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Q&A Browser video sometimes stops working; how can I figure out why?

I leave my Mac (Mini, not laptop) running all the time, only rebooting when something forces me to (like a software update). My uptimes are usually measured in weeks, sometimes months. Occasional...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Q&A RAM disk in macOS Ventura

How to create a RAM drive in macOS Ventura? The Apple App Store lists only a single app for creating a RAM disk. And apparently that app does not actually work, per review comments.

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by basil.work‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A Disable input sources pop-up in macOS 14

Since the update to macOS 14.0 Sonoma, I every now and then get the following pop-up while typing. At first it is just the blue circle with "US": When I click on it, the white part with "DE" app...

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A Setting zoom level in Safari web apps

One of the new features of macOS 14 Sonoma are Safari web apps which allow to treat webpages like an application. Is there a way to set the zoom level persistently in such apps? I can zoom in and ...

0 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 8mo ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A Converting pdf to png with sips on macOS 13.3.1 Ventura

With pervious versions of macOS, I used sips to convert pdfs into pngs /usr/bin/sips -s format png document.pdf --out document.png In macOS 13.3.1 Ventura, this now gives an error: /Users/<...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A Launching hidden application at login under macOS 13 Ventura

Apple removed the hide option for login items in macOS 13 Ventura. Are there any alternative ways to launch an application at login without opening a window?

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A Circulate through spaces on macOS 11

Back in the days of OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard, one could circulate from the last space to the first space, e.g. if one was on the last space and used the keyboard shortcut to go to the next space, it w...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A Programmatically changing the keyboard illumination in small steps

Background story: I would like to have a button in my touch bar which changes the illumination of the keyboard in small steps (what you normally get from pressing Illumination(up/down)+option+shif...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A All file types associated with an application

How can I get a list of all file types for which a certain application is the default program? I know that I can get a list of all file types an application is capable of opening from the info.pli...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 2y ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A Activate `Prefer tabs when opening documents` only for one application

In macOS 11.6, I can go to System Preferences->General and activate the Prefer tabs when opening documents option so that new windows are opened as new tabs. This setting will influence many app...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Alexei‭

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Q&A Maximise instead of full screen window

Are there any free (and preferably open source) methods to make the green window button maximise the window instead of going full screen? (I know BetterTouchTools can do that, but this is no lon...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A Application check for updates will never succeed and blocks launch; can I intercept or bypass it?

I have a software application (Trope Trainer, from Kinnor Software) that I installed on my Mac (OS 10.12) several years ago. I don't use it often but it's always worked fine for me. The applicati...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Moved to a new OS version, didn't change project source, and now Datenstrom Yellow project won't build -- how do I debug this?

I've been using Datenstrom Yellow on a Mac running 0S 10.12.6 (Sierra) to build a personal web site (mostly a blog). The self-hosted test site (runs directly from source) and the build (generated s...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Audio book player for macOS 11.5

I'm looking for an application to play my mp3 audio books on macOS 11.5. On an older system, I was using ecoute, but this does not seem to work under macOS 11.5. Required features: resume the...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A How to unhide folder with macOS 11.5

One of the folders in my home folder, Music, appears to be hidden. In the finder it appears slightly greyed out and it won't appear if I try to open files from applications which don't show hidd...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A How do I temporarily disconnect a Mac from the network without touching cables?

A workaround to a problem I'm having with an application on my Mac (desktop machine) is to disconnect from the network before launching the program. I headed over to the network settings to look f...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A Avoid font colour change in macOS 11 menu bar

In macOS 11 the font colour of the menu bar automatically adapts to the darkness of the background image. On a light background it will show the text in black and on a dark background it will show ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by samcarter‭

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