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My menu bar on my computer now shows the day and date in addition to the time!
Chiana & I survived our first foray into editing in terminal. :)

If you're a Mac Geek too and want to do this:

1. Fire up the Terminal (/Applications/Utilities)
2. At the prompt, type defaults write -g AppleICUTimeFormatStrings -dict-add 2 "MMMM d, y hh':'mm':'ss' 'a"
3. Press return and then type killall SystemUIServer
4. Press return again. Your menu bar will disappear - click anywhere on your desktop to reload it.

disclaimer: I got this info from MacAddict magazine. It appears to be working fine on Chiana with no problems. I am just posting what I did. I take no responsibility if your computer doesn't like it!



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Apr. 8th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
I'm going to have to refuse to, at any prompt, type anything that includes "killall".

It just sounds really bad. And since I might be getting a better computer in exchange for this one next week, I'd really rather not do anything to turn this one into an 85lb doorstop.

I admire your adventurousness and your enthusiasm for actually reading computer magazines, though.
Apr. 8th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
LOL! That kind of scared me a little too so I researched it some...

"killall - Quit a process by name
Killall kills processes selected by name, as opposed to the selection by pid as done by kill(1). By default, it will send a TERM signal to all processes with a real UID identical to the caller of killall that match the name procname.

For example, the command: killall Dock
would restart the Dock application."

So it's just a fancy way to quit something. I think it's the Terminal version of force quit.

I don't read Rick's silly PC magazines, but when I got Chiana I was new to the wonderful world of Macs and so I subscribed to both Macworld and MacAddict. The problem is that they now give me Shiny!envy when they review the cool new upgrades and such.
Apr. 8th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Okay, a version of "force quit" sounds better. I gave up buying those magazines, too. There are too many shinies in the world. I buy plenty (non-computer related), so I don't need to be constantly flooded with suggestions for new ones. Mostly I just tag along, bringing up the technological rear, as it were. I buy cool things, but usually after they're three versions past cool.
But if I act like I've had them since they were cool, I get less persecution from the Shiny gangs.
Apr. 8th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Macworld and MacAddict are the computer version of "Would you like some fries with that?"

The CDs of test versions of cool new software are the ultimate of suggest selling. : )
Apr. 8th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
heheh for mine I just do
nano .fvwm2rc
comment in the line that says "show date/time in menu bar"

but ours work differently.
You can also do other things with killall - if it doesn't work right the first time, add a - and a # for emphasis
my favorite is killall -9
also killall is for applications, etc. processes are done with just "kill"

Very awesome you figured out how to do that!!! :) Does the mac let you write your own themes and use different window managers too, or are you stuck using the normal mac windows ?
Apr. 9th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
Very awesome you figured out how to do that!!! :) Does the mac let you write your own themes and use different window managers too, or are you stuck using the normal mac windows ?

I found out how to do it in a magazine. I really didn't know what I was doing, I just typed what it said to type.
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