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December, 2000

Updating AirPort Base Station firmware from a PC. December 29, 2000 -- Responding to yesterday's questions, Michael Perbix says that FreeBase running on a PC can be used to updated the firmware of an AirPort Base Station:

Freebase has the ability to upload Macintosh Airport Firmware right from the Identity tab when you start freebase. Click on the Update Base Station Firmware button and point it to a Base Station software file (you can copy it to a server, zip disk or something) to freebase utility sees it and loads it up, when you press the Update Base Station button, it does the job. I tried it and it works, actually the Freebase utility has a little more configuration options, like microwave robustness and the like which are not available from Airport Admin Utility.

Jason Froikin suggests another approach for Mac-less AirPort owners:

Take the base station to an authorized Apple dealer/service center, and they'll update the software in the Base Station for a small fee, or possible for free!

WebMerge for Mac and Win turns Access, FileMaker data into web pages. December 29, 2000 -- Fourth World Releases' WebMerge 1.0 (US $69) is a new utility for Mac OS and Windows 95/98/NT/2000 that generates web pages from database files. WebMerge works with Microsoft Access, FileMaker Pro, and any database that can export in "merge" format. WebMerge can also create an index page with links to each of the generated pages.

New LinuxPPC 2000 Q4 to ship at Macworld Expo. December 29, 2000 -- yesterday had a brief announcement about a new version of Linux for Macintosh:

It's official: the release previously known as 2000 Q3 has been finished. LinuxPPC 2000 Q4 CD-ROMs will debut at the Macworld Expo in January 2001, and it will be available for download very soon.

Red Hat Linux 6.2 a better bet than 7 for Virtual PC and for real PCs. December 28, 2000 -- Connectix has told MacWindows that problems with Red Hat Linux 7 make version 6.2 a better choice for Virtual PC. Connectix QA Manager Jeff Woolsey told us that Connectix tested Virtual PC 4 with Red Hat versions 6.1, 6.2., and 7, Red Hat 7 has problem installing in Virtual PC. Woolsey attributed this to problems with Red Hat Linux 7 that also occur with PC hardware.

Reader Scott Emry agrees:

There is a tendency for the installation process to fail during the setup phase of the installation. Both the GUI and Text base installers fail at the Packages Installation.

Version 6.2 of Red Hat Linux appears to work fine. May be related to the RAM allocation. Does not appear to be a VPC issue at this time.

Emry also pointed us to a user forum at Bugzilla discussing similar installation problems with Linux 7 on actual PC hardware.

Replacing cable to get wireless to work. December 28, 2000 -- Philip Clark replaced cables with higher quality ones to solve a problem with the AirPort Base Station connecting a wired LAN. His report is on our Cross-platform AirPort Wireless Network special report page.

Updating AirPort Base Station firmware--from a PC? December 28, 2000 -- Walter Kowtoniuk has a wireless network of serveral PCs (no Macs) and an AirPort Base Station for his Interenet connection. He uses FreeBase to configure the Base Station from a PC. However, in order to add a PC laptop with a Skyline wireless card, Farallon says he needs to update the the firmware in the Base Station.

Apple describes updating AirPort Base Station firmware from a Mac, but we don't know of a way to do this from a PC. If you do, please let us know.

Virtual PC 4: Increased compatibility. December 27, 2000 -- David Lawhon writes that a previously report conflict between Virtual PC 3.0.3 and the Windows program AddWeb 4 has been confirmed, and that Virtual PC 4 does not have the problem:

I have reported this problem to Connectix, and they have been able to duplicate it under VPC 3.0.3 and are in the process of seeing whether it can be fixed.

Here's also some other good news: I recently upgraded to the new Virtual PC 4.0 (under Windows ME), and both the AddWeb 4 demo and retail versions (online or on CD) installed and ran without any problem. VPC 4 might resolve other conflicts as well.

We asked Jeff Woolsey of Connectix if there was any reason to believe that Virtual PC is more compatible with Windows software than version 3. He told us that in fact, this was so, and that several of the Windows programs listed on our VPC Conflicts page now run under Virtual PC 4. If you know of any Windows software that doesn't run on VPC3 but does run under VPC4, please let us know.

Configuring Exchange to dial out to your ISP to retrieve mail. December 27, 2000 -- Daniel Schwartz, who runs the Mac-NT list serv, sent us some information about having Exchange Server 5.5 dial up an ISP's POP Server and periodically check for mail incoming to our domain name and download it to Exchange Server. The problem and a suggestion are on our Outlook/Express special report page. Schwartz adds this:

OK, what you want is for your ISP to support ETRN. In addition, there are a number of "Exchange Aware" ISP's (including my own, SNiP) that can directly support what this reader wants. Start with the very good Exchange FAQ's at Swinc's site; then move on to the list of Exchange aware ISP's. Finally, the SNiP site has a step-by-step tutorial for Exchange 5.0, 5.5, & SBS, complete with screen shots.

QuickTime 5 PR2 runs better than QT 4 on VPC 3. December 27, 2000 -- Ronald Leroux reports that the beta of QuickTime 5 Preview Release 2 for Windows runs better on Virtual PC 3 than does QuickTime 4 for Windows:

I have installed QuickTime 5 PR2 for Windows on my Virtual PC 3. The playback of QT movies improved noticeably though they still stutters. With QT 4, the movies were unplayable. Kudos to Apple. Power Mac G3, 256 MB or RAM, Mac OS 9.0.4. Virtual PC 3 to 110 MB of RAM.

I am running Windows 98 SE. I also installed the ATI drivers from the Open GL 1.2.1 package. My VPC launches and quits faster than before.

Sound in the SoftMac emulator for PCs. December 27, 2000 -- Rob Snyder writes that contrary to what other readers have reported on our Mac Emulation page, SoftMac v. 8 does in fact play sound, though it is limited:

Sound in SoftMac does work, but under Classic emulation only. Which means the users are limited to BW screen and only 4 megs of RAM.

SoftMac is a Macintosh emulator for PCs from Emulators, Inc. Synder also says that SoftMac 8 is available at an Emulators Inc. FTP site. He says:

The SoftMac 8 full version is available for download the link is on the emaculation page, you have to put in the serial number to release functions of the software.

(See also this note at

Next version of Mac OS X Server may be faster. December 27, 2000 -- An Apple Insider story on the next version of Mac OS X Server says it may be up to 25 percent faster than the current version 1.2.

VPC 4 Additions does support Win NT: docs don't mention this. December 22, 2000 -- Connectix told MacWindows that Virtual PC 4 Additions does support Windows NT, and that the manual and help files erroneously neglect to mention this. VPC Additions is the Connectix software installed in Windows (or Red Hat Linux) that enables the Mac-PC integration features, such as drag and drop file copy and Macintosh folder sharing from Windows. You need to install VPC Additions only if you are installing your own copy of Windows.

Connectix QA Manager Jeff Woolsey told us that if you are unable to access a shared Mac folder or disk from Windows NT or other supported OS in VPC 4, you probably need to install or update the Additions from VPC 4.

We will have more details on VPC Additions, as well as some new VPC 4 tips, in our next updated on Wednesday.

Update on Virtual PC 4 report. December 22, 2000 -- We have more reports on Virtual PC 4 from our own investigations and from readers. This is in addition to our VPC 4 special report page.

2 GB limit on volumes: two causes

There are two answers to why our one reader could not create a Windows 95 disk image larger than 2 GB:

1.) FAT 16 limits disk size in Windows 95

Several readers wrote to say that the inability to create a volume bigger than 2 GB is a limitation of the original Windows 95. The FAT16 (16-bit) drive format of Windows 95 has a limit of 2 GB. Windows 95 OSR2 included support for FAT32 drives, which has a limit of 2 terabytes. (Windows 95 OSR2, also called "Win95c," was a later version of Windows 95 which Microsoft marketed only through computer resellers.)

Windows 98 also uses FAT32. Windows NT/2000 can also use the NTFS disk format, which also can have terabyte-sized disks.

(Thanks to Justin Blecher, Fred DeVault, Orjan Larsso for contributing.)

2.) Mac OS 8.5, 8.6 also limit C: drive size

Mac OS 8.5 and 8.6 limit files to 2 GB in size. Since the Virtual PC C:\ and D:\ disk images are actually Macintosh files, no VPC disk image can be larger than 2 GB on a Mac running OS 8.5 and 8.6. Mac OS 9.x removes this limitation.

Support of USB

VPC 4 supports USB in Windows 98, Windows Millennium (Me), and Windows 2000 if you are running Mac OS 9.x. You also need the Windows 98/Me/2000 drivers for your USB device (provided by the manufacturer)

Windows 95, Windows NT, DOS, and Red Hat Linux do not support USB.

Problem saving state of Windows 95

Robert Jacobson writes:

I'm using VPC 4 running Windows 95 on an iMac running Mac OS 8.6. I have a problem when saving the state of the PC. Well, the problem is on the restore -- after the restore, the mapped drives (shared via Microsoft Networking) no longer respond.

Selecting "log off.." from the shutdown menu doesn't help, but restarting the PC works.

Slow performance of Windows 2000

Larry Orloff

I asked why the Office applications run so slowly. The support person said that Windows 2000 is slower than '98 and '95, but that 2000 will be faster in v. 4.0. He couldn't say when that version will be available, though.

Additional reader reports are on our Virtual PC 4 special report page.

Mac OS update for AppleShare IP. December 21, 2000 -- Apple has posted AppleShare IP 9.0.4 Update, a free update for Mac OS 9.0.4 to make it more compatible with AppleShare IP 6.3.1 and Macintosh Manager 1.3.

Lismore releases drops PC emulator price for the season. December 21, 2000 -- Lismore Software Systems announced that Blue Label PowerEmulator 1.6SE is available for US $19.95 (CD or download), $10 less than the previous download price, and $20 less than the previous CD price. Lismore calls the price cut a "Christmas sale" but doesn't say how long the lower prices are applicable. Blue Label PowerEmulator is a PC emulator for Macintosh that comes with DOS, but can run almost any PC operating system, according to Lismore.

Version 1.6SE adds a "family license." Registered users of previous versions can update to BLPE 1.6SE (downloadable version) for free or upgrade to BLPE 1.6SE (CD version) for US $10.

More reports of server files appearing in the trash. December 21, 2000 -- two more readers have responded to our reports of files of mounted servers appearing in the Trash on Mac clients. Previous reports of the problem have been with NT 4.0 Server SP 6 with SFM, and with NT and MacServerIP. Today's reports are with Linux servers:

Rob Simons:

Wow! I thought I was the only person with the weird trash problem reported on your site.

I have a small network of about a dozen Macs served up by two servers: a Linux box (Netatalk) and a Windows 2000 box. The contents of one particular folder (containing several thousand files and almost 1.5GB of data) on the Netatalk server occasionally show up in my Trash folder. I cannot move the files, although I can delete them (ouch!) The parent folder of these files is on the root level of a Netatalk volume and it disappears when the files show up in my trash. But I can't make a new folder with the same name because the OS thinks it does exist. The only way I can return my machine to normal is by doing a forced reboot. A restart will cause the trash to be emptied. This has probably happened to me at least a dozen times. I have not found any pattern other than it's always the contents of the same folder and it only happens on my machine.

Allyn Martin:

We have been having the same issues with our Linux 6.2 servers on Dell PowerEdges, before with NT SFM on Compaq servers. Many problems came from doing collects with Quark Xpress v 4.1 - so we started collecting with Flight Check Collect. Problem seemed to go away.

I think 2x in the last 45-60 days we have had someone working and they have discovered items in their trash and we were able to save them. No explanation as to why they happened. Not a cause of the common Quark Xpress collect as before.

Solutions update: X-platform Internet gateway for Windows. December 21, 2000 -- We've added NAT32 to our Network Solutions listings of Internet gateway software for sharing an Internet connection with multiple PCs and Macs. NAT32 is a Network Address Translation gateway for windows, and is recommended by reader Wayne T:

Simple, cheap and easy 'Net-to-LAN gateway. We've been using it for years with a mix of Macs, Windows 95/98/3.1 etc. systems. No issues. Highly recommended.

Suggestion for Orange PC card and monitor. December 21, 2000 -- Responding our December 19 reader report of a problem with an OrangePC compatibility card and a new Apple 17" monitor, a reader suggests:

Holding the T key down while rebooting in Mac environment lets the Mac find sync settings it likes. Maybe that works for the orange PC also.

Taylor Design Releases TextSpresso 1.8. December 21, 2000 --Taylor Design has released TextSpresso 1.8 (US $29), an update its text cleaning utility for Mac OS. The new version improves conversion between Mac and PC ASCII characters and HTML characters, adds filters, and fixes bugs.

Asante ships $149 Gig Ethernet adapters for PC, Mac, Linux. December 21, 2000 -- Asante Technologies is now shipping its FriendlyNET GigaNIX Gigabit Ethernet adapters with drivers for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux systems. The GigaNIX 10/100/1000BaseT adapters start at US $149.

Asante says the GigaNIX 1000TA adapters are 16 percent faster on average than the Gigabit Ethernet port on the motherboard of the latest Apple Power Mac G4s, delivering 39.3 MByte per second.

Yarc suspends operations. December 21, 2000 -- Yarc Systems, maker of RIP products for enabling Macs to print to PC printers, has announced that it has suspend operations due to a "continuing cash shortfall."

Virtual PC 4 updates. December 19, 2000 -- Robin Jackson has a warning on shrinking a VPC disk which point towards sticking to the Connectix-recommend method:

I tried zeroing with Norton Utilities as this worked perfectly. HOWEVER before I got hold of Norton I tried a shareware disk space zeroing tool and this actually GREW my disk space too the full size of the virtual disk (actually I did not have this much disk space and it crashed VPC).

Jackson also ran into a limitation with Windows 95:

I was also wondering if anyone has managed to create a Windows 95 partition greater than 2 GB? I can do it for Windows 98 or Windows 2000 but I am limited to 2 GB when I create a Windows 95 partition.

Aaron Uribe asks if the people who reported problems synching Pocket PCs over USB using Virtual PC still have the problem with Version 4.0.

See our VPC 4.0 special report for more reports.

FreeShade adds window shading to Windows. December 19, 2000 -- FreeShade 1.003 is free software for Windows that adds the Mac's window shade behavior to Windows: double-click on a window's caption and the window rolls itself up so that only its caption (or title bar) is visible. We've added FreeShade to the list of other products that add Mac OS features to Windows on MacWindows User Interface Solutions page. (Thanks to Patrick Peccatte for the tip.

ASIP and Windows 98 with read-only file problem: link to virus definitions? December 19, 2000 -- Paul Rauschelbach seeing the AppleShare IP problem with Windows clients were documents become read-only:

I am also having a problem with documents becoming read-only spontaneously. MS Office 2000 apps report the files as being reserved by the creator of the document.

I have checked the drive for errors. This started happening long after the update to ASIP 6.3.2, and can be more chronologically associated with an update to McAfee virus definitions.

Timbuktu Pro 2000 includes Mac and Win versions. December 19, 2000 -- Netopia now ships Timbuktu Pro 2000, a version of the remote control software that has both Mac and Windows versions of the software bundled on the same CD.

Problem with files in Trash reported with MacServerIP. December 19, 2000 -- Responding to our December 8 report about NT-based files appearing in Mac users' Trash, Dan Corjulo says he has the same problem with MacServerIP:

I have found this problem also happening with MacServerIP for Windows 2000. This would seem to eliminate SFM, since MacServerIP replaces that.

We are finding that certain folders from one of the mounted volumes keep appearing in various user's Trash cans and they do not have the user privileges to move and or delete the files in question so I am not sure how the server is putting them in the trash.

This has happened to use before and has gone away, and now it is back and happening all over our network since last week.

If you seen this with MS Services for Mac, MacServerIP, or any other server, please let us know.

Using AirPort software to configure Orinoco RG1000. December 19, 2000 -- Evan Wetstone reports on using the AirPort Base Station configuration software to set up and Orinoco RG1000 wireless access point. You can read the report on our Cross-platform AirPort special report page.

Getting Compaq WL200 wireless card working. December 19, 2000 -- Clive Moss responded to our September 6 report of problems getting the Compaq WL200 wireless card working, and sent a solution. We've posted the fix on our Cross-platform AirPort special report page.

We have 2 of them but they wouldn't even talk to each other properly (only 8 feet apart). Had updated the firmware and software but no luck.

I got the WL200's working here after much effort. I've just discovered that I have to use the PCI-to-PCMCIA-Bridge driver that comes with Win95 and NOT the one that comes with Compaq's drivers (although I'm not sure the Compaq install actually installs a PCI-to-PCMCIA-Bridge driver into the system).

I'm not sure what OS you tried using the WL200 in but if it's Win95 just use the 'UPDATE DRIVER' button in the PCMCIA devices properties and use the standard Cirrus Logic one that comes with Win95 !

I'm a bit happier now.

OrangePC card won't work with new Apple Display. December 19, 2000 -- Ross Powell reports that Orange Micro's discontinued doesn't work with his new Apple display:

I have an OrangePCi 660 card, AMD K6-3 chip 400 MHz, 128 Mb RAM, running on a PowerMac G4 Tower, 400 MHz 384Mb RAM, and an Apple Studio Display 17". When I first got the OrangePC card, I had a loaner monitor while mine was being repaired. Everything was fine until I got my real monitor back. After that, I got no picture with the OrangePC card plugged in. I tried everything I could think of, reseat RAM, processor, made sure cables were connected right, etc. I even sent the card back to Orange Micro for repairs. All they did was reseat the processor and memory and send it back.

It still doesn't work. I keep getting an "Out of Frequency" message when I use the card. I have purchased video adapters of various kinds trying to get this to work. They don't work.

If you've seen this problem, please let us know.

iFusion for Amiga may ship by Christmas: PC version to follow. December 15, 2000 -- Microcode Solutions has announced that it may ship iFusion for Amiga (US $149.95 until Dec. 24, $249.95 after)by December 25. iFusion for Amiga is a product to run PowerPC Mac OS and Mac software on an Amiga computer. Microcode said that a version for PC would follow, though it did not give a release date. (Microcode has posted screen shots of iFusion running running Mac OS 9.0.4.)

Microcode calls iFusion an emulator, but it is actually more of a run-time environment as it requires the use of PowerPC coprocessor card. However, Jim Waters of the Macintosh Emulation Station told MacWindows that the PC version of iFusion will not require a card, but will have an emulated PowerPC--the first PowerPC emulator. Waters says Microcode has been working on a PowerPC software emulator for the PC version of iFusion, and that it is using the Amiga version of iFUSION to help them debug the PPC emulator.

Michael Goodine of Emaculation reports that Microcode won't use the iFusion name on the PC version.

Connectix describes how to shrink VPC 4 disk images, reports minor bug. December 15, 2000 -- Eric Traut, Connectix vice president of engineering, sent us the answer to the question of how to reduce the disk image size of auto-expanding disk images in Virtual PC 4 using the Virtual Disk Assistant utility. You can read the procedure on our Virtual PC 4 special report page. Traut also mentioned a related minor bug:

Another related note: Virtual PC 4.0 is supposed to warn users when their dynamically-expanding drives grow to the point where there is relatively little room left on their Mac hard drives. Due to a bug introduced late in the VPC 4 development cycle, this warning doesn't always appear. We will fix this bug in the next update.

Apple cracks down on Aqua look-alikes for other OS's. December 15, 2000 -- Mike Goodine of the Emaculation reports that Apple has been cracking down on Aqua look-alike front-ends, or themes, available for non-Apple operating systems. Goodine points to, which, at Apple's request, has removed Aqua themes for Linux.

We checked WindowBlinds, which does "skins" for Windows--Aqua and OS X -based skins are still available.

Fixes for Mac IE 5 and NT Proxy with NTLM Authentication. December 15, 2000 -- Thomas Ashe sent us several suggestions for fixing problems with MS Internet Explorer and NTLM authentication. We've posted Ashe's suggestions on our MS Proxy Server special report page.

Airport Base Station and WL100, 200. December 15, 2000 -- Brad King adds this to our discussion of AirPort and encryption:

I have a WL100 ( the PC Card) version and had no problem getting it to work -- at least in unencrypted mode. I think that the AirPort Base Station does only 40 bit and the Compaq card does 64 or 128 bit. Otherwise the card seems to work just fine. After matching the SSID between the base station and the card it worked immediately.

FileMaker Mobile Companion for Palm OS ships. December 15, 2000 -- FileMaker, Inc is now shipping FileMaker Mobile Companion (US $49 ) for the Palm OS platform, which works with FileMaker Pro 5.0v3 transfer and synchronize data bi-directionally between FileMaker Pro databases on Windows and Mac OS and PalmOS devices.

Windows 2000 SP2 now in beta. December 14, 2000 -- ZDNet reports that Microsoft has released a beta version of Windows 2000 Service Pack 2. It isn't known when the final version will ship. The story says Win 2000 SP2 will include updates for security and new hardware, as well as fixes for drivers and networking.

Updates on Virtual PC 4 report: speed works on G3; disk image size; CD problems, NetWare issue. December 14, 2000 -- We received a number of reader responses to yesterday's Virtual PC First Look report:


Mike Breeden of AccelerateYourMac told MacWindows that VPC4 is faster than previous version on Macs with G3 processors (iMac, iBook, PowerBook), and not just Power Mac G4s. He has an article with some tests here. He's also posted some tests results running Photoshop 5.5. Breeden notes:

Granted nobody would use VPC for Photoshop, but the results are interesting and real world rather than just benchmarks. The overall gain from VPC 4 over version 3 was nearly double.

Breeden also has some Connectix comments on AltiVec Performance and why Voodoo card support was removed.

Disk image size

Robin Jackson likes the upgrade, and had good luck with Internet networking (as did we), but had a problem with the size of the disk image, which is now auto-expanding:

The only issue I have is how to reduce the disk size on a Windows 98 partition. During software install etc it grew to 2.7Gb but having cleaned up and removed installers etc there is only 1.6Gb of used space but I can find no simple way to recover this and 'shrink' the disk partition down.

I have tried defragmenting and reclaiming empty space, no change. I tried a zeroing application but this simply GREW my disk partition until it ran out of real disk space and crashed.

We did not see this problem, but if you did, please let us know.

Several readers reported problems with reading CD-ROMs with Windows 98 1st Edition, as noted in this Connectix support article. The Connectix article provides a solution for getting Windows-in-VPC to recognize the CD-ROM drive.

NetWare networking

Guy Sanders reports this problem with Novell NetWare networking:

We have experienced one major glitch that has required us to go back to VPC 3.0. In order to use VPC 4.0 on a Novell NetWare network, you are required to use a unique IP address. However, if you do this, you no longer have access to TCP/IP services on the Mac side. This is how VPC 1.0 and 2.0 worked. I have contacted Connectix but have not received a response. I am hoping a fix is on the way, otherwise we will have to stay with VPC 3.0.

PowerPC emulator for PC rumored to be near. December 14, 2000 -- Mike Goodine of the Emaculation site told MacWindows that Microcode Solutions may be getting ready to announce the release of iFusion soon, according to a source. iFusion is a long awaited iMac emulator for PCs, and would be the first PowerPC emulator to ship. (However, a PowerPC emulator has been promised for several years by several companies, including Microcode.)

Special Report: Virtual PC 4--First look. December 13, 2000 -- MacWindows has been looking at Virtual PC 4 running Window 98 SE on a Power Mac G4 (AGP) with 128 MB, OS 9.0.4. So far we can say that VPC 4 is probably the most significant upgrade ever to the PC emulator , though we did find some glitches. We also found some interesting items in the documentation. Our new Virtual PC 4 special report includes:

We will be updating this report as we learn more. Meanwhile, please send us your experiences with Virtual PC 4.

Fix for Outlook 8.2.2 and Exchange meeting requests problem. December 11, 2000 -- Ryan Taylor sent in a fix for the Outlook problem with meeting requests that we've been reporting on:

John, I've fixed this problem. I was able to open these meeting requests on my PC but not the Mac and determined that one person was on all of these meeting requests. Found out that she was accidentally setup as a delegate set to receive all of her VP's meeting requests. The VP is on a PC using Outlook 2000. Since she is on Outlook 8.2.2 she can't open these Outlook 2000 meeting requests. I removed her as a delegate and the problem disappeared.

Microsoft Knowledge Base had a similar article with the same error message pertaining to Outlook 98 and Schedule+ for Win 95.

VPC 3: further adventures with Linux. December 11, 2000 -- A reader reports of trying various types of Linux on VPC 3:

I received my VPC with Red Hat Linux 6.2 and had NO problems,I've also installed Mandrake Linux 7.0,Slackware Linux 7,Calerda Open Linux 1.3, but cannot install 2.4??? I upgraded the Red Hat to 7.0 with no problems. But, I can't get the CD-ROM recognized with Corel's Linux installation disk .

As always, your comments on the issue are welcome.

New utility collects Properties/comments from Win 2000, Mac files. December 11, 2000 -- Patrick Peccatte has just released SummaryInformations 1.0, a new shareware utility for Windows 95/98/NT4/2000 that collects the Properties information from Windows 2000 files and Office for Mac files(Author, Comments, Keywords, etc.). It will also collect text in the Get Info Box Comments field from Mac files stored on NT/2000 volumes, and merge them with into NT/2000 comments.

VNCThing 2.2 faster, better compatibility with OS X . December 11, 2000 -- Dair Grant has released VNCThing 2.2, the latest version of the free (and open source) client for VNC (Virtual Network Computing). VNC is a free, thin-client, remote-control system from ATT-Cambridge. The Readme file says that a VNCThing-to-VNC connection "allows you to connect to remote computers and control them as if you were physically there." VNCThing 2.2 runs on Mac OS X and on OS 8.1-to-9.x. The new version fixes some Mac OS X bugs, improves network performance in general, adjusted some keyboard commands, and supports Zlib and Zlib-Hextile encoding.

ZDNet sets Mac OS X ship date at Feb. 24. December 8, 2000 -- A ZDNet story reports that Apple will ship Mac OS X on February 24, 2001, according its sources. The story also says that Apple will release the next version of OS X, code-named "Orient," three to 12 months after the OS X 1.0 release.

QuickTime 5.0 Public Preview 2 includes Windows version. December 8, 2000 -- Apple has posted QuickTime 5.0 Public Preview 2 for Macintosh and Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000. (QT5 Preview 1 was for Mac only.) This beta software is free.

Another report of printing problem with Outlook for Mac. December 8, 2000 -- Chris Bakowski is seeing the problem of Outlook /Mac failing to print to HP DeskJet 9xx USB printers. He says:

We too recently ran into problems when we replaced a StyleWriter 6000 with an new HP DeskJet 935c (USB). Trying to print in Outlook 8.2.2 randomly comes back with an error message "error loading hp DeskJet software" "-192".

Printing to a networked LaserJet4000 works fine, as did the StyleWriter. The machine is an iBook running MacOS 9.0.4.

I don't recall any other applications giving the error message. I've tried versions 3.0.2 and 4.0.2 of the driver from HP. Your site let me know that we're not alone, and I'm not going crazy.

TIP: Virtual private networks over PPPoE DSL links. December 8, 2000 -- Responding to our December 4 news item about how to establish a virtual private network link over a PPPoE DSL link, Brian Frobisher following suggestion:

My solution to anyone attempting a VPN connection from an ISP that requires you to use a PPPoE software scheme is to purchase a Cable/DSL router such as MacSense or Linksys units, this way you can use the VPN connection over a DHCP connection on your home LAN. I have this setup at home and it works fine.

It has been my experience that you cannot use any PPPoE software alongside the NTS TunnelBuilder software. They both make use of the TCP/IP control panel and that clearly will NOT work.

NT SFM problem: Funky Folder In Trash. December 8, 2000 -- Brian Frobisher reports this problem he is having with NT server 4.0 with SP 6 and using SFM:

We are finding that certain folders from one of the mounted volumes keep appearing in various user's Trash cans and they do not have the user privileges to move and or delete the files in question so I am not sure how the server is putting them in the trash.

This has happened to use before and has gone away, and now it is back and happening all over our network since last week.

This is reminiscent of the Caplin bug, but isn't quite the same. Please let us know if you have any ideas about this.

Check Point considering Mac VPN client. December 8, 2000 -- On December 1, we posted a reader report that Check Point software would a have Mac VPN client for its Firewall-1 suite of enterprise security software in two weeks. We asked Check Point about it, and they replied:

Thank you for your e-mail. Just to let you know, we currently do not have a Mac client, but we are accessing needs for the Macintosh market. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Elena Annuzzi
Public Relations
Check Point Software Technologies

Two fixes Win 2000 SP1, SFM Chooser problem: NIC driver, router config. December 7, 2000 -- It may by that the problem of Windows 2000 problem of disappearing from the Mac Chooser can be caused--and fixed--by several unrelated factors. Two readers offered solutions based on the same sentence in Luc Teblick's November 20 report:

"Disabling/enabling the network card, changing zones, or stopping/restarting seed routing solves the problem"

Roland Miller looked at the network card, while a reader named Kelly pursued the seed router issue. Both say they have fixed the problem.

Miller tried the suggestions already posted, but discovered that updating the drivers for the Windows 2000 Server NIC (network interface card) fixed the problems. His explanation: "it appears that there is something weird going on with the AppleTalk stack initialization/bind phase at startup under SP1. I appear to have solved the problem by updating the driver for the NIC." You can read Miller's full report and explanation on our Windows 2000 Server and Macintosh special report page.

Meanwhile, a Kelly fixed the problem by reconfiguring the seed routers running the Windows 2000 server. Kelly's report is also posted on our Win2K page.

If you've tried one or both of these methods, please let us know.

Running MacFile, MacPrint on MS Cluster Servers. December 7, 2000 -- It is generally accepted that Services for Macintosh won't run on Microsoft Cluster Service, but Pete Van der Goore reports that he has found a way to use MacFile and MacPrint:

While Services for Macintosh is not cluster aware, it is possible to run File and Print services as generic services. Microsoft does not support this, but we set up clusters for customers like this all the time to run our GUSS OPI/Workflow management system. We have had no problem with it failing over except that it is pretty slow (usually the last thing to come on line). Just point the registry replication to Software\Microsoft\MacFile or MacPrint. We are doing this with both NT4 and NT5.

As discussed on the MacWindows MS Cluster Server special report, many readers use MacServerIP on Microsoft clusters to add support for Macintosh clients.

TeamAgenda 3.1.8, bug fix for x-platform group scheduler. December 7, 2000 -- Teamsoft has released TeamAgenda 3.1.8 (free update) for Macintosh and Windows, a cross-platform group scheduler and resource manager. (TeamAgenda features optimize time management and team coordination for workgroups.) Teamsoft describes the update:

Corrects a problem of memory corruption in TA-Server that could cause the server to crash. This problem could occur when a TeamAgenda user searched the commitment Comments field for a series of characters that included a carriage return (CR).

We recommend that customers who have experienced problems of server crashes update TA-Server to version 3.1.8. Version 3.1.8 makes no changes to the TeamAgenda client program, except in the German version, where a number of terminological corrections have been to menu items.

FileMaker Adds Support for Win Terminal Services. December 7, 2000 -- FileMaker, Inc., has released documentation on how to run FileMaker databases on Windows 2000 Terminal Services, Microsoft's thin-client application sharing system that lets Windows clients operate applications running on the server. Windows 2000 Terminal Services does not support Macintosh clients, though HobLink JWT 2.1 from HOB is a Java client that enables Macs to access applications running on MS Windows Terminal Servers (NT and 2000).

Updated x-platform decoding utility. December 7, 2000 -- Felt Tip Software has released Decode da Code 1.5, a Macintosh shareware application that decodes files in PC (MIME Base64) and UNIX (uuencoded files) encoding formats. Decode da Code is designed as a helper application for email and Internet News and software. The new version adds options for disabling post-processing and for truncating the file name extension. It also sports a new Mac OS X icon (Decode da Code runs in both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X natively.)

Groundbreaking Virtual PC 4 just released: doubles speed, runs multiple OS's. December 5, 2000 -- This morning, Connectix released Virtual PC 4.0, a significant new version of the PC emulator for Macintosh. VPC 4 promises dramatic performance increases, the expansion of memory and disk space usage, and the ability to run multiple operating systems at the same time. Many of the new features have never been done before in any PC emulation product. According to Connectix, the new features include:

Availability and versions:

Workaround for IE/MSProxy "407" authentication error. December 5, 2000 -- Bruce Bowden discovered a work around for the "407" authentication error with Internet Explorer and MS Proxy server:

We finally fixed the '407 Proxy Authentication Required:' error message by setting up a separate proxy server just for the Mac users with proxy authentication switched off. We used our MS Exchange server which was already sitting on the firewall. I think our IT people also restricted the IP addresses that could use this proxy server. Your IT people may not be as helpful.

I don't understand why the proxy server needs to authenticate every request, assuming that only people within our network can access it anyway.

YARC releases Ethernet Postscript RIP for HP DesignJet. December 5, 2000 -- Yesterday, YARC Systems released an Ethernet version of its Xtreme Postscript RIP for HP DesignJet wide-format printers. (See press release.) The software RIP for Mac OS allows Macs to print to DesignJets with HP's JetDirect Ethernet interface, or via a USB to Parallel adapter cable available from YARC. (YARC also has Xtreme RIPs for other printers.)

Solutions update: YARC X-platform printing solutions. December 5, 2000 -- We've updated the product listings on our Network Solutions page with the addition of YARC's cross-platform printing solutions, the Xtreme software RIPs for Macintosh, the YARC EZ PCI hardware RIP for Macintosh, and the YARC XP, a Linux-based network print server with a Pentium motherboard and three daughter cards with PowerPC processors running Postscript RIPs.

SoftMac 8, new version of Mac emulator for PCs. December 5, 2000 -- Emulators Inc., announced that it released the Macintosh emulator SoftMac 2000 version 8 (US $49.95, free upgrade for SoftMac owners), also called "Service Release 3," at Comdex a few weeks ago. Among the new improvements, the new version adds:

The emulator will run Mac OS versions up to and including OS 8.1. As with the previous version, other Mac emulators are included on the CD-ROM (Fusion 3 and others).

Another Outlook virus spread by Macs, infects PCs. December 5, 2000 -- A CNET story reports of a new virus called "Creative" that is spread by Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express for Macs and Windows but affects only PCs. It arrives via an email message claiming to contain header "a great Shockwave flash movie."

Airport, VPN, DSL: The next few news items are a group of reports on DSL (with and without PPPoE), AirPort, VPN, and several different combinations of these topics: DSL and VPN, DSL and AirPort, AirPort and VPN, and all three.

Windows VPN/IPSec connection over DSL with Apple Airport Base Station. December 4, 2000 -- John DeRosa is running an IPSec Virtual Private Network client on a Windows PC using AirPort over a DSL connection. He ran into a problem and describes how he solved it:

I have the following setup. Airport 1.2, Windows 2000 with Lucent Orinoco Gold card with V6.14 firmware. I have DSL service from Rhythms with a Cisco 675 router. The router provides me with 3 DHCP addresses and 2 fixed addresses. I also have 3 Macs.

I used the default Airport configuration which picks up a DHCP address from the Cisco router and then uses NAT to provide DHCP addresses to my wireless client. This all works great to get to the Internet.

The problem comes in when I try to this setup to work with my company's VPN client with uses IPSec. To get this to work I had to change the Airport into a bridge. This is done by using the Airport Admin tool:

  • Go to the Network tab.
  • Uncheck the "Distribute IP address" check box.
  • DO NOT use the "Enable Airport to Ethernet bridging" check box. This is to allow AppleTalk to pass through the Airport.

Mac VPN connection to Windows 2000 over DSL PPPoE. December 4, 2000 -- Sean M. Sloane also wants to establish a VPN connection over DSL (to a Windows 2000 server), but with a Mac client instead of a Windows client, but without AirPort. He also needs to use PPPoE (PPP over Ethernet):

We have just setup a VPN server with Win2K. I would like to be able to connect from home. Fine, just get Tunnel Builder. The catch is that I also use Pacific Bell DSL with EnterNet 300. On NTS's site they say in the FAQs that EnterNet (PPPoE client) and NTS's TunnelBuilder (a VPN client, LTP2 protocol ) cannot reside or coexist on the same machine. They will, at some point, make TunnelBuilder support PPPoE but don't have a specific date for release.

We were wondering if another PPPoE solution, MacPoET would work, so we checked Wind River's MacPoET FAQ, which says that two VPN products have been tested with MacPoET:

Based on this, it is conceivable that MacPoET may work with NTS's TunnelBuilder, but it hasn't been tested. If you've tested running MacPoET with TunnelBuilder, please let us know what you found.

In the next report below, a reader avoids MacPoET through through the use of a Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL hardware.

Mac and Win 98 PC share ADSL/PPPoE connection via AirPort. December 4, 2000 -- One reader is happy that he doesn't have to use MacPoET any longer. He is sharing a PPPoE ADSL connection between a Mac PowerBook and Win 98 Vaio laptop., using the AirPort Base Station , which doesn't support PPPoE. This reader says he uses a Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL router, a small piece hardware. However, he can't get network encryption (WEP) to work. You can read this full report on our Cross-Platform AirPort special report page.

Lucent Orinoco Gold Card, Apple Airport and WEP. December 4, 2000 -- John DeRosa is using AirPort Base Station and an Orinoco Gold card. He managed to get WEP encryption working in 128-bit and 40-bit modes. You can read DeRosa's full report on our Cross-Platform AirPort special report page.

Airstation's NAT can be disabled via web browser; works well. December 4, 2000 -- Wil Doane sent us a report about the TechWorks AirStation, an IEEE 802.11 wireless networking access point with NAT Internet gateway for sharing an Internet connection, similar to Apple's AirPort Base Station. He makes two points:

You can read Doane's report on our Cross-platform AirPort special report page.

Solutions update: KVM switch for USB. December 4, 2000 -- We've added Belkin's OmniView USB KVM Switch to our Cross-platform KVM Solutions page. The switch lets you use a PS/2 keyboard and mouse to control USB Macs and PCs. Reader James Jones says:

The Belkin OmniView USB KVM Switch is the best product I've found for using Mac (USB Models) with PC's (USB only). This is Belkin's product number F1D104-USB.

New Mac utility for renaming batches of files. December 4, 2000 -- Rename Files 1.0b2 by Max Ribuoli is a beta version of a plugin for the Mac OS contextual menu that will rename a group of files. You can truncate or find and replace text, such as you might do for removing characters that are illegal in Windows. There is no documentation in this prerelease version. (For a listing of other file renaming utilities for Mac, see the MacWindows File Solutions page.)

Minor upgrade for GraphicConverter. December 4, 2000 -- Lemke Software has posted GraphicConverter 4.0.1 (US $35, Europe US $30; Germany 46,40 DM), a minor revision to the cross-platform graphics translation software for Macintosh. The new version improves the operation of some features and translations and fixes some bugs. (For a listing of other cross-platform file translating utilities, see the MacWindows File Solutions page.)s

Mac volume at root directory causes problem for Win2K, MacServerIP. December 1, 2000 -- MacWindows readers may have seen our reports where creating a Mac volume at the root of a NT or 2000 directory with Services for Macintosh causes strange problems to occur. (For instance, here.) Microsoft recommends against this practice (D:\Macvol, for example) and recommends placing Mac volumes at least one level up (D:\folder\Macvol\).

Dan Corjulo sent us a report of problems Mac volumes at the Win 2000 root directory using MacServerIP (not SFM). In his case, he was using Microsoft Cluster Services (since SFM doesn't work with Cluster Services). He was seeing corrupted aliases and other problems until he moved the Mac volumes into a folder. You can read Corjolo's report on our Microsoft Cluster Services special report page.

Mac support for another VPN system may be in the works. December 1, 2000 -- Dan Corjulo says that Check Point software may have Mac VPN client for its Firewall-1 suite of enterprise security software soon. Corjulo says the company told him a beta of a Mac VPN client would be released in two weeks.(See our Network Solutions page for VPN solutions that currently support Macs.)

VPC and Startfleet Command works with Voodoo 2. December 1, 2000 -- Mark Duckenfield says that the Windows game Starfleet Command will run in Virtual PC if you have a Voodoo 2 graphics card installed in the Mac. (See our VPC Conflicts page for a list of other Windows software reported to have problems with VPC.)

Another report of Internet Explorer/MSProxy authentication error. December 1, 2000 -- Tanya Howie is getting the error message "407 Proxy Authentication Required," a problem we've previously reported.

I am using IE5 through a proxy server and when we first set it up it worked great. Never got the error message at all. Then the proxy server crashed and the IT department had to rebuild it or something. That's when I started getting the error messages. It does the same thing to me as it did to you, I get the three tries and I'm out. I then have to call IT and have them reset my profile.

If you've seen this problem, please let us know.

Updated links to Windows 2000 stories. December 1, 2000 -- We've added some new links to press stories and reviews about Windows 2000 on our Windows 2000 Server and Macintosh special report page.


Lucent announces USB wireless network device. November 30, 2000 -- Lucent Technologies announced USB Client, a USB device for connection computers to IEEE 802.11 wireless networks, planned to ship at the end of first quarter 2001.(See also the Lucent press release.) The device, which Lucent says will work on PCs running Windows 98, ME, and Windows 2000, will be available in 64-bit key encryption ($199) and Gold 128-bit key encryption ($219) versions. USB Client will be able to connect to AirPort Base Station and other 802.11 access points.

Upgrade for Mass Transit, X-platform graphics production file transfer. November 30, 2000 -- Group Logic has released Mass Transit 3.6.2, and update to its cross-platform file transfer management software for Windows and Mac OS. Group Logic calls v3.6.2 a "maintenance release of our unique turnkey solution that automates the process of transferring graphics, multimedia, and other production files." The new version adds

More on Win 2000 Server file size error; info on MS UAM. November 30, 2000 -- Joerg Erdei offers more details on what is occurring with the Windows 2000 file size reporting error. He provides some interesting technical details, and argues that the problem is not merely cosmetic. He says that when moving large blocks, the error can cause the Mac to tell you there is not enough space. For instance, when trying to back up his OS 9 System folder of 375 MB) "you cannot do this in one step if do not have at least 10 GB free on a 100 GB disk array." You can read Erdei's explanation on our Windows 2000 special report page.

Erdei also reports having a problem with the Microsoft Authentication v5.0 that we've reported, and offers some other comments on the MS UAM, including a big problem for him:

Microsoft UAM is not multiuser compatible. Only the Mac's administrator can use it. All other users are put back into Chooser and will never see the user/password dialog. (Tested with Microsoft UAM v5.0.4 and 5.0.5).

You can read Erdei's full report MS UAM and Authentication v5.0 here.

Acrobat 4.0.5 problems with Lexmark printers--4.0 is okay. November 30, 2000 -- Paul Timmins reports of a problem with Macs printing certain PDF files to Lexmark S, T, and LXi printers from Macs (directly, not through a print server). When printed to a Lexmark as PostScript, the print job proceeds through the normal phases of the printing process but no paper emerges from the printer. The problem occurs with Acrobat Reader 4.0.5, but not with Acrobat Reader 4.0, which comes with the printers:

The job was created and delivered to the printer and, as far as the Mac was concerned, the printing process was successful. BUT, when the user reached the printer, there wasn't any output. On repeated attempts we found that the printers would "spin up" and indicate that they were "busy" with a PostScript job (just what they should be doing). Then, at the moment they should grab a page of paper, they would "spin down" and return to the "ready" state. It seems the Lexmark printer just gave up and dumped the job.

On the phone with Lexmark, they sent us a file to modify the internal setting of the printer. That didn't accomplish anything. Then they asked us to try the version of Acrobat Reader (v 4.0) that is included on their Lexmark CD. Success!

Timmins also said that when printing to a Lexmark as an image, there was no problem except for the expected jagged text.

Another reader reports VPC incompatibility with AddWeb. November 29, 2000 -- David Lawhon responded getting the same error message with AddWeb on Virtual PC that we reported on September 1: "this program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down." This was on Windows 98. In Windows ME, there was a different error. You can read Lawhon's report on our VPC 3 Special Report page. We've added AddWeb to our list of Windows software that won't run on Virtual PC on our VPC Conflicts page.

OrangePC-Power Mac G4 problem and fix. November 29, 2000 -- Greg Spence ran into problems when he tried to run his OrangePC 626 PC compatibility card in a new Power Mac G4 MP machine (256 MB RAM. Launching Windows 95 would stop at the splash screen. The only way he could boot Windows 95 was in Safe Mode. Orange Micro provided the fix for the discontinued card:

I ended up mailing OrangePC and they suggested booting into the 'Safe Mode' and running the PC portion of the upgrade from there. So Windows 95 is now up and running on my machine. I had to install the Orange PCI software from my original CD and upgrade the Mac side first and then upgrade the Windows side. They have instructions at their web site. Although the web site doesn't mention the splash screen freeze.

Reader verifies Outlook 8.2.2 meeting requests problem. November 29, 2000 -- Ryan Taylor reports that he also has seen the problem reported yesterday of receiving unusable meeting acceptance and decline messages with Outlook for Mac:

I just read the query from Jeff Churchwell concerning meeting requests with Outlook/Exchange 8.22 for Mac. A client of mine is receiving the exact same message. She is receiving meeting acceptance and declinations from users on her network. She did not initiate the invitations and some are from people she doesn't even know. She gets the same error message when trying to open them: "The command you specified could not be carried out. An unknown error occurred." I can move the files to the deleted items folder but I cannot open them.

She is using Outlook 8.22 on her Mac G4. The other people are using either Outlook 2000 or Outlook 8.22. Our Exchange server is 5.5 SP3.

An exhaustive search of Microsoft's Knowledge Base turned up absolutely nothing.

Server NIC produces problem with Exchange 2k Server IMAP, but not POP. November 29, 2000 -- Steve Klein thought he had a software problem with Exchange 2000 Server or the Mac Outlook Express client -- until he replaced the Ethernet card in the server.

The problem was that Outlook Express 5 would not to connect via IMAP:

POP3 email functioned, and Netscape Communicator 4.76 worked a little better, enabling me to get to me inbox, and "he SUBSCRIBE dialog showed me a list of my folders, but I couldn't subscribe because the "okay" button is grayed out. Only "cancel" can be selected.

In both Outlook Express & Netscape Communicator, they keep talking to the server, as if trying to download more folders.

After extensive troubleshooting, and the discovery that no IMAP client could connect, not even Windows clients, Klein found that the server's NIC affected only IMAP:

The problem turned out to be a bad gigabit Ethernet card in the Exchange 2000 Server. A few dropped packets being resent didn't bother other protocols like POP3, but IMAP saturates the bandwidth, and that's why the problems only showed up in IMAP. They replaced the card, and all is well.

X-platform disk stripping software to be bundled with video editing software. November 29, 2000 -- Mediafour Corporation has entered into an agreement with Avid Technology to provide an enhanced version of their MacDrive 2000 to purchasers of all Windows-based Avid Symphony and Media Composer multimedia-editing systems. MacDrive 2000 enables PCs to read Mac disk media. However, the Avid software will come with MacDrive 2000 CrossStripe Edition, which allows Windows PCs to access striped-formatted Mac drives used by video editors.

Orange Micro offers USB 2.0 Mac extension to device developers. November 29, 2000 -- Orange Micro is offering to license its USB 2.0 Macintosh extension software to peripheral device manufacturers. USB 2.0, a competing standard to FireWire, does not yet have support in Mac OS. Orange Micro says it will ship its own USB peripherals in February of next year.

CNET readers pan SoftMac emulator. November 29, 2000 -- An unscientific poll of over 60 CNET readers yields a nearly unanimous "thumbs down" to the current version of SoftMac from Emulators, Inc. SoftMac is a Macintosh emulator for PCs.

Moving Quicken files between PC and Mac. November 28, 2000 -- Intuit's web site has some useful information regarding moving Quicken files from PCs to Mac. A page called Quicken 2000 for Macintosh - Import/Export has links to several dozen help pages on cross-platform importing and exporting. One of these pages discusses converting files from non-Intuit financial programs (such as as Microsoft Money) into Quicken. The common interchange format is QIF (Quicken Interchange format), though the Intuit support pages describe some messaging of the data that is sometimes required with cross-platform import/export.

More reports about Outlook 8.2.2 and HP DeskJet printing. November 28, 2000 -- We've had more reports of problems printing from Outlook/Exchange 8.2.2 for Mac to HP DeskJets printers, (series 800 and 900). Michael Alatorre sent a report about his users problems printing from to USB HP DeskJet 970Cxi inkjet printers. He tried a suggestion another reader had sent (using HP DJ 800 USB/AT drivers), but it didn't work. He has been able to print to a networked HP 4000N. Byron Songer uses Exchange Server in Louisville, Kentucky public schools. He has problems printing form Outlook 8.22 (Mac OS 9.0.4) to HP DeskJet 800 series printers. You can read there reports on our Outlook/Exchange special report page.

Outlook 8.22 and Exchange meeting requests. November 28, 2000 -- Jeff Churchwell send in this query about exchanging meeting requests with Outlook/Exchange 8.22 for Mac:

I have started to receive meeting acceptance or decline messages from users on my network, which I cannot open. All I get is an error message saying "The command you specified could not be carried out. An unknown error occurred." The odd thing is, I'm not the original sender of the meeting requests, nor am I a delegate to anyone, nor can I tell who is the original sender.

I'm using Outlook 8.22 on my Mac. The persons acknowledging or declining meetings are both Mac and Windows Outlook 2000 users. Our Exchange server version is 5.5, SP3.

Entourage and meetings: two clients better than none. November 28, 2000 -- Martin Forrester comments on the fact that Entourage (part of Office 2000) doesn't accept meeting requests:

Regarding Christian Thomas's workaround of using his PC to deal with meeting requests from Wintel users, and Entourage for all other email, that seems like a bit of overkill when you can of course use the Mac Outlook/Exchange client to accept the meeting requests. Despite the many deficiencies of that program, it can certainly do that just fine. I pretty much use it for that job alone, and Entourage for everything else.

MS Proxy and passwords. November 28, 2000 -- Rich Pape sent the answer to a question we posted on Nov. 22 about MS Proxy and passwords: Is a way to disable the 'Remember Password' option in Proxy's access control for WWW? The answer is no:

MS Proxy 2.0 SP1 does not handle any of the password features Henry is asking about. Internet Explorer or another Internet application would handle that feature. Most apps can be told not to remember passwords in their preferences. Proxy just looks up the user in User Manager and then compares that name to its own list of which users are allowed to access what services. It does not check passwords except to have user manager validate that specific user name.

Cross-platform wireless networking, Internet, and Linux. November 28, 2000 -- Richard Stovall connects to the Internet with a Linux gateway, and then use AirPort to connect Macs and PC to the Linux machine for Internet access. (See our Cross-platform AirPort special report page.

Solutions update: Java client for adding Macs to Win Terminal Server. November 27, 2000 -- HobLink JWT 2.1 from HOB is a Java client that enables Macs and other platforms to access applications running on MS Windows Terminal Servers (NT and 2000). Unlike the Citrix MetaFrame solution, HobLink is purely client based, and doesn't require any new software on the server.

We've added HobLink JWT to our list of Mac thin-client solutions on our Operating System Solutions page. (Thanks to Jordi Parera for the tip.)

Using ADB keyboards on a PC. November 27, 2000 -- Gregg Eshelman reports that it is possible to "use an ADB keyboard with a PC running Windows by plugging it into a Gryphon iMate USB to ADB adapter." (We have another recommendation on our Keyboard/Monitor Sharing Tips page.

Using the Apple Cinema Display with PCs. November 27, 2000 -- Stephane Matis reports that it is now possible to use use an Apple Cinema Display with a PC by using a Hercules 3D Prophet graphics card and video drivers by Hercules or nVidia. He has a web page with links to the required hardware and software.

More on Outlook printing to HP printers. November 27, 2000 -- Luis Antezana reports that he is not seeing a problem with Outlook 8.2 for Mac and HP printers:

I've been reading the posts about the Outlook 8.2.2 printing problems. None of my users have any problems printing Outlook 8.2.2 through our NT server to any of our HP 5000's or HP 4MV's using the printer-specific PPD's. We have multiple different Macintoshes from 604e's through G4 and both OS 8.6 and 9.0.4 installed. We have used both AdobePS 8.7 and Apple LaserWriter 8.6.5 and 8.7 drivers....So to sum up, use the Apple or Adobe driver and the printer-specific PPD and you should be fine.

Asante December discount on DSL/cable modem router. November 27, 2000 -- Asante is offering US $20-to-$30 rebates on its FriendlyNET Cable/DSL Router series (US $159-$179 after rebate). The boxes, which include an integrated 4-port 10/100 Mbps Ethernet switch, will share an internet with an network of PCs and Macs using Network Address Translation (NAT).

Solutions update: free telnet client for Mac. November 27, 2000 -- MacSSH is a free telnet utility for Macintosh designed with accessing Linux in mind. MacSSH uses the Secure Shell protocol, and the author describes it as "a modified version of BetterTelnet with SSH2 support."

Solutions Update. TechWorks' AirStation wireless access point. November 22, 2000 -- We've added TechWorks' AirStation series of IEEE 802.11b wireless network access points to our Network Solutions product listings page. Two of the three units come with built-in NAT (Network Address Translation) gateways to share an Internet connection, similar to Apple's AirPort Base Station, and work with Macs and PCs. There are now three AirStation models:

The two Internet gateway versions are configurable from Windows or Macintosh via a web browser. Bruce Reilly, marketing manager at TechWorks, sent us a note about configuring AirStation, which we've posted on our Cross-Platform AirPort special report page.

Minor update for MacLinkPlus fixes bugs with OS 8.1. November 22, 2000 -- DataViz has released MacLinkPlus 12.002, a free update that fixes a problem that prevented the files from launch after translation, as well as fixing some bugs when running on Mac OS 8.1.

Disabling "remember password" in MS Proxy Server. November 22, 2000 -- Henry Dunning sent in this question:

We are using MS Proxy 2.0 sp1 and 250 Macs. When Proxy's access control for WWW is turned on it prompts the user for name and pass and we have not had many poblems with that.

Does anyone know if there is a way to disable the "Remember Password" option? At times we need to track certain students sites and we cannot be sure who has logged on if the remember pass is enabled.

If you know the answer, please send it to us.

Apple recognizes Win 2000 client bug, but still no fix. November 21, 2000 -- Dan Feuerstein was having the problem of not being able to rename files on AppleShare IP servers from Windows 2000 clients. He told about about it, and Apple confirmed that it was a problem:

We cannot rename files on the Apple Share server. We can write and delete. If the server sits for awhile mapped it will not display the files in a folder and some folders also. We have contacted Apple on the problem and have not here back yet. This is from a Windows 2000 client mapping an ASIP 6.3.2 server. This has really been a huge problem for us.

"Apple did validate the bug, and they said they are working with Microsoft for a fix."

More advice for printing with Outlook for Exchange Server. November 21, 2000 -- We've had more suggestions for dealing with printing problems with Outlook/Exchange 8.22 for Mac Perbix Michael suggests looking at drivers:

We use Outlook 8.2.2 and print to HP 4000 and 4050 with no problem, however when using the new HP universal installed (version 3.2 and newer) you can only print 1 page, then get errors until you quit outlook and restart the application. Reverting back to the USB/AT version of the HP 800 specific driver solved the problem.

Also the new 3.2 and above driver has a problem with AppleTalk zones. It sees printers in the computers zone but you can not switch to any other zones. At least we can't. We use all Cisco hardware.

Matthew Smith responds to a previous piece of advice about not using HP drivers and using a Generic PPD:

When one uses the NT print server, you should always use either Generic or preferably LaserWriter Plus v38.0 as the PPD.

Jason Wohlgemuth found a new printing snag:

I've found a bug in Outlook 8.2.2 that shows up in OS 8.5, 8.6, 9.0 and 9.0.4. (These are the only OSes that I have access to)

When you make an appointment in the calendar that has the & symbol in it and you print it shows up as an underline character. For example. I had 2 users in our R&D Dept that have Macs with 8.6 on them. They had received an appointment in their calendars for "R&D Meeting" When printed, it came up as "RD Meeting"

I have tried a clean install of all the above mentioned OSes and it showsup. It even shows when doing a print preview either with LaserWriter drivers or Adobe Drivers. Even if I go to desktop printer and select Generic it still shows. I have searched the net and found nothing on this issue.

If you've seen this problem, please let us know.

Tip for Basilisk II Mac emulator : Initializing and IDE hard drive in HFS format. November 21, 2000 -- Gregg Eshelman send us a procedure for formatting an IDE drive on a PC in HFS format using the Basilisk II Macintosh emulator for PCs. We haven't tried it, but it doesn't sound easy. You can read about on our Mac Emulators for PCs special report page.

Upgrade to Decode da Code decoder for email enclosures from PC, UNIX. November 21, 2000 -- Felt Tip Software has posted Decode da Code 1.4.2 (US $12), a bug-fix upgrade to the Macintosh helper application for decoding email enclosures and Internet News downloads. Decode da Code decodes MIME Base64 and uuencoded files. Version 1.4 and later can run on Mac OS X (without Classic) as well as Mac OS 7/8/9.

Intel launches Pentium 4 processor. November 21, 2000 -- Yesterday Intel launched the Pentium 4 processor, the new high-end of the company's line (see also Intel press release). It includes build-in 3-D graphics acceleration and is available in 1.4 and 1.5 GHz clock rates.

More on Entourage, meetings, and collaboration. November 20, 2000 -- We received a couple of responses to our November 16 reader report on Microsoft Entourage and meetings. One reader provides a detailed technical explanation of the difference between "collaboration" and "accepting iCal" meetings. A second reader sent us a suggestion for using Entourage in a group setting. We've posted both on our Watson special report page. (Watson is the future successor to Outlook for Exchange server.)

New Tip: running USB Zip drives in Virtual PC. November 20, 2000 -- A reader asks "What can I do to get Virtual PC to recognize my Iomega 250 zip drive?" There are two ways to do this. One is to first mount the drive cartridge in Mac OS, start Virtual PC, and designate the cartridge as a "shared folder." The other method (for VPC 3.x) is to install the Iomega's Windows software in VPC. We posted the sharing procedure and links to the Iomega drivers on our Emulator Tips page.

Virtual PC doesn't support Logitech USB Mouse drivers. November 20, 2000 -- Doron Eren reports that Connectix confirmed a problem he discovered with a Logitech USB mouse and Virtual PC. Eren describes the problem:

I have VPC installed on a Mac G4 with a Logitech M-BA47 USB mouse (3 button + wheel). The wheel did not work in the VPC environment so I tried to use the Logitech CD to install the drivers. After I did, Windows starts loading OK but at a certain time during loading stops responding to any input from the mouse or keyboard. I therefore cannot uninstall the drivers. Is there a way to load windows in safe mode, or start in DOS, or go to some other basic configuration?

Connectix response:

Thank you for contacting Connectix Corporation. This is a known issue. At this time VPC does not support the mouse drivers that you are referring to. I actually have this mouse and have tried it myself, and ran into the same problem. We are looking into it.

Agent: Dennis Dubinsky

SFM in Whistler server to drop MacPrint. November 20, 2000 -- Per Bergland reports that the release notes for Whistler beta 1 (64-bit version) say that Services for Macintosh will no longer support acting as a print server for Macs. (Whistler is the successor to Windows 2000). From the release notes:

BM__Toc496662854 Printing: Remove MacPrint from 64-bit Whistler Server

The Services for Macintosh component includes a print server that allows Macintosh clients to print to Windows NT or Windows 2000 print shares via the AppleTalk protocol. In additions to the print server, there is a 300 DPI Postscript RIP engine that allows Macintosh generated Postscript print jobs to be sent to non-Postscript printers (for example, inkjet printers). This feature removes this functionality from 64-bit Whistler Server.

SuSE Linux 7.0 for PowerPC adds 1000 apps and "Mac on Linux." November 20, 2000 -- Last week, SuSE released SuSE Linux 7.0 PowerPC Edition (Euro 49.00) for Macintosh. According to SuSE, the new version comes on five CD-ROMs containing over 1000 applications, including "image processing software, desktop applications, emulators, and the wide range of available window managers, network tools and editors." It also includes MoL (Mac on Linux), a network-capable Mac OS environment in a window or in full-screen mode. Includes 60 days installation support via telephone, Email and fax.

More clues, suggestions for disappearing Win 2000 problem. November 20, 2000 -- Luc Teblick did some comparison testing on two Windows 2000 Servers regarding the problem of Windows 2000 servers disappearing from Mac Choosers, confirming that the problem is not limited to Service Pack 1:

Two servers, identically setup, except one an Intergraph IS90 with 2x 600 MHz, one an Intergraph ZX10 with 2 x 700 MHz. Here are our findings:
  • Installing SP1 makes the problem happen more often, but we definitely have the problem also without SP1.
  • The ZX10, which is faster, also has the problem appearing almost every time. The IS90 once in a few startup cycles.
  • Disabling/enabling the network card, changing zones, or stopping/restarting seed routing solves the problem.
  • We use in this configuration 3COM gigabit network cards. We have an identical configuration at another site, only here with INTEL gigabit cards, no 3COM. No problem there.

However, a reader report from September says just the opposite about 3COM cards:

"The strange thing is we've not experienced this problem with anything other than the above DEC NICs. Swapping in a 3COM or Intel NIC in those PCs made the problem go away..."

FireWire vs. USB 2; Orange Micro bets on both. November 20, 2000 -- An interesting CNET report discusses the rivalry between Apple's FireWire standard and Intel's USB 2.0 standard, and how delays in the latter is helpful to Apple.

Meanwhile, Orange Micro, a maker of FireWire connectivity products, recently announced a set of USB 2.0 PCI for Mac and PCs called USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, which it expects to ship next month.

Beta of Fetch for Mac OS X now available. November 13, 2000 -- A public beta of Fetch 4.0 for Mac OS X is now available. The Mac OS X version of the popular FTP client uses the Aqua interface and runs as a native application. Versions of Fetch 4 for Mac OS 7/8/9 are planned.

PC MacLAN on Win 2000 works with ASIP server. November 13, 2000 -- Will O'Neal reports that using PC MacLAN running on Windows 2000 enables a PC to connect to AppleShare IP server the problems of using the Microsoft client. (These are described on our AppleShare IP Server Cross-platform Issues special report page.) This report is in line with the current theory that a change in Microsoft's SMB client (and lack of an ASIP update to deal with it) is the cause of the problems.

Problems pulling files from AppleShare IP onto Win 2000. November 13, 2000 -- Stephen Chiang reports of another Windows 2000 client problem accessing AppleShare IP servers:

The other day I tried pulling a bunch of TIFF files from an AppleShare 6.3.1 server onto a MAC volume on a Windows 2000 Server with SP1. When I mount the Mac volume (Win2K) on a PowerMac G4 and try and open them up with Photoshop I get a message saying that the image was not the right type of file and Photoshop couldn't open it.

If I mount the Win2K Mac volume on my AppleShare server and push the same files on to it, then it works perfectly.

If you've seen this problem, please let us know.

Reader problem with ASIP and Windows 98 with read-only files. November 13, 2000 -- A reader reports of a problem with Windows 98 SE clients and ASIP. He is finding files turning read-only:

I've just updated to AppleShare 6.3. I have enabled the PCs to open the Mac server from their end. We can access everything but there is a catch. On some of our PCs, we can use the files with no problems. With other PCs, the files all come up Read Only in the properties of these files. When we go into the Property settings, we uncheck the Read Only button and hit apply and close the window, but when we check the properties again, Read Only is checked. I can even uncheck it on a PC that works with the server, but when I open the properties on a PC that doesn't work, the Read Only is checked again. (all these files open as an untitled document which is a pain. We're working mainly with PageMaker, Photoshop and Illustrator files) 

All files I copied to the drive also become Read Only.

I've tested this on numerous machines. 2 laptops and 5 towers (as well as from different locations in the building). Three of the machines have no problems with the Read Only problem. The rest do. We're running Windows 98 SE clients on an NT/Novell Network.

Background on NBP vs. SLP protocols on IP networks. November 13, 2000 -- Apple Tech info article 60514 briefly discusses some of the differences between NBP, SLP, DNS, and LDAP, all of which are supported by Mac OS 9. Mac OS X Public Beta does not support NBP, which is apparently causing it to be blind to some AppleShare-compatible servers over IP, including Windows 2000 Server. (See our Mac OS X Public Beta special report for a discussion of the problem.)

Clarification: NetWare 5 uses SLP, not NetWare IP. November 13, 2000 -- Last Friday, we reported that NetWare networks use the SLP protocol for locating devices on and IP network, the same protocol used in Mac OS X. Several readers pointed out the NetWare IP is not the same as NetWare 5: NetWare IP was an add-on product to NetWare 4 that encapsulated IP in IPX. It used SAP (Service Advertising Protocol) over IPX . NetWare 5 is native IP and uses SLP.(Thanks to Mike Maday and Ford Pedersen.

Alaran web site back up. November 13, 2000 -- Greg Harms notes that the Alaran web site is back up after being down for a while after a reader reported that the company was discontinuing development of MacaNTee, a Mac-NT domain integration system. However the site has not been updated, and still contains information about its version 2.0 for Mac OS X. On October 18, we reported that the company was discontinuing version 2.0 development due to financial problems.

NetWare 5 also uses SLP for browsing, like OS X. November 10, 2000 -- Mike Maday adds a note to our discussion of why Mac OS X can't see a lot of AFP (AppleShare-compatible) servers running on TCP/IP, such as Windows 2000 SFM. The reason is that Mac OS X uses SLP (Service Location Protocol) instead of Apple's old Name Binding Protocol, used by Windows 2000. Maday says NetWare 5 and above also uses SLP:

If you have a NetWare network with IP clients, they too, also use SLP. SLP can be configured for static or dynamic (broadcast) request to find clients. SLP is RFC based, so the NetWare, OS X, and the ExtremeZ-IP will work together in unison.

You can read about the issue on our Mac OS X Public Beta special report page.

Alternative Mac client for VNC X-platform remote control. November 10, 2000 -- VNCthing is an alternative Mac client for ATT Cambridge's free VNC cross-platform remote control/application sharing software, which works over a network and the Internet. ATT Cambridge also has a Mac client, though it is still listed as "beta" after many years.

Reader has printing problem with Outlook Mac Client 8.22. November 10, 2000 -- Jeff Lucia is having a problem with printing from Outlook/Exchange 8.22 for Mac:

The user can read mail without any problems (looks perfect on the screen), but when they print it, it gets cut off. It is almost like there is an invisible margin and any text after the margin is just left off.

This has occurred with OS 9.04, and 8.6, G3 (Beige or B&W) and G4's. I have removed EVERYTHING Outlook and Microsoft and reinstalled all Microsoft applications (thinking it was a library problem) to no avail. The only solution I have been able to find, is a clean install of the OS. There's got to be a better solution than that (I pray :) ). Also, I have turned off ATM and tested this with a base set of fonts in the fonts folder with the same results thereby ruling out our font library. The problem also occurs on all printers.

If you've seen this, please let us know.

Linux PPPoE for DSL utility works for Mac OS X Public Beta. November 10, 2000 -- Roaring Penguin PPPoE, a PPP-over-Ethernet connection DSL client for Linux, also runs on Mac OS X Public Beta. Installation is a bit tricky--it involves using the Unix command line--but it does connect Mac OS X to the Internet over a DSL link. One of the tricks is not to decompress the software from Mac OS 9. You need to startup with OS X and decompress it at the command line. This is covered in one of several web sites with installation instructions.

Reader resolves MacServerIP file size problem. November 10, 2000 -- The reader who complained of incorrect files size reporting with MacServerIP and MS Cluster Servers told us that he solved the problem (though he didn't say how). He also has a theory about one of the other problems he's having:

But the network storm problem has all but crippled of system....I believe this is related to the corrupt Alias problem in that the Client losses connection with the server and gets stuck in a loop trying to reestablish a connection.

Open source X-platform development framework. November 10, 2000 -- ZooLib version 0.8 is a cross-platform application development framework. It enables you to write a single set C++ code and compile it to native software for Mac OS, Carbon (OS X), Windows 95/98/NT/2000, BeOS and X Window apps including Linux. ZooLib is open source. ZooLib was originated by Andy Green of the Electric Magic Company.

More on Mac OS X logging on to AFP-IP servers. November 9, 2000 -- On November, we report that Mac OS can't logon to AFP file servers over TCP/IP including Windows 2000 SFM, PC MacLAN, and MacServerIP. This is because Mac OS X doesn't use the NBP protocol. However, Rob Newberry of Group Logic reports that Mac OS X Public Beta can log onto ExtremeZ-IP:

We'd like to point out that ExtremeZ-IP servers _ARE_ seen by Mac OS X Public Beta clients. ExtremeZ-IP is the only AFP server for Windows NT that supports the Service Location Protocol (SLP), which is the replacement for the older AppleTalk-based NBP protocol (ExtremeZ-IP does support NBP as well). SLP is used by Mac OS X, as well as the Network Browser in Mac OS 9. Group Logic has supported this protocol since ExtremeZ-IP 1.1.

Interarchy SOCKS4 app and Proxy Server. November 9, 2000 -- Craig Morey adds a note about using the SOCKS4 app included with Interarchy 3.8 with MS Proxy Server:

Just worthy of note is that the SOCKS4 app included with Interarchy 3.8 not only lets FTP and QT streaming through MS Proxy Server 2, but also allows me to contact my web server by SSH (using Niftytelnet 1.1 SSH). And a good thing it is too, I thought I'd lost contact from my Mac forever!

Without any real knowledge about how it works, it appears to carry out the same function as the Windows "SOCKSCap" application, mentioned in The MS Proxy Report.

Prerelease demo version of upcoming Mac emulator. November 9, 2000 -- Emulators, Inc., has released a new demonstration version of SoftMac 2000 version 8.0, which will be part of the upcoming Service Release 3. (SoftMac 2000 is a Macintosh emulator for PCs.) Jim Watters tested the new demo:

Emulators, Inc. has raised the amount of memory that the demo can use from 14 MB to 24. This gives users more room to evaluate it.

Users have claimed to have problems getting it set up (I had to reboot it a dozen times before it worked), but it works pretty nicely on Windows 2000 despite the disabled sound and printing.

The new version will include a faster emulation engine, better support of Windows 2000, improved user interface, and bug fixes, according to Emulators, Inc. It is still a 680x0 emulator. (Noone has shipped a PowerPC emulator.)

Oracle Java e-business client now runs on Mac. November 9, 2000 -- ZDNet reports that Oracle has certified a Mac Java client to access its Oracle E-Business Suite of web/Java applications. The Oracle client requires Mac OS 9.0.4 Mac OS Runtime for Java 2.2.3, and a Mac OS X version is planned.

New MacWindows special report: Mac OS X. November 7, 2000 -- We've collected our previous news items concerning cross-platform issues with Mac OS X along with some new information and posted it on a new Mac OS X Public Beta Cross-Platform Issues special report page. Today, we have two new reports about networking quirks in Mac OS X Public Beta:

Mac OS X Public Beta is blind to PC AFP-over-IP Servers

Scott Christopher of Miramar Systems reports that Mac OS X can't see AFP (AppleShare compatible) servers running on TCP/IP. The affected servers include Windows 2000 File Server for Macintosh, Miramar's PC MacLAN, and MacServerIP. Christopher says has to do with the fact that OS X Public beta does not use the Name Binding Protocol as does the Chooser, so when these PC AFP Servers were developed there was no reason to support IP UDP.

Mac OS X Public Beta closes hub ports

Chris Gehlker reports that Mac OS X Public Beta sometimes causes some hubs to turn off the port connected to the Mac. He says "That port goes dark and stays dark until power is cycled."

DimonSoft releases font server for NT/2000, Mac clients. November 7, 2000 -- DiamondSoft has released FontReserve Server (US $1200 plus US $104 per concurrent connection ). FontReserve Server is an SQL database that acts as a repository of fonts in an organization. PowerPC Mac clients running Mac OS 8.0 and later can have their fonts automatically updated over TCP/IP. File sharing disk mounting is not needed. (Thanks to Dan Schwartz for the tip.)

Group Logic explains ExtremeZ-IP, Rampage RIP problem. November 7, 2000 -- We've had two responses to our November 3 report of a reader's problem with Group Logic's ExtremeZ-IP server for Windows NT/2000 and a Rampage RIP. (The problem the FPO's created by the system are unreadable by Photoshop unless the FileTyper utility is used to change the type and creator codes.)

Group Logic told MacWindows that it is aware of the issue, and sent us an explanation of the problem and a similar workaround that also involves changing type and creator codes. Group Logic also said a new release will address the issue. We've posted Group Logic's reply on our AFP-over-IP Servers special report page. We also have a message from a reader who isn't experiencing the problem.

Problems with MacServerIP and MS Cluster Server. November 7, 2000 -- A reader reports having several problems with MacServerIP and Microsoft Cluster Server:

  1. The incorrect file size problem that we've reported with Windows 2000 Server and Services for Macintosh
  2. Volume Alias's corrupts if more then one server volume is mounted.
  3. Network storms between client and server

For details, you can see this reader report at the discussion of MacServerIP and MSCL on our Mac Clients and Microsoft Cluster Services special report page.

File Solutions update: new links for Word converters. November 7, 2000 -- We've updated the MacWindows File Integration Solutions page with new URLs for Microsoft's free Word converters: Word 97-98-2000 Converter for Word for Mac 5.1 or 6 and the older Word 6 for Windows Macintosh importer for Word 5.x users. Roland Hutchinson notes that "Microsoft says on the [first] web page that the current version handles Word 2000 file format as well as 97/98 (but the converter software itself does not seem to mention this)."

GraphicConverter 4 now available. November 7, 2000 -- Lemke Software has released GraphicConverter 4 (Europe US $30; rest of world US $35; Germany 46,40 DM). The Macintosh utility imports 130 graphic file formats from Windows, Mac, and UNIX, and exports about 40 graphic file formats. The new version adds dozens of tweaks, improvements, and bug fixes.

DAVE update fixes Quark problem; Thursby responds to DAVE/VPN/ NetBIOS problem. November 3, 2000 -- Thursby Software has posted a patch called DAVE Client v2.5p6. It fixes several problems, including several problems related to using Retrospect Backup to backup a volume mounted by DAVE, and incorrect created and modified dates from Windows NT/2000 servers. Thursby's Director Customer Support Carl Ketterling told MacWindows that the patch also fixes a file locking problem with Quark Xpress. Ketterling send a description of the problem and the fix, which we've posted on our DAVE special report page.

Ketterling also responded to a reader report of a problem with DAVE, VPN, and NetBIOS. He speculates on the cause and offers a possible workaround on our DAVE special report page.

Mac OS 9 IP file sharing slower than AppleTalk. November 3, 2000 -- Scott Christopher of Miramar Systems tested Mac OS 9's file sharing service and sent us the results, which were surprising. He says the implementation of Mac OS 9's IP file server is slower than file serving over AppleTalk.We've posted Christopher's report along with a graph of his test results on our Mac OS 9 special report page. (Miramar Systems' PC MacLAN AFP product for Windows works over both AppleTalk and IP.)

Problem with ExtremeZ-IP and Rampage RIP. November 3, 2000 -- Scott Vaughan reports this problem with the ExtremeZ-IP server for Windows NT/2000:

I have just installed ExtremeZ-IP on my NT server. We run a Rampage Ripping System here and are having problems with the FPO's the systems is creating. They are unreadable by Photoshop. We have to use a utility called FileTyper to change the type and creator ID. Then it works.

If you've seen this problem, please let us know.

CE Software upgrades QuickMail for Mac and Windows. November 3, 2000 -- CE Software has posted updaters for QuickMail Office 2.1 for Mac and Windows, a cross-platform email system.

Solutions update: SmartLink for moving files between Mac and PC. November 2, 2000 -- SmartLink (US $44.95 for two computers) from Iogear provides file transfer between two or more Macs and PCs over USB links. It comes with a special 6-foot cable and software and doesn't require network cards. Additional computers can connect to a USB hub. SmartLink moves files at 6 Mbps. TJ Lepore says he's been using SmartLink for a month and told us "the interface is a bit weak, but it does the job, and that's what matters."

We've add SmartLink to our list of peer-to-peer products on our Network Solutions page.

Miramar PC MacLAN and PC Anywhere work well together. November 2, 2000 -- Miramar Systems told MacWindows that its PC MacLAN cross-platform file sharing software for Windows does not conflict in any way with PC. On October 30, we reported a reader having problems, which the reader said were solved by reinstalling he PC Anywhere 9.21 Updater (October 31).

However, Scott Christopher, QA software test engineer at Miramar, told MacWindows that it doesn't matter which is installed first. He told MacWindows that he installed several versions on several PCs in different orders (sometimes PC MacLAN first, sometimes PC Anywhere first) without problems. As to the reader's problem, he suggests "I suspect that they might have something wrong with their NIC setup/Drivers or with the TCP/IP setup."

Network Solutions update: MeetingMaker X-platform scheduling. November 2, 2000 -- We've added MeetingMaker to our list of products on our Network Solutions page. MeetingMaker is a cross-platform scheduling and calendar program for workgroup and enterprise. Servers are available for Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Macintosh, and Sun Solaris. Clients are available for Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Macintosh, Linux, and Sun Solaris, and Java (web browsers), and it will synchronize with Palm OS. MeetingMaker is available in English, French, and German localizations. MeetingMaker has been around for a number of years, but we have until now neglected to list it at Network Solutions. We apologize for the oversight.

Bug in Mac OS X Server 1.2 and OS X Beta with PC AFP clients. November 2, 2000 -- Scott Christopher of Miramar System told MacWindows of a bug in Mac OS X Server and OS X Public Beta dealing with Mac file names with PC clients.

In trying to prepare PC MacLAN for use with OS X, I have been doing a lot of testing with OS X Public Beta. What I found is that OS X Public Beta and OS X Server v1.2 do not return valid short names to PC AFP clients.

This is going to be a real problem since some applications (i.e. MS Office Suite) refer to the short name of the file it is trying to open when you double click or right click/open in Windows Explorer.

This it what we found:

OS X Public beta returns "!3278E" for the short name of a file named "Long File Name.xls". Excel gets error because the file extension is truncated from the file name.

OS X Server returns "______~1.__ " for the short name of the same file. Excel has a problem finding this file as well.

We have submitted bug reports to Apple and have contacted them by phone.

PC MacLAN installs an Apple Filing Protocol (AppleShare) client on Windows.

Thursby to port DAVE and MacSOHO to Mac OS X. November 2, 2000 -- Thursby has announced that it will do a Mac OS X version of DAVE, its cross-platform peer-to-peer file sharing software. Thursby says it will "totally reengineer" the software for the new OS. Thursby said DAVE for Mac OS X will be available "within 90 days of Apple's formal release" of Mac OS X. Thursby will demonstrate DAVE for Mac OS X at Macworld Expo San Francisco in January.

Thursby has also told MacWindows that it plans to release a Mac OS X version of MacSOHO sometime after the release of DAVE for OS X. MacSOHO uses the NetBEUI protocol to communicate with PCs, and is easier to configure than is DAVE.

Microsoft releases first beta of Whistler OS. November 2, 2000 -- Microsoft has released the first beta version of Whistler (see CNET story), the successor to Windows 2000. Microsoft release 200,000 copies of Whistler beta 1. The ship date is set for the second half of 2001.

Correction: OS 9 and host files. November 2, 2000 -- The tip posted yesterday that said "OS 9's TCP/IP control panel does not provide the previous option to manually select the hosts file..." is not correct. Mac OS 9 does let you select the hosts file, but not in Basic mode. You need to switch the TCP/IP control panel to Advanced or Administrator mode (command-k). You can then select a hosts file with the button in the upper right. (Thanks to everyone who wrote in; we should have caught that.)

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