Ok. The finder is not threaded and it can be slowed down by processes (like accessing your iDisk). Sure, the rest of the system is not slowed down, but what if I want to navigate my hard drive? Is there some way to launch multiple finders? A while back, someone made the suggestion of having multiple desktops in the beta to be able to be root sometimes, but not others. I tried his suggestions and they don't seem to work anymore.
Here's what I did:
Logged in as root.
Found finder.app (located in /system/library/coreservices)
Made a copy of finder.app (the application, not the fake finder)
Moved it to /Applications and renamed it
Logged out and in as my normal account
Tried to launch the new app and I got an error that the items are used by the finder and cannot be opened
The reason I did this is to get around times when the finder is busy. There's got to be a way (I think that SJ hinted at it when he said that there may be one day when we have multiple finders at MWSF). Let's get this working!
I put this up in the links section, but I figure it's worth repeating in the main body. Apple has put their feedback page online again, so we all have a chance to send in our rants and raves. Let them know what's important to you and what you really need to see before you can head to X-land full time, and before OS X is pre-installed this summer. Here's the URL:
I you find that your OSX is still showing GMT instead of BST (British Summer Time) after this morning's changeover, go into the system prefs, date & time, time zone, and then change the pulldown menu setting from "United Kingdom" to "England, London".
Apple will probably get a few bug reports about this one because the current behaviour is far from being intuitive.
'Anonymous' contributed this tip...I haven't been able to test it, as my printer is connected via a USB-to-serial connector which doesn't work in Classic, of course.
"I found a nifty way to print to my supposedly "Unsupported Printer," in OS X native applications. Just press preview to save the printer output to PDF and open the PDF with a Classic application like Acrobat Reader. You can then just print as you usually would in Classic (assuming you have loaded classic with all your old printer driver extensions).
This seems to work for my Epson Photo 750 although it may not work for others."
I installed the final release of OS X today. I set up my account just as I did with the public beta, except when I am in terminal at the command line, and I try to become superuser, it doesn't let me. It says "sorry" and that is the end of it.
I tried changing the root password in the NetInfo Manager app, but that was unsuccessful. So I deleted the root account! Now I can't do anything with netinfo manager and I can't "su" at the command line, as it says, "su: unknown login root."
What can I do without wiping out my disk and starting from scratch? Is there a way to create a new root user?
In OS 9, I used a ColorSync profile that made my screen look wonderful, but it won't work in OS X. It doesn't show up as a choice in the Monitor control panel as a display profile (in the Color tab). I've tried calibrating my monitor, but I can't get results that are as good as they were with this profile. If anyone could help me get this to work, I'd really appreciate it.
[Later that same day...] Well, I figured out my problem. Apparently, over the months that I've had the profile, it was corrupted through many moves and copies. So I just downloaded it again from xlr8yourmac, and it worked.
So if you're having trouble moving a ColorSync profile from OS 9 to OS X, make sure your profile hasn't become corrupted somehow; start with a fresh copy if you can.
The "genie effect" is what happens when you click the yellow "minimize" button. You'll see your window get sucked down into the dock, as though it were being drawn into a funnel. While quite cool the first few times, some people (me!) have found it a little annoying after a while. Those with slower machines may also find it something of a CPU hog.
Luckily, Apple included a way to change the genie effect, but chose not to put it into a GUI tool at this time. I'm sure someone will have one written within a week, but for now, here's how you do it. Open a terminal session (the Terminal application is inside Applications/Utilities), and type one of the following:
The "genie" option is normal behavior, "suck" is sort of hard to describe but it's more like a reverse twisted genie, and "scale" (my personal favorite) simply reduces the window equally from all sides while dropping it to the dock. The other nice thing about "scale" is that it's blindingly fast (on my G4/350, while the genie lags a bit), so windows vanish very quickly.
To activate any of these settings, you'll need to logout and login again.
... Apple updated their OS X pages today, and they've added a bunch of content and some new system movies. Well worth a visit to their OS X Page if you haven't visited lately. Oh yea, they also mentioned that iTunes and iMovie (apparently it's now free?) would be available for download on Saturday!
maybe i'm missing something, but is there a tool available in OS X to change the screen size (width and height of image, not resolution) of a studio display with ADC? (that funky apple display connector with power + signal in one)
this monitor (the clear 17" CRT one) has no panel controls, and there's lots of unused space on the tube's screen.
i've used macs in the past, but i'm certainly no hack. i believe this monitor ships with a display software CD which i don't have and might be strictly for 9.x?
any tips would be greatly appreciated.
[Editor's note: From the comments, it appears this has not yet made it into OS X v10.0...]