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What third-party utilities do you have in your System Preferences “Other” section? [closed]

I was changing something in system preferences a minute ago and stopped for a second to consider the "Other" section and what all I had in there. Got me wondering what other third party utilities ...
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The current MacBook Pros — do the batteries really last longer?

On their website, Apple makes a huge deal about their new battery technology that they're using in the MacBook Pro. In actual practice, is the battery performance really better than the previous ...
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Free filesystem drivers for ext3 on OS X Leopard

I have an external drive that holds an ext3 partition, which is shared on the network via NFS. Problem is, I can't see this drive on my MacBook after I mount this via Directory Utility. Does anyone ...
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How do I view my clipboard history on OS X?

I am often copying and pasting various tidbits of information, and then forgetting to save it. I would copy something else and lose what I had in the clipboard before. Is there some sort of built-in ...
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Use classic controller with DarwiinRemote and sixtyforce on OS X

I have been trying to use the classic controller with sixtyforce on OS X Leopard, but DarwiinRemote will only recognize attachments to the wiimote as the nunchuck. Is it possible to use the Classic ...
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How do I connect multiple Mac computers through a wireless router?

I'm not sure if this is very easy and I'm stupid for having trouble with it, or if it's very hard and am stupid for thinking it should be easier... I've got two Mac computers, one running OS 10.4, ...
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iPhone 3G Tethering doesn't start

I've got an iPhone 3G. I'm with AT&T. Using both official and custom firmwares, I'm unable to start Internet Tethering. When I turn it on, nothing happens. No blue bar appears over the top of the ...
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Is it possible to run a Windows 7 installation on a virtual machine?

Is it possible from MacOSX (running on a unibody MacBook Pro, if that matters) run the Windows 7 that was installed on another partition using Bootcamp in a virtual machine? Any particular virtual ...
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Finding folders that contain changed files since date

So, I have a directory with lots of sub-directories Something like... main main/folder1 main/folder2 main/folder2/otherfolder1 main/folder2/otherfolder2 etc... Is there an easy way for me to ...
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Move some iTunes library items to different drive?

My internal hard drive is somewhat small, and I only regularly listen to a fraction of my iTunes library anyway, so I'd like to keep large portions on it on an external drive for archival purposes. ...
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Search box doesn't work in Firefox for OS X

I'm using Firefox 3.5.1 on a Mac and the search bar seems to have stopped responding to the "enter" key. I can type searches, and it will even "find as I type", but hitting "enter" doesn't do ...
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How do I uninstall Adobe Reader 9 for Mac?

Adobe Reader spews files everywhere plus it hijacks Safari. I can't believe there is no uninstaller for this app? Google shows no good info.
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How do you install Firefox plugins from a file?

I would like to install this SQLite Manager plug-in for Firefox on Mac OS X. However, the page advertising the plug-in does not offer the customary "get addon" link (or whatever it's called). There is ...
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Open FDF document on Mac

I'm having the issue documented here: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/445594 When I try to open a FDF, I just get a pop up over and over again which asks me if I want to open the form. One possible ...
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Full-screen mode in Firefox on Mac OS X?

Does anyone know of a solid solution for adding a full-screen mode to Firefox (3.5) on OS X? I've come across a few possibilities involving either Javascript bookmarklets or outdated add-ons, but ...
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How to take screenshots in Mac OS X?

How do I take screenshots in Mac OS X?
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How can I format a USB “thumb drive” so it will be readable on OS X and Windows?

I have an OS X system. I want to use it to put some files on a USB drive and then be able to loan the drive to Mac and XP and Vista users so they can get the files off it. I also need to wipe the ...
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How can I make the terminal window close automatically on OS X?

Whenever I type 'exit' or I logout, the terminal window stays open and I have to close it manually. Can I change this behavior?
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Will I be able to upgrade my Snow Leopard developer seed to final, or will I have to re-install?

I have been a developer for a long time. I am deciding when to just use Snow Leopard as my primary operating system, now or after it is released to the public. In the past I have always had a separate ...
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Using Xbox 360 controller with Mac OS X (specifically turning it off)

So I've been using this driver for a few months with the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller For Windows with my Mac Mini. Here's an article about the driver on Gizmodo. The driver works really well for ...
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How to Configure a Remote Home Directory on Mac OS X?

I have an iMac, an XP box, and a Windows Server 2003 home server. I don't have active directory set up. To make a remote home directory on XP, I remapped the My Documents directory to a remote file ...
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Good and free unzipping software for Mac? [closed]

What is a good and free unzipping software for Mac? Good as in...supporting different types of compressed files and can unlock password protected ones. The built-in one on Mac doesn't do a good job ...
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OS X tools to export iTunes library to mp3

I've ripped some of my CDs into iTunes but I don't actually own an ipod. In order to get these songs onto my mp3 player I'd like to convert them to mp3s. Is there a tool that lets me do a 'batch mp3 ...
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Why is my Excel document printing on legal paper, but with letter margins?

I am trying to print an Excel spreadsheet, which is rather large. I want it to be only one page wide, and as many pages tall as is necessary. I want the font to be as large as possible, as long as ...
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To change $USER in OS X's terminal

I would like an other way to change my current user than by GUI. It would be great that if you can change the user as fast as you can your login shell by chsh. How can you change the user in OS X's ...
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To compare the content of two folders by some app in OS X

I am improving my friend's LaTeX document at folder 1/2, while he is editing the folder 1/1. The initial contents of the folders is the same. How can you meld the two folders to one such that all ...
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Remote Controlled / Network Media Player

I am looking for a Media Player that can be remote controlled with a Desktop Software (or even Web based) over the network. I know that there are tons of streaming servers and clients but that's ...
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With Airfoil, can you have synchronized audio and video in Firefox?

When watching video and sending the audio using Airfoil to an Airport Express there is a 2-3 seconds delay in the sound. In VLC it's possible to change the video/audio sync. Is there a more generic ...
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How to restore broken Ethernet functionality on Mac G5 running Mac OS 10.4.11 (Tiger)

I had a disk error that rendered my Mac unbootable. I repaired it with Tech Tool 4, but now networking does not work. Network Preferences reports that my Ethernet cable is unplugged. I know this is ...
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Modifying Safari for Fluid

Fluid is a really good app, but I can't see myself going over to a stack (like my Documents folder on the Dock) and opening it when I can just create a new tab in Safari. Is there any way I can modify ...
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Why is the brightness always set to the lowest value on my iMac G5 at startup?

When I turn my iMac G5 on the brightness is always down and I have to turn it up every single time. I have looked all through System Preferences and I cannot find any setting related to this. Is ...
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How can I reset my Firefox profile with custom default settings via Terminal

I have an iMac which kids use and on startup I have an automator script to reset the wallpaper, dock and other system settings. The only thing I have not managed to do so far is to reset the Firefox ...
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Running iPhone SDK on Mac OS X Server in VMWare on a PC [closed]

I have read somewhere (can't find the source now) that Mac OS X is only licensed to run on Apple hardware but that Mac OS X Server can run on non-Apple hardware and virtualised platforms. I have two ...
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What is cdpfs_notify_metadata_mod?

dmesg on my MacBook with Mac OS X 10.5.7 gives me a bunch of lines like this (with different file names): cdpfs_notify_metadata_mod(365): cdpfs_get_zone_entry returned NULL entry: ...
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Things For Mac - Any Way To Access From Windows?

I'm getting ready to start a trial of Things for the Mac. I have a Mac for personal use and an iPhone. At work, I have to run a PC with Windows XP. I also run Windows 7 at home on a PC. Is there any ...
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How to prevent OSX from putting a computer to sleep when a VM is running in VMWare Fusion

I have discovered the hard way that bad things happen to my VMs if my macbook pro goes to sleep while a VM is running. Is there a way to prevent my computer from being put to sleep when VMWare Fusion ...
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crontab to wake osx from sleep

I have a crontab which will launch a certain program early in the morning (after I have gone to sleep) and close it again later in the morning (before I wake up). But my iMac will not execute the ...
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Tools/tips to recover data from a corrupt DMG disk image?

Please share, if you know any tips to salvage data from a "compressed DMG" which no longer mounts (in my case, something went wrong during "scan image for restore").
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Execute applescript without open the editor

Every time I want to run an applescript the editor pops up. Is there a way to run it directly?
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Time Machine: Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup directory

I recently started getting this error message in Time Machine: Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup directory. My configuration: Unibody Macbook Pro 15" (circa ...
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Mac OS X utility for resizing windows from any side?

One of the (few) features of Windows that I miss in Mac OS X is the ability to grab any side of a Window and resize (with all the other sides staying in place). Is there a utility for Mac OS X that ...
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1/2 key on MacOSX?

I need the key 1/2 (one-half) but I can't find it on my mac keyboard. My keyboard is a Danish Mac keyboard.
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Map CapsLock key to ESC in Mac OS X

At work on my windows machine I've used Autohotkey to remap the CapsLock key to ESC. I've gotten used to it and on my personal machines (mac) I keep hitting CapsLock out of habit when I want ESC. ...
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Can I have a bunch of tabs set up when I launch Terminal?

Every morning I launch the OS X app Terminal and tediously set up a bunch of tabs... A ssh session to a certain server ($ ssh ...) A script/console session for the Rails app I'm working on ($ cd ...
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OS X: Reassign the Trackpad Button

I have an iBook G4 with 10.5.7 installed and I would like to change the behavior of the trackpad button so it acts as a Menu Key. I can select by tapping the trackpad. Sounds simple enough, can't ...
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Is there a way to disable command-tab in Microsoft Remote Desktop connection for Mac OS X?

On my Mac, I use Microsoft's Remote Desktop app to connect to a Windows box. I can see in the preferences how to map the Command key to Alt, and the Option key to the Windows key, so that the Alt and ...
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Easiest way to create a new text file in a Finder window on OSX

OK, so if I'm browsing directories in OS X Finder, what's the easiest way to create a new text file? Right now I have to either open TextEdit, click around until I get to the same directory I'm in, ...
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Thunderbird Gmail IMAP error: Some messages could not be FETCHed (failure)

I've followed Google's instructions on how to set up your Gmail in Thunderbird via IMAP and now it is giving me the following error any time I try to update the inbox: The current command did not ...
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iPhoto Library no longer shows up in “choose file” dialog after migration

I just migrated to a new Mac. When I try to upload a file in Safari and the "choose file" dialog comes up (the one that looks like the Finder), my iPhoto Library is missing. "Photos" is still in the ...
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To find ORM app for OSX

I would like to have an app for OSX which can make Object-Role Models, similar as this one. I use currently Top Coder's UML tool. However, it has some weaknesses: I cannot change the order of columns ...