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Easy Classic Speedup Classic
I stumbled across this one, and it's painfully simple.

To speed Finder menu scrolling in the Classic Environment, make certain that you turn OFF "Platinum Sounds" in the Classic's Appearance control panel.

You'll find Classic Finder menu scrolling nice and fast.
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How to launch a terminal app from the toolbar UNIX
For those of you out there that like to do M*ing (Moo, Mud, Muck, Mush, Cold, etc) there is a Unix program called TinyFugue that, to my knowledge, is the leading client for these types of games. This installs just fine on OSX and runs great. (You can go to FreshMeat to find TinyFugue)

I have found that if you just drag the file 'tf' (the TinyFugue app) to the Toolbar and click on it absolutely nothing happens.

Here is how you can get it working. You can go and Get Info on the 'tf' file itself, then 'Show Application' and set it to 'A specific application' and have it fire up Terminal. You will need to set it to show 'All Applications' and you will get a warning that it is not known if this application will launch up this file, but it works great.

I do not know if this works with all terminal based apps, but it did work for TinyFugue.

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Shut down your Mac remotely System
If, for some reason (can someone think of one?) you'd like to shut down your Mac from another machine, here's how you do it.
  1. Connect to your Mac remotely via SSH or telnet.
  2. Become root ('su' and enter your root password)
  3. Type sync to clear the buffer (may not be necessary with the next command, but I'm cautious!)
  4. Type halt to shut down the machine.
This will (obviously) end your telnet/SSH connection shortly after you type it ;-).

I just tried this from my PC to my Mac, and it did exactly what it was supposed to do ... my Mac shut down cleanly. No errors of any sort on restart, but I did lose my '3 day, 4:54' uptime! I'm not quite sure why one would want to do this, but it is possible.
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Greater customization of finder toolbars System
After some frustration and concern about the small choice of folders that I could have in my finder toolbar, I eventually tried what should have been obvious. Yes, for those of us who hadn't worked this out (and I know I'm not the only one) you can just drag any folder, file or application into the finder toolbar.

You can even use this in a rather tricky manner and remove the home button from the toolbar and then drag your own home folder in, giving the button the (possibly customized) icon of your own home folder. The same goes for many of the other buttons (including using the sherlock app instead of the find button).

Read the rest of this article if you'd like to know more about customizing the customizable toolbar!

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Use screensaver images for desktop background Desktop
I believe I saw this one on the MacFixIt forums today. If you like some of the images that are loaded by the screensaver application, you can also use them as desktop pictures. Navigate in the GUI (use the terminal if you wish, but these are GUI instructions) to:

/System/Library/Screen Savers/

There are four screen savers with images (Abstract, Beach, Cosmos, and Forest). Control-click on any one of those four, and pick Show Package Contents. When the new window opens, navigate to Contents/Resources/Images, and you'll see a list of images (and their previews, if you switch to column view).

To use the images as desktop pictures, just copy the one(s) you are interested in to a destination in a new finder window. You can now tell Desktop Preferences to use these images as desktops!
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Share one desktop between 9.1 and X Desktop
[Editor's note: Although this probably has no side effects, always be cautious when messing around with system-created folders! The thought of having one desktop in both mode is certainly appealing!]

I was sick of having two different desktop folders in Mac OS 9 and OS X, so I decided to combine them into one. Here's how I did it
  1. I fired up the terminal app and found out where everything lived:
    OS 9 desktop folder = /Desktop Folder/
    OS X desktop folder = /Users/username/Desktop
  2. I deleted the folder from /Users/username/Desktop with an rm -R Desktop
  3. I logged in as root and did a ln -s /Desktop Folder/ Users/username/Desktop
After logging out and logging back in, OS 9 and OS X now share the same desktop folder!
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Arrange your desktop by filename Desktop
The finder's desktop preferences let you snap the desktop icons to a grid, yet somehow the icons always get randomly rearranged. The easy Classic-like fix is to turn on the 'arrange by' desktop view option (which I belive is currently hidden). I did this with prefedit (or any xmlproperty editor) in the following property:


Look in the DesktopViewOptions property for ArrangeBy which you can set to "dnam" for sort by name or "kind" for sort by kind. Save your changes...

Now log out and log back in and your desktop is sorted. I found a desktop sorted by kind with the trash can on the desktop and a couple of good aliases ("Home", "Print Center", MacOS 9 Apps, MacOS X Apps, etc...) makes the desktop suddenly look very much like Classic.
hope this helps
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Darwin FreeBSD Ports Collection UNIX
rlucia writes: "Now we have some patches to The FreeBSD Ports Collection to make it working on Darwin 1.3 (as shipped with Mac OS X). I also patched pkg_* from FreeBSD source tree to use with Darwin. The work is at early stage but I could compile and install (also deinstall) lots of packages."

Check it out at Darwin pkg, Darwin ports or compiled packages files.
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Using TextEdit on HTML files Apps
TextEdit is a WYSIWYG editor. If you open up an HTML file, and you don't just see HTML tags, but you actually see the web document.

You can shut this off by specifying in the preferences to turn rich text encoding on or off for HTML files.

Sorta a neat feature, I wish the turn off rich text was a menu command as opposed to a preference.
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Mac OS X and RedHat7 netatalk issues Desktop
[Editor's note: John K. submitted this writeup a few days ago, and I managed to lose it in my inbox for a bit. My apologies for the delays in getting this posted, John!]

John writes:

My OS X install does not work well with netatalk, the unix AFP file server. When I log in as guest and mount a share, it displays correctly, but the following problems occur:
  • Copies do not work at all. I get an error -43.

  • Changes to the directories don't get displayed, and attempts to use the directory after a change can cause OS X to crash.

  • I cannot authenticate myself anymore. I think this is probably because I have a vanilla RedHat 7 and am missing some kind of library necessary to do secure authentication.
This was all a real bummer, because I backed up my disk to this server. If you're using netatalk, it's a good idea to move the data to an Apple server before upgrading.

If you're stuck (like I am), there's a utility, megatron, that can make macbinary files which can be ftp'd or copied via NFS, and then unmacbin'd by Stuffit Expander. I'm working on a tool to run megatron on a large number of files, so it won't be so difficult to recover from this snafu. I'll post the link here when it's done.
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