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Easter egg in DragThing 4.0 Apps
In the brand-new DragThing for OS X (it also works in 8.6 and later) there's a very cool easter egg for you to unearth. It's not too hard to find, either (although I had an inside tip ;-). So as not to spoil it for everyone, read the rest of this article ONLY IF you'd like to know where to find it (don't read the comments, either, as there may be spoilers there). Otherwise, install DragThing4 and start looking! NOTE: It appears the egg only works in OS X; I cannot make it appear in OS 9.1...

NOTE: DragThing4 will not run on the PB; I tested it on my "Staples edition" OS X 10.0 release. I'm not sure if it works with post-PB builds. And in a bit of editorial, I have to say that DragThing4 simply rocks. It's the perfect companion to the dock, and could potentially replace it, if there were a way to 'genie' windows to DragThing instead of the dock. Great job, James!
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In case you've been sleeping... System
... Apple updated their OS X pages today, and they've added a bunch of content and some new system movies. Well worth a visit to their OS X Page if you haven't visited lately. Oh yea, they also mentioned that iTunes and iMovie (apparently it's now free?) would be available for download on Saturday!
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Changing screen size on a studio display? System
maybe i'm missing something, but is there a tool available in OS X to change the screen size (width and height of image, not resolution) of a studio display with ADC? (that funky apple display connector with power + signal in one)

this monitor (the clear 17" CRT one) has no panel controls, and there's lots of unused space on the tube's screen.

i've used macs in the past, but i'm certainly no hack. i believe this monitor ships with a display software CD which i don't have and might be strictly for 9.x?

any tips would be greatly appreciated.

[Editor's note: From the comments, it appears this has not yet made it into OS X v10.0...]
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Automatically change the desktop picture Desktop
[Warning!! Do not run the script in the comments here! It will work, but after a few uses, it will cause minor system errors. Use at your own risk! See the comments for a discussion on alternatives and next steps...]

A posting over on the MacNN forums got me interested in trying to come up with a way to automatically change the desktop picture. If I can find a way to change it from the terminal, then the next steps become somewhat obvious (and maybe easy?) -- write a shell script to pick a file at random from a folder, and then issue the command to update the desktop pic and get it to display. Finally, schedule that shell script as a 'cron' job to run however often you'd like a new desktop picture.

I made a bit of progress, but not much. Please read the rest if you're interested in trying to help me figure out how to make desktop pictures change automatically...
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Restarting the GUI remotely System
If your GUI ever locks up completely, and you have access to another machine, you may be able to repair it remotely. Telnet (or SSH) in, open a terminal, and do "ps -aux". Look for loginwindow.app in the list, note the PID number, and then "kill -9" that PID.

This should restart your GUI so you can use your machine again.
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Force Quit in OSX Beta System
My OSX-beta QuickTime would hang-up upon launching movie trailers on different occasions. I tried the keystrokes command-option-escape out of habit. To my surprise, up popped a panel listng current USER processes. I selected QuickTime then hit RETURN. I was then able to relaunch the movie trailer. Add this one to your 10.0 important-keys list.

DP note: OSX processes don't seem any faster than my old G3/400. Any concurrence here? I'm using a G4/450/DP/15" Flat panel monitor
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Change the boot disk from the terminal System
[Editor's note: See the comments for a discussion and link for more info on this topic.]

Does anybody know what exactly happens when I change the boot drive using the System Disk utility? Is there any way to make the same changes on the OSX command line?
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Upgrade from beta? System
[Editor's note: See the comments for a good discussion on the methods of upgrading to OS X..]

I was wondering if there was any information on what the best process would be to upgrade from the public beta to the upcoming release of OS X. I generally do "clean installs"; will I be able to do that with the new OS? Should I instead back up any of my user files and re-format the partition?

I also downloaded and installed the developer tools onto my public beta. Will I have to do that again, or will these tools be included in the release? Any info. would be appreciated.
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Using the terminal to quit a GUI program UNIX
[Editor's note: See the comments for the answer to the question.]

Does anybody know how to quit a GUI program through a telnet session? I can open GUI programs through telnet but can't figure out how to then quit that same program. PS won't show GUI programs so I can't KlLL them. Any help is appreciated.
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OS X arrives on March 24th! System
If you live in the States (at a minimum; I can't check other countries ;-), and you ordered OS X 1.0 (or whatever they're going to call it) through the Apple store, it appears you'll have your three CD collection on Saturday the 24th!

Over on the MacFixIt boards (where I've been hanging out while MacNN's boards are down), reader MacXO pointed out that his order status shows "FedEx Saturday Delivery"on the top of the screen. I checked mine, and it has the same shipment method. Seems pretty solid evidence of a Saturday morning FedEx visit! Now I just need to call the store and change my "Ship To"to the house instead of the office.

You might want to check your orders as well, if you often ship to work for weekday deliveries. I might be wrong, but I'd rather have it show up at home on Monday or Tuesday than at the office on Saturday!

NOTE: You may want to call 1-800-Go-FedEx and verify that you live in a Saturday delivery area before making this change. Just press "8" to speak to a representative, and then ask about Saturday delivery and provide your zip code.

UPDATE - 10:45am: I just spoke with the Apple store. The rep at first claimed that there was no way they could possibly have Saturday delivery, as Apple didn't have a contract for that service with FedEx. I told him that was what the web site reflected, and he offered to change my order to read UPS if it would make me feel better ... I respectfully declined :-). After changing my address, he noted (with apparent surprise) that it was coming up coded "FED-S" shipping, which did, in fact, indicate Saturday delivery ... his last words were "Well, you learn something new every day..." ;-).
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