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Enabling SSL support with Eudora 5.1.1 Apps
In noticed a blurb on MacFixIt today which points to document that Ron Risley created regarding using SSL with Eudora: HOWTO Eudora SSL on OS X.

The installation looks non-trivial (you need the Dev Tools installed and should be comfortable using the Terminal), but if you like Eudora and need SSL support, this appears to be the solution...
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Mail.app plug-in sets X-Priority header Apps
David Frank has created a free Mail.app plug-in known as MailPriority which enables the X-Priority header. Not only can you set the outgoing priority value, but with Mail.app's rules, you can color-code your email based on the value of the X-Priority header.

MailPriority relies on an unpublished Mail.app API, so it may stop working at any time. However, since it installs as a bundle in your local Library folder, the Mail.app program is not modified in any way, and you can remove MailPriority by simply deleting the program.
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Set up Quicken2002 for multi-user support Apps
Intuit's Quick Deluxe 2002 is OS X native, but Intuit appears to still be learning their way around OS X. Intuit installs some of the application support files with restrictive permissions (group and other do not have read-access to some files like Quicken Quotes).

This means that if you wish to have more than one user using Quicken and sharing an instance, you will need to adjust the privileges on everything in the Quicken Essentials folder (and possibly on files in the Quicken 2002 Deluxe folder).

If you wish to share a data file among users, you will need to adjust the permissions (and possibly the location) of the Quicken Data file, which goes to your Documents folder by default if you're creating a new file, and stays in its original location if you're upgrading (which is probably your Applications (OS 9) folder).
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Download random iTunes to your MP3 player Apps
As a cash-strapped college student, I find myself unable to afford an iPod and have instead purchased one of the Rio players. It's an okay piece of equipment, but one thing I really find annoying is the 32MB space limit. I like variety in my listening, and it became tedious to manually switch out the songs on my Rio every day.

To this end, I wrote a small AppleScript that automatically picks a random selection of music tracks to be put on the Rio. I put the script in my Library/Scripts folder, and all I have to do is run iTunes, run the script, and copy the "To digital music device" library to my Rio. It saves some time and gives me the illusion of having the iPod's gloriously massive 4GB memory space :)

You can get the script here. Be sure to read the Readme.rtf file; it tells you how to configure the script to work with your iTunes setup.

[Editor's note: I haven't tested this one yet, but I will, as I own an older 64mb MP3 player, and the creation of playlists for it is definitely a pain!]
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SSH Agent eases working with SSH Apps
The best of the best has arrived: ease of use in SSH cryptography, making what used to be hard available for the masses. It's a freeware Cocoa program called SSH Agent.

It slices, it dices, it makes curly fries, but more importantly, it generates SSH public/private key pairs, provides an ssh-agent environment to all user programs, auto-adds SSH private keys to that agent environment upon login (optionally using the keychain to store the keys' passphrases), and it can be used to easily construct SSH "tunnels" to secure insecure protocols.

Awesome. Now if only it had 17 mousebuttons, generated sufficient heat to fry eggs and weighed as much as a brick...

[Editor's note: I have not tried this program myself, but it seemed worth a mention to those that wish to make SSH a bit easier to use.]
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Quickly create a blank Mail.app message Apps
I was looking for a way to create a new mail message with the click of a button, instead of first switching to Mail and press compose.

Then I saw a URL icon in my dock and I wondered if I could use the mailto: URL to do the trick. I entered mailto: into Explorer and pressed enter and indeed Mail.app showed me a compose window.

I selected the mailto: text (not the icon beside it!) and dragged it onto the dock (or desktop) and voila, I had an instant "Create New Mail Message" button! And If you add a nice @ icon, you're all set to quickly send mail messages.

[Editor's note: Apple also provides a quick new message shortcut. In the Applications -> AppleScript -> Example Scripts -> Mail Scripts folder is a "Quick Mail.scpt" script which accepts a username and subject, and then opens a new Mail.app compose window with those values pre-entered. You can install Apple's ScriptMenu tool to make it easy to run the script from the main menubar, or you could save it as a compiled application and drop it into the dock.]
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Work around invalid Messenger usernames Apps
MSN Messenger Service forbids certain words as a user name. If you enter any one word that Messenger doesn't want you to abuse, it says "The display name you chose was invalid. Please choose another display name and try again."

This is all very well for blocking "bad" words, but there are a few words that are invalid which are very questionable, like "help", "info", "www", etc. (complete list).

To get around this, just change the first letter of the word into the 'URL quoted' version of the letter(a '%' followed by the hex ASCII code). So to use 'help' you would type '%68elp', or for 'www' it would be '%77ww'.

[Editor's note: I actually ran into this when I tried to use "www.macosxhints.com" as a display name at one point, and was wondering what caused the problem ... now I know!]
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Attach random sigs to Mail.app messages Apps
This script is useful for replacing Mail.app's very, very lame signatures function. I keep it compiled as an application in the Finder's Script Menu.

I used fortune with a handey flag, which is just a collection of Jack Handey funnies I collected from the Quote Cache and converted to fortune file format (Unix text file and .dat file). This is really the handiest way to make a file of your own signatures. Otherwise, if calling fortune with no flags, you could end up with some strange sigs. For instructions on making your own fortune files, see man fortune and man strfile (Handey fans can email me for a copy of the Handey fortunes file).

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Junkbuster and iTunes streaming Apps
If you're using the Internet Junkuster Proxy, you may be experiencing trouble connecting to MP3 streams in iTunes.

The problem is that Junkbuster rewrites the user-agent field in http request headers. This behavior can be changed by editing the Junbuster configuration file. Depending on your configuration this could be located at /etc/junkbuster/config or (if installed via fink) /sw/etc/junkbuster/junkbstr.ini.

To fix the problem, simply uncomment the line:
#user-agent .
or add it if it isn't already there (note that there's a period on the line!).

[Editor's note: I haven't used Junkbuster, so I can't comment on this hint's effectiveness.]
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Troubleshooting a Mail.app hanging crash Apps
After trying to set up Mail.app to remotely access my unix workplace email, I experienced two symptoms: (1) My entire home directory tree at my workplace was being read by Mail.app which was interpreting every file from .cshrc on up as a mailbox (a bit scary -- is it editing those files to mark them "read"?). (2) Mail.app would just hang, so I would have to force-quit it, and if I restarted it it would start out in a hung state, so it was totally useless.

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