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March 2001

OS X Dock causes problem Outlook 2001 Beta in Classic. March 30, 2001 -- Michael Cohen discovered that a problem he reported yesterday with Outlook 2001 Beta and Mac OS X is caused by the Dock:

I was able to track this down to a bug in the Dock. It seems when you drag an application to the Dock, it stores it as a symbolic link. Somehow, launching a Classic mail app this way from the Dock causes it to do something odd when the Classic mail app quits: something is not cleaned up (maybe a connection not closed or a file handle left dangling), and when it is launched again, the Dock freezes. However, storing an alias to the application in the Dock seems to work around what ever has gone bad. Launching the alias does not cause the Dock to freeze on subsequent launches.

So, now I have Outlook in both 9.1 and Classic under X working satisfactorily.

Outlook 2001 Beta in Mac OS X: host file not a universal fix. March 30, 2001 -- Leland Jory reports that he tried configuring a hosts file as suggested by Ed Dyer, but he still has a problem using Outlook 2001 Beta and Mac OS X.

Another reader with OS X Mail and Exchange Server problems. March 30, 2001 -- Andrew White reports that he had the same sort of problems with the OS X Mail client and Exchange Server we reported yesterday:

I want to corroborate Matthew Smith's report of problems reading Exchange Server mail via IMAP configuration with OS X Mail. Strangely, I cannot access all of my folders (including my inbox) when logging in at work on a G4 533 Tower, but can access my inbox on the same account at home with my PowerBook G3 400. Both machines connect wirelessly.

Ashley Laurent ships Mac OS version of VPN client software. March 30, 2001 --Ashley Laurent has released a Mac OS 8/9 version of its VPCom 2.6 Virtual Private Network (VPN) client for Mac OS. VPCom uses the IPSec protocol.

Ashley Laurent also announced that Neon Software will sell VPCom for Mac and Windows to "enterprise customers." Neon has not announced pricing. Ashley Laurent will continue to sell VPCom to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Prosoft fixes NetWare client conflict with MS Office; IP client to come. March 30, 2001 --Rick Zeman reports that Prosoft Engineering has released NetWare Client for Macintosh 5.14, which fixes the bug that causes the Mac to crash when Microsoft Office is launched, which we first reported last August. Zeman sent us this:

From Prosoft's David Neil on the Prosoft Netware4Mac list:
I have two announcements that will be of interest to this list.

First: The Office bug that causes hangs...remember that one? It's been fixed. Anyone who needs it can contact support@prosofteng.com. This is called version 5.14. I want anyone who needs it to have it as soon as possible.

Second: The development contract with Novell that will permit us to develop an IP client has been signed by us and is on it's way back to Novell now.

I contacted Prosoft support and received the updated client nearly immediately.

This new version is a change from Prosoft's previous position, which was "there is no plan to update the IPX client." The new contract with Novell is probably the cause of Prosoft's change of heart.

MeetingMaker 7.0, major new version of X-platform group calendar. March 30, 2001 -- MeetingMaker, Inc., has release MeetingMaker 7.0, a new version of the cross-platform group scheduling and calendar software. The new version is for servers and clients for Mac OS, Windows 95/98/NT/2000, and Sun Solaris. New features include:

TeamAgenda 3.1.12-- a bug fix update. March 30, 2001 -- Teamsoft Inc. has released TeamAgenda 3.1.12, a minor upgrade to the cross-platform group scheduling software for Windows and Mac OS.(Upgrade is free.) The new version fixes some problems with e-mail notifications and other bugs.

VPC OS X update won't be free. March 29, 2001 -- Steven Palm reports that Connectix told him that Virtual PC 4 for Mac OS X will not be an update for Virtual PC 4 for OS 9.x, but will be considered a new product. Owners of VPC 4 be offered VPC 4 for OS X for a special price, which has not yet been announced.

This is not surprising, as VPC for OS X is another rewrite of the product, and not a simple "carbonization." VPC 4 does a lot of unorthodox things with RAM and the hardware that other Mac applications don't do, which is why it doesn't run in the OS X Classic mode.

SuSE Linux 7.1 PowerPC Edition to ship in a few weeks. March 30, 2001 -- SuSE Linux announced that it would release SuSE Linux 7.1 PowerPC Edition (US $50) in April. The company said the new version improved USB support and sound, and would ship on 6 CDs, including 1000 applications. (Version 7.0 ships on 5 CDs.)

More on iTools and Windows: accessing files. March 30, 2001 -- Apple Tech Info Library article 25267 describes a problem and a fix for when Windows users download files from an iTools HomePage File Sharing web page.

Web tutorials for moving fonts between Windows and Mac. March 30, 2001 -- A web site called Mike's Sketchpad has a number of tutorial for converting font files and graphics files between Mac and Windows. The site is targeted for graphics designers. (Thanks to Bob Maguire for the tip.)

Fix for Outlook 2001 Beta and Mac OS X: hosts file issue. March 29, 2001 -- Ed Dyer responded to our report of a problem with Outlook 2001 Beta and Mac OS X with a solution. He says:

The problem is not really with the Outlook 2001 beta, but with the hosts file. I have just duplicated the problem with Outlook 8.2.2 and OS X final release. OS X creates a TCP/IP config in OS 9.1 called "classic."

Dyer send us a procedure for creating a hosts file in Mac OS X, which you can read on our Outlook 2001 Beta special report page.

George W Raduano also found the hosts file to be the problem. In his case, he got it to work just by deleting it:

I had the same exact problem when I installed OS X. I discovered it through a process of elimination. After eliminating the "hosts" file, everything worked just fine. I worked through the problem with Apple tech support and alerted them to my find.

OS X - Outlook 2001 Beta: another problem related to hosts file. March 29, 2001 -- Michael Cohen has another problem with Outlook 2001 Beta and Mac OS X:

Although I don't have the same problem that Leland Jory has with the Outlook beta on OS X I have some interesting ones that may be related to the hosts file and how X modifies the OS 9.1 system folder.

After installing OS X, the Outlook Beta would not work when I rebooted under OS 9.1: claimed that it couldn't find the server. I reinstalled the beta under 9.1, and it allowed me to set up a profile and seemed to find the server during the check phase, but when I actually tried to use Outlook, again the server was not to be found.

Interestingly, the Outlook beta does work in the Classic environment under OS X, but only once per session. If I launch it, do some work, and quit, then relaunch, the beta hangs, freezing the dock completely.

Even restarting the system doesn't work; I actually have to press the reset button on my G4. (Interestingly, I see the same pattern trying to run Eudora 4.3 in the Classic environment: one launch per session).

OS X Mail and Exchange Server. March 29, 2001 -- Matthew Smith tried using the Mail IMAP client that comes with Mac OS X with Microsoft Exchange server.

I am having the following problem with OS X's mail program and Exchange Server. I attempt to connect to the Exchange Server as an IMAP server. Some mailboxes I am able to read messages from, but if they have other folders within them, then I can't read messages... I can just open the enclosed folders.

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

VPC 4 problems with Win NT. March 29, 2001 -- Jonadab Torres is having problem with Windows NT on Virtual PC 4. Despite the fact that the Virtual PC 4 manual says that Windows NT is one of the operating systems that Virtual PC 4, Connectix is now telling him that VPC 4 does not support Windows NT, and that there is a problem with VPC Additions and Windows NT. Torres received this message from Connectix tech support:

In regards to the NT additions. This is a know issue. Our developers are working on a fix for this and it shall be posted on our Connectix website as soon as possible.

Torres describes the problem:

I just had another very length conversation with Jim (VPC 1st level tech support). He told me again that they in no way shape or form support Win NT and that any problem I might be having is not there problem. I tried to help him appreciate that I'm a support person also and that my questions are for 25 VPC users. This didn't seem to help, he just continued to say that he doesn't support Win NT.

The problem that I'm calling about is a long standing one for me. Even though I've just come to prove to my self what is causing it. After installing VPC Additions for NT I'm now having a problem. The system begins acting like I've depressed the right mouse button and I'm holding it down with out let up. When this happens the only thing I can do is move the mouse off the VPC screen and restart using the keyboard.

A Win NT Event that comes up when the right mouse button begins to stick.

In an attempt to correct the problem I switched this driver out with a standard Microsoft Driver, the problem went away but I lost the ability to move freely from the VPC window to the Mac desktop.

Microsoft releases Windows XP Server Beta 2. March 29, 2001 -- Microsoft has shipped 300,000 copies of the Windows XP Server Beta 2, the latest prerelease version of it's next generation operating system server platform (formerly code-named "Whistler").

Microsoft ships Win Media Player 7 for Mac, version 8 for Windows March 29, 2001 -- Microsoft released the shipping version of Windows Media Player 7 for Macintosh and Windows Media Player 8 for Windows (see ZDNet story). Microsoft says that WMP 8 for Windows has 30 percent improved quality over version 7.

HELIOS servers for Win, Mac clients to run on Mac OS X. March 26, 2001 -- HELIOS Software GmbH announced that all of its server products will be available for Mac OS X some time this summer. (Currently, HELIOS' servers run on Unix hardware and support Mac or Windows clients.) This includes EtherShare 2.6 (an AFP-over-IP file server supporting Mac clients), EtherShare OPI 2.1, PCShare 3.0 (an SMB/CIFS file sharing server for Windows clients), PDF Handshake 2 including PDF Internet Printing, and Print Preview. HELIOS also said that its Mac programs EtherShare Admin, LANTest, Tagger, and Touch will also be available "soon" for Mac OS X, which Apple began shipping last weekend.

Mac OS X uses MS Windows font formats. March 26, 2001 -- Apple Tech Info Library article 25251 describes OS X using Windows fonts:

Mac OS X also works with font formats used by Microsoft Windows. These fonts have all their data in the data fork and do not have the additional resources found in Macintosh fonts. Mac OS X works with these font formats:
  • TrueType fonts (with the extension .ttf)
  • TrueType collections (with the extension .ttc)
  • OpenType fonts (with the extension .otf)

Problem with Outlook 2001 Beta and Mac OS X. March 26, 2001 -- Leland Jory reports a problem with the Outlook 2001 Beta for Mac and a recent build of Mac OS X. We've posted his message on our Outlook 2001 Beta special report page.

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

Graphics Converter 4.0.5 for Mac OS and OS X. March 26, 2001 -- Lemke software has released Graphics Converter 4.0.5 in Carbon format for Mac OS X and OS 9.x. Graphics Converter is a Mac utility that can convert dozens of Windows, Unix, and Mac graphics file formats.

Asante issues Mac OS X drivers for gigabit and 10/100 Ethernet adapters. March 26, 2001 -- Asante is now offering free Mac OS X drivers for its FriendlyNET GigaNIX PCI 1000TA (US $249) and AsantÈFast 10/100 PCI adapters (US $49).

MS UAM 5.0.7 and continued failure to change passwords. March 26, 2001 -- Brian Little is another reader who discovered that upgrading his Macs to Microsoft version User Authentication Module 5.0.7 doesn't fix the problem of changing passwords for access to Windows 2000 Servers:

Just to follow on, the 5.0.7 upgrade still doesn't let us change passwords, either. We're still using Outlook Web Access. Regarding the supposition that Kerb5 v. NTLM is causing the problem, I don't think that's it. You have to very specifically disable NTLM, and we've not done that here, because we still have NT clients and servers active on campus. Our setup is "Prefer Kerb5, default to NTLM, then default to Cleartext." Still no luck with the UAM, though.

TIP: Orinoco/Airport card and Intel Pro/Wireless. March 26, 2001 -- Chris Dollmont sent in a tip about configuring and Orinoco wireless card to work on a Mac with an Intel wireless network:

The Intel Pro/Wireless WAP only allows a hexadecimal password for its WEP. Both the Orinoco control panel and the Airport control panel expect a password as an ASCII string. Here's what I've discovered:

1) On the Orinoco control panel, precede the string of hex digits with '0x'. If your Intel password is 3131313131, enter it as 0x3131313131.

2) On the Airport control panel, precede the string with a '$'. If your Intel password is 3131313131, enter is as $3131313131.

3) If you are using an Orinoco card because you have an older PowerBook (like me), you can use the Airport drivers and control panel (Airport cards are Orinoco Silver relabelled). The Airport drivers are a better choice because you get the control strip application and scripting abilities for easily switching between settings.

Dell TrueMobile 1150 and AirPort. March 26, 2001 -- Jim Hines reports success with using a Dell TrueMobile 1150 wireless PC card with AirPort. You can read about it on our Cross-platform AirPort special report page.

Solutions update: another KVM for sharing keyboards and monitors. March 26, 2001 -- We've added the Hawking Technology 2 Port USB KVM to our list of switches that can be used to share a single keyboard and monitor with a Mac and a PC. This is is on our Keyboard Solutions page. Alan Ristow recommends the Hawking:

The Hawking 2 Port USB KVM is very similar to the Iogear MiniView; as far as I can tell, the only major difference is that the Iogear unit allows sharing of four USB devices, while the Hawking unit only allows sharing of only two. The Hawking unit seems to be $10-20 cheaper, depending on where you look.

Mac OS X 10.0 ships tomorrow: Mac goes Unix. March 23, 2001 -- Tomorrow, Apple will ship Mac OS X 10.0, the first version of its next generation and long-awaited operating system. At a press briefing on March 21 at the Apple campus in Cupertino, CA, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said this first release was targeted at "earlier adopters." Apple admits that there are pieces still missing from the operating system, including support for DVD playback and CD-RW writing, which Apple says will be released during the next few months.

Though there is little new in the way of Windows integration in OS X 10.0, but there is quite a bit of Unix in the Mac system, which uses BSD Unix as it's core OS running on a Mach kernel. Jobs predicted that by they end of the year, Mac OS X would be largest Unix distribution in terms of volume, as well as the largest Java 2 distribution.

We asked Jobs about the extent of BSD Unix that is available to the user OS X user. He described OS X as a robust and complete Unix environment. BSD in OS X provides uses with an FTP server and an Apache web server which can be turned on in the Sharing pane of the System Preferences window. The Terminal application, which provides a command line shell, is installed in the Applications/Utilities/ directory. Avie Tevanian, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, said that most Linux software should run unaltered on OS X after a recompile. A server based on Mac OS X 10.0 will ship next quarter.

Connectix announces Virtual PC for Mac OS X for summer ship. March 23, 2001 -- Connectix announced that it would ship Virtual PC for Mac OS X this summer. In a press statement, Connectix Vice President of Marketing Mitchell Cipriano said "We believe Mac OS X is the ideal platform on which to build a better Virtual PC."

PPTP VPN client for Mac OS X. March 23, 2001 -- pptp for Mac OS X is a free (open source) PPTP client for Mac OS X and Virtual Private Networks and some ADSL connects. It is a Cocoa application available with an Aqua interface or a command line interface.

Sharity for OS X: a SMB/CIFS file sharing client for Windows networks. March 23, 2001 -- Objective Development's Sharity 2.4 Beta 8 is an SMB/CIFS file sharing client for Windows networks that runs on Mac OS X. (By comparison, Thursby's DAVE is an SMB/CIFS client for Mac OS 8.x/9.x.) The developer notes that there are some problems with Mac OS X Public Beta that it did not expect to occur with Mac OS X 10.0.

Still unable to change passwords on W2K using UAM 5.0.7. March 23, 2001 -- John Lascurettes upgraded to his Microsoft UAM (Mac software for secure login to Windows servers), but is still having problems with changing passwords:

I installed the UAM 5.0.7 and was unable to change my password. I get the following error:
The Microsoft User Authentication Method encountered an error. Unable to change password: your new password was not accepted by the server.

After sitting down with our lone IT administrator, we came to the following conclusions. Due to some pretty nasty hacker attacks we've had in the last year, only strong encryption is allowed by the Windows users in the office to change their passwords on the Windows 2000 server (Kerberos if I remember correctly). If the UAM is only using low-level LM authentication (as quoted by Brad Judy ), it isn't able to authenticate a new password because it isn't able to use an encryption level that is secure enough. Does this sound correct?

If it is correct, I'd be curious to know if anyone has any ideas for a work around without compromising the security required to change the password. For now, Mac users have been using a guest W2K station to log in and change their passwords. We have had hackers change the administrator password when permissions and security were set too low; so allowing LM authentication for changing passwords is not an option.

If you have any thoughts on this issue, please let us know.

MS UAM 5.0.5 tip for Mac Keychain access confirmed. March 23, 2001 -- John Lascurettes confirmed procedure we reported on March 20 (below) for enabling Windows 2000 Server passwords to be added to the OS 9 Keychain.

Windows users can access files of iTools Mac users. March 23, 2001 -- Users of Apple's free iTools service can make share files available to Windows users on the Web. iTools provides up to 20 MB of server space on the Internet for travelers or for sharing. Mac users can access iTools content through a Macintosh interface that mounts a volume on the desktop. At the iTools web site, iTools users have the option to present the shared information using an http web interface.

iFusion PowerPC Mac emulator ships for Amiga platform. March 23, 2001 -- Mike Goodine of Emaculation.com reports that Microcode Solutions will release iFusion for Amiga, a PowerPC Macintosh emulator for the PowerPC-based Amiga platform. A distributor called Bittersoft is taking orders for £ 127.62 + VAT.

Another SkyLINE driver update from Farallon. March 23, 2001 -- After posting driver update a little over a week ago, Farallon has posted SkyLINE Wireless Driver Installer 2.4 for its PC Card and PCI card for Macs. The new version fixes some bugs.

Microsoft posts UAM 5.0.7, fixes password bug. March 20, 2001 -- Microsoft has posted User Authentication Module (UAM) 5.0.7. Microsoft says the new version " fixes a bug that prevented Mac users from changing passwords over 7 characters long." MacWindows readers have been reporting a password bug with UAM 5.0.5, but not with previous versions.

(The MS UAM is an optional Mac program installed on Macs to provide a more secure connection to a Windows network, providing encrypted authentication to Windows 2000 Servers running Services for Macintosh.)

TIP: How to add MS Server/UAM to Keychain. March 20, 2001 -- A reader named Jim sent us a procedure for saving a MS UAM 5.0.5 password to the Mac OS 9 Keychain:

The Windows 2000 Server administrator needs to:
  1. open Computer Management,
  2. right click on Shared Folders,
  3. select Configure file Server for Macintosh,
  4. and check the "Allow workstations to save password" box.

Advice for getting Compaq iPaq on an AirPort network. March 20, 2001 -- David Karlsson is using a Compaq iPaq Pocket PC on an AirPort network. Here's how he did it:

I was able to get an Ipaq with the Compaq WL1000 card working together with an AirPort Base Station. The trick is to use (on the Ipaq side) a setting called "infrastructure" in the cards config menu. The other two options in that section is 802.11 AdHoc and one I can´t recall.

For more tips about cross-platform wireless networks, see our Cross-platform AirPort special report page.

StuffIt Deluxe 6.0.1 adds Mac OS X features, Entourage improvement. March 20, 2001 -- Aladdin has released StuffIt Deluxe 6.0.1 (US $79.95, update free), an upgrade of its cross-platform compression/encoding utility for Macintosh. (The StuffIt for Windows has not been upgraded at this time.) The new version, which runs on Mac OS 8 and 9 and OS X, adds some new features, including:

Aladdin also released StuffIt Expander and DropStuff 6.0.1 for Mac. These utilities gained some user interface improvements.

Palm bundles DataViz editor for Word, Excel. March 20, 2001 -- Palm, Inc. will be bundling DataViz' Documents To Go Professional Edition software with the new Palm m500 and m505 handheld computers. Documents To Go lets you view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and other documents on the Palm.

Text Cleaner 2.0. March 20, 2001 -- Studio 405 has released TextCleaner 2.0 (US $79, upgrades US $39), a Macintosh utility for converting text problems between platforms and other text conversion tasks. The new version increases performance by up to 300 percent, improves cleaning of Quark Xpress documents while retaining style information. It also adds support for user-defined cleaning operations and unlimited presets that you can export and import, and use in custom DropClean applets.

Taylor Design releases Textpresso 1.8.1. March 20, 2001 -- Taylor Design has released Textpresso 1.8.1 (US $29.95, free upgrade), a text editor for Mac OS that can convert between Mac and PC text. The new version now includes 190 filters, adding filters for HTML tables, managing C++ source code, and working with FileMaker Pro text exports.

New Mac Telnet client revision adds AppleScript. March 19, 2001 -- Kevin Grant has posted MacTelnet 3.0 Alpha 20, a new revision to the telnet client for Mac. The new version adds AppleScript support, improvements in terminal windows, and bug fixes.

Another problem with MS UAM 5.0.5--OS 9 Keychain access. March 19, 2001 -- John Lascurettes reports of another problem with the Microsoft UAM 5.0.5 for logging into Windows servers:

[I am] having a problem with Microsoft UAM 5.0.5 and Apple's Keychain. I am running OS 9.1 so I have the latest AppleShare software - but every time I mount a Windows 2000 Server volume, the "add to Keychain" is grayed out.

I tried to add manually by taking the mounted directory and dragging to my Keychain items window. That added an item to Keychain access, but when I try accessing that volume again, it accesses the Keychain but still brings up the UAM dialog and requests my password.

Also, what was mounted was "volume B" which lives on "server A", but the Keychain item is named "server A" in Keychain access. Is there something I'm missing here? What should I point my MS administrator toward?

If you've seen this problem, please let us know. Recently, we've been reporting login errors with MS UAM 5.0.5.  

PcConverter 2.0, cross-platform text manipulator for Mac. March 19, 2001 -- Vampire Software has upgraded ASCII Converter to PcConverter 2.0 (US $20) Mac utility for converting text and RTF files between Windows, Unix, and Macintosh. It will convert ASCII characters and let you build your own conversion tables. Vampire says "you can use it to process your custom database files or to automate the conversion of text files to html." (For more file converter software for Macs and Windows, see our File Translation Solutions page.

PCMacLan works with AirPort. March 19, 2001 -- A reader named Janie reports that she has the same setup as Roy Marquez and had the same problems with DAVE on AirPort networks. However, she also reports that Miramar's PC MACLAN does work on the same AirPort network.

Oracle on VPC advice. March 19, 2001 -- Macintouch has a discussion of running Oracle Client on Virtual PC.

X-platform medical billing software upgrade. March 19, 2001 -- The d.i.d. Circle Organization released Medical Billing Circle 6.6 (starting at US $960) for Mac OS and Windows. The new version includes "over 40 major new features and many smaller improvements," according to the company. Some of these improvements are in the areas of cross platform graphics, e-mail, import/export, and cross indexing of diagnoses and services.

Fix for problem: NT crashes when Mac copies files. March 19, 2001 -- Tom McDonald read our report of a problem with NT crashing when Macs copy files to an SFM module. He found a KnowledgeBase article , which he says fixed the problem.

Just read this string while looking for another problem. I recently went through this same odd problem with an HP NetServer E60, NT4, SP4.

I had run this machine for awhile with no sign of this problem. Recently I reformatted and reinstalled the OS creating a partition for the OS and another for the shared SFM directories. Immediately after that any time I would copy a group of files or a large file from a Mac to the server it would drop into a Blue Screen.

To make a long story short I had one obscure error message about the page file which led me to Microsoft's Knowledge base. There I found the following information.

This tech note explains about a damaged paging file and how to fix it. It was titled "STOP OxA or Ox1E screens caused by damaged paging file." I have not had the problem since. Although there could be multiple causes for dropping into a Blue Screen I thought this might help someone else.

Sony and Connectix join forces in PlayStation emulation. March 16, 2001 -- In a case of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em," Sony and Connectix announced that they have joined forces to create emulation solutions for PlayStation, and perhaps more. Since 1999, Sony has lost nearly all of its legal challenges against Connectix for Virtual Game Station, a software emulator of Sony's PlayStation.

Under the new agreement between the two companies, the Connectix will offer the current version of Virtual Game Station for Mac OS and Windows until June 30, 2001. The press release said that:

Sony Computer Entertainment will acquire from Connectix all assets related to the VGS emulation technology...All further emulation development for the PlayStation game console will proceed under the auspices of the joint agreement.

This could mean that the PlayStation game console and its software emulator equivalent on Mac and PC will be developed together; Instead of reverse engineering, the emulator can include Sony code, and therefore become more compatible with more PlayStation games. Connectix President Roy McDonald hinted at moving beyond the game market. "We believe that this collaboration can lead to improved development tools, innovative consumer products and productive enterprise solutions."

More on the Microsoft UAM 5.05 password problem. March 16, 2001 -- Igor Zagatsky is the latest reader to confirm the problem with Microsoft UAM 5.0.5 (for use with logging onto Windows servers from Macs):

We have the same problem ("Miscellaneous AFP error"). Highly annoying! This does not happen with UAM 5.0.4 that comes with Windows 2000, only with 5.0.5 that is on the MS Website. However the 5.0.5 version seems to be more reliable in general with the exception of the password problem. Sure would be nice if this would get fixed.

Suggestion for fonts/apps stored on NT. March 16, 2001 -- Responding to yesterday's item on backing up Mac fonts and apps stored on NT Server SFM volumes, developer Patrick Peccatte has a few suggestions:

1. NT users can use standard Explorer in order to copy/backup Macintosh files. This works perfectly even if the file size displayed by NT is zero. This is possible since SP3 or SP4 (I do not remember exactly) because the low level API used by Explorer to copy files have been modified to manage all associate streams during copy operation.

2. Other tools using these API (like my Idem replication software) are also able to correctly backup Mac files (even fonts or Mac programs).

3. NT users can also display data *and* resource sizes of Mac files stored on an NT box using my free software MacExplorer.

I add that all my tools are now edited and distributed by a new company called Soft Experience.

Farallon posts new drivers for wireless SkyLINE card. March 16, 2001 -- The Farallon division of Proxima has posted Mac SkyLINE drivers 2.3 (free) for the wireless SkyLINE PC Card and SkyLINE 11 Mb Wireless PCI Card. The new version adds stability and includes a firmware upgrade for the cards. Also available are the Windows SkyLINE PC Card drivers 1.3 for Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000. The cards work in both PCs and Macs.

Compaq to release "ultra dense" servers. March 16, 2001 -- A ZDNet story says that later this year Compaq will introduce a server solution code named QuickBlade that could hold up to 300 CPUs in a single 6-foot rack.

ConceptDraw Server creates HTML pages. March 16, 2001 -- Odessa Corp. has released ConceptDraw Server 1.0 (US $1199), server software for Windows that converts Mac and Windows ConceptDraw documents into HTML pages.

Another AFP-IP file server for NT: Xinet FullPress. March 16, 2001 -- Stewart Ayers points out that Xinet's FullPress OPI Server for Windows NT includes an AFP-over-IP (AppleShare IP compatible) file server. Xinet is a longtime developer of AFP servers for Unix, KA-Share, but it doesn't make an NT version of just the AFP server. Ayers was wondering if anyone know how FullPress for NT compares performance-wise with Windows 2000 SFM, ExtremeZ-IP, MacServerIP. If you have any idea, please let us know.

Cross-platform script trigger for FileMaker. March 16, 2001 -- Troi Automatisering has released Activator Plug-in 1.2 for FileMaker 5 ( US $89 per user) a plug-in that lets you trigger FileMaker scripts on Macs and PCs over a network.

DAVE gets Keychain support. March 15, 2001 -- Thursby Software Systems released DAVE 2.5.2 (US $149), a new version of Mac software that enables Macs to share files and printers on PC networks.

The update is free for owners of DAVE 2.5 and 2.5.1 and for those who have a support contract. For owners of older versions, the upgrade is US $79.95.

DAVE over AirPort problems due to NAT, name resolution. March 15, 2001 -- Carl Ketterling of Thursby Software has responded to our reports of problems with DAVE on AirPort networks. First, he points out that NAT in the AirPort Base Station causes name resolution problems. Thursby also recommends using a fixes IP address in the Mac when using DAVE on an AirPort connection. You can read Ketterling's response on our DAVE special report page.

NT Server file size of Mac fonts, apps can affect backup. March 15, 2001 -- Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q112402 mentions that Windows NT Server reports wrong files sizes of fonts and applications:

Macintosh files have both a Data Fork and a Resource Fork. Windows NT gets the file size info from the Data Fork. If no information is available in the Data Fork, the file size displayed is zero. Both Macintosh executable files and font files have 0 bytes listed in the Data Fork, so their size is displayed as 0 bytes.

Bill Mansur points out that backing up font files with zero size are not recoverable (as would be data files).

More on Microsoft UAM/password problem. March 14, 2001 -- A couple of readers report having the same problem with Microsoft UAM 5.0.5 when logging on to a Windows server, which we described yesterday (below). Brian Little reported:

Same setup as your reported problem, but we are COMPLETELY unable to change passwords, numbers or not. We have been for months...We've come to rely on Outlook Web Access's password change facility almost exclusively.

Outlook Web Access will let you change your password via a secure server (we use Exchange for our campus mail system).

Jerry Colen also has the problem:

Just wanted to let you know we have the same exact problem with UAM 5.0.5. When we try to change the password we get a "Miscellaneous AFP error".

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

Group Logic ships ExtremeZ-IP 2.01 for Win servers. March 14, 2001 -- Group Logic has shipped ExtremeZ-IP 2.0.1, a "maintenance release" of the AFP-over-IP file and print services for Windows NT/2000 servers. (ExtremeZ-IP is an alternative to Microsoft Services for Macintosh.) Improvements in version 2.0.1 include:

More on DAVE and AirPort problem. March 14, 2001 -- A couple of readers responded to our report of a problem with DAVE on AirPort networks. Michael LoRusso said he had the problem and found two workarounds: creating aliases of the mounted volumes when connectied via Ethernet, and using the mount manually option. Willem Schijf recommends upgrading to DAVE Client 2.5.7 and NetBIOS 2.5p6. You can read both reports on our DAVE special report page.

Tip: Orinoco/PC setup with WEP on AirPort Base Station. March 14, 2001 -- Mike Sullivan sent this item about using a Lucent Orinoco Silver card on Apple AirPort Base Station / WEP On:

It is no longer necessary to enter a '0' (zero) prior to the Equivalent Network Password key copied from the Apple AirPort Admin Utility / Base Station / Equivalent Network Password menu. Just click the 'Use Alphanumeric Characters (0-9, a-z)' radio button and enter the 10-digit key given in the Apple dialog box.

This is with Orinoco Client Manager Variant 1, Version 1.18 software on the PC.

MacDisk 6: PC utility for Mac media. March 14, 2001 -- Pierre Duhem has released MacDisk 6, a utility to mount and manage all kinds of Macintosh media on a PC. Duhem describes version 6 as "major release." The new version offers a new user interface that looks like the Windows Explorer and new and rewritten functions. Duhem says:

MacDisk now replaces our former products MacDisk and MacScuzzy, and offer in particular many features for network administrators managing NTFS/SFM volumes (in place file renaming, and the like).

A special, introductory offer (with 15 % off, valid till May 2001) is available here, and for Europe (in euros).Check here for upgrades, or here in Europe.  

Mac OS X golden doesn't support browsing of some 3rd party AFP-IP servers. March 13, 2001 -- MacWindows has learned from a source that the golden master of Mac OS X does not support Name Binding Protocol (NBP) lookups, used to browse for AFP file servers over TCP/IP. This could mean that for many AFP (Apple File Protocol) servers, users will need to type in IP addresses in order to access the server. However, once an IP address has been typed in, OS X keeps it, so you can select it from a pulldown menu the next time you log on.

Mac OS X Public Beta also does not support NBP. Apple refers to NBP being used for AFP-on-AppleTalk servers (such as Windows NT 4 SFM), but some AFP over TCP/IP also use NBP to enable the server to appear in the Chooser.

Apple is calling the first version of OS X, to be released on March 24, "Mac OS X 10.0."

Adobe announces Adobe Acrobat 5 for Mac and Windows. March 13, 2001 -- Adobe announced yesterday that Adobe Acrobat 5 (US $249, upgrade US $99) for Windows and Mac would ship during the second quarter in the US and Canada. (See also this Adobe press release.) The new features of the cross-platform PDF editor and generator is aimed at business collaboration. The new features include:

Reader problem with Windows server and MS UAM 5.0.5. March 13, 2001 -- Stephen Chiang reports this problem with the Microsoft UAM when logging on to a Windows server:

Running UAM 5.0.5 on a PowerBook G3 Bronze, OS 9.0.4. When user tries to change his password, it will work, however if there are any numbers in his new password, I get an error dialog that says: "The Microsoft User Authentication method encountered an error, a misc. AFP error has occurred."

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

WebMerge 1.5 X-platform web database publishing tool. March 12, 2001 -- Fourth World today released WebMerge 1.5 (US $69; free upgrade), a tool for Mac OS 8/9 and Windows 95/98/NT/2000 that creates static Web pages from database files. Version 1.5 adds support for databases that export in tab-delimited export formats, including FileMaker Pro and Microsoft Access. Other improvements include support for Apple Events on Macs, the ability to generate links from URLs in a database field, and better generation of HTML code. WebMerge generates standard web pages from databases data, and does not require you to add software to the web server.

Farallon SkyLINE in Win 2000 works with AirPort. March 12, 2001 -- Max Dichter had good results getting his Windows 2000 PC on an AirPort wireless network when you installed a Farallon Skyline 11 card in the PC, as long as he didn't use encrypted mode. You can read his report on our Cross-platform AirPort special report page.

DAVE and AirPort problem. March 12, 2001 -- Roy Marquez is having a problem getting DAVE to work on an AirPort network:

I got a G4 desktop and a PC laptop that uses a SkyLINE PC card. They both play "together" when used with my AirPort Base Station; they both can grab an IP address from DHCP and use NAT to access the Internet. Both machines can surf at the same time when I use the modem on the Base Station.

However, I really need to share file between the two machines. I thought Dave might be my solution here...Dave 2.5.1 stalls just when the Finder is about to load completely.

Marquez also wondered if there was some special DAVE configuration needed for AirPort networks. If you have any advice, please pass it our way.

Another report of AirPort connectivity problems. March 9, 2001-- Another reader describes connectivity problems with Windows accessing AirPort Base Station. The reader said that Linux worked better. Also reported were problems with AirPort's NAT Internet gateway and the Ethernet port. You can read this report and the others on our Cross-platform AirPort special report page.

Apple posts tech info on AirPort 1.3. March 9, 2001-- Apple has posted several technical articles on some of the new features of AirPort 1.3 software, which it released earlier this week:

Tech Info Library article 58604 describes using using an AirPort Base Station with DHCP Client ID.

Aladdin names European distributor for StuffIt for Windows. March 9, 2001-- Aladdin Systems has named Softline AG of Offenburg, Germany as its exclusive European distributor of StuffIt for Windows, the cross-platform compression/encoding utility. Softline will also be a distributor for the international versions of other Aladdin products for Windows and Macintosh.

Intel to cut 5000 employees. March 9, 2001-- A ZDNet story describes an announcement from Intel that it will cut 5000 of its 86,000 employees due to a 15 percent drop in revenue.

How to configure StarBand satellite for Mac and Win. March 8, 2001-- Macworld has an article by Christopher Breen that details the software and hardware configuration of the StarBand Internet satellite connection with Macs and Windows PCs. It's a very detailed article complete with 8 photos and nearly a dozen Windows and Mac OS screen shots. (For more on StarBand, we have some reader reports of using satellite connections with cross-platform AirPort networks on our cross-platform AirPort special report.)

Suggestion for sporadic AirPort connectivity. March 8, 2001-- Scott Sorensen responds to our reader report of March 6 (below) about a reader whose PC connection to AirPort Base Station drops out. Sorensen has seen this with a Mac:

This problem is not unique to Windows 98. I had my blue and white G3 hooked up to a hub, which was hooked up to a base station. I too, had the problem of sporadic connectivity. I think the problem is with the Base Station software in this particular configuration. I have since installed a Farallon Skyline PCI/PC card combo in my G3 and it works just fine. No more wires!

Mac OS X goes golden. March 8, 2001-- Apple issued a press release yesterday saying that Mac OS X had gone gold master has been released to manufacturing for production. ("Gold master" usually means that no more changes will be made for a release.) Apple plans to ship OS X on March 24 for US $129.

Miramar adds IP support to PC MACLAN for Win 95/98/Me. March 7, 2001-- Miramar Systems released a PC MACLAN for Windows 95/98/Me a new version of it's AFP software that includes two-way cross-platform file/print sharing over TCP/IP. (US $199; upgrades US $69-$99 direct from Miramar Systems.) The previous version of PC MACLAN for Windows 95/98 did not support Windows ME and worked over AppleTalk only. This version supports both AppleTalk and TCP/IP, like Miramar's previously released version for Win NT/2000. Features include:

(Miramar's web site had not been updated at press time.)

Shrinking VPC 4 drives by wiping free drive space. March 7, 2001-- Connectix Knowledge Base article 4516 describes an "advanced" method of getting the dynamic hard disk image to shrink. The method involves using Norton SystemWorks (part of Norton Utilities for Windows) from within Windows 95, 98, or ME to "wipe" the free space. The article says "Free space will have been reclaimed and the drive will be smaller by the corresponding amount."

AirPort 1.3 adds PPPoE, WiFiTM, AppleScript. March 6, 2001-- Yesterday, Apple has released AirPort 1.3, the latest version of software for the AirPort Base Station and Mac AirPort clients. The new version adds a number of new features, including:

AirPort problem with Win 98. March 6, 2001-- Doug Harris is having a problem with one PC on an AirPort wireless network:

I'm using the Airport Base Station as the network access point to connect to my dialup Mindspring/Earthlink account. The phone line is plugged into the base station. I have an Orinoco/WaveLAN silver card in my Dell laptop which communicates with the Base Station under Windows ME and Linux.

The base station is connected by a short cat-5 cable to a small Linksys hub. Also hanging off of this hub is my desktop machine, which is also dual boot -- Win 98 and Linux.

Everything works fine, except Windows 98 on the desktop. It will work fine for 3-5 minutes, connecting through the base station to the outside world. But then it seems to forget how to use its gateway. I can still ping the base station and the laptop. Typing "route print" in a command window shows the same routing tables. If I walk away from the desktop for 20-30 min., it will work again when I return, but again only for 3-5 minutes.

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

FWB discontinues SoftWindows emulator for Mac. March 5, 2001-- FWB Software has announced that it is discontinuing SoftWindows 98 for Mac, the PC emulator. FWB will continue to provide e-mail technical support for until May 31st, 2001. FWB will continue to sell Real PC, the same emulator which comes with DOS.

SoftWindows was created by Insignia Solutions, and was the first PC emulator for Macintosh. It was originally called SoftPC, but Insignia changed the name when Apple launched PowerPC Macs. Insignia sold SoftWindows and Real PC to FWB two years ago, but FWB never released a major upgrade. In this time, Connectix has had several major upgrades to Virtual PC, the major competing emulator. SoftWindows was faster and had more features than Virtual PC versions 1 and 2, but VPC 3 caught up, and VPC 4 clearly surpassed SoftWindows in speed and features. One other PC emulator remains, Blue Label Power Emulator from Lismore Software. Like Real PC, BLPE comes with DOS.

MS explains why SFM does not work on Cluster Services. March 5, 2001-- We had a number of readers tell use that Services for Macintosh does not work with Microsoft Cluster Services. Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q243839 says that this is true, but for different reasons on Windows NT then on Windows 2000:

In Windows NT 4.0, this is because of architectural restraints imposed by AppleTalk. In Windows 2000, SFM is not supported because SFM maintains state information in memory. Specifically, the Macintosh volume index is located in paged pool memory. Using SFM in clustered mode is not supported and may result in data loss.

The article also says that a third-party SMB server may work to support Macs on MS Cluster Services. A number of reader have already reported that MacServerIP does work. (See our Microsoft Cluster Services special report page.)  

Keyspan ships X-platform USB sharing device. March 5, 2001-- Keyspan is now shipping a new USB 4-port Serial Adapter (US $149), which allows you to connect 4 RS232 serial devices to a single USB port. The adapter supports Linux 2.4, Windows 98/Me/2000, and Mac OS 8.6/9.x. Mac OS X support will be available in the 3rd quarter.

Linux growth outpaces Windows in server market in Y2K. March 5, 2001 -- CNET reports that Linux' presence in the server market increased more than Windows in 2000. Linux installations grew by 24 percent, while Windows grew by 20 percent. Windows still lead in new server installs with a share of 41 percent, with Linux at 27 percent. However, if you combine the Linux numbers with that of Unix for the year 2000, Linux/Unix ties the market share of Windows servers.

Microcode Solutions talks about G3s for PCs. March 2, 2001 -- Jim Drew, CEO of Microcode Solutions sent MacWindows some information about an upcoming PowerPC emulator product that would include a PowerPC processor for PCs.

We are not developing the PCI card. Our software, along with other software will be bundled with cards.

There is no information available concerning who is developing these cards, or a release date. The cards will be used for other secondary CPU purposes, such as games, Photoshop filters (AltiVec support for your PC), other emulations, etc...

iFUSION is an Amiga product. It runs on PowerPC equipped Amigas, and gives you a G3 emulation, even with a 603e processor.

Our PC version will not have the "FUSION" namesake. I have not yet decided what the product will be called. The PC version will be a software emulation that can use real PowerPC hardware if available. It is a G3 level emulation that uses OS 8.6 or later. No ROM image is required (like previous emulators).

I will release more information in the near future.

At the Emaculation Mac emulation forum , Drew said that the iFusion/350 MHz G3 card bundle would "retail for less than $300."

New benchmarks of Mac emulators for PCs. March 2, 2001 -- Jim Watters has posted benchmark results of Mac emulators running on Windows and Linux at the Mac Emulation Station site. Watters used actual Mac applications to test several builds of Basilisk II, SoftMac 2000, Fusion 3, and Executor. The fastest was a recent build of Basilisk II running on Windows 98. (For more on Mac emulators for PCs, see our Mac Emulators special report page.)

MetaCard, X-platform multimedia authoring tool. March 2, 2001 -- MetaCard is a cross-platform multimedia development tool for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux/Unix/X11. You can use it to build graphical applications and documentation for all of these platforms. Reader Richard Gaskin uses it, and says "it has the fastest interpreter of any xTalk I've worked with (and I've worked with just about all of 'em, including HyperCard, SuperCard, OMO, Director, ToolBook, Plus, and Gain Momentum."

4D 6.7.1 update to X-platform database. March 2, 2001 -- 4D, Inc., released 4th Dimension version 6.7.1, the latest update to the cross-platform relational database environments for Macintosh and Windows. (Upgrade free to owners of 4D v6.7.x.) The new version adds "many improvements and optimizations along with the addition of a few minor new web features," and is more stable, according to 4D, Inc. (Click here for more on the 4D v6.7.x product line.)

New TIP: syncing Casio E-125 VPC 4.0 and Mac. March 1, 2001 -- In reponse to questions on how to sync a Casio handheld with Virtual PC running on a Mac, Jeff Owens told us how he does it:

I'm just letting you know that I have a Casio E-125 that I sync and transfer info. Over all I don't have a problem. I could not use USB and Connectix said PDA's are not supported. But I got a serial cable from Casio and the Keyspan USB to serial/PDA adapter and everything works, most of the time. Here is the setup:

You have to make sure that the USB PDA adapter is connected in the Mac environment. Set the communication speed on the Casio to '57600 Default. I could not get it to work at '115200. Make sure the VPC is freshly booted. Comms doesn't seem to happen if you used Internet Explorer or other applications before connection. Start Activesynce. Connect the serial cable to the Casio. Now here is where I think I have it working. Activesync will try to connect but not find the Casio, it will ask you if you want to continue or disconnect. click disconnect and then try to connect again under the connect menu. I have found they will connect almost 100 percent after that.

We have more tips on sync VPC with Casio and Palm on our Virutal PC 4 special report page.

AFP Trash Bug update: reports with ExtremeZ-IP, OS 8.x clients. March 1, 2001 -- Yvan Rodrigues sent a news report of the AFP file server client Trash Bug:

Just to add my $0.02 to the trash bug. We have noticed this problem since I installed a trial copy of ExtremeZ-IP on my server for Mac file sharing. My clients are on OS 8.5/8.6.

We've also had reports of this problem with Windows NT SFM, Linux running Netatalk, MacServerIP and AppleShare IP. This is the first confirmed report of the problem occurring with Mac OS 8.x clients.

Suggestion for problem with large NT SFM volumes. March 1, 2001 -- Micha de Wals found a workaround to a problem of large SFM volumes on Windows NT Server.

We encountered the same problems here. We have a 400 MHz Compaq server running Win NT 4 SP4 and have 1 G3 B/W running OS 8.6. We recently put the G3 into the network and put a 18 GB drive into the server. This 18 GB would be used for backup space for the Mac. Well we could copy small files but big files resulted in blue screens and restarts. After looking at this site we also decided to reinstall SP 4. With great result!! We can now backup onto the 18 GB without the blue screens!

Small developer working on putting G3 in PCs. March 1, 2001 -- On the Emaculation Mac emulation forum, Jim Drew of Microcode Solutions describes his plans to put a G3 processor in a PC along with his iFusion Mac emulation software. He says he plans to use a low-cost G3 processor on a PCI card along with his software to run Mac OS on a PC. No ship date has been announced. Although there are Mac emulators for PC currently available, all emulate the old 680x0 processor. (Thanks to Jim Watters for this item.)

Microsoft release a new corporate beta of Office XP for Win. March 1, 2001 -- Microsoft released a beta of Office XP for Windows (for US $19.95 ) to selected corporate clients. The release date is set for June. A ZDNet story describes the release, as well as the release of the final version of BackOffice 2000 (US $3,999).

Mac OS X to be missing some pieces when it ships. March 1, 2001 -- Apple has announced that Mac OS X will be missing some consumer pieces when it ships on March 24. Mac OS X 1.0 won't be able to play DVD discs, and won't have OS X-native versions of iTunes and iMovie. ZDNet interviewed Ken Bereskin, Mac OS X Product Manager.

February 2001

AppleShare IP 6.3.3 now at Apple Store; upgrades available. February 27, 2001 -- The Apple Store is now shipping ASIP 6.3.3 to the public, which we announced yesterday was shipping to developers. It is also shipping at retail outlets. Additionally, the AppleShare IP web site now has a page on ASIP 6.3.3. Apple says:

Customers with AppleShare IP 6 are eligible for a free upgrade to AppleShare IP 6.3.3 plus the cost of shipping and handling ($19.95 US, $29.95 Canadian). AppleShare IP 6.3.3 also includes Mac OS 9.1.

However, the upgrade is not available as a download at Apple's Software Update page at this time.

As we reported yesterday, ASIP 6.3.3 fixes bugs with Windows clients, according to Apple and a reader review.

Exchange 2000's virtual M:\ drive. February 27, 2001 -- Dan Schwartz of the Mac-NT e-mail list sent this interesting note about a drive volume created by the Exchange 2000 server and his attempt to create a Services for Macintosh share with it:

When you install Exchange 2000, a new virtual M: drive is created. MS claims you use it like any other drive, including sharing folders. However, if you attempt to create an SFM (Mac) share, an error comes back saying a Mac share "can only be created on an NTFS volume."

Bug or "feature?"

The M: drive is neither [NTFS drive nor a FAT32 drive]: It's a virtual drive created by Exchange "that you can treat like any other drive." It's actually an Exchange store; and AFAIF it behaves like a SoftPC drive container. It's mandatory that you locate the stores on an NTFS volume; but it does not (yet) behave like an NTFS volume vis a vis SFM. I haven't tried encryption yet...

Thursby offers competitive TSStalk upgrade. February 27, 2001 -- Thursby Software Systems, Inc. is running a special promotion for upgrades to TSStalk 2.0 for owners of TSStalk, COPSTalk and PC MACLAN. (TSStalk enables Windows PCs to access Mac shared files.) The upgrade is free for people who purchased TSStalk 95/98/NT purchased on or after October 1, 2000, or $49.95 for owners of TSStalk 95/98/NT (purchased before October 1) and for owners of COPSTalk or PC MACLAN. Offer ends on March 31, 2001.

More on VPC synching with Casio handheld. February 27, 2001 -- Mike Rothe would like to sync a Casio handheld device with a Mac using Virtual PC, but says the suggestions on our Virtual PC 4 special report page don't apply:

I recently got a Casio E-125 which includes a USB sync cradle. I am trying to use ActiveSync running on VPC 4.01 on an Apple FireWire PowerBook for PDA synchronization. However, I just can't establish a connection. The Casio is set to use the USB connection and I can see the device in the VPC settings, but ActiveSync (most recent build downloaded) just ignores the device. I was wondering if you had any solutions or insights into this.

I have seen [the suggestion at MacWindows] and tried it. The difference is that the new Casio E-125 comes with the USB synching cradle to which this solution does not apply.... I am also surprised that I have not gotten any response from Connectix to my problem inquiry.

More questions on Mac and MS Proxy Server; Groupwise issue. February 27, 2001 -- Tom Drolett has several questions about using Macs and MS Proxy Server 2.0, including having problems with FTP, as we have previously reported. As part of his report, he says:

Can this be done without the Socks app and extension? When we use this app, our Novell Groupwise e-mail quits.

If you know the answer, please let us know. You can read Drolett's full report on our MS Proxy special report page.

Notes questionnaire for next Mac client. February 27, 2001 -- Lotus has a web questionnaire is asking for input for the next Mac client for Lotus Notes for users:

The goal of our R5 Macintosh development was to provide comparable functionality to the Windows product, which we believe we have delivered to our customers. With rare exceptions, the Mail and Calendaring & Scheduling experience is identical to the Windows product. The product is certified and supported on several Mac OS versions up through Mac OS 9.1.

At Lotusphere 2001, we previewed the next major feature release of the Notes Client, which we have been developing for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. We are currently engaged in an effort to reevaluate our customers' need and the market demand for a Macintosh version of this next feature release.

OS Wars: Red Hat and Microsoft. February 27, 2001 -- A ZDNet story describes the current war of words between Microsoft and Red Hat regarding Windows and Linux.

AppleShare IP 6.3.3 fixes Win client bugs, improves speed. February 26, 2001 -- Apple is offering an update to Registered Apple developers can now download AppleShare IP 6.3.3, a new version that fixes bugs with Windows 2000 file sharing clients and has other SMB improvements. Damien Barrett says the update will be soon be widely available. Barrett has tried ASIP 6.3.3 and sent this report:

At long last, it appears that the recently updated ASIP 6.3.3 fixes the issues with Windows 2000 clients accessing an ASIP server using the SMB protocols.

Important to us cross-platform people is the SMB fixes. Win 2000 clients can now see all items in a folder, and rename a folder after naming it. I've also noticed that Win 2000 makes it much easier to map the ASIP server to a drive letter. Unfortunately, the ASIP still does not show in the Network Neighborhood, but it's at least easier to map it.

I imagine the update will be available very soon from Apple. It's currently available to registered Apple Developers on the developer site. In size, it's a 24 MB download, and installation is very similar to the ASIP 6.3.1 install where it "reinstalls" the software rather than patching it.

MacOS 9.1 must be used with ASIP 6.3.3.

I also noticed that on a G4 Dual 450, the performance of the server was *much* improved. I'm assuming this is due to both the Mac OS 9.1 update and enhancements made to the ASIP software.

From the ASIP 6.3.3 readme, the fixes related to Windows clients include:

You can read more of the cross-platform improvements on our AppleShare IP special report page.

ASIP crashes when Win clients map more than 10 volumes. February 26, 2001 --

Drew Marchi reported a problem with Windows NT 4 service pack 5 accessing an AppleShare IP 6.3 server running on a Power Mac G4/400, 512 MB RAM (OS 9.0):

When mapping Macintosh server drives we have found that we cannot map more than 10 drives on a Macintosh server without crashing the server upon mapping the 11th drive.

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

Another AFP client "Trash Bug" report, this time with Linux/Netatalk. February 26, 2001 -- Blair Stilwell reports of another instance of the Mac AFP client "trash bug" that causes the contents of mounted volumes to appear in the Macintosh Trash. We've has reports of this occurring with a variety of AFP (Apple File Protocol) file servers, including Windows NT SFM, Linux running Netatalk, MacServerIP, and AppleShare IP. Stilwell is seeing it with Linux and Netatalk, with Mac OS 9.0.4 clients:

In some cases, an entire (22 GB) share will end up on in the users Trash. In other cases, just a subdirectory (1GB-5GB) ends up in the Trash.

You can read Stilwell's report on our Mac OS 9 special report page.

Bug fix upgrade for GraphicConverter 4.0.4 utility. February 26, 2001 -- Lemke software has released GraphicConverter 4.0.4, an update to the shareware cross-platform file translation utility for Macintosh. The upgrade fixes a number of bugs with importing and exporting in specific file formats.

VCard Happy Birthday security bug in Outlook for Windows. February 26, 2001 -- ZDNet reports that Outlook 97/2000 and Outlook Express 5.01 or 5.5 have a security hole in the way the VCard electronic business cards handle birthday data. The report says Microsoft has acknowledged the bug, which does not affect any Outlook version for Macintosh.

Revolution X-platform development environment in beta. February 26, 2001 -- Runtime Revolution has released Revolution Public Beta, which it says lets you "create powerful Internet-enabled applications and solutions which can then be delivered on MacOS, Windows, Linux, and popular UNIX systems. (Support for MacOS X is planned.)"

Apple cans iReview. February 26, 2001 -- Apple has discontinued its iReview web site, which reviewed other web sites, including MacWindows. We received this message last Friday:

Dear iReview Badge recipient,
iReview has been removed from http://www.apple.com. Please remove any badge and hyperlink references to iReview from your Web site.
Thank you,
Apple Computer Internet Services

Apple has not given a reason for the move.

Apple to ship new Mac OS X Server with Windows support. February 23, 2001 -- Apple is readying a new version of Mac OS X Server with an Aqua interface, which it says "is planned for release shortly after Mac OS X." It will combine the Windows client support of AppleShare IP with Unix-based OS X core operating systems and networking. (Previous versions of OS X Server, which are no longer selling at the Apple store, did not support Windows clients.) According to Apple, the OS X Server will include these file and print services:

Of the print server, Apple says:

Mac OS X server will also come with web and mail servers, QuickTime Streaming Server, DHCP server, Service Location Protocol (SLP) for browsing of IP-based file servers, IP filtering, NetBoot for Macintosh clients, and NetInfo and LDAP support for directory services.

New TIP: Reg edit for using Mac keyboard w/Win 2K. February 23, 2001 -- Ned Holbrook sent in a tip about using a Macintosh keyboard on a Windows 2000 PC:

I use a Mac keyboard with a PC running Windows 2000 via a USB KVM switcher and was annoyed that the keyboard had the keys in the lower left arranged (control, alt, command) instead of a PC keyboard's (control, windows, alt). After some investigation I learned how to add a registry key to the PC to swap the behavior of the Windows and Alt keys. To do this, use REGEDT32 to add a new registry key at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/ControlSet001/Control/Keyboard Layout/Scancode Map with type REG_BINARY and hex value:

00000000000000000500000038005BE038E05CE05BE038005CE038E000000000

If you can ignore the key labels, this will put the alt key back where it belongs in relation to the space bar. I think this will also work with Windows NT, but I haven't tried it myself.

Suggestions for QT Beta 2 Mac problem. February 22, 2001 -- Responding to yesterday's report of the expiring QuickTime 5 Public Preview 2 preventing Macs from booting, William Steil sent us this suggestion:

I had exactly the same problem last week on a G3 and a G4 Solution which worked for me:

Boot with shift key down to disable extensions.

Turn off ALL of the QT, including the QuickDraw and QT Sound Manager extensions in the Extensions Manager (Sort "by Package" so all of the QT Ext. are grouped together. Otherwise, it's easy to miss the ones that start with Apple and Sound, which are part of the QT Package).

Doing this allowed the Macs to completely start up.

I then trashed all of the QT extensions. They both still booted reliably after installing QT 5, Preview 3.

Matthew Smith also has a suggestion:

I believe the best solution for the QuickTime 5 preview 2 problem is to reinstall an old version of QuickTime. Apple offers QuickTime 4 on their web site, or you can install QuickTime using a custom install from the CD-ROM that came with the Mac or any OS installer CD. Finally, installing QuickTime 5 preview 3 would solve it as well, but you might have the expiration problem again. I had problems when mine expired, but I was at least able to boot and download the new version.

Reader writes software for using PC keyboard on a Mac. February 22, 2001 -- A reader named Robin says:

I read your piece at on using a PC keyboard on a Mac. I also have that problem, since I use a BeOS PC and a Cube on a KVM switch. I took a slightly different route than everyone else seems to, however, and wrote my solution as an INIT that patches the system KeyTrans and SystemEvent traps to swap those keys (it also turns the Menu key into an extra escape key).

It's working well for me, so if you'd like to check it out I put the program (and it's source) on my web server.

If you try it, let us know what you think.

Opera browser for Mac pre-beta available. February 22, 2001 -- There is now an early, pre-Beta version of the Opera web browser available for Macintosh, Opera 5.0 for Macintosh Technology Preview 1. The site says "the next version will be a public Beta 1 version." Opera, available for Windows, boasts of good performance.

Connectix ships Virtual PC 4 with Win 2000. February 21, 2001 -- Yesterday, Connectix shipped a version of Virtual PC 4 with Windows 2000 preinstalled (US $249).

Virtual PC 4, which first shipped last December, is now offered with Windows 98, Windows ME, DOS, or Windows 2000. A preinstalled Linux bundle still hasn't shipped with VPC 4, though it was offered with VPC 3. Connectix told MacWindows that a preinstalled Red Hat Linux may be sold only as an OS Pack. (No OS Packs have yet shipped.)

For more VPC 4, see our Virtual PC 4 special report page.

Suggestion for "Trash bug" with Mac AFP clients: February 21, 2001 -- Brian Frobisher has a temporary workaround for the Mac file server client trash bug that has been reported to occur with a variety of AFP server platforms:

We are experiencing the "Files and Folders" in the trash can from time to time. (OS 9.04, Windows NT 4.0 Server SP 6 SFM).

My fix is to reboot the NT server and then it seems to be good for a long time (2 months or so without rebooting)

I have a similar and possibly related problem where privileges seem to change on folders in the Mac Volumes and I am not sure why this occurs. I just reapply the rules and then reboot and it stays good for quite a while also.  

Another company's AT routers can mess with your LAN. February 21, 2001 -- Duane Wheaton was having some very odd problems with Macs on an NT networks: Macs dropping from the network with slow network speed, and this:

Today we found that two new servers appeared in the Chooser during the time network access speed dropped. We determined that the unknown servers were forcing our Macs into their Apple Talk zone.

We suggested that it might be misconfigured or conflicting AppleTalk routers in his NT Servers. We didn't expect this surprising result:

Turns out it was a router problem, just not our router!

Both of our NT servers running SFM are on the same network segment as the Mac clients so no routing was set up. Turns out that our Internet firewall was never configured to block AppleTalk protocols.

Another business started using a broadband ISP that happened to be on the same Internet backbone as our ISP. (This business did not appear to have any type of firewall in place.) Their seed router was what caused all the havoc with our machines. Once we blocked AppleTalk through the firewall everything immediately sped up.

More on moving extensions for Entourage/IE extension tip. February 21, 2001 -- Responding to yesterday's suggestion for moving the MS Internet Library Extension for a case of Internet Explorer freezing, Rick Wintheiser adds:

When moving the MS Internet Library, do we put it in the same folder as the application or the folder called Office. I use a trick before 2001 to help the different extensions work and reduce failures. We were told to put the extensions in the Office folder.

TechSono offers free PixMachine for Mac to owners of Windows version. February 21, 2001 -- TechSono Engineering is offering users of PixMachine2000 for Windows 95/98/ME a free copy of PixMachineMac. To take advantage of the offer, send email to TechSono by March 1st, 2001. PixMachineMac 1.0.6 downloads, decodes, and assembles files found in Usenet newsgroups. It can also also detect, download, and assemble MasterSplitter files created on Windows PCs.

QuickTime 5 Beta expires, prevents Macs from booting. February 21, 2001 -- Scott Seifert reports this problem with QuickTime 5 Public Preview 2 for Macs, which just expired:

I have had two Macs one is a G4 and the other a G3 that when the QuickTime 5 Public Preview 2 expired the computers would not boot. Each would get about half way through the Extensions and crash. If I held the shift key down the computer would boot and work. I tried to figure out which extension was the conflict but after about 4 hours nothing was consistently reproducible. I wanted to know if anyone out there has seen the same issues.

The G4 was running OS 9.0.4 and the G3 was running 8.5. First thing I did was remove the QuickTime extensions and no change it still crashed. Then I deleted any preference files and still no change. After all that, on the G3 I started up with the OS 9.0 CD and did an update to the 8.5 System folder and the computer still wouldn't boot, the only thing that worked was to do a clean install of the OS and it worked fine. I currently have put a ban on anyone installing the QuickTime 5 Public Beta on any of the Macs in my office.

Get ready for more junk e-mail: Network Solutions is selling data. February 21, 2001 -- Network Solutions Inc., a company that registers of Internet domain names for web sites, will be selling the data collected when companies register web domains. A Publish story says that Network Solutions, now a subsidiary of Verisign, will sell the database information to direct marketers.

Conflict with Entourage extensions may by an IE 5 problem, not Outlook Beta. February 20, 2001 -- Rick Zeman Responded to our reports of some users having conflicts with the extensions files in Microsoft Office and Outlook Beta. In particular, Zeman responds to our report about a case of Internet Explorer freezing:

The Entourage team STRONGLY suggested (on the Entourage-Talk mailing list) putting a COPY of the Microsoft Internet Library in the Office 2001 folder where the Entourage application resides. There's a contention issue otherwise when Entourage and IE 5 access the library at the same time. This way, IE uses the copy in Extensions and Entourage uses copy local to it (remember, the Mac will use the copy local to the application before looking to system files).

Dunno if the Outlook 2001 beta has anything to do with this as luckily I'm in a Novell GroupWise environment, not Exchange. I suspect that's a non-issue as it's just Entourage passing the GURL event to IE.

Update on "Trash bug" with Mac AFP clients: ASIP added to the list of servers. February 20, 2001 -- Warren Mason sent us a report about a previously report problem that cause the contents of mounted volumes to appear in the Trash of a Macintosh client on startup. Mason also recommends a partial workaround.

We've has reports of this occurring with a variety of AFP file servers, including Windows NT, Linux running Netatalk, and MacServerIP--now Mason reports it with AppleShare IP 6.3.1. We've gathered together past reports of this problem from our News Archives and posted them together with Mason's report on our Mac OS 9 page. However, we don't actually know that all the users are running OS 9.0.4. If you seen this problem please let us know, and send us the details of the Macs' configuration.

Another X-platform AirPort-to-satellite success story. February 20, 2001 -- Bill Hanson writes from the wilds of Montana about how he connected two iBooks and a PC to a StarBand satellite Internet connection via an AirPort Base Station. Hanson used the the StarBand home networking FAQ to help with configuration. He also offers some of his own configuration tips, which you can read on our special report on Cross-platform AirPort Wireless Networks. For previous reports of AirPort and satellite connections, scroll above Hanson's report.

Wakeup issue with PowerBook may not be restricted to Mac IPX. February 20, 2001 -- Thomas Koons responded to last week's report of a problem with a PowerBook G3 that won't wake from sleep when MacIPX set to Ethernet 2. However, Koons isn't running MacIPX, and attributes it to an upgrade to Mac OS 9.1. You can read his report on our NetWare special report page.

Outlook 2001 Beta: memory usage, extensions conflicts. February 16, 2001 -- We've updated our Outlook 2001:Mac Beta for Exchange Server special report page with additional reader reports.

Craig Grannell responds to a reader comment about memory usage, comparing Outlook to Netscape and other "badly-behaved" applications. Grannel also reports an error message "Too many files open. MacOS error -42" that he gets when Outlook 2001 is in the background.

J. Scott Franko reports report of another conflict with Office extensions. In his case, Outlook 2001 Beta affects clicking on links in Entourage, which causes Internet Explorer to freeze when it launches. (We've added this to the previous reports on Outlook 2001 problems Office extensions files.)

We'd like to remind our readers that Outlook 2001 is beta (or prerelease) software, which means that Microsoft isn't quite finished with it. As with any beta software, use it at your own risk.

New faster build of Basilisk II. February 16, 2001 -- Jim Watters tells us of a new, faster build of Basilisk II, an 68k Macintosh emulator of PCs:

A new compiled version of Basilisk II has been being developed for the last few months. Gwenolé Beauchesne has used the original Basilisk II source code to create a Just In Time compiled version of Basilisk II. For the last few months it has been for Linux only, but after many requests he has ported Basilisk II JIT to Windows this week.

MacIPX prevents PowerBook with AirPort from waking. February 16, 2001 -- Kim David Hawksworth reports that his PowerBook G3 (FireWire) won't wake from sleep when MacIPX set to Ethernet 2 on an AirPort network. You can read his report on our NetWare special report page.If you've seen this problem, please let us know.

New Tip: Mac VPN connection to Windows 2000 over DSL PPPoE. February 15, 2001 -- John DeRosa of Motorola offers a suggestion for establishing a Macintosh virtual private network (VPN) connection over PPPoE/DSL: use a home router. DeRosa says a home router will pass Macintosh VPN authentication as well as do the PPPoE authentication.

You can read DeRosa's report on our Windows 2000 Server special report page.

Microsoft releases SP4 for Exchange Server 5.5. February 15, 2001 -- Microsoft has released Service Pack 4 for Exchange Server 5.5. It includes over 100 bug fixes, including several with Outlook and Outlook Web Access. SP4 also includes "the feature enhancements and utilities from Service Pack 3." (Thanks to Rich Pape for the tip.)

PC MacLAN test results with Win AFP-IP servers, OS X Beta clients. February 15, 2001 -- Responding to our reader report on OS X as a client ExtremeZ-IP, MacServerIP, and Win2K SFM, Scott Christopher of Miramar Systems decided to run a similar test comparing Miramar's PC MacLAN, Windows 2000 File Server, and MacServerIP. (PC MacLAN is also provides an AFP-over-IP file server for Windows, but is targeted at networks with 10 and under Macs, according to Miramar.) Christopher found that PC MacLAN moved files faster than the other two Windows 2000 SFM and MacServerIP.

However, Christopher warns "Apple is still working out a lot of bugs in OS X and I don't expect normal performance or functionality from OS X until it's release or OS X.I. OS X is a new OS. We at Miramar Systems have all ready determined that there are going to be patches needed for all PC based AFP Servers and Clients that are going to work with OS X. I would wait until OS X is released before I would worry about performance issues."

You can read Christopher's report (with results numbers) on our AFP-over-IP Servers for Windows special report page.

Basilisk II (Mac emulator for Windows) performance test results. February 15, 2001 -- Reader Gregg E. sent us some test results for Basilisk II, a 68k (pre-PowerPC) Macintosh emulator for Windows. He used the Speedometer utility that comes with Symantec's Norton Utilities for Macintosh to show that the performance of the current Basilisk II build has more than doubled over versions of a year ago. You can read this report on our Mac Emulators for PCs special report page.

Another report of extensions problem with Outlook 2001 and Office 98. February 15, 2001 -- Kim Thesiger writes of a problem with Outlook 2001:Mac Beta and Excel 98. The problem causes the wrong day of the week to be displayed. Thesiger says that the problem can be fixed by replacing the Microsoft OLE 2.3 and Internet Library 5.0.3 extensions with previous versions, or by upgrading Office 98 to Office 2001. This fix is similar to another problem with Office 98 previously reported here. You can read Thesiger's full description of the problem on our Outlook 2001 special report page. If you've seen this problem, please let us know.

Microsoft demos Windows XP at press event. February 14, 2001 -- At a press event in Seattle yesterday, Microsoft demonstrated Windows XP (formerly know as "Whistler"), the technological successor to Windows 2000. The company plans to license Windows XP on all business and consumer PCs when it ships later this year. Windows XP features a new user interface and greater integration with the Internet.

We have previously reported that Windows XP Server Services for Macintosh will drop MacPrint and drop AppleTalk support.

Group Logic will do OS X-optimized ExtremeZ-IP . February 14, 2001 -- Group Logic has responded to our report of slow Mac OS X Public Beta file sharing performance with the ExtremeZ-IP server for Windows. From Group Logic's Reid Lewis:

As we have proven in the past, we consistently upgrade ExtremeZ-IP to handle new OS versions and Service Packs and maintain not only our high performance but also our reliability, stability under load, and compatibility with applications on both Mac and Windows.

We fully expect that ExtremeZ-IP will provide the fastest transfer speeds possible with OS X clients.

Reader prefers Win2K SFM. February 14, 2001 -- Gary Heinonen hasn't tried ExtremeZ-IP and MacServerIP, but he describes why he feels safer with Windows 2000 Services for Macintosh on our AFP-over-IP Servers for Windows page.

REALbasic 3 compiles for OS 9, OS X, and Windows. February 14, 2001 -- Real Software has released REALbasic 3, a new version of the programming environment for Macintosh that can compile for both Macintosh and Windows. The new version runs natively in Mac OS X (as well as OS 9 and earlier) and can compile OS X native ("carbon") applications. There are a number of other improvements, including exporting a project file in XML format. Pricing starts at US $99.95.

Thursby to ship MacSOHO for Japan. February 14, 2001 -- Thursby Software Systems announced that it will ship a Japanese version of MacSOHO, its cross-platform file sharing solution for the home networks. The distributor in Japan is SRINET. (See the Thursby site for other international distributors.)

BrainForest 2.2 Palm organizer for Mac and Windows. February 14, 2001 -- Aportis Technologies has released of BrainForest 2.2, an organizer/planner/project manager for Palm OS devices with synchronizing software for Windows and Macintosh. A CD-ROM with the Windows, Macintosh and Palm software is US $49.95 (plus shipping and handling). The new version increases compatibility with Palm OS 3.5 and the future Palm OS 4.0, enhances a few features, and fixes bugs.

OS X slows Win2k SFM, ExtremeZ-IP, but not MacServerIP. February 7, 2001 -- Austin Williams sent us a report on performance testing of three AFP-over-IP file servers for Windows 2000: Group Logic's ExtremeZ-IP, Cyan's MacServerIP, Microsoft's Services for Macintosh. He found that with Mac OS 9 clients, ExtremeZ-IP and MacServerIP produce similar performance results, which were faster than Services for Macintosh. However, with Mac OS X Public Beta as a client, Williams found that Microsoft SFM and ExtremeZ-IP slowed radically. (MacServer IP access didn't.) You can read his report on our AFP-over-TCP/IP Servers for Windows NT/2000 special report page.

Reader confirms FTP/MS Proxy cutoff problem. February 7, 2001 -- Christian Carranza reports having yesterday's reported problem of FTP connections thru MS Proxy dropping after 15 minutes:

I can confirm this problem. We spent hours testing this very issue for a client through their MS Proxy and our own, but, after many hours, we were unable to find a setting on MS Proxy to alter anywhere. Furthermore, I tried every FTP client I knew (including NetFinder [our preferred client], Fetch 3.x, Transmit, the Vicomsoft client, and Interarchy, as well as trying to use the SOCKS app from Interarchy with the clients). Eventually, we had to set up a Mac outside the proxy for FTP. The FTP servers we were trying to upload to were MS FTP and ASIP 6.3. I can also confirm that this doesn't affect downloads or Windows.

Of course, many months later, another engineer in the office found a mention of this issue while looking for something else on MS TechNet! Neither of us can find the article now, but he recalls that it required modifying a Registry setting on the Proxy (which seemed like what would be necessary at the time, though we couldn't determine what the setting was).

See our MS Proxy special report for more on configuring Macs and MS Proxy Server to work together.

VPC-Palm synching via IrDA: problem with Palm Desktop 4. February 7, 2001 -- Luis Raposo sent us an update to his report about hot synching a Palm device with Virtual PC 4 via a wirless IrDA (infrared) connection in a PowerBook. He reports trouble with using the new Windows Palm Desktop 4.0 application. You can read his report on our Virtual PC 4 special report page.

Workaround for problem with Outlook 2001 Beta and IE5. February 7, 2001 -- Leland Jory reports a workaround to the problem with Outlook 2001 Beta and Internet Explorer 5 reported by Simon Gibbs yesterday. Jory's workaround:

I seem to have found a fix/workaround. The whole issue seems to be related to the Microsoft Office Manager running. Disable MOM, and the problem goes away. 

I've been able to consistently recreate this issue, so I'm assuming it is simply an incompatibility between the two products (hopefully MS will fix it before shipping Outlook 2001 "Final"). 

When I receive an email with a hyperlink in it, clicking the hyperlink without launching IE first will result in a solid lockup (rock solid, not even force quit will work). However, if IE is already running, the link works fine.

NameCleaner 2.1 supports Internet Config mappings February 7, 2001 -- Sig Software has released NameCleaner 2.1 (US $ 20, free upgrade), a new version of its Mac utility for Macintosh that can remove PC-illegal characters in Mac file names. The new version adds support for Internet Config or Internet control panel mappings of file extensions, recognition of case, among other things.

Aladdin offers StuffIt rebate. February 7, 2001 -- Aladdin is offering a US $25 rebate for StuffIt Deluxe 6 (US $79), the Macintosh utility for cross-platform compression and encoding tasks. First-time buyers can mail-in for the rebate when they purchase StuffIt Deluxe 6.0 through a retail store before June 30, 2001.

Information Week looks at OS X in a Windows environment. February 7, 2001 -- Information Week has a story called Mac Suits up for Business that discusses interoperability with Windows, including Outlook 2001:Mac for Exchange Server and Mac OS X.

Whistler formally named--Windows XP. February 6, 2001 -- Microsoft announced that the name of its next version of Windows, the successor to Windows 2000 code-named Whistler, will be Windows XP. (XP stands for "experience.") Microsoft said that Windows XP will ship during the second half of 2001. The company also said that the next version of MS Office will be called Office XP.

Readers report: no problem with Outlook 2001 Beta and Office 98. February 6, 2001 -- In response to yesterday's reader report about a possible problem with beta version of Office 2001:Mac for Exchange Server and Office 98, half a dozen readers wrote in to say that they did not see the problem. The readers were all running Mac OS 9.1.

Steve Minard points out a similarity of this report with another problem, and offers a workaround:

This sort of problem has occurred before with users of the ancient MS project or FoxPro products. The workaround I've used in the past was to move the MS specific shared library file to the application folder immediately after each product installation. Keeping none of the libraries in the Extensions folder allowed each application to use the libraries that it shipped with, avoiding the problem described above. Outlook 2001 seems to insist that the common libraries be in the Extensions folder, hopefully this is only a characteristic of the beta. Even so because my systems do not depend on anything in the Extensions folder, simply moving the Outlook installed shared libraries to the Extensions Disabled folder restores full function of the older products even MS project 4.0.

Simon Gibbs brings up another two issue:

It appears that since Outlook 2001 has been installed Internet Explorer 5 constantly crashes out with memory errors when downloading files or receiving pages with large images - I have had IE5's memory allocation set to between 15 and 25 MB but still the problem occurs.

I assume that this has something to do with Microsoft's shared libraries, but we have another Mac on 9.1 running all three programs OK so maybe it's an OS problem.

Also, has anyone else noticed that if Outlook is left running for an amount of time it slowly starts using up system resources. Programs which run simultaneously to Outlook when it's first launched will not run later on in the day.

FTP connections thru MS Proxy drop after 15 minutes. February 6, 2001 -- Jason Chiovitti sent in another problem with FTP and MS Proxy Server :

I am trying to ftp from my Mac through an NT server running NT4 and MS Proxy Server 2 and SOCKS. I've tried both Interarchy and Vicomsoft FTP clients and they both work. So what's my problem? I can't upload for more than 15 minutes. Download is fine. But uploading quits every time at 15 minutes. I figure it's a timeout setting within the server but neither myself nor my IT guy can seem to find that setting.

...I don't experience this with ftp from any of our PCs on the same network. Also, our Macs can connect to the web indefinitely with no dropped connections.

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

Another possible cause for NT disappearing files. February 6, 2001 -- We describe a number of causes for the problem of Mac files disappearing from Windows servers on our Windows Server Tips page. Reader Nick Collingridge thinks he may have found another:

One of my clients has a problem when files are copied to a Win2K volume that they momentarily appear to have copied over before the files just disappear!

When I added the AppleTalk Seed Routing to the Win2K server without thinking I set the network range to be 1 to 65,000-odd - as much as anything because Win2K lets you do this. I have now modified the range to be 1 to 253 and as a result all nodes appear now to be able to communicate without problems. I suspect that the answer is that when being seeded the systems were given random numbers from all over the shop, which meant that they ended up essentially being in different zones. As a result they could mount the Win2K server and everything looked OK, but when files were copies over the copy actually failed.

This was a rather odd problem because on face value nothing was wrong &endash; but when you actually tried to do anything across the connection it didn't work.

TIP: Synch VPC-to-Pocket PC devices. February 6, 2001 -- In response to previous reader reports on the inability of Virtual PC to synch with Pocket PC handheld devices, David Calco wrote to say that he has succeeded on his PowerBook running OS 9.0.4. You can read Calco's solution on our Virtual PC 3 special report page.

Response to VPC/OS 9.1 Palm sync issue. February 6, 2001 -- Andy Wolber sends this Virtual PC tip:

After I'd installed OS 9.1, I also had a problem syncing with my Palm via the USB connection to my Lombard PowerBook.

I discovered that the install had automatically set AppleTalk to "Ethernet" and "On." Turning it off worked for me.

NEW TIP: Synching Outlook 2001 with Palm using an Ethernet cradle. February 5, 2001 -- Michael Perbix wrote to say he found a way to synch a Palm device to Outlook 2001:Mac Beta for Exchange Server. It involves using:

You can read the Perbix method for synching Palm devices with Outlook 2001 on our Outlook 2001:Mac Beta special report page.

Outlook 2001 Beta problem with Office 98. February 5, 2001 -- Ray Kloss reports that the Outlook 2001 Beta has rendered parts of Office 98 unusable by adding newer versions of extensions files. He writes:

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the problem with using Outlook Beta with Office 98. I think the new beta is very nice and stable, but when I tried to start Excel, I started getting OLE and memory errors. Outlook Beta adds newer versions of:

Microsoft Component Library
Microsoft Internet Library
Microsoft OLE Automation
Microsoft OLE Library
Microsoft Structured Storage

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

More Outlook 2001 Beta reader reports. February 5, 2001 -- We've posted several additional user reports about Outlook 2001. One reader wishes for user-defined fields in the task list (for workflow tracking). Another reader can't see his address book when not connected to the server, even though the reader downloaded it. You can read these and other comments on our Outlook 2001:Mac Beta special report page.

Reader has no problems with MacServer IP. February 5, 2001 -- Matthew Brown writes:

I've been reading comments on your site regarding problems with MacServer IP and don't quite understand why. I've been using MSIP in our business for 8 months or more and I am not experiencing any of the problems I see on your site. Per my success, correct configurations is needed to make MSIP operate to one's business satisfaction. Nonetheless, I have nothing against ExtremeZ-IP, but I've heard from others that it has failed them and therefore MSIP was adopted.

I think both ExtremeZ-IP and MacServer IP are both good products, but they must be configured correctly.

We have reader comments on both products on our AFP-over-IP Servers for NT special report page.

CDFinder/CDWinder, X-platform disk cataloger. February 5, 2001 -- Developer Norbert Doerner told us about his CDFinder (US $20) and CDWinder (US$10), cataloging software for Mac and Windows respectively:

A cross-platform solution to catalog CD-ROMs, Zips, hard disks, and all the other media. In contrast to all other similar tools on both platforms, this combo will save the catalog data in simple files on a network disk in a common file format. So one catalog database can be used by both platforms on many different computers.

Getting iTunes to work with Virtual Game Station. February 5, 2001 -- In response to our report of problems with the CD/DVD driver supplied with iTunes and Connectix Game Station for Mac, Ronald Leroux wrote in with this:

I checked Connectix's knowledge base. They suggest to use the driver that comes with Mac OS 9.1 instead. The driver with iTunes seems to cause problems with some games.

Server update fixes OS 9.1 and Citrix bug. February 1, 2001 -- Ty Stein reports that an upgrade to the Citrix server resolves the video conflict between Mac OS 9.1 and the Citrix client:

I just tonight finally got around to installing Citrix Feature release 1, SP2 on my Metaframe Server (WIN TSE 4.0, SP6). The problem with the Mac client has vanished. The FAQ on their update talks about new support for 32 bit video, etc. It looks like the issue with Mac OS 9.1 is that the Metaframe Server Service Pack needs applied, and all is then well.

Reader report on ExtremeZ-IP. February 1, 2001 -- Nathan McBride sent us an account of using ExtremeZ-IP:

I bought two copies back in November and set them up on two identical Compaq Proliant DL 380's running dual 833's each with 512 MB's of Ram. They are sharing a 180GB cluster running on a MetaStor. The only problems I have had have been with encryption and password sharing which I solved with the help of one of the forum contributors on this web site. I also had a problem with servers unmounting on the Macs after a period of inactivity but with the AppleShare Client Setup utility I was able to correct that easily enough by adjusting the timeout connect to 0 seconds for AppleShare. Other than those issues the software has been one of the best purchases I have ever made and has helped us so much with with cross platform server issues.

We are almost done moving our final Mac servers over and once we are done things should be smooth from here on in. I have been talking with the engineers at GroupLogic a bit over the past few days regarding maximizing my dual processors and we are currently researching a way to get the most out of a dual and quad processor with ExtremeZ-IP.

Apple posts AppleShare IP 9.0.4 Update. February 1, 2001 -- Apple has posted AppleShare IP 9.0.4 Update (free). According to Apple, the new update for the cross-platform server for Mac OS improves compatibility with AppleShare IP 6.3.1 and Macintosh Manager 1.3 running on Mac OS 9.0.4.

Conflict with MacLinkPlus, Mac OS 9.1, and AutoTextTyper. February 1, 2001 -- A MacFixIt Forum discussion describes a three-way conflict with MacLinkPlus from DataViz, Mac OS 9.1, and AutoTextTyper. The Finder crashes when the user tries to open a MacLinkPlus 12.001 contextual menu.

Microsoft stops resellers from bundling Windows 95. February 1, 2001 -- Microsoft has not renued Windows 95 bundling licenses to PC manufacturers, including Dell and Connectix. (See this ZDNet report.) The bundling license expired on December 31. Connectix has verified that this licensing termination is the reason it is no longer is selling Windows 95 with Virtual PC, which is considered PC hardware in terms of Windows licensing. Additionally, FWB no longer offers Windows 95 with SoftWindows.

January 2001

ExtremeZ-IP 2 adds IP print spooler option. January 31, 2001 -- Today GroupLogic released ExtremeZ-IP 2.0 (starting at US $1178 for 10 clients--upgrade pricing unknown). The new version of the AFP-over-TCP/IP file-sharing server for Windows NT/2000 (server or workstation) includes an option called IP Print Support (EZIP w/IP Print starting at US $1999 for 10 clients).

IP Print Support is a print spooler that can hand Postscript jobs to a printer or to the Windows Server print queue. IP Print Support does not use the LPD/LPR IP printing of Mac OS, but uses a method a faster method that also enables browsing for printers and print servers via a Mac utility and the Services Location Protocol (SLP). GroupLogic President Reid Lewis told MacWindows that IP Print Support is 10 to 15 times faster than LPD/LPR of Mac OS IP printing.

The drawback to using TCP/IP to print is the lack of the Printer Access Protocol (PAP), which can report much more printer status information back to the user or Mac software than can IP.

Also in ExtremeZ-IP 2 are speed improvements, according to GroupLogic, which also said that performance is better on faster on Windows 2000 than on Windows NT 4.

Workaround for Win 2000 clients problem with ASIP Server. January 31, 2001 --Erik Wieland sent us a workaround for the problem where Windows 2000 clients can't see inside folders of an AppleShare IP Server. The fix involves adding the AppleShare IP servers to the lmhosts file on the Windows 2000 client. Wieland says that drawback to the fix is that the you can no longer use DOS or Windows programs that rely on a drive letter. You can read details of the fix on our AppleShare IP Server Cross-platform Issues page.

More Mac utilities for joining/decoding PC Usenet files. January 31, 2001 -- Responding to yesterday's report of a utility that can join segmented files posted at Usenet groups by PC users, two more readers have reported additional Mac utilities that accomplish the same. Chris Toppan says that YA-Decoder (short for Yet Another Decoder, US $15) can combine and decode MasterSplitter files on a Mac. YA-Decoder is intended as a helper application for decoding Usenet binary attachments.

Joe Ashear says that MT NewsWatcher by Simon Fraser (free) is a newsreader for Mac that can rejoin segmented usenet binaries. However, he says "I'm not sure if the "MasterSplitter" kind are different somehow from the ones MTNW joins."

We've added these utilities to the product listings on the MacWindows Compression/Encoding Solutions page.

Update on Quark files corrupting. January 31, 2001 -- Two readers responded to our last report earlier this week on Quark files corrupting on cross-platform networks. Bryce Steiner doesn't believe opening the files on any AFP Server, as previously suggested, causes the problem:

I've been running Win 2000 server for nearly 2 years now and have not had this problem with Quark on the Mac at all. I have those same file permissions at the top of the article. I don't think it effects all AFP servers.

Mike Hughes saw the problem on a Windows NT Server running Services for Mac, but not with ExtremeZ-IP running:

With PC's running NT 4.0 connecting to an NT 4.0 server using standard [SFM} NT file sharing, we would see 1-2 Quark files per day corrupt. Markztools was usually able to repair the files.

We have since installed over 100 new Macs, and during testing between Extreme Z-IP and Thursby Systems Dave Client, we saw a pattern develop. The Macintosh computers that were using Dave still saw the same file corruption.

The Macintosh computers that were using ExtremeZ-IP saw no file corruption. Given that the ExtremeZ-IP software produced better benchmarks and did not cause file corruption, we have setup all users to connect Via ExtremeZ-IP. We see maybe 1 file every 2-3 weeks that corrupts, and this is usually caused by a users that has crashed will saving.

Basic Outlook info: profile password vs. Exchange Server log-in. January 31, 2001 -- Luis Antezana sent us a note about the difference between a profile password and an Exchange Server log-in, which might be useful to people new to Outlook for Exchange Server.

The password for the *profile* is a locally set password used for situations where there may be multiple users on one machine, each with their own separate Outlook setups, while the UserID/Password/Domain request is a request to the Exchange server (via the domain's PDC) for access to the individual's mailbox account on the server. These are two discretely different things that present themselves sequentially to the user and can thus be confusing.

Outlook 2001 Beta comment. January 31, 2001 -- We've updated our Outlook 2001:Mac Beta special report with comments from John Willis, who is not as happy with the new Exchange Server client as some other readers.

Melissa virus for Word 2001 for Mac. January 31, 2001 -- MessageLabs reports an "minor outbreak" of the Melissa virus, which comes in a Word 2001 for Macintosh document.

New Mac utility can join segmented PC Usenet files. January 30, 2001 -- TechSono Engineering's PixMachineMac (US $49) is a new utility for the Mac that can join segmented files posted at Usenet groups by PC users. Windows users often segment files using a program call MasterSplitter before posting them to Usenet newsgroups. There is no version of MasterSplitter available for the Mac. Mike Trivisonno of TechSono describes it:

PixMachineMac is primarily a Usenet download utility that can detect MasterSplitter files, save them to a Mac, and decode them using the handy MasterSplitter Widget.

We've added PixMachineMac to the listing of products on our Cross-Platform File Compression and Encoding Solutions page.

Connectix re-releases VPC 1.0.1 in 4 languages. January 30, 2001 -- Connectix has once again posted the Virtual PC 4.01 updater, this time in English, French, and and German versions. For more on VPC 1.0.1 updater, see our Virtual PC 4 special report.

Virtual PC 3 Printout Bug Confirmed. January 30, 2001 -- David C. Stewart confirms the Virtual PC 3 and 4 printing conflict with Mac OS 9.1

I am running an iMac DV SE networked through an AsanteTalk box to a 6100, an 575 and a DeskWriter 600 using AppleTalk. I could print to the printer before I upgraded to OS 9.1 and the black strip of frustration appeared when I went to print an important document. Fortunately I can still print it from the 6100/DOS compatible which is running on OS 8.1 until they issue the bug fix.

Keyspan serial-USB adapter works with VPC. January 30, 2001 -- Scott Coté reports success using a new USB-to-serial adapter with Virtual PC:

As a network administrator I have a constant need for a 9 pin PC COM port to configure routers, access points, etc... So I figured I would try and get an adapter for my PB2000 to load on VPC.

To my surprise, Keyspan's latest USB to Serial converter, advertised as PC only, COMES WITH MAC Drivers, which even recognize under VPC 2.X (which doesn't directly support USB to COM conversions under the com setup found under the preferences menu). Once I loaded the Mac software, the serial port was available to both Mac and PC (via VPC) and has worked flawlessly with Hyperterm for configuring devices!

...The adapter only costs $59.90 from Outpost.com (that price included overnight delivery...)

Handheld devices and Virtual PC. January 30, 2001 -- Readers keep asking about Virtual PC synching with various handheld devices. We have an answer on how to synch to Palm devices, but others still allude us. Joseph Babiak Jr. describes failure with the Pocket PC:

Has anyone had success getting a Compaq iPaq Pocket PC to sync up with VPC running on the Mac? I took a quick shot at it with an iPaq and VPC running on a Cube and interfacing with a USB cradle. VPC 4.0 with W2K just stops running...

Brian Platts asks about the Blackberry device:

Does anyone know how I can sync my Blackberry to my Mac while I'm waiting for Puma to launch their on-line solution?

If you've had success synching either of these devices to VPC, please let us know.

Citrix Server role in MacOS 9.1 and Citrix Client conflict. January 30, 2001 -- Michael Martel notes the roll of the Citrix Server in the video conflict between Mac OS 9.1 and the Citrix client:

The problem seems to be with Color Depth on the Citrix Server, and something Citrix Changed in the client. I have a Citrix Server (MetaFrame 1.8 Feature Release 2) that I connect to with my Mac's (all OS 9.1, Client 6.0b66) and never have any problems. I can set my color depth to anything I want and it works fine.

If I connect back to a Citrix MF 1.8 Server, NOT FEATURE RELEASE 2, then I have all sorts of Color Issues, UNTIL, I match my Mac's Color Dept to the Color Depth on the Server. Even then there are some oddities.

When I connect to the Server I get a message about :

The Following requested Video Mode was not available :
640x480x16 BPP
The Video Mode has been set to the Following :
640x480x8 BPP
License Not Installed for Requested Video Mode.

Mac OS 9.1 isn't completely at fault I don't think. I think Citrix does something slightly odd.

More on Quark corruption: Miramar responds, reader sees it w/o network. January 29, 2001 -- We've had a pair of responses to our January 17 report of a corrupting Quark files with PC MACLAN. The first is from Miramar Systems; the second is from a reader who sees the problem even without a network. Scott Christopher of Miramar reported this:

We have seen this problem in the past and have worked with Quark to come up with a work around. Below is a paragraph copied directly out of my personal notes.
4-25-00. Spoke to Scott Henry at Quark. He is a QA engineer who deals mostly with the PC side but works with the Mac stuff as well. He says they saw this problem in the past on Novel AFP servers where the rights of the folder were read/write/modify but not create. If the user double clicks on the Quark file on the server the temp files have to be created on the server at the location of the Quark file being opened. If they cannot be created then there are problems.

If quark is opened and File Open is used, the temp files are then created at the location the OS stipulates. This prevents the Quark temp files from being written across the network to the AFP volume and should help the situation.

Quark recommends 8.3 naming convention and simple server and path names when using quark files cross platform because they maintain a usage profile in the quark file that is supposed to keep track of all graphics and external files. This can get screwed up pretty easy by the cross-platform UNC and file naming differences of PC's and Mac's.

Because of the way Quark handles its temp files, it is a bad idea to open a Quark file from any AFP Server. The best thing to do is to copy the Quark file to the local machine, open it, edit it, and close it; then copy it back to the AFP Server.

Thank you,
Scott Christopher
Miramar Systems, Inc.

Mark Tennent sees a similar problem without a network:

When we transfer QuarkXPress files via sneakernet from Mac to PC and back again, very often the files are corrupted even if they haven't been opened on the PC. Sometimes they can be rescued by changing the creator/file type flags with a utility like FileBuddy. But more often than not they have been irrecoverably damaged.

It happens with QXP 3.3 and 4.1 files. Macs running OS 9.1 and PC Windows 98. Yet transferring the same files via the same method to other PC's has caused no problems in the past.

Update on the Quark/timestamp problem. January 29, 2001 -- John Taylor added more information to our report on a problem with Quark Xpress files and NT timestamps. He said that he also sees the problem with Extensis Portfolio 4. You can read Taylor's report on our NT/2000 Timestamp special report page.

New TIP: copying e-mail in the Outlook 2001 preview pane. January 29, 2001 -- Ted Brown told us how to copy e-mail in the preview pane in Outlook 2001: Mac Beta for Exchange Server:

You can copy from the pane using the context-sensitive menu (control-click). The command key and normal menu do not work.

New product: BriefAudit tracks file changes in Win servers. January 29, 2001 -- Developer Patrick Peccatte has just released BriefAudit v. 1.0, a shareware program for Windows NT/2000 servers that keeps track of who made modifications and when:

Right click on the file and select Properties (using Windows 2000 Explorer) or Command+I (using Macintosh Finder).

BriefAudit selects files changes events in NT4/NT2000 standard Security Log and writes the selected events in the corresponding Windows 2000 and/or Macintosh files comments.

We've added BriefAudit to the list of cross-platform file tools on our File Solutions page.

VPC 4.0.1 fixes NetWare conflict. January 29, 2001 -- The Virtual PC 1.0.1 update temporarily posted last week by Connectix fixes the problem with Shared IP and NetWare, according to a reader Guy Sanders:

The [4.0.1] update has solved the Shared IP/NetWare conflict. It now works like a charm. I was also impressed with the documentation for Transferring Windows 98 to a dynamically-expanding drive image. I followed step by step and I now have a 15.3 GB C Drive. This is a major improvement over the 1 GB drive that was full after I installed Office 2000. I have installed VPC 4.01 on a Beige G3 with 500 mhz CPU and a FireWire PowerBook 400.

The 4.0.1 update was posted briefly last week, then removed, due to California's rolling power outages and the unavailability of an international version, according to Connectix. (See Friday' news below for more on 4.0.1 update.)

Getting around iTunes conflict with Virtual Game Station. January 29, 2001 -- A pair of readers responde to our report last Friday of a conflict with Connectix Virtual Game Station 1.4 (CVGS), the Sony PlayStation emulator. Ronald Leroux reports that removing the CVGS Autolaunch extension enables the CD/DVD driver supplied with iTunes to work with the Connectix Game Station v1.4.1 (blue and white G3, Mac OS 9.1).

However, Vincent Ste-Marie didn't see the problem:

I'm using CVGS 1.41 and installed Mac OS 9.1 and iTunes. According to Apple System Profiler, I'm using Apple CD/DVD Driver version 1.43. CVGS has no problems starting up and loading Play Station games when I insert them in the CD-ROM drives. I'm using a tangerine iBook with 160 MB RAM. Also, I don't get the dialog box that says the CD is "unformatted" and asks if you want to format it.

IE, .pac files, and MS Proxy Server. January 29, 2001 -- Jeff Lucia sent in this question regarding with Macs and MS Proxy Server:

Recently I've migrated a PC group to the Macintosh. We had to use Netscape for the browser because this company handles their proxy via a .pac file. The problem is that only IE 5.0 is fully supported, but it doesn't know how to parse a .pac file. So....does anybody out there have an idea how to "fix" that?

If you do, please let us know.

DataViz X-platform Palm software released for 4 more languages. January 29, 2001 -- DataViz has release localized French, Italian, German, and Spanish versions of Documents To Go, the company's Mac and Windows software for viewing and editing Word and Excel documents with Palm OS-based devices. (See also DataViz' list of international distributors.)

Microsoft announces Java user migration path from Java to Microsoft .NET. January 29, 2001 -- In light of the legal settlement that ended Microsoft's licensing of Java (due to a law suit by Sun), Microsoft has announced that Java Windows developers should migrate to the company's, .NET developer platform for Windows.

LATE FRIDAY NEWS POST: Connectix pulls the VPC 4.0.1 updater. January 26, 2001 -- Connectix has told MacWindows that it has temporarily removed the VPC 4.0.1 updater described in the next news item. VPC Product Manager Teresa Mahler explains why:

I wanted to let you know that Connectix pulled the VPC 4.01 updater. A couple of things happened. First we lost power for the vast majority of the day yesterday (between the bad weather and rolling blackouts maintaining power has been a problem).

Secondly, we only posted the English 4.0.1 updater and many of our international customers were downloading it. However, the English only updater wasn't designed to work on international versions....

Early next week we will post the English & International updaters simultaneously. Hopefully customers will then choose the appropriate updater.

Virtual PC 4.01 updater fixes minor problems. January 26, 2001 -- Yesterday, Connectix posted a Virtual PC 1.0.1 Update for VPC 4.0 users. (This file is called vpc401_eng_updater.) The readme file describes the Update:

Additionally, reader Victor Yanagida reports that his number 1 problem--certain Visual Basic apps giving an 'Object Variable Not Set' error--has been fixed.

This is the upgrade that we first reported on January 11. However, this update does NOT address the Mac OS 9.1 printing problem that we reported on January 24.

Mac OS 9.1 improves File Exchange for mounting USB PC disks. January 26, 2001 -- Apple Technical Note TN2010 is a detailed description of changes in Mac OS 9.1, including changes in File Exchange 3.0.4, the control panel for mounting PC disks and mapping file extensions. Among the changes are a number of bug fixes for USB drives and :

Outlook 2001 Beta tips at Slipstick.com; MS aiming for Palm. January 26, 2001 -- The Slipstick Outlook & Exchange Solutions Center web site has a page of tips for Outlook 2001:Mac Beta. (See also this Slipstick page of Outlook Mac links.)

An article by Slipstick's Sue Mosher in Windows 2000 Magazine says that Microsoft is trying to get Palm synchronization into the final Outlook 2001 product, which is supposed to ship this summer.

More reader reports added to Outlook 2001 Beta special report. January 26, 2001 -- We've added several new reader reports to our Outlook 2001:Mac Beta special report page.

Finally, Andy Pastuszak offers an explanation as to why Macs sometimes need more configuration care than PCs:

What people need to realize here is that Windows machines use WINS for name resolution of the server. Macs are not capable of WINS resolution...So, in order for the client to find the server, it is important that the server has proper DNS entries on your corporate DNS server and that you use the server's DNS name and not it's WINS name when connecting (though they should be the same for sanity's sake).

Either that, or a hosts file will work.

Outlook 8.2.2 login problems profile corruption. January 26, 2001 -- About ten percent of John Parnaby's 500 Macs have been experience problems logging into the Exchange server. It seems as if the profile has been corrupted, but there appears to be no reason for it. The fix is to change the user's profile in Outlook Settings and then change it back to the user. You can read John Parnaby's report on our Outlook 8.x for Exchange special report page

Mac UAM authentication under Win 2000: insecure? January 26, 2001 -- Brad Judy of the University of Colorado at Boulder has problems with the security of the Microsoft UAM for Windows 2000 Server Services for Macintosh. He says:

The higher education community is attempting to pressure Microsoft to release a Macintosh UAM client capable of using Kerberos or NTLM v2 (preferably Kerberos). There is the possibility of a third party creating a Kerberos Windows client for OS X (a work in progress), but not for OS 8.x/9.x.

You can read his full report on our Windows 2000 special report page.

Two more reports of AirPort PC with PCs: Linux; D-Link. January 26, 2001 -- We've added to more reports to our AirPort and PCs special report page. Chris Bailey describes using the wireless network with RedHat Linux running on a Sony VAIO laptop. Ron Postma is using a D-Link wireless card in a desktop Compaqwith AirPort Base Station. He had some driver problems, but solvedthem.

MacServerIP problems with Keychain. January 26, 2001 -- Sal Khan reports of several problems with MacServerIP, including Mac clients hanging unless the Trash is open, on our Alternatives to Services for Macintosh special report page. If you've seen these problems, please let us know.

iTunes bug with Connectix Virtual Game Station. January 26, 2001 -- Michael Masella reports that installing Apple's iTunes 1.0 cause an conflict with Connectix Virtual Game Station 1.4 (CVGS), the Sony PlayStation emulator:

It would appear that iTunes's installer puts a copy of its own Apple CD/DVD Driver in your Extensions folder when you first install the package (which replaces the one shipping with your computer).

Unfortunately, it doesn't read PlayStation CD the way the previous version does. It treats them as "unformatted" disks and asks if you want to format it. Clicking past these still launches CVGS, but it is unable to load the game you've inserted.

It's only when I reinstalled the shipping version of Apple CD/DVD Driver (version 1.3.8) labeled "Mac OS CPU Software 2.3" beneath the file name in the Get Info box, does CVGS return to normal (my computer is a Power Mac G4 - Gigabit edition with a regular DVD-ROM).

The version of Apple CD/DVD Driver that iTunes installs is version 1.4.3, labeled "iTunes 1.0" just beneath the file name in the Get Info box.

However, playing and ripping music CDs doesn't seem to be affected by the version downgrade, needed to solve the CVGS incompatibility.If there's any incompatibility during "burning" of CDs while using this lower version of Apple CD/DVD Driver, I'd be very surprised.

X-platform engineer sought. January 26, 2001 -- Device Driver Warehouse, Inc. of Sonoma, California, is seeking a cross-platform engineer "to convert an existing ADSL modem from PCI interface on Win95 to MAC 8.5 over USB." If you're interested, send them an e-mail. (Tell 'em you saw it at MacWindows...)

Update on the Citrix/OS 9.1 bug: Citrix working on a fix. January 24, 2001 -- We've updated our Citrix special report with more on the Mac OS 9.1/Citrix client 6.0 screen redraw problem. It includes:

Update to Outlook 2001 Beta special report. January 24, 2001 -- We've updated our Outlook 2001:Mac Beta for Exchange Server special report with more reader reports. There are more configuration suggestions, and a report of a problem with HTML in e-mail.

Mac OS 9.1 compatibility problems with Virtual PC. January 24, 2001 -- Connectix has disclosed some compatibility issues between Mac OS 9.1 and Virtual PC. For Virtual PC 3.x, there are two minor problems:

  1. After upgrading (not a clean install) from Mac OS 9.0 to Mac OS 9.l the Virtual PC Application gives an error that "it has been moved." The fix is to reinstall Virtual PC 3.x.
  2. Printing to a serial printer (on older Macs--not USB) produces black and white bars on the printout. This occurs with Epson emulation. There is no known fix (other than using PostScript emulation or printing to a network printer.) Connectix says it is working on a fix.

Virtual PC 4 only has the second problem, printing to serial printers using Epson emulation.

Fix for Outlook 8.22/HP printing problem works. January 24, 2001 -- Michael Alatorre verifies that a reader suggestion fixes the Outlook 8.22 Mac problem with HP printers:

I'd like to confirm Chris Bakowski's fix of the _print one message from Outlook 8.22 to an HP USB DeskJet printer then get errors_ problem. Since installing the HP DeskJet 640c driver, this is no longer a issue in our workgroup with this client and our 970Cxi DeskJets.

Windows NT 4.0 SFM does not start in Windows 2000 domain model. January 24, 2001 -- Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q225152 describes the situation of Windows NT 4.0 Services for Macintosh in a Windows 2000 domain.

AShare Helper adds AppleShare IP admin tasks. January 24, 2001 -- AShare Helper v1.7.3 is a free utility for AppleShare IP servers that helps administrators maintain the server by performing a lot of minor tasks and notifying you by e-mail. Some of its features:

Solutions update: another 3270/5250 terminal emulator for Mac. January 24, 2001 -- We've added Gallagher & Robertson's Glink for Macintosh to our list of terminal emulator products on our Network Solutions page. G and R is a Norwegian company that makes Glink for Windows and Java as well. Glink emulates 3720 and 5250 terminals and others as well. (Thanks to Frode Kristiansen.)

Microsoft settles Java lawsuit with Sun.January 24, 2001 -- Microsoft has settled with Sun Microsystems over Sun's lawsuit against Microsoft's uses of Java in Windows, according to a ZDNet story. Microsoft has made changes to Java so that it was now longer cross-platform. Under the settlement, Microsoft will pay Sun $20 million and can longer use the phrase "Java-compatible" to describe its products.

Simple workaround for NetWare Client and Office 98/2001. January 23, 2001 -- Rick Zeman reports having discovered a simple and painless fix for conflict with Mac Client for NetWare 5.13 and MS Office, which causes Offices applications to freeze.

I discovered a few months ago that the conflict is avoided by going into the Date and Time control panel and turning off the menu bar clock. Since I did that, I've not had one crash in Word 98, nor in 2001 after I upgraded. Others who have tried this report the same success.

If you can try this, please let us know if it works for you.

Fixes for Citrix client screen redraw problem with MacOS 9.1. January 23, 2001 -- Two readers sent in a fix and a workaround to the Citrix client screen redraw conflict with Mac OS 9.1. Jason Froikin offered a promising fix:

I have found that the problem with screen redraws on the Citrix ICA Client 6.0 for MacOS and MacOS 9.1 seems to be caused by the Mac's screen resolution being greater then the ICA client's screen bit depth.

For instance, if you have your Mac set to Millions Of Colors, and the ICA Client to 256 colors, it will have redraw problems. The solution: Either set the ICA Client to a better bit depth, or change your Mac's bit depth.

If this fix also works for you, please let us know.

Stephen Rector described another JAVA workaround that works:

I found that both versions 4.1 and V6 of the Mac Citrix client caused me to have redraw problems with OS 9.1. The solution that worked for me was to download the Java version of the Client. I built the Java classes into a standalone app using JBindery from the MRJ SDK V2.2 downloaded from the Apple Developer site. The procedure is actually well documented in the Citrix Java admin guide, and running the Citrix Java code in JBindery invokes a "wizard" which takes you through the steps for building the app.

What was surprising was that the Java version of the Client ran faster than the compiled versions - you can draw your own conclusions about the quality of the code that must imply. And the redraw issue went away.

More reader reports on Outlook 2001:Mac for Exchange Server. January 23, 2001 -- We've posted a number of new reader reports to our Outlook 2001:Mac Beta ("Watson") special report page. First, we have half a dozen new suggestions for configuring the new client. This includes remembering to add a domain name to the Mac TCP/IP control panel; several suggestions for configuring hosts files, including citing of the MacWindows Outlook 8.x page and a Microsoft Knowledge Base article; and switching to AppleTalk.

Next, have a tip on how to turn off the preview pane and several reports of minor bugs and complaints (remember, this is Beta software).

Another report on MacServer IP trash problem. January 23, 2001 --Luc Teblick is also having the problem with MacServer IP and files in the Trash:

Until now nothing helps, except logging in as administrator, which clearly points out that the problem is somehow related to user rights. Even when giving everyone full rights on all the files, the problem stays.

If we use SFM on the same server, there is no problem, again pointing out the problem is MacServerIP. We tried this with or without SP1, running SFM and MacServerIP together or not, the problem stays.

New faster build of Basilisk II, 68k Mac emulator for PC. January 23, 2001 -- James Watters of the Mac Emulation Station reports that Lauri Pesonen has made available his latest Basilisk II Build 142 for Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000. (Basilisk II is an open source, 68000 (Pre-PowerPC) Macintosh emulator for PCs.) Watters says:

Among other things, he has optimized the code using assembly language and created a single Basilisk.exe executable instead of the previous two Basilisk executables (one for Windows 9x/Me and one for NT/2000). Initial reports using Speedometer and Apple Personal Diagnostics indicate that the new build is 175 percent faster then the previous builds on Windows 9x/Me. I'll be running real world bench tests to confirm this.

There are also numerous bug fixes. (For more on Basilisk II, see our Macintosh Emulation special report page.)

Two products named DoubleTalk: Connectix not the first. January 23, 2001 -- We were a bit surprised to discover that Connectix' new cross-platform file transfer product, DoubleTalk, is not the only product with the name. RC Systems' DoubleTalk product line are text-to-speech voice synthesizers for PCs in education and special-needs markets.

Correction: Outlook 2001 Beta reader report. January 23, 2001 -- We've made a correction to one of our reader reports on Outlook 2001 Beta for Mac. The new client for Microsoft Exchange Server does not import PAB into contacts, as previously stated. We regret the error.

MacWindows not affected by California's rolling blackouts. January 22, 2001 -- In case you've wondered, MacWindows has not been affected by the rolling blackouts we've been experiencing in California. The location of our server and our Internet access points are backed up by batteries and generators.

Thursby posts DAVE update for OS 9.1 compatibility. January 22, 2001 -- Thursby Systems has posted free patches for DAVE 2.5.1 that corrects compatibility problems with Mac OS 9.1. The fix includes new NetBIOS and DAVE Client files that address two problems

The update for OS 9.1 is in addition to another patch released last week that fixed more minor bugs.

New Tip: type in Win2K Server NetBIOS name. January 22, 2001 -- Daric Smith sent in this tip for accessing Windows 2000 Servers from a Mac:

When AppleTalk is not active, to access a Windows 2000 Server a Mac user must enter the server IP address. But, I haven't seen anyone mention that you can also use the NetBIOS name. Thus, if my server were named SERVER1 with an IP of 192.168.1.50, I could access it using the IP address (not user friendly) or I could access it using the SERVER1 name (much more user friendly). I haven't tested this when using the client is on a different subnet.

We've added this to the other tips on our Windows Server Tips page.

Smith sent this basic suggestion for people not too familiar with setting up Windows 2000 Services for Macintosh:

In the TCP/IP properties of the server, there is the AppleTalk protocol that must be "installed" for SFM to work. There is also a check box next to it. Checking this box enables the part of AppleTalk that gives Mac users the ability to view the server in the Chooser. If this box is unchecked, they will not see the server in the Chooser. Basically, the AppleTalk protocol must be installed, but it does not have to be active.

We've added this to our Windows 2000 special report page.

HP firmware fixes problem with printers dropping off Win NT network. January 22, 2001 -- John Wolf found a solution to his problem of printers disappearing from the Mac Chooser on Windows NT networks. Apple and MacWindows readers have reported that turning off the Spanning Tree Protocol on an Ethernet bridge or switch port fixes the problem. (See our Windows Server Tips page for more info.) However, this didn't work for Wolf. He found the fix in an HP firmware update to JetDirect Ethernet:

I finally found the solution to all of my printers dropping out of the Chooser for 1-2 minutes when one of them is power cycled.

HP quietly put a fix in the 7.x and later firmware that fixes this. I flashed all our JetDirect Ethernet interfaces up to 8.32, and the problem is gone! As a note to others trying to do this: The older 2550 and 2552 JetDirect cards can be flashed to 8.32, but it is a 2 step process. Flash them to 5.05, then again to 8.32. This process must be done from a PC using Download Manager. From what I have read, once you reach a certain version, you can use the web based WebJetAdmin, probably from a Mac as well.

Note that we have also had numerous reports of problems printing to HP printers from Outlook for Mac (Exchange Server). An HP printer driver upgrade has helped some readers in this case.

Another similar-sounding issue we've reported on is and issue with Windows 2000 SFM Server SP1 disappearing from the Chooser. The next news item deals with this issue.

MS Proxy blocks Mac RealAudio access; WinProxy okay. January 22, 2001 -- Bob Fiorini reports that Microsoft Proxy Server 2.0 blocked Mac access to RealAudio streams; installing another Proxy server fixed his problem:

I have an NT network with 95, 98, NT 4.0 workstations. We're using MS Proxy Server 2.0 with the MSP client software to access RealAudio audio/video streams. I have a client that is using a Macintosh PowerBook G3 that wants to use RealAudio [but could not].

I have resolved the problem by installing WIN PROXY 3.0 on a separate server (which is SOCKS 5 compliant ) and after some configuring it works great. MS Proxy SOCKS won't handle UDP and thus the root of the problem. I now have a client with his own proxy server.

For more about the roll of SOCKS in Mac/MS Proxy Server problems, see our MS Proxy special report page.

Palm synching tips for Virtual PC 4 work. January 22, 2001 -- Regarding the issue of synching a Palm device from Virtual PC 4, Representative Rants told us that the solutions sent to use by our readers "solved my problem in 10 minutes." He added " I can't thank your readers enough."

X-platform tips for Macromedia Director movies. January 22, 2001 -- A page at the Macromedia site describes cross-platform issues when creating Director movies to be viewed by Windows and Mac OS users. (Thanks to Ethan Allen for pointing this out.)

Word 2001 file corruption on NT4 volumes. January 22, 2001 -- Lieven Baeten reports a problem with saving Mac Word 2001 files to Windows NT 4 Service Pack 5 volumes. Mac users receive the error message "Word cannot complete the save due to a file permission error." Subsequent saves corrupt the file. We've posted Baeten's description of the problem on our NT Unsolved Mysteries page. If you've seen this, please let us know.

Novell Prosoft 5.1.3 conflict continues with Office 2001, OS 9.1. January 22, 2001 -- Damien Barrett reports that the known conflict with Mac Client for NetWare 5.13 and MS Office also occurs with Office 2001 and Mac OS 9.1. The bug can cause Office to freeze. Last October, Prosoft told MacWindows that it knows about the conflict, but was not planning to do any more work on the Client because its contract with Novell had expired. (This and other NetWare issues are discusses on our NetWare and Macintosh Issues page.

MacServerIP problem with Win NT files in Trash. January 22, 2001 -- Steve Mack comments on a previously reported problem with MacServer IP and files in the Trash. He feels it is related to Mac OS 9.0.4 . We've posted Mack's report on our AFP-over-TCP/IP servers special report page.

Upgrading to Exchange Server 2000. January 22, 2001 -- A ZDNet story describes upgrading to Exchange Server 2000, which it says is "not a trivial task."

OS 9.1 conflicts with DAVE; Thursby posts bug-fix patch for 9.0.4 and earlier. January 19, 2001 -- Thursby Systems has posted an article saying that DAVE 2.5.1 is incompatible with Mac OS 9.1. Among the problems:

Thursby says that it is working on the problem.

Meanwhile, Thursby posted DAVE Client v2.5p7, a patch that fixes a number bugs with Mac OS 9.0.4 and earlier, including:

Next Mac OS X Server version to fold in AppleShare IP. January 19, 2001 -- A ZDNet report says that Apple will release OS X Server, a new version of Mac OS X Server, in April of this year. The report says that Apple combine Mac OS X and AppleShare IP products in OS X Server. Windows file sharing clients will be supported by SAMBA, the open source SMB server for Unix and Linux.

Fix for VPC 4 Palm Synching. January 19, 2001 -- A number of readers have written in response to a problem reported by a reader on Palm synching in Windows with Virtual PC 4. Vance Butler sums up the problem: "You do have to make sure you have serial ports properly identified and that your are using SERIAL connection not USB." We have serveral other readers description of the problem on our Virtual PC 4 Special Report page. Luis M. Raposo also discribes how he synchs using the wireless infrared port to a Powerbook.

3270 and 5250 terminal emulators for Mac. January 19, 2001 -- On our last post on January 17, we asked if anyone know of a 3270 terminal emulator that runs on a PowerBook. We received a over a dozen messages with recommendations for shareware and commercial TN3270 and TN5250 terminal emulators for Mac connectivity to mainframe and IBM AS/400 computers. We've posted a list of 5 of these products on our Network Solutions page.

As for as PowerBooks in particular, William Perez said "We've been using DataComet with a PowerBook for flawless 3270 terminal emulation."

Seth Gumble

A non-free alternative (I've not used it) can be found at www.celview.com. For reference, I am able to get tn3270 to work on a FireWire PowerBook with OS 9.0.4. There was nothing special to configure. I guess I would try the obvious things like using IP address instead of host name.

Kevin Montera points out that Apple's old SNAps 3270, which was sold and eventually become MacRumba, is now Celview from Celcorp.

Thomas Hauber correctly points out this distinction in terminal emulators:

I am a little curious why Scott Krajewski would be looking for a 3270 emulator for an AS400. Most terminal emulation for AS400s are telnet 5250. Either way a good shareware source is Mocha Soft We have been using their 5250 emulator for years, it is small and efficient. They also put out a 3270 emulator as well.

Paul Russo, Technical Support of DCSi ( a maker of terminal emulation software for Windows) suggests:

The emulator itself is not likely the problem since it works with other Macs. You need to look somewhere else, probably somewhere in the networking or the TCP/IP network settings. Name server problems and firewalls are typical problems.

To prove this, run some other emulator (VT emulators like Nifty Telnet are OK too). Run it and try to connect to the AS/400. You should get at least a login prompt. It will probably fail too. If so, the problem is not in the emulator.

Citrix/ OS 9.1 workaround confirmed. January 19, 2001 -- Leland Jory, the reader who first reported the conflict between Mac OS 9.1 and the Citrix client, verifies that downgrading the client version 6 to version 4.1 solves the problem. Several other readers have also reported this.

MacWindows Readers fix Outlook/Exchange configuration problem. January 19, 2001 -- Jim Beam reports that his problems with

Thanks to your readers, we were able to successfully configure and run Outlook 2001. The problem was indeed the fact that we were missing the hosts file in the System folder.

"Experimental" Linux kernel for dual-processor Power Mac G4. January 19, 2001 -- Terra Soft Solutions has releases and "experimental" Linux kernel (called "vmlinux-2.4.1-pre2") that supports dual-processor Apple G4s and 1GB RAM.

Suggestions for configuring Outlook for Exchange Server. January 17, 2001 -- Responding to yesterday's question on configuring Outlook for Exchange Server, we've received over a dozen suggestions. We've posted a number of these on our Outlook 2001 page. We will post some more tomorrow.

More reports of Citrix Client and Mac OS 9.1 conflict. January 17, 2001 -- We had a number of readers responding to yesterday's report of problems with Mac OS 9.1 and the Citrix Macintosh client (which enables Mac users to operate Windows software running on a Citrix server). We have 9 of these reader reports posted on our Citrix special report page. Most users report having the problem. Several users found that version 6 had the problem, but 4.1 did not. Several users suggested JAVA clients, such as HOBLink JWT, as a workaround.

VPC 4 synching with Palm OS. January 17, 2001 -- Christopher Rants, Majority Leader of the Iowa House of Representatives, wrote us with a problem he's having with Virtual PC 4:

I'm trying to live with my Mac in a Wintel environment. I've been using VPC for a while, and just upgraded to VPC 4.

Overall, nice improvement, with only one bad exception that has really cast a negative light on the whole deal. I've been unable to hot sync my Palm Pilot since upgrading from VPC 2.1.2 to VPC 4.

Supposedly this was going to be easier with USB support now built in (I'm on a PowerBook FireWire) but I've been completely unsuccessful. I know the Palm and the USB port work because I've been able to successfully hot sync on the Mac; but when I run VPC and try to hot sync, no go. VPC sees the installed drivers, it sees the USB connected, but no go when I hit the hot sync button.

If you've seen this problem or know of a fix, please let us know.

TIP: fix for Virtual PC 4.0 printing issue. January 17, 2001 -- Stephen Reger discovered a process that fixes a Virtual PC 4 issue with printing from the Mac side reported yesterday.

I just conducted a little test on my system (just got VPC 4.0 last week) and I have a solution. I'm running Windows 98 SE as well. Before leaving VPC, go to the USB settings and uncheck "USB Device from Epson" in the USB device list, you can still leave the check mark in front of "Enable USB." After doing this, quit VPC by either saving its state or shutting down (I chose to save its state).

Now, turn off the power to your printer. Wait about 30 seconds to a minute and then turn your printer back on. Go to the Chooser and select the printer icon and you should be good to go. I tested this using MS Word (Office 2001) and it worked fine.

My system: iMac Rev/A
Mac OS 9.0.4, Virtual PC 4.0 with Windows 98 SE
160 MB RAM (100 MB allocated to VPC)
Epson Stylus Color 740

Corrupting Quark files with PC Mac LAN for NT. January 17, 2001 -- Mark Britten reports the following problem:

I have been implemented PC MacLAN for NT on my network. We run predominately Macs on the network. The main program used here is Quark. The reason for implementing PC Mac LAN was to take advantage of its AppleShare IP file sharing. The week after I implemented it was chaotic with files corrupting everywhere (Quark files). You can't even do a save as over the network, this causes an error.

The version of PC Mac LAN is the NT 4.2 version. I am running Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 5.

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

Seeking a 3270 emulator for PowerBook. January 17, 2001 -- Scott Krajewski is looking for a 3270 terminal emulator to run on a FireWire PowerBook G3, Mac OS 9.0.4. He writes:

So far every emulator I've tried fails to connect to our AS/400 via TCP/IP. It just sits there negotiating for minutes and sometimes connects after a LONG time. The emulators work fine with a new iMac running the same OS. We had been using the venerable tn3270 for years. Inquires to the Apple Boards and MacFixIt haven't brought a solution yet.

If you know of one, please let us know.

Update: Outlook 2001 Beta report. January 16, 2001 -- We've updated our Outlook 2001:Mac Beta special report page with more reports from readers. Most readers continue to send reports of this prerelease beta working well, along with some kinks still to be worked out before the final release this summer:

Finally, Jim Beam is seeking advice on a configuring Outlook 2001. He is running DAVE, and wonders if it is causing his problem.

More on VPC 4: print problem, no more Finder mounting of C: drives. January 16, 2001 -- We've updated our Virtual PC 4 special report with more messages from readers. Maury Sheck has a problem with printing from the Mac side after using VPC4. If you've seen this, please let us know.

Mike Turner points out that you no longer seem to be able to mount PC disk images in the Finder:

My new complaint about VPC 4 is the fact that I can no longer mount the hard drives from MacOS. This is a huge problem for me as I was using some VPC volumes to store PC originated data. This worked well as it preserved the long file names. I converted a couple to dynamically expanding and can no longer mount them in Mac OS. I suppose I now need to revert back to the VPC 3 format on these drives.

We looked into this, and Finder-mounting does seem to have been discontined with VPC 4. Although a Connectix VPC 4 FAQ claims Finder mounting is a feature, it isn't mentioned in the manual.

Turner also commented on an issue with IP addressing that we've previously reported.

CD/DVD driver in iTunes driver helps VPC 3. January 16, 2001 -- Ronald Leroux reports that the new Apple CD/DVD driver in iTunes helps Virtual PC play at least one game:

The new driver in iTunes 1.4.3 allows me to play Star Trek: Hidden Evil on Virtual PC 3.0. ST:HE would not run because it could not see the CD with the version of the driver supplied with Mac OS 9.04 (v1.3.7 ?). So a lot more software will now be usable thanks to Apple (and Connectix.)

I have installed Mac OS 9.1 Update on my G3 B&W, but I have not noticed any speed increase. It is however more responsive.

New Tip: SkyLINE in PC and Apple AirPort Base Station. January 16, 2001 -- Ed K. sent in a tip on how to configure a PC laptop with a Farallon SkyLINE 11 Mbit wireless card to get it to work on an Apple AirPort Base Station network. You can read it on our AirPort and PCs special report page.

Another way to move email from OE 5 PC to OE 5 Mac. January 16, 2001 --Steve Mansfield of Cross-Platform.co.uk sent us another way to move email from Outlook Express 5 PC to Outlook Express 5 for Mac:

Further to previous info, this is actually quite easy. You drag the mails you want from OE 5 PC to wherever, copy then to your Mac, set the type/creator as M822/MSNM and drag then into your OE 5 Mac.

The only difficulty you might have is that the subject line becomes the file name, so a small amount of reconstruction may be necessary. The reverse process is equally easy.

Mac OS 9.1 causes screen draw problem with Citrix client. January 16, 2001 --Leland Jory reports a problem with Mac OS 9.1 and the Citrix client:

I recently updated to OS 9.1 and now, when I run the Citrix ICA Client (V6.00.066) the colors are screwy. There is no new client from Citrix yet, and I have yet to find a fix

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

Update to Outlook 2001 special report. January 12, 2001 -- We've received several reader reports about Outlook 2001:Mac Beta page. (Outlook 2001 is the Mac client for Microsoft Exchange Server.) This includes:

You can read these reports on our Outlook 2001:Mac Beta Special Report page.

sMac OS X Server to go cross-plaform with SAMBA, PHP, etc. January 12, 2001 -- The new version of Mac OS X Server supports a number of cross-platform technologies that were not in the previous version. Mac OS X Server now supports Windows SMB filesharing clients through SAMBA, the Linux/UNIX SMB server. It also now supports PHP and WebDAV. (Thanks to Joel Rennich for alerting us to this.)

News from Macworld Expo, San Francisco

Aladdin Transporter: automated compression, communication. January 12, 2001 -- Aladdin announced a new cross-platform compression/encoding product, Aladdin Transporter (US $149), a type of front end for a scripting front end for with a StuffIt compression/ decompression engine. The Macintosh software can be used to create icons that can automate a group of actions, such as compression/decompression, encoding/decoding, emailing, FTP, web file transfers, and the display of dialogs, messages, sounds, pictures, and movies. To activate the script, you would drag and drop a file or folder on the icon. Transporter supports Mac and PC standards, including Zip compression and MIME encoding.

We've added Transporter to the product listings on our Compression Solutions page.

Symphony: RF wireless home net connects Macs, PCs, appliances. January 12, 2001 -- Proxim, Inc.'s Consumer Networks Division (formerly Farallon) announced Macintosh PowerBook support for its Symphony-HRF PC Card (US $129). Proxim will offer Macintosh drivers for the cards later this month. Other Symphony product will have Mac support later this year.

HomeRF is not compatible with AirPort (IEEE 802.11), but is used by including handheld devices and telephones. One potential use sited by Proxim would be to wirelessly connect a computer to home stereo to play Internet radio over the stereo.

PowerPrint for OS X to ship this spring. January 12, 2001 -- Strydent Software told MacWindows that PowerPrint for Mac OS X will be release this spring. PowerPrint is Mac software that allows Macs to print to hundreds of non-Postscript PC printers.

PS/2 to USB Converter connects PC keyboards, mice to Macs. January 12, 2001 -- Newnex is now offering version 2 of PS/2 to USB Converter, a small connector that lets you operate a Mac with PC PS/2 keyboards and mice. (Version 2 was not yet on the Newnex web site at press time.) Certain scanners, such as handheld barcode scanners, are also supported. We've added PS/2 to USB Converter to the product listings on our Keyboard Solutions page.

News from Macworld Expo, San Francisco

Microsoft releases Watson beta--final release this summer. January 11, 2001 -- At Wednesday's keynote speech at Macworld Expo, Microsoft announced that it was releasing a beta version of Outlook 2001:Mac for Exchange Server, formerly code-named "Watson." Microsoft is giving away Outlook 2001 Beta CD-ROMs at its Macworld Expo booth this week, and it is also available for download. The release version of Outlook 2001 will ship this summer, when it will replace Outlook 8.2.2 for Exchange Server. Outlook 2001 will run in Mac OS X in Classic mode.

Some of the new features include:

  • Cross-platform collaboration. The new version adds cross-platform collaboration that is lacking in previous versions, enabling Mac and Windows users to share calendar schedules, contacts, and tasks, as well as send and receive e-mail and meeting requests. Office 2001 supports all of the native Outlook formats, including personal PST files, used on the Windows clients. Outlook 2001 Beta works with Exchange Server 4.0 and later.
  • Simplified Installation. Installation is like that of Office. If you haven't downloaded it, you drag a folder from the CD to a Mac hard drive. (Mac OS 8.6 or later is required.) When you double-click the Outlook icon, it will install the required extensions and library files to the System folder. Then a single configuration dialog box comes up with two fields: the Exchange Server name and your mailbox name. A "Test Settings" button will let you know if the names are wrong and give troubleshooting advice. Outlook 2001 supports the Mac OS 9 keychain for passwords.
  • Improved interface. The user interface is much cleaner than previous versions and is consistent with the interface of Office 2001 for Mac. It also uses Macintosh user interface conventions. For instance, in the Inbox folder list, folders are represented by Finder-like folders icons, and are expanded via triangles (like the Finder list view), instead of the plus and minus signs of Windows Explorer. Folders are spring-loaded when you drag and drop messages. Outlook 2001 lets you enlarge the fonts used in a message, to overcome the fact that fonts created by Windows sometimes appear smaller on a Mac. And Outlook now uses Apple's Help system.

We've also received a few reader reports about Outlook 2001. Todd Miller tested a variety of functions and found them to work correctly. He is generally pleased, but reports a few "minor gripes," which are to be expected in beta software. David Toub likes the interface and installation, and points out some aspects of the Beta that aren't quite ready. We've posted these reader reports on our Watson Special Report page.

Connectix to post VPC 4 bug fix update next week; OS X version demo'd. January 11, 2001 -- Connectix has told MacWindows that the company will ship a free update to Virtual PC 4 next week. VPC 4.0.1 will fix about a half dozen problems, including a problem with an older version of Visual Basic (v3).

We also learned that Connectix demonstrated a "pre-alpha" version of Virtual PC for Mac OS X at an Apple reseller event on Monday night. (VPC 4 does not run on Mac OS X Public Beta.) Connectix told us that since OS X Public Bet was released, Apple has modified the OS X kernel to better run virtual machines, including Java and Virtual PC.

Thursby demos DAVE for OS X. January 11, 2001 -- Thursby Software is running an early version of DAVE for Mac OS X at its booth at Macworld Expo this week. Version 0.001d2 running on OS X Public Beta is integrated into the OS X interface. DAVE for OS X will sport some new features, such as the ability to find Windows workgroups and list them in a popup menu. Thursby expects to ship DAVE for Mac OS X this summer.

Mac-NT Mailing List has a new URL. January 11, 2001 -- Dan Schwartz has moved the Mac-NT Mailing List to a new provider. To sign up, click here.

News from Macworld Expo, San Francisco

Mac OS X to ship March 24: Jobs ignores OS 9.1 release. January 10, 2001 -- Yesterday, Steve Jobs announced that Mac OS X would begin shipping on March 24 for US $129. He also said that all Macs would be shipping with OS X preinstalled in July.

Jobs failed to mention Mac OS 9.1, which Apple released yesterday. (Upgrade CD US $19.95; or free download). The new version is designed to "ease the transition for tomorrow's Mac OS X customers," according to Apple, with some Aqua-like interface changes. OS 9.1 also includes USB Printer Sharing 1.0, which allows you to share USB printers (to other Macs) over Ethernet networks.

One warning about OS 9.1--it is not compatible with Mac OS X Public Beta. Apple says that the OS X Classic environment will not run with Mac OS 9.1.

Microsoft Watson announcement due today. January 10, 2001 -- Microsoft will make an announcement today concerning Watson, according to a worker at the Microsoft booth. Watson is the future successor to Outlook for Exchange Server for Macintosh. Watson was not being demonstrated at the Microsoft booth yesterday, but MacWindows was told that it would be today in conjunction with an announcement. We will bring you details in tomorrow's news. (For more on Watson, see the MacWindows Exchange 2000 special report page.)

MeetingMaker 7 to add web conferencing, X-platform servers. January 10, 2001 -- Today, MeetingMaker announced the beta of MeetingMaker 7, a new version of the cross-platform scheduling software. The developer told MacWindows that web-based conferencing would be a new feature. Other new features include:

  • Servers and clients for Mac OS, Windows, and UNIX
  • The availability of a Mac OS X version when the new OS ship
  • A Java client for web browsers
  • Palm synchronization
  • Client-side time-zone changes for travelers
  • The ability to send messages to pagers, mobile phones, PDAs

(No information was at the web site at press time.)

News from Macworld Expo

MacWindows covers X-platform news from Macworld Expo. January 9, 2001 -- This week MacWindows will be covering cross-platform news from Macworld Expo San Francisco. (Non-Expo news is below.) Tomorrow we will report any cross-platform implications of today's Steve Job keynote speech. Jobs is expected to announce the release of Mac OS 9.1 and to announce a ship date for Mac OS X.

New X-platform peer-to-peer network solutions. January 9, 2001 --Miramar, Connectix, and Thursby Systems have all announced new versions or new cross-platform peer-to-peer network file sharing products.

Here is a comparative summary of all peer-to-peer file sharing networking products now available, including the new announcements. Below the table are details on the new product announcements.

Platform installed on
Macs access PCs?
PCs access Macs?
Share printers
Transport Protocol
File share protocol

Connectix DoubleTalk

Mac OS

Yes

No

Yes, one direction

TCP/IP

SMB

Miramar PC MacLAN

Windows

Yes

Yes

Yes, both directions (includes Ghostscript)

TCP/IP (now both directions) or AppleTalk

AFP

Thursby DAVE

Mac OS

Yes

Yes

Yes, both directions

TCP/IP

SMB

Thursby MacSOHO

Mac OS

Yes

Yes

No

NetBEUI

SMB

Thursby TSStalk

Windows

No

Yes

Yes, one direction

AppleTalk

AFP

PC MacLAN upgrade: 2-way, IP-based file/print sharing, Win Me, OS X. January 9, 2001 -- Today, Miramar Systems released PC MacLAN 7.2.1 (US $199), the latest version of the cross-platform AFP file sharing client/server for PCs. The new version includes completely eliminates the need for AppleTalk, as both the client and server can now run over TCP/IP. PC MacLAN Bi-directional printer support. This version adds support for Windows ME, as well as the previously support Windows 95/98 and NT/2000. The new version is the first to support Mac OS X. When installed on a server, PC MacLAN can be used like the dedicated AFP-over-IP server-based products, ExtremeZ-IP and MacServerIP. PC MacLAN 7.2.1 includes

Version 7.2.1 also includes a suite of cross-platform software:

  • Ghostscript, which enables Macs to print to non-Postscript PC printers
  • PC Migrator, a utility to maintain file extensions during transfer
  • A.K.A., which removes illegal characters from Mac files
  • MacOpener by Data Viz, which enables PCs to read Mac disks

Connectix announces DoubleTalk. January 9, 2001 -- Connectix has announced DoubleTalk 1.0 (US $99), a new peer-to-peer file and printer sharing solution for Macs. Like Thursby's DAVE, DoubleTalk in that it is a TCP/IP-based SMB (Server Message Block) file sharing client for the Mac OS. However, unlike DAVE, DoubleTalk does not allow Windows PCs to access files or printers on Macs. DoubleTalk is similar to Thursby's TSStalk in this respect, except TSStalk installs Apple networking on a PC.

DoubleTalk also includes an "enhanced" print queue that can be used to print to Mac laser printers up to 50 percent faster, according to Connectix. Connectix is aiming DoubleTalk at the small office/home office (SOHO) market.

Thursby revs TSStalk to work on all current Win releases January 9, 2001 -- Thursby Software announced a new version of TSStalk 2.0 (US $149), which now runs on Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000, installable from a single CD. TSStalk enables a PC to access Mac files and PostScript printers through the Network Neighborhood or "network places." (TSStalk does not allow Macs to access the PCs.) TSStalk is an AFP (Apple File Protocol) file sharing client for Windows. (It does not allow Macs to access the PCs.)

FileMaker gives away Mobile version with Is Free FileMaker Pro 5. January 9, 2001 -- Today, FileMaker, Inc., announced that it is giving away a copy of FileMaker Mobile Companion for Palm OS (plus shipping) for people who purchase FileMaker Pro 5 and FileMaker Pro 5 upgrades for Macintosh and Windows. FileMaker Mobile lets users transfer and synchronize data between FileMaker Pro 5 databases on PCs and Macs and Palm computers. The promotion runs through March 16, 2001.

FileMaker will demonstrate Mobile and a preview of FileMaker 4 for Mac OS X at its Macworld Expo booth, number 3827, all this week.

HP drive updates fix Outlook for Mac printing. January 9, 2001 -- A reader reports that version 4.1 of the HP driver (for DeskJet 640c, 8xx, or 9xx printers supported by 4.02) fixes the problem of Outlook printing to HP printers. This is a widely report problem on our Cross-platform Outlook for Exchange special report page, where you'll read some other suggestions for getting around the problem.

Update to our Virtual PC 4 report. January 9, 2001 -- We've add a couple of more reader reports to our Virtual PC 4 special report page. Allen Huffman finds VPC 4 "dog slow" for certain games that run fine under VPC 3. (This is interesting in light of Connectix' warning that VPC 4 is not a gaming solution.) Guy Sanders is reports having a previously reported problem of with IP addressing using Windows file and print sharing.

Blue Label PowerEmulator runs Microware OS-9. January 9, 2001 -- Allen Huffman reports that Lismore System's PC emulator for Mac, Blue Label Power Emulator, can run Microware OS-9 real-time operating system (RTOS) for PCs, used for creating embedded applications and software for consumer devices.

In my search to find a Mac PC emulator that would boot OS-9/x86, I purchased Blue Label. It works! The low-level floppy booting hangs, but if I make a DOS boot floppy that then loads the OS-9 system files from DOS and reboots the system it will work. It also emulated graphics and networking under OS-9 just fine!

Virtual PC won't do this, and I don't think RealPC or SoftWindows will either.

Officially, Virtual PC supports on Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 and Red Hat Linux. FWB's RealPC support only Windows 95 and 98. (See our Blue Label Power Emulator page for more info on this emulator.)

 

How to move email from Outlook Express Mac to PC. January 4, 2001 -- We had several responses to our January 2 question of how to move mail from Outlook Express Mac to PC. Stephen Chiang looked into the issue going from PC to Mac with both Outlook Express and Entourage:

According to Microsoft tech support, there is no way to do it except to forward yourself the mail. If you forward as attachments, they will move nicely to your folders with the correct time and date stamp if I recall correctly.

However, Daniel Dy-Liacco found an AppleScript that will do the job on the "Unofficial" Outlook Express page (not affiliated with Microsoft), which contains over 200 AppleScripts related to email. The script for this solution is called OEexporter. It moves e-mail messages and contact lists from Outlook Express Mac to Outlook Express (or Outlook) Windows.

Another fix for Outlook printing to USB DeskJets. January 4, 2001 -- Chris Bakowski offers another fix for the problem of printing to HP printers from Outlook. Bakowski has a USB DeskJet 935c, but used the HP driver for the DeskJet 640 series. He said that the driver "appears to have solved the problem when printing more than once from Outlook." We have other suggested fixes for other HP printers on our Outlook special report page.

Connectix to enter X-platform network market. January 4, 2001 -- Several readers pointed out that Connectix is running a full-page ad in the February issue of MacAddict for an as-yet unannounced product called DoubleTalk. The ad appears to be timed with next week's Macworld Expo conference in San Francisco. According to the ad, DoubleTalk is a Mac-PC file sharing solution. Chuck Wade says:

It appears that this product is targeting the same market as Thursby's MacSOHO product, but includes integrated support for PC/Windows printers in the Mac OS.

Connectix has not commented on the ad or the product.

Win2k PPPoE DSL Internet connection via AirPort. January 4, 2001 -- Johannes Kratz sent us step-by-step instructions on setting up a wireless network using Apple AirPort Base Station with Windows 2000 and a Mindspring/EarthLink PPPoE DSL connection using an Orinoco Gold LAN card. You can read it on our Cross-Platform AirPort special report page. (For our other reports of AirPort and DSL, click here.

Using X-platform wireless networks with a satellite Internet link. January 4, 2001 -- A few months a go a reader asked for some suggestions with linking a cross-platform wireless network to a satellite Internet service. John Mendenhall just responded with a detailed report on linking wireless network with the Lucent Orinoco base station, Macs and PCs, using the Starband satellite system. The report offers suggestions, some tips, and the pro's and con's of a satellite Internet link. You can read the report on our Cross-Platform AirPort special report page.

Update to Meeting Maker X-platform group calendar. January 4, 2001 -- MeetingMaker 6.0.8 is a minor bug-fix update for the cross-platform scheduling/calendar program for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Sun Solaris.

Pentium III faster than Pentium 4. January 4, 2001 -- A ZDNet story says that a new 1.3 GHz Pentium 4 processor is slower than a 1 GHz Pentium III. (The New York Times recently ran a similar story.)

Update to Virtual PC 4 Special Report: More from Connectix and readers. January 2, 2001 -- We've reorganized and updated our Virtual PC 4 Special Report.

We've added new information given to us by Connectix, new reader reports, and some new information we discovered on our own. Among the new information:

The new reader reports:

Report on several games

Configuring Exchange to dial out to your ISP to retrieve mail. January 2, 2001 -- Scott Herrera reponded to a question and suggestion about configuing Exchange Server to dial out to an ISP email server. Herrera tried getting the ISPs to use ETRN, as suggested by another reader, but now prefers a piece of software called VPOP3 from Paul Smith Computer Services to run on the Exchange server. Herrara describes it on our Cross-platform Exchange Server page.

Outlook Express--moving messages from Mac to PC. January 2, 2001 -- Grant Thomas asks if there is a simple way of moving email messages and folders from Outlook Express for Mac to PC. He says:

I have only been successful by going from O-Express on Mac to Eudora on Mac and then transferring to Eudora on PC. There must be a simpler way.

We have some tips on moving mail from Mac to PC from Outlook for Exchange Server, but not Outlook Express. If you can offer a tip, please let us know.

ASIP logout problem with Windows clients. January 2, 2001 -- Steve Brown reports of a problem that reminds him of the Apple Share IP and read-only Windows files problem:

I have come across a similar problem which I tracked down to ASIP leaving Windows clients logged on forever, even though it was set to log out any idle client and another user (or even sometime the same user) had logged in again from that machine.

The files were released when the older version of the user was logged out through the admin programme.

Please let us know if you've seen this.

VPC 3.0.3 USB modem problems. January 2, 2001 -- Allen Nuñez Wickham is having some problems with a USB modem and Virtual PC 3.0.3:

I've been trying to use an external USB modem with virtual PC, but I'm not having much luck. I have windows 98 loaded on the VPC side, along with the modem drivers (zoom 2985), and the modem is enabled via the VPC preferences window. windows detected the new device (modem), asked for the drivers, and the setup went smoothly. I then went to the Modem control panel, told it where to find the setup files, what com port to use, and that when smoothly also. however, when I tried to establish a dial-up connection, I got an error saying that the modem was not responding.

Since USB modems don't come up as serial devices, I can't set (in VPC preferences) the com port on the Mac side. Could this be the problem? I would love to here of anyone else's experiences with USB modems.

Ihave VPC 3.0.3 - since I've updated to 3.0.3, I've also had problems with VPC not being able to open my Mac's serial ports.

G4 400 (sawtooth), 9.0.4


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