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Tomb Raider Chronicles demo released Apps
Alongside Quake3, Tomb Raider is probably one of the more popular Mac action games. I noticed tonight that Aspyr has released a demo of the new Tomb Raider Chronicles for both OS 9 and OS X. After downloading and playing with the new OS X demo, I have to say I'm impressed. I was never a Tomb Raider fan, but the demo runs very smoothly on my box (admittedly a high-end machine), even at 1024x768 in 32-bit color.

I found the demo for downloading on CNET's new OS X Downloads page. For more info, or to download the demo, visit CNET's Tomb Raider Chronicles page.

Check it out if you're interested in seeing how the latest installment of the Tomb Raider product runs in OS X.
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Revise the date display in Apps
[Editor's note: Submitted by Moldy on July 8th.]

I figured out a way to edit's date and time system. I got pissed off at how it looked, with Month/Day/Year format and 12 hour time, so I decided to change it to how I want it.

Here is how to do it. Note: Later on, I will add in more info on how to change it to even more formats.
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Make a completely transparent dock Desktop
Although it's relatively simple (by editing three PDF files) to change the background of the dock, it still retains a dark-colored border line. There's been some discussion on various forums about how to eliminate the border, and it appears that this has now been accomplished!

'kfel' has posted TransparentDock, which will give you three different transparency settings for your dock, including completely transparent. Make sure you visit kfel's home page for some important notes about TransparentDock, as well as some links to other useful utilities he (she?) has written.
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Use 'Tempus' to keep maintenance tasks current Apps
[Editor's note: Submitted by jpbjpbjpb on July 6th.]

I got frustrated when I realized my TiBook was not rebuilding its locate database, then realized it was because it sleeps over night when all the cron tasks are scheduled to run.

What it does

Tempus gets run from cron every 10 minutes, if the machine is awake. When tempus runs, it checks its database to find out when the last time each task was run. If the last run was longer ago than the time specified in the task, it runs the task.


To get tempus to work, you'll need to have python (and make sure its the unix version of python, not MacPython) correctly installed. You will also need to have the developer tools installed if you wish to use the easy installation option found in INSTALL.


Download it from
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Using name-based virtual hosts on OS X UNIX
[Editor's note: Submitted by bobdavis on July 6th.]

I'm a web developer using MacOS-X for all of my development. I wrote a quick instructional article detailing the steps for creating Name-Based Virtual Hosts on a MacOS-X machine to aid in the development of multiple sites.

You can find the article on the site:

I hope you find it useful.
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Open source WaveLAN drivers available System
[Editor's note: Submitted by ehintz on July 6th. This story is great news for those of you using non-Apple wireless cards to access your network. Check out the referenced MacNN forum for some great info about the drivers and how they came to be!]

Open source OS X drivers are now available for Lucent's WaveLAN cards. Instructions for installation can be found in this MacNN forum.
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Scroll wheels and MoviePlayer Apps
[Editor's note: Submitted by Nick Jones on July 5th.]

I had just downloaded a rather large mpg of A Perfect Circle performing on Conan the other night, and was trying to see what brand of drums Josh Freese uses.

I had paused the clip, and accidentally pushed the scroll wheel on my Logitech scrolling mouse forward one "click".

Much to my amazement, the video advanced one frame. This works backwards and forwards and is very smooth and exact on a B&W G3 400/512.

For all you DV editors out there using MoviePlayer for playback, this is an awesome way to simulate a jog wheel on a break out box on the cheap. I haven't checked to see if this works in iMovie as well but I would bet it does...

Thanks for a great site!
Nick Jones
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How to run CGIs from the user's Sites folder UNIX
[Editor's note: Submitted by Crusty on July 5th. This question has been asked numerous times in the last month, so I figured I would see if one of the Apache wizards out there can provide the answer for the interested readers...I have an idea of what needs to be done, but not all the details.]

Hello all,

I've recently installed OS X on my Powerbook and love it. The main reason I purchased OS X was so I could work on Web pages that use SSI, Perl, PHP and MySQL without always having to connect to the Internet. I've followed some tutorials on this site about installing Apache, PHP and MySQL, and have them all running properly from my user directory called "Sites"!! I love it. But... I can't get any CGI/Perl scripts or SSI to work properly. I've used the terminal to go into the config file and altered the following lines:
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews ExecCGI +Includes
DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.shtml
AddType text/html .shtml
AddHandler server-parsed .shtml
Neither CGI or SSI work in my users "Sites" folder, but PHP and MySQL do. What have I missed? How can I get CGI/SSI to work in my personal site? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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New auto-change desktop picture script UNIX
[Editor's note: Submitted by Tony Williams on July 5th. I have not personally tested this script yet, so use at your own risk.]


I did some hacking and testing of robh's Perl script to auto change the desktop picture. Step one was to fix the way it killed the Desktop rather than the Finder (much safer). The other was to fix the handling of the file URL so that it worked with all Mac file names, including ones with spaces or other characters.

Read the rest of this article if you'd like the new and improved script.
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A replacement 'page' command UNIX
[Editor: Submitted by Mike Stolove on July 4th]

I find the default pager (more) for the 'man' info pages to be buggy. Pressing F forwards 3 pages instead of one, it always exits at the last page, and the formatting can be improved. I prefer the program less. To change it, add this line to your ~/.login file:
setenv PAGER /usr/bin/less
This should help because, as we all know, man is dogs best friend.

Mike Stolove
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