If you want to 'cd' into some folder that's buried sixteen levels deep on your hard drive in the terminal, there are two ways to do it.
The hard way is to type:
Of course, you could also do this one line at a time. Either way, you'll end up typing quite a bit.
The easy way is to navigate to the folder in the finder with point-and-click. Type 'cd [space]' into your terminal window, and then drag and drop the folder from the finder into the terminal window. The full path will be displayed, and you can then just hit 'return' and the command will be executed.
You can also use this trick for files; if you want to compress something with 'tar,' just type 'tar [options-you-want] [space]' and then drag the file to compress into the terminal window and hit return. Very nifty, and very Mac-like!
"Oneota" posted instructions on how to change the system font in this MacNN forum. It requires a copy of PrefEdit (findable on macosxapps), and a couple of easy edits. If you mess up, the font change is simply ignored, so you won't cause any real trouble with your system.
This hack only works in Cocoa apps, so it won't help at all with the Finder or Explorer. Things like OmniWeb and TextEdit, though, should work just fine with your new font.
DragThing was my favorite launcher utility for OS 9. The author's been working on a new version to support OS X, and posted a screenshot back in December. A week or so ago, he posted some more shots (taken in OS 9) of the latest builds. Based on the screenshots, he's added some very nice features. He's also commented that he hopes to release the new version very close to March 24th's release of OS X 1.0.
This is great news (for me, at least) as the dock and DragThing together will make a great team to make OS X even more usable!
I find myself frequently rebooting to play games, and the process can be made quicker with our old friend, the option key. When you quit the Desktop, you are presented with the Shutdown/Cancel/Log Out panel. Hold down the option key when it appears and Shutdown becomes Restart. Nifty.
[Editor's note: This was probably one of the first hints I published, but it was lost in my database crash back in November, so I'm repepating it now ... -rob.]
If you like the OS 9 application switcher, you can still use it in OS X. Simply launch a Classic application, and tear off the application switcher menu. Even after you quit the Classic app (you need to leave the environment running, but you can kill the app), you'll have a fully functional application switcher in OS X - new programs get added, quit programs go away, etc.
I'm not sure if this will survive the transition to OS X final or not - I don't see why not, but we won't know for sure for another 33 days or so!
After struggling for several days trying to get Adobe GoLive and Outlook Express to have internet access in OS X, I was finally told that this is impossible if you are on PPP dial-up, and that you can only do this if you access the internet over your ethernet network.
Not quite! What no one seems to know (at least no one seems to mention it) is that you can use a "Port Reflector" to allow these apps to use your PPP connection. Wickedly Simply Software has created such a program and once it's setup, it's pretty much automatic. The shareware version times out at 10 minutes (then you have to close the program and restart it), so it's definitely a "try" before you buy. But I gladly paid the $10 charge to be able to use GoLive and Express.