In mail.app, the default behavior for the drawer (which containsis to appear on the right edge of the window. Coming from Eudora, I much prefer to see it on the left, but there's no preference setting for 'drawer side.'
Solution? Elegant, simple, and (as near as I can tell), undocumented. Simply take a message in the inbox, and drag it towards the left edge of the screen. The drawer will magically switch sides! Mail.app will remember this setting the next time you launch it, too.
Thanks for this tip go to 'cricket,' who works for Apple on the mail team and hangs out on the 'X4U' mailing list, hosted by The Macintosh Guy (also in Portland, I might add - it's a hotbed of Mac addicts!). See the links area for a direct link to the mailing list subscription page.
When you want to delete a long text string you just entered in the terminal window (instead of pressing the backspace repeatedly), hit ESC and then backspace. This will delete backwards to the previous break in the text string.
I have now posted my official review of Mac OS X version 10.0, which includes an extensive page of benchmark test results. You can either read the review, or jump straight to the Benchmark Results page. The review runs four pages, and includes information on installation, performance, bugs, and general observations. Let me know if you find it useful, or if you have any questions about anything I wrote.
On Friday night, we visited PowerMacPac, a local Apple-only dealer. They opened at 11:00pm, providing free cookies and soda, and gave an overview of OS X to about 75 or 80 "Macaholics" for an hour. At 12:01am, they began selling OS X. The first 50 customers received a nice t-shirt with a blue X on the front, and the slogan you see here on the back. The fact that you see a t-shirt picture here means that yes, I now own two copies of OS X (I bought the 40th copy at around 12:15am). The second copy will be going to my father-in-law sometime in the near future, but I'm keeping the t-shirt! They also had Titanium PowerBooks and the 22" Cinema Display in stock, so I guess I got out cheap! :-)
There are (already!) a number of programs around that let you edit the OS X preference files with a GUI-based tool as opposed to the command line. These give you easy access to settings such as dimming hidden apps in the dock, showing hidden files in the GUI, changing Cocoa apps default fonts, etc. Here are pointers to a couple of them that have been updated for OS X Final:
Strong Warning: You should only enable root if you really really need it, really know what it's for, and realize the security implications of enabling root! You can do everything you need to do with "su do", so root is really not needed ... with that said, here's how to enable it - please understand what you're doing and why before you do this!
The "root" user (also known as the superuser) is the most powerful UNIX account. The root account can do anything to any file or folder, anywhere on the system. For that reason, it's considered quite dangerous, and only needs to be used (occasionally) by advanced users.
Because of the dangers of operating as root, Apple has chosen to hide the root account in OS X Final. However, there are a number of ways to enable it. The easiest is to boot off the install CD, and look under the Install menu for the "Password Reset" option. You can use this to change your own password if you forget it, and to enable the root account. This utility will not run if you copy it to your hard drive! It only works when booting from the CD.
Read the rest if you'd like to know how to do this from within OS X, and skip the CD-based reboot.
One of the most-discussed features that appeared and then disappeared from interim builds was the ability to move the dock from the bottom of the screen to the top, left, or right sides, and to force one edge into a corner. These functions have returned in the final, and will probably be one of the most-implemented hacks on the system. I expect a full GUI tool for this within a week from someone, but for now, read the rest of this hint if you'd like the command-line instructions. They aren't too hard to follow, so don't be intimidated if you're new to OS X and/or UNIX.
UPDATE: If you'd like to do this the really easy way, get Docking Maneuvers, which puts a simple, effective GUI around the whole process! No UNIX required!
The "genie effect" is what happens when you click the yellow "minimize" button. You'll see your window get sucked down into the dock, as though it were being drawn into a funnel. While quite cool the first few times, some people (me!) have found it a little annoying after a while. Those with slower machines may also find it something of a CPU hog.
Luckily, Apple included a way to change the genie effect, but chose not to put it into a GUI tool at this time. I'm sure someone will have one written within a week, but for now, here's how you do it. Open a terminal session (the Terminal application is inside Applications/Utilities), and type one of the following:
The "genie" option is normal behavior, "suck" is sort of hard to describe but it's more like a reverse twisted genie, and "scale" (my personal favorite) simply reduces the window equally from all sides while dropping it to the dock. The other nice thing about "scale" is that it's blindingly fast (on my G4/350, while the genie lags a bit), so windows vanish very quickly.
To activate any of these settings, you'll need to logout and login again.
If you'd like to force-quit an app without using cmd-opt-esc or process viewer, simply hold down the option key and then click-and-hold the app's icon in the dock. You'll see a new "Force Quit" option in the pop-up menu.