If you'd like to see an example of multi-language support in OS X via OmniWeb, first download the Code2000 unicode font (which contains something like 30,000 characters). Unzip the file, and move the .TTF font into your fonts folder (/Users/username/Library/Fonts).
Launch OmniWeb, and open the font preference panel and select "Code2000" as your font. Now visit Alan Wood's Unicode Sample Pages to see a selection of unicode characters for various languages and purposes ... it's a pretty impressive display!
This tidbit was found on the "Unleash your multilingual Mac" page, written by Tom Gewecke. Visit his site for even more info on multi language support in both OS X and OS 9.
If you leave your OSX box up and running 24/7 and have been burning some midnight oil, you might have noticed some system activity in the early hours. If you look in /etc/crontab, you'll see that the root user runs some nightly, weekly and monthly security and maintenance tasks. Whenever cron produces output, it gets emailed to the job owner, so in this case root will be sent email nightly, weekly and monthly.
Unless you're in the habit of logging in as root and reading the email there it's more useful to have all of root's email redirected to your own mailbox. As with most (all?) unix systems, you can do this by creating a .forward file for the root user. Read the rest of this article if you'd like instructions on how to create this file.
I'm trying to get jed running so I have to install slang first. I finally got onto ADC and get the dev kit. The configure script dies at host type. What is host type? darwin? ppc? rhapsody? How can I get a list of acceptable host types?
Bordering on a dumb question I know, just can't find answer for this.
Jeff Frey provided a tip in this ResExcellence article on how to add additional highlight choices to the set provided with OS X.
The highlight choices are stored in a plist file buried in your System folder, and this file can be edited (most easily) in OS 9.0, and additional colors added by simply specifying RGB color values and a name.
In the interest of thoroughness, I thought I'd post this "world's most obvious tip" on using the dock. You can resize it quickly and easily by dragging on the vertical bar that separates the two portions of the dock - up to grow, down to shrink.
I'm sure every OS X beta tester on the planet knows this one, but it's going into the database so future new users will be able to find it!
UNIX includes a program named 'cron' to handle the execution of tasks on a specified schedule, regardless of whether the user is logged in or not. Cron does this through a series of simple text files known as 'crontabs' which control the scheduling of jobs.
The cron daemon is used by the system for scheduled daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance, and can be used by users to run various programs at set intervals, such as to handle my site backup program as described elsewhere on this site.
Read the rest of this article if you'd like a simple overview of what cron is and how it can be used.
This past weekend, I took advantage of OS X's UNIX core to automate the database backup for this site. Until recently, I backed up the data by connecting to the ISP, launching the mySQL database program, exporting the data, then using one of a number of transfer programs (Fetch, RBrowser, etc) to bring the file back to my home machine.
Although this worked, it was quite tedious, and I would often forget to do the backup. Then another geeklog-powered site had a major disaster, and lost all of their articles (macosxapps.com, if you'd like to stop by and help them rebuild, it'd be greatly appreciated!). This was the kick I needed to find a better way to do my backups.
Read the rest of this article if you'd like a little insight into how I used some basic UNIX programs to handle this repetitive mundane task. This is fairly basic stuff for UNIX wizards, and I'm sure I could be doing this in a more advanced way, but it does demonstrate how the UNIX core of OS X can be put to good use.
In an earlier item, links were posted to Jordan Miller's site on altering the images used by the LoginWindow app. If you want, you can carry this bit of fun to more of an extreme.
First, you will have to register as a developer and download the OS X developer tools (instructions are elsewhere on this site). Don't be afraid, you can do a bit of interesting stuff with Interface Builder if you are careful. You can change the size of the image, the colors/styles of the fonts, placement of the buttons, etc. You can see an example of this in the screenshot above. The original screen is at 1280x1024. The image is of the wonderful David Hockney work, Kyoto. It calms me down before I login.
If you'd like to know how to edit the login window extensively, read the rest of this article!
[P.S. -- Are there any Cocoa programmers out there that can tell me what loginwindow is doing that makes the purple background not be captured when I try to capture the screen content? Is it drawing the background directly to video memory? Is there a way to capture the whole shebang?]
If you use jEdit (see Favorites box at left) as your text editor, one of the cool tricks it performs is to maintain a history of your search and replace calls. If you command-click in the search or replace box, you'll get a drop-down menu showing the last 15 or so items you've searched or replaced. This little trick saves a bunch of typing if you're looking for the same thing somewhat regularly.