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Active Directory integration in Linux and OSX

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Likewise has a really impressive free product that lets Linux and OSX users integrate into an Active Directory environment very easily. In fact with linux I think it’s easier than with Windows!

In ubuntu you can install the likewise-open-gui package. For OSX you can download the installer package from the website and follow the 10 minute setup guide.

Categories: DIY, linux, networking, OSX, Software, ubuntu

OpenVPN tunnel with OSX and IPCop

November 8, 2007 Leave a comment

IPCop with a plugin from Zerina and OSX software client Tunnelblick. Tunnelblick 3.0B4 works well with ZERINA-0.9.7a10. Note: the newer version of Tunnelblick would crash on a G3 iBook running Mac OS X v 10.4.1.

I followed the directions at this site and it worked easily.

Categories: ipcop, networking, OSX

IPP printing with Linux and Windows

June 19, 2007 Leave a comment

How to make Windows use CUPS IPP

This worked really well to get Windows Server 2003 to use a HP Laserjet printer local to a Ubuntu feisty machine. My OSX machine saw it right away once I turned on the printer sharing on in CUPS. Windows took a little more trickery.

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OSX Login Window Manager

May 29, 2007 Leave a comment

Bombich Software: LoginWindow Manager

This is a slick piece of software to enable several things in the loginwindow application. What caught my eye was the ability to set up a login shell script, which is more difficult to do than it should be. I used it to hook up a shell script that starts my synergy server at login.

I simply created a directory accessible by all users (at /Library/LoginWindow), created the shell script and made it executable, then ran LoginWindow Manager. There is a section for login/out scripts. You put in the path to your script, and it has a test button to make sure it works properly.

Here is my script:

prog=(/Applications/synergy-1.3.1/synergys --config /Applications/synergy-1.3.1/synergy.conf)
exec "${prog[@]}"

synergy.conf contains the configuration for the server.

On my Ubuntu (feisty – 7.04) machine, I have it launch the client at login. To do that (I’m using gnome), you go to System>Administration>Sessions. Click on the Startup Programs tab, and hit the New button. I named it Synergy, and put in this command:


It is possible to start these at the system startup level, but I prefer the login level since it enables clipboard sharing, which I use constantly.

Categories: networking, OSX, Software, ubuntu


May 18, 2007 Leave a comment

Synergy is a nifty open source project that allows you to share a keyboard and mouse dynamically between multiple computers. Clipboard contents are even shared. It works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX. When it’s set up, to the user it is just like a multiple head setup, but each monitor has a computer attached to it.  I used it for quiet some time with my OSX desktop machine and my XP machine. As time went on I used the XP side less and less until I just hooked both monitors up to the Mac. Lately I’ve been missing my home office Ubuntu machine when at the main office, so I set up a new (used) Via fanless Ubuntu Feisty machine to my left monitor and set up Synergy between them.

I really needed to ability to have multiple rdesktop windows open simultaneously. I need to do that often, and this just works like a charm. The fanless system has just enough performance to get by with, and it runs cool and silent.

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Categories: DIY, networking, OSX, Software, ubuntu

Importing Contacts into Outlook

February 14, 2007 Leave a comment

Outlook handles individual vCards (2.1, not 3.0) just fine, but importing a batch can be a problem. Here is a procedure for getting an Apple Address Book into Outlook, via the Windows Address Book. This is tested with OSX 10.4.8 and Outlook XP on a terminal server session on Server 2003. Other versions are probably similar.

  1. Apple Address Book: Preferences > vCard Format> Click 2.1 format, and close the preferences window
  2. Highlight the contacts to export and choose File> Export vCard… Choose a location. It will export one combined file.
  3. Copy the file to the computer you’re importing from
  4. Go to Start: Program Files: Accessories: Address Book
  5. In Address Book, go to File > Import > Business Card (vCard)… and select your vCard 2.1 file. Address book will now import all the records from the file. You’ll have to OK each as it imports each one, but you can just sit hitting the ENTER key so it’s actually pretty quick.
  6. Fire up Outlook and pretend you’re importing addresses from Outlook Express. Go to File > Import and Export, choose “Import Internet Mail and Addresses” as the action, then “Outlook Express 4.x, 5.x, 6.x” as the source and untick “Import Mail” and “Import Rules”. Make sure you can view invisble files. Specify \\<computer>>\Documents and Settings\<<user>>\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book\<<user>>.wab. Choose Outlook Contacts Folder as the destination and tell it what you want to do with duplicates. Click Finish and Outlook will automatically import all the address you imported into Address Book into your Outlook Contacts folder.
    (Detailed instructions here.).

This was adapted from an entry at

Categories: OSX, Software, Windows Server

OSX Tool to Export iTunes playlist to MP3 player

August 8, 2006 Leave a comment

I have a Rio Carbon MP3 player that is supported by iTunes but does not share the same playlist format. I found a cool little freeware script that fills the gap. It requires the files referenced by the playlist to be stored in a folder named after the playlist, which can potentially cause file duplication, but for my needs it is just fine. It required me to manually create a folder called “Audio” at the top level of the player, then it works great.

To use it you select the playlist, and choose “Copy Playlist to Card” from the scripts menu. Just what I needed.

It’s called Copy Playlist to Card 1.1.7.

Categories: OSX, Software