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  1. I'm not sure why threading by indentation is so critical, but it sounds like you want a Usenet Newsgroup Newsreader. (Not to be confused with an RSS Feed Newsreader.) This is what OE & Entourage handle (but I don't recall OE indenting threads any differently than Entourage.)


    Thoth is my personal favorite, but is no longer available (withdrawn by author, reason unknown.) Other choices:



    MT-Newswatcher (Indents threading; Recommended)




    $25: Unison. Indents threading. (Recommended)

  2. Something did change in Tiger with regard to iTunes and Fast User Switching, but it's not exactly "Music sharing".


    When logged in as user A, if I launch iTunes and set sharing preferences to "Share my music" and "Look for shared music"; then, leaving iTunes running on user A, use Fast User Switching to log in as user B, I can launch iTunes, set its preferences to "Look for shared music", and wait for the shared playlist of user A's iTunes to appear in the list of playlists, click the playlist and wait for the library to load, and then play music from user A's library. That still works (for me, anyway).


    What doesn't work with Tiger is to leave iTunes playing on user A and switch to user be and still have user A's music playing. iTunes now automatically pauses when you fast user switch. (so does Real Player and Windows Media Player, for that matter.) I think Apple has now decided that the sound output resource belongs exclusively to the currently active user. (I can see the argument for that, but I personally prefer the other way, and wish there was an option to revert to it.)

  3. Strange. I install all my software, including Office X, using a separate admin account, then use it from a normal user account. That seems to work fine.


    I assume this is Office 2004? Did you use the Installer, or the drag-and-drop method? If the latter, did you put it in the /Applications folder or perhaps put it in a folder in the Admin user's Home folder by mistake?


    I suggest you log in again using the admin account, locate the Microsoft Office 2004 folder in your /Applications folder. Then use Finder/File/Get Info, expanding the "Ownership & Permissions" section, view "Details", and make sure both Group and Others have "Read only" access.

  4. I'm going to have to make a correction (or as we prefer to say the office, a "refinement").


    If you are going to use iTunes' built-in "Show duplicate songs" feature, that's not going to do what you want. The reason his "Show duplicates songs" is not a Playlist. It's something "Special", like using the search string. So if you run that script on the "Show duplicates...", you're going to end up selecting every other song of your entire Library.


    Choice of two ways around this:


    You can grab all the duplicates songs and make a new Playlist out of them, then proceed based on that new Playlist.


    Or, you can Show duplicate songs, and then select all the duplicates, and change the AppleScript line:


    set theTracks to the tracks of thePlaylist


    set theTracks to the selection


    Sorry, I should've paid more attention to your intended usage. :oops:

  5. I can suggest an oblique way to approach this task:


    The AppleScript below will add "Duplicate" in front of the comment of every other track of the current iTunes playlist. (Copy and paste into /Applications/AppleScript/Script Editor and run.) After doing that, you can sort the playlist by Comment and then select the now contiguous tracks that contain "Duplicate" as the first word of the comment field. And then return to the original sorting order and every other track will be selected. (of course, if you then plan to do something else with the selected tracks, you might well be able to just incorporate that into the AppleScript directly.)


    tell application "iTunes"
    -- get the playlist in the current window
    set thePlaylist to the view of browser window 1
    set theTracks to the tracks of thePlaylist
    repeat with i from 1 to the count of theTracks
     -- pick every other track (even numbered track in list)
     if (i = ((i / 2 as integer) * 2)) then
    	 set tr to item i of theTracks
    	 -- add " duplicate " as a prefix to existing comment
    	 set trComment to the comment of tr as string
    	 set the comment of tr to " duplicate " & trComment
     end if
    end repeat
    end tell

    See correction below :oops:

  6. I can share everything else, just not podcasts...very strange...

    Yup. The iTunes standard "Podcasts" playlist (the one with the purple microphone icon) isn't available for sharing for me, either. Downloaded podcasts are treated rather strangely by iTunes 4.9. They also don't show up in the main Library, and they don't show up in "Smart playlists".


    For all those reasons, the first thing I do with received podcasts is to drag them from the iTunes "Podcasts" playlist to my own "My podcasts" playlist. Once you do that, they show up in the main Library, are available for sharing, and appear in the Smart Playlists. (interestingly, it still uses the same file.)

  7. Here's an advanced tip on using a mail alias in Entourage:


    When you receive a message addressed to your .Mac alias, you will actually receive it on your primary .Mac e-mail address. Because of that, when you click "Reply" in Entourage, Entourage will set the "From" e-mail address to the e-mail address of the account (your primary .Mac e-mail address, not the alias e-mail address.) That forces you to always remember to check of the "From" pulldown menu when you reply to an alias message.


    You can automate this: create a Entourage Rule which activates for messages where "Any recipient" is your an e-mail alias. Have that rule perform an action to run an AppleScript. Enter the following AppleScript in the Script Editor (in your /Applications/AppleScript folder), and save it someplace convenient that you can have the Rule run it.


    tell application "Microsoft Entourage"
    --set theMessage to item 1 of (get current messages)
    set theMessages to (get current messages)
    repeat with i from 1 to (count theMessages)
     set theMessage to item i of theMessages
    	 set msgAccount to account of theMessage -- based on account received from
     on error
    	 set msgAccount to default mail account -- always covered
     end try
     -- Find the alias Account id by scanning the accounts by name
     set aliasAccount to msgAccount
     repeat with acct in every POP account
    	 if the name of acct contains "NameOfAliasAccount" then
       set aliasAccount to acct
    	 end if
     end repeat
     -- Change the account of the message
     set the account of theMessage to irysAccount
    end repeat
    end tell


    Replace the NameofAliasAccount with whatever name you assigned in Entourage to the account associated with the alias address.


    By doing this, when you click "Reply" to a message sent to the alias, Entourage will automatically choose the alias account as your default "From".

  8. The way a .Mac alias works, you will receive all mail associated with the alias through your primary .Mac account.


    You can configure Entourage to send mail with a "From" e-mail address of anything you choose, including a .Mac alias. Just configure a new account, set the "E-mail address" of the account to whatever you want, and provide an SMTP server, such as the one your ISP gives you or .Mac (smtp.mac.com). Don't include this account in your "Send and receive all"; in fact, don't try to receive for the account at all (any mail sent to that account will be received on the account associated with your primary .Mac e-mail address.) When you are composing a message in Entourage, select that account from the "From:" pulldown menu of the message composition window. Entourage will send it "from" whatever e-mail address you specified for that account.

  9. ifconfig will only show you the IP address on your local network. (you can also see that with Network Utility or in the System Preferences/Network pane.) If you're using a router, that IP address is worthless for connecting from outside your home/office. You need to access the router's admin functions to determine it's WAN address, or just use a site like WhatIsMyIP.com for that.

  10. (of course i've changed last numbers to x and y)
    Why hide your IP ? Your Mac can take it! (Besides, it ain't as if 100 people a day don't probe your IP at random. I got probed 3 times while typing this! Port 445 (Windows SBot worm) seems popular today.)

  11. ... It takes a very little space in the menu bar, and it shows both local and external IPs

    Except in your example image, is not your external IP address (compare to http://whatismyip.com to see your real external IP address.) It looks like you have an ABS chained to another router (LinkSys, or built-in to your broadband modem maybe?)

  12. It takes 2-3 hours to index my 80GB HD from scratch.


    Open Terminal, type "top -o cpu" (without quotes) & RETURN. The "spotlight" tasks are "mdimport" and "mds" (MD=MetaData).


    % top -o cpu
    Processes:  81 total, 4 running, 77 sleeping... 311 threads            09:35:21
    Load Avg:  2.50, 0.88, 0.69     CPU usage:  84.8% user, 15.2% sys, 0.0% idle
    SharedLibs: num =  185, resident = 34.5M code, 4.14M data, 15.6M LinkEdit
    MemRegions: num = 15717, resident =  436M + 13.7M private,  124M shared
    PhysMem:   104M wired,  601M active,  306M inactive, 1011M used, 12.2M free
    VM: 8.05G +  126M   49856(1) pageins, 21625(0) pageouts
     176 mds         26.5%  3:46.94   8   108   152   132M- 2.68M   132M   171M 
    1088 mds         17.0%  0:00.21   3    61    44   752K  2.74M  2.23M  38.8M
    1263 top         14.3%  0:00.10   1    17    21   724K   340K  1.14M  26.9M
    1232 mdimport    11.0%  0:00.27   4    62    51   808K  2.82M  2.83M  39.4M
    1092 mdimport     3.0%  0:02.24   4    62    57  1.29M  4.14M  3.25M  40.2M
     223 iTunes       3.0%  8:17.89   1   984   876  25.0M  15.8M  32.0M  22.3M

  13. Besides, even if I did get this script to work, it still wouldn't be that helpful. I'd still have to remember what disc number the audio book was on, and the track number on that disc. Say: "Disc 7, Track 13".

    Audible audiobooks have their own, proprietary format, with a .aa suffix, that is bookmarkable. Resuming where you left off is automatic (just as iTunes 4.9 does automatically with Podcasts.)


    (Apple seems to have added a new ability to actually retain bookmark within a track on .mp3 files of type "Podcast" (a new attributes of audio tracks in iTunes 4.9), although based on reports, that is only supported on 4th generation iPods.)


    AAC files whose suffix has been changed from .m4a to .m4b can be madebookmarkable. (The trick is to rip the audiobook CDs in AAC, then change the suffix on the file from .m4a to .m4b, use e.g.File Buddy or similar app to change the old File Type code to "M4B" and import to iTunes again.) That will make a track retain bookmarks on iTunes and a 3G iPod. The "Make Bookmarkable" script never seemed to work for me, either.


    As far as I know, bookmarks only apply to position within the track itself. I don't know of any mechanism to keep track automatically of which track of a multi-track audio book you last played. I usually look through the "Recently played" playlist to determine what track of a multi-track audiobook I played last.


    If you have an audiobook that has a large number of tracks, you could create a "Smart playlist" to keep track of what you have listened to for you. Set the smart playlist to have two criteria: "Album" "Contains" title of audiobook and "Playcount" is 0. unfortunately, based on my experience, with the current iPod firmware, this won't update the smart playlist automatically on your iPod until you sync with iTunes again.