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Can't find Classic on 10.0.1 System
Background first: These symptoms did not occur until I updated to OS X 10.0.1.

I'm working on a iBook 466/192MB - OS X 10.0.1 and 9.1 on a single partition.

When I select OS X in the Startup Disk Control Panel (while in OS 9.1) I am warned that there is no system folder selected and that unpredictable things may happen.

If I reboot, OS X boots fine. Selecting Classic in the System Preferences provokes the notice that there is no MacOS 9.1 or later installed anywhere (I've got three now) so Classic cannot start. I've reinstalled OS X (& the update - 10.0.1), reinstalled 9.1 and rebuilt the desktop (in 9.1, not Classic). I can still select OS 9.1 as the startup disk from System Preferences.

I'm at a loss here. I need Classic to run some everyday stuff. Any ideas?
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Work-around for long delays in SSH connections Network
This is the result of a few hours worth of digging around, chasing after a loooong setup delay on SSH connections with (if I recall correctly) both the 2.3 SSH in 10.0.1 and the 2.5 SSH available from Scott Anguish.

If any of you have been experiencing long (dozens of seconds) waits in starting up SSH connections, it looks like 'arp' is being called with a parameter order that Apple's arp utility isn't handling as expected (Apple's utility wants 'arp -n -a' when SSH is using 'arp -a -n'). [Found this out by running ssh -v -v, after a bit of packet sniffing and DNS experimentation.]

Read the rest of this article if you'd like a workaround to speed up your SSH connections!
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Understanding the OS X architecture System
I would normally just post this as a 'link', but it seems a bit more important than that. If you're having trouble understanding the "language of X" (Carbon, Cocoa, Classic, Quartz, etc), Apple has put up an incredibly easy-to-understand one-page snapshot of the whole system.

http://developer.apple.com/macosx/architecture/

This really helps visuall lay out the structure of X, and explains all those buzzwords you've been hearing lately (mouse over each button for the details). I found the link in one of the MacNN discussion boards, posted by 'StarfleetX' .
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New 'Introduction to OS X Guide' available System
Over the weekend, I decided to take some of the more general tips from the site and combine them into a more formal document designed to help people get started with OS X. To test OS X as a truly usable OS, I decided to do the entire project with only native apps. So, using primarily AppleWorks, Graphic Converter, Grab, OmniWeb, and Preview, I created a nine-page introductory tips document for new OS X users. The general idea is to help someone understand the OS, and perhaps start using it productively more quickly than if they stumble through on their own. I cover the OS in general, the dock, the Finder including the toolbar, and a few key apps.

There's nothing in the document that hasn't been published here, except for the section covering how I use the desktop and toolbar. So if you read here regularly, you probably won't find any new information - but perhaps it will help someone you know who is just starting the transition. I didn't try to cover everything, and the UNIX-related content is intentionally kept at minimal to none. The guide is strictly targeted at the OS X user transitioning from OS 9.

To keep the load off the macosxhints server, the file is available on my mac.com homepage. It's a PDF file about 1.1mb in size, and you can find it here:

http://homepage.mac.com/rgriff/

Take a look, and feel free to email me corrections, comments, or additions.
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View the Help index System
If you select Help from the Finder, and then Mac Help (the only choice), you get the standard "What is your question?" box, with a few blurbs about OS X. However, I noticed tonight that the "back" arrow is lit, which seemed odd given that I'd just opened Help.

If you click Back, you'll be taken to the Help Center screen, which shows all the help files that have been installed on your machine. On my box, for example, I see BBEdit Help, DragThing Help, and the Developer Help Center (which I never knew was there!). From there, clicking on any one of them takes you to that appplication's help files without opening the application first.
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Adaptec releases new OS X drivers System
I just noticed that Adaptec has released revised (beta) drivers for the 2906, 2930, 29160, and 39160 SCSI cards. If you've got one of these, head on over to Adaptec's OS X beta page to download the driver. They've also provided an email address for beta feedback: OSXSCSIfeedback@trillium.adaptec.com.

I'll be testing the 2930 driver tonight!
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Virtual host configuration for Apache Internet
From the editor: Would you like the ability to easily access web sites you set up by name, instead of by number? If so, you'll want to use Virtual Hosts in Apache which will let you do just that. Read the rest of the article for jaccorens' instructions on how to configure it. I have not done this yet on my machine, but intend to ... someday when I get some free time!
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Typing in Finder windows Desktop
This is a temporary work-around for the Finder not properly scrolling to the file when in List view in Finder windows.

If the file you are trying to select (and show) is below the visible range of the Finder window, simply type the first few letters of the filename (like OS 9), then hit RETURN or ENTER twice.

The Finder will scroll and display the file after temporarily putting the name in edit mode.
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Setting up Apache access restrictions per user UNIX
[Editor's note: .htaccess is a means of placing password protection on web sites, and pages within sites. digidoodle had been trying to get it working for each user's individual site on Mac OS X ... here's what he discovered]

I just submitted a question that has been nagging me for days about how to get .htaccess files working, and I just figured out the very simple answer.

I had been spending all my time messing with the setting in the main httpd.conf file, and then realized that in the private/etc/httpd/users directory is a small config file for each user.

This is the file where the following change needs to be made:

AllowOverride none changes to AllowOverride AuthConfig

Every other source I found on the web talked about altering httpd.conf, but changes to this will not effect the pages within any particular user folder. Hope this helps somebody else!

Nate
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Using BBEdit to work on system files UNIX
No need to learn vi or pico to edit system files, you can use the great BBEdit editor to work on system text files.

Read the rest of this article if you'd like to make it easy to open BBedit from the terminal to work on system files! Thanks to Marc L. for submiting this tidbit!
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