Just about everybody working in an NT world under Mac OS X should use Dave. Thursby Software made it available for free, waiting for a commecial release and , IMHO, that's really thinking different!
[Editor's note: Thursby Software has put up a support and download page for DaveX, and the actual file can be downloaded using this link. Just a heads-up that their server is quite busy, and the download may be very slow -- it took about 20 minutes for me to download it earlier this morning.]
I noticed that my preferences for Clock.app, specifically the setting to have it as a free-floating clock and not in the dock, were lost each time I logged out. I know that this is a much less than ideal solution, but I figured that since I loaded Terminal on login anyway, I would just add a defaults line to my ~/.tcshrc file. Specifically, adding the following line to that file, and having Terminal load first on login, keeps the clock floating:
defaults write com.apple.clock InDock "0"
I would more than welcome a reply from anyone who knows the right way to do this!
I know some of you know this, but I guess most of you who do know this will get it wrong most of the time.
When you are selecting items in the mailbox in Mail, you drag the mouse downwards or upwards; to drag it to the trash, you drag it sideways until the envelope icon comes up and then drop it on the 'deleted messages' folder.
[Editor's note: There are a multitude of ways to do both of these (select, delete) tasks in mail; these are just two of the more interesting ones. The behavior that seems most unusual to me is the up/down drag select; I keep expecting it to move the item!]
Alongside Quake3, Tomb Raider is probably one of the more popular Mac action games. I noticed tonight that Aspyr has released a demo of the new Tomb Raider Chronicles for both OS 9 and OS X. After downloading and playing with the new OS X demo, I have to say I'm impressed. I was never a Tomb Raider fan, but the demo runs very smoothly on my box (admittedly a high-end machine), even at 1024x768 in 32-bit color.
[Editor's note: Submitted by jpbjpbjpb on July 6th.]
I got frustrated when I realized my TiBook was not rebuilding its locate database, then realized it was because it sleeps over night when all the cron tasks are scheduled to run.
What it does
Tempus gets run from cron every 10 minutes, if the machine is awake. When tempus runs, it checks its database to find out when the last time each task was run. If the last run was longer ago than the time specified in the task, it runs the task.
To get tempus to work, you'll need to have python (and make sure its the unix version of python, not MacPython) correctly installed. You will also need to have the developer tools installed if you wish to use the easy installation option found in INSTALL.
[Editor's note: Submitted by Nick Jones on July 5th.]
I had just downloaded a rather large mpg of A Perfect Circle performing on Conan the other night, and was trying to see what brand of drums Josh Freese uses.
I had paused the clip, and accidentally pushed the scroll wheel on my Logitech scrolling mouse forward one "click".
Much to my amazement, the video advanced one frame. This works backwards and forwards and is very smooth and exact on a B&W G3 400/512.
For all you DV editors out there using MoviePlayer for playback, this is an awesome way to simulate a jog wheel on a break out box on the cheap. I haven't checked to see if this works in iMovie as well but I would bet it does...
I was reading a thread in hear talking about a problem with Services ( Mail, Grab, OmniDictionary, etc. -- Oh yeah, don't forget Quake 3 Arena [1.29f] ), namely that you can't know which Service is going to get a key if they both have it defined for a shortcut.
I ran into this problem myself today. I downloaded OmniDictionary and InstantLinks, and they both define the same two keys for the same two options ( "Lookup in Dictionary" and "Open URL" ). I prefer OminDictionary's much more featured lookup ( InstantLinks just jumps to m-w.com ), but Instant had taken over the 'Command-=' key. I tried a number of experiments to see if I could control which Service got the key. I thought perhaps the "Install" order might have something to do with it, but no cigar ...
[Editor: If you're interested in changing the keys assigned to various system services (available under the "Program menu" in the menubar), read the rest of this article for the how-to ... it's fairly easy, and definitely a handy tip!]
[Editor: Please see the comments; this is probably NOT the best way to do this!! Kill is fairly abrupt, and will end ALL terminal sessions. The comments have some alternative.]
This is one I've been trying to figure out for quite some time and finally managed to figure out so I thought that I'd share it with you.
I wanted to run a shell script from the GUI and have the Terminal close itself down at the end of the script. The only way I knew to do this was to use a modified version of the Dock Restart script from elsewhere on this site. i.e.
but this would result in a "Application unexpectedly quit" error message. If you change the line "kill $TERM" to "kill -9 $TERM" the error message no longer appears. Simply add those lines at the end of your script to make the Terminal vanish when the script is complete.
So now to make a script executable from the GUI.
1) Type the script in your favourite plaintext editor, include the above script at the end.
2) from the terminal run "chmod +x Text.file" (Where Text.file is your files name)
3) In the Finder do a 'get info' on your text file and change the Application to Terminal.
4) Double click the file and voila a script that runs itself and then quits the terminal with no error.
If you have enabled your dock to be moved to corners and sides (see Move and corner your dock), one of the small annoyances is that the pinning and orientation revert to bottom middle after a logout or restart.
I noticed this morning that Frank Vercruesse has released DockLock 1.0, which exists solely to restore your preferred dock pinning and orientation settings automatically.
Until Apple decides whether to officially support pinning and orientation, this seems like the best solution for those that prefer their dock in positions other than bottom middle. I tested it, and it does exactly what it claims to do.