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  1. car1son

    Old Mac stuff!

    I have a Mac Plus in the closet. It gets dragged out & booted every now and then for show & tell. I have a Mac IIcx (OS7) with a pair of unusual NuBus cards that do real-time video processing in conjunction with some software I wrote for them. It still does the job it did back in 1990, and I use it a couple of times a month. (Unfortunately, a IIcx has no media in common with any modern Mac. So I still have a functional PPC8600 tower (OS9) that can swap files with the IIcx via Appletalk/Localtalk or 800K DS diskette. A Mac IIsi with PDS-to-NuBus adapter is in the closet as a backup for the IIcx.) I've never replaced a Mac because it failed. I get a new one for the greater speed & storage to handle new media.
  2. car1son

    Follow people's work?

    There are many news sites that provide "news alerts" via eMail (and possibly other notification mechanisms.) Google and Yahoo let you put in any keywords... but you'd best be specific since Yahoo scans the whole web. With Google you can limit the search to specific sites, e.g. search terms: "Harrison Ford site:hollywoodreporter.com" or "Zoe Saldana site:imdb.com" http://www.google.com/alerts http://alerts.yahoo.com/
  3. I believe that's a message from SeaMonkey, not OSX. I've seen similar in Firefox. It means the profile is locked (probably from an application abort, OSX crash, or powering off the Mac while SeaMonkey was open.) Try looking for a file named ".parentlock" in your SeaMonkey profile folder. I'm not sure where that is for SeaMonkey. With Fireflox, I find it in my home Library/"Application Support"/Firefox/Profiles/xxxxxxxxxx.default folder (where "xxxxxxx" is a random profile name). As a guess, see if there's a SeaMonkey folder in your ~/Library/"Application Support" folder, and look in there for a Profiles folder Making it more complicated is the fact that a file whose name starts with a period (such as .parentlock) is automatically hidden by Finder, so you might need to dig down with the Terminal or use some tricks to get Finder to show you the hidden files ( http://osxdaily.com/2009/02/25/show-hidden-files-in-os-x/ ).
  4. car1son

    Mail RSS downloads attachments

    I was never very comfortable with Safari's RSS display. (Nor Opera's, which is my usual browser.) Mail has a very compact list of subjects, and I can organize the feeds into folders and sub-folders (just like mail) and I can view lists of posts by any folder I care to. I find it compact and functional. Your comment did lead me to look at Safari again, tho. And that was helpful. That first attachment I mentioned that Mail was downloading just reeked of "BBC", but I didn't have a BBC RSS feed... in Mail. Turns out I had some old, long-forgotten RSS feeds in Safari, including the BBC, from some previous time I tried out Safari as my RSS reader. Ditching them seems to have eliminated Mail's immediate download urges. (Apparently if Mail is your RSS reader, it handles everything for PubSubAgent, not just its own feeds. Live 'n Learn.) So, thanks for the idea.
  5. I've done a similar is less speedy technique, combining a Netear router for G with an old Apple Airport Base Station for B, the G for my Wii an the B for my 2001 Ti PowerBook (which is only 802.11B.) Not exactly cutting edge technology, but similar. Since it seems to work (sometimes), I assume you disabled the automatic distribution of IP addresses (DHCP) in the Airport Express so the Linksys would manage the network and the Airport Express would be a dumb wifi switch. I would think you'd want to set the two routers on different channels so they wouldn't interfere with each other. Get them 3-4 channels numbers apart from each other (and from the neighbors, if any.) I don't understand why you'd use the same SSID. I would think that would make it hard to tell which device you were connecting to. I don't understand why you cloned the same MAC address on the routers (I'd expect that to be confusing to the network.) I find my network worked much more reliably when I assigned my devices fixed (static) IP addresses instead of using DHCP. Each device gets a different IP address, in the same subnet as the DHCP server is using (probably 192.168.0.** or 192.168.1.** if the Linksys is in charge), but also an IP address that's out of the range of the DHCP address the router is assigning (e.g., the Linksys may be using for the first DHCP address it allocates, so or would be IP adresses it wouldn't try to issue to a DHCP-using client computer.) If you use one of your laptops away from home, giving it a static IP address might be inconvenient (since you'd need to change to use DHCP to use at a coffee shop or work.) In that case, I suggest static addresses for just the mini & Airport Express.) Those are my thoughts.
  6. I have a lot of RSS feeds in Mail, but I'm such a shallow person I rarely look deeper than the headlines. And when I do, it's to read text. It seems Mail automatically downloads any attachments from the RSS feed, which apparently can include mp3 audio and mpeg video files. This is a great waste of bandwidth. I'll never use one of these attachments through Mail. (If I expected or wanted a podcast, I'd have put the feed in iTunes instead.) I can't find an option to not download attachments automatically. Anyone know a way to stop it? I might just delete any RSS feeds that include attachments, if I knew which they were. At the moment, I haven't even figured out which feeds are causing the downloads, since the URLs they all seem to go to 3rd-party sites for multimedia distribution rather than the site of the feed. For example, you'd think if Mail was downloading http://podcast.ulcc.ac.uk/accounts/Number10/DowningStreetPodcast/PM__AND_TURKISH_PM_ERDOGAN_PRESS_CONFERENCE.mp3 this morning, I could find an RSS entry from today that included it; but I can't find any obvious match. Or if Mail wants to download http://daily.greencine.com/GC-SUNDANCE-Four-Lions.mp3 ... I don't have an RSS (or iTunes) feed with greencine.com (and after listening to 10 seconds of that mp3 in my browser, I'm not going to.) I have no idea why Mail wants to download this stuff, but I'd like to stop it.
  7. car1son

    Reoccuring iCal event at Different Intervals

    Create two events, each repeating at 19 day intervals, with start dates 10 days apart.
  8. car1son

    Disable stacks?

    I don't want to get your hopes up, so let me say this ultimately fails: the Dock can do exactly what you want, but you can't make it stick. If you look inside your ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist file (If you have installed the developer tools option, double-clicking that file will open it in the Property List Editor to let you browse that plist.) Under Root you find a "persistent-others" property, which in turn contains an entry for each of your stacks. You can modify the "tile-type" property of any of those, changing it from "directory-tile" to just "directory", save the plist file, then do a "killall Dock" from Terminal to restart the Dock, and you'll now find that when you click on one of the modified stacks, it will now just open the folder in a new Finder window without acting like a stack. You'd probably find that perfect, except as soon as Finder restarts (next time you log on) the property will revert back to the way it was. Sooo disappointing. If stack operation really bugs you, you could write a one-line Applescript, such as: tell application "Finder" to open folder "Topo Maps" of folder "Documents" of folder (get path to home folder) and save that script as an application to a file. Put that script app in the dock instead of the folder. (Give it an icon if you like with Finder's Get Info.) Then clicking that app icon in the dock will just open the folder in Finder.
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    New iTunes 9.0.3 and iPod SW 3.1.3

    Thanks for the report, Larry. I sort my podcast smart playlist (by rating) so my podcasts play in the order I want when driving. When iTunes 9 broke that feature after installing Snow Leopard, I rolled back to iTunes 8.2.1. Since Apple mentioned a fix for podcast playlist sorting in the 9.0.3 release note, I was almost ready to try the update again. (The only thing I had to do last time to roll back my iTunes to 8.2.1 was restore the iTunes application and the "iTunes Library" file to its pre-iTunes9 condition. If you don't have Time Machine or some other backup handy, iTunes 9 thoughtfully saves the previous library in the "Music/iTunes/Previous iTunes Libraries" folder for you. iTunes 8.2.1 works fine with my iPod Classic. (There are some iTunes store features not available without iTunes 9.)
  10. car1son

    Time Machine

    Time Machine will only back up to a single volume (at a time - you can change the Time Machine volume for redundancy or extra history, but it needs a single volume for the backup data.) I have not tried this myself, but you might consider setting up your two smaller disks as a "Concatenated Raid" (aka Spanning) using Disk Utility. That collects two physical disks as a single logical volume, which you could then designate as the Time Machine volume. (Open Disk Utility, select Disk Utility Help, and check out the RAID instructions on how to use the RAID tab to make a concatenated RAID.) Depends on how much tinkering you want to go through to avoid buying a new, larger HD.
  11. car1son

    Snow Leopard S/W Compatibility

    Yeah, that is a great list. Thanks for the pointer!
  12. I haven't even ordered Snow Leopard yet But I did update some prefpanes this morning, anyway. Logitech Control Center 3.0 (for my MX Revolution.) The Logitech website didn't say this was 10.6 ready, didn't say it wasn't. USB Overdrive. Snow Leopard update not ready yet, promised very soon. MenuMeters 1.3. Hasn't been updated since 2006, website silent about 10.6. I bet not. Perian 1.1.4. Website says PrefPane is 10.6 compatible, not sure if that means it's also Quicktime X compatible. Flip4Mac was latest, is the version labeled "Snow Leopard Compatible." Mira 1.3.3. TwistedMelon says it wil not work with Snow leopard, they are "working on it." Wacom Pen Tablet (Wacom site only lists 10.4 and 10.5 as supporting my Graphire GTE tablet.) Little Snitch How about iMovie 6HD, which I still use? Think it'll still work in snowy Quicktime X? Pixelmator site suggests 1.4.1 (already available) will work with Snow Leopard. TechTool Pro 5. Micromat is still saying they haven't confirmed that it works with Snow Leopard's "commercial release". VMWare Fusion 2.0.5 describes "experimental support for 10.6 snow leopard (32-bit only.)" I'm not currently using this, but would like the option. I guess we also now have another question about software: Will it run under Snow Leopard? Will it run in 64-bit mode? I believe in James Thurber's parable, "He who hesitates is sometimes saved."
  13. You should be able to right-click (or control-click if using a single-button mouse) on the icon under Places in the Finder window sidebar and select "Remove from Sidebar" from the pop-up menu.
  14. car1son

    Apple mail outbox

    I think this is normal... the "sending" outbox in Mail only appears when mail is actually being sent (much as iTunes' "Download" folder only shows up when downloads are in progress), a waystation between "Draft" and "Sent."
  15. Since you don't explain the special circumstance that stop you from using any "backup program", it's hard to suggest a better solution. But if you're interested, you can make a full backup with OSX's built-in Disk Utility. Go to the Restore tab. Drag the original HD icon you want to back up to "source", and the HD you want to make the backup as Destination. If the partition and format of the Destination are appropriate ("GUID" for the partition map, HFS+ for the volume) and the drive is firewire, the result should be bootable as well. This Disk Utility feature can be found on any Apple Panther, Tiger or Leopard installation or software restore DVD, if that's the issue. It's also possible to clone a drive in various ways from the Terminal, using either the "asr" or even the "dd" command, depending on the nature of the target drive.