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Is it possible to turn off Mac OS X extension hiding?

On the Mac, a lot of programs hide the .zzz extension by default. Is there a way to turn this behaviour off so that extensions are never hidden by default? I know I don't actually need it, I just ...
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How can I get the mount path of a USB device on OSX?

I have a backup script that backs up some data to a USB device. The problem I have is that OSX sometimes changes the expected mount path. For example if some file is locked under the expected mount ...
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How to prevent Mac OS X creating .DS_Store files on non Mac (HFS) Volumes?

Is there a way to prevent Mac OS X creating .DS_Store and other hidden meta-files on foreign volumes like NTFS and FAT? I share an NTFS partition with data like Thunderird & Firefox's profiles and ...
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Copying and pasting the path within Finder

I've recently moved to the Mac from Windows as my primary machine. One feature I'm really missing is the ability to quickly navigate between folders. I used to do this under Windows by copying the ...
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Install Git under OSX Mavericks

I've just completed a fresh install of Mavericks. Then I went to git-scm.com and downloaded the Mac installer and installed Git from that. Now whenever I go into the terminal and type git I get this: ...
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Keystroke to reload a page without cache in Chrome for OS X

According to the Chrome Docs, the Ctrl/Shift+F5 keystroke is only supported on Windows. Is there any keystroke I can do to fully reload a page without the cache on Chrome for Mac?
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Mac OS: “Minimize” vs “Hide” - what's the difference?

Why does OS X have both a "Hide" and a "Minimize" feature? This seems somewhat redundant to me, and also introduces some inconsistency when I am trying to find an arbitrary window. If it's hidden, I ...
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How can I remap windows and alt keys in OS X?

I sometimes hook up my macbook to a windows keyboard. The annoying thing is that on windows keyboards the modifier keys at the lower left are layout as ctrl - windows - alt while apple keyboards ...
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Clock on my Mac gets altered when I boot into Windows

I'm running an iMac with OS X Leopard, and the Windows 7 Release Candidate (using bootcamp). Sometimes when I boot into Windows, and then boot back into OSX, I find that Windows has changed the ...
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Alternative File Managers on Mac OS X [closed]

I find that the Finder is pretty annoying, even though I've found stuff to add a terminal open command to it, and a copyPath function... but it's still annoying. I'm thinking about actually biting ...
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How can I view .swf files within Mac OS X?

I have been sent a number of .swf files as attachments. I wish to view these within Mac OS X. I used to drag them directly into Safari and it would display them. However, after installing Safari 4 I ...
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Cleaning Up Mac OS X

Besides doing a fresh install, does anyone have any tips for uncluttering Mac OS X? I install and uninstall a fair few apps and find that after a while things start to chug. I was hoping there might ...
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Throttle network bandwidth per application in Mac OS X

I notice that iTunes seems to suck up all my bandwidth and doesn’t play nice with other applications that use the web when it's downloading. In fact, it doesn't even give itself enough bandwidth when ...
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Muting an Application on a Mac

Is it possible to mute just a single application (ex. Safari) on Mac while letting other application's sound continue to run through?
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Keyboard shortcut to jump between tabs on OS X Terminal

In OS X Terminal.app, if you open new windows, you can easily switch between them with Cmd-1, Cmd-2, Cmd-3, etc. You can also cycle between tabs, using Cmd-Shift-{ and Cmd-Shift-}. (or Cmd-Shift-Left ...
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How do you disable mouse scroll wheel acceleration in Mac OS?

Under Windows and Linux, the mouse scroll wheel seems to be linear. Under Mac OS the scroll wheel some sort of acceleration which means it either goes too slow or too fast.
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Permanently deleting files on Mac OS

A while back, as relatively new Mac OS X user, I was surprised to learn that you cannot easily delete files. Directly, that is, without moving them to the trash first. On Windows and Linux this can ...
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Command to 'gzip' a folder?

I am new to Mac command prompt stuff. How do you create a gzip of a folder in Mac OS X? I was told by a few folks that if you want to create a gzip of a folder you should 'tar' it first and then ...
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How do I change a users default shell in OSX?

What is the correct OSX way of changing a users default shell? When I googled for it I found several references to an application called NetInfo Manager but I couldn't find it on my system. There were ...
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Safely get rid of “You have new mail in /var/mail” on a Mac?

I was messing around with sendmail in Rails a year ago and have had this message popping up in the terminal after every command ever since: You have new mail in /var/mail/Lance How do I properly ...
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How to install matplotlib on OS X?

I want to install matplotlib on OS X. If possible, using homebrew. I installed Python 2.7.1 using brew install python, I modified my path to use it I installed pip using brew install pip I installed ...
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How can I open a URL in Google Chrome from the terminal in OS X?

How can I open a URL in Google Chrome from the terminal in OS X? This is what I'm trying: /usr/bin/open -a "/Applications/Google Chrome.app" --args 'http://google.com/' It focuses Chrome but does ...
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How do I get the mx records for a domain from *nix command line?

What is the best way to lookup MX records for a domain from the command line?
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What Is the Mac OS X Terminal Command to Log Out the Current User?

I would like to run something like "sleep 3600; logout", but the logout bash command only closes the current terminal. How do I close the full Mac OS X session?
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How can I play a sound from the command line in Mac OS X?

I would like to play a short sound file from the command line in Mac OS X, independent of any audio player application, in order to provide notification that a long job has finished.
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Cmd-Tab suddenly stopped working, and my Dock is unresponsive, what do I do?

command ⌘+tab⇥ and my Exposé shortcuts have stopped working, and clicking/mousing over dock icons has no effect. What's wrong? What can I do to get things back?
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How do you duplicate current open Finder view?

I often have a window where i want to drag and drop to a parent folder, and i need another finder window, so i open a new one and need to browse back to where the other window is ...
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Copy all files and folders excluding subversion files and folders on OS X

I'm trying to copy all files and folders from one directory to another, but exclude certain files. Specifically, I want to exclude subversion files and folders. However, I'd like a general yet ...
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How do I control the system volume on OS X with a keyboard without media controls?

I'm using a PC keyboard on Mac OS. I can use the menubar to control the volume, but are there any keyboard shortcuts I can use to change the system volume? Or perhaps a simple script or solution I ...
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Clear command from terminal in OS X

Say I've typed out a command in terminal 'mv *.jpg ..\photos' and as I'm typing realize I no longer want to execute this command at all. I want to just delete the entire statement. I don't want to ...
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Mousing and Page-Up/Down in Terminal for Mac OS X

Compared to *nix, Terminal.app seems pretty lame. How can I get it to: Send Page-Up/Down to an application, instead of just scrolling the terminal output Mouse around in vim. set mouse=a isn't ...
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Cannot resize OS X partition

I am trying to resize my existing Mac OS Extended partition on my Macbook to install Windows 7 (using steps similar to these), but when ever I go to apply the changes, I get this error: ...
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How to start Windows XP in Safe Mode when its a VirtualBox guest in a Mac OS X host?

I've tried tapping F8 as it boots up, but I just get the normal logon screen. I'm using a Mac Mini with an Apple keyboard, do I need to do something special to get it to recognise F8? I'm trying to ...
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How do I recover the password of a RAR file on Mac OS X?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.2 and have been handed a couple of old files that need to be extracted. Old backups or finances or bills I believe. They are RAR files, and password protected. Is there a way ...
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Why does emptying the trash in Snow Leopard take so long?

Since installing Mac OS X 10.6, whenever I empty the trash, it takes about 50x as long as it used to under 10.5. I just emptied about 100 files (totaling 50 megs / all local files), and it was about ...
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.profile in Mac OS X?

I have set my terminal preferences to execute: set -o vi at startup. The problem is I don't get that command executed when open a new terminal tab. Is there something like .profile in OS X where ...
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Good OS X Hard Drive Benchmark

What software can provide some insight on the performance of the hard drive in my MacBook Pro? I would be interested in both sequential and random read and write performance. This is in the context ...
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Get mac tar to stop putting ._* filenames in tar archives [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do I get files like ._foo in my tarball on OS X? I create autoconf scripts on a Mac. When tar runs, it puts all of these ._foobar names in the archive: ...
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What are the differences between MBR vs GPT vs any other partition scheme?

Can anyone tell me what the main differences between i.e. MBR vs GPT or any other partition scheme are? Why would one choose one over the other? I am not an expert but from new release of Mac OS X ...
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TrueCrypt, RIPEMD-160 vs SHA-512 vs Whirlpool

I am encrypting a volume with TrueCrypt. I have decided to use AES as the encryption algorithm, seeing as it is the government standard. But which hash algorithm is better (more secure)? RIPEMD-160 ...
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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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What is the relevance of “fe80::1%lo0 localhost” in /etc/hosts?

Following are the entries in my /etc/hosts. I was wondering what is the last entry (fe80::1%lo0 localhost) for. 127.0.0.1 localhost 255.255.255.255 broadcasthost ::1 localhost fe80::1%lo0 localhost ...
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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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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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What are the small details Windows and Linux users will trip on when using OSX for the first time?

Like any other Apple product, OS X prides itself on the little details. When, earlier last week, I used my professor's Mac briefly to give a quick project presentation (mine decided to do a chkdsk at ...
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How should my computing tendencies change after installing a SSD?

I am about to install an Intel X25-M SSD in my MacBook. What should I know beforehand? I understand that you do not need to defrag the drive as it does not increase performance and decreases drive ...
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Which fork of GitX is the most active? [closed]

I've been using the original GitX but I've noticed it hasn't had any updates for quite a while. Which version of GitX is the most active, in terms of updates/stability/features? The original ...
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What to put on a MacOS X SSD?

This question clearly doesn't have one answer, so here are few assumptions: I want to add an SSD to my Mac, let's say a MacBook [Pro], with the primary goal of speeding up my workflow. The hard disk ...
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Changing dual-monitor settings without closing the laptop lid on OS X

I have a Unibody MacBook hooked up to an external display. By default when I boot up, the system will go to dual-monitor mode. I want to use only the external display. The Apple supplied solution ...
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Remove services on OS X

I'm looking to remove some services completely, or at least from the list in the Keyboard preference pane. I've tried: Service Scrubber. It only removes services from the menu — something you've ...