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Replace the Finder with any application! System
OS X's Finder is just an application, right? So, I conducted an experiment.

GOAL: Replace OS X's Finder with the Terminal App.
RESULT: It works!

Read the rest of this article if you'd like to see how it works, and the implications - could someone write a replacement Finder??
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How to make icons stay in the dock Desktop
I put the 'Internet Connect' icon in my dock for easy access. But when I reboot its always gone and I have to put it in again. Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to do something to save the dock's state?

Editor's note: 'cashd' provides the answer in the comments:

'When you open an application, you see it's icon in the dock. When you close the window for that app, you still see it in the dock. When you quit the application, you no longer see it in the dock.

If you want an application's icon to stay in the dock, even after you have quit it, you must click and hold on the application's icon, until a menu appears. Then you just need to select, "Keep in Dock" from that menu.'
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mod_jk and OS X UNIX
I have Tomcat 3.2.1 Servlet engine running in standalone mode right now, but I want to integrate it with Apache. I can't figure out how to build mod_jk on OS X using the Jakarta docs. Also, when configuring tomcat, will it be able to find everything using JAVA_HOME given that things are in completely different places that a traditional JDK installation?
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Put applications into Finder toolbars Desktop
You probably know you can customize the toolbar by selecting View...Customize Toolbar..., but did you also know you can also drag applications directly onto it? I added the Terminal.app to my toolbar. Very handy.

Dave
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Remove dock poof remnants Desktop
Some people have reported left-over pieces of dock 'poofs' on their desktop. These bits remain through resolution and color changes, and seem indefeatable until you logout and login again.

There's an easier way to get rid of them -- just launch ProcessViewer (in the Utilities folder), and look for the "Dock" process. Highlight it and then select the Quit Process menu item. The dock will quit, the 'poof parts' will vanish, and the dock will then restart.
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Show hidden UNIX files in the Finder Desktop
It looks like Apple has decided to change the defaults key to allow the Finder to show the hidden Unix files. On OS X Final, try this for each user you want to show hidden files and restart the Finder:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES


Panther proven!
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Locked files and Mac OS X System
There's an annoying side effect of locking file when it comes to Mac OS X -- there's no fast way to override the state, like option-Empty Trash in OS 9.

Not only does this not exist, but the Finder will report that you do not have "sufficient privileges" to delete the file (which may be correct in a way, but rather misleading since we now have permissions to worry about).

Does anyone know of a quick way to remove file locks from the Terminal or another app? I've tried xFiles 1.0b1, but it doesn't seem to recognize that the files are locked at all.
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Use 'Get Info' to change directory permissions System
[Editor's note: See the comments for the solution!]

Try as I might, I just can't get the directory permission concept to stick in my Macified brain. Is there a GUI app out there that can display and edit directory permissions in OSX Final? If not, anybody care to build one?
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USB digital camera and Image Capture app Desktop
I just plugged my Kodak DC260 into a USB socket and switched the camera into "connect" mode. A couple of seconds later the "Image Capture" app fired up automatically to let me download the photos.

Now that's slick.

Dunno if any other cameras are supported yet.
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Sharing files between Macs and PCs with Samba Apps
Samba is a free UNIX program which lets you specify any number of 'shares' which will be visible to PC users on your network. Think of it as a PC/Mac version of Mac OS 9's file sharing. It's a great way to move files back and forth between the two types of machines, and it's actually (somewhat) straightforward to install and configure.

If you're interested in Samba on OS X, read the rest of this article for step-by-step instructions. I wrote it to be as simple to follow as possible, as I had zero UNIX experience the first time I installed it. Please post any questions or comments regarding the installation/configuration process, and I'll try my best to address them.
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