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Customizing messages Apps
Apple's stores most of the text strings it uses for creating replies, displaying dialogs, and composing new messages in an easy-to-edit text file. If you haven't relocated your, you can find the text file here:
When I tried to edit this in the terminal, all I got was gibberish - it's a Unicode text file. Opening and saving it in the GUI works fine; you just have to use a control-click on to "Show Package Contents" in a new Finder window, and specify which application to open it with (I used TextEdit).

Amazingly enough, the text file is even commented, explaining what each line does. You'll have to do some work to change the default reply string ("On March 23, robg wrote..."), as the date format strings are all variables - I imagine they match those used by the system date command, which you can view in the man pages:
man strftime
Have fun customizing, but you should probably make a backup copy of the unmodified file first -- just in case! Any changes made take effect on the next launch of

This tip was posted to the X4U mailing list by a member of Apple's mail team.

Panther update: As noted in the comment below, you now need to edit /System -> Library -> Framework -> Message.framework -> Resources -> English.lproj -> Message.strings. In addition, you'll have to reboot after making the change to see it take effect.
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Hover scroll in OmniWeb Web Browsers
If you have a scroll wheel mouse, you can use OmniWeb to 'hover scroll' background windows. Try this experiment.

Open two OmniWeb windows that require vertical scrolling, and position them so that you can see a fair bit of the back one. Move the mouse over the back window, and use your scroll wheel without clicking in the window to activate it. It scrolls! Move the mouse over the front window, and you'll scroll that one instead -- no clicking required.

I imagine this is a feature, but I'd never noticed it before. Could prove useful at times.
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A tutorial on using SSH for remote access Network
There was a question in the quickies about accessing files in a Public folder from another SSH capable computer. In this piece, I'll try to answer that question and hopefully help folks understand SSH a little better.

Read the rest of this article for a great overview on what SSH actually is, and how to use it for remote connectivity in OS X.
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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:
    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.

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Add a Finder Quit menu to the dock Desktop
If you edit the 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:
[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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