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Assign a shortcut to running a script in OS X

Does OS X provide an easy way to bind key combinations to commands which are typically run on the command line? For example, is there some way to assign ⌘ Cmd+L as a global shortcut for ...
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How to run Mac OS X within Windows Virtual PC? [closed]

The short answer is: You Can't. It seems to be a popular question as to whether you can install/run Mac OS X under virtualization within Windows. However, most of the questions really answer the ...
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Can a Mac be used by multiple users at same time?

Can a Mac be used by different users at the same time? I mean to say that we have a single Mac but 3 users. Can they access the same machine remotely at the same time for developing applications on ...
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ls -la symbolics… what does that last symbol mean?

Possible Duplicate: what does the @ mean on the output of ls on os x terminal? when I type ls -la I get this familiar output... drwxr-xr-x+ 38 kent staff 1292 Nov 6 11:09 . ...
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Remote desktop to Mac from various platforms (Windows, Ubuntu)

I fear I know the answer to this already, but I would like to be able to connect to my Mac Mini in a 'remote desktop' fashion. I would like to connect to my Mac as if I were sat at my desk, but I ...
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Intelligent file copy/move software?

Is there any intelligent (and-well integrated in the system) replacement for file copy/move ? By intelligent, I mean : on conflict, do not prompt the user while stopping the copy but prompt and, in ...
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Batch-convert files for encoding

How can I batch-convert files in a directory for their encoding (e.g. ANSI->UTF-8) with a command or tool? For single files an editor helps, but how to do the mass files job?
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Free NTFS partition recovery after disk was formatted in Mac OS X

I have a 1Tb disk which was partitioned into a ~700gb ntfs disk and a 300gb HFS+ (Mac OS X). I've accidentally allowed Mac OS X to wipe the hard-disk and create a single HFS+ partition over the ...
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What does the @ mean on the output of “ls” on OS X' terminal?

When doing an ls in a directory I get the following output: drwxr-xr-x@ 12 xonic staff 408 22 Jun 19:00 . drwxr-xr-x 9 xonic staff 306 22 Jun 19:42 .. -rwxrwxrwx@ 1 xonic staff 6148 25 ...
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Application for monitoring all applications that are using the internet in Mac OS X

Can anyone introduce me a Mac OS X application that monitors all network activity such as what applications are now connected to the internet and how much bandwidth they use (I mean show bandwidth ...
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Reassigning the caps lock key on Windows or OS X

How can I remap the caps lock key in Windows or OS X? Is there for example some way to map caps lock to a key combination like alt-tab on Windows or command-tab on OS X?
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How to install Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in VMWare?

I'm pretty new to Macs and would like to familiarize myself with the latest Mac OS. How do I install Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) in VMware? Is it possible without a lot of hacking around ...
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Switch between windows on Mac OS X?

On Windows when I do alt+tab I can switch between windows. If I have 5 firefox windows open then using alt+tab will switch between them. On my MacBook, cmd+tab switches between applications, not ...
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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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A free utility for NTFS writing on Mac OS X 10.6.5? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on a Mac Coming from Windows (Vista/7), I have a few NTFS formatted Hard Drives. Are there any programs to make OS X ...
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Where does $PATH get set in OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?

I type echo $PATH on the command line and get ...
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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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Backup software for Mac OS X [closed]

Which backup software do you recommend for Mac OS X? As you probably know, Leopard comes with an integrated backup tool called Time Machine. It works pretty well despite it misses some advanced ...
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Forward delete using Apple keyboard

How to do a forward delete in Mac, like <-backspace on windows keyboard?
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Need an app that tells about file & folder sizes

I need an app that tells about file & folder sizes, like what is the biggest file and/or folder on my hard disk, sort this detail from biggest file and/or folder to the smallest & vice versa, ...
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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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Fast User Switching/Apple Menu?

I like fast user switching but I'm not keen on it in my menu bar, I'm wondering if it's possible to put it in the Apple menu? Or somehow change the Logout option in the Apple menu to switch users ...
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How to copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on a Mac?

I want to copy my some files from Mac (Macbook-Air) to an USB external hard drive, formatted as NTFS. How is it possible? Because when I do copy my files from the Mac and go to paste them on the ...
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Is there a multi-user Remote Desktop app for Mac OS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a Mac be used by multiple users at same time? Is there a remote desktop app for the Mac that allows multiple people to be remoted in at the same time, similar to RDP ...
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Why won't OS X trust GitHub's SSL certificate?

When I go to any github.com page in Chrome, I get a big ugly error: You attempted to reach github.com, but the server presented a certificate issued by an entity that is not trusted by your ...
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How do I recover files from an USB flash drive?

I have a flash drive that was used primarily on a Mac, and it was ejected improperly. Now when I put it back in, the computer (I tried 2 different Macs and 3 PCs) does not even register the flash ...
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Is there a keystroke that can lock the Mac OS X screensaver?

On Windows I can hit Windows + L to lock my desktop. On Leopard there doesn't seem to be this capability. While I can set the screensaver to come on very quickly, I would like to hit a key combo to ...
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How do I upgrade to Snow Leopard without a CD drive?

I'm on a Intel Mac (desktop) which has a broken CD drive. Is there any way to install without buying an external CD drive?
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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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Fast VNC from Windows to Mac?

I regularly need to connect from a Windows box to an OSX box over VNC. OSX has VNC built-in as part of its "Screen Sharing" tool, but for some reason, it's much faster to connect from OSX to OSX or ...
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Is it possible to reinstall/fix Mac OS X's system ruby without doing a complete OS reinstall?

Is it possible? I'm running into various issues at least once a week since it got corrupted or something, especially with homebrew. If it is possible, but would just be a better idea to start from a ...
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Remove Mac OS X and install Windows?

Is there a way to completely remove Mac OS X from MacBook Pro and replace it with Windows 7? I’m not talking about Boot Camp, I’m talking about completely wiping disk of any files and partitioning it ...
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If Mac code signing is tampered with, what might fail?

What annoyances or real problems may occur when the digital signature of a Mac application is broken? Applications on a Mac can be digitally signed. When the signature is somehow broken, I know a few ...
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What’s a good way to extract .rar files on the Mac? [closed]

Anything built-in? (E.g. command line tools.) Any well-regarded software? Update: I like The Unarchiver, but vote up your favourite, or add it as an answer if it isn’t there.
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How do I pass command line arguments to Dock items?

I'm attempting to follow the instructions for pinning startup tabs in Chrome. On OS X how do I add command line arguments to items that persist in my dock?
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How do I remove a MyBook's “WD SmartWare” virtual CD from my desktop?

I recently got a Western Digital MyBook external hard drive to enable Time Machine. It has its software installed on a "virtual CD" called "WD SmartWare" which shows up on the desktop any time the ...
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How to set an icon for a file type on Mac?

How to set an icon for some file types thought the whole system? For example, I have text files that ends with .scala extension and I want to associate an icon for that files through the whole system ...
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Verifying Time Machine backups

I'm preparing my system for a Snow Leopard upgrade, and I prepare for the worst case scenario: full reinstall and restore. I would like to verify that my Time Machine backups are valid, and will ...
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Does Apple's Time Machine app really copy everthing

Wanted to wipe out my drive, but wanted to make sure when restoring from Time Machine, all files, apps, hack-apps, will still work?
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Is there an app for the Mac that shows you which apps are using the network? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Application for monitoring all applications that are using the internet in Mac OS X I use Menu Meters to show me how much data is being sent and received by my Mac as a ...
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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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How to run a script at login/logout in OS X?

I'm toying around with building a custom render farm manager, and I want to automatically add OS X machines to the render farm when they are not in use. Is there a way to trigger a script to run ...
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what is the @ after the permissions for in ls -l on a mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: ls -la symbolics… what does that last symbol mean? Consider the following output from ls -l on OS X 10.5.8 drwxr-xr-x 3 user staff 102 Aug 26 20:21 ...
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Free video converter software for Mac? [closed]

I'm using Mac OS X 10.5 and am looking for a free video converter software which supports mp4, avi, and wmv files (and perhaps rmvb, too). I want to convert avi, wmv, and rmvb files to mp4 to be able ...
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Camtasia replacement for the Mac [closed]

On the PC, I use Camtasia to record various screencasts. Is there something similar for the Mac?
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Hide users from Mac OS X Snow Leopard logon screen

Somehow, I managed to set a passwd for my _postgres user on my OS instead of setting it on the postgres role I have as my superuser / root. Anyways since this, I've been struggling with that user ...
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Keyboard Shortcut to Right Click in Mac OS X

Is there a keyboard shortcut for right clicking in Mac OS X? If not, when using the built in spell check, is there a way to drive spelling correction via the keyboard? Also if not, is there a third ...
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What keyboard shortcuts move, resize, and maximize windows under Mac OS X?

I just checked http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table%5Fof%5Fkeyboard%5Fshortcuts but the following "Window management" entries are blank for Mac OS X: Move the focused window Resize the focused window ...
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Find duplicate files on Mac OS X

Is there an application that would search duplicate files in my Mac with an easy way to delete the duplicates?
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View Filesystem Access in Real Time on Mac OS X

Had a sysinternals tool (filemon) for that, but now I can find something similar for the mac. I'm a developer and I basically want to debug "file not found" or "wrong permissions" errors.