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Switch to 256 colors in Classic Classic
I have some older games on my PowerBook G4 that require that the monitor be set to 256 Colors. The Displays settings in OS X do not allow me to switch to 256 colors, so I had to boot into OS 9.1 to run these older games. However, on a hunch, I tried switching colors in the Classic environment's Monitors control Panel, and it switched to 256 colors and the games ran just fine.

Aqua doesn't like running in 256 color mode, but it got the job done!

Tom
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Using Borland's JBuilder on Mac OS X Desktop
Hi Folks,

If you are a little familiar with the new tcsh-shell on Mac OS X, you can have a preview of working with JBuilder [editor's note: JBuilder is a commercial Java development environment from Borland which is due out shortly on Mac OS X natively]

If you have jBuilder and would like to see it running on OS X, read the rest of the article for instructions on getting the Linux version running on your Mac.
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Another method of OS X installer extraction Install
[Editor: There's a posted tip about extracting files from the OS X install CD. Here's another take on the process, as applied to the OS X Public Beta CD, but it should work on the final version as well. It's different and complete enough to merit its own thread.]

There were a number of posts on various OS X forums a while back asking where Music Player from the OS X Beta had gone. I was never able to install OS X Beta on my machine, but I had seen screenshots and really liked the look of Music Player. I decided to try and get it off the OS X beta CD. Here's how I did it...

Read the rest of this article for a detailed set of instructions on extracting files from the OS X installers.

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Copy/paste to FirstClass (Classic) Classic
I found it impossible to copy an image in MacOS X and paste it into FirstClass (Classic). One way to solve the problem is to drag the picture from the web browser and down to Quicktime Player in the dock and then copy the frame/image in that application - after that I could paste it into FirstClass.

Midnightposer - mailto:olle@mac.com
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Custom app icons that work in the Dock System
I'm sure most people have noticed by now that using the Show Info cut & paste method of changing an app's icon doesn't work quite as well as one would like. Specifically the app will revert to showing its original icon when in the dock. Here's how to change an apps icon(s) permanently...

To do this you may need IconComposer which can be found in /Developer/Applications after installing from the Developer CD. I say "may" because you can do it without this tool if you just want to substitute one app's icons for another's.

For this explanation we will give Sherlock the icons from Chess. Hey, its just an explanation.

Read the rest of this article if you'd like a step-by-step on replacing an app's icon more permanently than copy/paste appears to...
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Quick ASCII character table view UNIX
I've seen a few applications on VersionTracker to display the ASCII character set.

If you don't need a fancy GUI, open a terminal and type man ascii instead.
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Mail.app and sendmail Apps
[Editor's note: See Geoff's comments; apparently this only works the first time you try it! There's an alternative suggested in the comments which may work better.]

I have managed to get Mail.app to handle sendmail mail by cheating... I am assuming that you're running sendmail OK but have been using mail or pine or somesuch to read mail.

Do this:

in the terminal, copy the folder heirarchy of another of your mailboxes (in ~/Library/Mail/Mailboxes).

Switch into the newly created directory, and instead of mbox, do:

ln -s /var/mail/user_name mbox

where user_name is your username. Restart Mail.app and you should now be able to manage mail downloaded from sendmail in Mail.app

If anyone knows a better way, preferably from within Mail.app instead of silly hacking, please let me know!!!

Cheers,
Geoff Saulnier - Mac, *NIX, perl, hack!!

[Editor's note: I'm not running sendmail locally, so I have not tried this myself]
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Access privileges after password change System
I recently changed my password as administrator in osX. Now everytime I want to do anything that involves the keychain I have to give my password whereas before it would let me have access automatically. This is particularly annoying when I want to access my email, (I use Eudora 5.1). Is there anyway to get my keychain to recognize my new password without me having to enter it everytime?
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Show rulers in TextEdit Apps
I just discovered this. Command-R shows a MacWrite like ruler in TextEdit. I looked for help on this topic but found nothing. Don't know how to make the different tab types work but the added functionality is a welcome discovery.

[Editor's note: I'd overlooked this one myself, as I usually use TextEdit in plain text mode. To enable the rulers, you must first make sure you're in Rich Text mode (Edit -> Make Rich Text). Once you've done that, you can, indeed, show the rulers.]
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SETI script and the Console app UNIX
I run the SETI@home command line program on both cpus in my OSX box. After doing this for many months I finally got sick of seeing their terminal icons in the dock, so decided to run SETI in the background and not tie up a terminal (or two) to monitor SETI output.

Read the rest of this article for an excellent tutorial on how to set up Seti to run without requiring a terminal window...
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