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Toggle scrollbar-click behavior System
dunno if somebody else has pointed this one out already:

in the general controls panel one can specify how clicks in the scrollbar are handled: old-style mac os-way (scroll one page) or next-style (scroll to that position).

whatever you choose: holding the option-key (alt) while clicking toggles the behavior. :)

comes in handy on long web-pages...
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-43 errors when emptying Trash System
Some archive files (typically .tar.gz created on other systems), when decompressed into folders, will then be untrashable. An example is the GNU LibObjects distribution (not from Darwin). When you try to empty its folder from the Trash, you get -43 errors.

I have created a little droplet app to address this - DropObliter8 - available from my iTools disk at

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Moving the cursor in command-line text editors System
Within Terminal, you can set the cursor position in most UNIX text editors (vi, pico, emacs) by pressing Option and clicking on the character at which you want to place the cursor.
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Replace network startup message and other hacks System
If you haven't checked out you are missing out. Although the site is almost completely in Japanese, you should be able to make sense of some of the OS X GUI hacks from the pictures and scant English text.

For instance: This link points to a GUI hack to replace the "Initializing network" text at startup with whatever you want.

Navigate to '/System/Library/StartupItems/Network/Resources/English.lproj' with the Terminal (substitute the other languages for 'English' if necessary). Now type 'pico Localizable.strings'. Replace 'Initializing network' between the String tags with whatever text you want.

You will need a restart to see this one, a logout doesn't show this window.
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OS X 10.0.1 update released! System
The official OS X 10.0.1 update is now available from the Software Update control panel. It will first update Software Update, then you need to launch Software Update again, and it will download the 10.0.1 updater (about 4mb in size). The "About This Mac" box now reads "Version 10.0.1 (Build 4L13).

The updater will put a "Late Breaking News" item in your dock, but it contains no update-specific information (ie there's nothing that says exactly what was changed). The only information I've seen about the update is on Apple's web site, where they claim:
Improvements include better support for third party USB devices, Classic compatibility and overall application stability as well as support for the popular Secure Shell service. For Japanese users, an update to the Epson printer drivers is also available.
Either later tonight or tomorrow morning, I'll be updating my benchmarks with post-update numbers for comparison purposes. If you have further information, questions, or comments on the update, post them here!
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Remember to update 9.1 prior to OS X install System
This may seem obvious, but I forgot to do it one so I figured I would warn everyone else...

If for some reason you do a fresh install of OS 9.1 (including from the CD that came with OS X) remeber to run the software update control panel to update the OS before switching over to OS X. I forgot to do this and Startup Disk TOASTED my OS 9.1! I was able to re-install it, then quickly ran software update to fix the problem. Aparently the version of startup disk included on the OS 9.1 CD is not compatible with OS X.

Happy Xing :-)
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Compress your 'man' pages to save space System
Run this command:
gzip -f /usr/share/man/man1/*
to save some disk space!

Re-run for man2 to man8... Also run on any other man directories you might have (like /usr/X11R6/man if you installed XFree86 or /usr/local/man if you installed lots of 3rd party UNIX software).

The command will compress the man pages, significantly reducing their space usage. after that, 'man' will be a bit slower because it has to decompress all the man pages before display, but it's worth it if you want some drive space back.
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Fix for PPP kernel panics on dual G4s System
Many users of dual G4's who connect to the internet via the internal modem and PPP have been reporting repeatable kernel panics. In the "great news!" category, Darwin Developer Louis Gerbarg has created a modified Apple Serial driver that appears to have resolved the kernel panics!

You can read the thread about the original driver's problems and the solution on this MacNN Forum thread, and you can download the new driver here:
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Fix the contrast keys on PowerBooks System
We know that the contrast keys on PowerBooks work if you have the Display preferences panel open. Apparently, this is because of a process called DisplayServices, which is located in System/Library/Displays.

If you have this app run everytime you log in (by dropping it into the login preferences panel) then your contrast keys should work. This worked for me, albeit with approximately 1 minute of testing.

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Moving Mac OS X to a new hard drive System
If you're looking for a way to move your installed OS X to a new volume, Robert Hancock posted a new method in this Macintouch Reader Report.

Supposedly, if you download Apple's Software Restore program (note: I can't find it on Apple's servers, but there's one on my 9.1 volume), you can boot into OS 9.1, run Software Restore, and tell it to restore your OS X partition or drive to your new drive. This will handle all hidden files and folders. Sounds like a fast, simple way to move a complete OS X installation to a new drive.

NOTE: If anyone can help with this, it'd be appreciated. I found Apple Software Restore, but when launched, it simply says "Cannot find any configurations to restore" and quits. Robert claims to have used this method a number of times, but I can't make the program do anything other than launch and quit.
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