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Windowshade via AppleScript in OS X! Desktop
i just went by Apple's AppleScript page for OS X and found that you can in fact still windowshade finder windows. well... sort of, that is. :)

go see for yourself: apple's script examples

maybe one can try to alter the script for other apps, compile 'em and then, using script runner, windowshade'll be back. :) i know, i'm dreaming...

[Editor's note: Marcus, I don't think you're dreaming. If they left the capability in the system, then I believe someone will be able to write a windowshade application, if nothing else. That would make some people very happy! To test these scripts, copy/paste them into the ScriptEditor application in the AppleScript folder]

Update: The above-referenced Apple page no longer exists. However, using the Wayback Machine, I was able to find the original scripts; they're now listed in the rest of this article...
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OS X files installed into OS 9.1 directory? Install
[Editor's note: See the comment for the answer to identifying the installed files]

I took the lazy route: used a clean partition for the OS X install but used my 'everyday' System 9.1 on the other of the two partitions for the Classic environment. Now I'm rethinking this strategy, or lack thereof, and I'd like to put a minimal OS 9.1 on the same partition as OS X for the purposes of running in Classic mode. No problem there, but I'd also like to clean out my 'everyday' 9.1 of OS X files and extensions: Is there a list of these files and their locations somewhere?
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Classic startup problems Classic
[Editor's note: See the comments for a discussion and potential solutions to this problem]

I just redid my hard drive configuration on my PowerBook g4. I now have 3 partitions. 1 for OSx - formatted usi ng the UNIX file system, 1 for os 9.1 formatted in HFS+ and a big partition i use for storage which is formatted also using HFS+. I'm in osX and every time i try to start up classic i get a very interesting error message saying:

"This startup disk will not work on this Macintosh model. Use the latest Installer to update this disk for this model." ... and it gives me only one option to click on: restart

What does this mean and how can I fix it.....
Thanx
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Import the address book from the Public Beta System
My address book in 1.0 doesn't include all the names I setup running the beta. I tried using the "import" option but without success. Anyone done this ?

[Editor's note: See the comments for the easiest way to do this -- renaming one file!]
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Instantly reveal long filenames Desktop
When you use a filename that's too long for the Finder to display, OS X replaces the middle portion of the name with "...". You can make the full name show up by hovering over the name for a second, or editing the filename with a click and mouse movement.

A much much quicker method is to simply browse the file list wth the option key held down. Every filename will instantly expand as you mouse over it's position in the list. Cool!

I read this on one of the 10,000 different web pages I visited this weekend ... sorry I can't remember the source!
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Soundsticks work just fine in OS X retail System
I would just like to say that you don't need to remove any files to get soundsticks to work, as was required in the beta. I plugged mine into my Cube 450 and they didn't work at first, but after I downloaded iTunes I noticed they worked, just not loud enough (system was set at max volume) ... so I lowered the volume, and the actual volume jumped up. Apparently, X does work with soundsticks, just not right away.

I got X on my system on the 24th, and now it's two days later and I haven't restarted yet!
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Installing SSH on OS X release version UNIX
I've purchased and installed Mac OS X on my Blue & White G3. Now I'm looking for ssh. Is it missing from this release? It was present in the Public Beta and I need secure telnet to be able to work from home.

Typing 'ssh' in a terminal session results in the shell trying to resolve my unknown command to 'sh' instead.

I have installed everything available on both the Mac OS X Installation CD and the Developer Tools CD. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Steven M. Fish

[Editor's Note: See the comments for a couple of methods for installing SSH. The URL for the Stepwise how-to is:

http://www.stepwise.com/Articles/Workbench/2001-03-21.01.html

I haven't done this yet, but it's on today's project list!]
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Import into Apple's mail.app Apps
Apple has provided scripts to import your mail from your current mail program to the mail.app. It even has a script for Entourage and it works flawlessly! Just don't click on the Apple Script icon in the dock while it's working because it'll give you a funny error. Just let it do its thing, continue surfing (gotta love multi-tasking) and it'll tell you when it's finished. Too bad it doesn't import rules as well. Here's the link:

Mail import script
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A discussion on running multiple finders System
Ok. The finder is not threaded and it can be slowed down by processes (like accessing your iDisk). Sure, the rest of the system is not slowed down, but what if I want to navigate my hard drive? Is there some way to launch multiple finders? A while back, someone made the suggestion of having multiple desktops in the beta to be able to be root sometimes, but not others. I tried his suggestions and they don't seem to work anymore.

Here's what I did:
  1. Logged in as root.
  2. Found finder.app (located in /system/library/coreservices)
  3. Made a copy of finder.app (the application, not the fake finder)
  4. Moved it to /Applications and renamed it
  5. Logged out and in as my normal account
  6. Tried to launch the new app and I got an error that the items are used by the finder and cannot be opened
The reason I did this is to get around times when the finder is busy. There's got to be a way (I think that SJ hinted at it when he said that there may be one day when we have multiple finders at MWSF). Let's get this working!
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Apple's OS X feedback page System
I put this up in the links section, but I figure it's worth repeating in the main body. Apple has put their feedback page online again, so we all have a chance to send in our rants and raves. Let them know what's important to you and what you really need to see before you can head to X-land full time, and before OS X is pre-installed this summer. Here's the URL:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/feedback/

-rob.
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