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Custom X icons for data CDs burned with Toast Apps
If you burn a data CD from the Finder in MacOS X, you can easily give the CD a custom icon by copying the icon and pasting it into the CD's info window. However, if you want to burn a data CD from Toast 5, giving your CD a custom icon that appears in OS X requires a little trick.

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Force quitting an app while it's starting up Apps
Remember the good old days when your Mac was slow enough, that if you mistakenly double clicked on a slow launching application, you could quickly quit it with 'Command-Period'?

I just discovered, if you 'Control-Click' on an application in the dock while it is starting up, you can then select Force Quit and kill the application before it completes the startup (even works with the Classic icon). Not sure how clean this is, but it gets the job done.

[Sudo Editor's Note: Force quitting an application during start may cause file corruption and damage to your application, or worse, your system. You should avoid this method whenever possible. As a side note, I am pretty sure that it was 'Option-Command-Esc' that killed an application during startup, and not Command-Period. Since I do not have OS 9 running now, I was unable to verify this.]
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Terminal's window menu identifies su shells Apps
In terminal, the Window menu normally shows the list of terminal windows that you have opened.

If you have su'd in any window, then that window has a round bullet next to it in the list. Try it and see!
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OSX Drivers for Epson Scanners Apps
Just a quick note on OS X drivers for scanners. Epson is now offering purchasers of their Perfection scanners (1250, 1250 PHOTO, Perfection 1650, 1650 PHOTO or Perfection 2450 PHOTO) a mail in deal for OS X drivers and software. You will need your receipt, UPC code, model number, serial number and $3.99 to send in for the CD.

There is no mention on their site whether these products will be available for download, and orders are supposed to take 4-6 weeks for delivery.

You can see more on this at www.epsonstore.com by following the link to rebates and promotions.
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Drag mailboxes out of mail.app Apps
Last night I was loading up an external hard drive with stuff I'd like to look at over the next week or so. I wanted to take one of my mail.app mailboxes with me, and I knew I could do it from the command line using "cp". But I was wondering if it was possible within Mail.

Not only is it possible, it's incredibly easy. Just drag the mailbox (or mailboxes) that you'd like to copy from the Mail window to the destination location in a Finder window, and Mail will export the entire contents of the mailbox(es) that you have selected.

I'm not sure if you can drag them back in or not. I didn't want to risk my functional Mail installation, so I'll experiment with that piece of it this week on the iBook! If not, it should be possible to simply place it in the correct location to have it visible again in the Mail program. I'll post a follow-up comment after I do some experimenting!
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Folding@Home v2.19 for OS X Apps
There is a new client for the Folding@Home project available for OSX.

This is a SETI@home like project that does something useful in the realm of medical research.

Version 2.19 as a graphical, or console client, can be downloaded from here.
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Add macosxhints to PluckyX news grabber Apps
Over on the macosxhints' forum site, someone asked about getting macosxhints' headlines with PluckyX, another desktop-based website headline grabber.

I'd never heard of PluckyX, so I downloaded it tonight to have a look. It's a pretty cool little program, and adding macosxhints support is actually quite easy. Here's how...

When PluckyX starts up, click the Sources button. In the dialog box that opens, type in a name (macosxhints.com), and enter this for the URL:

http://www.macosxhints.com/backend/geeklog.rdf

This is a special file that is updated each time new stories are added to the site. Leave the 'RegEx' and 'Fields' fields empty, then select 'RSS/RDF' from the 'Sources' field. You'll get a message about how PluckyX handles these file types automatically. Hit the 'Add' button and you're done.

In the main window again, hit 'Refetch' and you should see the latest macosxhints' headlines. PluckyX is $15 shareware, but I don't know much about it. I've used it just long enough to figure out this hint.
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Extracting individual pages from a PDF file Apps
I recently had to extract a couple of pages from a large PDF file. It turns out that this is really easy to do using Preview!

First, open up the PDF file in Preview (Acrobat might work too). Then select Print, and under Pages choose the range of pages you need to extract. Then click Preview. Those pages will open up in a new window and you can select Save As from the file menu to save the extracted portion.

[Editor's note: I'd often wondered why it might be useful to be able to select "Preview" while already running Preview ... and now I know why it might be useful!]
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Enable ncftp's background processing Apps
This is kind of an obvious one, but one of the complaints about ncftp is that on install it creates the user's .ncftp directory as root. This creates the problem of not being able to use the background processing (bgget/bgput/bgstart) commands, since the current user doesn't own the spool files.

To overcome this, you can either run ncftp as root each time, or type the following command in the terminal:
sudo chown -R .ncftp [username]
where [username] is the current user's login.

With the lack of any decent GUI FTP clients at current, I've found ncftp to be a perfectly useable and extremely powerful client with the addition of background processing.

[Editor's Note: I have had excellent results with Transmit, RBrowser and Interarchy, all GUI FTP clients.]
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Make Mail.app update dock for any mailbox Apps
I noticed that Mail.app wouldn't show the number of new emails in the dock icon. This was because I have filters to move incoming mail to the appropriate mailbox and Mail.app doesn't show those new message items. Well, that's not entirely true...

Mail.app will show the number of new messages in Incoming mailboxes (denoted by an 'Incoming Drawer' icon rather than a folder icon). All 'Incoming' boxes from all accounts are 'Incoming', so they are automatically displayed in the Mail.app Dock icon. But there is a way to turn ANY mailbox into an incoming mailbox that will update Mail.app's Dock icon with new mail.

Read the rest of the article for the step-by-step instructions...
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