Friday, January 21, 2005

Convert sparseimage to asr dmg

When creating an image with Carbon Copy Cloner, if you forget to have it convert the image to asr, the following command will do so.

hdiutil convert -format UDZO /Source.sparseimage -o /Source_asr.dmg

Saturday, January 08, 2005



A very cool little p2p app that is only 15 lines of code.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Microsoft Anti-Spyware

I installed Microsoft's new Anti-Spyware program yesterday (
), and so far I am impressed. They purchased another company (Great Giant?) and have been re-working their product.

Some nice features include their "System Explorers", which allow you to view things that you would normally have to use several other programs to get at, such as startup processes, browser helper objects, and even shell execute hooks.

It also runs in the background to monitor installations for possible problems. I just installed Acrobat Pro and I received several pop-ups informing me of the changes that were being made and allowed. The software knew about Adobe, so therefore allowed them. I am guessing that if it didn't know what the software was it would ask what I wanted to do, and if it knew that it was SpyWare it would block it immediately.

We'll see how things progress. Hopefully MS will make this a free download. I would imagine that if they attempt to include it with Windows they will face lawsuits from other anti-Spyware companies, so that probably won't happen.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Add LPR Printer Port First to Avoid Hang

Adding LPR printers in windows is a little kludgy. I found that it was easier to add the printer port first, then add the printer using that port, since the computer hung when trying to setup the printer through straight IP printing. This is probably partly due to the network environment where the printer is only reachable through LPR.

To add the printer port:
Open the Printers and Faxes window
Select File, Server Properties
Select Ports tab
Click Add Port
Select Standard TCP/IP Port and install as usual
After installing the port, you should be back at the Print Server Properties Window
Select the Port and click Configure Port
Under Protocol, select LPR
Enter a Queue name under LPR settings (usually raw)