Reader Ace writes in with a nifty customsation that will set your Mac apart from the rest. Find a desktop wallpaper image (Social Wallpapering's a good bet), save it to your desktop as background.jpg, and in the Terminal type: sudo cp background.jpg /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg You'll have to enter your password to complete the operation, and when you do, next time you log off, your logon screen will have your new custom background. Slick. Thanks, Ace!
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The Unofficial Apple Weblog runs down 10 ways to use Quick Look in Leopard, including one we hadn't tried before for browsing fonts: Open a Finder window, select Cover Flow view and navigate to the font you're interested in. Click the space bar and presto! Instant preview. In fact, the Quick Look font preview is better than the Cover Flow view, because it displays the entire alphabet, not just two letters. Other Quick Look tricks include previewing the contents of ZIP archives, folders, and the Trash. 10 ways to get the most out of Quick Look
Leopard users: One simple annoyance when browsing the Trash on your Mac is that Finder won't allow you to open a file from the Trash. Your Mac may have good reasons for it, but this can be particularly frustrating when you're ready to empty the Trash but you want to make sure you don't actually need that ambiguously named file. That's because you can't open files that are in the Trash. If you try to, you'll get a message saying the file can't be opened because it's in the Trash, and if you want to open it, you'll need to drag it out of the Trash—which is kind of a pain. But weblog TUAW points out that Quick Look works with files in the Trash, meaning you can get a quick look (!) at the file to make sure it's ready for oblivion.
Leopard love: Quick Look works on files in the Trash
Mac OS X Leopard only: Run quick calculations from Leopard's Spotlight search box. Enter your formula and the answer will appear as you type, similar to how it works in Firefox's Google search box. Google's implementation is a tad better; it can do metric conversion (try 24km in miles), but Spotlight's good for pure math.