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Editing your system's appearance System
There's a new thread on the MacNN forums that discusses the how-to's of editing the Mac OS X extras.rsrc file, which controls the overall appearance of the system. The first post is a nicely detailed how-to, and there are a couple of clarifying follow-ups.

You'll need a copy of Theminator, which is no longer actively distributed, but can probably be located on the net with some sleuthing.

So head on over to MacNN and give the article a read if you're interested in modifying your system's appearance. Note that anyone distributing modified extras.rsrc files has been hit fairly heavily by Apple legal, so you should plan on keeping your modifications to yourself.
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Learn HTML with OmniWeb Web Browsers
Another great reason to use OmniWeb -- OmniWeb's View Source is also an HTML editor!

The source pane is fully editable. Save will save over a local file and will make a new local file if it the page was serverd from a web server. Additionally, Store will store it back onto the server using WebDAV.

The kicker is that you can play around with remote files that are not your own VERY quickly.
Find any page on the web, View Source, make a few changes, and hit the Redisplay button. Voila! You will see your changes back in the browser in context with the rest of the original page. Pick apart layouts tricks at light speed...
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Make (some) apps run without a dock icon System
If you'd like to have an application running, but without a dock icon, there's a way achieve this by modifying the application's plist file. Read the rest of this article if you'd like the (fairly simple) instructions.

NOTE: This one goes in the clearly 'experimental' category. I have not tried this myself yet, but the source (the X4U mailing list) is generally good, and it seems to make logical sense. Use at your own risk!!
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Killing a root process UNIX
How can one kill a root-owned process? I installed mysql and have it loading itself automatically on login. However, I need to kill it to reconfigure it and I realized I can't do so. In process viewer it shows that it's running, and that it's owned by root, but it won't let me kill it because I'm not root. If I use terminal and use the su command to become root, it doesn't show the mysqld process, only ps and tsch.

Any ideas how to either kill the process from within OS X or how to switch to the root user in terminal such that I can see the processes?

Thanks. Philip
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Use ProjectBuilder as a text editor Apps

I recently installed OS X and it's great. I installed apache, php, and mysql so I can develop and test locally. I love it, but I've been missing one thing. A good text editor.

I've downloaded pepper, jEdit, and several others. But I still preferred the classic app BBEdit. Pepper was great, but it doesn't have support for PHP and it costs $45(unless you can handle waiting 10 seconds every time you save). jEdit is even better. It has syntax coloring and everything. However the interface lags and the lack of drag and dropping files into the app sucks. Maybe your experiences were better, but I ended up going back to TextEdit. But it has it's problems too. Some files can't be opened to text and I just don't like it for what I'm doing.

Anyways I was looking through the developer examples and messing around with Project Builder and decided to try open my php files with it. It's great! There's no syntax coloring for php, but there's many other useful features. I even created a project file for my php program that I'm working on. Then I have access to any of my files with a click. The find feature is really good and lines can be found by cmd-L since it doesn't show line numbers. I like the indenting features too. If your doing any type of web developing and don't have a good text editor, try this.

Now only if Apple would add support for more programming languages.

Aloha, Keizo

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Installing the ArgoUML CASE tool UNIX
If you're a software developer using UML, you may want to know about ArgoUML, an open-source Java CASE tool available from Tigris. It lets you draw different views of your project and such.

Version 0.8.1 appears to work fine using their install steps when running it from Terminal, or you can use MRJAppBuilder to create a clickable application if you have installed the Dev Tools CD.

Read the rest of this article if you'd like instructions on installing ArgoUML on Mac OS X.

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Connect To... script for OS X Internet
I really loved the "Connect To..." alias from macOS 9 and below. Unfortunately, Apple neglected to put something like it in OS X. I decided to take matters into my own hands and created an OS X script that opens any URL as specified in a dialog box from OmniWeb. You can download the working applet, or the source if you wish @
email me at if you like it!
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Installing the Korn shell UNIX
If you're like me, you are lost without the beloved Korn shell. Oddly enough, it's not included with OSX (of course, that statement most likely points out my lack of knowledge in BSD).

Anyway, I found 'pdksh', and was able to successfully compile it on my OSX 10.0.1 system.

I had to tweak a few things, such as add a .profile to my home directory. You also need to use the Terminal Preferences to change the shell of the shell (?) to /usr/local/bin/ksh. I also updated /etc/shells, although I'm unsure whether or not that was needed.

Try this link - - for more information.

Of course, make sure you are root during the install process.

I also might add that I haven't done any extensive testing of the ksh, but so far it behaves as I expected, and also runs various shell scripts I had written on Solaris 2.x.

Good luck!
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Brightness control on PowerBook G4 System
After installing 10.0.1 update the brightness keys will work on a PBG4 once the Display System Preference panel is opened. This needs to be done after every restart, or put the Displays as a startup item.
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A collection of keyboard/mouse combos Desktop
I would like keep this posting organized, so if anyone has any corrections or additions, could
you please email me (

[Editor's note: All of these have appeared in one form or another here, but it's sort of nice having them in one consolidated tip]

Read the rest of the posting for a fairly comprehensive list of shortcuts...
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