The MacNN boards are always interesting, to say the least. This thread discusses using your OS X box, in conjunction with cron and an Applescript or a shell script, to launch iTunes and play an MP3 at a certain hour each day.
I'm all for the integration of technology, but I think I'll stick to the old clock radio for early-morning wakeup duties! Still, it's an interesting article on what you can do with OS X...
Although you can't command+C copy from the "Address" line in IE 5.1 (we all hope it's a bug, not a feature!), you can drag the little '@' symbol to a text window and the url will paste where you drop it at. This also works in text fields on pages, which also don't like to be copied in IE 5.1 - just highlight and drag the text where you want it to go.
Some will say that the best workaround for this bug is OmniWeb 4.0 ;-).
This goes in the "Hmm, that's interesting" category ... or the "Check the prefs, bozo!" column, based on the comment below ;-).
I was taking a look at Apple's "Mac OS X: An Introduction for Support Providers" (a very good overview of OS X, by the way), and I was trying to browse the file with the scroll wheel on my Intellimouse. It seemed I could scroll down, but then it would get stuck. I could scroll up again, but not down. Similarly, at the top of the page, I couldn't scroll up any longer, but I could scroll down.
It took me a couple tries to figure it out. In the Preview app, the scroll wheel only scrolls on the current page. To move to the next or previous pages, you have to hit the next/prev arrows at the bottom of the screen.
I'm not sure if this is a bug or a feature! I like the way you aren't suddenly jolted to a new screen if you scroll off the bottom, but it's a pain having to hit the arrow button for each page.
All Cocoa apps respond to familiar commandline controls. This is what I mean, go into a Cocoa application (Omniweb, TextEdit, anything that is not Carbon or Classic) and click on any text field.
Type some random stuff, then press CTRL-A, it will bring the cursor to the beginning of that line, which is a common control in UNIX command lines. [Note: CTRL = the control key]
Read the rest of the article if you'd like to learn a number of other keyboard shortcuts for text editing in Cocoa apps.
[Editor's note: This isn't really just for UNIX geeks. How many times have you wanted a quick way to navigate around a text box without using the mouse?! Learn a few of these shortcuts, and free yourself from the mouse!]
I tried to install jEdit on my shiny new OS X v10.0 the other day, and noticed that it failed to install properly. It simply created a folder. So I headed over to Krisko's web page to see what was up -- he did the jEdit port for OS X. There's a not-too-encouraging message on his homepage:
"Looks like Java is pretty much broken under the final version of MacOS X. Lets hope they do something about it soon so jEdit works they way it should."
However, from the comments posted to this original story, there is a solution! 'Mojo' created a package from the latest preview release, and it works perfectly! Download it from his iDisk, linked in the Favorite Apps box on the left edge of the page.
Samba is a free UNIX program which lets you specify any number of 'shares' which will be visible to PC users on your network. Think of it as a PC/Mac version of Mac OS 9's file sharing. It's a great way to move files back and forth between the two types of machines, and it's actually (somewhat) straightforward to install and configure.
If you're interested in Samba on OS X, read the rest of this article for step-by-step instructions. I wrote it to be as simple to follow as possible, as I had zero UNIX experience the first time I installed it. Please post any questions or comments regarding the installation/configuration process, and I'll try my best to address them.
A generous Mac user, 'olav', has made a pre-packaged double-click PHP 4.04 installer available! Thanks to 'jacco' for the pointer to the address.
NOTE: The following instructions apply to the files found in the "Archive" folder on olav's iDisk -- see the comments for a discussion of problems related to the new package that's also there at the root level. I installed from the 'Archive' files, and had no problems at all.
You can find the PHP files on olav's iDisk, right here.
This is about as easy as it gets for installing PHP 4; read the rest of this article if you'd like the (simple) step by step instructions.
Apple has provided scripts to import your mail from your current mail program to the mail.app. It even has a script for Entourage and it works flawlessly! Just don't click on the Apple Script icon in the dock while it's working because it'll give you a funny error. Just let it do its thing, continue surfing (gotta love multi-tasking) and it'll tell you when it's finished. Too bad it doesn't import rules as well. Here's the link:
dunno if y'all know, but there's a carbonized simple text version in the "extras" folder on the developer cd. though no big deal, it always helps to have one more native x-app ... and everyone suffering from classic starting up when doubleclicking a simple "read me" might appreciate this. :)
In mail.app, the default behavior for the drawer (which containsis to appear on the right edge of the window. Coming from Eudora, I much prefer to see it on the left, but there's no preference setting for 'drawer side.'
Solution? Elegant, simple, and (as near as I can tell), undocumented. Simply take a message in the inbox, and drag it towards the left edge of the screen. The drawer will magically switch sides! Mail.app will remember this setting the next time you launch it, too.
Thanks for this tip go to 'cricket,' who works for Apple on the mail team and hangs out on the 'X4U' mailing list, hosted by The Macintosh Guy (also in Portland, I might add - it's a hotbed of Mac addicts!). See the links area for a direct link to the mailing list subscription page.