I noticed something sorta funny, when you open up the applications list, by mashing cmd + opt +esc, the menu bar disappears when the list becomes active. Does anyone have any clues to why this happens?
Also , The whole concept of the preferences being xml files is pretty cool. Does anybody know of any sites that have more stuff you can add, such as the translucent terminal window. OS X PB seems like there is a bunch of stuff that is disabled and only takes a little bit of hacking to enable it.
[Editor's note: Search elsewhere here for the command line hacks, as there are a bunch of them!]
Carbon applications like Internet Explorer, Desktop and Napster cannot choose applications because Navigation Services doesn't recognize packages yet in Mac OS X. However, you can work around it easily. Simple type the application's path (like /System/Applications/Music Player.app) in the "Go To" field at the bottom of all Open windows.
Rember to add the .app extension to the application name! it is actually part of the folder (bundle) name but the Finder hides it automatically.
Want your Mac to power down every night at 11:00pm? User 'Gee4orce' posted the following tidbit to the MacNN OSX forums to accomplish just that feat. Here's how it's done:
Open a terminal session
shutdown -h 2300
This will shutdown the computer at 11pm (2300 on a 24-hour clock). Replace the '2300' in the example with the (24-hour) time of your choosing. If you want to prevent the shutdown, you need to kill the process using either ProcessViewer or the 'kill' command.
First, here's what happened: my terminal.app blew up. I hadn't encountered the hint here that gives the easy fix (ie: grab /bin/tcsh from the Installer CD and chuck it in /bin - it seems that, somehow, things in /bin can get corrupted, which is very wierd, but that't another story!) so I reinstalled OS X. That worked fine and my terminal.app was fixed.
Lo and behold, though, I now had a USB option available in my Modem Port choice in PPP Connect Preferences. I am 100% sure that it was not there beofre I reinstalled, because I was stuck using my old Motorola serial 28.8 modem (eeewww - slow!) under OS X but I could use my Swann MacSurfer V.90 under OS 9. So, I selected the USB option, and was able to use my V.90 modem under MacOS X. Great!!!
Some people (such as myself) have the need to run OS X services (such as Apache, ftp, ssh, telnet) on alternate ports. In my case, my router has a mini-http server, so I can't use port 80 for Apache, and my ISP blocks all ports below 1000 to prevent servers.
How do you work around this in OS X? For Apache, it's fairly simple. From a terminal session, edit (note: edits referred to in this article should be done as the root user; 'su' before editing!) the file /Library/Web Server/Configuration/apache.conf, and find the line that reads "Port 80." Replace 80 with the port you would like to use -- keep in mind that visitors to your site will have to enter:
(where portnum is the number you chose)in order to see your pages.
[Editor's note: Please see the comments for the resolution of this issue]
I have recently bought a Handspring Visor. Thats a PDA with native USB-support. Unfortunately, the Desktop Software under Classic cannot access the USB-Port and thus not exchange Data unless I reboot into Mac OS 9.
[Editor's note: The cause and solution have been identified - see the comments for details!]
For a while now, I have been having a problem with the PDF compositor that comes with OSX public beta. What happens is whenever I open it, I get an unusually large window where half of it is filled with a weird pink/purple color wth the other half being those OSX stripes and it won't let me do anything except quit. any help would be appreciated. thanks.
[Editor's note: See the comments for a suggestion or two...]
Not sure what happened -- OS X hung, then after two hours of trying various things and then leaving it alone, the system displayed a kernel panic message and rebooted, after I pressed "r" as prompted. I finally had to clear the p-ram for the thing to even boot into OS 9. I followed Apple's instructions in the TILs and booted into single user mode after using the System Disk utility BUT ... fsck won't fix the error it finds: "Problem: Invalid LEOF, 28239, 1024"!!! And yes I've made sure to try -f -y -b16, etc.
It will boot into OS X if I let it (quite unstable and I don't like forceably rebooting Un*x boxen); and when the OS X disk utility is used to verify my OS X volume, it reports the exact same error. I even tried running Disk Doctor after booting into OS 9 but it can't fix the error either ... sigh =(
Am I out of luck, do I have to reinstall? Anyone have any suggestions or run into the same problem? Anyone know what to do in the future to avoid this type of problem?