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Set up wireless surfing via a 3G phone Internet
There is little to no existing information on how to get your mobile phone up and running as a UMTS Bluetooth modem for your Mac. There has been a program out for a while called Mobile High Speed 3g, but it costs money. My operator (3) don't have any support for the Mac. But I found a nice fellow who has made the modem scripts available for all SE mobiles.

After you have dragged these to your /Library/Modem Scripts folder, you'll have to go to this page to find your operator's settings. Then just fill in your info under Network Settings and Bluetooth, and choose you new modem script. Remebmer that you might have to use your ATN in the "telephonenumber" field. Also note that you might have to turn off TCP compression and PPP echo under Network/Bluetooth.

Now you're set to go surfing with your SE phone. This tip is more thoroughly explained (in Swedish) in my blog.

[robg adds: We've mentioned taniwha.org.uk in several previous hints as well...]
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Access .Mac web services from behind OpenBSD firewall Internet
We're using OpenBSD 3.7 as a firewall (running pf) and NAT gateway in front of a LAN with some Macs. Everything worked fine, even access to Apple's System Update servers (after applying this hint.) Everything, that is, except the web access to the .Mac services. For instance, webmail.mac.com would show up only halfway and then stall.

Only after commenting out all lines in /etc/pf.conf using the scrub directive could we then login to our .Mac accounts via the web interface, and still do system updates. So the short version of this hint would be: if you want to use the OpenBSD as a firewall in front of Macs, don't activate scrubbing in pf.conf at all -- make sure all lines starting with scrub are commented out. This, of course, is against what the pf FAQ recommends on the above-linked page:
...scrubbing all packets is highly recommended practice.
So maybe our security at the packet level has been diminished a little bit, but at least we can use Software Update on the Macs, and access www.mac.com sites.
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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo Internet
Plaxo is an online service to sync addresses between several clients. A newcomer among the officially supported clients is Apple's Address Book. First you have to register at Plaxo. Then get the Thunderbird extension and the Address Book plugin from www.plaxo.com/downloads and install them.

Please keep the following things in mind:
  1. Plaxo stores the address data on remote server. You may want to read their Privacy Policy first.
  2. The contact's primary e-mail address has to be mapped as "Work" in Address Book.
  3. Backup your Address Book data first! Due an mistake, I accidently trashed all birthday entries. (A modification log is accessible through plaxo.com though.)
Plaxo Toolbars are also available for Outlook, Outlook Express, and Internet Explorer for Windows (with Yahoo! support). Syncing with AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) is also possible and doesn't even require a download.

[robg adds: This previous hint explained how to use Plaxo to migrate contacts from Outlook to Thunderbird. I don't use the service, so I haven't tested either hint.]
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Change ISP depending on time of day via AppleScript Internet
Some internet service providers offer cheap rates that are valid only for a certain time period of the day (eg. 6 pm to 8 am). Connect with this script to automatically choose the cheapest (predetermined) ISP:

-- choose the cheapest ISP 
--
-- example for www.arcor.de (March 2006)

set currhour to (hours of (current date))
if ((currhour > 8) and (currhour < 18)) then
  set tel to "01920782"
  display dialog "Good day!" buttons {"cancel"} giving up after 1
else
  set tel to "01920783"
  display dialog "Good night!" buttons {"cancel"} giving up after 1
end if

set string1 to "Dialing " & tel
display dialog string1 buttons {"cancel"} giving up after 2

tell application "Internet Connect"
  get properties of current configuration of application "Internet Connect"
  set usr to "arcor"
  set psw to "internet"
  connect current configuration to telephone number tel as user usr with password psw
end tell
 

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one...]
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Switch .Mac/AIM account between Adium and iChat Internet
I am mainly using Adium for instant messaging. However, due to limits in the file transfer capabilities of Adium, I sometimes need to switch to iChat, which involves taking my .Mac account in Adium offline, launching iChat, and going online there (I've set iChat not to go online at startup).

Here's a little AppleScript to automate this process. It basically toggles your .Mac/AIM account between Adium and iChat, so if your account in Adium is offline, it will take iChat offline and Adium online, and vice verca.

Note: If your account is an AIM account instead of .Mac, change Mac in the second line to AIM.
tell application "Adium"
  set adiumAccount to ID of first account whose serviceID is "Mac"
  set adiumOnline to online of account id adiumAccount
end tell

if adiumOnline then
  tell application "Adium" to disconnect (account id adiumAccount)
  tell application "iChat" to log in service "AIM"
else
  tell application "Adium" to connect (account id adiumAccount)
  tell application "iChat" to log out service "AIM"
end if
Save it into your user's ~/Library/Scripts folder, and invoke it via your preferred launcher to make this switching nearly instant.
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Install and use the pdnsd proxy DNS server Internet
Tiger only hintOne day I discovered that my Internet Service Provider's Domain Name System (DNS) servers were not working as expected. I did not see the usual "can't find the server" message when I made a typo in Safari. Instead, a search engine appeared offering to help me find what I was looking for.

I realized that this sort of DNS response was undesirable, as it presents security and privacy issues, so I immediately installed the pdnsd proxy DNS server and configured it to query the root servers directly. Since then, my ISP has removed that unwanted "feature," but I continue to use pdnsd for peace of mind.

And now, I've documented how to use the same setup on other Mac OS X version 10.4 computers.
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Set iChat back as the default application for AIM URLs Internet
I recently found that if you have installed Adium on your Mac, it automatically becomes the default application to handle all the IM protocols it supports. This is really bad. When you install Adium, it will register all the IM protocols, without asking. Bug or not, the developers are working on a new option to handle this more gracefully.

A simple preference to change this, just as Safari lets you switch the default browser, should be built into iChat. But alas, Apple doesn't think so. And thus, Adium's assumption that you will use it for everything is troublesome -- how do you return to using iChat (AIM protocoal) once Adium has been installed? Considering Adium doesn't support even basic audio chats and has trouble with file transfers, this is a valid question.

However, you can easily set iChat as the default for AIM urls with More Internet. It's a preference panel that let's you change default programs for certain internet protocols. Although we shouldn't need a third-party application to solve this problem, it looks like it's necessary until iChat and/or Adium are modified.

[robg adds: The anonymous author didn't provide a detailed explanation of what to do with More Internet. I believe you simply need to add 'aim' as a new protocol, select it in the list, then click Change and point it to iChat. If I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will correct me, and then I'll modify this note!]
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Motorola V3 Razr setup for modem usage Internet
After spending countless unproductive hours looking for a solution elsewhere to get my V3 Razr working as a modem, I found a brilliantly outlined hint from nohl. With very few modifications, I was able to connect. I believe in sharing, and many people around there are acquiring the V3, so they must be as desperate as I was.

This was successfully completed using OSX 10.4.2. Although the original post was about mini-USB cable usage, I have also used the Bluetooth connection, and will describe it as well. If you do not feel like messing with Bluetooth as well, use the mini-USB cable and skip steps two through eight. But I travel enough to have grown a deep hatred of cables, and it is so cool to have a wireless connection between two nicely designed objects.
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Find missing torrent downloads and disk space Internet
If you use Azurueus to download BitTorrent files (from legitimate sources, such as Linux distributions, etc.), you may have this problem.

Possible Symptoms:
  • Files you are downloading may show up in the Torrents window in Azureus - but not on your hard drive. (Not even Spotlight will find them).
  • A large chunk of hard drive space is missing from your system drive.
Causes:
  • You have Azureus set to download its files to an external hard drive, and that drive wasn't mounted once when Azureus was opened.
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A couple of ways to find iDisk upload progress/speed Internet
Anyone who has ever transfered a large file to an iDisk knows how pathetic the copy dialog is. "(Closing file...) - Please wait" tells you nothing about how long it will take, nor how much data has been copied. Recently, I had to upload a moderately-large (30 meg) file over a slow (15 KB/sec) connection. After a half hour or so, I began to wonder what was going on with the transfer -- and the dialog box wasn't helping much.

I opened my Activity Monitor (in Utilities) and switched to the Network view -- I recently had restarted, so my total data sent was roughly equivalent to the data I was sending up to the iDisk. With no other applications sending data, my outgoing data speed was what was getting sent to the iDisk. This helped me verify that my data actually was getting transfered, and that a bunch of it had already gotten there.

Another method that I have used in the past is going to the iDisk and using the "Get Info" on a file that I'm in the process of transferring.

Why Apple doesn't give you a more detailed explanation of what is going on when you send files to an iDisk is beyond me. At least there are some other ways of figuring it out.
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