Don’t mess with OSX underpants

When I first got my first OSX-capable PPC machine I tried every utility I could get my hands on in it. Soon enough I learned though that the OS between major versions is not as compatible as Windows has used me to, while sub-versions have their own share of incompatibilities that usually reveal themselves when you install OS-tinkering utilities. So for the last 3 years or so, I have a very strict number of third party applications that I allow them to run on my Powerbook. Anything that changes the OS’ default settings are out of the question.

Thing is though, I got a bit tired of having 3 different looks on my OSX applications and so I thought I try UNO, apparently the best utility that unifies the look of OSX. It came with the best references. It worked well, looked really good, but I think it was slowing down a bit the overall UI speed, so I thought I disable it.

Apparently, after you disable UNO, chances are some apps they just won’t load anymore. iTunes 7.x is one of these apps, complaing that there is not enough memory to load (over 430 MBs of free RAM were available on a cleanly boot OSX). After some googling I found that others had the exact same experience after disabling UNO. The only way to get iTunes back is to re-install the app. If the same problem happens with another OSX app that doesn’t come in .pkg format easily downloadable from Apple’s web site, you are out of luck, you will have to re-install the OS to get it back.

I got punished for not following my own thumb rule. It won’t happen again. Only use popular third party apps, but don’t mess with system utilities because Apple is always changing stuff in the innards of the OS that will (eventually) guarantee you trouble.

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Ludovic wrote on December 15th, 2006 at 8:21 AM PST:

pkg format easily downloadable from Apple’s web site, you are out of luck, you will have to re-install the OS to get it back.

You can get away with that by getting them on the install CD/DVD with the parx command line utility.


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Eugenia wrote on December 15th, 2006 at 8:23 AM PST:

No you can’t. The DVD has an ancient version in it, and since then there are MBs of updates that Apple has put on top. You will have to somehow find and extract the right pkg from the latest update that included a pkg for the application you need, or you will have to indeed re-install the OS. It will probably be faster to re-install the whole OS rather than tinkering around.


Jeff Rollin wrote on December 15th, 2006 at 8:36 AM PST:

Nasty. I remember reading on one website that when you use anything but Windows, you end up feeling a little odd, or maybe even a little stupid. Or words to that effect.

Actually, I’ve probably read it on quite a few websites.

Nevertheless, I keep finding reasons to feel good about not using The Big Two.


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