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Disable audio output to DisplayPort device

I'm on OSX 10.9.2 using a Samsung SA850 Display connected to the display port of my MBP 15" Late 2012 Model. All seems fine, but there is a problem with audio. Generally, whenever the display goes to ...
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Safari and Firefox, High CPU usage during downloads

I have found both Safari and Firefox use a very high amount of CPU during downloads (>200% CPU usage), can anyone explain as to why this happens? It occurred both before and after a complete system ...
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OS X: From ipfw to pfctl - Forward port 80 and 443

I found a way to forward ports 80 and 443 to other arbitrary ports (3000 and 3001 in my case) using ipfw. But ipfw is deprecated and replaced by pfctl. Here are my ipfw declarations: sudo ipfw flush ...
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Static / snow on external display when waking up Mac

I have a Philips 222E display connected via a mini-DP to DVI adapter and DVI cable to a Macbook Air (mid-2011). Every time that the MBA wakes from sleep, the display shows this static: The static ...
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How can I make non-anti-aliased text look good in Firefox on Mac OS X?

After being a Windows user for the last 10 years, I got a MacBook Pro, which I'm working on configuring to my liking. I find small-size anti-aliased text to be blurry and hard to read, so I typically ...
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Does pbpaste empty the clipboard under some circumstances?

The manual for pbcopy and pbpaste reads as follows: pbpaste removes the data from the pasteboard and writes it to the standard output. The wording read odd as remove for me carries the ...
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update git after upgrade to Mavericks

I've recently upgraded from Mac 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) to 10.9.4 (Mavericks). I had git 1.8.5.2 installed on the old system and want to update it now to the latest version. So I uninstalled git with ...
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How can I browse through Homebrew's formulae according to popularity (# downloads all time)?

Though I can easily find an alphabetical list of all available formulae, there seems to be no resource online, including at Brew's Github, or seemingly anywhere where I'm able to browse through ...
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Externally Control Application (Interface)

There is an application that I use as a mixer. It has a gui which looks like a mixer- some knobs and some faders, etc. If you don't know what I mean here is an example: A consistent issue I face is ...
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Can I switch from Chrome dev to beta without uninstalling?

I'm on OS X 10.9 using Chrome 36.0.1976.2 dev. I want to "downgrade" to the beta track. Do I need to back up my user data and reinstall Chrome as outlined (for Windows but I get the gist) in this ...
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what is a scoped dns query?

In MAC OS X (Mavericks) i see multiple resolvers and i dont understand the difference between scoped and non-scoped dns query resolver as displayed below. $ scutil --dns DNS configuration resolver ...
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Winamp Library Not Displaying Crossover

I'm having issues with getting the winamp library displaying in crossover in both OSX Mavericks and Ubuntu 13.10. I'm using version 13 in crossover. I have installed directx and then winamp 6.66.
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Is MacVim copy-to-clipboard supposed to be working on OS X Mavericks?

I've recently found out that I can no longer copy text out of MacVim and paste into other Mac apps. I used to be able to do this on Mountain Lion. I have the usual configurations set, namely: set ...
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Mac 10.8 Guest Multiple Monitors in Virtualbox

I've done a bit of searching and cannot seem to find an answer to my question. I have Mac OS X Mountain Lion guest installed on a virtual machine using Virtual Box with a Windows 7 host. I've found ...
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OS X Mountain Lion - See unread notification badge in menu bar or Notification Center icon

Is there a way to show a badge or to highlight the notification center icon where there are unread notifications? A program, an app, anything that do this! A badge on the Notification Center icon or ...
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Setting TextMate 2 as Git's difftool

Is it possible to set TextMate 2 as the default Git difftool/mergetool? If so, what are the commands? I have found instructions for the diffmerge tool here, but I would like to try it with text ...
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Multiple linked sessions/instances of Vim and R with Vim-r-plugin

OSX 10.8. MacVim + Vim-r-plugin = Vim sends commands to R. Awesome! (Note I'm here asking about using MacVim and R.app (i.e. w/ Gui), not either in a terminal, since for this purpose I need both to ...
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Cannot increase maxfiles limits on Mac 10.7

I an only set lower values for the launchctl limit maxfiles. I try launchctl limit maxfiles 2048 2048 and nothing changes: $ launchctl limit maxfiles maxfiles 500 500 $ launchctl limit ...
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Configuring syslogd to accept remote connections on OS X Mountain Lion and assign them a category

From another thread here on Stack Exchange, I have discovered that it's pretty easy to enable syslogd on Lion or Mountain Lion to accept incoming connections. cd /System/Library/LaunchDaemons sudo ...
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How can I swap the usage of the 'fn' key for my Razer Blackwidow on OSX?

I just bought the Razer Blackwidow 2013 keyboard, and after installing drivers (Synapse 2.0) I run into a strange issue: My function keys started to work very strange. They started to use their ...
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Linux guest VM can't use host's OSX anyconnect VPN

I'm using cisco anyconnect to get into my work VPN, that on Mac OSX Lion. I created a Xubuntu 12.10 VM in virtualbox and I can navigate the web while connected to the VPN in the OSX host, but I have ...
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Global http proxy for OSX

At work I have a mac and a PC. We access the internet through an http proxy. My PC has the proxy set up such that every application works with the proxy just fine. The mac I have entered the proxy ...
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Desktop icons larger than 128px

I'm wondering if there's a way to break the limit of 128px for desktop icons in OSX Lion 10.7 (I have 10.7.5) by hacking some system files?
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diskarbitrarationd consumes 100% CPU for 10 minutes after ejecting a USB drive

Recently I've had problems when ejecting a Seagate SRD0SP0 USB 2.0 hard drive from my Macbook. It has two partitions, one is my Time Machine backup, the other an ExFAT partition for media. There is ...
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How can one apply a quartz filter to the screen? (like invert colors)

Just like how one can invert the colors of the screen with the accessibility preferences, how would one put other filters like the ones in /System/Library/Compositions such as 'Color Pencil' or 'Comic ...
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Computer-to-Computer network between OS X and Linux

I want to make a connection point to point via wifi between Mac and Linux. What I did was: I have created Computer-To-Computer network in OS X I have set manually an ip address for Mac, ...
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How to snap GarageBand project length to end of last region?

In GarageBand, is there a shortcut for snapping the end-of-project (project length) marker to the edge of the last region in a project or track? On-line help says to drag the marker in the ruler. ...
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Windows guest in VMware Fusion not able to see Mac's internet connection

My VMware Fusion Windows VM can't access the internet. I had to swap a MacBook Pro's HDD to another MacBook Pro. The Mac is the host and the Windows 7 VM reports Ethernet cable not being plugged in; ...
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Mac OS X Routing Table Protection

I'm looking for a way to protect my Mac OS 10.8 routing table. After connecting to my employer's network using the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, a bunch of new routes are installed into my ...
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Is there a Synergy-like application that only shares the keyboard?

Basically, I don't need the "shared mouse" that Synergy has. I have a Macbook Pro with an external keyboard hooked up and a Windows 7 PC I'd like to share the keyboard with. What I'd like to do is ...
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Limit Xquartz to One Monitor

I'm on OSX 10.7.4 in a multi monitor setup. I use X11Forwarding via SSH to work remotely. Both stock X11 and Xquartz X11 have no (obvious) setting to limit themselves to one monitor. Is there a way I ...
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In Numbers for Mac, possible to have custom formatting depending on value of other cell?

I have several columns of numbers, and I want to highlight one of those with a background color. I have created a single cell at the top of these columns, that for each column contains either a 1 ...
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Text tagging/analysis tool for Mac

I'm a doctoral student doing research in the humanities. As part of my research I have gathered together a lot of interview text. To analyse this data I want to be able to easily tag sections of text ...
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Why does my Time Machine backup fail?

I am trying to backup my Laptop to my UnRAID server. Now the third time it failed and displayed this message: My backup is 650 GB big and contains 1.6 million files. May this be the problem? Or is ...
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How to hide the dock on one desktop but make it visible in others?

I have 3 desktops with different apps and windows on. I want to set the dock to auto-hide in one of these but keep it visible in others. How can I achieve this? If I choose auto-hide, it becomes so ...
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Keyboard mapping issue in Virtualbox on Mac OS

I run Windows 7 as a VM in VirtualBox on my MacBook Air (using OS X 10.7). If I do not shutdown the VM but save its machine state. The keyboard will behave strangely after resuming. It seems the ...
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MDS errors: “DiskStore: No block in wakeup” and “Ignored bogus fetch for MDSQueryWithBlockTask”

I've been getting tons of these entries in my system log. I can't find any indication of what they mean. I assume it's a problem with spotlight somewhere, and I've rebuilt the spotlight indexes, but ...
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OS X some files on SMB share are grayed out

On my Mac with OS X 10.6 I can mount and work on a SMB share without any problems. But some times some files on this share are grayed out. If I double click on them nothing happens. If pull a grayed ...
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Upgrade to OS X Lion broke TortoiseSVN. Now getting database errors (SQLite?)

It was suggested over on Stack Overflow that I post my issue over here. Hope someone has some answers. =) I've been running SVN 1.6 on my development Mac Mini since getting it earlier this year (to ...
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How can I change the font size in GnuCash on OS X?

How can I change the font size in GnuCash on OS X? I wasn't able to find anything in the preferences. I tried using 'gconftool-2' on '~/.gconf' where GnuCash stores its GTK settings, but I wasn't ...
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Optimize Mac OS X Snow Leopard for Virtualbox host

I seem to work out of a Linux VirtualBox most of the time (portable USB SSD) on my Snow Leopard Macbook (~2008). How can I optimize Snow Leopard to be an optimal VirtualBox host? I don't mind reducing ...
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Disable Connected / Connection Lost bezels on OS X

Is there a way to disable the notifications shown when the connection status of a Bluetooth device changes? (Either globally or per device.) You could remove ...
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UIDs for service users in Mac OS X

Some third-party servers should be run under a special user for security reasons (eg, PostgreSQL is typically run by "postgres"). Of course, these service users should not show up in the Mac OS X ...
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How to copy connections to other locations in Mac Network Preferences

The Problem: I want to be able to use selected connections in different Location(by Location I mean Location combo in Mac Network Preferences). I want to be able to find a connection in Network ...
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How to configure Mac OS X Snow Leopard to automatically connect to my Bluetooth Speakers for sound output?

I have a bluetooth speaker that I use for audio output on Snow Leopard (the Sony SRS-BT100). Generally I like it, except for one thing: When my laptop wakes from sleep it does not automatically ...
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Dropbox asks me for password and resync on DropBox start

Everytime I start the Dropbox app (version 2.10.41) on Mac OS X (version 10.9.5) it asks me to log in and after login it starts to sync and tells me that my computer is linked successfully. This ...
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How to hide external drive's Eject button in Mac OS X

How can I hide/disable the Eject button for a specific external drive, like JetDrive or StorEdge, in a Mac OS X? Because usually the JetDrive or StorEdge does not need to be removed. The Eject button ...
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Mac OS X Force Internet Sharing Traffic Through Proxy

I have Internet Sharing set up on my Mac OS 10.9.5 machine, sharing my Ethernet connection to any devices connected to the created Wi-Fi hotspot. I'm looking for a way to force all that traffic ...
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Bootcamp is unable to boot Windows 8.1

Ok I've tried the most tactics to this but i am still stuck. I am unable to boot into windows on my Macbook pro 2012. I have been using Parallels lately and for the first time it read that it is ...
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Sending a non-maskable interrupt to a virtual machine with VMware Fusion

I'm using a virtual machine to do kernel debugging on Mac OS X because it's cheaper and more convenient than another computer. Unfortunately, contrary to the Windows equivalent, it's not possible to ...