How do I Change "Short Name" and Identity in full!?

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  1. Arielle macrumors member

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    Hey- I'm running OS X on my new titanium G4 laptop:

    is there any way to change my computer's "name"?? I filled in my real name and now I regret it, in that I might be doing things that I don't want traced to my laptop's name in the future ... :cool:

    I want to keep all my prefs tho!

    Is there a way to rename my admin user/ computer name AND "short name" w/o blowing away my prefs?

    Please help!

    >=--ARIELLE--->

    PS- when I tried to change it by logging in as root, it just screwed up login/ prefs!
     
  2. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

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    Go to file sharing under sytem preferences, there you can change the computer name.
     
  3. Arielle thread starter macrumors member

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    No, that didn't work...

    Don't ya think I tried that!? :*P

    What I REALLY want to do here is blow my name OFF the computer completely. I need a little Christian Slater ala "Pump Up the Volume" action!
     
  4. Phatpat macrumors 6502a

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    I helped set up an xserve this summer, and I remember shortnames not wanting to be changed...dunno if that applies to normal os x, but yeah, I wouldn't be optimistic. Can you create a new user and copy the prefs?
     
  5. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    Re: No, that didn't work...

    uh... that works for me. I'm not sure what it is that you want to do here.
     
  6. tati macrumors newbie

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    It is easy to change your user name, it is the short name that requires some work. Take a look here to change short name:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106824

    Make sure you follow the directions exactly or you could end up mucking things good.

    -Jack
     
  7. Bear macrumors G3

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    Re: How do I Change "Short Name" and Identity in full!?

    Umm don't do anything you might regret? There are other ways of tracking things on the internet.

    And the best way is to create a new user and delete the old one. You can easily change anything but the shortname for an existing account. As noted above, changing the short name requires careful work.
     
  8. Arielle thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys...

    ...Especially Jack!

    I love this forum; everyone is so helpful!

    Happy Mac-in!
     
  9. stoid macrumors 601

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    Re: Re: How do I Change "Short Name" and Identity in full!?

    Yeah, keep in mind that computer traces are done via IP address and on internal networks Ethernet Addresses, and rarely (if ever) done base on a username. So if you plan on doing anything not so legal, changing the user name on your computer isn't going save your ass when they come to get you!
     
  10. Arielle thread starter macrumors member

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    How?

    How could they "get you" if you are on a laptop?.... On a campus with thousands of others with laptops? It's not as though I had to register my computer with them to get on their wireless network? Could they really trace someone on Mac who is wireless in a mile radius with a thousand other computers all connected??

    >Ar
     
  11. shyne26 macrumors newbie

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    i think the best thing to do is to erase/reinstall the OSx. what ya think?
     
  12. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    First of all, you revived a REALLY old thread from 2003...
    Secondly, by no means is that required to change your user name. An Archive and Install, without preserving users (prior to Snow Leopard, which removed the UI for that) will work just as well.
     

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