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Auto-backup of the Stickies database Apps
This AppleScript maintains three backups of the Stickies file to compensate for the occasional lost Stickies problem in MacOS X.

Save this script as an application (from ScriptEditor) and use it to start-up Stickies in your Login items. It will rotate the backups before starting. I maintain multiple backups in case you log in more than once before noticing that your stickies file has been swiped clean.

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A Quake3 launcher script for GameRanger Apps
I got sick of trying to join a Quake3 game from GameRanger and having to have Quake3 open up, quit it, open the GameRanger.cfg file, get the IP, etc so I made up a shell script to pretty much do that for me. This script will search your HD for your Quake3 folder and the GameRanger.cfg file, load in your settings, and launch Q3 with those settings while killing any other open copies. Enjoy!

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Palm Background app and the system log Apps
I just realized that two lines of this kind are added every two seconds in my system.log (/var/log/system.log). They are shown on two lines each below to narrow the story width:
Jan 21 01:16:28 localhost mach_kernel: USB:  262.604: AppleUSBOHCI(0x188F000)::
ReturnOneTransaction - found the end of the transaction(0x97C73F0)!
Jan 21 01:16:28 localhost mach_kernel: USB: 262.604: -AppleUSBOHCI(0x188F000)::
ReturnOneTransaction - done, new queue head (L0x97C8180, P0x80F1E801) V0x1E8F180
It stops if I kill background palm application...

[Editor's note: Strangely enough, I do not have this entry in my log file on either machine that runs the Palm Background app. It's probably worth a quick look to see if yours is filling up quickly, though -- command-tilde then /var/log and check the size of system.log.]
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Quick sort switching in Finder List view System
Just discovered something by accident and I couldn't easily find this tip already posted:

If you hit Control-I or Control-Tab in the Finder when a window in List view is in the foreground it will cycle through the column sort focus. And sure enough, Control-Shift-I or Control-Shift-Tab will reverse the direction of the column focus. I'm trying to find a key combo that will actually reverse the sort order but haven't caught it yet. A little help...?

PS: I notice Control-I and Control-Shift-I also do the same job as Tab and Shift-Tab in Column view. The reason? Tab and Shift-Tab DON'T work in an Open/Save dialog but Control-I and Control-Shift-I do. Ah-hah...

[Editor's note: I'm pretty certain I never knew this one, and I don't think it's been published here before ... it also works for cycling columns in column view!]
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Another date and time menubar solution Desktop
There seems to be plenty of room in the menu bar these days, and I'm constantly clicking on the clock to see what day or date it is...until this app came along:

Download PTHClock (which also includes a cool little pop-up calendar).

Once it's been loaded, go to the preferences and make the time and date formats the same, e.g.:

Time Format %a %d/%m/%y, %i:%M %p
Date Format %a %d/%m/%y, %i:%M %p

You now have a clock in the menu bar that shows day, date, and time. If you double click on it, a small calendar pops down.
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Launch Vim from any text widget UNIX
Stuff you'll need for this hint:Now, put them together. TextExtras allows you to run the text in an entry box through a pipe and replace the text with the pipe's output. We're going to set up a pipe for Vim. The tricky part is that Vim, being an editor, can't just read text from stdin, edit it, and write it back to stdout; it uses stdout for the editing interface. So we have to help it out a bit, and this is where vimwrapper.pl comes in.

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Change the desktop image with an iPhoto Desktop
If you have iPhoto open and the Desktop system prefs panel open, you can select any photo and drag it to the Desktop pref pane's 'image well' to change the desktop picture.

[Editor's note: Perhaps the shortest tip we've ever published!]
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Convert PostScript to PDF with a double-click Apps
I was searching for printing solutions under Classic, and had just created a Postscript file (.ps).

I was pleasantly surprised to find that double-clicking the postscript file opened TeXShop (see below) which automagically converted the file to PDF and displayed it. The .pdf file is stored in the same directory as the original .ps file.

Checking the details, I found that TeXShop 1.13, a very good and free front-end for teTeX on MacOS X, also acts as a perfect front-end to Ghostscript. Ghostscript can convert both .eps and .ps files to PDF. Complete installation instructions for TeXShop and teTeX (including Ghostscript) can be found at the TeXShop site.

Kudos to the authors of TeXShop!
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Printing to an AppleTalk printer via Samba Network
I have a network of Macintoshes running OS X and a PC running Windows XP. I wanted to enable the PC to print to a LaserWriter that only talks AppleTalk. There is commercial software that enables you to do this, but here's how to do it for free. In brief, the missing piece of the puzzle was figuring how to make OS X print to an AppleTalk printer from the command line. For those of you who want to figure the rest out for yourself, the relevant UNIX commands are at_cho_prn and atprint.

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A simple priority-changing AppleScript System
This Change Priority AppleScript allows you to easily set the priority of any running application via a simple GUI. I built it based on the many previous priority-related hints, and would appreciate any suggestions.

I use
ps -axww | /usr/bin/grep '[/]APPNAME'| awk '{print $1}' | head -1
to get the pid. Is there a better way?

[Editor's note: I downloaded and tested this script, and it does exactly what it states - you get a list of all running processes, click the one you wish to change, set the priority level you want, and say OK.]
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