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The Mac Thread

Post by frogblast » Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:31 pm

Glad to see a computer section has been added.
Here's the thread to discuss Macs and Apple's other products and to ask for help when the apple bites back.

I've been entertaining myself by installing Leopard this weekend. Not encountered any dramatic bugs* yet (apart from things due to my own stupidity), and most of the things i think were bad ideas don't actually affect my workflow (sorry, a horrible word i know…)

Quick Look is very, very nice, though i'm disappointed that it doesn't support animated gifs (just shows the individual layers) and neither does preview. bah.

*the only one i've noticed is some kind of font conflict with helvetica - only seems to apply to cocoa apps - mainly safari. stuff in helvetica was getting shown as helvetica narrow. only solution at the moment seems to be to disable helvetica narrow (in Font Book) till i get a chance to properly go through all my fonts and work out how many copies of helvetica there are (i imagine it's a bit of a mess)
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Post by Gordon » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:00 pm

I'm here (gordon), and as far as mac things are concerned.... that's all that matters...

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Post by stolenwine » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:08 pm

hurrah! i'm glad to see you here.

and i'm lovin' my macbook pro by the way. i can't believe how quickly i've got used to it. i never use parallels (unless i'm doing stuff at home for work) and originally i thought i'd be using it all the time.

plus, my macbook is just so pretty!

edit: er, i'm assuming you are the gordon i'm thinking of. if not, just um...ignore me.
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Post by Gordon » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:29 pm

stolenwine wrote:hurrah! i'm glad to see you here.

and i'm lovin' my macbook pro by the way. i can't believe how quickly i've got used to it. i never use parallels (unless i'm doing stuff at home for work) and originally i thought i'd be using it all the time.

plus, my macbook is just so pretty!

edit: er, i'm assuming you are the gordon i'm thinking of. if not, just um...ignore me.
I would think I am. I use parallels rarely although it's useful for some blackberry things (yes, I am a mega dork). My pirated version of vista is falling apart slightly (I can't rename folders) and my pirated version of SPSS (for the mac) is much better than the one my classmates have on their PCs...

What do you use parallels for? I don't even have office on my macbook pro, and that is very nice indeed (I use mainly pages for wordprocessing and neooffice when I have to).

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Post by stolenwine » Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:04 am

i only really use parallels to practice php/test stuff. oh, and i also use it to run utorrent. it does come in handy at times so i'm glad i got it.

i saw an ad today for the mac air and i think it's just TOO thin. it looks like it would break in half really easily (i know it wouldn't but it just looks way too delicate)
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Post by Gordon » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:36 am

stolenwine wrote:i only really use parallels to practice php/test stuff. oh, and i also use it to run utorrent. it does come in handy at times so i'm glad i got it.

i saw an ad today for the mac air and i think it's just TOO thin. it looks like it would break in half really easily (i know it wouldn't but it just looks way too delicate)
And isn't it the same money as a MacBook Pro? I know which I'd rather (and do) have. Even if I could fit an extra couple annual reports in my bag...

I am really waiting for 10.5.2 to come out. There has been a steady stream of iLife updates, but I just want 10.5.2 It's apparently going to be between 400 and 500 megabytes... an they keep seeding newer and newer builds of it, so I'm hoping it's nearly bug free and ready to ship and then all the leopard complaints will vanish...

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Post by stolenwine » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:47 pm

ok, this is going to sound like a stupid question (maybe because it IS a stupid question)

how do i find out what my mac email is? and don't i get free webspace too? how do i find out what my domain/ftp info is?

i know they ask for that stuff when you set up your laptop, but i didn't set mine up and the person who did it didn't record this info and i'm not sure how to get it.

also, can i change my profile name and still keep the same profile? in windows you can just copy it over and make a new one and then delete the old one.

all you mac people are going to roll your eyes at how dumb these questions are. sorry.
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Post by Gordon » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:41 am

stolenwine wrote:ok, this is going to sound like a stupid question (maybe because it IS a stupid question)

how do i find out what my mac email is? and don't i get free webspace too? how do i find out what my domain/ftp info is?

i know they ask for that stuff when you set up your laptop, but i didn't set mine up and the person who did it didn't record this info and i'm not sure how to get it.

also, can i change my profile name and still keep the same profile? in windows you can just copy it over and make a new one and then delete the old one.

all you mac people are going to roll your eyes at how dumb these questions are. sorry.
Do you have .Mac? Because otherwise you don't get mac email or webspace by default.

When you say 'profile' do you mean like user name?

You can change the long name which is displayed and used to log in (the short one is what your home directory is called and it's easiest just to leave this.) under System Preferences and then click accounts.

Are you running leopard or Tiger?
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Post by manydjs » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:28 am

Mac owners!

Macbook or mac mini? Have they improved mac mini? I had one way back,but it was always a bit sluggish and slow. Are they a bit better now?

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Post by Gordon » Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:39 pm

manydjs wrote:Mac owners!

Macbook or mac mini? Have they improved mac mini? I had one way back,but it was always a bit sluggish and slow. Are they a bit better now?
I don't really think they are comparable but yes, the new mac minis are faster than the old ones. All the specs are on the apple website.
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Post by stolenwine » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:36 pm

Gordon wrote:
stolenwine wrote:ok, this is going to sound like a stupid question (maybe because it IS a stupid question)

how do i find out what my mac email is? and don't i get free webspace too? how do i find out what my domain/ftp info is?

i know they ask for that stuff when you set up your laptop, but i didn't set mine up and the person who did it didn't record this info and i'm not sure how to get it.

also, can i change my profile name and still keep the same profile? in windows you can just copy it over and make a new one and then delete the old one.

all you mac people are going to roll your eyes at how dumb these questions are. sorry.
Do you have .Mac? Because otherwise you don't get mac email or webspace by default.

When you say 'profile' do you mean like user name?

You can change the long name which is displayed and used to log in (the short one is what your home directory is called and it's easiest just to leave this.) under System Preferences and then click accounts.

Are you running leopard or Tiger?
i don't know if i have .mac. how do i find out? i feel like such a doofus.

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Post by Sootyzilla » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:42 pm

Gordon wrote: I don't really think they are comparable but yes, the new mac minis are faster than the old ones. All the specs are on the apple website.
isn't the mac mini basically the guts of a macbook in a different box without a screen or keyboard? that would make them pretty much comparable.
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Post by Sootyzilla » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:43 pm

stolenwine wrote:
i don't know if i have .mac. how do i find out? i feel like such a doofus.
did you give apple some money? if not, you haven't got .mac.
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Post by Gordon » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:49 pm

Sootyzilla wrote:
Gordon wrote: I don't really think they are comparable but yes, the new mac minis are faster than the old ones. All the specs are on the apple website.
isn't the mac mini basically the guts of a macbook in a different box without a screen or keyboard? that would make them pretty much comparable.
I wouldn't call them comparable because one is a laptop and one is a desktop... One moves around and one sits still. If I was going to get a computer to sit still I wouldn't necessarily opt for a mac mini.

As I said, the specs are on the apple website, you need to decide for yourself what the best price to features ratio for you is. But whether they're the same inside? Well, check the website and find out. In short, the fastest mac mini has a slower processor than the slowest macbook.
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Post by Gordon » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:53 pm

stolenwine wrote:
Gordon wrote:Do you have .Mac? Because otherwise you don't get mac email or webspace by default.

When you say 'profile' do you mean like user name?

You can change the long name which is displayed and used to log in (the short one is what your home directory is called and it's easiest just to leave this.) under System Preferences and then click accounts.

Are you running leopard or Tiger?
i don't know if i have .mac. how do i find out? i feel like such a doofus.

(and thanks!)
The first question I'm wondering is "What led you to believe you had mac mail/ftp/web/whatnot?" Did you have some documentation that said you should?

You can get a free demo by the way. It should be in System Preferences under '.Mac'

Also, you didn't answer my other questions, about your 'profile', did you sort this out?
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Post by Sootyzilla » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:54 pm

Gordon wrote: As I said, the specs are on the apple website, you need to decide for yourself what the best price to features ratio for you is. But whether they're the same inside? Well check the website and find out. In short, the fastest mac mini has a slower processor than the slowest macbook.
I am so glad that I phrased that as a question rather than a statement. Otherwise I might have looked like a lazy arse who couldn't be bothered checking things.
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Post by stolenwine » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:23 pm

Gordon wrote:
The first question I'm wondering is "What led you to believe you had mac mail/ftp/web/whatnot?" Did you have some documentation that said you should?

You can get a free demo by the way. It should be in System Preferences under '.Mac'

Also, you didn't answer my other questions, about your 'profile', did you sort this out?
i don't remember what made me think i had a .mac or whatever it's called. i think maybe i read something about it on the internet and thought i should have it? man, i'm so old my memory is just totally dead. i honestly can't remember why i posted that on here!

as for the profile thing, i decided to stick with my current one. would it be super dangerous if i changed hte home directory name? my current profile has my first and last name and i just prefer my first name but it's not really a big deal so i don't mind if i can't change it all.
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stolenwine wrote:
i don't know if i have .mac. how do i find out? i feel like such a doofus.
did you give apple some money? if not, you haven't got .mac.
heee...i gave them a ton of money when i bought my macbook pro! how much more do they want? ;)
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:07 pm

This might be a little controversial.

At some point this year I hope to buy a macbook.

Most of the time I plan to run OSx on it... most, but not all.

Over the years I've collected various bits of software, which I don't want to have to buy again.

Also there are certain bits of software, like Nokia PC Suite, which I can't find a Mac equivalent for.

So, does running XP* on a mac work well, and what are the best ways to do it?

(* Vista doesn't sound like a good plan)

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by stolenwine » Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:15 pm

i have this program called parallels which lets you run windows on a mac. so far, it's worked amazingly (i have xp installed) and i haven't had any problems with it. it's really quick and smooth too...you just click the little parallels icon and it starts up in windows mode! you can even flip back and forth really easily and you can have the windows screen open in a smaller window and the mac screen in your main window. also, it automatically launches parallels when you click a windows file. awesome!

i think it was £50 or maybe it was $50. either way, it was totally worth it.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:53 pm

That sounds ideal... I suspect I shall invest in that when the time is right.

Do you need windows for similar reasons to mine?

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