These pages are for Mac users in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. Maintained by Kees Huizing (c.huizing at tue.nl). You are encouraged to add and correct information. Send me an email and I give you an account. Special thanks go to Berry Zwerts and Stijn Hoop for their patient help in figuring out several issues.
For information on Windows and Linux computers, see the information of the Computer Facilities Bureau (http:www.win.tue.nl/bcf).
Note: Printing doesn't work via the eduroam wireless network. Use tue-wpa2 or plug in.
Printing with the Konica-Minoltas (Follow you)
Printing at Department Math & CS (outdated)
The information below is outdated, since the Xerox machines have been removed. Let's hope they are in paradise with 70 virgin sheets of paper.
For a full description on how to configure your Mac see Wireless access TU/e.
The signal in the auditorium basement is often weak. MacBooks seem to be more vulnerable to this than student laptops.
Try Eduroam as an alternative.
Eduroam is a “worldwide” network (Canada, Australia, most of the European countries) of educational and research institutes. The idea is that students and staff members can access the wireless network on any participating institute. You logon to the eduroam network with your institute credentials and corresponding password. It works for TU/e members on the TU/e campus, which can come handy when tue and tue-wpa do not work (which does happen, now and then). In the past there were some problems with getting connected on other institutes, due to slight differences in the protocols. Currently, 2016, things seem to be fine.
The TU/e sports an LDAP server with addresses etc. The applications Mail and Address Book can be configured to search this database when you need an address.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) gives you access to (partially) closed networks from outside the physical location of the network. The TU/e-network supports VPN for addresses starting with 131.155. Accessing via VPN gives you access to services that are blocked for external access, such as some library sevices, the intranet, winstorage, etc. See Configuration of VPN.
Your home directory of the Unix/Linux systems can be mounted as an external disk on your Mac. See Mounting a Unix Directory.
The Windows shared disks can be mounted as a volume on your desktop. The URLs are:
To mount a volume, click one of the links above, or choose Go → Connect to Server… from the Finder menu bar. Then fill in the URL and press connect. Give your credentials when asked to.
Although the site licenses the TU/e has usually include the Mac platform, the distribution of the Mac software is not well organized in the university. See also the pages of ICT services and then look for software (several pages).
I know of three places (type Cmd-K and paste the URL in the address box):
There are depressing reports of user experiences with Office 2016, especially in combination with El Capitan. So be warned. [March 2016]
If you find more site-licensed Mac software there or somewhere else in our institute, I would like to hear it.
There are several digital boards at the TU/e of the brand SMARTBoard. Since there are no computers installed in the class rooms, teachers who want to use the digital boards are forced to bring there own laptop and have the proprietary software installed.
For the Mac, this software is available at the campus software server via smb://campusmp.campus.tue.nl/software/smarttech/macos . Installation is straightforward. On the TU/e ICT pages you find installation instructions if you need them.
Currently, the version for Mac is 16.0.
TU/e Exchange Mail, with addresses …@tue.nl and …@student.tue.nl, can be accessed by:
Apple Calendar (i used to call this iCal, but i is old) can deal with other calendars. A.o.:
In June 2012 new telephones have been distributed. They integrate with the Exchange server and your computer. You can receive and issue telephone calls from your computer, you can receive mails when you missed a phone call, and more.
For the purpose of backing up laptops, there is a large networked disk maintained by BCF, called winstorage.
Mac OS comes with Time Machine, a quite hassle-free way of making regular backups. As soon as there is a disk or server with a Time Machine volume connected, the Mac will automatically make an incremental backup. Complete volumes can be restored and it is also possible to browse in a Finder-like (or Mail-like) interface to select a certain version of a file or email and restore it. This makes it possible to recreate an accidentally removed file or an older version of the file.
This works very simple with an external hard disk or Time Capsule (a Wifi-disk form Apple). With a little bit more effort you can create a Time Machine volume on other networked disks.
For OSs prior to Lion, you can consult Winstorage and Time Machine
It is advised to maintain two backups at different locations. E.g., one on a local hard disk that you have at home and one on the winstorage disk.
Oase can export the calendar of a course as a CSV file. Apple Calendar can not import this format. There is a workaround: Import the CVS file into a Google Calendar. Then share this calendar with Apple Calendar.