Finder search results (filename list) to a text file?

When I use Finder to locate a set of files, I want to save the list of files to a text file (preferably with path names). I know I can open the shell and use 'find', but what's the point of having a ...
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Save as PDF to Folder Script for Apple Mail

I want to add a script to a rule to auto-print messages as PDF to a specific Folder. What I found was this: http://is.gd/acmsE but it doesn't work for me on OS X 10.6. I already know the Save to PDF ...
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OS X Sending syslog to a remote box

For some reason I have a hard time wrapping my head around how OS X handles things like init, cron, and "normal" daemon maint. Too many years spent doing *nix work. How do I configure syslogd on a ...
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DMG mounting warning message says “it may make computer less secure or cause other problems”

When I try to open a DMG file I get this: I'll just transcript the image: There may be a problem with this disk image. Are you sure you want to open it? Opening this disk image may make ...
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Old (Leopard) Expose on Snow Leopard (for mac)

I'm amazed this question hasn't been asked here. There are many discussions about it out there and even a way to remove the blue glow. Of course I've already filed my complaint with apple... Is there ...
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Apple Mail: Can't undo a delete?

Sometimes I can't, and sometimes I can. I want to be able to ⌘-Z after I accidentially delete a message. Or multiple messages. I want the Undo feature!
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What is the official installer for Unix packages on Mac OS?

I'm a bit confused about the installation of standard Unix packages on Mac OS X. For example, I have /usr/bin/svn, which is SVN v.1.4.4, but FinkCommander says svn is not installed. The same holds for ...
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I have a wireless Canon P560 and my computer can't find it

The printer is wireless and I haven't connected it via USB. I set the configurations for the Wi-Fi access point in the printer and it connected to my Wi-Fi. I have AT&T as the service provider and ...
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Mac OS Leopard: SyncServer process constantly using 100% CPU

I am running Leopard that I upgraded from Tiger. I've been noticing that every once in a while the SyncServer process starts up and eats up all the CPU. The fans will start going at full blast and ...
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Easily tell if focused on VirtualBox window?

Is there a way to make it very obvious that my VirtualBox window isn't in focus? The problem I'm having is switching between workspaces on Ubuntu or OS X and then trying to type in my Windows virtual ...
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Dell V105 printer and OS X 10.6

I am trying to get a Dell V105 printer to work with my iMac. It is running 10.6 and I have installed all the drivers on the Snow Leopard disk. I believe there is no official Dell driver but I have ...
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Syntax for find on Mac OS X

I have a project directory that contains source code and subdirectories of source code. I want to use the Unix program find to search recursively for the names of files of certain extensions. The ...
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Unpause application in Mac OS X

I tried parsing a gigantic XML file and I ended up running out of virtual memory. The OS put all my applications on pause and gave me a screen to shutdown applications to free more space. I killed the ...
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Align windows to a grid in Snow Leopard

I've become so used to aligning windows to a grid on Windows (via Win+Arrow Key) and Linux (via Compiz Grid) that when I sit down at a Mac I want to gouge my eyes out trying to align windows. How can ...
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Unset the system immutable bit in Mac OS X

In theory I believe you can unlock and remove the system immutable bit with: chflags noschg /Path/To/File But how can you do this when you've set the bit as root? I have a file that is locked, and ...
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Convert Mac font to Windows format?

I have a font that was used on Mac OS X 10.5. Mac recognizes it as a font file. Windows Vista shows it as a "File". Changing the file extension doesn't work. I tried both .otf and .ttf and neither ...
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How can I differentiate between two docked applications existing on Mac OS X's dock?

I have the different versions of the same application added several times in the dock but the application icon and title is identical. I cannot change the icon or the file name because they are ...
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GNU screen multiuser mode is broken in OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

I'm using GNU screen for remote pair programming. Let's call the local account for the remote user 'pairpair'. I have the following lines in my .screenrc: multiuser on acladd pairpair I have run ...
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Can I have more than 16 Desktop “Spaces” on Mac OS X Snow Leopard?

Is is possible to have more than 16 desktop "spaces" with Mac OS X Snow Leopard? I know that it does not seem possible at all from the System Preferences settings, but I was wondering if there exists ...