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10.4: Find and modify the 'About this Mac' box System 10.4
Tiger only hintAs of 10.4.3, it seems Apple has changed the location of the "About this Mac" images, and made them into one image. It took me some time to find the location of the new image with Terminal, as the usual places were not working.

The new file can be found in /System -> Library -> CoreServices -> loginwindow.app -> Contents -> Resources -> MacOSX.tif. This TIFF now holds the Apple image and the Mac OS X tag line.

There are other places, however, that still use the two-image format (applelogo.tif and MacOSX.tif), such as:
  • /System -> Library -> CoreServices -> SecurityAgent.app -> Contents -> Resources
  • /System -> Library -> CoreServices -> SecurityAgentPlugins -> loginwindow.bundle -> Contents -> Resources
  • /System -> Library -> CoreServices -> SecurityAgentPlugins -> MCXMechanism.bundle -> Contents -> Resources
This info is potentially useful for those of us out there who want to lightly personalize our Macs...
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10.4: Find and modify the 'About this Mac' box
Authored by: boredzo on Dec 02, '05 11:05:48AM

this hint is members-only.



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members-only?
Authored by: sjk on Dec 03, '05 08:05:26PM

Huh?



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members-only?
Authored by: sabi on Dec 03, '05 11:36:50PM

Some hints, for some odd reason (probably advertising related) only show up when you're logged in.

This really sucks, because the login mechanism is so poorly implemented that it doesn't redirect you to the hint you want, nor does it provide you with a login box on the "you aren't logged in" page. And since I read in NetNewsWire, which doesn't preserve cookies across sessions, I have to log in about once a day.

BTW, the above is about the only thing I *don't* like about Mac OS X Hints, but as I've been dealing with it every day for literally years now, it's gotten to me a bit. :-)



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members-only?
Authored by: sjk on Dec 04, '05 03:57:28PM

Thanks for the explanation, Nicholas.

I've been using Safari RSS to monitor for new hints on this site but have that annoying login/cookie problem with other site feeds in NNW.

My main objection with this site is lack of RSS for individual hints or e-mail notification of new comments. That inhibits my posting here because it's tedious to check for feedback. Or maybe I'm missing some way to conveniently monitor for hints comments?

It would also be useful to printer-friendly versions of hints *and* comments, e.g. for local storage, annotation, and fast searching in one of my DEVONthink Pro databases.



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Authored by: VRic on Dec 05, '05 04:22:00PM
sabi: the login mechanism is so poorly implemented that it doesn't redirect you to the hint you want

Workaround: when a hint's page shows that "members-only" notice, switch to another tab or window containing another macOSXhints page and login THERE (assuming you do have a MacOSXhints account). Then switch back to the previous hint's tab/window and reload: the notice should be gone and the right hint will show up.

If you look up rss titles in NetNewsWire Lite and send (Right arrow key) interesting pages to load in a browser's tabs in the background instead of NNW itself, when a hint says "members only" you'll usually have other tabs at hand to login without losing that hint's url.



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10.4: Find and modify the 'About this Mac' box
Authored by: dille on Dec 02, '05 11:41:58AM

Ah, so _that's_ where they are! A while ago, I was searching for the Apple logo & I couldn't find it...

Thanks!



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10.4: Find and modify the 'About this Mac' box
Authored by: abacsalmasi on Dec 03, '05 01:20:58PM

Has anybody been able to locate the Expose resources? I'd like to change some of the settings in Expose, such as the pale blue overlay that shows up when you show all windows and hover over the one you want. I have a feeling this is done with quartz but I can't find it anywhere. Anybody have an idea?

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My eyes, my eyes, these goggles do nothing!



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10.4: Find and modify the 'About this Mac' box
Authored by: barr104 on Dec 04, '05 01:48:39PM

This color is actually set by your highlight color in your system preferences, you will notice that whatever color your highlighted text is, exposť is the exact same color. I really doubt it would even be possible to make the colors different since technically you are highlighting the window to bring it to the front.

Just trying to save you some trouble before you go looking for a string that doesn't exist!



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10.4: Find and modify the 'About this Mac' box
Authored by: pastorjeff2000 on Dec 04, '05 05:00:11PM

I tried replacing the .tif file succesfully and the first time I checked the "About this mac" window, it showed my replacement graphic/text, but after logging out and back in, it shows nothing - just blank space where the graphic should appear. I tried replacing with the original tif file, but it still just shows nothing there, just grey space in the box where the Apple logo (or my replacement) would normally appear. Any idea on why this would reject even the original tif file? Thanks for any help or suggestions.



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10.4: Find and modify the 'About this Mac' box
Authored by: Han Solo on Dec 04, '05 06:44:27PM

I have not tried this hint, but I'd guess your problem is a permissions / ownership issue. You'll most likely have to look at the files in the Terminal to sort it out.



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