Re: Pc v. Mac

Subject: Re: Pc v. Mac
From: Arlen P Walker <Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 11:22:00 -0500

>Macs encode each file with a file type in creator code in lieu of the
>extensions used to differentiate different types of files on the PC. The
>first step in Mac to PC conversion is to map these file type and creator
>codes to an equivalent extension at the end of the file name.
>Fortunately I found an FTP program on the internet that renamed the
>files automatically. I used this program to copy all of the files from
>the mac to the server. I then copied them from the server to the PC.

It's also possible to do this with scripting languages such as AppleScript,
Frontier, or Perl (or probably several others, those are just ones I've worked
with). At one point I had a web server set up to automatically publish new
documents fed to it. It would pick up text documents, wrap some boilerplate
HTML around them and put them into a repository where they would be indexed for
full-text searching. The script for this was written in AppleScript. (It's
amazing what you can do when you get tired of having to drop what you're doing
to update the documents in a rapidly-growing archive.)

It's not that hard to create a script to automatically add a particular suffix
to a file name. Once you've done that, you simply drop the folder of files you
want to rename on it and watch it fly. *So* much better than renaming them by

>I'd have to say that the NEXT computers were my favorite. I've
>always regretted the fact that the NextStep OS didn't gain a wider
>acceptance in the market.

Have a look at OS X; you might lose some regrets. ;{>}

Have fun,
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

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