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Additional screensavers Desktop
If you don't like the basic screensaver that's included with OS X PB, epicware has made a number of additional modules available. These are free and easily installable, and you can find them all, along with installation instructions, over on Epicware's site.
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Customized login panels and buttons System
Jordan Miller has created some custom login buttons and images to replace the standard OS X PB versions. This is a very easy hack that lets you further customize your OS X experience, and he has some nice looking images!

You can find the images and instructions on Jordan's site.

Note that there is a small typo in the screenshot area for the filenames, but they are correctly listed further down the page.
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A GUI for system management Apps
Surfing randomly the other day, I happened upon webmin, a collection of Perl scripts that are designed to help manage a UNIX system via a web-based front end. Webmin includes a mini web-server which serves up browser pages designed to help you visually manage a number of basic UNIX tasks, such as process management; scheduling tasks (including a visual scheduler, quite cool!); viewing system logs in real time, managing servers such as apache, dns, sendmail, and mysql; installing custom commands; and a numer of other key tasks.

You can get a flavor for the front-end from this screenshot of the Apache management panel. As you can see, it can customize nearly every piece of the Apache configuration file.

I downloaded and installed webmin just to see if it would work. It supports a huge number of UNIX variants, including freeBSD and Mac OS X Server. I told it I had OS X Server, and found that some modules worked, and some did not. The important ones (the scheduler, Apache configuration, system log browsing) all seemed to work fine. I had to edit a couple paths in the webmin settings, but this was easily done via the web browser.

One note of caution - this is a large package, consisting of over 4,000 files and 17+mb of disk space. It comes with a very nice installer and uninstaller, both of which worked as advertised ... with one exception. Make sure you install it on a volume with no spaces in the volume name, otherwise the installer will complain and fail.

Read the rest if you'd like to see how to install it.
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Sound stopping in Classic Classic
User taylore posted on the MacFixIt forums (and gave permission for me to recreate here) a problem he noticed with Classic and sound output. Here's what he wrote:

"As users of Classic may know, you stop hearing sound output by Classic if you are playing sound from OS X simultaneously. This, for example, may explain why you're not hearing Eudora's New E-mail warning--particularly if you are playing MP3's through OS X.

Here's one I just discovered though:

If you have an MP3 selected in the frontmost window of the OS X Finder it will have the same effect!

The MP3 file doesn't have to be playing, the mere fact that it is selected will stop all sound output in Classic. Grrrr. Anyways, if you're having trouble getting sound to play from Classic (and it has been working previously), there's another thing to add to your checklist while troubleshooting."

The glitch has been reported to Apple...
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Bringing 'Stickies' to the front Apps
The Stickies app in OS PB has some pretty cool features, including windowshades and styled text. However, one thing it seems to lack is a "Bring all windows to front" for when you have 300 stickies scattered on your desktop. If you click on a visible stickie from another app, you'll only get that stickie to come forward.

The only menu option is "Arrange all in front," which brings them all forward, but also stacks them like cards, forcing you to move them around again to read them.

The solution turns out to be simple ... just click on the Stickies icon in the dock. This will bring all the notes to the foreground while leaving them in their current positions. This is default behavior for apps when clicked from the dock, but it's most obvious with something like Stickies, where I tend to have a large number of small windows open.
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Remove the 'minor problem' message Desktop
There seems to be a recurring bug in the PB wherein you'll see a message which reads:

The System has detected a minor problem and corrected it - some of your preferences may be lost

Once you've seen this message once, you may see it over and over and over again. On the MacNN forums, "absmiths" found a solution to the problem. Do the following from a terminal to eliminate the message:
cd ~/Library/Preferences
su root
If you now logout/login, the error message should have vanished.

As with all things beta, however, the effect of this on your system is neither known nor guaranteed!

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The OS X version of Disk First Aid System
If you feel the need to repair your OS X disk, you can try the "fsck" command. First boot your system into single user mode by holding s while it boots. When the "localhost@" prompt comes up, type the following:
sbin/fsck -y
This will launch OS X's disk check and repair tool.
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Problems compiling UNIX
[Editor's note: See the comments for suggestions on making this work.]

What does it mean when running "make" gives lots of "nothing to be done for all" messages? I'm trying to compile Windowmaker-0.62.1 (Xfree86 for Darwin is installed and works) ...
./configure --host=powerpc-apple-nextstep
works, but "make" seems to fail.
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Problems after install Install
Has anybody had the problem of Setup Assistant hanging after you enter all your email / network info and it gets to the "Configuring System..." step?

The system doesn't actually lockup, you can still quit the program. But OS X doesn't allow you to bypass the Assistant because I would assume use must setup the administrator account the first time.

I have installed several times. I've allowed it process overnight, but the Assistant never moves its progress bar past 10%.

My system is a beige G3/300 with the SCSI card that required the patch (done). It has 256M memory and I've installed OSX to a 4gig drive.

Any thoughts?
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Higher Resolutions System
[Editor's note: See the comments for discussion on alternatives]

I just got a new monitor. How can I run it at higher than 1600x1200?
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