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>HP Business Inkjet 2800dtn does not work with Mac!

>After struggling for months to get the HP Business Inkjet 2800dtn working properly with Mac OS X 10.4, I contacted HP support. I told them the printer is extremely slow and fails to properly print moderately complex images.

Result: They told me they know the 2800 does not work well with Mac OS X. Switch to Windows or get your money back. I’m baffled. I explicitly checked for Mac-compatibility when I bought the printer.

However, the HP website still states that the printer is supported. Isn’t this sort of thing illegal?

 
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Posted by on 20 July 2007 in 2800, apple, bij, business inkjet, hewlett-packard, hp, mac, macos, macosx

 

>Even Microsoft prefers Apple hardware?

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When you look at advertisements in newspapers, magazines and on TV, you may get the impression everybody’s using Macs. This is old news.

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.

 
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Posted by on 21 June 2007 in apple, mac, macbook, microsoft office

 

>Mac OS X 10.4.10 update problems

>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:

  1. If you don’t have one, then buy a FireWire 400 connecting cable, so with the same connector on both ends.
  2. Connect 2 Macs using the cable.
  3. 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.
  4. Download the combined Mac OS X update.
  5. Run the update package from the good machine.
  6. When asked for a destination, select the other machine, connected via FireWire.

That’s it 🙂

 
 

>Firefox find-on-page highlighting like Safari 3

>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.

 

>Mighty Mouse scrolling woes

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The Apple Mighty Mouse looks quite good, IMHO, but after only a few months the scroll wheel starts behaving oddly. I have both a wired and a wireless (Bluetooth) version and both have stopped scrolling downwards.

This appears to be a widely known problem with these mice. However, the main hurdle is that they cannot be cleaned internally like older mice could be, in the past.

Just a warning for those who consider buying it: make sure there’s no dirt coming anywhere near your scroll button; poking your nose is a recipe for quick disaster 🙂

 

>Open-source iWork

>The Mac OS X application suite iWork consists of two programs: Pages and Keynote.

Pages is a simple word processing application that has good looks and is easy to work with, but comes nowhere near OpenOffice.org Writer or Microsoft Word in terms of features.

Keynote is great presentation software. In my opinion it beats both OpenOffice.org Impress and Microsoft Powerpoint, hands tied to the back. The shows you can create with it are really impressive and in fact make a good showcase for Mac OS X’s graphics capabilities.

However, Pages has quite a few bugs and lacks important features needed for writing larger documents (e.g. cross-references). There are improvements planned for iWork ’07, but I doubt it will bring Pages to the feature level I would require for day-to-day text processing.

Both products have limited export features, with various bugs, and lacking OpenDocument support, for example.

Considering the low price of iWork, it seems the application suite is more a showcase for Mac OS X features than a real competitor to Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org.

However, this may change, if Apple decides to open-source iWork. This may boost the development of iWork, allowing the community to fix bugs and add new features. Like MySQL, Apple could decide to ask money for support. Or they could even choose a license that is free for personal use and non-profit organisations but costs money for commercial organisations. There’s all sorts of options.

Apple has experience with the open-source community, since they adapted Konqueror to become WebKit, the engine for their Safari browser. But then again, perhaps this is the reason they won’t consider it…

 

>OmniGroup support replied to OmniPlan feedback

>When posting the OmniPlan 1.0 feedback, I also sent this feedback to the OmniGroup support team, in 2 e-mails.

To both e-mails, they replied within a day!

  • Some of my items had immediately been translated to feature requests.
  • Spell checking is already planned for the next release, OmniPlan 1.1.
  • Printing can be configured by selecting “OmniPlan” in the drop-down box.
  • On other items I was asked for elaboration.

All my feedback was taken seriously, instantly. I have just one word for the support I received from OmniGroup so far: fabulous.

 
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Posted by on 21 December 2006 in apple, mac, macos, macosx, omnigroup, omniplan, support

 

>Some more OmniPlan feedback

>Some more suggestions regarding OmniPlan 1.0:

  • Provide some visual (or audio-) feedback when saving a file. When I press Cmd-S, there is no reaction from the program whatsoever. It makes me wonder whether I pressed the right key combo.

Regarding printing:

  • When I press Cmd-P, I expect the Print dialog to display instantly. Instead, I have to wait about 10 seconds.
  • When printing a document, I would like to be able to configure what to print, e.g. the task list.
  • When printing a document, I expect would like to be able to configure printing options on the thing I’m printing. E.g. do not print efforts, only task names, but do print start and end dates and assigned resources.
  • The quality of print output is suboptimal. E.g. there are page breaks in the middle of lines of text.
  • It would be nice to be able to configure page numbers on prints.
 

>OmniPlan 1.0

>Just purchased OmniPlan 1.0, a project management application for Mac OS X. Works like a charm. It’s a really intuitive application, allowing me to use the keyboard for most if not all tasks I need to perform.

However, of course I can produce a little wishlist of things I’d like to see improved:

  • When I navigate with the keyboard to a task that has no description or range explicitly set, I’d like to be able to remove such an empty task with Backspace, just a single key press.
    However, since the text in the item (e.g. “Task 1”) is not selected, I have to: (a) select all text, (b) Backspace to delete this text and (c) Backspace again to delete the task.
  • In the Resource View, it is not possible to select a range of tasks by clicking on the first one and then Shift-clicking on the last one. This is tedious when I want to process a lot of tasks in the same go.
  • I’d like to be able to mark items somehow, for example with a color coding. This allows me to easily see which items I’ve double-checked or for which items I still need to enter the depencies, make sure the dependencies are of the right type, or enter the efforts (durations).
  • It would be nice if a task could be promoted to a group.
  • An option to automatically delete empty tasks.
  • Spell checking is missing, it seems. It should be fairly easy to integrate with the Mac OS X system spell checking service.
  • Support for the Dutch locale would be nice.
  • Integration with the Leopard task system would be nice, when Leopard comes out.

But as I said, overall it’s a great program!

 
 

>Adobe Photoshop CS2 installation

>I need an image edit program. On Linux I used GIMP, which is quite powerful and nice to work with. On Mac OS X, however, GIMP is not so easy to install and does not integrate with the Mac OS very well. I used DarwinPorts, which automates the fetching, compilation and installation and even the dependency handling.
The fact that GIMP is not integrated with the Mac made me look at alternatives. I could not find a lot of image editing programs for the Mac, which surprises me. It’s probably my lack of search abilities.
Anyway, the obvious alternative is Adobe Photoshop. The current version is CS2, 9.0. At almost 400 MB, the download is fairly big. One of the first things it asked me is whether it’s OK to look for updates. I said OK. I didn’t expect any, since I just downloaded it and I would expect all the download to contain all current updates. However, it still proposed installing about a dozen updates.
That’s OK as well. But then during the update installation process, I was asked for my password about 6 times. That’s just plain annoying.
Any tips on alternative image edit programs for the Apple, let me know.