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Quickly translate any web page Internet
To quickly translate any page from Japanese to English, first visit the page you would like to translate. Then paste the following into the address bar:

javascript:location.href='http://babelfish.altavista.com/tr?&lp=ja_en&url='+location.href;

You can even add a link to your favorites that will translate any page:

Translate into Japanese

These can be modified to work with different languages, and you can reverse the "ja_en" (for example) to translate in the other direction.
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Use the mouse to switch DVD Player modes Apps
I found this simple little trick a few days ago, and was shocked that no one had posted it yet.

While a DVD is playing (in DVD player), double click on the DVD window and it will go full screen. Double click again, and the DVD will go back to "windowed" mode.
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Beige G3 SCSI boot problem fix System
An anonymous reader sent a tip regarding Beige G3's with the Fast/Wide SCSI option. If you've been getting a "Can't Find...53C875" error when trying to cold-boot the machine, here's one possible solution: Boot from the OS X Install CD and use the Startup Disk utility (Control Panels) to specify the desired startup disk.

I can't verify either the problem or the solution, but thought this may be of interest to some of you. If this is way off base, please let me know and I'll revise or remove the tip.
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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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