Turn on/off remote desktop service remotely….

Apple, CLI, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Apples remote desktop service is great and it comes in handy, but what happens when you're 5000 miles away from your desktop, only to find that remote desktop is turned off. Dooohhhh. Well here is a quick tip to turn the damn thing on and off in a second through a remote ssh connection. To turn on the service, ssh to your machine and issue the following commands:$ cd /Library/Preferences$ echo -n enabled > com.apple.ScreenSharing.launchdAnd once you're done, you can turn it off by issuing the following through an ssh session:$ cd /Library/Preferences$ rm com.apple.ScreenSharing.launchdI'm pretty sure that this only works under Leopard (10.5+), so if you've got Tiger you need to look for an alternate way. I don't have access to a Tiger machine so I can not guarantee that it works…
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Leopard: More cat fleas…..smelly cat

Apple, bug, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX
Have a look at the picture above.....This is fresh from my Macbook this morning (when it woke up from sleep mode). Notice anything strange.....let me help you, have a look at the Aiport icon in the menu bar and the actual Airport device setting in Network preferences. Yep, Icon in menu bar says Airport is turned off, the device setting shows it's on and associated/working. Apple FIX THIS WILL YA.......Oh btw, if you want a temporary fix for this just flick the "show Airport status in menu bar" check box off and on again and the menubar icon will be fixed.
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Stripes be gone…..

Apple, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, Tricks, Tutorial
If you like to get rid of the stripes in the list view of the new Leopard Finder, open a Terminal Window and type in the following two commands:defaults write com.apple.finder FXListViewStripes -bool FALSEkillall FinderIf you want the fancy stripes back at some point later, type the following two commands in Terminal:defaults write com.apple.finder FXListViewStripes -bool TRUEkillall Findermore to come soon.....
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Another day….another Leopard headache….

Apple, bug, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX
Okay as much as I like OSX and apple I have to admit, Leopard is not quite ready for consumption. Not unless you're willing to do a "Erase Install". After the weekend fun session of "Archive installing" 5 machines, I have found another bug/feature/headache. Here is how it happens:You've got Tiger (10.4) setup with multiple network locations (work, home, wireless, etc.)You do a archive install and get 10.5 installed on this machineAll your profile/homedirectory/apps get transfered over, including your network location configurations.Well, not quite. It might seem like everything is transfered, until you start wondering about WINS Servers and Windows WORKGROUP/Domain settings. You see under Tiger these two were stored under directory utility, but under Leopard they've tried to pack everything under Advanced  Network settings (Preferences/Network/Advanced...). The problem is that if…
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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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