Xerox has just released OS X PPDs for the Splash RIP, available on their Splash support page.
We have a Xerox 5765 with a RIP running Splash on a Beige G3 (OS 8.6). This was the standard configuration four years ago. Mac OS X was not supported until today (client side). The only downside to the new software is that you have to use AppleTalk. From the ReadMe in the installation file:
The Splash OS X PPD installer installs PPDs for all currently released Splash products for Mac OS X. The products installed are: G630, G620, G610, PCI 6.0, PCI 5.0, DC 4.0, DC 3.0, DC 2.0.
I have installed and used the PPD for the 5799 v.6.0 without any problems.
macosxhints has carried a tip on how to access iDisk from behind a corporate firewall before, but I have found it is even simpler using Goliath.
First choose New Connection (not Connect to iDisk!) from the File menu. Enter the URL of your iDisk; it will be idisk.mac.com/username/ where username is your iTools account username, and then add your password.
Next click the Advanced settings, click Use Proxy Server box and enter the proxy server address (the same as you use to browse) and again the port that you use for http access. Click OK and you're away.
You can then follow the other hints posted to save the connection as a file and put the icon on the toolbar for instant access, even behind your firewall.
When I found out that Apple did not include a PPTP VPN client with OS X, I was a bit disappointed. Sure, Cisco provides a VPN client for those using a Cisco VPN, but what about us folks using a Windows VPN server?
After a bit of searching, I found PiePants, a PPTP client made by Rob Newberry. It works perfectly with my Windows 2000 VPN server. Take a look at it if you need Windows VPN connectivity.
[Editor's note: I have not tried this program myself, but thought it might be of interest to some readers.]
It is possible to rather easily hack the printer driver so that Mac OS X will recognize & print to an Epson 740 networked via AppleTalk and an Axis 1440 ethernet print server. Yay!!!
I was already able to print via USB to the Epson 740, but that is of course not what we needed. We needed to continue to use the 740 as a networked printer, via the Axis 1440 ethernet print server that has worked so well for several years with Mac OS 8 & 9.
This hint might also apply to other similarly unsupported printer models that are similar to a newer, supported model.
Downside: I seem to have lost the ability to print to this printer via Mac OSX USB. Oh well. It still prints ok from Classic mode ethernet, Mac OS 9 ethernet, and Mac OSX ethernet, so I'm not complaining. (I didn't test it with Mac OS 9 USB, but that ought to still be just as it was).
I am running our master network netinfo database on my TiBook and a couple of clones on other portables. Why? Well, in our company we all use portables and we don't have a Mac OS X based server.
I have been fighting with this configuration for quite a while as it is pretty unstable once you change the network location (e.g. forever bouncing apps). The problem is that no matter what network location you choose, nibindd (the process which controls your netinfo processes) will always start all the netinfo databases no matter if they are appropriate for you current network location or not.
Read the rest of the article for a workaround to this problem...
Once you have created a Location File using the method explained in said tip, add that file to your Login Items on the Login system preference pane. Next time you boot or login, the referenced network drive will be automaticly mounted.
Best of all, this method works with servers that don't allow passwords to be saved to the keychain.
Microsoft distributes a UNIX type Line Printer Daemon (lpd) with all versions of Windows 2000. The lpd daemon allows UNIX hosts to print to local printers over a network. This means that with a little work, you can print to any printer connected to a Windows machine from your Mac. According to Microsoft's Knowledge Base, this tip should also work for Windows NT and XP, though I haven't tested those configurations.
You will need your Windows installation CD handy, administrative access to the Windows machine, and should have already installed the proper drivers on your Mac for any printers accessed this way.
Read the rest of the article for the instructions...
A friend logged into his computer remotely from my desktop using "Connect to Server" in the Finder. For my convenience, I had marked "Add Password to Keychain" in the options panel. He, of course, did not see that that option was checked, because the keychain option is no longer listed in the main panel as it was in OS 9.
He and I were both surprised (and somewhat disconcerted!) to discover the next day that his password remained on my computer, and that I could log in to his computer freely!
Just a word of caution to those logging into their computers remotely--check that options panel before you connect!
[Editor's note: A great example of the system doing exactly what it was supposed to do, and yet the results were clearly not what the user wanted! Definitely double-check the options if you're using someone else's machine to get to your own!]
I use the mail application provided with MacOSX to get my emails. This is a great application. But I like to keep my emails on the POP server for a couple of weeks, in case I want to get them on another machine. And the Mail application doesn't provide a way to clean the old emails that are still on the server.
Therefore I wrote a little perl script called "nettoie_mail.pl" that does it for me. You can get it here. You can lauch that script from anywhere, but the recommended way is to copy it to /usr/local/bin (with the terminal). As this script should be lauched on a regular basis, it should be included in the /etc/crontab file or in the /etc/daily.local file. For example, my choice is crontab:
5 2,13 * * * root /usr/local/bin/nettoie_mail.pl
Hope this helps.
[Editor's note: I haven't tried this script myself, but I looked at the source and it doesn't appear there's anything malicious going on.]