Make your OS 9 look like OS X

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by kammron, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. kammron macrumors 6502

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  2. amacgenius macrumors 68000

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    You can't "view" any of the themes, you get a Tripod page not found error.
     
  3. kammron thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yah a few have actually been banned for good.

    "AquaX III 1.3.1"
    "AquaX III Graphite" <----(the second one)
    "Aqua (no pin stripes)"

    these are the best of them, and the all work.
     
  4. cubist macrumors 68020

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    Jeez! The popup windows are all over the place, and viewing any of them gives "page not found". Horrible! Stay away!
     
  5. kammron thread starter macrumors 6502

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    if you go to the page just just stick with the 3 i mentioned and you wont regret it, they look awsome.
    i didnt get any pop ups, thats awfull. :mad:

     
  6. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

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    ...and this for everyone who suffers from the silly gaudy childish look of OS X and misses the clean elegance of OS 9 (it not necessarily the extension conflicts and the lousy task-threading).

    1) The Classic Platinum Theme. Installable on OS X using either unsanity.com's ShapeShifter or Duality 4

    2) X-Assist or ASM to give you an application switching menu in your menubar.

    3) FruitMenu to give you back an editable / customizable Apple Menu, to give you a hierarchical menu-view of System Prefs so you don't have to launch the entire %&## System Preferences pane and then reach with your mouse a second time to invoke the specific PrefsPane you want. And to use as a launcher.

    4) WindowShade X, to be able to minimize windows the classic Macintosh way, not like some Windows PC-wannabe. (Will also minimize-in-place to a small icon)

    5) PullTab, to pry that damn Dock's filthy hands off the keystoke combo Command-Tab, thus freeing it up for apps with original rights to it, like FileMaker Pro.

    6) To get your Trash can onto the Desktop where it belongs, there are several apps that purport to be able to do so, but I prefer to just use TinkerTool to make everything visible in the Finder, then make an alias to .Trash and put the alias on the Desktop. Find a nice MacOS 9ish Trashcan icon on the internet and paste.

    7) Now to dispense with the godforsaken Dock itself. Two choices: you can minimize it practically out of existence by pinning it to the left edge of your screen and then edit com.apple.dock.plist in a text editor, manually changing the tilesize parameter to 1, which will give you a Dock about the size of a pinhead in a place where you won't mouse-over on it very often by accident; or you can nuke it entirely. To nuke it entirely, first copy Dock.app from /System/Library/CoreServices and make that copy a startup item for every user account on your machine (towards the top of the list); then make an AppleScript consisting of tell application "Dock"; quit; end tell, save it as an application, and add that to your startup items (towards the end); then, finally, sudo rm the original Dock.app from within CoreServices. Hickory Dickory, baby :)
     
  7. Morn macrumors 6502

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    OS9... hhehehe, Even apple was trying to replace mac classic as early as 93. os9 was a terribly outdated OS for it's time. Man, thank god for steve and osx.
     
  8. Spectrum macrumors 6502a

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    Now all I want is a way to get the behaviour of the OS9 Finder.

    The OSX Finder is seriously flawed.

     
  9. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

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  10. Jedi128 macrumors 6502

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    Thats what I'd like to know....
     
  11. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

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    • I will be booting into it this weekend to import records from a 17-file FileMaker 6 solution into intermediate files (which have both the old and the new table structure) and then into the final structure. The speed boost over OS X is somewhere between threefold and fourfold for the involved functions.

    • I boot into 9 to scan. I have two scanners, both decently good, neither with OS X drivers available. The Umax Astra slide scanner was noted as having very good color values for the price, and the price was low due in part to lack of OS X drivers. The old flatbed, a Umax 630, is a 3-pass SCSI scanner that will probably still be humming along nicely when MacOS 10.9 is becoming obsolete.

    • I have my older computer off to my left here as I type on this one. I Timbuktu into the older one to handle a chore that it does better (under MacOS 8.6, mind you, not even 9) than OS X does on the fastest machines in the shop: opening up folders on a mounted server folder that are chock-full of huge TIFF and Photoshop images, and copying selected files to a folder from a different mounted server volume also chock-full of huge TIFF and Photoshop images. OS X thinks its doing me a favor by trying to conjure up and display a thumbnail of each image based on actual file content. OS 9 doesn't do that (only displays the little classic-mac custom icons generated by Photoshop, if present), enabling an eleven-year-old PowerMac 7100 with a 300 MHz G3 accelerator and 10-base-T networking to do this task as well as dual-G5 Macs with gigabit ethernet...and blow my OS X PowerBook completely out of the water.


    Don't knock OS 9. It certainly had its shortcomings (especially with regards to memory, oy vey) but it also had a great deal of sophistication â€â€? lots of little things that had started off great or evolved to greatness. It was the best all-around small computer operating system of the 20th Century. I'd still use it over XP, or the first few iterations of OS X.
     
  12. Josh396 macrumors 65816

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    I remember using OS X for the first time when I was probably 14 and I couldn't stand it. It wasn't that I didn't like it but everything seemed so much different on OS 9. However I love OS X now. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
     
  13. asherman13 macrumors 6502a

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    i can exactly identify with that. when i first got my ibook, i only used 9. once i realized my folly, i tried to boot into X and found that my system folders were screwy, so i just had to get jaguar, then panther, and now tiger:D
     
  14. Morn macrumors 6502

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    What is this, the "think same" club? Damn traditionalists.
     
  15. Daedalus256 macrumors 6502

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    I still use it on my G3 Pbook Wallstreet. Namely because it only has 128MB of RAM and I'd like to throw some more of that in and get a processor upgrade before I decide to put OSX on it.
     

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