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HP All-in-Ones with Airport Express

I neglected to mention in my post about installing the Airport Express with a 3rd-Party router, (a Netgear WGR614, in my case), that I still couldn’t print wirelessly with the device. My HP PSC-750 All-in-One isn’t supported… it makes sense that you wouldn’t be able to scan wirelessly, but why couldn’t I print?

Well, after a few more hours of searching, I finally found a solution, courtesy William Boddie in the Apple discussions:

When queried for a printer, I selected “edit printer list” from the scroll down menu, clicked on “add” under the printer setup utility-> went to IP Printer -> Printer type “Rendezvous” -> Printer Address scrolled to “HP PSC 900 series” -> Printer Model “HP” ->model “HP PSC 950 Footmatic” -> press “add.”

It worked, however the AX is easily the most frustrating Apple product I’ve encountered… let’s hope that HP’s partnership with Apple to co-brand an HP iPod, will spurn HP to write better OS X printer drivers. My landlord is an architect, and he’s mad that his $2500 plotter was rendered useless with his upgrade to 10.3…

UPDATE I neglected to mention that I am not using the bloated and shoddy drivers provided by HP.

I would instead recommend the HPIJS Open-source drivers. These drivers allows printing “over any available connection such as USB, AppleTalk, TCP/IP (via LPD and IPP), HP JetDirect, and shared windows printers via SAMBA”. And, you don’t have to install the useless extra HP applications, which are included with the driver package.

Airport Express

Apple's new Airport ExpressThe Airport Express I ordered last month arrived yesterday.

After 2+ hours of fiddling, googling, plugging and unplugging, I’ve finally got Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs streaming from my Powerbook’s iTunes, to my Onkyo receiver and Cambridge Soundworks speakers.

The problem was to get my $60 Netgear router to recognize the AX —as the documentation makes no promises of connecting to a third-party wireless router, (on a side note, I’ve never understood the pricing of the original Airport Extreme—at $200, what advantages could this model possibly offer over any other IEEE 802.11g router?). Expecting it to plug-in and work, like all my Apple gear, I became increasingly frustrated with that blinking amber light (which tells you there is a problem, but provides no other details).

After searching around in vain, I stumbled across this thread on the Apple forums: AX: Switching between Client and Network ?—and cjb65 points out that all you have to do is place a “$” before the 128-bit WEP key, when you set up the network… and pow! it works… Although, I’ve yet to get it to extend the range of my primary network. The AX is merely acting as a “client” now.

It sounds good, however, there are some “cons” to report:

  • AX bypasses my Volume Logic iTunes plugin, (which normally improves the quality of playback quite a bit). I’m not too happy about that, though perhaps this will be ironed out in the future.
  • I wish that the AX streamed all audio to my stereo, not merely music from iTunes.

Still, now that is streaming well enough, I’m impressed. I can’t wait to take it on the road, and use it as a portable wireless network. Now, if only my cell phone could browse the web…

My Powerbook is on vacation

Forgive the silly title — I had to send my 12-inch PB away to Tennessee (or wherever Apple does their heavy tech support), because the slot-load drive was locking up.

So this is my first Apple hardware issue…

In 4+ years with my Dell, the only hardware issue I ever had was my Dell Trinitron monitor (which went bad at 2 years, 11 months).

Is this an indication of what I can expect in the future?

iLife ’04

I ordered iLife today… a good distraction from boring work-life, and from the Dean campaign in general. Suddenly I’m not hanging on every headline.

Jason’s writeup sounds pretty cool — I want to make fuzzy rock songs in Garageband … maybe Presley will sing?

Also, I’ve imported my 2000+ photos into iPhoto, which is really good at managing photos, (if not editing them)… hopefully the new version will speed up the app’s response-time.


Mac OS X 10.3I got Panther (OS X 10.3) this week, and finally found the time to install it on my newish 12-inch Powerbook. No problem, right? Maybe if I weren’t such a retard.

11pm. I loaded the disk, and navigated through setup without a problem. Of course, as soon as I finished, I forgot that what I really wanted was to partition my gigantic 80GB drive into a System disk, and a Scratch disk.

After Panther was up and running, I went to the disk utility, and when I clicked on “partition”, it told me that I couldn’t partition the HD because it was the “boot volume”. Oh, right. That makes some sense, I guess.

So, I inserted the Panther install CD again, and rebooted. Then I ran the disk utility in the Panther setup. This let me partition the drive as I liked—though it would erase everything, which was OK by me.

Since everything was erased, I then tried to complete the Panther install again—but it told me it couldn’t do it, because no version of OS X was found on the computer. ::huh?:: It can’t install Panther on a blank formatted drive?

So, I loaded up my Apple restore disk, installed Jaguar, (which takes about 20% longer) on the new system partition, restarted with the Panther Install disk once again inserted, and finally I was able to then erase the Jaguar install, and install Panther.

3am. I think it was worth it…

  • The Finder seems very responsive and quick.
  • Switching between Programs seems fast and more intuitive (if not more Windows-intuitive)
  • Expos? is HOTT.
  • Font Book, the new type management software fills a huge hole left by Jaguar. A must-have for graphic designers.
  • Windows Friendly! Support for Windows Networking, including printing to a shared Windows printer & VPN access.

Apologies for being so clutter-minded this morning, but all of this kept me up well past my bed time!

Powerbook en Route

My 12″ Powerbook 12.1/1GHZ/786/80/CMBO/BT/LL is enroute from Taoyuan City, Taiwan, and you can bet that I’ll be watching the FedEx tracking page every moment.

It’s expected on 10/9, only one day late.

UPDATE: It’s here! And boy is it fast…

I’ve Made the Switch!

My new (old) G4This is old news to anyone who speaks with me regularly, but I’ve finally made the switch—to a Mac.

Yes, I know, apologies go out to my parents and everyone that I berated over the years for foolishly buying Macs – I just couldn’t resist any longer. I’m now the proud owner of a G4, with a diminutive 350mhz chip, new 80gb drive, 896mb RAM, OS X 10.2, and all the open source software I care to install. I was relieved to see that all my peripherals were easily installed, and I’m getting better at navigating the OS.

A couple of peeves, that I’m sure I’ll get over:

  • + How do I minimize all windows to the desktop with a keyboard shortcut?
  • + Working with files in directories is a bit weird—though I’m getting used to the column view.
  • + It’s confusing distinguishing between “home” and “computer”.
  • + window focus: why do you have to click on an inactive window first, and then select an item? That’s 2 clicks! In windows, you can click on a file in an inactive window, and it will select as it sets the window focus.
  • + Safari renders type really really small—i don’t mind, but it worries me that my website has such tiny type.

With the complaints out of the way, I have to say that I’m beaming with pride… something new to evangelize on. And I’m not the only one.

12" Powerbook

Todd, of What do i know, got his 12-inch Powerbook, and it’s got this Dell XP user drooling.

I want iPod

Has anybody out there looked at mp3 players? I can’t see spending $150-$200 for some 64 or 128mb compaq player (which Presley got as a gift)— it’s just not enough music for the money, ya know?

I have seen the iPod, and it’s just so perfect in every possible way. But i’m NOT a mac person. Who is?

Alas, Mediafour is coming through — developing windows software that will make iPod for Windows possible. I mean, I don’t have a job, per se, that i have to commute to or anything… but if i did, iPod would be great company on the green line.