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How to uninstall software on a Mac

I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows. For the software I installed, how can I uninstall them? I did not find ...
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How to automagically move windows between monitors with one keystroke?

In Windows I had this great little app that allowed me to move application windows between 2 monitors with a click of a button (or a key-stroke). I'm aware of an application that will change the ...
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Is there a way to virtualize Mac OSX in Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run Mac OSX within Windows Virtual PC? I have heard rumors that there is a way to run Mac OSX Server in a Virtual Machine in windows. I know this is not exactly ...
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Bash prompt error when pressing up arrow

I've written this nice and colorful prompt for my OS X terminal: parse_git_branch() { git branch 2> /dev/null | sed -e '/^[^*]/d' -e 's/* \(.*\)/ [\1]/' } export ...
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Installing Tiger on a Snow Leopard MacBook

My lab is planning to buy a MacBook that comes with Snow Leopard to test our RCP applications (Eclipse). We would also like to install Tiger to test our applications because many of our users are ...
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how do we share files from Mac to Windows?

Is there anyway we can read the files in a Mac laptop using a Windows laptop? Like I have a movies folder in Mac and I want to view those movies in my Windows laptop (without having to transfer those ...
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Run Time Machine on same disk containing Windows files

I have an external storage device that's pretty big. I would like to store my OS X Time Machine backup files on it, but it already has a few files I've backed up from a windows machine. Will it be a ...
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How to uninstall Homebrew? (Mac OS X Package Manager)

I’ve got some problems with the package manager, Homebrew. I can’t find how to remove it! Is it safe to remove whole /usr/local? Homebrew was installed somewhere in that directory.
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How to selectively route network traffic through VPN on Mac OS X Leopard?

I don't want to send all my network traffic down to VPN when I'm connected to my company's network (via VPN) from home. For example, when I'm working from home, I would like to be able to backup all ...
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How can I stop Mac OS X overriding my hostname when I receive a DHCP request on Snow Leopard?

Whenever I go on a network where the DHCP server assigns hostnames then it overrides the settings I've set for my hostname on my Mac in the "Sharing" section of System Preferences. How do I stop this ...
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Is there a fix for the “Too many open files in system” error on OS X 10.7.1?

I need to get rid of the pesky "Too many open files in system" limit on OS X 10.7.1.  Is there a way?
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How can I get control+left arrow to go back one word in iTerm2?

I was reading up in the Linux manual and I noticed that it said I could use control+left and control+right to move forward and back words in the terminal while editing. "Pressing Ctrl plus the ...
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How to force split tunnel routing on Mac to a Cisco VPN

Any one know how to hack the routing table (on a mac) to defeat the forcing of VPN routing for every thing over a cisco VPN? pretty much what I want to do is have only 10.121.* and 10.122.* addresses ...
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Case insensitive tab completion in Bash

Is there any way to make Bash tab complete case insensitively? $ bash --version GNU bash, version 3.2.48(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin10.0) Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. I am ...
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Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard

I have been able to move Apple's virtual memory swapfiles to a dedicated partition on my hard drive up until now. The technique I have been using is described in a thread on forums.macosxhints.com. ...
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How can I get a script to run every day on Mac OS X?

Cron? Launchd? iCal?? If so, how?
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Renaming many files in Mac OS X, batch processing

I used to rename file in Linux via a rename command: rename 's/old_pattern/new_pattern/g' *glob Is there something similar in Mac OS X (Snow Leopard)?
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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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Make Mac OS X mouse acceleration more Windows-like

The mouse acceleration on Mac OS X is driving me nuts. It may work for touchpads but nothing beats the Windows' acceleration curves. Is there a way to modify the behaviour on OS X? I tried getting a ...
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Start Google Chrome on Mac with command line switches

I've read you can start Google Chrome in kiosk mode in Windows by using the argument --kiosk. I know how to do this on Windows, but how can I do this on Mac OS X? And how can I run Google Chrome ...
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Can someone please explain ifconfig output in Mac OS X?

When I do ifconfig on my Mac, I get a list of the following interfaces: lo0 gif0 stf0 en0 fw0 en1 vmnet8 vmnet1 I wonder what each interface is. Also, which of these is the IP interface ? I don't ...
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How can I change the system font size in OS X?

I'm using a Mac Mini on big flat-screen TV for playing media. The small font size is really annoying when sitting far away. Is there a way to increase the system font size in OS X?
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Good program to visualize file system usage on Mac?

Based on this question, I would like to know if there are any good programs to visualize file system usage on OS X? I used to have SpaceMonger when I was using a PC and would love to find some ...
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Viewing the full Skype chat history

I have Skype 2.8 on Mac OS X 10.5.8. Under the the chat menu is an option called "Recent Chats". This allows me to see logs of recent chats, but not of older ones. I know the older ones are ...
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How can I run Mac OSX graphical Emacs in daemon mode?

Short form: I want to run the Mac OSX version of Emacs found on http://emacsformacosx.com/ as a daemon, with graphical and text clients connecting to it as-needed. In detail, here is the workflow I ...
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How do I run a launchd command as root

I have the following launchctl command as a .plist file. It's loaded and set to run once a day but, it needs to run as root and I'm not sure how to verify this. Also, this cron job basically CDs ...
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Is there a way to listen to the input sound on Mac OS X?

Is there any easy way to listen to the input on a mac? For example, assume I have a microphone hooked up to the input (i.e. line in) of my mac, and I have headphones hooked up to the output of my ...
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How to use command line whois for “spam infected” domains like apple.com?

In short: is there any way to get the full whois-details for domains like apple.com, using the command line on Max OS X? Running whois on the command line for, for example, apple.com is like ...
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Common Mac OS folders/settings to check (when trying to get rid of a pesky self-launching app)

If there's an app that starts up by itself, what would the most efficient places to look for it be? Does anyone have a nice comprehensive list of where to check for Startup Items, Login Items, Login ...
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Mac OS change command to control key

is there any way to change the use of command key to control, somewhat globally in the system? for example instead of cmd+S, to use ctrl+S, but everywhere in the system
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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 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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A synergy alternative that just works? [closed]

I have been using Synergy for a few days now on my Windows 7 desktop (as server) and Macbook (client). Unfortunately, it seems to be buggy - often, the keyboard would stop working on the Mac to the ...
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User friendly way to schedule jobs in Mac OS X

Is there any easy way to schedule repeated jobs in Mac OS X? I know I could use cron, but I'm looking for a more user friendly way to do it, a GUI for schedules, something like this.
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How can I get ssh-agent working over ssh and in tmux (on OS X)?

I have a private key set up for my github account, the passphrase to which is, I believe, stored in OS X's keychain. I certainly don't have to type it in when I open a terminal window and enter ssh ...
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Free Mac OS X application for downloading an entire website

Is there any free application for downloading an entire site installable on Mac OS X 10.6?
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How to re-map command and option keys on Mac OS X with a PC-keyboard?

in my keyboard the command key is mapped to the windows key (I'm using a regular PC keyboard) so I only have a left command, because the space on the right is occupied by the useless Fn key. I've ...
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Change DPI on OSX

How do I change DPI setting on OSX so that everything looks larger? Lowering the resolution makes everything look crappy so it's not an option. Related question: DPI setting on OSX
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How do I set up an AppleScript to open a new iTerm2 tab and change the directory?

In OS X, how do I set up an AppleScript to open a new iTerm2 tab change to a directory clear the console echo the current directory I had something like this before for regular Terminal, but I ...
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How do I trim my Time Machine backups and find and exclude frequently-updated large files from bloating it?

Time Machine is nice because it Just Works and it does its magic in the background. But left to itself, it can really swell up due to either large files that you don't really need backed up slipping ...
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No /mnt/hgfs in Ubuntu guest under VMWare Fusion

I just installed Ubuntu 13.04 inside of VMware Fusion Pro 5. I have the virtual machine configured for read-only sharing of my home directory, but there's no /mnt/hgfs directory and there's no ...
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My Mac is slow but don't know what's slowing it down

My Mac (Macbook Pro) is sometimes slow doing basic tasks, like browsing the web or something like that. If I open Activity Monitor, I have (maybe) one program that is about 10 % CPU, others are below ...
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How to add custom keyboard shortcut for a nested menu item?

This has been bugging me for a couple years now. So in Mac OS X you can assign your own Keyboard Shortcuts (in System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts) by typing in the exact name of the ...
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Getting crisper fonts in OS X after switching from Windows

I have switched my programming environment from Windows 7 to Mac OS X Lion, and I missed the Windows' crispy front rendering, for example, under Eclipse, you can check the screenshots. OS X: ...
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eliminate MacBook CapsLock delay

On my MacPro there is one issue (and guys from Apple think this is feature...) that annoys me very much: there is a time delay between CapsLock switching. I used to do that fast. If I go to ...
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How do I make OS X set the terminal title back to the original title when coming back from ssh?

Starting on OS X, I ssh into foo (a Linux box). My terminal title changes to foo. I then ssh into bar (another Linux box). My terminal title changes to bar. I log out of bar. My terminal title ...
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Terminal tab completion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bash completion for commands in Mac OS I'm just moved from linux to mac, and one of the problems I'm having is that tab completion is only 1 level deep, and I'm not sure ...
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On Mac OS X how can I monitor what is using my internet connection?

I've got a relatively limited broadband connection (I live miles from the nearest exchange) and from time to time net access (but nothing else) slows to a near crawl. I know from a bit of monitoring ...
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What is the task “java” (parent process “launchd”) doing on MacOS X?

I have a process called "java" showing up in my Activity Monitor that uses a good amount of CPU (4 - 8% average, 20 - 80% on occasion). It reports that "launchd" is its parent process. Any idea what ...
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Prevent MacOS from making .* and ._* files

Whenever I plug someone's FAT32 flash drive into my computer, MacOS loves to add all sorts of hidden files. A couple of these include: .Spotlight-V100/ .Trashes/ .fseventsd/ .DS_Store When they ...