Mac OS X Login Language

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Recently I was asked to change my friend’s system language from Chinese to English. Changing the language in account was not the problem but the log-in screen language was a bit of a challenge. In Terminal: sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/Language\ Chooser.app/Contents/MacOS/Language\ Chooser The same language window that comes up during installation will appear, select the new language, […]

Mac OS X: Fix Broken Fonts on Chrome

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If your Google Chrome browser is acting awkward with fonts (displays all “A” characters, or default font turns into Times New Roman) instead of serif fonts, you may need to clean your Mac OS X Font Cache. Quit all running applications (otherwise, you may see font oddities after using the command), then open Terminal (in […]

Mac OS X: Get Front Row for Mac OS X Lion

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If you like Front Row and are disappointed in Lion leaving it behind, you can easily get it working again just by copying a couple files over from the prior OS version. Manually Enabling Front Row for OS X Lion This will require access to a Mac OS X 10.6 installation. The following Front Row […]

Mac OS X: Access Hosts File on Mac OS X Lion

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On Mac OS X Snow Leopard and below it was possible to access the Hosts file using this command: sudo /Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit /etc/hosts In Mac OS X Lion this is no longer possible due to sandboxing. The best option to access hosts file on Lion is Terminal: sudo vim /private/etc/hosts Any terminal editor will do (vi, […]

Mac OS X: Enable php on Mac OS X Lion

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Edit your /etc/apache2/httpd.conf and make sure the line: LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/libphp5.so …exists. It’s commented out by default in the standard OS X config, but you just need to uncomment it, then re-start Apache: sudo apachectl restart And you should be good to go.