Find Current Username Using AppleScript

Find Current Username Using AppleScript

This is just a quick post about an AppleScript issue I’ve been having since Snow Leopard. I have a login script that maps network drives and needs the current username to do so. I use to use this command in my AppleScript. tell application “System Events” set user_name to get name of current user end [...]

Photoshop CS5 32-Bit Mode for All Users

Photoshop CS5 32-Bit Mode for All Users

I ran into an issue with Photoshop CS5 not communicating with an older scanner. The solution was to launch PS in 32-bit mode but this needed to be changed for any user that logged in. Here’s what worked for me. On you machine, Get Info of the Photoshop app and check “Open in 32-bit mode” [...]

27″ iMac Screen Problems Are Hardware Related

27″ iMac Screen Problems Are Hardware Related

UPDATE 2: Apple came out and replaced the LCD screen and the vertical sync cable. After two hours, the problem re-appeared. Apple is now going to replace the whole iMac. UPDATE: On the fifth day now and the iMac running XP is starting to flicker. I was wrong in believing this was a software issue. [...]

Snow Leopard Software Update Problems

Snow Leopard Software Update Problems

I have recently started using Snow Leopard and besides having to recompile an Applescript app, things have been going good. One big bug that I have noticed is that when I’m logged in as an Active Directory user, Software Update doesn’t work. It seems to hang after you press the Install button. There is a [...]

TimeMachine AFP Restore

TimeMachine AFP Restore

In our environment, we have a an Xserve with a protected AFP share for TimeMachine backups. The problem comes from when you want to restore a backup using the Install DVD. Since it hasn’t mounted the share, TimeMachine will not see any backups to restore from. The solution is to mount the AFP share in [...]

Hidden Menu Items

Hidden Menu Items

In Snow Leopard they have put some nice little shortcuts on the menu bar. AirPort, Sound, Battery and Sync all show a new menu when you OPT+Click their icons on the menu bar. Click on the image above to see the new shortcuts. I particularly enjoy the audio output option. I constantly find myself openning [...]

Snow Leopard Server Eval

Snow Leopard Server Eval

Apple is giving away free evaluation copies of Snow Leopard Server to those who qualify. Apple does have some limitations on who qualifies. This offer is limited to corporations, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions located in the United States. Resellers do not qualify and are not eligible to participate in this [...]

10.6 Compatible Printers

10.6 Compatible Printers

Apple has compiled a list of printers that will work correctly in 10.6. Be sure to give this a look before updating a bunch of classrooms to Snow Leopard. I had printers that were not supported in 10.5 so I’m sure I’ll run into the same situation again. [apple]

Snow Leopard – Exchange Support Details

Snow Leopard – Exchange Support Details

I have not been able to fully test Snow Leopard’s built in Exchange support since we are not running a full 2007 environment. But as Tim Anderson points out, Snow Leopard now uses Exchange Web Services to provide a more seamless presentation. Although not everything is perfect, as Tim points out. You will be able [...]

Snow Leopard Tests

Snow Leopard Tests

I got my hands on Snow Leopard and decided to test some important features that work properly in the current version of Leopard. This is what I’ve found working and not working so far. Once again, these are things that are important in our environment. Working: Joining Open Directory by hand. Joining Active Directory by [...]

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