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Replace the Finder with any application! System
OS X's Finder is just an application, right? So, I conducted an experiment.

GOAL: Replace OS X's Finder with the Terminal App.
RESULT: It works!

Read the rest of this article if you'd like to see how it works, and the implications - could someone write a replacement Finder??
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Locked files and Mac OS X System
There's an annoying side effect of locking file when it comes to Mac OS X -- there's no fast way to override the state, like option-Empty Trash in OS 9.

Not only does this not exist, but the Finder will report that you do not have "sufficient privileges" to delete the file (which may be correct in a way, but rather misleading since we now have permissions to worry about).

Does anyone know of a quick way to remove file locks from the Terminal or another app? I've tried xFiles 1.0b1, but it doesn't seem to recognize that the files are locked at all.
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Use 'Get Info' to change directory permissions System
[Editor's note: See the comments for the solution!]

Try as I might, I just can't get the directory permission concept to stick in my Macified brain. Is there a GUI app out there that can display and edit directory permissions in OSX Final? If not, anybody care to build one?
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Emulate an Airport Base Station System
"GDIF" has written instructions on how to use your OS X box as a Software Base Station for Airport or ethernet routing.

You can find the page of instructions here:

http://homepage.mac.com/gdif/masqfirewall.html

NOTE: I don't have an Airport, and I have a hardware router, so I have not tested these myself, but they should work as expected...
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Moving Apple's apps from their original locations System
I moved applications like mail, sherlock, explorer into a folder. The result was that the next time i logged in the application was shown as a "?" in the dock. This wasn't really a problem. I just moved the apps back into the dock and they work just fine again. With one exception. Sherlock didn't work anymore with the "command F" key combo. It returns a messages saying it cannot find the application.

Any ideas on how to change the orginal position of an application? So that for example "command F" will work.

I had a similar problem with TextEdit. The Terminal couldn't find the application that was removed from it's orginal position.
I really like to change the original positions so i can create a more structural hiearchy in my folders. The way Apple did it is too messy for me.

Thanx Med
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Import the address book from the Public Beta System
My address book in 1.0 doesn't include all the names I setup running the beta. I tried using the "import" option but without success. Anyone done this ?

[Editor's note: See the comments for the easiest way to do this -- renaming one file!]
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Soundsticks work just fine in OS X retail System
I would just like to say that you don't need to remove any files to get soundsticks to work, as was required in the beta. I plugged mine into my Cube 450 and they didn't work at first, but after I downloaded iTunes I noticed they worked, just not loud enough (system was set at max volume) ... so I lowered the volume, and the actual volume jumped up. Apparently, X does work with soundsticks, just not right away.

I got X on my system on the 24th, and now it's two days later and I haven't restarted yet!
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A discussion on running multiple finders System
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:
  1. Logged in as root.
  2. Found finder.app (located in /system/library/coreservices)
  3. Made a copy of finder.app (the application, not the fake finder)
  4. Moved it to /Applications and renamed it
  5. Logged out and in as my normal account
  6. 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!
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Apple's OS X feedback page System
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:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/feedback/

-rob.
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UK daylight savings time System
For UK users...

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.
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