However, it seems even Microsoft is now showing Apple hardware on their site (more specifically, on their Dutch Office Online start page). Have a look at the laptop in the picture: clearly an Apple.
Monthly Archives: June 2007
>After installing the Mac OS X 10.4.10 update on the brand-new 20-inch iMac, it didn’t come up after reboot anymore. All I saw was the Apple logo and this spinning wheel.
Thanks to the support guys from the Apple shop called ‘The Innovators‘ (Tilburg, Netherlands) the problem was quickly fixed as follows:
- If you don’t have one, then buy a FireWire 400 connecting cable, so with the same connector on both ends.
- Connect 2 Macs using the cable.
- Restart the faulty one and hold T while it boots. You should then get the FireWire logo on the screen. The harddisk of the faulty machine is now mounted on the other one.
- Download the combined Mac OS X update.
- Run the update package from the good machine.
- When asked for a destination, select the other machine, connected via FireWire.
That’s it 🙂
>Quick tip: To use VNC through an SSH tunnel, make SSH bind to a local port while connecting it to a remote port. Then just connect your VNC master application to the local port.
Setting up an SSH tunnel goes as follows:
ssh -N -Llocalport:remoteip:remoteport intermediate_machine
For example, if you have a remote machine at 10.0.0.1 behind a server
some.domain.com you can connect to with SSH, do:
ssh -N -L5900:10.0.0.1:5900 some.domain.com
Press Ctrl-C to kill the tunnel.
>Here’s a quick tip for Mac OS X users that want to speed up their DNS lookups. If you don’t get annoying ‘Looking up server’ messages frequently, you’re safe to skip this one:
Warning: This is only for power users (those that know what UNIX and Terminal are about).
>Although I’m not too enthusiastic about the new Apple Safari 3 beta, one simple feature I do appreciate a lot is the way it highlights find-on-page results. It really makes day-to-day browsing more productive.
I wonder if there is any Firefox 2.0 plugin that can do something similar. So far I haven’t been able to find anything.
>Some more hints for Mac OS X users:
- Use the GrApple Eos Pro theme in Firefox to make Firefox look like a decent OS X citizen.
- And install Hyperwords for nifty inline hyper-referencing of (groups of) words; see the demo.
GrApple looks fantastic. The only thing I noticed is that the Tag button (part of the del.icio.us extension) looks quite vague. That’s probably because the icons are now a log smaller than they used to be. Otherwise it looks great.
>Here’s a list of a few more of my favourite Mac OS X apps for regular users (not developers or artists and such):
- QuickSilver (Ctrl-Space), a kind over über-Spotlight – for quickly starting programs and much much more…
- Growl, for more notifications than you can possibly think of; mainly for incoming e-mail.
- Tomato Torrent, just in case you happen to need to download via Bittorrent.
- StuffIt Expander 11, for accessing different kinds of archives (e.g.
>For a customer I bought an iMac 20-inch (2.16 GHz C2D, 2GB), which I’m now configuring. On top of Mac OS X 10.4.9, iLife and iWork ’06 I’m customizing the machine as follows, to suit his needs:
- Parallels 3.0 and inside it Windows XP Home Edition.
- NeoOffice 2.1, with the Dutch localization pack, setting the default file format for saving to the Microsoft Office (2000) file formats.
- Adobe Reader 8.1 for viewing PDF files.
- RealPlayer 10 for viewing Real content.
- Flip4Mac WMV 2.1.2 for playing Windows Media in QuickTime.
- Microsoft Office 2007 (within the Windows XP virtual machine) as a fallback for NeoOffice and in order to be able to open/convert Office 2007 files (such as .docx and .xlsx).
- Witch (for Option-Tab) as an improvement over Cmd-Tab.
- Firefox 2.0 (as a replacement for Safari) in combination with the del.ico.us Bookmarks extension, enabling the option Hide Bookmarks Menu and the FasterFox extension.
- PageSender 4.0 ($39) for sending and receiving faxes.
- Adobe Flash 9 for playing Flash content in all browsers (Safari and Firefox).
- VueScan 8.4 to support the HP ScanJet 5470c scanner.
Some challenges I’m still facing:
- Which version of Office 2007 should I choose? I expect only Word or Excel is occasionally needed.
- How do I convert all current faxes from WinFax Pro 9 to the Mac?
- How can I use VNC through the DSL modem and firewall? — Update: this is fairly easy with an SSH tunnel.
- (How well) does VueScan integrate with PageSender? Or how well can I make them integrate using Automator?