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Enabling the root user TIL article System
Further to the existing posting about enabling the root user (three ways to enable the root user) Apple has posted an updated Netinfo manager method on the KnowledgeBase (you know, I much preferred the term TIL). It is Article # 106290.

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[Editor: I tried to get a URL for pasting here, but the newfangled KnowledgeBase appears to be having technical difficulties. I don't know what this article discusses, but it's probably worth a read if you use your root account.]
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Shortcut key to start under X System
I don't know if this has been already documented but it seems that pressing X at startup will force the Mac to start under MacOS X if the startup system folder is set to MacOS 9 (at least if your MacOS 9 system folder is on the same partition as X). I had to use this trick a couple of times because I couldn't start under MacOS 9 which always crashed during startup for an unknown reason.

Note: if you press L at startup, you won't start Linux nor Lisa (well, actually I haven't checked !) ;-)

[Editor's note: I haven't tested this on my machine, as my OS 9 partition is on a separate hard drive. I also don't know which Macs it may or may not work on, as I have not seen this documented elsewhere.]
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Terminal font spacing issue with TinkerTool System
The terminal's font spacing (even for monospaced fonts) suddenly went wacky and I haven't had any luck getting things back to normal.

Typed entries at the command line and even in editors like vi are offset by half a character to the right (relative to a normally positioned text, as output by "ls" for example). Pressing backspace returns the remaining characters to the "correct" position.

After deleting the terminal preferences, things go back to normal until the font size is changed from the default size.

Has anyone seen the following problem? If so is there a recommended remedy?
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Good article on process management System
In the midst of looking for something else, I stumbled across an 'older' (May 2001) article concerning power management with OS X on PowerBooks. In the text of the article, there's a fairly good example of how to use "ps" and "grep" and a couple of other UNIX commands to get a handle on what may be going on with your system if you're experiencing slowdowns or fast-draining batteries.

If you're interested, head over to O'Reilly's web site and read Mac OS X and Battery Life by Derrick Story. Although Derrick wrote the story, the majority of the content is from a note submitted by Peter Fraterdeus, a long-time Mac user and developer. Peter gives some very good examples of how to use the features of the core UNIX system to identify potential trouble spots. Most of the article is relevant not just to PowerBooks, but to Mac OS X users in general.
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Version info from the command line System
In this MacWorld forum thread, JohnKFisher asked about getting OS X version info when connecting via SSH to another OS X box. After some back and forth, PaulM contributed the easy way to get this info:
[11:13am robg ~]% sw_vers
ProductName: Mac OS X
ProductVersion: 10.0.4
BuildVersion: 4Q12
Just type 'sw_vers' and you'll get the info on what version of OS X you've connected to. PaulM also points out that the traditional UNIX command is 'uname -a', and that this returns Darwin information on OS X:
[11:13am robg ~]% uname -a
Darwin localhost 1.3.7 Darwin Kernel Version 1.3.7: Sat Jun 9 11:12:48 PDT 2001;
root:xnu/xnu-124.13.obj~1/RELEASE_PPC Power Macintosh powerpc
[Carriage return added for easier readability]
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Backing up OS X System
Many people have asked about creating bootable backup of OS X. Over in the MacFixIt forums, there was an interesting conversation about this a while ago. In this thread, "Sparky the Wonderpig" gave a fairly simple solution to the problem ... more interesting are comments from other posters concerning how it may be addressed by a future update from Apple.

If you're interested in backing up your OS X volume now, check out Sparky's method ... and let's hope we see an official tool from Apple soon!
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Make OS X re-run the initial setup assistant System
Over on Macintouch's Mac OS X Reader Reports (well worth reading, as there's a ton of good info collected there!), Paul Christensen posted some information he received from Apple's tech support group regarding the initial setup assistant (which configures your primary user account, among other things).

According to Apple, to re-run the assistant, you need to:
  1. Boot into single-user mode (command-S during startup)
  2. Once the command-line prompt appears, type the following:
    mount -uw /
    cd /private/var/db/netinfo
    mv local.nidb local.old
    rm ../.AppleSetupDone
    exit
When you hit RETURN after typing exit, OS X will restart and the setup assistant will launch automatically. So if you've somehow messed up your primary OS X user, this is a good fix that may get you up and running again, even if re-running the OS X installer does not.
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Speech recognition accuracy and external speakers System
The Speech Recognition system in OS X seems to work MUCH more accurately when external speakers are powered down - if you are finding it somewhat frustrating to constantly repeat yourself, try turning off any external speakers you have - it made a world of difference for me.

Hopefully this is one of the bugs Mr. Jobs said were being fixed with the .1 update.

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Mac OS 9.2.1 update available online System
Apple has quietly released the OS 9.2.1 update. It's available now on the Mac OS X home page - look for the "Classic Update" link on the right-hand side of the page. It's an 82mb file, and both one-piece and multi-part downloads are available. It does not show up (yet?) on Software Update.

Important: From the online Read Me file:

"You can install this version of Mac OS 9.2 on any of the following computers: Power Mac G4, Power Macintosh G3, PowerBook G4, PowerBook G3 (except the original PowerBook G3), iMac, and iBook."

In other words, OS 9.2.1 can only be installed on machines that are capable of supporting OS X. The Read Me contains no information detailing what's been changed, other than offering "improved Classic compatability."
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Apps won't launch System
A few days ago I noticed a small problem with my OS X installation on my Beige G3 266 desktop... iTunes simply will not launch!

I don't know if anyone else has had a problem with their applications not launching, but I've tried a few remedies. I trashed all iTunes preferences, gotten rid of the "Music Library File" and reinstalled iTunes from scratch. All to no avail.

I have compared permissions to other OS X machines and those and everything else seems to be identical. Thus it seems to be some sort of problem besides iTunes.

Anyway, has anyone else had issues with any applications not launching? The specific symptom is that the dock icon will bounce once and then cease to do anything.

Thanks for any help!
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