The Usingmac weblog highlights 13 simple Leopard tweaks you can perform by simply copying and pasting a little text into Terminal, from Dock tweaks to solidifying the menu bar (which we did with an app here). While you're tweaking Leopard, be sure to also check out how to make your hidden apps appear translucent in the Dock.
Tweak Leopard from the Terminal
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roanokecollege/Flickr Even if they haven't gone so far as to get formal self-defence training, many people (particularly women) have considered what strategies they'd deploy if they were attacked by a stranger. A popular thought is that one would use an object on your person as a weapon of defence - like keys, for instance.