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Holding down the Option key will reveal several hidden options to choose from in your AirPort Utility’s Radio Mode pop-up menu.  We had an AirPort Extreme wireless network that our HP LaserJet 1022nw was wirelessly connected to, and it was working fine until we switched to a Time Capsule as our wireless router. Now our printer can no longer see our wireless network in its SSID list, and when we manually type in the SSID information and WPA password information, it still can’t connect. As of press time, there’s an incompatibility between some HP wireless printers and Apple’s implementation of the 802.11n wireless protocol built into the Time Capsule’s firmware (currently at version 7.3.1). By the time you read this, a Time Capsule firmware update should be available.  In the meantime, go into your AirPort Utility (located in Applications/Utilities), connect to your Time Capsule, click the AirPort button at the top, select the Wireless tab, and then hold down the Option key while you click the pop-up menu for Radio Mode. This will reveal several hidden options, including the one that you want: 802.11b/g compatible. Choosing this option will result in speed degradation on a network of all 802.11n devices, but it will enable your HP printer to see your wireless network once again.

No Forklift Required

This is the Web interface for your iDisk’s Public folder, where others can download or upload files. Are there any programs for Macs that can send 20 large JPEGs in one email?  If you need to send large files to someone, email may not be your best option due to size limitations that most email service providers place on messages. For example, Gmail has a limit of 20MB per message and .Mac has a limit of 10MB. Instead, it’s better to send large files through a secure file-delivery website like YouSendIt (www.yousendit.com), which lets you send and receive files up to 2GB for free. If you’re a .Mac member ($99.95 per year, www.apple.com/dotmac), you can pay for up to 30GB of storage on your iDisk, where you and your colleagues can exchange files. In the Finder, mount your iDisk by choosing Go > iDisk > My iDisk and then drag the files you want to share into your Public folder. Then anyone can point their Web browser to http://idisk.mac.com/username-Public (substituting your .Mac username for username) and download those files, or upload files to your Public folder. Even better, if your recipients are using Macs, they can connect to your Public folder right from the Finder (no browser needed) by choosing Go > iDisk > Other User’s Public Folder and typing in your .Mac username. To add a password to your Public folder, go to System Preferences > .Mac, click the iDisk tab, and check the box to password-protect your Public folder. Then when other users log in to your Public folder, they should use the username “public” (without the quotes) along with your password. One last option: If you have your own website, you can transfer large files to your site’s storage space with an FTP app such as Transmit ($29.95, www.panic.com), Yummy FTP ($25, www.yummysoftware.com), Fetch ($25, www.fetchsoftworks.com), or Cyberduck(free,www.cyberduck.ch). Then give your recipients a URL representing the path of where you uploaded your files, and they can type that into their browser to download your files. Contact your Web-hosting company to get instructions for password-protecting your directories. 

Show Me The HTML

Mozilla’s SeaMonkey suite contains Composer, which gives you WYSIWYG drag-and-drop webpage creation, as well as full access to the underlying HTML code.  

Phone to Mac, and Back

The Bluetooth icon in your menubar contains this menu. Choose Browse Device to transfer files to or from your phone. If both your phone and your Mac have Bluetooth, you probably won’t need any additional software to transfer your photos from your phone to your Mac. First enable Bluetooth on your phone (check your phone’s manual for instructions for your specific model). Now, on your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth, turn Bluetooth on, and click the plus-sign button to set up a new device. The Bluetooth Setup Assistant will launch and guide you through connecting to your mobile phone. After you’ve successfully paired your Mac to your phone, check the box that says “Show Bluetooth status in the menubar.”

Visualize Whirled RSS Feeds

If you’re using the RSS Visualizer screensaver in Tiger, you’ll see a list of all the RSS feeds that you’ve bookmarked in Safari. In Leopard, you can even type in the address of an RSS feed.  

Dimming Be Damned!

Unchecking this option in System Preferences > Energy Saver will prevent your MacBook’s screen from dimming before it goes to sleep.

Backup Personality Quiz

You don’t have to use Time Capsule to make a mirror of your Mac.

Showing the Date in the Menubar

MenuCalendarClock gives you a cornucopia of calendaring features right in your menubar, such as displaying your iCal or Entourage events in a pop-up “pocket calendar” view.

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Safari can prompt you to remember your usernames and passwords for many websites.

Emma goes one step further than many email marketing sites, by custom-designing an email template—like this one—that matches your company’s website and style.