So I have tried to set up a few installs of Entourage. Each works well, however none of them allowed me to send mail using my mac.com email account, or use the smtp.mac.com server as my outgoing mail server. I always received a connection failure error.
Normally you need to enable authentication to use mac.com as the outgoing mail server. I had that option checked, along with the option to use the login ID and password for authentication. Well turns out there must be a bug, because to finally get my email to send, I had to check the button "login as" instead, and enter my username and password manually. Walla, on all five computers, that fixed the problem.
Note: Why might one want to use this feature, well simple. If you have a portable computer, it allows you to send mail from where ever you connect, i.e. from home, work and friends houses. If you are using your ISPs outgoing mail server, you can only send mail when conected to your ISP.
This doesn't appear to be in the archives, and I get asked this constantly, so I'm submitting it so I can refer people here instead of responding to emails all the time. :-)
Microsoft Internet Explorer in OSX has a bit of a problem displaying PNG files. The seem to work fine when embedded into HTML document, but when you attempt to view them "raw" (e.g. dropping a file onto the window, or browsing a FTP site) they will not load. While at first this appears to be a bug in MSIE, it's actually linked to the Apple Quicktime plugin, which will override IE's default settings!
I'm not really sure if this is the fault of Apple or MS, but here's how to fix it.
Step 1: Go into the Quicktime control panel in System Preferences. Under the plug-in section, click the "MIME Settings..." button. Expand the "images" category, and deselect the "PNG image file" option. This tells the quicktime plugin you no longer wish it to attempt to seize authority over PNG images in your web browser. Now you are finished with this step, so click OK to save your changes and exit System Preferences.
Step 2: Launch IE and go into the preferences. Go to the "File Helpers" category. Sort by extension, so you can find the two (2) ".png" categories (titled "PNG Image [image/x-png]" and "Portable Network Graphic [image/png]"). Edit both these (click "change") in the last category "Handling", change to "View with Browser" for each. Once you have done both, click OK to exit preferences.
Step 3: There is no step 3 (although I'm sure someone will suggest "use Omniweb instead!"). Your settings in IE will stick unless you change the Quicktime preferences back to the defaults, which will override the IE ones the next time you launch.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has switched to a black background Terminal window, with transparency. I'm also sure that I'm not the only one who has been annoyed by the default colour used for dark-blue; it's very hard to read text displayed in that colour (the blue used, for example, to show directory entries in a color 'ls' command).
However, I might actually be the only person who was annoyed enough to fix it. It wasn't easy since the colours used are clearly hardcoded. With a little help from my friends GDB and HexEdit, I can now easily read blue text.
What follows is *not* for the faint-of-heart. I wish there were an easier way, but I can't think of one. If what follows doesn't immediately make sense to you, you're probably better off just living with the Terminal the way it is.
Read the rest of the article for more on changing the color blue inside Terminal.app...
[Editor's note: The following instructions are provided as received. They are far from step-by-step, and you should have a solid understanding of both GDB and HexEdit before proceeding. As that previous sentence does NOT describe me, I have not tried this hint! Proceed at your own risk...really, I mean it - this hint requires additional knowledge beyond what is provided here.]
I didn't see this posted anywhere else. In BBEdit version 6.5.2, you can use the ctrl button, and any directional arrow to move the screen with out moving the cursor. This proves to be very useful from keeping your head from looking at the bottom of the screen all of the time....stopping neck-aches.
Goliath is a freeware open-source app which enables much faster access to iDisks (and other WebDAV sites). Goliath is available for both classic MacOS and MacOS X. It has been around since 1999, but really needs to be more advertised.
[Editor's note: I had never heard of Goliath. I downloaded it and tested it, and there's no doubt about it -- it's a very fast way of using WebDAV to access your iDisk! I had been using AFP in the Finder as it was much faster, but Goliath is at least as fast, if not faster. The only thing I found lacking was documentation on exactly how to connect to the iDisk. In the connection dialog, simply enter http://idisk.mac.com/username and then enter your username and password where noted, and you should be in. Once connected, you can treat the Goliath windows just like Finder windows.]
Although some posts allude to this, I think it's the first mention of sharing an iTunes library between multiple users on the same machine.
I'm encoding my entire CD collection so that my wife and I can fully utilize our iPod. However, with multiple users in OSX, iTunes naturally will create a separate library for each user. Not great when we're both adding new files regularly and need access to the most current roster of available MP3s. It's pretty simple use of aliases to solve the problem:
Logged in as either user, move the iTunes folder from the Documents folder into the Shared user folder.
Delete the same Documents/iTunes folder from each individual user.
Create an alias of this iTunes folder on Shared (remove the word 'alias').
Copy that back to each user's Documents folder so each user has an alias to the Shared/iTunes folder.
Your MP3 files should also be placed in the Shared folder. When you move them, you'll also need to "reset" the index of files in iTunes. Since you've set up everyone to work off ONE library, though, you only need to do it once.
This process will ensure that every user has access to the same list of files, regardless of who adds new rips. We also have an "Unfiled Rips" folder on Shared so we know what's been ripped recently, then file it alphabetically in the master pile 'o MP3s.
[Editor's note: Until I can convince her otherwise, my wife's primary machine is a PC, so I don't have to worry about this situation. We did, however, use Samba to make the MP3 directory on the Mac visible to her PC so that she'll have access to the same library of songs. I, however, am stuck with all the encoding work for now! ;-)]
I hated how once you got a certain number of messages in Mail there was always a messsage in the preview window. I just figured out that command-click can unselect the message so you have just a blank preview part. Hey, I'm happy.
[Editor's note: If you have just a few more messages in your inbox than you have room for, you can also resize the top part of the screen to hold them all without a scrollbar and then click on the white area to deselect the message.]
Over in this thread in the forums, 'gowrann' was having a problem with NetInfo Manager. Any time they tried to save a change in NetInfo Manager, the program replied: "NetInfo write failed! (Operation succeeded)", and the changes were not saved.
'CharlesS' correctly deduced that the problem was the setuid flag on the NetInfo Manager application itself. To correct the problem, open a terminal and type:
% cd /Applications/Utilities % sudo chmod 4775 NetInfo\ Manager.app/Contents/MacOS/NetInfo\ Manager
If you're interested in reading more, the thread has details (courtesy of 'MervTormel') on exactly what the setuid bit is and why it's important to have it correctly set for NetInfo Manager.
Note: Edited to fix the backslash problem noted in the comments. Also note the article on StepWise referenced in the comments regarding security concerns.
I just got a big boost in OS X performance. Ever since getting my iBook, I had AOL's Instant Messenger (AIM) installed and running whenever the book was on. Today while watching top to monitor some stuff for work, I noticed AIM was steadily using 30-35% CPU. Unacceptable.
Renice'ing it using a tip from here didn't help much in this case. So I went through the AIM preferences and removed all the news and stock ticker options so that the tickers don't show up at all. This brought the average CPU down to around 2% and gave my system a huge speed bump. Little things like typing, scrolling and menus are all a lot snappier now.
[Editor's note: There are also numerous AIM clients out there, including Proteus and Fire which may also take less CPU, although I haven't compared them.]
I really like Apple's Clock application: they really put effort into the face of the analog clock, you can make it transparent, and it's a nice replacement for the college student with no wall space. Too bad the face is just too darn big. I use Pocket Watch X ($5 donationware) which gives you all the features of Apple's Clock plus customizeable skins.
Using the skins feature, I placed a reduced version of Apple's clock face on the Pocket Watch X face ... read the rest of the article for the how-to.