If your GUI ever locks up completely, and you have access to another machine, you may be able to repair it remotely. Telnet (or SSH) in, open a terminal, and do "ps -aux". Look for loginwindow.app in the list, note the PID number, and then "kill -9" that PID.
This should restart your GUI so you can use your machine again.
My OSX-beta QuickTime would hang-up upon launching movie trailers on different occasions. I tried the keystrokes command-option-escape out of habit. To my surprise, up popped a panel listng current USER processes. I selected QuickTime then hit RETURN. I was then able to relaunch the movie trailer. Add this one to your 10.0 important-keys list.
DP note: OSX processes don't seem any faster than my old G3/400. Any concurrence here? I'm using a G4/450/DP/15" Flat panel monitor
[Editor's note: See the comments for a good discussion on the methods of upgrading to OS X..]
I was wondering if there was any information on what the best process would be to upgrade from the public beta to the upcoming release of OS X. I generally do "clean installs"; will I be able to do that with the new OS? Should I instead back up any of my user files and re-format the partition?
I also downloaded and installed the developer tools onto my public beta. Will I have to do that again, or will these tools be included in the release? Any info. would be appreciated.
If you live in the States (at a minimum; I can't check other countries ;-), and you ordered OS X 1.0 (or whatever they're going to call it) through the Apple store, it appears you'll have your three CD collection on Saturday the 24th!
Over on the MacFixIt boards (where I've been hanging out while MacNN's boards are down), reader MacXO pointed out that his order status shows "FedEx Saturday Delivery"on the top of the screen. I checked mine, and it has the same shipment method. Seems pretty solid evidence of a Saturday morning FedEx visit! Now I just need to call the store and change my "Ship To"to the house instead of the office.
You might want to check your orders as well, if you often ship to work for weekday deliveries. I might be wrong, but I'd rather have it show up at home on Monday or Tuesday than at the office on Saturday!
NOTE: You may want to call 1-800-Go-FedEx and verify that you live in a Saturday delivery area before making this change. Just press "8" to speak to a representative, and then ask about Saturday delivery and provide your zip code.
UPDATE - 10:45am: I just spoke with the Apple store. The rep at first claimed that there was no way they could possibly have Saturday delivery, as Apple didn't have a contract for that service with FedEx. I told him that was what the web site reflected, and he offered to change my order to read UPS if it would make me feel better ... I respectfully declined :-). After changing my address, he noted (with apparent surprise) that it was coming up coded "FED-S" shipping, which did, in fact, indicate Saturday delivery ... his last words were "Well, you learn something new every day..." ;-).
If you do NOT use the network time option (which I always do, since it means never having to set the clock), you can use a unique method for setting the time under OS X.
Open the date and time prefs panel, and use the mouse to drag the hours and minutes hands where you want them ... this will set the clock! Pretty cool, and potentially useful if your machine is not connected to the internet on a regular basis.
The boot image (the picture you see at startup) is held in /System/Library/Core Services/Resources/BootPanel.pdf. To replace it, simply create your own 640x480 PDF file, name it BootPanel.pdf, and save it to that same directory. You may want to make a copy of the existing screen first, of course!
If you want to 'cd' into some folder that's buried sixteen levels deep on your hard drive in the terminal, there are two ways to do it.
The hard way is to type:
Of course, you could also do this one line at a time. Either way, you'll end up typing quite a bit.
The easy way is to navigate to the folder in the finder with point-and-click. Type 'cd [space]' into your terminal window, and then drag and drop the folder from the finder into the terminal window. The full path will be displayed, and you can then just hit 'return' and the command will be executed.
You can also use this trick for files; if you want to compress something with 'tar,' just type 'tar [options-you-want] [space]' and then drag the file to compress into the terminal window and hit return. Very nifty, and very Mac-like!
"Oneota" posted instructions on how to change the system font in this MacNN forum. It requires a copy of PrefEdit (findable on macosxapps), and a couple of easy edits. If you mess up, the font change is simply ignored, so you won't cause any real trouble with your system.
This hack only works in Cocoa apps, so it won't help at all with the Finder or Explorer. Things like OmniWeb and TextEdit, though, should work just fine with your new font.