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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay

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Posted:so i'm finally thinking of buying a mac smile

i'm looking at an imac g4 (1.25ghz) with a 17" screen:


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i'll be using it for layout and graphics mainly (running quark and adobe cs2) but would like it to completely replace my pc if at all possible.

i currently use my pc for video editing, watching videos, watching dvd's, playing music and browsing the net, so i don't think a g4 should have any problems doing all that stuff!

the problem is, the last time i used a mac was in 1997 so its safe to say i don't know that much about them...

will i need to look out for one with a hardcore video card if i want to edit video?
how much memory is sufficient to run say illustrator and quark at the same time with a few files loaded?
how easy would it be to replace the hard drive with a larger one?
can i convert my current hard drive to a usb external drive and use it?
will pc peripherals work with a mac (hp scanner, sandisk card reader, svga monitor/projector)?
how much cooler will my ipod look next to an imac? wink
should i keep my pc anyway cos all my friends have them and its easier to have one around than mess about converting files?
can i get good thirdparty software for free like firefox and thunderbird, a download manager, anti-spy/adware, virus checkers and a multi-region dvd player hack so i can play any dvd form any region (this one is *really* important for me)?


i'd also like some general advice please, especially anything important that i should look out for when buying a mac.

if anyone has any experiences that they'd like to share of going from using a pc to using a mac as their main home computer, i'd love to hear about them too.


cheers,


cole. x


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they do porridge."
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Posted:wtf... Yeah I'd be pissed too in that case

Some men see things and say why....

I Dream of things that never were and say Why Not....?

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Sporky


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Posted:The most fun ever to be had in an airport: Visit Saudi Arabia in 2002 with your physics professor father to demonstrate laser technology to one of their oil companies then three months later try and get into America on the same passport. 100 points for every hour you have to spend in immigration explaining exactly what you were doing in Saudi. 1000 bonus points if your Saudi visa is on the page next to the American visa. 1000 more bonus points if you can then produce a Canadian passport. biggrin

I love being dual nationality especially when I go over to France and wind up the French customs by flashing my Canadian passport and telling them I'm looking for a job...

Back on topic. I've been told to turn my iBook off on a plane twice. Once because it was making a "whirring" noise while I was watching a DVD and the other time because I was watching the Pilot episodes of Lost on a Glasgow to London flight...


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polarity
SILVER Member since May 2005

polarity

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Posted:I had intended to move to Japan permanently, and would have got much satisfaction posting my British passport to Tony Blair with a letter saying 'Your country sucks. I won't be needing this any more'. Unfortunately emigrating isn't easy when you're on indefinate disability benefits.

The second time out I kind of surprised people by eating the Japanese airplane food (skillfully with chopsticks, of course) and watching all the Japanese films (albeit subtitled).

You wouldn't've heard the whirring where I was sat. One of the engines was making some wierd noises biggrin

My trip to Japan allowed me to ship 7x30Kg boxes of computers home, nearly all of which I got for free over there smile


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polarity
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polarity

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Posted:I had plenty of reasons for wanting to move, but 100Mb ADSL in a remote mountain valley for ~20/month and 128Kb wireless for the same amount is one I think you'll agree is pretty sweet.

You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.

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jo_rhymes
SILVER Member since Apr 2005

jo_rhymes

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Pen Draven

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Posted:mmmmm fast connection goodness <drools> One Reason i like doing Tech in london is our uber fast web link (of course being incharge of the firewall helps immensely hehehe)

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I Dream of things that never were and say Why Not....?

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Sporky

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Posted:Pen: Are you one of the lucky sods working in the big new(ish) apple store?

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Pen Draven

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Posted:Fluck no,, i went the other way and work for people that pay money hehe although i cut my teeth working at an apple dealers back in the day

Some men see things and say why....

I Dream of things that never were and say Why Not....?

Oh No I'm going to get Shot Alive if he finds out - DA wink

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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay

Total posts: 7330
Posted:well, i took the plunge - straight into the deep end...



just ordered a new intel imac from apple biggrin



all you mac heads should expect full blag mode pm's soon wink





cole. x




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i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
- tim westwood

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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:oooh good on ya! Hope those new Intels are nice! I just got my old iBook back from the repair shop. Sweeties fixed up two nasty problems caused by user damage on the warranty.... gotta luv em.

.....Can't juggle balls but I sure as hell can juggle details....

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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay

Total posts: 7330
Posted:that's sweet gabe - it took a lot of willpower to avoid being tempted into getting a sexy new macbook pro...

sounds like apple were very nice to you smile
if only apple uk would be so accommodating to these poor ipod owners.

while i'm here, does anyone have any apple-related forums they'd like to recommend?

specifically for discussion/support on os x, general mac use, photoshop, and illustrator.


cheers,


cole. x
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"i see you at 'dis cafe.
i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
- tim westwood

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Y.T.
SILVER Member since Apr 2003

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Location: nodnoL

Total posts: 121
Posted:for photoshop pixel2life.com has some god tutorials apart from that i've been away from the net since i've hand my mac so not much tiem to investigate...

Ninjas NEVER give up!

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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay

Total posts: 7330
Posted:bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 (i got it!) bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2 bounce2



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cole. x


"i see you at 'dis cafe.
i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
- tim westwood

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Sym
BRONZE Member since Sep 2004

Sym

Geek-enviro-hippy priest
Location: Diss, Norfolk

Total posts: 1858
Posted:are you posting on it now? biggrin

There's too many home fires burning and not enough trees

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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay

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Posted:no, but i did bookmark hop last night as soon as i'd set it up biggrin

as easy as it was to set-up, i still had some teething problems - the first thing i tried to install didn't bloody work!

double click on the application, it appears bouncing in the dock for a couple of seconds and then disappears again frown

but i managed to find a replacement app fairly quickly and installed a bunch of other stuff too, including quarkxpress first thing this morning biggrin

its sooooooooooooo sexy! ubblove ubblol biggrin


cole. x


"i see you at 'dis cafe.
i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
- tim westwood

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Posted:I'm super jealous Cole. My iBook just went poo up and I'm stuck in India so I do hope I can get it fixed here.
Ooo those sleek white lines just turn me on.... wink I wanna I wanna


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Pen Draven

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Posted:hehe Coleman,, you had much fun with photobooth on your new mac yet? biggrin

Some men see things and say why....

I Dream of things that never were and say Why Not....?

Oh No I'm going to get Shot Alive if he finds out - DA wink

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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay

Total posts: 7330
Posted:yep - i now know exactly what i would look like if i were on bo selecta smile

i think my imac has a dodgy screen though ubbcrying

spent ages on the phone to apple who assed me to do lots of software things and resets before they would believe me that it blatently has a sh!t screen and that i would have to take it to an apple shop/dealer/fixer upper to get them to look at it.


the problem is that after the mac has been sleeping for more than a few hours, when i wake it up, it has funny lines down the screen that are either discolured, flicker slightly or both.

gonna leave it for a while now that the call has been logged (so they know it hasn't happened because i stepped on it or anything like that) and take it in if and when it gets worse.


cole. x


"i see you at 'dis cafe.
i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
- tim westwood

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Sym
BRONZE Member since Sep 2004

Sym

Geek-enviro-hippy priest
Location: Diss, Norfolk

Total posts: 1858
Posted:The only problem with that is that they may just give you a new one - so all your software and configs will go. You should do a full back up before you give it to them...

Sorry if that seems basic - I just know what a pain it is! smile

Have a look at this: http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html


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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay

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Posted:maybe sooner is better than later then seeing as i haven't started transferring all my files from my pc yet.

will apple be angry with me if they find naughty software on my hard disk?

not that i have any of that of course... ubbangel


cole. x


"i see you at 'dis cafe.
i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
- tim westwood

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Sym
BRONZE Member since Sep 2004

Sym

Geek-enviro-hippy priest
Location: Diss, Norfolk

Total posts: 1858
Posted:In the Computer shop I ran (PCs and Macs) I found so much porn (home made was the most fun - when the wife came to pick it up....) illigal software, bank numbers, etc etc.

You learn to ignore it all and just fix the problems. I doubt apple tech support will care at all, but it might be best to back up and remove it anyway...


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Pen Draven

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Posted:Now if you took it to PC world of course.... angel2 nah I'm sorry low blow lol

And if you don't get on with superduper there always Carbon Copy Cloner,, pretty good and thats what we use for the production Mac's here


Some men see things and say why....

I Dream of things that never were and say Why Not....?

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Loewan
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

Loewan

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Location: Liverpool

Total posts: 464
Posted: Written by: newgabe


oooh good on ya! Hope those new Intels are nice! I just got my old iBook back from the repair shop. Sweeties fixed up two nasty problems caused by user damage on the warranty.... gotta luv em.



My iBook HD went down like two day after the warranty finished. Fortunately, Apple called me a week before that and asked me if I was AppleCare. I told them I will think about it which gave me an extra month to apply for it.

Sign up for AC and wheeled my baby in. The darlings fixed the HD and replaced the patchy screen! hug On top of that repair, I will have two years coverage! Kick Ass!!!


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Nate
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Nate

Groovy ga watashi no namae desu!
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Total posts: 1530
Posted:little late on posting on this one, so i wont offer my mostley useless advice that i might very well have had



wow you guys know a tiny bit about computers wink



teach me the ways of the geek



cole my friend all i have to say is that i have a 12" ibook g4 1.2 like someone else on here, cant remember who. i got this around 5 or 6 - 8 months ago.....i think



i will NEVER go anywhere near a pc if i dont have to enough said



and guys i wouldn't mind one of these



http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/...mp;nclm=MacBook
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and i almost baught me and my girlfriend a 17 inch power book to share from ebay but it turns out i didnt have the money lol


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Nate
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Nate

Groovy ga watashi no namae desu!
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Total posts: 1530
Posted:oh yeh, apple care is definately worth it

i baught 3 years with mine, but i lost the code thing to put in for it and havent looked for it, been too busy

do you guys know if i can still recover it if i have simply been dumb and lost the most important part that comes in the damn box

its late 4:46 in the morning so my posts arent making me sound too clever right here


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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

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Posted:The registration number should be registered with Applecare as soon as you buy it and 'linked' to a particular computer. That starts a file on a central database somewhere in Appleland that can be accessed by Apple shops anywhere by keying in your computer's serial number (which is under the keyboard, I think). So you don't have to carry your warranty around the world if you travel/everyone knows what's been done on it elsewhere etc. The file even has a pretty picture of your computer model on it..

If you have not already registered that number with Applecare, I suggest *yes* do find it and register, will make life very easy if you ever need to use it.

If you can't find it, call the shop you bought it from, they may have registered it for you (mine did)
Or they may have copied the number onto their invoice or sales system.


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Nate
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Nate

Groovy ga watashi no namae desu!
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

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Posted:cool thanks, i got my beast from the online store so i'll wack an email their way and see what happens

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UCOF
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UCOF

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Posted:I see young master Nate has used two of my favourite words there.

"wack" and "beast"

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Pen Draven

Unofficial Lord Of Confusion And Pirate Extrodinaire
Location: Nuneaton

Total posts: 1363
Posted:ahhh but did he get them in the right order wink

Some men see things and say why....

I Dream of things that never were and say Why Not....?

Oh No I'm going to get Shot Alive if he finds out - DA wink

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Nate
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Nate

Groovy ga watashi no namae desu!
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

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Posted:yes....... yes i did

lol

i love this forum


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