Q. Iâ€™ve recently switch over to MacOS X Mail and I want to import my mail. Is there a way to get my old messages or are the gone forever?
A. There are a couple of methods for importing some or all of your messages. MacOS X employs the standard â€œmboxâ€ format for email. Mbox in an old UNIX format for storing email messages. The messages are concatenated (a ten dollar techie word meaning joined one after another) starting with a â€œFrom â€œ and ending with a blank line. Appleâ€™s Mail, MicroSoftâ€™s Entourage and Mozillaâ€™s Thunderbird all support mail in this format.
If youâ€™re coming from a PC, itâ€™s about time if you are, and youâ€™re using MicoSoft Outlook, you can install Mozillaâ€™s ThunderBird (or Netscape Mail) and import your messages. The locate the mbox meaasages which will be stored in your Mozilla folder in your folder under Documents and settings. You can send the files that have the same name as your Mail folders (ignore the .msf files â€“ theyâ€™re indexes). Add â€œ.mboxâ€ to the end of the files (you can do this when theyâ€™re on your Mac.)
If youâ€™re coming from a Mac, youâ€™ll find your messages in various places depending on your program. Netscape stores messages in â€œ/System Folder/Prefenences/Netscape Users/[your name]/Mail. Again as on the PC the mbox files donâ€™t have the â€œ.mboxâ€ extenstion. Most of the newer mail applications store messages in your â€œDocumentsâ€ folder. On MacOS 9 the Documents folder is at the top level of the hard drive. On MacOS X youâ€™ll find the Documents folder in your home folder (â€œ/Users/[your name]/Documents)
When youâ€™ve copied you mbox files to your mac, launch the new mail application and drag and drop the mbox files onto the messages pane. In Entourage, drop the files on â€œOn My Computerâ€ and they will import into your â€œDatabaseâ€ file (which is in â€œMicrosoft\ User Data/Office X Identities/Main Identityâ€) in your home folder. If youâ€™re using Mail you can choose Import form the File Menu and the select â€œOtherâ€ from the list. You will then navigate to the folder which contains your â€œ.mboxâ€ files so they can be imported.
Q. When I choose a printer I see the same printer twice when running Classic. One of the printers I see doesnâ€™t work. How do I get rid of the second printer?
A. Many users still required Classic to run legacy applications. They could be sales or accounting applications, which may never be written for MacOS X. By the way, Classic is not supported on the new Intel Macs â€“ they are â€œgreyed outâ€ so you canâ€™t open them. The double printer youâ€™re seeing is the result of setting up the printer twice.
Normally you would setup a printer using the â€œPrinter Setup Utilityâ€ (located in the Applicationâ€™s Utility folder.) You could choose Print from a MacOS X application and choose â€œEdit Printerâ€¦â€ from the pull-down list of printers. When the â€œPrinter Listâ€ appears you choose Add and Browse for a printer. When you select a printer your Mac will attempt to find the appropriate PPD (Postscript Printer Description.) You should note that if it canâ€™t find it you can manually choose one by navigating to the PPD file. If you want the Mac to find it put it in â€œ/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lprogâ€. You can also rename the printers in the Print Setup Utility â€“ if you have more than one of the same model.
The next time you start Classic it will review the MacOS X printer list youâ€™ve built and make those printers available to Classic applications. The older applications can use the MacOS X printer queues. However, when you are in Classic mode, (youâ€™ll see the old multicolored Apple in the top left corner,) some applications require you to set up a printer with the â€œChooserâ€. These applications cannot use the MacOS X queues. When you create a â€œClassicâ€ printer queue using the Chooser you will only see the printer only in Classic.
The only way to remove the doubly defined printer is to Trash the â€œLaserWriter8 Prefsâ€ file from the Printing Preferences (located in the System Folderâ€™s â€œPreferencesâ€ folder.) Remember when you restart Classic it will rebuild the LaserWriter 8 Prefs when it starts. If the MacOS X print queue loses your job â€“ then the Classic application doesnâ€™t support this method of printing. Youâ€™ll have to use the Chooser to set up the printer and youâ€™ll be seeing double again. You can always renane the MacOS X queue as mentioned above.