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Finding X-friendly CD burners Apps
Apple has updated their iTunes web page to show which third-party drives are currently compatible with iTunes 1.1.1 in OS X. You can see the list here:

http://www.apple.com/itunes/compatibility/
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Installing AppleWorks on international systems Apps
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.



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Remove the "Upgrade QuickTime" screens Apps
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)
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Remote control of X from any system! Apps
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:
  1. 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!]

  2. Install the program and launch it.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!
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Use Terminal's Shell-Library menu Apps
If you save your terminal sessions, you can use a convenient menu to access them. It's easy! Save your terminal sessions into ~/Library/Terminal/

Quit and restart Terminal and they will be in Shell->Library.

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Native Citrix client for remote connections Apps
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...
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Use customized terminal windows Apps
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.
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An alternative image editor - TIFFany Apps
Everyone is talking about installing GIMP,an image editor in the X-Windows environment [Editor - Which requires a long, complicated install of first X-Windows then the Gimp], but another quite good application is TIFFany 3, from caffeinesoft. Written in Cocoa. They are also building a server for imageprocessing in batchmode (T3-server) and some other small apps.

You can find a demo at;

http://www.caffeinesoft.com/
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Make NetInfo recreate its databases Apps
NetInfo can occasionally get cranky, especially if you have been mucking around with it. If you have hosed your netinfo database you can force the machine to rebuild it.

In single-user mode (boot while holding down command-S, or see the tip here on how to quit into single-user mode), remove /var/db/local.nidb, which is your local netinfo database. Also remove /var/db/.AppleSetupDone, then reboot. You will see a registration page again and can create a new admin account and go from there. Be careful to remap your privileges if necessary.

Also, if you are having problems with the database, but don't want to trash the whole thing, you can just remove /var/db/.AppleSetupDone and reboot. Go through the registration and create a new account with a DIFFERENT name than any you already have. This doesn't recreate the database, it just adds a new admin user to it.
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Force IE to use the 'right' Expander Apps
I received several replies to the query on the Help Wanted page regarding IE and the 'wrong' (Classic) version of Stuffit Expander launching after a download. In no particular order, here are all three replies:

slur writes:
Download the latest version of Stuffit Expander, version 6.0.1 from Aladdin Systems and dump the pre-installed version that comes with MacOS X. The newest Stuffit Expander and DropStuff are FAT Carbon applications that run under MacOS 9 or MacOS X.
reverend writes:
Try a symbolic link:
1) Begin a terminal session
2) Type (on one line; replace [space] with an actual space character):
ln -s '/Applications/Utilities/StuffIt Expander.app'[space]
  /Applications/Utilities/Stuffit_app.app

3) Go into IE and choose the symlink as your new 'helper app.' The symlink should be available.
And finally, submitted by my friend Jim, a very easy to implement solution:
Simply go to Log In on your Systems Preferences. Put Stuffit Expander in there to start at login and all is well. It will run all the time (but who cares - it takes 0.01% of the CPU while open). This little trick insures that Stuffit Expander will open in OS X and not go back to Classic just to unstuff.
Not one, not two, but three separate solutions -- I'm impressed!
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