There are three reasons you may wish to remove channels from Sherlock:
Sherlock loads faster with fewer channels and everybody loves more speed
Some channels are hidden ads anyway (No, I don't shop at amazon.com and never will)
I just hate that woman staring at me on the people channel. She has a crazy look.
The folder that holds the Sherlock channels and plug-ins is located in ~/Library/Internet Search Sites (~ = /Users/username). Now, the catch here is that if you simply go trashing the folders inside, Sherlock will happily recreate them the next time it is launched.
Trash them anyway, but then put a Textedit file with the same name in its place (Ex.: put a file named "People" where the folder "Pepople" is supposed to be). Sherlock won't be able to recreate the channel and will not display it in the future. Any kind of file will do. Just make sure your file does not have any kind of extension (.rtf) at the end.
Disabling a plug-in works the same way. Just put a file named "Altavista.src" in the Internet folder, for example.
Broadband Optimizer for OS X claims to optimize your network settings for broadband connections (like cable modems) to the Internet. There's some discussion of this program and the results obtained with it on the Ars Technica Networking Forums.
[Editor's note: I downloaded and installed this package. It's a very benign installation - a folder which sits in your /Library/StartupItems folder, and sets four different TCP values. To remove it, just remove the folder and restart. If you have a broadband connection, it can't hurt to give it a try. My test results were interesting. I ran the speed tests from bandwidthplace.com, and I also looked at Quake3 ping times. My download speeds seem to have dropped slightly since installting the package, but my Quake3 ping times are notably (and repeatably) lower. I'll keep an eye on it over the next few days and see how things go with both downloading and Quake3 before I decide whether I'll keep this package or not.]
In the now-shipping Office v.X, saving documents with long filenames is not yet supported. You can open a long filename document, and (just as in OS 9), Office will display the name truncated. Upon saving, the long filename is retained.
If you try to save a new document with a long filename, however, you'll be told that the "filename is too long" and must not exceed 31 characters. Dan C., a member of the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft, posted the reason to Omni's OS X Talk mailing list:
Word can open and edit files with >= 32 characters, but will show the truncated file name in title bar. Also, when saving a new file, the name is limited to 31 characters. Supporting longer file names requires rewriting a lot of file handling code in Word and the Office shared code. There's a lot of code there! We are working on adding this support in the future.
So for now, you'll have to create longer filenames in the Finder when using Office v.X.
As you reply to messages in Mail.app, recipients' names and email addresses are automatically stored in your address book. That's fine for people you want to stay in touch with, but I'm often writing to people just once and don't want them cluttering up my contact database. Apple built in a nice mechanism for dealing with this that doesn't require going through the list one at a time to remove unwanted addresses.
The secret is in the "Categories" function of the address book, and you'll need to adopt the Categories system for this hint to be useful.
Double-click an entry in your address book. If you've never categorized them before, you'll find they're in a "Temporary" category. When you decide to keep someone, assign them to a non-temporary category.
Now all you have to do is periodically view your address book by "Temporary." If there's anyone you want to keep, assign them to a different category. Otherwise, just hit Cmd-A and hit Delete all the deadbeats at once.
SnapzPro X includes the ability to specify a destination for the images you capture. The choices include the desktop, the clipboard, the printer, or the Pictures folder. It will also list any folders within the Pictures folder as avaialble destinations. For one of my current projects, however, I wanted all the images in the a folder outside of the "Pictures" hierarchy.
So I tried the obvious solution, and was quite happy to see that it worked: To save your Snapzpro X images into whichever folder you'd like, simply place an alias to that folder in your Pictures folder. Select that alias in the SnapzPro pop-up, and all your snapshots will wind up in the folder of your choice. No more dragging images around; now my screenshots go where I want them to go.
We have a Brother 1270N ethernet printer which works in OS X quite nicely most of the time. It will, however, occasionally fail to print PDF's in Preview. The printer spits out a page, but it just says "ERROR NAME: limitcheck ... COMMAND: Type42BuildGlyph ... OPERAND STACK". Not exactly what I was expecting to see. I just assumed it was a fault of the printer driver or maybe a graphic in the PDF file.
Not sure why I hadn't tried it before, but tonight I discovered that the bundled Acrobat Reader printed every one of my troublesome PDF files perfectly. Needless to say, I've now switched my default app for PDF's to Acrobat Reader!
Steve Harley sent the following around to Omni's OS X Talk list, and gave permission to republish it here. If you're using the (now fairly old) Eudora OS X beta, here's his tip to recover from a particularly type of crash:
although it's probably my most used app, i've had only about one crash per month since late summer from Eudora, and this is the first that caused any kind of harm -- when i attempted to restart Eudora, it drew some but not all of the windows i had open, then immediately quit. i did a little bit of juggling of settings and preferences files and found that my Eudora Settings file was the problem.
my backups are a little stale, so as an experiment, i set out to explore and possibly repair the resources in the corrupt file in ResEdit. but as soon as i opened the corrupt settings file, ResEdit informed me it had made "minor repairs". i just saved it and tried it out --
so if Eudora X gets in a state where it won't fully start up, try opening (a copy of) "Eudora Settings" in ResEdit.
In a follow-on email, Ben H. recommends not using command-W to close windows while Eudora is doing anything else. He's found that this almost always guarantees Eudora will crash.
Anyone have any word on when (if?) Eudora Final for OS X will be out?
Not sure if this is a new functionality, but users of Mail.app might be pleased to know that it supports pop-up windows, sort of. You can drag a message(s) from the main window to either side, the mailbox drawer will slide out. Continue holding the message(s) over an account title - the arrow will flash and open down (like list view). Continue holding/opening folders/mailboxes within that account until you've found the place you'd like to put your email...
Now if they'd just put that into the Finder!
[Editor's note: I also don't remember if it worked in 10.1 or not - anyone out there who has NOT upgraded yet who could test this?]
[Editor's note: I can't believe I never published anything about this before, but it appears that it's only been mentioned in comments. So now it's a full-fledged hint, thanks to Dan M, who submitted the following.]
After reading over some hints on this site, I've noticed that many direct you to open the XML plists (property lists) in a text editor and work from there. I very recently discovered that this is not necessary in many cases.
If you install the Developer Tools, one application that is included is called "PropertyListEditor". If you simply double click on the property list you wish to edit, it should open in ProperyListEditor, and it provides a very simple means for editing your plists. (If it doesn't open, the editor is in /Developer/Applications)
One help article I read on this site described how to go through the complex (painful) process of removing the preview from the column view of the Finder windows. I managed to do the same thing, without all the complexities (i.e. I opened the Finder's plist, went down to the column view prefs, and changed the 'Preview' boolean from 'yes' to 'no'. Logged out then in, and VOILA! no preview), and I did it in UNDER 30 SECONDS.
I think that this will have a drastic impact on the way I customize my system, and I hope it makes your world a little easier, too.