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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:
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Disable root access via SSH Network
Since the 10.0.1 update has been released, one of the new features is the implementation of SSH/SSHD. First thing I always do after an install of SSHD is edit a few items in the sshd_config file.

- At your terminal, 'su -' to your root account
- 'pico -w /etc/sshd_config'
- Look for the line containing "PermitRootLogin yes"
- Simply change this line to read "PermitRootLogin no"
- Save your changes and exit the editor
- Open your "System Preferences" from the Dock, and choose "Sharing"
- If the check box beside remote access is not selected, turn it on if you wish for SSH access to be enabled. If it is already selected, then just cycle it. Click it off, then back on.

...unless of course you want to allow someone one step closer to controlling your machine remotely. ;)

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Put pictures with names in Apps
If you paste pictures into your Address Book, and then receive an email from someone with an address book picture, that image shows up with the email - quite nifty! You get the images into the address book by dragging the file containing the image into the right-hand square on the Edit screen of the Address book.

And if you don't have handy pictures of all your email acquaintances, just pick your favorite cartoon characters, download some icons, and create some stand-ins!!
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Replace network startup message and other hacks System
If you haven't checked out you are missing out. Although the site is almost completely in Japanese, you should be able to make sense of some of the OS X GUI hacks from the pictures and scant English text.

For instance: This link points to a GUI hack to replace the "Initializing network" text at startup with whatever you want.

Navigate to '/System/Library/StartupItems/Network/Resources/English.lproj' with the Terminal (substitute the other languages for 'English' if necessary). Now type 'pico Localizable.strings'. Replace 'Initializing network' between the String tags with whatever text you want.

You will need a restart to see this one, a logout doesn't show this window.
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Compiling using the 'autoconf' configure script UNIX
When running the autoconf configure script, it will likely fail to identify the host type using its config.guess info. The error message it will produce is the following:
configure: error: can not guess host type; you must specify one
To get past this error, run the script with the host argument:
./configure -host powerpc-apple-bsd
This should allow the configuration script to complete, and when cc (the one that Apple ships, based on gcc) runs, it should compile.
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Run OS 9 Finder in OS X Classic Classic
In the beta version of OS X, you could run the OS 9 finder in the OS X Classic environment, just like any Classic app. Unfortunately, Apple decided to get rid of this feature for the final. Here is a simple trick for if you want to continue to run the old Finder in OS X.

Copy the Finder from your System Folder to anywhere else. Using File Buddy (, change the copy's file type and creator to 'APPL' and 'aplt' (case sensitive). Now, this copy of the finder should launch like a normal Classic app when the Classic environment is started within OS X.

[Editor's note: Be careful with this one; there are some things it doesn't like doing, like working with OS X files in the OS 9 finder. It's an interesting trick, but some have found that it has a tendency to cause some problems -- make sure you've backed up everything, just in case!]
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OS X 10.0.1 update released! System
The official OS X 10.0.1 update is now available from the Software Update control panel. It will first update Software Update, then you need to launch Software Update again, and it will download the 10.0.1 updater (about 4mb in size). The "About This Mac" box now reads "Version 10.0.1 (Build 4L13).

The updater will put a "Late Breaking News" item in your dock, but it contains no update-specific information (ie there's nothing that says exactly what was changed). The only information I've seen about the update is on Apple's web site, where they claim:
Improvements include better support for third party USB devices, Classic compatibility and overall application stability as well as support for the popular Secure Shell service. For Japanese users, an update to the Epson printer drivers is also available.
Either later tonight or tomorrow morning, I'll be updating my benchmarks with post-update numbers for comparison purposes. If you have further information, questions, or comments on the update, post them here!
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Save web pages for offline viewing Internet
With OSX's built-in .pdf capability, saving web pages is super easy and you get to capture the full beauty of the page (layout, colors, and images intact).

Here are the quick and easy steps:
  1. From your browser (OmniWeb, etc.) press Command+P (or select File -> Print).
  2. At Print window, click on "Preview".
  3. You'll be brought to Preview program; select File->Save as PDF.
That's it. Happy viewing your saved, perfectly-preserved web pages.

--Vip Malixi
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