I liked your review of Backyard Football and think it’s a real good game. I originally bought it for my little brother, but I ended up liking the game myself. But I was just wondering how you were able to copy pictures from the computer game onto your computer?
It’s a simple matter to use Command-Shift-3 to capture a screenshot. If you want to get fancy, Command-Shift-4 will give you a cursor, and you can capture a portion of the screen. There are also utilities available, such as Snapz Pro and Screen Catcher, which will give you more flexibility with a screen capture. I’m glad you enjoyed the game. Have fun. —Mike Shields
Ethernetworking Without a Hub or Switch
I am trying to network my new iMac DV with my old 7100, which is running system 7.5.3. I have all the cables in place, but I am not going through a switch. Is it possible to do this, and if so how? Any help would be much appreciated.
If you are not going through a hub or a switch you must use what is known as a “crossover” Ethernet cable.
When connecting two Macintosh computers together directly via Ethernet, you use a different cable than when plugging a series of machines into a hub or switch. The reason is that the Ethernet jack on a Macintosh (or any other personal computer) is different from the port on a Hub or Switch. The difference lies in a pair of pins, which are reversed on the Hub/Switch. In fact, some hubs and switches have a port labelled “uplink.” Often this port may be toggled between a numbered port and an uplink port (the hub would say on it “5/Uplink” for example and have a switch next to it). All that switch does is reverse the pins.
When connecting two Macs together, the pins need to be reversed in the cable since the ports on both machines are identical and neither port reverses the pins. A cable with reversed pins is known as a crossover cable. You can buy them most anywhere (mail order, etc.) or you can crimp your own from standard Category 5 cable. Just look online for a crimping diagram and it will tell you which pins to reverse.
Once you’ve got the proper cable, you can switch on Personal File Sharing and connect the machines using AppleTalk. If you need help with that part, just e-mail me and I’ll be happy to walk you through it. —Evan Trent
MS Office 2001 for the Mac
Thanks for the review. I was considering purchasing 2001. Now I will wait. I have 98 and it does what I need. I think I had read a review in MacAddict and they said it was great. At any rate with OS X coming it’s better to wait.
I finally worked out how get my iBook to work as an alarm-clock; but it still won’t do me a scheduled auto-shutdown or a scheduled sleep, neither when using battery nor when using main power.
I thought that it might be, e.g., that if you had the first tab, sleep set-up, set to Never, it would override the auto-shutdown, but it fails to shutdown even if that’s set to a few minutes.
I have some ideas but I can’t be sure exactly what’s causing your problem(s).
A few possibilities:
- You have AppleTalk turned on.
- You have File Sharing turned on.
- You have a program open that will not quit (this doesn’t explain the sleep problem but perhaps the shutdown).
- You have Retrospect or Retrospect Remote scheduled to backup sometime soon.
- If it will sleep after inactivity but not on schedule, you should also check and see if your clock is set right. Perhaps AM/PM is wrong? Or maybe it’s somehow otherwise misconfigured.
Whatever is preventing schedule sleep is also preventing schedule shutdown. One would not work if the other wouldn’t. So when you find the cause both problems will be resolved. —Evan Trent