It looks like Apple has decided to change the defaults key to allow the Finder to show the hidden Unix files. On OS X Final, try this for each user you want to show hidden files and restart the Finder:
maybe one can try to alter the script for other apps, compile 'em and then, using script runner, windowshade'll be back. :) i know, i'm dreaming...
[Editor's note: Marcus, I don't think you're dreaming. If they left the capability in the system, then I believe someone will be able to write a windowshade application, if nothing else. That would make some people very happy! To test these scripts, copy/paste them into the ScriptEditor application in the AppleScript folder]
Update: The above-referenced Apple page no longer exists. However, using the Wayback Machine, I was able to find the original scripts; they're now listed in the rest of this article...
When you use a filename that's too long for the Finder to display, OS X replaces the middle portion of the name with "...". You can make the full name show up by hovering over the name for a second, or editing the filename with a click and mouse movement.
A much much quicker method is to simply browse the file list wth the option key held down. Every filename will instantly expand as you mouse over it's position in the list. Cool!
I read this on one of the 10,000 different web pages I visited this weekend ... sorry I can't remember the source!
One of the most-discussed features that appeared and then disappeared from interim builds was the ability to move the dock from the bottom of the screen to the top, left, or right sides, and to force one edge into a corner. These functions have returned in the final, and will probably be one of the most-implemented hacks on the system. I expect a full GUI tool for this within a week from someone, but for now, read the rest of this hint if you'd like the command-line instructions. They aren't too hard to follow, so don't be intimidated if you're new to OS X and/or UNIX.
UPDATE: If you'd like to do this the really easy way, get Docking Maneuvers, which puts a simple, effective GUI around the whole process! No UNIX required!
If you'd like to force-quit an app without using cmd-opt-esc or process viewer, simply hold down the option key and then click-and-hold the app's icon in the dock. You'll see a new "Force Quit" option in the pop-up menu.
[Warning!! Do not run the script in the comments here! It will work, but after a few uses, it will cause minor system errors. Use at your own risk! See the comments for a discussion on alternatives and next steps...]
A posting over on the MacNN forums got me interested in trying to come up with a way to automatically change the desktop picture. If I can find a way to change it from the terminal, then the next steps become somewhat obvious (and maybe easy?) -- write a shell script to pick a file at random from a folder, and then issue the command to update the desktop pic and get it to display. Finally, schedule that shell script as a 'cron' job to run however often you'd like a new desktop picture.
I made a bit of progress, but not much. Please read the rest if you're interested in trying to help me figure out how to make desktop pictures change automatically...