Originally posted by noah93
- I would like MediaCentral to stay open at all times, but I would also like to be able to quit it with a password and return to normal usage.
This is precisely the behavior you'll get if you implement a separate user account. You're going to first set up your admin account on the mac which will be for normal usage then set up an account for the media center program, name it something descriptive like "Media Centre". In the Accounts system preference panel click on "Login Options" and set Media Centre to be the user that is automatically logged in, this way it will bring back up the media center even if you restart it. Also, enable fast user switching while you're in the login options, now your accounts names will appear in the upper right hand corner of the screen and you can switch between them and enter a password, if you don't do this then you will simply have to logout from the apple menu and log back in to whichever account you want to use using a password.
- Going to be remote controlled from ARD 3.
This leads me to some questions. If I connect from ARD, can I run the 'fix' script remotely? Without needing separate accounts on the Mac?
As in, if I replace the finder with MediaCentral.app, would I still be able to open the terminal?
You can absolutely still run the terminal from your media center account, unless you specifically take steps to disable them you should still have the dock and the spotlight menu with which you can access anything on the computer. If you'd like you can set up the media center account to have limited access to programs so only certain ones will be allowed. Alternatively, if you'd like you can totally turn off access to every program, as well as the spotlight menu, as well as the dock (look on www.macosxhints.com
for more info on disabling spotlight or the dock) and turn on "Remote Login" in the Sharing preferences panel which will allow you to use SSH to login from directly to the command line of your media center mac, then you can issue terminal commands directly from another computer.
And wouldn't akheron01 script change the prefs for the entire Mac?
Nope, Mac OS X is very good about keeping user accounts separate, you have to specifically go out of your way to make something effect the entire system.
Thanks again for the help
I'm glad to help, if you have any more questions or need some info on SSH don't hesitate to ask, or just google it!