Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Score one for Windows . . .

So far I'm really enjoying my Mac conversion. Couple things have been a little discomforting though. For example, yesterday I was giving a talk at Educomm and was planning on using my Mac to display. Preparing the talk was easy...I used a combination of Keynote, Photoshop and Powerpoint under Parallels...very natural...But I forgot to bring my "dongle", the essential piece of conversion hardware to allow a Mac to connect to a standard VGA display...Arghhhh!!! Fortunately, the speaker before me was also an Apple user, and she graciously lent me hers...So the friendliness of the Apple community overrode the awkwardness of the dongle requirement....

But, it appears to me that Finder, while it has a nice interface for connecting to ftp sites and displaying the files therein, does NOT ALLOW writing to the ftp directories. I tried a few things, and did a little Google searching, but it appears this is just the way it is...

In the end, I went into Parallels and accessed my ftp site through the Windows XP explorer...Dead easy and very clean...Would have expected the Mac to work the same way...


Gregg June 21, 2007 at 4:30 AM  

Hello Adrian,
I am new to the mac myself but came across a a key stroke that may help. When you have the Finder application selected press 'Apple'+'k'. It should bring up the 'Connect to Server' window. Here you can type in the address '' then press connect. You'll be prompted for login credentials at this point, but you have the option to save them to your keychain, making them available the next time you connect to the server. If the ftp server is a frequent stop for you it can be added to a list on the 'Connect to Server' screen mentioned above by pressing the '+' button.
Hope this is helpful.

Perry Horner,  June 21, 2007 at 5:11 AM  

Glad to see you are using Parallels. I have been using it on my Mac for almost a year. The latest version 3 is a godsend. Apple should buy this company and bundle it with all new Macs. You now have the most flexible environment available.

Gregg June 21, 2007 at 6:33 AM  

re-read you post.. and came up with the same results when putting files, no dice. disregard first comment (note to self, read actively).

Bill,  June 27, 2007 at 4:39 AM  

Hey Adrian . . . congratulations on your transition to Macintosh. Though I have used Macs since 1990, I jumped ship from Microsoft completely shortly after seeing the Keynote speech in 2001 (broadcast live in CPCOM 120) and fully understanding the revolution that would follow the release of OS X. I would have migrated over if only for the iLife suite applications, which have allowed me to manage digital media in a way that I never could using a hodgepodge of applications under Windows.

The development of Macs now being able to run Windows natively under BootCamp (and the continued development of Parallels) make the decision to buy a Mac pretty much a no-brainer. It permits the best of both worlds and shows a degree of latitude from Steve Jobs et al which would have been unthinkable ten years ago. I'd like to get my hands on his five-year plan.

Though my enthusiasm has been somewhat tempered with six or seven years of continuous use of OS X, I still feel that OS X and the associated applications have made computing extraordinary for the average person. (And the development of Google Earth, which is my #1 favorite application right now.)

As far as your issue, at BTS we use a product called AdmitMac (see: and it may solve your problem. Either way, if you don't have it installed already, you probably should. Also, there is an AppleScript floating around campus that will help you mount drives and shares quickly . . . one of your Mac gurus in UTO can likely send it your way.

Mike Sellberg,  June 27, 2007 at 7:07 AM  

Hi Ace--I have been on a Mac since February also running Parallels. I am certainly not happy with MSOffice products on Mac--Powerpoint is rough and Excel is buggy (don't even try pivot tables). Can't go to Keynote because I have to share presentations with a PC world. Otherwise, I love it--especially for web development.

Leighton,  July 28, 2007 at 1:56 PM  

hey ade, converted to mac with my new macbook myself this summer
no parallels yet, but i guess i will need it at some point for some engineering software, but i think it will come bundled when leopard comes out in october.

Brian E. Davis August 9, 2007 at 5:44 AM  

Just curious as to whether the UTO office has any data on the percentage of Mac users at ASU? I'm involved in the web development at ASU Libraries and this sort of info would be helpful.