I create a Dock Items folder in my Library folder. Within that folder, I create several folders each containing apps I want to frequently launch but don't want them all in the dock. I drag these folders to the dock and this way I've got the same type of thing as an Apple menu.
But I've noticed that any alias I created to anything on a network volume doesn't work properly when navigating from the dock. Normally when I double click the alias in the Finder, it asks me to connect to the volume that the original item exists on. If I browse to the alias in the dock and select it. Nothing happens. Bummer. It would be nice if the opening docked items were the same as opening the same items in the finder.
Holding down the option key while perusing the Finder menus reveals some neat options for manipulating windows. OmniWeb also reveals several options which are not otherwise available directly from the menus.
I guess these are some of the little things that Jobs said wouldn't be found for a while, but show the detail put into the interface. I tend to agree.
Apple has released a new Developer Tools package, with improved Java support and other improvements. You can download it for free if your a registered Apple Developer (there's a free online-only developer level available). You can download the whole thing (nearly 200mb), or just the bits and pieces you're interested in.
You need to start at Apple's Developer Connection Member Site, login (register if you aren't already), and the hit the Download link to see the new Dev Tools packages.
I collected the following illuminative posts from Barry Sharp on system memory management from the Apple discussion boards.
- Dennis Hill
[Editor's note: Dennis suggested I cut this down to a concise summary, but I thought I'd just publish them as they were written by Barry; he obviously has a great deal of knowledge about Mac OS X! These emails were originally sent by Barry to Ted Landau at MacFixIt, and then were posted to the discussion group where Dennis found them. So if you'd like to learn a lot more about OS X's usage of memory, read the rest of this article. It's a bit long, and can get technical at times, but I found it very interesting.]
Stefan Arentz has discovered a security hole in Apache which affects Mac OS X Clients serving pages off of HFS+ formatted volumes and using .htaccess for protecting directories. Since HFS+ doesn't care about capitalization, but Apache does, you can access a protected directory (say "test") by using a version with capitalization ("tEsT"). Apache won't see this as a request for a protected directory, and HFS+ will return the file, since it doesn't care about the capitalization. Instant password protection workaround.
Stefan has posted a thorough description of the bug on SecurityFocus; check out the article for more information, along with a suggested workaround until Apple releases a patch of some sort (if they do).
If you are serving pages from an HFS+ disk, protected with .htaccess files on your OS X client box, this article and workaround are a must read!
Not sure if this has been posted here yet, but though it might be of interest. Turning your OSX box into a mailserver by replacing sendmail with Postfix. Very easy to follow guide and thorough explanations.
I tried everything I knew, or could find via Help, to get permission (booted in OS 10.0.3) to empty my trash, without success, including reinstalling OS X. I noticed something peculiar (after much trial and error): when first booting under 10.0.3, the Trash icon would show as empty, but as soon as it was clicked on, it appeared full.
Here's how I got things back to normal: while booted under X, I opened the trash (successfully), then double-clicked on the "Desktop (System 9)" folder and created a new folder. I then Selected All files in the OS X trash and dragged them to this new OS 9 folder.
The move was successful, and since then the OS X trash has behaved normally. The next time I booted under OS 9, I dragged the new folder (filled with OS X trash) to 9's Trash and successfully emptied it (using Option/Empty Trash, as some files were locked). I regained the appropriate amount of disk space, and the problem has not recurred as of this posting.
I don't know, but suspect, what happened: I think I must have put some files that originated under OS 9 into the OS X trash.
If you use the Address Book application, there are some pretty nifty things you can do with it. While reading this month's MacWorld (pick it up if you don't have it yet; they have some great OS X info in this edition!), they mentioned one tip I hadn't run into yet.
Open the address book, and click and hold on the little "person" icon next to any name. You'll see a mini business card appear, which can be dragged anywhere. Drag it onto the desktop, and a little "virtual business card" appears - simple double-click access for anyone's address. Drag it into a Cocoa application, and the field names and values for that card will be pasted as text. I'm sure there are more tricks, but those two are quite useful all by themselves. I haven't spent much time with the Address Book (keeping my fingers crossed for Palm!), but it's a handy little application.
Tip: How to easily keep your Powerbook from trying to connect to internet when on the road and off line.
Go to Network panel in System Prefs, Under the 'Locations' popup, select 'Edit Location'. Duplicate any existing location, and rename it something like 'Off-line'. Now go to the 'Configure' popup and select 'Advanced'. On this screen uncheck ALL of the connection types - and Save. Now you can switch easily at any time from the new 'Apple' menu's location sub-menu. When you select your new 'Off-line' location, your Powerbook will not keep trying to connect to internet.