I just discovered this. Command-R shows a MacWrite like ruler in TextEdit. I looked for help on this topic but found nothing. Don't know how to make the different tab types work but the added functionality is a welcome discovery.
[Editor's note: I'd overlooked this one myself, as I usually use TextEdit in plain text mode. To enable the rulers, you must first make sure you're in Rich Text mode (Edit -> Make Rich Text). Once you've done that, you can, indeed, show the rulers.]
(this trick has been around for OS 9.1 before, but I adapted it for OS X)
If you have a CD burner similar to one supported by Apple (for instance a MATSHITA CD-RW CW-7585 which is the same as the CD-RW CW-7586, apart from the maximum cache RAM), it's very easy to have it seen by iTunes 1.1.1.
First log in as root. Then go to:
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and find the plugin for you CD burner maker (here "MatshitaCDR.device-plugin"). Make a copy of the file for safety. Then open the file with an hex editor and locate the string with the supported CD burner ID (here "CD-RW CW-7586"). Change it for your CD burner ID ("CD-RW CW-7585"). Save the file. Reboot and you're done!
Hopefully everyone has realized you can resize the Open/Save dialogs in all OS X apps (including Classic, but it's not as useful there). Set the column width view to three or four columns to make navigating the dialogs easier.
What's interesting is that the settings for the Open/Save dialog are saved with each app, so you can (for example) have a wider width on BBedit than you do on mail.app. I use a three or four column view in most places; this makes navigating much easier.
Thanks to Wilson N. for reminding me about the resize features!
The AppleWorks 6.1 native X upgrade will only work if you have a U.S. installation of AppleWorks 6.0.4. It didn't like my British one.
Fair enough, I thought, I don't mind being American for a bit - I'll go back to MacOS 9 and install the U.S. version of 6.0.4 instead. But the installer wouldn't let me - it told me off for trying to install a US version on an International system.
However, there is a way to make it proceed. Don't use the 'Easy Install' route. If you select the Custom option it doesn't give you this warning and you can happily install the US version. Then switch back to X, and you can install the upgrade happily.
Tired of the annoying "Upgrade to QuickTime Pro" screens that pop-up whenever you just want to watch a movie? The simple solution gets rid of the begging screen once and for all (you also don't get the Pro features, but you'd pay for that if you need it, right?)
This may be an old hint, but I'm always surprised by the number of people I meet who don't know this.
- Go to the System Preferences
- Click on Date & Time
- Under the NETWORK TIME tab, Turn OFF Time Synchronization. (This is just a precaution)
- Under the DATE & TIME tab, SET THE YEAR to 2002
- CLOSE the System Preferences
- OPEN the QuickTime player (you may still get the blurb for QT Pro. If so, click it away and then CLOSE the Player
- Go back to System Preferences, Date & Time panel and move the year BACK to 2001. Go to the NETWORK TIME tab and turn Time Synchronization back ON if it was on previously.
- CLOSE the System Preferences
That's it! The QuickTime Pro begging screen tastefully times-out after a year. Setting the clock ahead kills the pop-ups for good (BTW - this has worked since QuickTime 3)
If you have fast network access, there's now a quick and easy way to have total remote control over your OS X box, including the GUI. A protocol known as VNC (Virtual Network Computing) is the key, and it offers servers and clients for nearly every platform.
There have been a couple of clients for X released (which allow you to connect to other VNC servers), but there hasn't been a server (well, there's one you can run if you install X Windows on X first, but that's a big project in itself!). There is now, however, an OS X VNC server package available which runs native under Aqua, and takes about 30 seconds to get running.
If you look closely at the screenshot (or look at the larger image), you'll see that it's my Aqua desktop being viewed from a Windows98 machine. Over my LAN, this was nearly as fast as working locally on my desktop. To work remotely, though, you'll want a fast internet connection on your X machine.
Getting this working is incredibly simple. Here's how:
Update: osxvnc.com is no longer a Mac-related website; the domain expired and it's now run as a porn site! Do not try to visit there!]
Install the program and launch it.
Get a client (viewer) for another machine (or even for your OS X box). You can pick a viewer for common platforms or less common platforms. You could also try searching macosxapps or VersionTracker for VNC clients for OS X.
Launch the viewer and enter the IP number and port of the server. You should now have remote control over your OS X machine!
For more information on the server (including a script to launch it at startup and some speed tips), visit [see Update note above!]. With VNC and SSH, I now have complete remote control over my OS X system, from nearly any platform available -- cool!
An anonymous tipster told me he had the Citrix java client running on X. Citrix is a remote access server that's used in many offices (including mine!), and it usually runs on an NT box. There's a Mac client, but I couldn't get it to run in Classic.
The tipster (sorry, no name given) stated that he had it working, but that it needed a couple of scripts to work right (which he would provide via email). Unfortunately, the email address he provided didn't work! With a bit of digging on Citrix site, however, I figured out the scripts (not too hard!), and now have a working client!
So if you'd like a native Citrix java client for remote access to your corporate network, read the rest of this article...
I often have several terminal sessions going - a "man" page window for reading about some command that I'm trying to use in another window, a "top" window showing current processes, and perhaps an "ssh" window for connecting to another host. By default, each window has the same properties - title, background, font size and color, etc. This can make it somewhat tricky to remember which window is which.
However, Terminal has a "save" command which will let you save the changes in any given window to a file. This lets you set up customized looks for different tasks. Simply open a window, set all the properties you like, then hit Save and give it a name and location. Now, when you double-click that file in the finder, that window will open with your customzized settings. I've set custom titles, fonts, and colors for my main 'terminal' tasks (top, ssh, man, and general default) and saved them each for quick and easy access.
Since my 'top' window is always running top, wouldn't it be nice if you could just double-click the terminal file and have top come up already running? Thanks to a tip on the X4U mailing list, you can! Read the rest of the article for the details.