I’d forgotten about this until I stumbled across a reference to it again recently.
This was a little hack I worked on back in 2004, with Mac OS X Tiger (10.4). Yes, kids, macOS was called Mac OS X back in ye Olden Times.
Wow, Slashdot looked even uglier than I remember, back then. Though amusingly my daily reading list hasn’t changed substantially – it still features Slashdot and MacSurfer’s Headline News.
Also… 1024 x 768. That’s just over 5% of the resolution of my current display (27″ Retina iMac). It’s nearly as big as my iPhone 6s’s screen.
Man, do I not miss those shitty old monitors.
I don’t recall what the exact impetus was for the project. I do recall that I was spurred on by Claus Atzenbeck, who was doing some kind of academic work into graphical user interfaces and, IIRC, wanted a way to explore window rotation and general manipulation in a real OS.
What reminded me of this was finding an attribution to me in a header file that was associated with the project – CoreGraphicsServices.h. This was something I generated (presumably with the help of class-dump or similar) from the CoreGraphicsServices framework, and then partially reverse-engineered (in the sense of figuring out parameter types, function prerequisites, etc). It’s what was necessary to find & use the private APIs for doing window geometry manipulation.
And the only reason my name is on it is because I splatted a 3-clause BSD license into the header file I made, which in hindsight seems highly dubious since the APIs themselves are owned by Apple (insofar as one can ‘own’ APIs, I guess…).
A quick web search reveals a few more mentions:
- The aforementioned header is apparently used by Growl.
- “BOMGAR”, some kind of remote computer support software, apparently uses the header too.
- As does something on marsthemes.com, though at time of writing that website has been largely destroyed for some reason.
- This one particularly amuses me – a brief thread on cocoa-dev@ about the header, in which John C. Randolph categorically takes no particular position on the hack. :)
The source & other paraphernalia were originally posted on my La Trobe University student web hosting account, though of course that’s long gone. Here’s the original StuffIt archive, if you’re interested. I don’t actually know if it’s the very latest version – I do still have the project in full – but it’s the latest version I ever published, AFAIR.
I leave it as an exercise to the reader on how to decompress StuffIt files in this day and age. :)