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  1. 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. 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/ ).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. If you turn on Auto updating it doesn't sort properly.


    Well the problem isn't fixed with this update either.

    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.)

  8. 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.

  9. 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."

  10. 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."

  11. 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.

  12. "Can't get to" is a little vague. Could mean a 404, or "safari can't connect to server", or perhaps your Mac is humor impaired.

    Anything on the machine such as someone's Internet Security Suite or parental controls or filtering software? Using a proxy or VPN?

    Double check the spelling of the URL on the bookmark.

    What do you have configured for your DNS?

    I'd start my investigation by opening Terminal on the offending Mac and typing "telnet www.cracked.com 80" to see how the address resolves in the DNS and whether the connection is established. Then I'd double-down with a curl command: "curl -v www.cracked.com". Then I'd stare at the output and say, "Hmmmm. Interesting." a couple of times while stroking my beard.


    % telnet www.cracked.com 80
    Connected to www.cracked.com.
    Escape character is '^]'.
    % curl -v www.cracked.com
    * About to connect() to www.cracked.com port 80 (#0)
    *   Trying connected
    * Connected to www.cracked.com ( port 80 (#0)
    > GET / HTTP/1.1
    > User-Agent: curl/7.16.3 (powerpc-apple-darwin9.0) libcurl/7.16.3 OpenSSL/0.9.7l zlib/1.2.3
    > Host: www.cracked.com
    > Accept: */*
    < HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    < Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 23:20:06 GMT
    < Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0
    < X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
    < X-AspNet-Version: 2.0.50727
    < Pragma: no-cache
    < Set-Cookie: cracked_VC=; domain=.cracked.com; expires=Thu, 13-Aug-2009 22:20:06 GMT; path=/
    < Set-Cookie: cracked_SE=7f074cd1-c925-4113-840e-025e59cf3fdd; domain=.cracked.com; expires=Fri, 14-Aug-2009 23:20:06 GMT; path=/

    Hmm. Interesting. (Beard stroking not shown.)


    If those looked a lot like the examples above (but longer), I might even try a line trace with "sudo /usr/sbin/tcpdump -ae -i en0 -s 2000 -vv -X port 80" and then try to the browser again, which can produce incredible quantities of very cool-looking output to mull over.


    % sudo /usr/sbin/tcpdump  -ae -i en0 -s 2000  -vv  -X port 80
    tcpdump: listening on en0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 2000 bytes
    16:29:47.131768 00:1b:63:97:e3:63 (oui Unknown) > 00:1b:2f:53:be:8e (oui Unknown), ethertype IPv4 (0x0800), length 78: (tos 0x0, ttl 64, id 54590, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 64) > S, cksum 0xcae3 (incorrect (-> 0x6e0d), 3859017746:3859017746(0) win 65535 <mss 1460,nop,wscale 2,nop,nop,timestamp 1007839 0,sackOK,eol>
    0x0000:  4500 0040 d53e 4000 4006 9ac8 c0a8 011c  E..@.>@.@.......
    0x0010:  0805 00e8 c6ec 0050 e603 f012 0000 0000  .......P........
    0x0020:  b002 ffff cae3 0000 0204 05b4 0103 0302  ................
    0x0030:  0101 080a 000f 60df 0000 0000 0402 0000  ......`.........
    16:29:47.170365 00:1b:2f:53:be:8e (oui Unknown) > 00:1b:63:97:e3:63 (oui Unknown), ethertype IPv4 (0x0800), length 78: (tos 0x0, ttl 244, id 14853, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 64) > S, cksum 0x5e6d (correct), 3406813505:3406813505(0) ack 3859017747 win 4380 <mss 1460,nop,wscale 0,nop,nop,timestamp 4267924415 1007839,sackOK,eol>
    0x0000:  4500 0040 3a05 4000 f406 8201 0805 00e8  E..@:.@.........
    0x0010:  c0a8 011c 0050 c6ec cb0f d941 e603 f013  .....P.....A....
    0x0020:  b012 111c 5e6d 0000 0204 05b4 0103 0300  ....^m..........
    0x0030:  0101 080a fe63 5bbf 000f 60df 0402 0000  .....c[...`.....
    16:29:47.170429 00:1b:63:97:e3:63 (oui Unknown) > 00:1b:2f:53:be:8e (oui Unknown), ethertype IPv4 (0x0800), length 66: (tos 0x0, ttl 64, id 39249, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 52) > ., cksum 0xcad7 (incorrect (-> 0x2ea5), 1:1(0) ack 1 win 32942 <nop,nop,timestamp 1007839 4267924415>
    0x0000:  4500 0034 9951 4000 4006 d6c1 c0a8 011c  E..4.Q@.@.......
    0x0010:  0805 00e8 c6ec 0050 e603 f013 cb0f d942  .......P.......B
    0x0020:  8010 80ae cad7 0000 0101 080a 000f 60df  ..............`.
    0x0030:  fe63 5bbf                                .c[.
    16:29:47.170602 00:1b:63:97:e3:63 (oui Unknown) > 00:1b:2f:53:be:8e (oui Unknown), ethertype IPv4 (0x0800), length 547: (tos 0x0, ttl 64, id 53837, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 533) > P, cksum 0xccb8 (incorrect (-> 0xbcf0), 1:482(481) ack 1 win 32942 <nop,nop,timestamp 1007839 4267924415>
    0x0000:  4500 0215 d24d 4000 4006 9be4 c0a8 011c  E....M@.@.......
    0x0010:  0805 00e8 c6ec 0050 e603 f013 cb0f d942  .......P.......B
    0x0020:  8018 80ae ccb8 0000 0101 080a 000f 60df  ..............`.
    0x0030:  fe63 5bbf 4745 5420 2f20 4854 5450 2f31  .c[.GET./.HTTP/1
    0x0040:  2e31 0d0a 5573 6572 2d41 6765 6e74 3a20  .1..User-Agent:.
    0x0050:  4f70 6572 612f 392e 3830 2028 4d61 6369  Opera/9.80.(Maci
    0x0060:  6e74 6f73 683b 2049 6e74 656c 204d 6163  ntosh;.Intel.Mac
    0x0070:  204f 5320 583b 2055 3b20 656e 2920 5072  .OS.X;.U;.en).Pr
    0x0080:  6573 746f 2f32 2e32 2e31 3520 5665 7273  esto/2.2.15.Vers
    0x0090:  696f 6e2f 3130 2e30 300d 0a48 6f73 743a  ion/10.00..Host:
    0x00a0:  2077 7777 2e63 7261 636b 6564 2e63 6f6d  .www.cracked.com
    0x00b0:  0d0a 4163 6365 7074 3a20 7465 7874 2f68  ..Accept:.text/h
    0x00c0:  746d 6c2c 2061 7070 6c69 6361 7469 6f6e  tml,.application
    0x00d0:  2f78 6d6c 3b71 3d30 2e39 2c20 6170 706c  /xml;q=0.9,.appl
    0x00e0:  6963 6174 696f 6e2f 7868 746d 6c2b 786d  ication/xhtml+xm
    0x00f0:  6c2c 2069 6d61 6765 2f70 6e67 2c20 696d  l,.image/png,.im
    0x0100:  6167 652f 6a70 6567 2c20 696d 6167 652f  age/jpeg,.image/
    0x0110:  6769 662c 2069 6d61 6765 2f78 2d78 6269  gif,.image/x-xbi
    0x0120:  746d 6170 2c20 2a2f 2a3b 713d 302e 310d  tmap,.*/*;q=0.1.
    0x0130:  0a41 6363 6570 742d 4c61 6e67 7561 6765  .Accept-Language
    0x0140:  3a20 656e 2c65 733b 713d 302e 392c 6672  :.en,es;q=0.9,fr
    0x0150:  3b71 3d30 2e38 2c69 743b 713d 302e 372c  ;q=0.8,it;q=0.7,
    0x0160:  6465 3b71 3d30 2e36 2c6e 6c3b 713d 302e  de;q=0.6,nl;q=0.
    0x0170:  352c 7376 3b71 3d30 2e34 2c6e 623b 713d  5,sv;q=0.4,nb;q=
    0x0180:  302e 332c 6461 3b71 3d30 2e32 0d0a 4163  0.3,da;q=0.2..Ac
    0x0190:  6365 7074 2d43 6861 7273 6574 3a20 6973  cept-Charset:.is
    0x01a0:  6f2d 3838 3539 2d31 2c20 7574 662d 382c  o-8859-1,.utf-8,
    0x01b0:  2075 7466 2d31 362c 202a 3b71 3d30 2e31  .utf-16,.*;q=0.1
    0x01c0:  0d0a 4163 6365 7074 2d45 6e63 6f64 696e  ..Accept-Encodin
    0x01d0:  673a 2064 6566 6c61 7465 2c20 677a 6970  g:.deflate,.gzip
    0x01e0:  2c20 782d 677a 6970 2c20 6964 656e 7469  ,.x-gzip,.identi
    0x01f0:  7479 2c20 2a3b 713d 300d 0a43 6f6e 6e65  ty,.*;q=0..Conne
    0x0200:  6374 696f 6e3a 204b 6565 702d 416c 6976  ction:.Keep-Aliv
    0x0210:  650d 0a0d 0a                             e....
    16:29:47.336621 00:1b:2f:53:be:8e (oui Unknown) > 00:1b:63:97:e3:63 (oui Unknown), ethertype IPv4 (0x0800), length 66: (tos 0x0, ttl 244, id 22026, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 52) > ., cksum 0x99cf (correct), 1:1(0) ack 482 win 4861 <nop,nop,timestamp 4267924581 1007839>
    0x0000:  4500 0034 560a 4000 f406 6608 0805 00e8  E..4V.@...f.....
    0x0010:  c0a8 011c 0050 c6ec cb0f d942 e603 f1f4  .....P.....B....
    0x0020:  8010 12fd 99cf 0000 0101 080a fe63 5c65  .............c\e
    0x0030:  000f 60df                                ..`.
    16:29:47.403926 00:1b:2f:53:be:8e (oui Unknown) > 00:1b:63:97:e3:63 (oui Unknown), ethertype IPv4 (0x0800), length 1514: (tos 0x0, ttl 244, id 24607, offset 0, flags [DF], proto TCP (6), length 1500) > P, cksum 0x2076 (correct), 1:1449(1448) ack 482 win 4861 <nop,nop,timestamp 4267924647 1007839>
    0x0000:  4500 05dc 601f 4000 f406 564b 0805 00e8  E...`.@...VK....
    0x0010:  c0a8 011c 0050 c6ec cb0f d942 e603 f1f4  .....P.....B....
    0x0020:  8018 12fd 2076 0000 0101 080a fe63 5ca7  .....v.......c\.
    0x0030:  000f 60df 4854 5450 2f31 2e31 2032 3030  ..`.HTTP/1.1.200
    0x0040:  204f 4b0d 0a44 6174 653a 2054 6875 2c20  .OK..Date:.Thu,.
    0x0050:  3133 2041 7567 2032 3030 3920 3233 3a32  13.Aug.2009.23:2
    0x0060:  393a 3438 2047 4d54 0d0a 5365 7276 6572  9:48.GMT..Server
    0x0070:  3a20 4d69 6372 6f73 6f66 742d 4949 532f  :.Microsoft-IIS/
    0x0080:  362e 300d 0a58 2d50 6f77 6572 6564 2d42  6.0..X-Powered-B
    0x0090:  793a 2041 5350 2e4e 4554 0d0a 582d 4173  y:.ASP.NET..X-As
    0x00a0:  704e 6574 2d56 6572 7369 6f6e 3a20 322e  pNet-Version:.2.
    0x00b0:  302e 3530 3732 370d 0a50 7261 676d 613a  0.50727..Pragma:
    0x00c0:  206e 6f2d 6361 6368 650d 0a53 6574 2d43  .no-cache..Set-C
    0x00d0:  6f6f 6b69 653a 2063 7261 636b 6564 5f56  ookie:.cracked_V
    0x00e0:  433d 3b20 646f 6d61 696e 3d2e 6372 6163  C=;.domain=.crac
    0x00f0:  6b65 642e 636f 6d3b 2065 7870 6972 6573  ked.com;.expires
    0x0100:  3d54 6875 2c20 3133 2d41 7567 2d32 3030  =Thu,.13-Aug-200
    0x0110:  3920 3232 3a32 393a 3438 2047 4d54 3b20  9.22:29:48.GMT;.
    0x0120:  7061 7468 3d2f 0d0a 5365 742d 436f 6f6b  path=/..Set-Cook
    0x0130:  6965 3a20 6372 6163 6b65 645f 5345 3d35  ie:.cracked_SE=5
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  13. I don't know that I'd read much into it either way. Most likely they just had some bugs to fix, and some new RAW cameras to support. (And besides, it was critical my iDisk icon be changed to blue immediately :)

    Snow Leopard is Intel-only, so likely Apple will be updating 10.5 for some time yet.


    Apple also provided a security update to 10.4 on the same day, and these security flaws were fixed in the 10.5.8, too, including one of those dreaded dreaded "stack overflow condition leading to arbitrary code execution with system privileges" in the network.


  14. MS's Silverlight 3 has been available for just about a month now. I updated my Mac to Silverlight 3 today. The only thing I need Microsoft's Silverlight video plugin for is the Netflix streaming video.


    Previously, if I dragged the browser to my 2nd monitor (which is my TV), and clicked "full screen", Silverlight jumped back to the main monitor. Peh. I'm happy to report it now does full screen on the 2nd monitor, which is great!

  15. Today I wasn't able to update my Twitter feed from the Opera (my default browser.) This had previously worked, but today i click "update" and a small message is sent to twiiter.com and the "working" circle icon appears, but the update doesn't complete.

    I knew Twitter has service problems with a DDoS attack Thursday that continued today. But then I found I can update from either Safari (4.0.2) or Firefox (3.5.) But not from Opera 9.64 or 10.0b1 or 10.b2.


    Since this had been working OK, I was wondering if maybe it's something in the 10.5.8 update, which I applied this morning? (Or, maybe Twitter changed something?)

    Looking for ideas, counter examples, confirmation, thoughts or sympathy.


    "If only there was some short, shallow, self-indulgent way to express my horror."

  16. Assuming you mean with Apple's OSX Mail application,...


    First, before you do this, you can archive the mail in a mailbox by right-clicking (or control-clicking) on that mailbox and selecting Archive Mailbox. This is a good idea in case you discover later you really wish you could remember one of those messages you deleted.


    Then open Mail's Preferences and visit the @ Accounts pane. Select the account for the mailbox on the left side of the preference pane.


    If the account type is POP then just click the little "-" minus box on the bottom of the pane. That will parmanently delete the mail account mailbox and all messages it contains from Mail. Mail will no longer check that account for new mail. Your POP account's mail provider may continue to accept new messages for you. You'll have to contact them (via website or phone, depends on who it is) to delete the account on their end.


    If the account type is IMAP or MobileMe, then go to the "Mailbox Behavior" and set the "Trash" behavior to Erase deleted messages when "Quitting Mail". Select the mailbox in Mail and select all the messages in that mailbox (command-A) and click the delete icon. Then right-click (or command-click) the Trash mailbox and select "Erase Deleted Message". Then go back to the Mail Preferences pane and delete the account with the "-" minus button at the bottom. Your IMAP account's mail provider may continue to accept new messages for you. You'll have to deal with them (via website or phone, depends on who it is) to delete the account on their end.


    Backups are a good thing before making major changes, in case you accidentally delete something that turns out to be important later.

  17. I don't have an Apple TV, so I have no direct experience, but I do know that on my iTunes "Advanced" menu there's a "Create Apple TV version" just below the "Create iPod or iPhone version". I would try applying that to the balking video, and I presume iTunes will re-encode it to something appropriate to Apple TV.

  18. OK, static IP doesn't help, so it's the interface that's gone down, not the DHCP lease that's gotten lost. Can you tell if there's any outgoing traffic?


    As an alternative to a reboot, try Network prefpane, authenticate, select "Built-in Ethernet" on left (by the way, is it green, yellow, or red?), select "Make Service Inactive" from the working/action/gear pull-down menu thingie at the bottom (next to plus and minus. What is that sprocket called?). Apply. Then make same interface active again and Apply again. See if that kicks it back to life.



    Some possibly interesting terminal command when the interface is jammed up:

    bash-3.2#  ifconfig en0   
    inet6 fe80::21b:63ff:fe97:e363%en0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x4 
    inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
    ether 00:1b:63:97:e3:63 
    media: autoselect (100baseTX <full-duplex,flow-control>) status: active
    supported media: autoselect 10baseT/UTP <half-duplex> 10baseT/UTP <full-duplex> 10baseT/UTP <full-duplex,hw-loopback> 10baseT/UTP <full-duplex,flow-control> 100baseTX <half-duplex> 100baseTX <full-duplex> 100baseTX <full-duplex,hw-loopback> 100baseTX <full-duplex,flow-control> 1000baseT <full-duplex> 1000baseT <full-duplex,hw-loopback> 1000baseT <full-duplex,flow-control> none
    bash-3.2#  route -nv get
    u: inet; u: link ; RTM_GET: Report Metrics: len 128, pid: 0, seq 1, errno 0, flags:<UP,GATEWAY,HOST,STATIC>
    locks:  inits: 
    sockaddrs: <DST,IFP> 
      route to:
    destination: default
          mask: default
     interface: en0
    recvpipe  sendpipe  ssthresh  rtt,msec    rttvar  hopcount      mtu     expire
          0         0         0         0         0         0      1500         0 
    locks:  inits: 
    default default en0:0.1b.63.97.e3.63
    bash-3.2#  netstat -I en0 -i -w 5 
               input          (en0)           output
      packets  errs      bytes    packets  errs      bytes colls
           19     0      18634         21     0       1880     0
            0     0          0          1     0         70     0
            0     0          0          0     0          0     0

    The first command checks the status of the en0 (ethernet) interface (UP, active). The second checks if there's a configured route for your traffic (to, which is apple.com, which is just an address to use without needing to query DNS, which presumably isn't working.) The latter reports packet and byte statistics in and out on the Ethernet every 5 seconds, just to see if it's making any attempt to actually send data.

  19. Have you tried just assigning your Macbook a static IP address to see if the issue is a DHCP-specific glitch? That might work around the problem.

    Make a new location for the static IP, put in an IP address on the same subnet as your other home computers (e.g, first three IP components the same as your DLink DHCP is assigning, E.g. 192.168.0.... ? Then give it a final component well out of the range of the others. (E.g., if your Dlink usually hands out addresses like, give it or - remember it has to be between 2 and 254.) I'm sure if you work at multiple locations using DHCP all the time is more convenient, but keeping a "Home" location sounds more convenient than rebooting all the time. (You'll also want to configure in a DNS address or two, based on your ISP.)





    If you have to do this to more than one home computer, you'll want to keep track of which IPs you've assigned already.

  20. One of the things I like abot TechTool Pro version 5 is the option to run an extended memory test & leave it pounding all night.


    You might try a look in your /var/log/system.log file (one that covers a panic.) The last batch of messages before the reboot might suggest something. (There will be older system.log.N.bz2 files if the current log doesn't cover the time of a panic. You can expand the .bz2 back to readable with the bunzip terminal command if necessary.)


    To find where my Mac rebooted, I usually search system.log for 'Darwin Kernel Version', but the reboot actually stars a dozen lines before. (In the example below, I deliberately restarted, because I haven't had a real kernel panic (gray screen of "you must reboot") in ages. Usually the timestamp will show exavtly where the reboot began. In the example below, it restarts at 08:23:45, meaning everything before that is part of the previous system's last words.


    Jul 24 08:23:13 HMSClone loginwindow[36]: DEAD_PROCESS: 0 console
    Jul 24 08:23:14 HMSClone shutdown[288]: reboot by boss:
    Jul 24 08:23:14 HMSClone shutdown[288]: SHUTDOWN_TIME: 1248448994 669754
    Jul 24 08:23:14 HMSClone mDNSResponder mDNSResponder-176.3 (Jan 27 2009 14:51:58)[15]: stopping
    Jul 24 08:23:14 HMSClone com.apple.loginwindow[36]: Shutdown NOW!
    Jul 24 08:23:14 HMSClone com.apple.loginwindow[36]: System shutdown time has arrived^G^G
    Jul 24 08:23:14 HMSClone com.apple.SystemStarter[50]: Stopping Privoxy
    Jul 24 08:23:14 HMSClone com.apple.SystemStarter[50]: Jul 24 08:23:14 Privoxy(00000238) Info: exiting by signal 15 .. bye
    Jul 24 08:23:15 HMSClone mDNSResponder[15]: mDNS_StopNATOperation: NATTraversalInfo 00824204 not found in list
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost kernel[0]: npvhash=4095
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost com.apple.launchctl.System[2]: launchctl: Please convert the following to launchd: /etc/mach_init.d/chum.plist
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost com.apple.launchctl.System[2]: launchctl: Please convert the following to launchd: /etc/mach_init.d/dashboardadvisoryd.plist
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost com.apple.launchctl.System[2]: launchctl: Please convert the following to launchd: /etc/mach_init.d/pilotfish.plist
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost com.apple.launchd[1] (com.apple.distccdConfigd): Unknown key: SHAuthorizationRight
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost com.apple.launchd[1] (com.apple.usbmuxd): Unknown key for boolean: EnableTransactions
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost com.apple.launchd[1] (org.apache.httpd): Unknown key: SHAuthorizationRight
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost com.apple.launchd[1] (org.cups.cupsd): Unknown key: SHAuthorizationRight
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost com.apple.launchd[1] (org.ntp.ntpd): Unknown key: SHAuthorizationRight
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost com.apple.launchd[1] (org.x.privileged_startx): Unknown key for boolean: EnableTransactions
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost DirectoryService[11]: Launched version 5.7 (v514.25)
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost kernel[0]: hi mem tramps at 0xffe00000
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost kernel[0]: PAE enabled
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost kernel[0]: 64 bit mode enabled
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost kernel[0]: Darwin Kernel Version 9.7.0: Tue Mar 31 22:52:17 PDT 2009; root:xnu-1228.12.14~1/RELEASE_I386
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost kernel[0]: standard timeslicing quantum is 10000 us
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost kernel[0]: vm_page_bootstrap: 972662 free pages and 75914 wired pages
    Jul 24 08:23:45 localhost kernel[0]: mig_table_max_displ = 79

    It's a long shot, but the last few dozen messages here before the panic might give a hint what went wrong.