Episode 179 – Ceci n’est pas un podcast

We begin with an #askMTJC on vintage Windows configuration. We also have a follow up on the red menu bar from a listener, Nick Kohrn. GM is bringing a self driving car to market. Dropbox has filed for a public stock offering. We chat about the confusing UI on Hawaii’s missile alert system. We also cover Google’s new online AI training tool. Picks: “Ceci n’est pas un littéral”, WWDC 2017 Lightbox concept, IBLinter, Google Arts & Culture app, Swift tips & tricks

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Episode 178 – Plug & Pray

This week we follow up on the High Sierra Security update and Panic’s Transmit for iOS. We also discuss a false alarm on the High Sierra update causing slow downs. We also discuss fixing Xcode Indexing with a unique solution. Apple will hand off iCloud in China to a 3rd party to manage. There is yet another macOS password bug, although not as bad as the last. Picks: How to Fix a Mac that Won’t Turn On or Start Up, Silicon Valley Season 5

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Mail text becomes attachment

Q. We continue to get complaints from PC users that we send email to using Apple’s Mail application. They get the message as an attachment and don’t see that the attached files. Often they end up running the wrong file in our ad because they miss the instructions in our e-mail. How can we avoid this?

A. E-mail messages are encoded so they can survive transport over the Internet. The messages are also segmented automatically, so that the servers and mail clients that handle them can determine what makes up the message. Generally email consists of “plain text” and/or “html text” as well as attached files. As a rule file attachments should also always have a “file extension” in the filename.

Some email clients such as Outlook and Outlook Express have trouble deciphering the elements of a mail message – especially if they originate from Apple’s Mail. So some receivers may get a partial message or a blank message with the content for the message as attachments. The safest way to send email is in “plain text” with files properly encoded and attached.

In Apple Mail choose “Attachments” from the “Edit” menu, before you create a message and make sure the following are checked:
“Always Send Windows-Friendly Attachments”
“Always Insert Attachments at the End of the Message.”
Otherwise the parts of the message may get misinterpreted but receiver’s email client application.

Also get in the habit of pressing the “Attachment” icon. If you Drag and Drop the attachment goes in the mail message – inline – with the text. If you use the set up mentioned above – attachments should drop to the end of the email and appear as attached by receiver.

When sending files to a publication you should always use a “zip” archive. Like a Stuffit “.sit” archive, it should contain the required ad elements. You can create a ZIP in the Finder by selecting files or folders and choosing Compress “Folder-name” from the contextual menu (Right-click or Control-Click on the item). The Finder will create an “Archive.zip” file – which you can rename.

Windows File Sharing on Leopard

Q. Does Windows File Sharing run automatically on Leopard, or is there something else I need to do?

A. Windows file sharing is still available in Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard although it appears to be hidden. To turn on Windows file sharing, open “System Preferences” and click on the sharing icon. Next put a checkmark next to “File Sharing” and with it highlighted you should see the current shared Folders and Users who are able to connect to your Mac. When a user from a remote Mac or Windows machine wants to access a file they would connect by either by choosing “Connect to Server” in the Finder on the Mac or by choosing your Mac from “My Network Places”.

In previous versions of OS X, Windows file sharing was sharing preference on its own. In Leopard, File Sharing is customized the “Options…” button. From there you can control whether users can connect to by Apple Filesharing Protocol, Windows File Sharing, also known as SMB and Samba, as well as FTP. By default only AFP is active. When you choose “Share files and folders with SMB”, you will also need to choose the user account that is able to access the files on your Mac and you will also need to authenticate the access by entering your username and password.