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Old 06-30-2007, 05:26 PM   #169
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I've heard initial reports on some of the rag sheets that Time Machine isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Hopefully it will be much improved when the final release is out.
What rags sheets have you been listening to getting that info?
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Old 06-30-2007, 05:53 PM   #170
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Talking few helpful sites.

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We had several opportunities on last weeks trip to use free WiFi at several KOAs. This is the typical result: Sitting next to each other on the front couch of the Safari my Dell Inspiron 8500 (XP, Broadcom radio) can't connect or gets really low signal. Mrs. Silverback's MacBook Pro (Airport Extreme, Core 2 Duo) is ripping away full blast on the Internet. In most cases we were several 100' from the access point external antenna and quite often had huge mohos blocking line of site. I usually had to go outside move around (into a neighboring site) and stand in a funny way. I plan to keep the Dell for a while yet so I may upgrade the radio to an Intel model and load Linux on it.
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A few helpful site concerning Linux on ur laptop. Hope they are useful.
Linux on the Dell Inspiron 8500
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Linux on the Dell Inspiron 8500
Before I installed Linux, I used a "live CD" to check it out on the intended system for any hardware issues..Got lucky
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:28 PM   #171
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I've been toying with the idea of switching from PC to a Mac.

When I watch the keynote presentations from Apple it looks pretty fancy and flashy using templates and apple desgins etc. Is it all flash? My experience is when you make something so easy, you looks a lot of functionality. You get locked in to their way of doing something.

Like the iMovie application. It looks really simple to make a quick home movie dragging video around and dropping in a song. But I use Vegas Movie Studio on the PC and have complete control over the video, audio, etc, transitions, slow motion, audio cuts and fades and pans, etc.... Vegas is what I use to make the podcast for theVAP and I'm pretty good at it. Will iMovie be an upgrade or a flashy piece of software that will limit real work?

My other concern is that I use Quicken 2007. It does not look like there is a way to convert the data to a Mac version. Additioanlly the Mac version of Quicken has really poor reviews from people who switched from PC to a Mac.

My plan if I decide to get a Mac is to wait until Leapord comes out in October and get it on a iMac 24" display.
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I've been toying with the idea of switching from PC to a Mac.

-snip- Like the iMovie application. It looks really simple to make a quick home movie dragging video around and dropping in a song. But I use Vegas Movie Studio on the PC and have complete control over the video, audio, etc, -snip- Will iMovie be an upgrade or a flashy piece of software that will limit real work?

My other concern is that I use Quicken 2007. -snip- the Mac version of Quicken has really poor reviews from people who switched from PC to a Mac.

My plan if I decide to get a Mac is to wait until Leapord comes out in October and get it on a iMac 24" display.
Hi Tim,
iMovie is very fast and simple. Final Cut Pro is very deep and powerful, Final Cut Express is in the middle and more in the "Vegas realm". Because of the swith to Intel processors, you can also run Windows and all Windows apps on a Mac, so you can use your same version of Quicken. I believe there's a section at the Apple home site to seduce PC users. More info and sales smoke there:

http://www.apple.com/getamac/movetomac/
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:13 AM   #173
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I know the feeling of getting a slick demo on some equipment and then when you get it home its a bear to make it work.

You may feel that way about Mac, but factually once you understand the interface it is soooooo much smoother than PC. Using both, I can see why the Mac may seem odd to previous PC users, but it all depends on what you want to do. Things like AutoCad are designed for a particular interface. But the idea that you lose functionality on the Mac because of its concessions to "slick and cool," is probably not really accurate. Consider that the WYSIWYG appearance that the PC now has is like a "patch" on the PC system that actually uses up more functionality than the Mac does to do the same thing.

Just my opinion, and I am sure a PC expert could show where I am wrong, they always do. :-)I came to computers from the Graphic Design position, whereas many PC users come from the business or technical areas. So it produces quite a difference of opinion.

BTW. My next computer will be a Mac Laptop.

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The most revolutionary software for the Mac is Parallels (Ver. 3? ). It allows you to seamlessly run all Win apps (Vista is slow, XP is close to normal speed) in a virtual machine. This has become really usable now that Apple switched to Intel processors. You could also use Bootcamp and boot an Intel based Mac into XP or Vista. Or combine Bootcamp and Parallels. You can continue to use your Windows apps until you're ready to move on
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That Parallels looks pretty good. They even specifically mention Vegas in one of their video demos.

Sounds promising! I'll be heading to an Apple store to check it out soon!

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That Parallels looks pretty good. They even specifically mention Vegas in one of their video demos.

Sounds promising! I'll be heading to an Apple store to check it out soon!

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Depending on your video editing needs, I think you'll find Apple's latest iMovie will handle most of your needs. You can customize the audio and video. I would highly recommend you check out Apple's website for some demos Apple - iLife and I'd watch Steve Job's latest presentation Apple - QuickTime - Apple Special Event - August 2007 on the changes Apple made to the app. Pretty slick indeed. And of course it comes included free with your computer.

Plus I have the latest iMovie and its a big improvement over previous versions.

I know you were interested in the 24" iMac but since we're on the Airstream travel forum I would highly recommend the MacBook Pro laptop for compactness. It's just as powerful as the iMac too in a compact package. And if you need a bigger display, it will drive a 30" Cinema Display to boot.
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Thanks Duane. I'll certainly give iMovie a try.

What do Mac users do for banking? Like I said before I use Quicken 2007 for online banking and it syncs with Pocket Quicken on my Palm.
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Speaking of imovie.....

My latest project has been to scan all of my father's 35mm slides. There are about 750 jpg files. Next I would like to put them onto a DVD so my family members that don't have computers can watch them on their television. We have both iDVD (4.01) and imovie (4.01) on our imac G5 and it looks like both can do photos. Which on is my better bet for this job? Any opinions?

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Speaking of imovie.....

My latest project has been to scan all of my father's 35mm slides. There are about 750 jpg files. Next I would like to put them onto a DVD so my family members that don't have computers can watch them on their television. We have both iDVD (4.01) and imovie (4.01) on our imac G5 and it looks like both can do photos. Which on is my better bet for this job? Any opinions?

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I believe it would take you less time using iDVD. Can't remember what options you have in the 4.01 version of iDVD but you should be able drag and drop your photos right in. You should be able to select the transitions btwn the photos and add some music from your iTunes library if you've ripped your CDs.

I would highly recommend upgrading to the latest version of iLife, however, to run the latest version of iMovie you need a newer machine with the Intel processor. But they do include the last version of iMovie that runs on the G5 processor.
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Thanks Duane. I'll certainly give iMovie a try.

What do Mac users do for banking? Like I said before I use Quicken 2007 for online banking and it syncs with Pocket Quicken on my Palm.
Hey Tim, I pay my bills directly on my banks website and they use checkfree to transfer funds to the appropriate bill collectors.

I use Budget Snowmint Creative Solutions - Budget and graphic software for the Mac to of course maintain my budget. It uses the old fashioned "Envelope" method on tracking what you have to spend and save. It will import Quicken files. I can download my online transactions in a Quicken format from my bank if need be.

The major problem I've had with the Mac Quicken version is the investment tracking module. It is not compatible with any of the online services, like Fidelity, and can't connect online to track your investments. You have to manually input your transactions.

It will import your checking and savings accounts no problem from the Windows side.

I quit using Quicken due to its cumbersome interface plus with Budget I know right now what money I have that's not already allocated to a specific budget item.
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Tim, as a long term PC user, I turned the corner and went to a MacBook Pro laptop in November last year. Quite honestly I'm in a good environment because I have the PC desktop which is still active at home and the MacBook. Quite frankly the Mac has impressed me and I'm pretty comfortable with it at this point. The applications that came with the Mac, iLife for one and iWork have been just great.

I created a slide show presentation with iPhoto that I showed at the Moraine View rally on movie night that was fantastic. I used iDVD to create a DVD of that presentation. The operating system is impressive and from an application standpoint you will see more applications offering a Mac version as time goes on.

Yes there are some drawbacks. My wife's gaming collection and mine won't run on the Mac. Oh we were able to get a Mac version of Sims2, so things are fine there. But most of my Windows stuff stayed behind. I could run Windows on the Mac but right now it serves no real purpose. Now if I was going to replace my current Dell desktop with an iMac, I probably would run Windows also, but I would work hard on not growing the Windows applications. After all why buy a Mac if you aren't going to get the benefits of the operating system and it's cool software?

Regarding Quicken. I run Quicken on the PC desktop, and use Quicken Bill Pay. Of course Quicken has the nice interface with the Bill Pay service but keep in mind that Quicken has web site that will allow you to pay bills also. That service will back feed to your Quicken software so I can pay bills directly through the Mac connecting to the Quicken Bill Pay Internet site, and then update my PC desktop which will update the checking account register for the "Internet paid" bills done by the Mac. It's pretty painless. The biggest drawback of the Internet site is that it won't remind you of upcoming payments. It's purely a site to pay your bills from.

My son bought the Mac version of Quicken and he also has a PC desktop. He concurs with what you heard that Intuit has not kept the Mac version up with capabilities and features equivalent of the PC versions.

Keep in mind that there is an issue with Parallels and Vista regarding Microsoft licensing. Apparently Microsoft does not approve the running of Vista Home in conjunction with Parallels. You need Vista Business or above to "legally" run in that mode. However with Bootcamp, Vista Home is approved. Personally I'm not too sure how Microsoft can ever enforce that issue but MacWorld had a story about this in their latest issue.

One last thing is that the Apple Store (assuming you have one in your area) has classes that they run daily on various aspects of using your Mac and its applications. They also have a genius bar where you can sign up for one on one technical help if you need hand holding.

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Thanks guys.

I just took an extended lunch :-), and went to the Apple store in Walnut Creek.

I cannot believe how crowded it was. Loads of people there and all the Apple guys were busy. I waited my turn and got a lot of my questions answered.

That 24" iMac model is sweet and a lot bigger than I thought it would be.

I still don't know how easy a transition it will be, but he did show me that Quicken has a 2007 version for Mac out. The box showed that it did the online banking and investment accounts. It also has a quick entry Widget. Kinda neat.

I'm going to try to hold off on getting one until Oct. when Leapord comes out. Might as well since its not too far off and my PC is still fine.

I can see how you have to trust the Mac platform to do a lot of the tasks for you that you normally have to tell Windows, so it will take some getting used to.
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