Canon MP160 printing in OS X Leopard (not connected via USB)

December 02, 2007

Printing has always been a bit of a chore for me when dealing with OS X and a non USB connected printer (ie: Windows sharing).

My current setup is this: MacBookPro with Leopard. A Canon MP160 all-in-one connected to a 320Gb Maxtor Shared Storage II external drive (this has 2 usb ports which I have a 500g maxtor external drive and the Canon connected to) and an RJ-45 port that is connected to my router.

I came across this post from and it worked, so I'm propagating the solution:

Re: Help printed to windows shared printer Posted: Nov 17, 2007 2:07 PM in response to: flurbyrock
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I'll just throw in my 2c. Forum participant "Camotec" at

has also provided a solution to the printing difficulties encountered under Leopard, especially to shared printers connected to another machine (Windows) on a network.

Here is his advice/step by step - worked for me, finally!

"Hey guys,

I have the solution for you.

Prerequisites: 1. your windows PC with the printer on it needs to have an admin account on it with a single word no spaces. (preferred unix) 2. your printer sharename is a single word (ie. Canon iP4300 should be just ip4300).

Now follow the below steps:

  1. Open your system preferences > Open Print & Fax +2. Click + to add a printer.+
  2. Right-click on the Toolbar at the top and select "Customise Toolbar..."
  3. Drag the "Advanced" icon to the toolbar & select "Done"
  4. Click the "Advanced" icon
  5. Select "Windows" from the "Type:" drop down menu
  6. In the "URL:" textbox type the location of your windows printer in the format below (use the format depending on whether your Windows PC sharing the Printer has a password or not): smb://username:password@ipaddress/printersharename <- Print Server does have a password smb://username@ipaddress/printersharename <- Print Server does NOT have a password (eg. smb://barney@
  7. Enter a Name and Location. (Human Friendly Names with Spaces are allowed)
  8. Now select the appropriate driver and then click "Add"
  9. Try printing somthing and then it will ask for a username and password of your windows server. Type and username and then the password and then add this to your keychain and click OK.

And there you go. Printing in OSX 10.5

Cheers Ben Camilleri Camotec Web Solutions

Welcome to the old shop

March 18, 2007

I dropped by my favorite bike shop yesterday, and found myself a stranger in a strange land. The retail/shop space reconfigured and unfamiliar faces behind the shop.

Felt weird. The only guy I recognized was the guy who I gave my money too. I asked him where the hell everyone else had gone, and he gave me the reasons. Times change. Almost 6 years have gone by since I started hanging out there.

14.5 miles

February 24, 2007

It so happens that today's Tour of California stage is the individual time trial (ITT) (not to be confused with indoor time trial).

The length of this ITT is 14.5 miles, which is roughly the length of my winter commute (in the winter months I drive a couple miles to the trail so it cuts a 17 mile commute to 15 miles).

The winning time for the ITT this year was 29 min, 40 sec. 30 mph average.

You want fries with that?

February 09, 2007

Given the weather lately, and I had a round of sickness, and taking some time off at the end of the year since I reached the mileage goal (I know, all of these excuses).

Anyway, today was the first time in awhile where I've done a round trip bike commute. 30.4 miles.

I arrived at home feeling rather famished, as in the "I could eat a horse" sense. So I proceeded to test that theory.

I started off with a protein shake, which consisted of a scoop of protein powder, some pear-sauce, a spoon of peanut butter, some flaxseeds, and soy milk.

I drank that while I ate the other half of H's TJ margharita pizza. After that I spied a fresh loaf of "cinnabon" bread. Having never seen this before, I decided it would be good to give a couple of slices a home in my stomach. Butter included.

Feeling almost there, I decided to cap it off with two full sheets of graham crackers, each with a generous helping of nutella on them.

I've just finished a big glass of highly watered down OJ (4:1 ratio) with an Advil and am feeling much better.

Weird how hungry you can get off of not all that much exercise.

Help Find Jim Gray With Web 2.0

February 05, 2007

So this is really cool. Now imagine if they fired up a bunch of EC2 servers to do some sort of SETI@Home type of thing.

Anyway, from TechCrunch

When famous computer scientist Jim Gray went missing a few days ago, the coast guard launched a large scale search that found absolutely nothing. On Thursday, they gave up.

Then Amazon stepped in. They arranged for a satellite sweep of the area and stored the images on their S3 storage service. They then created a task on their Mechanical Turk service to allow volunteers to scan the images to look for the boat. It' a tough task - the boat would only be about six pixels in size in an image, and there was a lot of cloud cover obscuring large parts of the area scanned. But volunteers are pouring in to help out.

If you’d like to help, go to this task on Mechanical Turk. You’ll be asked to view five satellite images and note any that should be looked at more closely.