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.