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Nov 5, 2007, 09:07 PM
 
Hey, not sure if this one is documented, but it totally increased the utility of Stacks for me:

--Open a stack, say in grid mode for Applications.
--Clicking cmd + an icon will reveal it in the finder.
--option + an icon will open the item in the background AND keep you Stack open, so you can open other things without closing the stack!
--option + cmd + an icon will reveal it behind your grid stack and keep the grid open.
     
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Nov 6, 2007, 12:00 AM
 
Not too exciting but it's good news to me:

Not only can you start screen sharing session with the url vnc://ip.address which launches the authentication window, but you can bypass the authorization step by including it in the URL vnc://name:password@ip.address and be taken directly to the computer's screen. This is, of course, similar to a ftp url.

The downside is I assume the name and password would be sent in clear text, whereas I'd hope the authentication window would have some encryption in it. But still, for my office's ethernet LAN this will be good for me.

I envision a bookmark folder giving me all my clients' screens a single mouseclick away.
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Nov 6, 2007, 03:02 PM
 
Cool themes: LeopardDocks.com
     
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Nov 6, 2007, 06:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by Matari View Post
Cool themes: LeopardDocks.com
you mean this?

go before the apple legal team does it terminator thing...
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And that is what you all are: inverted Nothings...with potential" (Sun Ra)
     
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Nov 7, 2007, 07:55 PM
 
Leopard's Safari has a new Inspect element information.

For example



Not sure if this was already known before. New to me.
     
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Nov 8, 2007, 01:20 PM
 
LeopardDocks.com has a bit more to choose from.
     
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Nov 8, 2007, 02:58 PM
 
yeah, but the leoparddocks.net ones actually look good.
     
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Hello,

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Nov 8, 2007, 06:12 PM
 
Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
Leopard's Safari has a new Inspect element information.

For example

http://pages.suddenlink.net/kevin/gui/inspect.png

Not sure if this was already known before. New to me.
How do you get that?
     
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Nov 8, 2007, 06:46 PM
 
Right-click on a web page and select "Inspect Element"
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Nov 9, 2007, 02:40 AM
 
Someone told me that they couldn't get that either with Leopard. Might you have to have Dev tools installed?
     
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Nov 9, 2007, 06:41 AM
 
I have a new 10.5 install and I don't see it. I'll install the Dev tools later today and try again.
My right click menu has:
Reload
Open in Dashboard
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View Source
Save Page As...
Print Page...
     
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Nov 9, 2007, 07:15 AM
 
I have a "Inspect Element" in 10.4 it was a transparent black color. Now in 10.5 they changed it.

I've always installed dev tools because it always gave me extra modding and viewing options.
     
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Nov 9, 2007, 08:23 AM
 
I'm guessing you have to enable the Debug menu first. TinkerTool will help you do that.
     
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Nov 12, 2007, 09:51 AM
 
A Leopard compatible Pith Helmet is out. Every time I have to do without PH for a few days I realize how much I like it and how bad the internet is without it. Available via versiontracker.
     
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Nov 12, 2007, 11:49 AM
 
Originally Posted by Charles Bouldin View Post
A Leopard compatible Pith Helmet is out. Every time I have to do without PH for a few days I realize how much I like it and how bad the internet is without it.
Me too. But the developer was taking forever to update PH. Fortunately in the meantime I discovered SafariBock. Very nice. So nice actually, that I've replaced PH with it.
     
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Nov 15, 2007, 03:10 AM
 
Command line bits I've been discovering...

Since Netinfo is gone,

dscl /Local/Default - replacement for nicl, you can do most of the same things after you open that (create /Users/test uid 503 and the like)

dsenableroot - Convenient way to enable the root user account.

systemsetup and networksetup include new features to make that initial setup easier if you want to do it via command line.

/etc/rc no longer exists, so you've gotta do it the long way. (with mach_init.d and SystemStarter)

Want to start up Directory Services from the command line so you can edit the local saved accounts from single user mode?

launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist
launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServicesLocal.plist
     
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Nov 15, 2007, 04:03 AM
 
Since we're talking about the CLI, you should check out qlmanage. You can use it to invoke QuickLook right from the CLI.

I set up this alias for it:
[codex]ql ='qlmanage -p $1 &> /dev/null &'[/codex]
     
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Nov 16, 2007, 08:26 PM
 
Originally Posted by opus_az View Post
Not only can you start screen sharing session with the url vnc://ip.address which launches the authentication window, but you can bypass the authorization step by including it in the URL vnc://name:password@ip.address and be taken directly to the computer's screen. This is, of course, similar to a ftp url.
Wow, excellent tip. Thanks! This, coupled with Quicksilver means I can use 10.5's built-in ScreenSharing app rather than the slower Chicken of the VNC (which admittedly has served me very well up until now)

The downside is I assume the name and password would be sent in clear text, whereas I'd hope the authentication window would have some encryption in it.
If you save the password in your keychain, you don't need to store it in the URL link. Means anyone who has physical access to your machine can still get VNC access to a remote one but at least they'll not have your VNC password.
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Nov 17, 2007, 04:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by Simon View Post
I'm guessing you have to enable the Debug menu first. TinkerTool will help you do that.
Was that a reply to me? If so, I've had the debug menu in effect since Safari's inception.
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Fortunately in the meantime I discovered SafariBock. Very nice. So nice actually, that I've replaced PH with it.
Yeah I've been using Safariblock for a LONG time with good results. Never had any problems with it either.
     
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Nov 19, 2007, 09:08 AM
 
BTW fix your dock woes...

HierarchicalDock 1.0 - MacUpdate
     
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Nov 19, 2007, 02:33 PM
 
That doesn't conflict with anything does it?
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Nov 21, 2007, 12:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by sogbrightlight View Post
That doesn't conflict with anything does it?
No, it doesn't. It's actually quite cunning how it works: you drag a folder onto the application window and you're then given an icon to drag to the dock.

That icon is nothing more than a tiny file which tells a helper application which folder contents to display when you click on it. It then generates a hierarchical menu at the approximate mouse position and lets you navigate and open files/folders. There are a couple of quirky bugs but it's a very welcome addition.
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Nov 29, 2007, 10:26 PM
 
I was looking around in /System/Library/CoreServices today and found the app Screen Sharing.
It is the same app that gets used when you share a screen in the Finder sidebar, but when you open the app it asks for a hostname.

I plan to try using this app through the internet to another Mac and see if it'll work.
     
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Originally Posted by mdc View Post
I was looking around in /System/Library/CoreServices today and found the app Screen Sharing.
It is the same app that gets used when you share a screen in the Finder sidebar, but when you open the app it asks for a hostname.

I plan to try using this app through the internet to another Mac and see if it'll work.
I am curious as to what happened.
     
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Originally Posted by King Bob On The Cob View Post
/etc/rc no longer exists, so you've gotta do it the long way. (with mach_init.d and SystemStarter)
Yeah. I had to make /etc/sysctl.conf to replicate my former settings.
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Feb 11, 2008, 08:29 PM
 
These may be new, or may not. I just don't remember seeing either of them before 10.5.2.

Now you can arrange/sort desktop icons with keystrokes:
control+option+command+(1 thru 6).

Also in 10.5.2, at the bottom of a Finder window you can display your path. Choose View > Show Path Bar
     
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At least the latter was around ever since Leopard came out.
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Slightly buggy, but definitely a huge improvement to Spaces. As of 10.5.2 we can now turn off the auto-space-switching when you click another app in the Dock or command-tab to it. This actually makes Spaces usable again for me
In the terminal:
defaults write com.apple.dock workspaces-auto-swoosh -bool NO
killall Dock
Two minor bugs are immediately apparent:
1) If an app is assigned to one particular space, you are no longer transported there automatically - more of a side effect than a bug I suppose.
2) While command-tab brings your app to the foreground, it doesn't always bring all the windows with it. Hitting F10 (exposé app-only windows) twice in rapid succession will fix that though.
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Here's something I just discovered, that improved the utility of Leopard's Finder view options panel no end. I very much missed Tiger's option 'open all windows like this' or whatever it was called, and lamented the loss of it in Leopard - until I just discovered:

If you hold down option, the 'use as defaults' button becomes 'restore to defaults'! Bonus!
     
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Originally Posted by Geobunny View Post
Slightly buggy, but definitely a huge improvement to Spaces. As of 10.5.2 we can now turn off the auto-space-switching when you click another app in the Dock or command-tab to it. This actually makes Spaces usable again for me
LOL, I LOVE this feature.

Why don't you like it ?

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I have been putting together tips for my New Mac owner friends...so very basic but other a bit more interesting...they are here
     
 
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