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How to open a server port outside of an OpenVPN tunnel with a pf firewall on OSX (BSD)

I have a Mac mini that I use as a media server running XBMC and serves media from my NAS to my stereo and TV (which has been color calibrated with a Spyder3Express, happy). The Mac runs OSX 10.8.2 and ...
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How to get java webstart 6 on OSX 10.8.2 after java update

I'm trying to find out how to run java webstart 1.6 on a machine running OSX 10.8.2. Every time I try to open the .jnlp file I get java 7 rather than java 6 starting. The system seems to still have ...
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Apache says it's started but localhost does not load

I'm having a problem with apache2 server today. I just wont respons for localhost but it says it's started. Env: Mac OSX. I'm listening on 80 as specified in /private/etc/apache2 lines 51-53. ...
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Connect device straight to VM (Passthrough?)

I've a Windows 7 VM on my VMWare Fusion 5.0.1 running on OSX 10.8.2. I want to connect it a tablet (Smart Pad 810c) that OSX doesn't recognize at all (it's not listed either in USB system ...
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Why does this line appear every time I launch iTerm on my MacBook?

So I use iTerm on my MacBook Air and also my MacBook Pro. I've been playing around with .bashrc and .bash_profile and trying to come up with clever ways to configure things. At one point I decided I ...
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Connected to internet but can't browse after trying to remove Covenant Eyes

I recently got a MacBook Pro. It connects to ethernet\wifi and has internet but when I open Safari or Firefox, nothing happens. I get a timeout for all websites. I had Covenant Eyes on my Mac before ...
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What does “Updating Boot Support Partitions for the volume as required” mean?

I have used GNU ddrescue to copy a crashed WD external disk over to an identical one. ddrescue told me that 9 MB out of 2TB could not be rescued, so I think that's pretty good. Anyway, being a Mac ...
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Mouse button still controls settings of other Synergy client when changing window

I'm using Synergy as the server on OS X Mountain Lion. Now I have a strange problem using a specic piece of software on the Mac. It is a program for viewing medical images (Osirix). The left mouse ...
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Mountain Lion: Launchpad always scrolls left

When activating the launchpad in Mountain Lion, and try to scroll to one of the panes to the right, after a second it automatically scrolls left again. This is on a mid 2011 MBP, with no other devices ...
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Linux USB to work as CD ROM in OS X

I am working in driver development in Linux USB modules. I have written a driver for USB and it is working as CD ROM in a Windows machine. I made the first partiton as fat32 modprobe g_hidmass ...
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Terminal with session management and scrollback OS X

I use GNU Screen all the time in OS X, primarily running on the server side of my SSH connections in order to maintain persistence, while multitasking. The beauty is that if I get disconnected, all ...
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Time Machine says it must create a new backup erasing my backup history?

Time Machine completed a verification of your backups on “MyBackupDrive”. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you. What does this mean and why did it happen?
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Printing PDFs quickly from Finder - OS X 10.8

I've read a few hacks on this and tried a couple but nothing cutting it yet. Dragging files to desktop printer causes them to print out in portrait when they should be landscape and they therefore ...
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Create AddressBook group without creating individual contacts

Is there a way to create a mailing list for AddressBook.app and/or Mail.app without individually creating contacts for each person on the list? Specifically, I have an e-mail addressed to each ...
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Automount of AFP shares on Lion clients from OS X Snow Leopard server - not working right

Recently upgraded Snow Leopard clients to Lion. AFP shares are set up as login items. The network shares on some of the machines now take a long time to come up (10 minutes). Several machines that ...
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In OS X Messages, can I disable double-click opening a conversation in its own window?

I keep Messages over on the left side of the screen so I can see when someoene's sent me a new message. But if I click to make the window active, and then click again to make a conversation active, it ...
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How to disable OpenGL threaded optimization on Mac OS X?

How can I do the equivalent of this on my 2009 Mac Mini (Mac OS X Lion):
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iMac wakes up from sleep

I'm having quite an annoying problem with my imac: After I tell it to go to sleep, it wakes back up approximately 5s later. I've taken the following steps to try and diagnose the problem: ...
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Prevent Parallels from dismounting data HDD when starting Windows

I've got two harddrives in my Macbook. A SSD with OSX and Windows 7 (via Bootcamp) on it and a ordinary HDD for data which is formated as exFat (because both OSX and Windows can read/write it). I'm ...
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Using keyboard specific keyboard-layouts in OS X

I use a Kinesis Advantage with my MacBook Pro. While I use the dvorak layout when using the MBP's built-in keyboard the Kinesis has its own internal dvorak mode which assumes the host computer is ...
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How do I install Intel SSD Firmware from a USB flash drive on a Mac

I've removed my Optical Drive and installed my HDD there instead on my MacBook using OWC's Data Doubler. Furthermore I've installed a Intel 520 180GB SSD in my main drive slot. Now I want to install ...
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Hacker News mysteriously blocked on my Mac OS X Lion

When I try to access http://news.ycombinator.com on my computer, I get 502 proxy error: Proxy Error The proxy server received an invalid response from an upstream server. The proxy server could not ...
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Using dnsmasq on OS X when not connected to the Internet

I'm routing dns requests through dnsmasq so that domains I'm using for local development point to 127.0.0.1. This works great when I'm connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi or ethernet, but I start to ...
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AppStore: how to login permanently?

I'm starting to go nuts already, how to ALWAYS be logged in? I can't stand logging in every freaking time when I want some app...
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Drafts in Apple Mail spinning out of control

My draft mail continues to duplicate and keeps duplicating. It never stops. It is like the national debt sign that keeps adding and adding. I'm at 289.000 and counting. What is going on here? I have ...
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Install two different versions of same application on OSX?

A friend of mine is running OSX, and wants to install two versions of World of Warcraft onto the same machine: one being the current official retail version, the second being a much older ("Vanilla") ...
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Chrome + LCD Font Smoothing = Not Working

Recently, LCD font smoothing stopped working on Chrome; it happened no more than two weeks ago. Seeing that I use Chrome as my default browser, this issue is very annoying, as I prefer the look of ...
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How to mount SMB share from terminal using keychain?

I need to be able mount a SMB share from terminal, for MAC OS versions (10.7). Is there a way to use mount_smbfs with keychain so I don't get prompt the username/password or have to add it to the ...
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Create/Modify folder actions from terminal in OSX

I have a set of folders that have similar folder actions attached to them. I want to create a folder action to attach to their parent folder, so that if I create a new folder within it, this folder ...
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Mounting an NFS share with udp or mntudp options

According to the documentation of NFS client on Mac OS X 10.7 user can specify following options: udp Use UDP transport protocol. and mntudp Force the mount protocol to use UDP transport, ...
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Is there a working method for recreating a quicktime video resource fork?

A few years ago, I backed up a directory of family movies in quicktime format to my NAS. Unfortunately, only the data files went, and NOT the resource forks. Months later when I went to import those ...
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How to search for all labeled files, except those in some folders?

I want to add a saved search to my sidebar that contains all labeled files on my Mac, except files that are in certain folders. Files that are in subfolders of the excluded folders shouldn’t be ...
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xdotool only works with X11 windows on OSX

I've installed xdotool via MacPorts. It works only with X11 windows. Is there a way to use it for native OSX applications as well?
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CFURLCreateWithString error from outlook on OSX Lion

After I upgraded to OSX Lion Outlook 2011 for mac has been very slow. My system console shows thousands of this error: 12-02-22 10:09:10.255 AM Microsoft Outlook: CFURLCreateWithString was ...
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SSH, VNC, HTTP(S), telnet… connection manager for Mac OS X

I'm searching for a tool on Mac OS X, that is able to manage multiple and different connections. On Windows, there is a tool like this called mRemote. Until now, I've been using the .ssh/config file, ...
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Mapping extensions and UTI on OS X

In OS X, an extension can correspond to one or more UTIs. The sample code gives an array for an extension. NSArray *UTIs = (NSArray *)UTTypeCreateAllIdentifiersForTag(kUTTagClassFilenameExtension, ...
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Sharing L2TP VPN on OSX with natd

I want to share a VPN connection that has been established by my Mac OS X 10.7.2 computer with another machine in my network. This is what I did: In the /etc/hostcongig file on the main computer I ...
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Working with document bookmarks in Word 2011 for Mac

I frequently work on long Microsoft Word documents that have chapter headings, and I often set up bookmarks for those chapters. However, the only way to see a list of them is to open the "Go To" ...
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Macbook Pro constantly wants to shut down

With about 10 minute intervals I keep getting a popup-message saying "Are you sure you want to shut down?" With options; sleep, shutdown, cancel etc. Usually I hit Cancel to remove the dialoge box, ...
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Why is Google Chrome so slow when searching from the address bar?

I'm using the latest dev version of Google Chrome (17.0.963.6 dev) on OS X Lion (because I heard the latest version works better with Lion). I've cleared my cache and history, but when I search from ...
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Is there a way to navigate Outlook for Mac with keyboard shortcuts?

I use a lot of folders in Outlook/Exchange and rules for automatically sorting incoming mail. I know that there are shortcuts like: ⌘1 = Mail ⌘2 = Calendar ⌘3 = Contacts ... and so on. I've also ...
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Menu Bar that shows Evernote note list

Is there a mac application that shows a list of note titles from an Evernote notebook from a menu bar icon on Mac OS X? I use Evernote for task-management, and would like a way to quickly see all the ...
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In Windows 7, if I play a full screen game, then all apps become “full screen” as well

In Windows 7, when I play a full screen game, then quit the game, all windows, such as those belonging to Firefox or Windows Explorer, become full screen as well. This means that they will expand to ...
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Can't get webcam working (VirtualBox Ubuntu 11.10 on Mac OSX 10.6.8)

I installed the Guest Additions, installed the isight-firmware-tools by using the AppleUSBVideoSupport file but I still can't get access to the iSight webcam. When I launch >vlc v4l2:///dev/video0 I ...
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VLC: Play on Fullscreen

(Mac OS 10.6.8 Snow Leopard) Is there any way, to configure VLC to start playing paused videos when it enters fullscreen mode like in older versions of QuickTime (or newer versions with this ...
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Display VLC stream while copying

How can I copy a video stream with the command line version of VLC for Mac, and simultaneously display the video stream on the screen? I use: vlc -vvv -I rc mms://... --sout ...
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Something is changing the OSX default shell to tcsh

On one of the mac machines I'm somewhat responsible for (Snow Leopard), something periodically changes the default login shell from bash to tcsh. This seems like it's probably suspicious, but not ...
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Can I move the services menu to the top of the contextual menu?

Is it possible to move the services section of the contextual menu from the bottom to the top?
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dmesg.log on Mac OS X

Mac OS X does not seem to dump the exact output of dmesg to a file. I need to log the dump of dmesg to the disk. kernel.log and system.log do not contain the required information. Only output of ...
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Are there guidelines for the performance implications of adding multiple usb/firewire drives to a Mac?

I have noticed that I get a significant performance drop on a Mac Pro with more than 5 daisy chained firewire 800 drives. Task switching grinds to a halt, and the machine often beachballs between ...