Linked by David Adams on Fri 26th Aug 2005 19:17 UTC, submitted by Jeremy
Mac OS X An excerpt fom the book "Nifty Utilities to Hack Mac OS X Tiger" has an overview of OS X apps like TinkerTool, Carbon Copy Cloner, BatChmod, Memory stick, and others, that help you tweak apps like Safari, adjust and monitor memory status, bring the world of Unix file ownership and permissions over to the Mac, and more.
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by Jody on Fri 26th Aug 2005 19:29 UTC
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by Anonymous on Fri 26th Aug 2005 20:59 UTC in reply to "One question."
RE[2]: One question.
by DittoBox on Fri 26th Aug 2005 22:23 UTC in reply to "RE: One question."
DittoBox Member since:
2005-07-08

So long as they don't have some wacky EULA which requires me to use their hardware to use their software I'd be happy to pay for it.

I understand that cracking to OS itself to make it work under other hardware is in violation of the EULA because it's "reverse engineering" the software, but if there's some sort of wrapper or something I can use to run a copy of OSx86 off of a store shelf (when it comes out) I would definitely pay for it.

As for buying a new desktop to run OSx, it wouldn't be a Mac, it'd be custom built or *maybe* dell. I wouldn't buy Mac hardware unless it's a laptop (I'm not sure I'd buy a laptop from anyone else). Just preference really. I like choice.

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RE[3]: One question.
by Anonymous on Sat 27th Aug 2005 03:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: One question."
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"So long as they don't have some wacky EULA which requires me to use their hardware to use their software I'd be happy to pay for it."

If you're going to use it, whether or not you adhere to any "wacky EULA", then pay for it.

By the way, "OSx86" is the cracker's name for OS X 10.4.1 for Intel - don't expect to see that on any store shelf...

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RE[4]: One question.
by DittoBox on Sat 27th Aug 2005 16:20 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: One question."
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2005-07-08

Actually I meant I wouldn't have it period, not just not buy it but not download it. I try not to use any illegal software at all.

And I call it OSx86 in order to distingush easily between the production OX X and the in development 10.5 that will be on Intel based Macs.

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@Jody
by gdanko on Fri 26th Aug 2005 19:38 UTC
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2005-07-15

Dude I'm dumping Windows for MacOS

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tinkertool
by tastytaste on Fri 26th Aug 2005 19:41 UTC
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2005-07-08

definitely one of the best pieces of software for the mac right now. this has been a must have on every version of OSX to date for me.

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RE: tinkertool
by eMagius on Fri 26th Aug 2005 20:07 UTC in reply to "tinkertool"
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2005-07-06

Really? I prefer OnyX ( http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs/english.html ). There's a lot of overlap between the two, but OnyX has a lot of features TinkerTool Free does not.

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RE[2]: tinkertool
by tastytaste on Fri 26th Aug 2005 20:12 UTC in reply to "RE: tinkertool"
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2005-07-08

actually i was using onyx for a while on 10.3 but went back to tinkertool for tiger because onyx took forever to come out with a compatible version.

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RE[3]: tinkertool
by Anonymous on Fri 26th Aug 2005 21:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: tinkertool"
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OnyX and even CCC had a problem with 10.4.1 which delayed newer versions of their software from being released.

The fault was entirely Apple's and was fixed in 10.4.2

Apple also screwed up and released a security update after 10.4.2 which broke all 64 bit based applications, it was pulled and a new update released a few days later.

So make sure you clone your drive before pressing "Software Update"

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RE[4]: tinkertool
by Anonymous on Fri 26th Aug 2005 22:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: tinkertool"
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They forgot to include 64-bit versions of the libraries in the update. By the end of the day they had the new version up for download. Give them a break.

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Cache Cleaner
by robojamie on Fri 26th Aug 2005 20:13 UTC
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2005-08-26

It's not necessarily a hacking tool, but I really like Tiger Cache Cleaner as a way to make some of OSX's behind the scenes behavior more accessible.

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CCC
by Anonymous on Fri 26th Aug 2005 21:06 UTC
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I must highly recommend Carbon Copy Cloner, it's donationware, it works great, doesn't phone home or trap you with registration, and best of all it's just a GUI front end for "ditto" which copies everything, including those pesky drm files. Unlike a "other" software companies product which will remain nameless. :roll eyes:

So if you dont' feel like CLI-ing, pull your old friend CCC up and rock and roll.

Make sure you follow some extra tips, like Zeroing your new drive and repairing permissions on the original first, enable "make bootable" in CCC prefs for a boot drive.

Boot from the clone and update the prebinding, repair permissions using a program such as OnyX just to make sure.

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*insert whining about spelling here*

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Panic and Icon Factory anyone?
by Anonymous on Sat 27th Aug 2005 01:51 UTC
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While they're not exactly hacks to the system, both Panic (http://www.panic.com) and IconFactory (http://www.iconfactory.com) make some nice utilities and apps (I want Windows versions of Unison and Transmit) that make using OS X a little nicer. Unsanity's (http:///www.unsanity.com) Fruit Menu is nearly indispensable to me on my G5 at work and I recently discovered an app called Synergy (http://wincent.com/a/products/synergy-classic/) which displays a little control utility in the menu bar near the clock. Good stuff. Now if only Apple would swallow their pride and implement a file grouping feature like Windows XP has as well as the ability to set finder window views globally, I'd be a happy camper.

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RE: Panic and Icon Factory anyone?
by Brad on Sat 27th Aug 2005 02:50 UTC in reply to "Panic and Icon Factory anyone?"
Brad Member since:
2005-07-06

holy cow! synergy is the best thing ever for mac. I have despised how there was no such thing or a single key shortcut. I know have the arrow keys doing the job. Heaven. If apple had only made dashboard work right maybe this wouldn't have been and issue. But this is a great find.

Thanks

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RE: Panic and Icon Factory anyone?
by Ben2040 on Sat 27th Aug 2005 11:56 UTC in reply to "Panic and Icon Factory anyone?"
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2005-06-29

"as well as the ability to set finder window views globally"

I thought you could already do that???

Click onto the view options dialogue and select "all windows" instead of "this window" at the top...

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Meh..
by sieb on Sat 27th Aug 2005 07:55 UTC
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2005-07-06

They could have picked better apps.
Onyx, Carbon Copy Cloner, Menu Meters, Delocalizer, Sudo, Snard, any of the launchbars. Just to name a few.. They spent too much time on TT when Onyx does more.

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back up
by junior on Sat 27th Aug 2005 08:29 UTC
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2005-07-07

I prefer psyncX to perform my weekly (yeah, right) backup. It features incremental backups and it's very easy to use and pretty quick once you've made the initial image of your stuff. Perfect for maintaining a mirror image of your drive.

Also, OS X comes with it's own utility to clone volumes, Apple Software Restore. Type man asr in a terminal window for info.

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Permissions?
by Anonymous on Sun 28th Aug 2005 05:16 UTC
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"bring the world of Unix file ownership and permissions over to the Mac"

Why would one need to "bring" Unix file ownership and permissions to a Unix-based platform? Isn't it already there? I certainly seem to be able to use the same chmod/chown commands I used in GNU/Linux.

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