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ALERT - Tenon XTools 1.0.2, 10.0.1, and the PB Apps
The installer for XTools 1.0.2 erased my Applications folder, /etc, /usr, and root home directories, and much more! Other users had experienced such problems with earlier versions, and Tenon promised to re-release the application only after resolving the issue. I installed on Mac OS X 10.0.1 over XTools beta10 when Mac OS X started to fail during the system optimization step.

The Tenon XTools discussion board at www.tenon.com has more information about similar problems suffered previously by other users.

-Wolf Naegeli
[Editor's note: Please see the comments for a response from Tenon; the install issue is particular to those who installed OS X over the PB and then upgraded to 10.0.1; thanks for the clarification, Tenon!]
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Eudora images and mail.app Internet
If you get mail with a picture from somebody sending mail with Eudora and you try to read it in Mail.app you might need to tell them to re-send that picture as an attachment and not embedded between lines of text. If they don´t the only thing you see of that picture is a tiny little purple icon. Me and a friend triple checked this in mail sent with Eudora (5.x) and we also used AppleDouble, AppleSingle, BinHex and Uuencode data fork. So ask them not to paste or drag & drop any pictures between lines of text. They can paste the picture after the last word or as an attachment.

I don´t know if Mail.app is to blame but I know the problem will end up in Apple's Mail.app for MacOS X. The different encodings do not affect the jpeg-picture or the message.

URL of a bad example in Mail.app

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Don't use files as home pages with IE 5.1! Apps
If you ever use Microsoft's Internet Explorer avoid using a file:/ URL as your 'Home Page' in the 'Internet' section of the System Preferences app.

I use OmniWeb 95% of the time and had set my 'Home Page' to a file:/ URL. When I tried to use IE some time later it crashed EVERY time I launched it. No error messages or clues. It had been a while since I made the Home Page change so it didn't register as a possible cause.
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Retaining OmniWeb as the default browser Web Browsers
OS X lets you specify any browser you'd like to use as your default (the browser that's used when you click on a URL) in the Internet system prefs panel. I prefer OmniWeb, and have told OS X so on several occasions. Unfortunately, for many people (myself included), this setting is lost between restarts.

A workaround was snipped from Resexcellence and sent to me, but I can't find the original on Resexcellence, so I can't provide a direct reference. However, if you'd like to make it at least a bit easier to get OmniWeb back as the default, read the rest of this article for the how-to.
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Using the built-in firewall software (ipfw) UNIX
Mac OS X contains built-in firewall software, known as ipfw. You can use this to protect your machine from outside entry, but it's not trivial nor GUI-friendly. If you want that, go get Brickhouse from Versiontracker.

If you'd prefer to work directly with UNIX, Daniel Cote has published his ipfw configuration file, along with some tips on how to use ipfw in Mac OS X - you can read the article right here.

NOTE: You should really understand exactly what it is you're doing before you going mucking about with the firewall software! For a more simplistic approach, try Brickhouse or any of the hardware routers.
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Quoting replies in mail.app Apps
If you'd like to reply to an email quoting just a subset of the original message, it's incredibly easy in Apple's mail.app. Open the email you wish to reply to, select the text you wish to quote, and hit the "Reply" button (or Command-R). Your selection now shows as the only quoted text in the reply.

I spend much of my time in Eudora trimming text I don't want to quote; mail.app makes it quick and easy! I love the subtle touches in well written applications!
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Modify Cocoa apps shortcut keys per user Apps
I snapped this tip up on Apple's mailing list: projectbuilder-users@lists.apple.com. Full credits to the author, Mike Ferris.

You can modify any keyboard shortcut in any Cocoa app using the very powerful defaults system. The key you want to modify in your defaults database is NSUserKeyEquivalents.

The following example would set the Activity Viewer menu item of Mail.app to be command+shift+A:
defaults write com.apple.Mail NSUserKeyEquivalents '{"Activity Viewer"="@$A";}'
The odd characters before the 'A' in the previous command, specify the modifiers:
  • @ = Command
  • $ = Shift
  • ~ = Option
  • ^ = Control
To use other keys, such as Delete, you will have to use their Unicode codes like this:

@U0008 which would mean command+Delete.

This is really good, since it does not involve modifying the original application, and only applies to your environment, leaving that of others unchanged. I will try to make an app to handle this proceedure some time in the future.
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AOL X client installs old QT plug-ins! Apps
Be aware - after troubleshooting an IE/QuickTime problem I had, I noticed that the AOL X Client installed two old Quicktime 5.0b11 plug-ins in my "Internet Plug-ins" folder, inside the "Library" folder.

It completely screwed up all QuickTime content, along with making IE screwy every now and then. I think that there are some other old files lurking in plug-ins (Shockwave or Flash?) or maybe elsewhere, so if you know of any or find any, reply!

Just to be safe, check both your user/Library/Internet Plug-ins Folder and the /Library/Internet Plug-ins Folder.
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Moving the cursor in command-line text editors System
Within Terminal, you can set the cursor position in most UNIX text editors (vi, pico, emacs) by pressing Option and clicking on the character at which you want to place the cursor.
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Another way to run Classic Finder Classic
You can run the Classic Finder as default under the Classic environment instead of as an application. I've found this to work better than running it as an application. Instructions with screenshots are at my site:

http://www.grandpanjandrum.com/hacks.finder.html
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