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Bringing 'Stickies' to the front Apps
The Stickies app in OS PB has some pretty cool features, including windowshades and styled text. However, one thing it seems to lack is a "Bring all windows to front" for when you have 300 stickies scattered on your desktop. If you click on a visible stickie from another app, you'll only get that stickie to come forward.

The only menu option is "Arrange all in front," which brings them all forward, but also stacks them like cards, forcing you to move them around again to read them.

The solution turns out to be simple ... just click on the Stickies icon in the dock. This will bring all the notes to the foreground while leaving them in their current positions. This is default behavior for apps when clicked from the dock, but it's most obvious with something like Stickies, where I tend to have a large number of small windows open.
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Remove the 'minor problem' message Desktop
There seems to be a recurring bug in the PB wherein you'll see a message which reads:

The System has detected a minor problem and corrected it - some of your preferences may be lost

Once you've seen this message once, you may see it over and over and over again. On the MacNN forums, "absmiths" found a solution to the problem. Do the following from a terminal to eliminate the message:
cd ~/Library/Preferences
su root
rm com.apple.finder.plist
If you now logout/login, the error message should have vanished.

As with all things beta, however, the effect of this on your system is neither known nor guaranteed!

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The OS X version of Disk First Aid System
If you feel the need to repair your OS X disk, you can try the "fsck" command. First boot your system into single user mode by holding s while it boots. When the "localhost@" prompt comes up, type the following:
sbin/fsck -y
This will launch OS X's disk check and repair tool.
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Problems compiling UNIX
[Editor's note: See the comments for suggestions on making this work.]

What does it mean when running "make" gives lots of "nothing to be done for all" messages? I'm trying to compile Windowmaker-0.62.1 (Xfree86 for Darwin is installed and works) ...
./configure --host=powerpc-apple-nextstep
works, but "make" seems to fail.
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Problems after install Install
Has anybody had the problem of Setup Assistant hanging after you enter all your email / network info and it gets to the "Configuring System..." step?

The system doesn't actually lockup, you can still quit the program. But OS X doesn't allow you to bypass the Assistant because I would assume use must setup the administrator account the first time.

I have installed several times. I've allowed it process overnight, but the Assistant never moves its progress bar past 10%.

My system is a beige G3/300 with the SCSI card that required the patch (done). It has 256M memory and I've installed OSX to a 4gig drive.

Any thoughts?
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Higher Resolutions System
[Editor's note: See the comments for discussion on alternatives]

I just got a new monitor. How can I run it at higher than 1600x1200?
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Password protecting Apache web pages Apps
[Editor's note: I have added one key missing instruction about modifying apache.conf to the details; this is also discussed in the comments.]

"Guestwhat" wrote in with a question:
Could someone help me to enable a turn key on my web site in Mac OS X Beta? What I meant was when a user log go to my web site I want to have a username and password inorder for them to access.
One method of doing this is with .htaccess files. When your server goes to serve a page, it looks in the top directory for an .htaccess file, and then checks each sub-directory down to and including the directory that holds the requested page. So if you place an .htaccess file in the top directory of your server pages folders, you will protect all the files in your domain. Read on to see how I used this to protect my home site.
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Customize your SSH/telnet message UNIX
If you use SSH or telnet to connect to your OS X box remotely, you'll notice that you see Welcome to Darwin! every time you connect.

If you'd like it to say something more meaningful or entertaining, simply pick your favorite editor and edit
/etc/motd
Insert the message of your choice and save your changes. Now you'll be connecting to "Tom's Terrific G4 Tower of Terror!" instead of boring old Darwin!
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Apache, SSI, and virtual hosts Apps
The Apache web server built in to OS X can support virtual hosts (basically more than one web server on one machine; read all about it on Apache's Virtual Host information page).

Over on this MacNN forum, however, there was a discussion on difficulties getting SSI (server side includes) to work on virtual hosts.

In a nutshell, you need to add a new section to the apache.conf file. Read on to see the exact required steps.
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GUI for UNIX crontab UNIX
crontab is a program that is used to schedule programs to run at certain intervals. It's used in OS X to schedule things like the updating of the index that makes "locate" and "whereis" function. You update crontab through a terminal session.

"anothermacguy" posted on the MacNN forums that he had found a GUI front-end for crontab. Sven Schmidt is the author, and you can find information and the program on his homepage.
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