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Access printers through a Win2K machine Network
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.

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Remote Access, keychains, and security Network
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!]
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Remove old emails from POP servers Network
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 "" 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/
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.]
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Add a GUI front-end to the Cisco VPN client Network
This is well worth a look if you use a Cisco VPN. The client Cisco provides is a command-line tool. VPNConnect provides a nice Aqua interface to it so you don't need to bring up or even see the Terminal. Not complete yet, but already very nice.

[Editor's note: I don't have a Cisco VPN to test this on, and I can't seem to locate the 'real' web page, so the above VersionTracker link will have to do. The comments there seem to indicate that this is a nicely functional program.]
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Possible fix for Appletalk startup problem Network
If you're having problems with your network initializing upon startup, this tip might help. This stemmed from my system not initializing my Ethernet on boot and hence not having AppleTalk working. I couldn't print to my Personal Laser Writer 320, so I was fairly motivated to solve this one.

As a test to see if this fix will work for you, log in as root, cd to /System/Library/ and delete or move the "Extensions.mkext" file. Reboot. If your system takes about 6-8 minutes to reboot, and the NetInfo application in /Utilities/ which had never worked before will now come up and give you network information, this fix might work for you.

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Mount server volumes using location files Network
If you're fed up with typing username, password and which volume to mount every time you connect to your server, here's an easier way: Using location files.

In earlier versions of Mac OS, it was much easier to create these files, by simply dragging a URL to the desktop from any text editor. In Mac OS X, the only way I've found to do this is with a little help from Internet Explorer.

In the location field in Explorer, type:


Select the text you just typed and drag it to the desktop. You now get a location file with the suffix .afploc. You can also use the IP address instead of domain name. If you want to use the location files in Mac OS 9, you cannot specify the volume to mount as far as I know (correct me if I'm wrong, anyone).

Put your location files in a folder, and put the folder in the dock for easy access.
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Copy remote files with resource forks Network
I wanted to copy an OS 9 application folder from a remote machine to my local one, given that I only had Remote Login access to the far computer.

Since the application and its files had resource forks, this limited my choices. Here's what worked:
  1. Turn on File Sharing on the local computer
  2. ssh to remote
  3. remotely mount the afp volume you just shared
  4. copy files to the afp volume using ditto
  5. unmount the afp volume
  6. exit ssh, and
  7. turn off local File Sharing.
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Quickly mount AFP share points Network
Normally, when you mount a remote drive over AFP, you are presented with a list of available share points to mount. If you know which one you want, you can save yourself some time by adding it to the URL you give to the "connect to server" panel.

For example: If you want to mount the share point "foobar" from a server at, use this
If there are spaces in the name of the mount point, you may need to encode them using %20.
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Tool to easily mount SMB shares Network
The SMB Browse utility by Gordon Shukwit has helped me quite a bit. There is no more need to type mount_smbfs into the terminal.

You can get this small utility here.
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Access Linux volumes with Netatalk Network
If you have ever wanted to mount volumes from your linux box on your MacIntosh without the aid of an FTP client, then Netatalk is what you have been looking for.

I just discovered that Netatalk is now on Source Forge, and is actively being updated. You can download either a CVS version or the current stable version, as well as a module to control Netatalk from webmin.

The install onto my Linux box file server was quite painless and I was instantly able to mount all my Linux volumes on my OS X desktop (works equally well on OS 9).

Among other things, Netatalk allows OS X to keep the proper file types (with the ability to define custom file types) and I do not have to deal with invisible files from other file transfers from PC's or other Macs. You have the choice of either AppleTalk or AFP over TCP/IP, the latter being quite a bit faster with file transfers and easier to setup.
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