Turn-off Leopards 3D Dock

Apple, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, Tricks, Tutorial
Just noticed that if you place your dock on either side of the screen you get a flat dock, instead of that floating 3d look. As much as I like the 3D look, I liked the flat look even more, so after poking around I found out how to disable the 3D look. Open a Terminal window and type in the following two commands:defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YESkillall DockTo get the 3D floating dock back you open a Terminal and type the "opposite" two commands:defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NOkillall DockKeep coming back.....there will be more soon :-)
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OSX Leopard installation story

Apple, bug, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX
Like many of you, I picked up Leopard Family pack last night. You see I have 4 mac's and for $199 the family pack allows me to install leopard on up to 5 machines (in the same household). Anyways I did run into some troubles so I figured I'll let you guys know about the gotchas:- I "Upgraded" a 10.4.10 MBP 17" and everything more or less worked, about the only thing I couldn't get working was istat menu gadget. That Blue screen thing after the first reboot scared me to death, since your machine literally churns away for a good 5 minutes before the desktop loads. This only happens on the first boot after install. Some people have reported this screen followed by a what sounds like a lockup,…
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OSX Webmaster special: Shared webserver, bad umask settings, group permissions and filenames with spaces…

Apple, CLI, Linux, Macintosh, OSX, Reference, Shell Script, Tricks, Tutorial, Ubuntu, Unix
Okay so this all started with our users not being able to share files on our webserver. We use SSH only for upload/download and interactive access (ie: no ftp). Through trial and error we found out that the default umask (under OSX Server) for sftp uploaded files are 0033 (ie: rwxr--r--) and directories are 0022 (ie: rwxr-xr-x). This creates a problem when one user uploads a file and another user downloads/modifies and tries to re-upload it -- they simply can't because the group permissions are wrong.If we were using ftp (which we are not) there are some solutions on the net that allow you to modify the startup parameters for the ftp server so that the default umask for all files is 0013 -- which would allow a group of…
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Right Mouse and Delete Buttons under XP on Inter Mac’s

Apple, Macintosh, Tricks, Windows
This one has been bugging me for so long that once I figured it out today I had to let other know as well. If you've been using Windows on your mac using bootcamp you'd know how frustrating it is not to have the right mouse button -- you can remedy this with a mouse of course -- and no DEL key. This makes deleting files/directories a pain in the 'nads, let alone trying to right click with the single button on the pad.I think I've found the solution. It's a windows utility called AutoHotKey and it's free. Grab it, reboot into WinXP (or whatever Windows) natively and continue on with the tutorial below:1) Okay so assuming you're in windows and have AutoHotKey downloaded, go ahead and install the application.2)…
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Problems with new iMacs and Panasonic AG-DVC30

Apple, Macintosh, panasonic
So from our testing in house we've found a definite problem with the new iMacs (brushed aluminum) and Panasonic AG-DVC30. The camcorder does not get detected by the system under OSX 4.10 and/or Windows XP. The problem seems to be hardware/firmware related. Almost every other camera inhouse seems to work except this one.We've also gone ahead and reconfirmed our tests at the apple store in Toronto. Same results, the new iMacs do not like the Panasonic AG-DVC30. BTW, the camera gets properly recognised by every other mac in the store (including our inhouse G5/G4/Power Book/Mac Book/Mac mini/MacBook Pros).The problem seems to stem from the initial handshake (atleast that's what we've been able to figure out until now), since the introduction of a LaCie firewire drive in the middle of the…
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Slim OSX battery meter for your hemoraging menubar

Apple, Macintosh, OSX
So if your menubar is as packed as mine, you usually have to kill menubar utils just to get to your application menus (specially bad when I run Photoshop). SlimBatteryMonitor comes to rescue. SlimBatteryMonitor is a replacement power gauge for Apple's Mac OS X that tracks both laptop batteries and many UPS batteries. Multiple-battery systems (e.g. older powerbooks) are supported as well. A graphical icon shows the power remaining, and can be accompanied by a text description (battery charge in percent, or time remaining). Colours can indicate whether the system is fully charged, charging or on battery.Best of all, you can choose different display options for each battery state (fully charged, charging or on battery). You may wish to see the time remaining while on battery, for example, but show…
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Great little OSX utility….

Apple, Macintosh, OSX
SharePoints 3.5.4 is a little known gem that allows you to REALLY "manage" your samba and afs shares under OSX. It's free (donationware) and now Universal. No more limits as to who shares what with who, no more editing smb.conf by hand. It's your machine you paid for it, it came with OSX and samba so why run in castrated mode :-)SharePoints is an application or a preference pane that makes it easy to add and delete share points like in the old Finder. In Mac OS X, by default, you are limited to sharing only what is in your public folder in your home directory. This program makes it easy to share any folder.In addition SharePoints also brings back users and groups management to Mac OS X as well…
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Free your Office….

Apple, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX
While we're on the subject of saving you some money. NeoOffice, the OSX native version of Open Office, has just released their latest. This release includes support for the Mac OS X Spellchecker and Address Book and experimental support for Office 2007 Excel and PowerPoint files. From the overview page:NeoOffice is a full-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs) for Mac OS X. Based on the OpenOffice.org office suite, NeoOffice has integrated dozens of native Mac features and can import, edit, and exchange files with other popular office programs such as Microsoft Office.Released as free, open source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), NeoOffice is fully functional and stable enough for everyday use. The software is actively developed, so improvements and small…
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