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How do I migrate my Powerbook to my MacBook Pro without a fire-wire cable?

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I just got my new MacBook Pro and wanted to migrate my old Powerbook G4 to it. By default, this is done by connecting the two computers using a firewire cable. But my old Powerbook G4 has and old firewire port, and for the new MacBook, Apple for some reason has decided it needs a different firewire port. And now I have no firewire cable to connect the two different ports…

In the installation/migration program, Apple suggest to connect both computers to your local network using ethernet cables. But I was doing this at home and only had one ethernet cable present… Apples next suggestion is to migrate using Airport. I started doing this, but it was very slow and would take about 8 hours to complete (and my hard-disk wasn’t even that full).

I didn’t want to wait that long, so I aborted the migration and decided to create the smallest possible network, and connect the two computers directly using the ethernet cable (so without a router). And this worked! The migration now was finished in about an hour and a half.

Conclusion: If you don’t have the right fire-wire cable and want to migrate your Powerbook to your MacBook Pro, connect them directly using an ethernet cable.

Status: Tested it, works.

Written by lutsen

January 13, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Posted in Mac

How can I find all IP addresses in my local network?

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I have several devices in my local network which need to be configured using a web interface. To reach this interface, I have to point my browser to their IP address. But how do I know which device has which address?

With IP Scanner you can scan your local area network to determine the identity of all machines and internet devices on the LAN. Now you now which IP address to surf to! (the demo is limited to scan a maximum of 5 devices, the full version costs $29.99)

Link: IP Scanner for Macintosh
Status: Tested it, works

Written by lutsen

January 6, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Posted in Mac

How can I protect e-mail addresses on my website from being harvested by spammers?

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Spammers use web-crawlers to search web-pages for e-mail addresses. There are ways to make it more difficult for these crawl-bots to harvest your email address. These links tell you how:


Ten methods to obfuscate e-mail addresses compared

PHP 4 class to obfuscate e-mail addresses (based on above link)

How and Why of obfuscating your address

Backwards writing using css

Written by lutsen

January 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Posted in Web

How can I paste a text without formatting?

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By default, when pasting text in Mac OS X, the formatting of the copied text is pasted as well. This is supposed to be a feature, but I find it quite annoying. A few programs however, support text pasting without formatting:

Word and Mail: “Shift-Option-Command-V”
Indesign: “”Shift-Command-V”

Link: A New Mac Tip Every Day: Pasting without formatting!

Know other programs that offer this feature as well? Leave a comment!

Written by lutsen

January 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Posted in Mac

How can I import my Addressbook contacts into Gmail?

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Use A-to-G to convert your Mac Addressbook contacts into a .CSV file which you can import into Gmail.


Status: tested it, works

Written by lutsen

January 2, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Posted in Mac