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Secure FileMaker access with SSH Apps
I keep my address book, password list and other info in Filemaker databases. Since I don't want to worry about synching them with other copies, I would like to make them available on the web using Filemaker's Web Companion plugin.

Unfortunately, Web Companon doesn't support SSL and all communications with databases, including password transmission, is done in clear text. This is horribly insecure. Read the rest of the article for info on how to secure FileMaker through SSH.
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Nice freeware encryption application Apps
A great encryption app is Cypher. Cypher uses the government's Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and can be downloaded here.

[Editor's note: I have not tried this program myself.]
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Plucker: An Alternative to AvantGo Apps
I bought a Palm m125 the other day and was excited to try AvantGo, only to find that they don't support OS X. So I started looking for alternatives and found Plucker, a free offline HTML viewer with conduits for UNIX, Linux, and Windows. There's no GUI for OS X (it's possible that the UNIX/Linux GUI will work if you have XWindows running), but getting the command line tools up and running is fairly straightforward:

To find out how to do this, read on...
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Double sided PDF printing in Acrobat Apps
In Classic it was easy to print on both sides of the paper as Acrobat Reader had an option to print only even or odd pages. Epson printer drivers in OS 9 allowed automatic double-sided printing, but not with OS X Epson drivers.

Here is how to do it:
  1. In Acrobat reader (for OSX off course) open your pdf file.
  2. Select thumbnail view and resize the thumbnail area so that only two columns can be seen.
  3. To print odd pages, select the first column and the print as if you were to print all the pages.
  4. To print even pages, repeat step 3 selecting the second column instead.
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Stop MSN Messenger Auto-start Apps
After I installed MSN Messenger on my OS X iBook, I discovered that it seemed to automatically load when I started the computer. This puzzled me. I did not have it in my login items, and there was no checkbox within the program to make it do that.

I finally realized that it was starting whenever Classic started, but no other time. Here is what I did to solve the problem:

  1. Make sure Classic is running.
  2. In the Finder, locate the folder where the actual MSN Messenger application resides.
  3. Highlite the application, and press Command-I.
  4. Check the checkbox labled "Open in the Classic environment".
  5. Launch the program.
  6. Once you have completed the configuration for MSN Messenger for Classic, press Command-; (for preferences).
  7. Under the General tab, uncheck the checkbox labeled "Always run this program...", then click OK.
  8. Use Command-Q to quit MSN Messenger.
  9. To make MSN Messenger run in OS X once again, uncheck the checkbox you checked in step 4.
Note that you can also do this from the pure OS 9 environment, eliminating steps 4 and 9.
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Synchronise Palm Desktop with other address books Apps
I have not found any decent conduits for the Address Book yet. So I've written a perl script that can convert Palm Desktop exported addresses to be readable by Apple's Address Book or Outlook Express (in OS 9). Unfortunately, it's still a manual procedure, but it works very well.

You can find the complete script over at my website.
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Quick method to resize IE window Apps
Are you annoyed by the size of your IE window when it slips behind the dock? I inadvertently found this trick: with IE as the front application, just press Option-Command-D twice in a row. The IE window will resize to just above the dock and give you access to the scroll bars again.
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Photo Editing With Preview and Grab Apps
I bought a cheap digital camera, and the software for it was all for OS 9. After a few weeks, I figured out that with the combination of Preview, and Grab, I could get most of the functionality I needed.

I download the photos from the camera, and then open them in Preview. It is then possible to "resize" the image in Preview by zooming in and out and rotate the image also. Then, use Grab like a cropping tool.

[Sudo Editor's Note: Although this method of image manipulation is easily out done by the free iPhoto, I found it an interesting exercise in the creative use of the tools found in OS X. Preview also allows you to easily flip the image horizontally or vertically.]
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Speedy Application Quitting Apps
I was switching through my Dock just now, using Command-Tab. I needed to quit BBEdit, so without thinking about it, I highlighted BBEdit in the Dock (with Command-Tab), I kept the Command key held down and hit 'Q'. The Finder stayed as my front application and BBEdit quit in the background. So, there's a quick way to quit an application, without switching to it first.

[Sudo Editor's Note: The Dock must be visible for this hint to work.]
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Pop-up paths in application title bars Apps
It has already been pointed out that command-clicking on the title of a Finder window pops up a list of parent folders for the current directory - just like in Systems 7 through 9.

But did you know that you can do the same thing in many native Mac OS X application (TextEdit, Preview, Office X, ...)? And if you choose a folder from the pop-up list, it automagically opens in a new Finder window! Go ahead, try it. Cool ;-)

However, there are some curious exceptions to the rule. For example, command-clicking on the title of an Explorer window pops up a list of successively truncated URLs (a history list would have been nicer). Even more curious, command-clicking on the title of an Acrobat window switches you back to the Finder (hmm).

Has anybody else found interesting variations upon this theme?
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