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Authored by: Unsoluble on Nov 17, '09 10:19:45AM

Wow, those are great technical solutions, and it's always good to see alternative ideas, but... Have you thought about multiple user accounts, with Fast User Switching? That would appear, to me, to be the much superior method -- and waaay simpler. Why not?



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This is exactly what separate user accounts is for!
Authored by: rgray on Nov 17, '09 11:57:56AM

+1 for user accounts as a much cleaner, simpler solution which can be set up by anyone. Use the Unix underbelly the way it was meant to be used!



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Authored by: tedw on Nov 17, '09 01:06:10PM

Amen. I always wonder why people share the same account. There's no value to it (fast user switching takes seconds, with no hassles), and there's so much confusion over who did what when two people are sharing. not to mention hassles with apps like Mail.app and iTunes...

one user, one account; that makes everything so much easier.



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Authored by: osxpounder on Nov 18, '09 02:06:20PM

Depending on a person's needs, there is plenty of value in using the same account.

Mainly, one never needs to even think about file permissions.

Simply having shared files in one place is good. We do it in real life, and sometimes, maybe even most of the time, we'd like to be able to do that with files on the family computer.



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Authored by: tedw on Nov 18, '09 02:37:20PM

even the most tight-knit families keep personal items in separate drawers, and keep their clothes in separate spaces in the closet. it's natural to have those kinds of minor divisions to keep things simple. On a computer, the easiest and best way to do that is with separate user accounts. There's nothing saying that you can't share each other's passwords, and no reason why you can't set up things that are best held in common (like music and videos) so that they are shared between accounts, of course. using a combined account, though, means you have to do tricky things (like this firefox hack) to keep some separation between what the two of you are doing, and runs the risk that your spouse will do something (say, tidy up a few folders, or add an application) that will accidentally delete, mangle, or otherwise muck up files that you need.

I mean, I get it: there's an intimacy issue and a laziness issue, both of which work against separate user accounts. but it's not like you're *actually* saving yourself any effort by using a single account, and you're opening the door to a whole unfortunate can of worms by doing so.

Even if you choose not to, please do tell your kids to do it. I've seen too many college students post requests for help because they let their dorm-mates use their account, and the dorm-mates borked the system on them.



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Authored by: Dr. T on Nov 17, '09 03:03:51PM

I tried this, but since my wife and I need to access most of the same stuff (e-mail, personal finance, address books, photos, home movies, etc.), I would have to move nearly everything into the Shared Folder (which was accessible by our kids over our network). It was too much trouble just to have different settings on a couple of apps and different bookmarks in our browser.

We chose the Firefox (me) and Safari (wife) solution.



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Authored by: leamanc on Nov 18, '09 06:02:02PM
I still vote for Fast User Switching in your case. Use the /Users/Shared/ directory, or install something like Dropbox to access your shared files (i.e., you both create Dropbox accounts and set up shared folders, or log in to the same Dropbox account from both OS X accounts).

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Authored by: everkleer80 on Nov 19, '09 08:25:59AM

Dropbox just to share files on the same machine?? Keep in mind that you will have 2 copies of each file that way (yes they're kept in sync but it does use twice the disc space... I suppose that's not too big a concern assuming your sharing small files - if not then you're out of luck anyway as the free Dropbox accounts only currently allow 2GB.) You also have to upload then download everything (unless Dropbox is smart enough to handle it when both users are logged in - I've never tested it but I hear it somehow supports LAN sync now if the users are on the same network, so maybe it also handles if they're on the same computer.)



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Authored by: tedw on Nov 19, '09 09:50:58AM
who needs dropbox? just go to the Sharing panel in System Preferences, click file sharing on, and add the folders you care about up so that everyone has access to them. no moving files, no duplicates, no fuss, no muss.

I get that you don't want to do this, and that's your choice. You can do things any way you like on your computer. But let's not suggest that everyone should adopt the funky workarounds that you find comfortable when there is a simple and easy-to-use mechanism to handle these issue built into the system.

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Authored by: phlops on Nov 19, '09 08:14:28AM

One huge reason for having multiple versions of Firefox that can be opened simultaneously *in one single account* is the simplicity it affords web developers who need to debug, verify, and debug in older versions of Firefox.

This is compounded by the fact that popular development extensions like Firebug don't support all versions of Firefox in the same version of the plugin. By being able to launch Firefox 2.0 with its own unique profile I can have it use the last version of Firebug that supports it and similarly so for 1.0, 1.5, 3.0, 3.5, etc.

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/phil



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