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Remove some antialiasing effects System
This is apparently floating around on MacFixit, although I couldn't find it there in the forums or on the main page. The following hack will disable the anti-aliasing effect in some applications. I'm not sure which apps, as I haven't tried this myself yet (I actually like the anti-aliasing).

If you'd like to experiment, here's what you need to do.
  1. Create a folder named '.OpenStep' in your home directory (mkdir ~/.OpenStep).

  2. Create a file called 'environment' containing one line of text:
    QDTEXT_ANTIALIASING=0;QD_MINSIZE=18
    From the terminal, vi ~/.OpenStep/environment and then type the above line. Save the changes and quit. I'm guessing that QD_MINSIZE is the size below which the anti-aliasing is disabled.

  3. Logout and login again, and you should (might?) have less anti-aliasing than you did previously.
If someone tries it, post back with your observations as to where it does and doesn't work.
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Special keys on Apple Pro keyboards System
The special keys (volume up, volume down, mute, and eject) work more or less as expected in OS X. The only exception to this is the eject key. It not only ejects any inserted CD, but also all your mounted disk images. With the adoption of disk images as the primary means of OS X software distribution, I probably won't be using my keyboard eject key much more!
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PPP connection in Classic fix Classic
Many have been having trouble using Outlook Express and the like while in classic mode due to a PPP issue. The fix for this is head slappingly simple.

Go to the System Preferences and select Network. Click the PPP tab, then click the Options button at the bottom of that screen. Now uncheck the option that's named "Use TCP header compression". Save your changes, reboot, and you will be able to use your Classic internet aps again!

I saw this on the Mac OS X help boards, and thought that many might be happy to see it spread about a bit.
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Reviving a dead computer after 9.1/X install System
Hope this helps somebody?

(System Config: Performa 6400, G300 L2 Newer Tech upgrad card, 21 gb Hard drive w/10 partitions , 104mb RAM)

I just got my OS X package Today (3/31/01). Inside was OS 9.1 and X. Well, three weeks ago, I downloaded the 9.1 update from the Apple Web site and it installed easily and worked great! Well, as any good Mac user, I figured that Apple had probably included some updates with the CD. So I chose the option on the 9.1 CD to "Re-install" System 9.1. The install went well and everything seemed great! Then I hit the restart button. DIASTER!!!

My computer would not start (it ran, but nothing happened?) My monitor was blank? I could not start up from a CD..nothing? I tried everything...and still a blank screen?

Read the rest to see how George (as signed below) resolved the startup problem, and it's probably a good heads-up for those of you working with upgraded machines.
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Synchronise the Handspring Visor Apps
To synchronise my Visor, I add "Serial Port Monitor" to my start-up items. It can be found inside the Palm folder of the Palm desk-top software. This automatically starts Classic.

An icon is left in the dock with the Hotsync logo. This is normally a faceless background application under OS 9- and does nothing when clicked. However, when the Hotsync button on the cradle is pressed, it will happily sync your Visor.

I have found that it's best not to put the Hotsync Manager in the background during the synchronisation process as it can sometimes hang the Classic environment.

Cheers,
Jason.
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Add a Finder Quit menu to the dock Desktop
If you edit the com.apple.dock.plist in your preferences folder, it will allow you to turn on many features (such as those which can be accessed using GUI appls like TinkerTool). But it will also let you turn on the QuitFinder boolean. This will add a quit option for the finder. I don't know who this would be of much use to, mabye those with only 128 RAM would find it useful in some processor-intense apps.

The full path to this file is:
/Users/username/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist
[NOTE: On my machine, editing the dock.plist file in either the terminal or the dev tools' property list editor, I do not see this boolean! I have no idea why, and reidab sent me a screenshot showing that his version does have it ... odd! I could just add it, I suppose...]
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An AppleScript iTunes OS X alarm clock Apps
The MacNN boards are always interesting, to say the least. This thread discusses using your OS X box, in conjunction with cron and an Applescript or a shell script, to launch iTunes and play an MP3 at a certain hour each day.

I'm all for the integration of technology, but I think I'll stick to the old clock radio for early-morning wakeup duties! Still, it's an interesting article on what you can do with OS X...
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Epson printing error (-9671) in OS X System
A reader and I were exchanging emails over the inability of his Epson 740 (a supported printer) to print from OS X on his iMac. He spent quite a bit of time debugging the issue, but was making no progress. He could print fine in OS 9.04 and even Classic, but not in OS X. Every time he tried, the job ended with a "-9671 Error". Others on the web with identical machines and printers were not having the same problem.

After spending many hours on the issue, he finally tracked it down. When he originally bought his printer, the sales rep had also sold him an Epson Parallel to USB converter cable. This appears to have been (see the comments!) what was causing the OS X printing problems. As soon as he replaced it with a straight USB cable, everything worked fine.

So if your Epson won't print, check your cable -- and maybe just plug and unplug it, per the comments below. If that fails, it may be time to try a new cable.
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Copy/paste from IE 5.1 Apps
Although you can't command+C copy from the "Address" line in IE 5.1 (we all hope it's a bug, not a feature!), you can drag the little '@' symbol to a text window and the url will paste where you drop it at. This also works in text fields on pages, which also don't like to be copied in IE 5.1 - just highlight and drag the text where you want it to go.

Some will say that the best workaround for this bug is OmniWeb 4.0 ;-).
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Preview app and scroll wheels Apps
This goes in the "Hmm, that's interesting" category ... or the "Check the prefs, bozo!" column, based on the comment below ;-).

I was taking a look at Apple's "Mac OS X: An Introduction for Support Providers" (a very good overview of OS X, by the way), and I was trying to browse the file with the scroll wheel on my Intellimouse. It seemed I could scroll down, but then it would get stuck. I could scroll up again, but not down. Similarly, at the top of the page, I couldn't scroll up any longer, but I could scroll down.

It took me a couple tries to figure it out. In the Preview app, the scroll wheel only scrolls on the current page. To move to the next or previous pages, you have to hit the next/prev arrows at the bottom of the screen.

I'm not sure if this is a bug or a feature! I like the way you aren't suddenly jolted to a new screen if you scroll off the bottom, but it's a pain having to hit the arrow button for each page.
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