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    Leopard firewall seems barely configurable

    I hope I'm just missing something, but it seems the Leopard firewall took a huge step backward from Tiger. I want to configure it to permit certain ports to connect, and it seems I can't do that basic thing. All I see is a way to tell it which apps should be allowed to receive external...
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    Leopard won't share files

    I just upgraded to Leopard, and I can't get Windows file sharing to work. I followed the instructions, which seems simple enough, but it just doesn't work. I went to the Sharing pane, turned File Sharing on, enabled SMB sharing via the Options button, and set up users with read/write access to...
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    Fast User Switching has no effect

    I used FUS years ago, but I can't get it to work now. I clicked Login Options in the Accounts preferences pane, and checked Use Fast User Switching. But when I log off any user, it closes all the applications and actually logs out. And when I switch back to any user, it loads all the apps from...
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    Some pages display in Greek text

    I;ve had this problem now and then for years and have not found a solution for it. Certain documents and certain web pages from time to time display completely in Greek characters. I've tried every different encoding setting that makes even remote sense, and I just can't get teh Greek to go...
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    Safari can't navigate to external sites

    I use FireFox on my Mac Mini ppc, but today I tried to use Safari because I was trying to characterize web browser compatibility of a particular web site. If I point Safari to any external site, it cannot find it. I can use Safari to navigate to a web server on the same system via localhost...
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    Mac Crashes every 7 Days -- Seems related to Software Update

    I've been having periodic crashes for quite some time now. The Mac will crash exactly 7 days from the time I boot it. Currently I'm on a cycle where it crashes every Saturday evening. FWIW, the weekly maintenance scripts don't run on Saturday (and every crash has been at a different time of day...
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    Is my Mac mini dead

    Can you all help me do my due diligence in deciding whether my wife's Mac mini has given up the ghost? She called me at work and told me that while launching a couple apps at once it suddenly froze. She could move the mouse pointer, but the desktop was frozen and unresponsive. Repeated...
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    Programamtic access to the notification area (aka system tray)

    I'd like to add items to the notification area programmatically, preferably with Java. In J2SE 6 I can do this with the SystemTray class. Unfortunately J2SE 6 on Mac is not available (other than the developer pre-release, which I can't assume my users have) and probably won't be for some time...
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    Creating an app bundle with Java and wrapper scripts

    I'm a Java developer with very little experience on OSX, and I want to start making my apps better integrated with Mac, giving the expected OSX user experience. I'm still doing research on the various aspects of that, but I have a basic question to start our with. I used Jar Bundler in the...
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    Clipboard contents can't be set by java

    I have a java program that sets the contents of the system clipboard. It's a very simple task, and it works fine on my Windows machine. But on OSX it doesn't seem to work. I set the contents and the program doesn't throw an Exception. Furthermore I can read the contents of the clipboard from my...
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    Periodic Mac crashes-- regualr time and day

    I've had some periodic crashes for a while now, but recently they've settled into a regular pattern. For the past three Sundays, the Mac crashed at approx 1351 local time. (I verified the time via an app I wrote that writes the current time to a file every minute.) Before that, it crashed at a...
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    Canon IP4200 -- Can't print over IP

    I'm trying to print to a Canon IP4200 via IPP. I'm sure I have the correct IP address, because I can print to the same printer over the LAN from a PC. But there seems to be no way to get it to work from the Mac. After printing, the print queue status indicates the document printed, but nothing...
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    Dock Settings lost

    My Docks settings were lost for an unknown reason. Suddenly there was nothing in the Dock but the Finder and a couple items that launched on startup, such as the printer utility and TextWrangler. It was easy enough to put stuff back in the Dock, but I'd like to know what happened. This is most...
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    User settings lost for no reason

    When it happened once, I just figured stuff happens. But now it happened again a week or so later, and I need to figure out what's going on. A week or so ago, my user settings were completely wiped out. It's my wife's computer, and she doesn't think she did anything out of the ordinary...
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    How do you invoke the default browser in Java

    Does anyone know the Java code to display a URL in the default browser? I found a javaworld article on doing this using Runtime.getRuntime().exec(cmd). The article gives the cmd string for invoking the default browser in Windows, and for invoking the Netscape browser in Unix. THis can easily be...
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    Need a good Mac FTP Server

    I recently switched my ftp hosting from my PC to my Mac. I was really spoiled with FileZilla Server, which sadly is not available for the Mac. I downloaded pure-FTPd, which is free and a very nice piece of software. However, the log doesn't seem to actually save the ftp commands, just summary...
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    How do I change Apache Startup

    I have Apache HTTP Server, which came with the OS (10.3.9). Recently I upgraded Apache HTTP Server to 1.3.34, and compiled it with mod_ssl. Now to start Apache, I run httpd or apachectl in a different location than before, and I give it the parameter startssl instead of start. I do this manually...
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    How do I set startup items?

    I'd like to run a script that starts up Tomcat web server every time I start the Mac. I see the /Library/Startup Items folder, but it doesn't seem that I can just drop a script file in there. I tried adding the script file as a startup item for an admin user, in the Preferences Panel, but that...
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    Login sequence question

    I am running Tomcat web server, and it requires root privilege to setup conectors on low ports. I can do it interactively via sudo, but I'd like it to setup automatically on startup. I tried putting the Tomcat startup script file in .bash_login in an admin user home directory, but then it...
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    Need Jre Windows On Top of Native Windows

    Hello, I'm an experienced computer user/developer, but I would call myself an advanced beginner on Mac OSX. I'm using 10.3.9 with JRE 1.4.2. I have a java swing GUI in which I would like the JFrame object to be always on top. I call method toFront() on the JFrame object, and this brings...
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