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Can't open some websites on OSX after moving overseas

I've moved overseas, with my Mac. It is running 10.9.5 I can open some websites but not others, not even superuser.com - enough websites won't open for me to be sure it is me, not them. Enough do ...
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How to prevent AppleScript error while website is still loading?

This is a service that copies a text and execute an applescript to simplify my life. The applescript searches a website on Safari and then clicks on specific links in two pages. The problem is that ...
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Mac Word keeps popping in front of the active application

I'm using MS/Word 2011 (14.5.0) on Mavericks; I use an external monitor plus the MacBook monitor. Whenever I {Cmd-Tab} to an app that's on the same monitor as Word, it forces itself to the front, ...
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“Could not rename” error in Bluefish editor on Mac OS X

I'm trying to use Bluefish 2.2.7 on Mac OS X 10.9.5 to rename the file /Applications/XAMPP/htdocs/index.php. I navigate to the file in Bluefish, right click on it, select rename, and make the change. ...
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How to set CPU frequency on OSX?

My colleagues have been complaining about my computer making too much noise, and they're constantly asking me to do something about it. On my Linux, I used to set a lower CPU frequency to avoid ...
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No Gmail unread count in Mail.app - why?

I have no Gmail unread count (circled mail count) in Mail.app on the Macbook pro (10.10.3). I mean not the dock icon but the in the app itself (a circled number to the right of the Gmail inbox). Why ...
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Replacing SSD in mid-2014 MacBook Pro

So I bought a mid 2014 MacBook Pro apparently JUST BEFORE the early 2015 one was discreetly released. From what I've read so far the EARLY (not the new one) 2015 Mac can be upgraded easily, but mid ...
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Is it possible to forward a device from virtualized Windows to an OS X host TTY?

I have a little piece of hardware that connects to the system via USB and creates a virtual COM port. The device only has drivers for Windows. Since I don't have a separate Windows machine at hand I'm ...
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How to escape spaces in default programs in FileZilla

For example, trying to change FileZilla so that View/Edit opens .py in "PyCharm Education.app" and not Xcode. However anything with spaces, it will only search for the text before the space... so it ...
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ldapsearch returns -1 on OSX client, not on Linux

I'm trying to run a search to a LDAP server. The LDAP server has been set up with Docker (osixia/openldap) and runs on 192.168.59.103. The port is open and I can connect to it with telnet from ...
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Set up wake-on-lan for mac os x via Actiontec T1200H Router: Ports 7 and 9 are closed

I've got two macs connected to home wireless network via Actiontec T1200H Router. Both macs support Wake on Wireless (in About this Mac-->System Report-->Network-->Wi-fi-->Wake On Wireless: ...
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Brew installed, linked, but not found

I just installed mtr via Homebrew, and it completed seemingly successfully (i.e., nothing unusual). MBA% mtr zsh: command not found: mtr That's odd. I figured I'd try again: MBA% brew install mtr ...
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Firefox: open new tab in background (i.e. do not switch to it) when pressing CMD

Firefox 38.0.5 @ OSX 10.10.3. I've noticed that with some links, Firefox will switch to the newly opened tab, regardless of its settings. "When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately" ...
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Error when installing metasploit-framework on Mac Yosemite

Basically I followed this link: http://hackerforhire.com.au/installing-metasploit-framework-on-os-x-yosemite/ However, after I finish all the steps and typing ./msfconsole the following error ...
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How do I remove SSHFS's Terminal library?

I installed OS X FUSE and SSHFS from the official site. Now whenever I type in ssh xxx@xxx.xx, the terminal window is different. Some folders are blue and the window is different; it's not the way it ...
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Can't run default shell

What to do if I uninstalled my default shell (/opt/local/bin/bash)? I can't open terminal under my account unless my default shell is valid or at least exists. Are there any elegant ways to fix it? ...
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Mac OS X 10.8.5 memory usage on the high side. How to lessen or improve

I bought a Macbook with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It comes with 2GB of memory but it using alot of it from looking at the Activity Monitor. Here's what it shows: Free: 140 MB Wired: 441.4 MB Active: ...
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How to have a better view when typing out directories in terminal?

I am currently using a Mac and learning to use the terminal, but the question applies to Linux systems as well. I would like to ask, when typing out paths in the terminal/command line, is there a way ...
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Cannot connect PS3 Controller to Mac OSX Yosemite 10.10.3

I tried to connect my PS3 Controller to my Macbook 13" retina late 2013 and failed. I tried all solutions I found on google but nothing worked. Anyone have any idea why it is listed in here But ...
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In Unix, delete a file listed in the directory but missing from the filesystem

I, like an idiot, killed my rm -rf command in the middle of it, and now there's one file remaining, but it keeps saying access is denied. I assumed it was because a process was accessing it, but when ...
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Is it possible for my Mac Mini to heat up because of wrong RAM frequency?

I have a Mac Mini (Mid 2010) which supports RAM speed 1066MHz. I replaced a year ago the 2x1gb default RAMs with a 4gb at 1333MHz. It worked but I noticed that it became slower and started to heat up ...
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SSH then running command in the same line is different to running on different lines? Bash Script

In a bash script, I'm trying to use ssh and osascript to display a notification on another mac. I can only manage to do this on the command line by first ssh-ing into the other mac then running ...
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Mac OS X: What are the implications and consequences of executing “kill -9 writeconfig” from the console?

I am trying to delete an account and checked the "Erase home folder securely" option. I now notice the process writeconfig is running about 100% CPU, and has been so for some 12 hours now. Anybody ...
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How to use windows for creating a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite flash?

I have windows 8.1 and my another device is Macbook air mid-2011. My Macbook air OS didn't startup and I unintentionally erased my Macbook HD partition. Now, I only could access my restore part of ...
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sculpt desktop in osx types 1232 on typing 123

I have this sculpt desktop keyboard from microsoft . Whenever i type 123 quickly it types 1232. However, if I type it slowly it always does 123. What could be the reason?
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Remote Desktop Freezing and giving a weird error

So for the last few days, I've been using windows remote desktop from my macbook to connect to my PC upstairs to do work. But the last few days I've been having issues with the connection freezing ...
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Open “About This Mac” from Terminal?

This probably seems totally useless to most, but i've got a specific need to open the "About This Mac" dialog from within Terminal. Any idea if its possible? I suppose AppleScript might be the way to ...
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Mobile phone and Safari browser do not navigate to my website, search instead

I recently registered a domain name at the root domain .science. I put up a website, and can navigate to it fine. But if I type mydomain.science into my phone (android), another phone (ios), or ...
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Safari get stuck on facebook

I am using MacBook pro and the problem is that safari gets stuck when the Facebook is open and also I open another tab and come back to the Facebook tab, then safari get stuck and the cursor becomes ...
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Google Chrome in Mac OS X - How to open link in Chrome when it's not the default browser?

In Google Chrome in Mac OS X, is it possible to keep Safari as default browser but have an easy way to open a chosen link in Chrome other than dropping the link on the Chrome icon? Maybe something ...
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OSX - Custom lockscreen incorrect password script

As you probably know, in Mac OS X you can enable a lock screen when waking from sleep, where the user enters their password. I am looking for a way of running an Automator.app workflow when an ...
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Return programs to window size after docking / undocking macbook pro?

I have a 13 inch macbook pro that I'm using with a Henge Docks vertical docking station and two external monitors. I switch back and forth between the dock and using the laptop by itself. When I plug ...
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Sometimes my terminal screws up newlines after killing a process

When I fire up a new terminal, this is usually what it can look like: $ echo "test"; echo "blaat" test blaat But sometimes after having run a process in the terminal that I killed with SIGKILL, my ...
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How do I intercept HTTP traffic on OS X?

I saw this tutorial: http://www.ex-parrot.com/pete/upside-down-ternet.html and I tried to implement a part of it on OS X 10.10. One command used there is iptables -A PREROUTING -s ...
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How do I close a window from an application but not quit the application

I'm trying to have a shell script run and then close itself but not quit Terminal all together. Here's what I have: #!/bin/sh while [ "$JOB_NUMBER" = '' ]; do echo -n "++++++++++++++++++++Job ...
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How to make certain apps work over VPN while others in local LAN in OS X Yosemite?

I have a Mac with OS X (10.10.3) from which I need to connect to a remote Windows PC via VPN+RDP. The problem here is that once VPN is up, my internet connection is no longer available. I can only ...
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Can I enable “click scrolling” for an Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 on OSX?

My older Microsoft laser mouse had a feature I miss: clicking the scroll wheel put the mouse into a scrolling mode, where a little circular icon appeared on screen, and moving the cursor made the page ...
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SSH from OS X to Cent OS through a Cent OS hop

My goal is, if possible, to connect through $ ssh end-host Because I need an ssh connection to tunnel to for a connection to mysql, which end-point can make but hop-host can not. TL; DR I'm ...
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rogue process? sourceforge.net in processes :S

Weird, I found this in activity monitor, seems strange... any thoughts?
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netcat between mac and linux only working in one direction

I have two machines on the same local network. One is a Mac (192.168.42.74) and one is a Dell (192.168.42.75) running Kubuntu Linux. If I issue 'nc -l 12345' on the Mac and issue 'echo "blah" | nc ...
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How can i get itunes to backup my iphone with limited disk. I linked the backup dir to an ext drive with space yet still won't backup?

On OSX yosemite, a machine with limited disk space free. In order to backup my iphone, I've linked the ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup dir to an external drive. iTunes, correctly ...
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Why can't I use my newly created user with chown?

So I am attempting to create a new user and group, and then change ownership of a directory to that new user/group. However, when I do, chown comes back with an "illegal user name" message. Here's a ...
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OSX Partition failed with the error: The chosen size is not valid for the chosen file system

So I had a failing 1TB drive in my macbook pro, I managed to copy it bit for bit to a new 2TB drive. The new 2TB clone now works fine. I have 2 partitions on the new drive, OSX yosemite and windows ...
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Ugly LaTeX generated PDF on OS X

I have a book I am writing in TeX, which is nice, but I only recently realized how ugly my local TeX to PDF export looks: For reference, mine is on left, and a random Linux box that I have access ...
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OSX: Making sure Dropbox always starts after SD card is mounted?

I have a Macbook Pro with a relatively small SSD, so I use a 128GB MicroSD card in a nifty little adapter I plug flush into the side of the laptop for some extra storage. I have quite a large ...
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OSX 10.10 locked out of administrator account, not in the sudoers file anymore

It appears my administrator account turned into a regular account overnight. Or, I did something stupid, which is more reasonable but I can for the life of me not figure out what it is that caused ...
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Skype keeps disconnecting on OSX

I'm having a problem with Skype on OS X Yosemite.. after logging in Skype it keeps disconnecting... I've tried it on 2 different Macs... on multiple different networks... So basically the problem is ...
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Unable to download torrents on OS X Yosemite

I am unable to download using torrent on OS X Yosemite, but the weird part is that able to do that on a windows machine on the same network. Router reports that the port is open, but the torrent ...
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Mac as a file server in network where workstations run Windows 7

For a remote office I set up a Mac Mini to be used as file server. It was pretty easy to set up the Shared folder to be accessible by everyone on the network and I have a bash script that sets up all ...
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Visual studio running in parallels file issue

I'm using parallels desktop 10 with windows 8.1 on a macbook air with OS X Yosemite. I have installed the latest Visual Studio on it and I'm coding in c/c++. The problem I have that when I try to open ...