[Editor's note: This tip was submitted last weekend by an anonymous reader]
There are many "alternate" little applications and hacks for people who want to change their Mac OS X experience. One of my favorites is MenuStrip, the $7 program that gives you a bunch of useful buttons to put along the top right of your window. Very Mac-like, you can choose what it will display, so it's minimalist, as it should be.
The best button is the "hide all apps" button, so you can get rid of all those windows in a flash. I have a KeyQuencer macro do this on Mac OS 9 -- press a key, get rid of all apps and bring up the Finger -- and MenuStrip brings this functionality to OS X. Very nice.
[Editor's note: This tip was submitted last weekend by Argano]
Try pressing the key combo option+mute - this opens the system prefs directly to your sound window pane. Seems to work in both classic and carbon apps
I'm running 10.0.3 build 4P13
Hopes this helps someone out.
[On my machine (G4/733), this brought the System Prefs app to the foreground, but didn't display the window (quite odd!). And repeatedly pressing option-mute caused my machine to go into slow-motion mode and pegged the CPU meter at 100% utilization. Not sure what happened, but everything was fine after I restarted. Not sure if that's specific to my machine or not, so try this trick at your own risk. -rob.]
I noticed today that Opera has released the technology preview of their Opera browser for OS X. I haven't had a chance to try this one yet, but the Classic version is incredibly fast at page rendering! Check it out and send them your feedback if you want to see another good browser developed for OS X.
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!