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quotefixformac

QuoteFix is a plug-in for Mail.app which fixes some issues with replying to e-mail:

it removes the signature from the original message

it removes certain unnecessary empty lines

it positions the cursor below the original message, instead of above it (in other words, bottom-posting instead of top-posting)

via quotefixformac – Project Hosting on Google Code.

W00T

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Display contextual menus on Dock click-and-hold

To use the old-style contextual menus when you click-and-hold on an applications icon in the Dock i.e. how it worked in 10.5 and earlier, type the following two commands in Terminal dont type the $:

defaults write com.apple.dock show-expose-menus -bool no; killall Dock

All credit for this hint goes to Jeff Johnson of Lap Cat Software, who blogged about the solution. This hint is a significant update to this one, which pointed out you can use Control-click to get the old-style contextual menus. [robg adds: To undo this behavior, you can either change no to yes in the above command, or delete the key entirely with defaults delete com.apple.dock show-expose-menus; killall Dock.]

via 10.6: Display contextual menus on Dock click-and-hold – Mac OS X Hints.

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10.6: Quick Look generates tables for .csv files

Snow Leopard not only lets you preview comma-separated value (.csv) files , but it displays them with table formatting. Try it out.

via 10.6: Quick Look generates tables for .csv files – Mac OS X Hints.

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hfsdebug: A Debugger for HFS Plus Volumes

A debugger is a program that facilitates debugging, which may be casually defined as the process of finding and fixing “bugs” in the object of interest: usually a piece of software, firmware, or hardware (although debugging may apply to any domain).

via hfsdebug: A Debugger for HFS Plus Volumes.

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Screen Sharing in Leopard

As with any other network service, Screen Sharing has a set of virtual “ports” which isolate network traffic for that protocol since it and web traffic and other network services are all using the same IP address and connections. These ports must be opened in all network devices for all computers involved in the screen sharing sessions. This means firewalls on the local computer, as well as any routers or hardware firewalls must also be set up to pass traffic on the following ports:

TCP: 5900 – 5902, (3389 for connecting to Windows machines)

UDP: 4500 (for Back to My Mac users)

Depending on the network devices used, these ports can either be opened completely, or forwarded to the local IP address for the desired computer, but you will have to consult the documentation for your router to see about how to change these ports. Additionally, if your router supports “UPNP” (Universal Plug & Play) or “NAT-PMP” (NAT Port Mapping Protocol), then it should work for Back to My Mac. The list of routers in this Apple Knowledgebase article are some that support Back to My Mac and other screen sharing.

via Tutorial: Screen Sharing in Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5): How it works and how it doesn’t – MacFixIt.

I really need to get around to making the firewall behave for screen sharing.

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macosxhints.com – 10.5: Disable searching for support articles in Help Viewer

defaults write com.apple.helpviewer HVIncludesKBSearches -bool NO

via macosxhints.com – 10.5: Disable searching for support articles in Help Viewer .

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Using iChat with a firewall or NAT router


When using iChat with NAT routers and firewalls, certain ports must be open to allow video and audio conferencing behind a firewall. Some devices have these ports open by default, while others require configuration.

via Using iChat with a firewall or NAT router.

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5 Login Window Tips | Mac OS X Tips


If you find yourself with an overly long list of users in the login window or you just want to get rid of that annoying scroll bar down the side, you can stop accounts appearing in the login window.

Start by go to the Accounts pane in System Preferences, and find the “short name” of each user you want to hide. Once you have these, open up Terminal and enter the following:

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow HiddenUsersList -array-add shortname1 shortname2 shortname3

via 5 Login Window Tips | General, Terminal, Finder | Mac OS X Tips.

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Disable Spotlight on a FAT32 Drive

sudo mdutil -i off /Volumes/"drive name"/

(quotes around drive name if there are special characters or spaces) then

sudo mdutil -E /Volumes/"drive name"/

via
macosxhints.com – 10.4: Disable Spotlight on a FAT32 external drive
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Read through most of the useful comments, and the original post, to learn the secrets of .metadata_never_index

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Terminal Tips: Enable path view in Finder

Terminal Tips: Enable “path view” in Finder:

defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog.)