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Upgrade from beta? System
[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.
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OS X arrives on March 24th! System
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..." ;-).
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Graphically set the time System
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.
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Show package contents in 9.1 System
Something strange happened when I upgraded to 9.1, in my OS X partition, all of the of the .app folders, show up as files now. if I control click on them, it shows the show package contents selection.

Sorta Strange? I didn't notice this fact on any of the recent posts.
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Change your boot screen System
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!
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Drag and drop paths in the terminal System
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:
cd path/to/very/deeply/buried/folder/on/your/drive
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!
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Changing the system font (Cocoa only) System
"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.
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Changing application/file associations System
[Editor's Note: See the comments for the answer to the question]

I would love to be able to configure which application is launched to open documents of various types (html, .gz, etc). Is this possible?
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Remote Aqua sessions System
[Editor's Note: See the comments for a discussion on the possibilities of remote control of Aqua sessions]


I would like to know if anyone has successfully run Aqua-Applications on a remote machine (like one can do under X-Sessions if x-forwarding is allowed).

Thanks for any info on this.

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SSH security hole and fix System
If you run SSH on OS X PB, there's a new report on a number of websites of a security hole in versions under 2.3.0. You can either attempt to install OpenSSH 2.3 (available from the OpenSSH web site), or you can disable the SSH1 protocol, which is where the security hole exists.

To disable SSH1, start a terminal session, enter su and your root password, and edit the file /etc/sshd_config. You may want to back it up first (cp sshd_config sshd_config_old), just in case. Change the line that reads #Protocol 2,1 to simply Protocol 2. Remember to take out the '#', otherwise the line is still commented out! Save your changes and exit the editor.

The last step is to generate a host DSA key, while still logged in as root. Type ssh-keygen -d and wait for the prompted save location. Type "/etc/ssh_host_dsa_key" as your response, and then enter two "return" keystrokes when asked for the passphrase.

Now either 'kill' and restart sshd, or restart the computer, and you should be good to go. If you had been using NiftyTelnet SSH (an SSH1 client) to connect to your box, it will no longer work. You'll have to use MacSSH, which is an SSH2 client ... or just use the UNIX command line, if you're coming from another OS X or UNIX box.
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