How to fix WordPress permalinks on Mac OS X’s localhost

I recently installed a WordPress blog in my localhost using Mac OS X’s built in Apache and PHP with MySQL to test a functionality when I decided to update the permalinks to use a different format other than the default setting. When I tested the new URL, I was greeted with the following error:

Not Found
The requested URL /~user/wordpress/category/sample/ was not found on this server.
Apache/2.2.21 (Unix) DAV/2 PHP/5.3.10 with Suhosin-Patch Server at localhost Port 80

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How to fix the “Illegal scheme supplied, only alphanumeric characters are permitted” Magento error on Localhost using HTTP (fresh install)

I want to setup a development environment for the Mage Enabler for WordPress plugin in my new desktop so I downloaded the latest copy of Magento Community Edition which is version 1.6.1.0 at the time of this writing. I used the sample data provided from the Magento download page and used all the default values.

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