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All-black text input boxes fix Desktop
If you're having a problem where text input boxes in applications are all black (making it impossible to see what you've typed), you're probably experiencing a corrup ColorSync preferences file.

At least, that's what this thread on the MacFixIt forums seems to indicate. There's some good dialog there, and the solution appears to be trashing the preferences file:

/Users/username/Library/Preferences/ByHost/
    com.apple.ColorSyncDeviceList.localhost.plist


(shown on two lines to conserve table width, but it's all one long path!). Trash this, logout and login, and all should be fine again.
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Add more apps and docs to 'Recent Items' Apps
Thanks to Resexcellence, you can now add more items to your 'Applications' and 'Documents' areas of the 'Recent Items' menu. This article explains how do do so, but makes it a bit more complicated than it need be.

The way I did it ... navigate to:
/Users/username/Library/Preferences
through the Terminal. Then type: pico com.apple.recentitems.plist

Now just add more apps and docs between the 'string' tags in the 'apps' and 'docs' sections until you think you have enough (I have 12). You'll need the full path to the apps, as well as their full name (most end in '.app'), in order for this to work. Do not repeat any apps or docs, save the .plist and logout/login and you'll have your extended 'Recent Items' list! Now as you add more items, the canned ones you used to lengthen the list will be replaced with the apps you're opening, but you'll always have more than five!
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Optimizing the Classic environment Classic
[Editor's note: Read the following if you're interested in making your Classic environment work as quickly as possible under OS X ... Sparky has some solid thoughts on how to make Classic work better, and I'm sure there are others that could be added to the list.]

ok, since I did several things at once, any one of them could have helped or the combination. What happened is that Classic software that used to take 8 or 9 bounces to start now bounces once and opens immediately! woohoo!

[Read the rest of the article for a step-by-step description of what Sparky changed in Classic...]
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Postgresql with readline support UNIX
I've been trying for 2 days to compile the latest postgresql after having installed "readline-4.0.2" (if you use the psql utility you'd know why I want the readline support). Anyway, after having installed readline-4.0.2 postgresql could never complete the 'make' process, all sorts of errors. On a last ditch effort, I downgraded readline to 4.0, and postgresql compiled just fine, and I'm one happy camper now.

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Fix disks not mounting problem Desktop
Having problems mounting disks? Both .img files and removable media? Take a look at your /etc/hostconfig file. It should be about 27 lines or so. Does it contain the line "AUTODISKMOUNT=-REMOVABLE-"? If the file fails either of these tests, it may be corrupt. How might this happen? Probably due to a System Preferences crash or general disk corruption. If you'd like a clean copy to restore with, along with instructions on how to do so, read the rest of this article.
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Sherlock and the Can't Index message Apps
If your Sherlock screen has a "Can't Index" message next to your OS X volume, this is actually normal. The reasons why are detailed in Apple's Tech Info Library, in this article:

http://til.info.apple.com/techinfo.nsf/artnum/n106206

The gist of the article is that Sherlock can't index the entire drive, since OS X is a multi-user system. If it were to index the entire drive, you'd be able to see files and folders that may not be yours. So it indexes your home directory (which shows up as a separate, indexed "volume" in Sherlock), and blocks you from searching portions of the OS X drive that you may not have rights to examine.
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Using fsck after application crashes Apps
Like many OS X users, I really love the fit and finish of Omnigroup's OmniWeb browser. It's very stable and so far has rendered every page I've thrown at it.

However, it does occasionally lock up at start-up, freezing the UI with it, forcing me to reboot. This is where a previous hint I reported here shows a practical value.

Read the rest of the article for a primer on "fsck", the file system check utility in Mac OS X.
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Run Mozilla on Mac OS X Web Browsers
Since it seems to be a little known tidbit, Mozilla actually has been carbonized and ported to OS X - the port is called "Fizzilla" and can be found here: http://www.mozilla.org/ports/fizzilla. So far, it's working pretty nicely - though its rendering is not as good nor as fast as that of Internet Explorer.
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Remember to update 9.1 prior to OS X install System
This may seem obvious, but I forgot to do it one so I figured I would warn everyone else...

If for some reason you do a fresh install of OS 9.1 (including from the CD that came with OS X) remeber to run the software update control panel to update the OS before switching over to OS X. I forgot to do this and Startup Disk TOASTED my OS 9.1! I was able to re-install it, then quickly ran software update to fix the problem. Aparently the version of startup disk included on the OS 9.1 CD is not compatible with OS X.

Happy Xing :-)
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Open hidden UNIX files in the GUI UNIX
This tip allows for easy editing of files such as ~/.tcshrc or ~/.bashrc, so you can click an icon in the dock, and the file will open in TextEdit. Read the rest of the article if you'd like the step-by-step instructions.
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