Sharing an Internet Connection with a PC
I’m trying to share my AirPort Internet connection by connecting my employer-provided PC to my Mac using a crossover cable. I can see that the PC knows it’s connected to a network but no sharing takes place. I am running OS X 10.2.1 and am using FireWalk firewall software. Any suggestion for me? I am particularly handicapped on figuring out the PC side of things and assume (but not confidently!) that that is where my problem lies.
As long as OS X has Internet Sharing turned on, the PC should be able to use DHCP to share the Mac’s Net connection. For more information, see this tutorial. —Chris Lawson
Fonts in Mac OS X
Being a very recent convert from OS 9.1 to 10.2 the one item that really has me frustrated is the font display. I mean everything from the menu bars to dialog boxes to body type and menus in applications. The type looks smudged and dirty. I have played around with the settings in the System Preferences, General Settings concerning Font Smoothing. Setting it too high makes small fonts really look like crap. Setting it low makes all fonts look smudged.
I really find it hard to believe that I can’t get my display to look comparable to OS 9.x and earlier where the font displays were crystal clear.
I did download TinkerTool that supposedly should let you change the system font setting but it doesn’t seem to matter.
Also, I should mention that I have two monitors: my PowerBook G3 display and an external 15" VGA CRT. Both look equally bad.
I have changed the setting for IE 5 enabling and disabling the “enable Quartz text smoothing” option.
If you could give me a brief rundown on the OS X display function and any suggestions on how to make the display comparable to OS 9 (as far as display legibility) I would greatly appreciate it.
Unfortunately, we know of no way make OS X’s font display even approach the clarity of OS 9’s. —Michael Tsai
MORE 3.1 is an outstanding piece of free software for legacy Macs. It was, hands-down, the best outliner ever on any platform and still rules that category today without an update since God knows when. The outlining function built into MS Word can’t touch it. The authors of OmniOutliner use it as their touchstone but haven’t begun to approach its functionality.
Outlining? It’s beautiful, with every numbering option one could might ever need, and full support for drag-and-drop reorganization. Complete structured documents? Attach a “comment” of unrestricted length to each and every heading if you want. Formatting? Complete ad hoc flexibility, combined with “rules” that provide speed and consistency. Org charts? No sweat—turn an outline into a chart with a single click. Presentations? Got ’em. It’s not PowerPoint, but if you live to outline, MORE is for you.
Download a copy from outliners.com, the domain presided over by Dave Winer. Dave authored MORE, which was later published by Symantec (who later still allowed Dave to re-release MORE). Dave is a creative genius who went on to found UserLand Software, and his kindness lives on at outliners.com.
MORE 3.1 not only runs on legacy hardware and OSes, but it runs smoothly and fast under Classic in OS X. Try it out! If you missed MORE the first time, you owe it yourself to try it now.
I agree. I have been forced to use PowerPoint for presentations because the campus I teach at has only PCs with Windows and Microsoft Office software. However, I still use MORE 3.1 for making handouts and overhead slides. Symantec did such a great job that MORE works perfectly under OS 9.2 (or Classic) even though it hasn’t been updated since 1991! —Gregory Tetrault
I’m not sure, but I think I erased a listing of the radio stations for the Talk/News iTunes category. Does anyone have that on their primary list of radio topics?
I would like to add some news to my list of radio stations, but most stations don’t use Mac related products to broadcast their program. Any suggestions?
—Ross Gunn III
You can update the list of radio stations by selecting the “Talk/Spoken Word” item in iTunes and clicking the Refresh button. However, I only found 7 stations.
You can play non-listed radio stations by entering their URLs into the Open Stream… window (under the Advanced menu). However, I had little luck with this since most radio stations were in RealAudio or Windows Media Player formats. For now, if you want a greater variety of talk radio stations, you will need to use RealAudio. RealAudio can maintain lists of favorite stations.
The declining number of stations has two causes: fewer stations broadcasting in iTunes-compatible formats and fewer Internet radio stations altogether due to the ridiculous royalty fee schedule set by the Library of Congress. —Gregory Tetrault