Some of my users have recently run in to a problem where a mounted file share begins to malfunction. Specifically, the share no longer appears to be mounted to the system (no desktop icon, no line item along the left-side nav bar in Finder windows) yet, when one goes to (re)mount the share, the “Connect to Server” dialog box displays the share’s name in grey, as if it was still mounted.
We recently upgraded our office’s printers and I found myself faced with the prospect of updating the printer configurations of each-and-every Mac in the office. In the past, I’ve done it via “SneakerNet” but decided it was time to figure out how to do it remotely. Fortunately, it turns out to not be too difficult.
The older I get, the more OS-agnostic I get – as my good friend Jorge Abellas-Martin is fond of saying: “Dogs with different fleas.” Having said that, the design snob in me has always preferred Macs (it probably doesn’t help that I was indoctrinated with the Apple ][ Plus as a wee lad).
At this point, I’d consider myself a power user and, despite my predilection for design, find the cutesy elements of Mac OS X annoying, particularly the eye candy that slow things down. So I went on a Google hunt and found a treasure trove of suggestions on how to disable various visual niceties that serve no useful purpose – turning these off makes your system feel like it’s brand-new!