Classic, Netscape 4, Photoshop 4, Livemotion 1 - so long guys.

by Adrian 16th Dec, 2005 @ 18:45
This is something of a momentous day. I’ve finally decided that it’s time to ditch Classic Mac OS on my G4. That means goodbye to Photoshop 4, good bye to Livemotion 1.0 (which annoyingly has no options for output to other vector based formats - so I’m losing some work too) and goodbye to Netscape 4. And whilst Mac OS 9, Photoshop and other applications have been deleted from Classic without much thought, letting go of Netscape 4 has been much more emotional. I can only think this is because Netscape was so much a part of the explosion of the web in the mid 1990’s, somehow surfing with Netscape 4 brings back memories of all that excitement. So, bye bye Netscape 4. It was great knowing you, we spent a lot of time together, and even though we got on less well towards the end - when CSS caused so much trouble between us - I can say we’re parting on good terms. Goodbye old friend. [Empties Trash]

A revised launchd plist for fetchmail

by Adrian 16th Jul, 2005 @ 16:52

It turns out that my previous plist for launching fetchmail doesn't work so well after updating to OS X 10.4.2. When there is no mail to collect fetchmail races through checking my mail accounts in less than sixty seconds, triggering a series of errors: Read more »

A launchd plist for spamd

by Adrian 6th Jun, 2005 @ 23:13

Create a file here:


With content:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">

File attached below.

A launchd plist for postfix

by Adrian 6th Jun, 2005 @ 20:59

The plist I ended up with for postfix - just a modified version of the one apple provides as:

/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.postfix.master.plist Read more »

A launchd plist for fetchmail

by Adrian 6th Jun, 2005 @ 20:17

UPDATE: I have a revised version of this plist for OS X 10.4.2.

Another working plist, this one is for fetchmail. You'll probably need to tweak it to match your own setup but this should get you started (the file is attached below if you just want to download): Read more »

A launchd plist for freshclam

by Adrian 5th Jun, 2005 @ 21:24

UPDATE: This will not work well under OS X 10.2.4, Launchd doesn't like the fact that freshclam runs in less than sixty seconds and will eventually stop running freshclam. I reverted to using a cron job instead of this plist.

I use ClamAV to scan all my incoming e-mail for Virus (and these days it also catches a good many phishing scam e-mails too), installed with Fink. I couldn't find a plist to have launchd run it so I've written my own, and am sharing it with the world: Read more »

Desktop Clock with Geektool

by Adrian 27th Oct, 2004 @ 12:52

UPDATE: August 2009: Geektool 3rc4 is out, get this clock command as a geeklet. Read more »

Fool Rushes In and Creates a Zombie G3

by Adrian 26th Apr, 2004 @ 12:29
Our aging beige G3/233 mac developed a sticky key. Specifically the power on key. So I dove in, took out a hell of a lot of screws. It all looked simple enough. I decided to swap the rubber bit that had broken for one on another key - I consigned the F15 key to history. I put back on the 40 or more screws. I plugged it in. The computer started right away. Odd.Each key press now results in several characters being output, at least for a lot of the keys. Bah. This means I have to shut down the G3 via ssh from my G4 and doing ‘sudo shutdown -h now’, but the keyboard immiediatley starts up the machine…it’s undead! Every time I kill it it comes back!So now I have to yank the keyboard connection out and then issue the shutdown command over ssh just to turn the poor old thing off.Anyone got an Apple ADB keyboard lying around?UPDATE: I got a replacement on e-bay.