Ubuntu 10.04 server – Fedora 16 desktop – Snow Leopard 10.6.8 macbook – Brother DCP-195C printer scanner
Printer plugged into Server in the loft via USB. Desktop and Server connected by wired ethernet through Netgear router. Macbook connects through wireless.
Server runs CUPS 1.4.3, Macbook runs CUPS 1.4.7 and Desktop has CUPS 1.5.0.
Server is set up to share the Printer over IPP on port 631. Some machines can connect to http://server:631/ (i.e. the remote print server) and print a test page. The Macbook just connects but cannot print. All machines can connect to http://localhost:631/ (i.e. their own CUPS print server) and can see the remote Printer on the Server. Continue reading
Recently I upgraded my Apple Macbook from Leopard to Snow Leopard. Included in the media pack were a couple of Apple logo stickers. Now, I always have to think long and hard about where I want to place them because I’ll only have one shot at it. I guess this comes from the days of my youth when stickers were a novelty and a rarity and something to be cherished (I still have an “I love Worcester” sticker on the mirror inside my wardrobe in my old bedroom and a pink and green neon sticker from a pair of black and white striped baggies I had when I was ten). The only stickers I have stuck at the moment are a National Trust membership badge and an ichthus/fish sticker on the back windscreen of the car. It struck me that a good place for the little white apple would be right next to the little white fish. Continue reading
All this stuff is supposed to make task quicker and easier so that we can do more in less time. However, as I am sure a lot of techie minded people find out, I end up spending more time doing less while I try to work out how things work.
I capture video from a miniDV camcorder onto the desktop as it has the largest hard drive available. However, Ubuntu does not have a suitable non-linear video editor so I need to access the raw .DV files from the macbook so that I can use iMovieHD to put something together.
In an ideal world I will be able to capture my video to the desktop and access the video files across the network and copy the files I need for each video project onto the macbook. I can then copy the final product back to the desktop and create a DVD.
However, this is a fallen world and I have a laptop running Windows ME, an Apple macbook running Leopard 10.5.5 and a desktop running Ubuntu 8.04. This means three different file systems to work with – FAT32 on Windows, HFS+ on the macbook and journalled ext3 on the desktop. And there are problems accessing machines across my network.
I have just upgraded Leopard to the latest version after seeing a number of comments on various websites. This takes it to 10.5.5 along with a number of other application upgrades. Some of the commenters mentioned hassles with the upgrade but I must say I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. The 136MB downloaded in a few minutes and the macbook restarted. The software installed successfully and the machine rebooted again. This did take some time and the “I’m thinking” icon spun gently in the centre of the screen. It then rebooted a second time (more quickly) and the login screen appeared. Login, think about the upgrade for a bit and then the desktop popped into place. All is well on the macbook now. No sweat. All done in about 15 minutes.