UPDATE: 10.6 users should follow the guide here. 10.5 or below users can follow the guide below.
Despite all the compliments I pile on Mac OS X here, it is missing one feature that can be found on every version of Windows since Windows 2000: A keyboard hot key that locks the desktop regardless of the screen saver’s normal security setting.
There there blog, I know I’ve neglected you. I’ve been super busy and … yes, yes ok I know excuses won’t cut it here. You’re pissed. I’m sorry.
Here is a peace offering instead: My favorite (and default) video player for OS X, NicePlayer, has finally been updated in the form of a preview build. This preview includes the return of remote control support, something which has been broken since 10.5 originally came out. Yes, that is quite a long time now and yes, I did wonder up until the moment I found this preview build if the application was dead in the water.
A collection of tips and other goodies I’ve read recently about OS X 10.5 Leopard:
The 512×512 icon support gives an already polished operating system an even cleaner look. Try looking at your applications using Quick Look and you’ll see what I mean. Apple even hid a few things in their default icon set, like the Font Book icon (letters are A F K) and a letter written in the TextEdit icon (good overview w/pics here).
You can find all of the default icons for 10.5 at /System » Library » CoreServices » CoreTypes.bundle (right-click and open package contents) » Contents » Resources. (via macosxhints.com)
public.generic-pc.icns is my personal favorite 😉
Drives/devices mounted remotely seem to show up in the Shared section of the finder sidebar instead of the Devices section like in 10.4. Until I realized this I was only able to open them using Quicksilver. Turns out you can drag them in the sidebar from Shared to Devices, and the move is even permanent after the drive is removed and then remounted.
Lifehacker sent out a call for submissions for an OS X menu bar show-and-tell feature about a week ago. I snapped a quick screenshot and sent mine in. Today I was happy to see they picked it up and put it on their site:
I’ve had my Macbook for six months now, and I just now noticed this cool little feature in OS X’s Dashboard. The weather widget shows all kinds of weather conditions (a couple weeks ago it impressed me with little freezing rain balls bouncing off it) and at night it switches to show cloud conditions with the moon. It wasn’t until just now that I noticed it tracks the exact phase of the moon too.
I opened up dashboard for the first time tonight and this is what I saw. Sure enough we are having a clear night and a new moon, meaning no moon visible at all.