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Using Sherlock URLs to ease searches Internet
In Jaguar, the new version of Sherlock can be controlled via "sherlock:" URLs. This allows you to open Sherlock to a particular channel and set some of the data for that channel. This is handy if you want to create URL shortcuts for the channels that you use most frequently.

The URLs take the form of "sherlock://[channel id]?[parameters]". For instance, to open the dictionary channel and look up the word "algorithm", you can use the URL "sherlock://". To just open Sherlock to the dictionary channel, you'd use "sherlock://".

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Software base station internet access fix Internet
I discovered the hard way that if you intend on using a Jaguar system as a Software Base Station (aka Airport Internet Sharing), you have to either:
  1. Turn the built-in Firewall OFF
  2. If the firewall is on, turn Personal Web Sharing on as well
  3. Under Firewall settings, add a New Port set to Port 80 (just call it "Airport Internet Sharing" or whatever you'd like), and turn it ON. Basically, Port 80 has to be turned on in the Firewall.
If you don't do one of the above, you'll get an excellent wireless signal ... but will not be able to surf wirelessly no matter how strong the signal or how perfect the other settings are. This doesn't appear to effect file sharing, just internet access.

Easily fixable, but a stupid glitch to let get by -- even a simple note of explanation written in the Internet Sharing dialogue would've been enough!
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Install ColdFusion MX server on OS X Internet
It may be that everyone who cares about this already knows, but you can now run the ColdFusion MX server on OS X thanks to a great effort by Dick Applebaum and his wonderful article over at O'reilly. Thanks Dick!

Basically, you have to install the Linux version (Macromedia does not think there is any money to be made by releasing a Mac installer ... ColdFusion MX is written in Java) on a Linux box and then tar the resulting directory and move it to a OS X machine.

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Share your screensaver images with others Internet
On my iDisk (in the Software folder), I found a program called Mac Slides Publisher. Turns out you can drag images onto it, and it will build an automatic slideshow to share on the web!

To test it out, go into Screen Effects, check the .Mac screensaver, and point towards the "jragon" iDisk. You'll see a slideshow I put together.

[Editor's note: If you decide to share your images in this manner, note that each user who uses your screensaver will end up with a copy of each picture displayed on their local machine ... at least, I did after testing this! Additionally, you (obviously) need a subscription to create slide shows.]
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Bellsouth ADSL and Alcatel USB Speedtouch setup Internet
I searched over the past two days and found some items of interest regarding my Alcatel USB Speedtouch modem and BellSouth ADSL service. BTW, Bellsouth was much less than accomodating and of the four people I talked to, not one knew a thing about Mac OS in general, so I hope this helps someone. Let me know if it does.

To get your modem working, first download the OS X Drivers from the SpeedTouch site. Then read pages 31 to 45 of the online manual here on how to set it up here (note that the page numbers may have changed; just find the Mac OS X section). Enjoy!
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OS X 10.1.5 and MTU settings Internet
Ever since updating to Mac OS 10.1.5 I had problems sending out emails through Verizon who now requires SMTP authentication when sending out mail. For days I couldn't send out anything larger than around 33k before the everything would just stop and I would get an error message. Entourage and would both react the same way.

I called Verizon's Tech support and they incorrectly told me to update my Airport software - "My colleagues are telling me its version 2.0.4." I later found out that Verizon is using an MTU setting of 1492 instead of the standard MTU 1500. You can set the MTU manually in the terminal by typing:
 % sudo ifconfig en1 mtu 1492
Doing this is only good until you reboot your Mac then it defaults back to 1500. Here's my solution.

Log in as root and launch the terminal. I used pico but vi and emacs will work, too. Open the network file located at /System -> Library -> StartupItems -> Network -> Network and find the references to setting up your network interface. Add a line and enter ifconfig en1 mtu 1492 for airport or ifconfig en0 mtu 1492 for ethernet.

This needs to be done on ALL computers connected to the internet and sending email using Restart your computer and you should now automatically be setup with an MTU of 1492 and emails should send correctly. Life is good.
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Sharing a cable modem connection with Brickhouse Internet
I know that this should be easy in 10.2/Jaguar, but in the meantime ... I have a cable connection to the Internet and wanted to share my connection with another Mac on my network. I spent ages searching the net but couldn't find a clear description of how to get it going. I managed to figure it out with the help of the shareware program Brickhouse.

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Automatic thumbnail images on iTools pages Internet
For those using Apple's iTools to host web pages, this might be useful if you are coding your own web pages (instead of using the iTools "Homepage" feature).

When using Apple's iTools for web site hosting, there is an application that will automatically generate a thumbnail image from a full-size image file. The image(s) you want to make a thumbnail of must reside on your iDisk. A properly coded URL will create these thumbnail's on the fly. I discovered this by inspecting a file created by Homepage and then playing around with the URLs. There may be more thumbnail sizes, but these are the only ones that work as far as I know (width x height):
  • 119 x 88 pixels, 122 x 91 pixels, 260 x 195 pixels, 273 x 195 pixels
To use any one of these thumbnail sizes, you need to code the URL like this:
<IMG src="/user/.cv/user/Sites/picture.jpg-thumb_wide_high.jpg">
Note: Make sure you replace 'wide' and 'high' with the width and height of the respective thumbnail, as shown in the table above. Replace 'user' with your iTools username and 'picture.jpg' with the path to and name of the picture you want a thumbnail of. For the other iTools folders (Public, Pictures, Movies), the path statement would look like:
Replace 'dir_name' with 'Public', 'Pictures', or 'Movies' to access each respective folder. The "public" URL of these paths would look like:
As a working example, to create a 260x195 thumbnail image for "kitchen.jpg" on an iTools page owned by "macguy", the URL would be:
<IMG src="/macguy/.cv/macguy/Sites/kitchen.jpg-thumb_260_195.jpg">
[Editor's note: I have not tested this hint myself...]
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Control upload speeds to improve downloads Internet
I found this very cool free app called CarraFix. This app is designed to allow you to control the bandwidth that uploads use when you run a Carracho or Hotline server. It uses the built-in "ipfw" command on OSX to do this.

The problem that it solves is that when you are uploading something utilizing all your upload bandwidth, surfing or downloading comes to a grinding halt because the acknowledgment packets can't be sent in a timely manner since your upload pipe is saturated. Carrafix allows you to set a delay between packets that are being sent on a specific port. This basically allows you to control how fast data is sent on that port which leaves time/bandwidth for other things.

I thought that was cool, but I do most of my file transfers using FTP. When I'm uploading stuff to my servers, all other network traffic bogs down to the point where it's pretty useless. I came up with a way to use this same program to throttle back ftp transfers.

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Automatic placment of Salon news on desktop Internet
I'm a subscriber to the premium edition of, and I like to skim through it every weekday morning while I'm having my breakfast. Thanks to AppleScript, cUrl, and cron, I can have it ready for me by the time the coffee's finished.

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