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Both Sides of the Firewall

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 11/21/2003

Dear Mac Reader,

I hope you've had a chance to upgrade to Panther and are enjoying its bountiful benefits. I think it's a heck of a good release.

We're approaching Mac OS X 10.3 from a couple of angles here on Mac DevCenter, and I want to let you know how we plan on publishing in this space. The way I see it, we have the area of sys admin and development, then we have the client-side stuff. I think both areas are interesting. And we're going to cover each.

On the docket for the coming weeks I have more articles like "Scripting Mac OS X" and "A Look at the Eclipse IDE." But I also have some other good stuff, such as today's piece, "Panther Maintenance Tips," and still others that explore new features in a similar spirit, as in the recently published "Rendezvous Picture Transfer with Panther." I think this variety is vital to the ecosystem of the site.

If you have something to contribute on either side of the firewall, please drop me a note with your ideas. Along those lines, if you have a favorite RSS feed that you think should be included in our news bucket (located in the right column), send me that URL too, along with a brief explanation of why it would be interesting to our readers.

Bottom line, we want to take this site in the directions you want it to go. Keep me posted, OK?

Until next time,


p.s. I have a little celebration going for the release of the "Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition." If you have a cool photo tip that you want to contribute to the Talkbacks on my weblog, "Favorite Photo Tips," it might get you a free signed copy of the book. Check it out.

Derrick Story
Mac DevCenter Editor

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Favorite Photo Tips
Photo tips are cool... and helpful. I'm posting a couple of my favorites, and I'm hoping that you might have one to contribute too.

Panther Maintenance Tips
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Keynote's XML Connections
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Panther Internet Sharing
A quick look at sharing an Internet connection in Panther with IP over FireWire (which is now built into Mac OS X 10.3) and AirPort, including the pros and cons of each method.

Rendezvous Picture Transfer with Panther
You can show others on a Rendezvous network pictures directly from your camera using the new Image Capture app in Panther. But that's only part of the good news. Derrick Story shows you the ins and outs of this handy new Mac OS X 10.3 trick.

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