I have a Brother HL-1270N that I bought when 10.0 was released. This is an ethernet-capable LPR via IP printer, and that's how I set it up in 10.0, using the PPD from OS 9. Although it worked OK, it would bomb up on the second print job submitted. If you manually powered it off and on, it would then work again. Also, my printer was randomly switching its IP address, which was also a bit of a problem!
Over on the macosxhints' forum site, this thread gave me a solution I hadn't considered - switching from LPR via IP to AppleTalk. So I deleted the LPR via IP printer, enabled AppleTalk (which was added in the 10.1 update) on my desktop machine, then selected the now-visible Brother printer and chose the OS 9 Brother HL-1270N PPD file.
Despite an email from Brother Tech Support posted in the thread that the PPD is only OS 9 comptabile, it works flawlessly in OS X. I can now print multiple print jobs without errors, and I don't need to worry about the randomly switching IP numbers any more. I also switched our iBook, and it works great over the Airport, too.
This should also work for any other AppleTalk capable laser printer that is currently set up under LPR via IP.
I was just mucking around and I saw that in Sherlock there is a "Languages..." button on the Preferences screen. Mine had many ones checked like French, Danish, German, etc. that I do not need. The text there says indexing will be faster and use less space if you uncheck the ones you don't need. I didn't do any tests but it did finish as I was writing this note!
I have an old 9500 connected to an even older Laserwriter II NTX. When I tried to use LaserWriter Bridge in order to print from MacOS X from a G4, the printer would produce a PostScript error and that was that. Through trial and error I found that you can:
1) Print your job to a postscript file (I use the AdobePS driver from Classic).
2) Send it over to the 9500, through EtherTalk.
3) Just drop the file on the printer once it is on the 9500.
Bingo it works! Now I can print from my G4 to my old printer, with no special software at all!
After a bewildering and frustrating troubleshooting session, I realized the following:
Mac OS X's screen brightness will be set to "off" at settings that are merely "dim" in Mac OS 9.
I was booted into OS 9 on my iBook, and turned the screen brightness all the way down, just one notch above "off". Later I booted into OS X, and was disturbed to find that the iBook was shutting down suddenly, partway into the boot sequence! The hard drive kept spinning, but the screen went black and the computer wouldn't respond.
I tried Disk First Aid, booting into single-user mode, reinstalling 10.1, and was about to buy a disk-repair utility, when I remembered my brightness setting. I went back to 9, turned up the brightness, and all was well.
Humiliating, but I thought I'd put this out there in case anyone else runs into a similar problem one day.
An anonymous reader sent a tip regarding Beige G3's with the Fast/Wide SCSI option. If you've been getting a "Can't Find...53C875" error when trying to cold-boot the machine, here's one possible solution: Boot from the OS X Install CD and use the Startup Disk utility (Control Panels) to specify the desired startup disk.
I can't verify either the problem or the solution, but thought this may be of interest to some of you. If this is way off base, please let me know and I'll revise or remove the tip.
Just discovered something by accident and I couldn't easily find this tip already posted:
If you hit Control-I or Control-Tab in the Finder when a window in List view is in the foreground it will cycle through the column sort focus. And sure enough, Control-Shift-I or Control-Shift-Tab will reverse the direction of the column focus. I'm trying to find a key combo that will actually reverse the sort order but haven't caught it yet. A little help...?
PS: I notice Control-I and Control-Shift-I also do the same job as Tab and Shift-Tab in Column view. The reason? Tab and Shift-Tab DON'T work in an Open/Save dialog but Control-I and Control-Shift-I do. Ah-hah...
[Editor's note: I'm pretty certain I never knew this one, and I don't think it's been published here before ... it also works for cycling columns in column view!]
This Change Priority AppleScript allows you to easily set the priority of any running application via a simple GUI. I built it based on the many previous priority-related hints, and would appreciate any suggestions.
[Editor's note: I downloaded and tested this script, and it does exactly what it states - you get a list of all running processes, click the one you wish to change, set the priority level you want, and say OK.]
Like all other Toolbars found in OS X, the Toolbar in System Preferences allows you to choose how the Icons are displayed.
Choose from Text Only, Icon Only, or Text and Icon by holding the Command/Apple key while clicking the Toolbar widget (the oblong button at the top right of the window). This allows more than the usual 8 or 9 items.
This should also work for any Cocoa Application using Toolbars.
Now that I think about it this is probably old news. But it's news to me. Enjoy...
[Editor's note: It's news to me, too ... and I couldn't find a previous mention of it here, so perhaps it's news to more than just two people!]
You are thinking about a useful argument to buy an iPod? Well, see it as some kind of notebook. Thanks to the power of OS X, you can carry your complete workspace from home in your hand.
Just copy your complete Users folder to the iPod. Now go to another computer running OS X and create a new user on this machine. Let's name it ipod_user. When you have created the user, open NetInfo Manager, click the lock and enter your admin password, and scroll to the "Users" entry.
Here you'll find the newly created user "ipod_user". Edit the category "Home" by changing the actual homepath from /Users/ipod_user/ to /Volumes/ipod/Users/home_user. Replace "home_user" with your home user's short name, then save and log out. In the login panel you'll see the new user "ipod_user". Login and now this user will use all prefs etc. from your iPod. Everything from home now works on the hostmachine, including dock settings, mailaccounts, your iphoto library, everything. And it's way smoother than booting from OS X on the ipod.
That's personal computing at it's best! thank you OS X!
[Editor's note: You'll have to do a bit more work if you want to sychronize the other direction when you return home, but this is a nice tip in general for external drives. I've done something similar with my external FireWire drive.]