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Postby Hag-man » 03 Feb 2007, 07:34

JQW wrote:What model Mac is it (including CPU speed), and how much RAM has it got?

If it was bought 4 years ago it probably came with Mac OS X 10.1 or 10.2 pre-installed.


It's an iMac - PowerPC G3 - 350mHz - running OS 9.0.1.4, with a CD-ROM drive only. Not sure on the ram - had to find this info by remote control. The machine may in fact be older than 4 yrs....

Assume a ram upgrade would be economically do-able if needed - otherwise she would stick with it as is and forgo the benefits, if any, of a step-up to OS X.
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Postby JQW » 03 Feb 2007, 12:31

Hag-man wrote:
JQW wrote:What model Mac is it (including CPU speed), and how much RAM has it got?

If it was bought 4 years ago it probably came with Mac OS X 10.1 or 10.2 pre-installed.


It's an iMac - PowerPC G3 - 350mHz - running OS 9.0.1.4, with a CD-ROM drive only. Not sure on the ram - had to find this info by remote control. The machine may in fact be older than 4 yrs....


It can take up to 1GB, then. It'll be a model using the second style of case, I think, so it'll take two PC100 DIMMs in the slots accessible by lifting the panel on the underside at the rear. Older iMacs were far harder to upgrade as you had to remove the whole logic board.

As for the release of Tiger, it probably won't be for at least a month or two. There is an Apple event scheduled to take place in just over a two of weeks at which they're going to launch some new products. Leopard could appear here along with new releases of iLife and iWork, or it could be used to announce new hardware. For certain iTunes 7.1 is due anytime, as the Apple TV box needs it, and this will most likely be included with iLife.
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Postby JQW » 25 Feb 2007, 12:50

Leafcutter John has a tool called Forester on his website. http://www.leafcutterjohn.com/

It will take an audio CD an create an infinitely evolving trance/drone composition from it.
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Postby Bungo the Mungo » 05 Apr 2007, 22:41

this is great! the piano theory widget.

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Postby Snowdog » 16 May 2007, 13:52

I've just come on here to say "hey prof, that "Cosmopod" thing is great" & of course the post has gone...

Here it is from "restored":

Prof wrote:Cosmopod!

http://www.cocoamug.com/cosmopod/index.html

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Postby The Prof » 16 May 2007, 14:39

I've just lashed out £3 and bought it proper!

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Postby Snowdog » 16 May 2007, 15:00

The Prof wrote:I've just lashed out £3 and bought it proper!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ7fQD3FiTk :lol:
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Postby secondhandsocks » 17 Sep 2007, 18:11

Mine was €6.90.
Very handy, thanks for the tip.

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Postby The Prof » 21 Oct 2007, 18:47

Photobook -

http://www.caffeinatedcocoa.com/photobook/index.html

It's free and it shows all your friend's Facebook photos with an interface like iPhoto.

Nice!

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Postby brotherlouie » 22 Oct 2007, 13:37

A small program that lets you rename batches of files in all sorts of ways:

http://www.publicspace.net/ABetterFinderRename/intro.html

It's free, but only lets you change 10 files at a time, but if you upgrade for 20 euros you get the ability to change as many as you like.

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Postby brotherlouie » 25 Oct 2007, 18:00

NeoOffice is good. It's free and like OpenOffice but built for a Mac so no X11 platform.

http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php

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Postby JQW » 25 Oct 2007, 18:58

brotherlouie wrote:NeoOffice is good. It's free and like OpenOffice but built for a Mac so no X11 platform.

http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php


It's a java application, though, so has some quirks not found in standard Mac applications.
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Postby brotherlouie » 25 Oct 2007, 21:02

JQW wrote:
brotherlouie wrote:NeoOffice is good. It's free and like OpenOffice but built for a Mac so no X11 platform.

http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php


It's a java application, though, so has some quirks not found in standard Mac applications.


It'll do until the real OpenOffice for Mac comes out though.

By the way, am I right in thinking that by chucking an application in the tray I uninstall it?

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Postby JQW » 25 Oct 2007, 21:16

No, that just removes it from the Dock.

For most applications you just drag the application icon itself to trash. These are usually stored in the Applications folder, but cam be anywhere. There's also the chance that there could be something in the Application Support folders in either your Library folder or the main Library Folder; these too can be junked. There's also a possibility that there's plugin files for other applications or kernel extensions that also need removing, but these are fairly rare - if so running an uninstaller should remove them.
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Postby Billybob Dylan » 16 Jan 2008, 05:44

JQW wrote:
brotherlouie wrote:NeoOffice is good. It's free and like OpenOffice but built for a Mac so no X11 platform.

http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php


It's a java application, though, so has some quirks not found in standard Mac applications.

Is this OK? I didn't even think about iWork or any word processing when I bought my Mac Mini recently.

My Mini came with a Leopard disc, but looking at NeoOffice's website, I could be asking for trouble if I upgrade. Tiger seems OK, though.

Any thoughts?
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Postby brotherlouie » 16 Jan 2008, 08:32

Billybob Dylan wrote:
JQW wrote:
brotherlouie wrote:NeoOffice is good. It's free and like OpenOffice but built for a Mac so no X11 platform.

http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php


It's a java application, though, so has some quirks not found in standard Mac applications.

Is this OK? I didn't even think about iWork or any word processing when I bought my Mac Mini recently.

My Mini came with a Leopard disc, but looking at NeoOffice's website, I could be asking for trouble if I upgrade. Tiger seems OK, though.

Any thoughts?


I used it okay on Leopard (and still have it installed as I have documents in .odt form throughout my system. I have, however, paid the £55 for iWork, which is pretty nice, though I haven't got to grips with all of it yet.

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Postby Billybob Dylan » 16 Jan 2008, 15:27

brotherlouie wrote:I have, however, paid the £55 for iWork, which is pretty nice, though I haven't got to grips with all of it yet.

So do you think it's worth paying for iWork? It's a little cheaper here ($79)
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Postby Prograstinator » 16 Jan 2008, 18:02

JQW wrote:Peer to peer file transfer

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Postby brotherlouie » 17 Jan 2008, 03:06

Billybob Dylan wrote:
brotherlouie wrote:I have, however, paid the £55 for iWork, which is pretty nice, though I haven't got to grips with all of it yet.

So do you think it's worth paying for iWork? It's a little cheaper here ($79)


It depends what you use an Office Suite for. To be honest TextEdit would do for what most people want most of the time. I do write presentations, manage spreadsheets and page layout (which I believe Pages can do), and I as feeling flush so I went for it. I like the idea that it's all integrated.

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Postby Bucolic Old Sir Henry » 30 Jan 2008, 09:14

I think Keynote is way better than Powerpoint - and looks different on screen, which can be important (if you can persuade the tech people to let you plug your Mac into their projector).

Pages is good as word processor, but Numbers is no Excel. It is however good enough for most people who aren't trying to use vast macro encrusted Excel s/sheets. Like me.

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