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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by BilltheCat, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. BilltheCat

    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

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    I am pleased to announce that I too am now a Mac Guy!

    I ordered this and will receive it next week sometime:
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    iMac
    Processor 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor

    Cache L2: 4 MB Shared

    Bus Speed 667 MHz

    Memory Slots: 2 DIMMs
    Type: PC2-5300 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM SO-DIMM
    Installed: 1 GB (2x512 MB)
    Capacity: 3 GB (1x 2 GB DIMM and 1x 1 GB DIMM is maximum configuration)
    Configuration: 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB or 2 GB SO-DIMMs

    Display Type: LCD
    Size: 20" Widescreen
    Native Resolution: 1680 x 1050
    Brightness: 280 cd/m2
    Contrast Ratio: 800:1
    Viewing Angle: 170° horizontal, 170° vertical

    Graphics Display Card Interface: PCI Express
    Installed: ATI Radeon X1600 with 128 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM
    Supported Digital Resolutions: Up to 1920 x 1200
    Supported Analog Resolutions: Up to 2048 x 1536
    Dual Display Support: Yes

    External Monitor Configuration:
    Mini-DVI output port for extended desktop or video mirroring on external display or projector
    DVI, VGA, S-video, and composite video connections via adapter


    Storage and Expansion

    Hard Drive Bays: 1x
    Installed: 250 GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard disk drive
    Type: Serial ATA

    Optical Drive Bays: 1x
    Installed: Dual-Layer SuperDrive

    Reads
    CD: 24x
    DVD: 8x

    Writes
    CD-R: 24x
    CD-RW: 16x
    DVD-R: 8x
    DVD-RW: 4x
    DVD+R: 8x
    DVD+RW: 4x
    DVD+R DL: 2.4x


    Input/Output Connectors

    Ports 2x 6-Pin FireWire-400
    3x USB 2.0 Ports
    2x USB 1.1 Ports on Keyboard

    Display Output 1x Mini-DVI
    Optional adapters available for DVI, VGA, S-Video and Composite

    Audio 2x Integrated Stereo Speakers with internal 12-watt digital amplifier
    1x Built in Microphone
    1x Headphone/Optical Digital Audio Output
    1x Line-In/Optical Digital Audio input

    Video 1x Integrated iSight Camera
    2x Digital Video Input/Output via FireWire
    1x S-Video/Composite Output via optional adapter


    Communications

    Wired Network: 10/100/1000 Gigabit BASE-T Ethernet connector (RJ-45)
    Modem: None (Optional Apple USB Modem available)

    Wireless Wi-Fi: AirPort Extreme 802.11b/g
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0+EDR


    General

    Operating System Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger

    • 20" iMac with 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
    • Class On Demand - Mac OS X Training CD
    • Apple Remote
    • Apple Keyboard
    • Apple Mighty Mouse
    • Power Cord
    • Software
    Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger (includes Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Xcode Developer Tools)
    iLife '06 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
    Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive
    iWork (30-Day Trial)
    Quicken 2006 for Macintosh
    Big Bang Board Games
    Comic Life
    Omni Outliner
    Apple Hardware Test
    Front Row
    Photo Booth

    • Install/Restore DVDs
    • Printed and Electronic Documentation
    • 1-Year Limited Warranty with 90-Days Phone Support

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    Looked at refurb but ended up with this instead. The price diff just wasnt that much. I guess I will need to grown my hair now, yes?


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  2. JohnH

    JohnH Millennium Member

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    Congratulations Bill! I think you'll be really pleased with you decision. I've been considering a Mac for several years now. Please let us know how your new Mac works out. JohnH
     

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    I completely agree, I think you made a great choice. Just resist the urge to boot Windows on that system since its Intel based. I'm sure learning some new things will be frustrating, but stick with it, Mac is a 100% more secure than Windows, and for goodness sakes, set up that Linksys router you said you had.

    I truly believe with all the craziness I'm hearing about Vista, its going to cause the tide to turn against Microsft and revitalize Apple and the Open Source community...

    I CAN'T WAIT! :)

    IGF
     
  4. BilltheCat

    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

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    Thanks! I will need some help with that BEFSX41 router because I am already using a wireless BEFW11S4 somy wife can have wireless in the house. Both her pc and laptop from work use it.

    How to combine the two will be a challenge for me!
     
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    Actually, that BEFW11S4 should be ok, I imagine its got some sort of hardware firewall running (are you connected to it via wireless, or by ethernet cable?). It may just need tweaked..

    IGF
     
  6. BilltheCat

    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

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    My mac will be hard wired. Her desktop is wireless and her laptop also. Too much of a pain to get hard wire to her desktop.
     
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    Congrats!! That's a solid purchase that will keep you running happily for years. Since you are a new mac guy let me give you a couple of suggestions to help get you rolling. After your MS Office 2004 Test Drive expires, look at NeoOffice http://www.neooffice.org It's a free port of OpenOffice 2 for the MacOS for those times you need to work with MS Office files. Works well. Also, so that you can see all those wmv and avi videos posted around, Flip4Mac has free plugins for Quicktime at http://www.flip4mac.com

    Finally, for those few and far between times you must stoop to actually running Windows. I really like Parallel's Desktop for Mac http://www.parallels.com It's $80 and you need to provide your own copy of Windows/Linux/etc for it. It's still ongoing development, and has a few personality quirks, but the Parallel's team has really put together a solid solution. I'm running the latest beta and the integration of the Windows apps into the MacOS environment is really cool using coherence mode.

    I've found the MacOS environment is just more intuitive than Windows, and that includes Vista (which I ran for a brief period with Parallels just to see what it was like) And wait until you start playing with iMovie/iDVD...it's addictive. I use them to make DVDs of my IPSC/USPSA matches. It drives the wife nuts after I spend a day out shooting a match, I spend another editing the video, and subject her to sitting and watching the finished product with me.

    Oh, I could go on forever.... which is one of the side effects of becoming a Mac User [fanatic]

    Have fun with it!! :banana:

    RCNet
     
  8. BilltheCat

    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

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    thanks RC ! That neooffice sounds like I wont need to buy MS office now!

    Very cool and that saves money for other neat stuff!

    Seems most web pages are set up for pc's with style pages and flash and avi's and such.

    When I get it I will ask about those things.

    I notice firewalls and spyware/virus software is available for the Mac. Needed?
     
  9. Wulfenite

    Wulfenite The King

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    I'd go Mac next time for sure if they'd come out with a 5-button pointing device. Heck, even a 2 button with scroll wheel would be enticing.
     
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    Bill,

    I would say virus protection and a firewall are less needed than on a Windows PC, but I still have one of each. Better safe than sorry. MacOS has a firewall built-in that is easy to use and probably adequate, but I really like the products from Intego http://www.intego.com I've been using both their VirusBarrier and NetBarrier on my iMacs for years.

    A good place to get information on everything Mac is Apple's own discussion pages at http://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa


    Wulfenite,

    When was the last time you looked at a Mac mouse? For at least a year and a half, the Mighty Mouse that ships with each Mac has had 4 "buttons" and a two dimensional scroll ball. OK, it really only has one button, but it senses where you fingers are on the surface of the mouse and performs different functions depending on if you press from the left, right middle or squeeze the sides.

    [​IMG]

    Now you don't have any more excuses. :thumbsup:

    OK, enough evangelizing for now.

    Take care,
    RCNet
     
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    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

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    cool! Now I have stuff to read while I await the mac's delivery!

    thanks!
     
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    You will love it!

    I've been a Mac guy forever but I did just order a new 15" MacBook Pro. The wireless keyboard came today but I won't see the laptop until probably Tuesday.

    I did just get a MacPro and two (help me Jesus) 30" Apple Cinema Displays at my office. Man, what a beautiful sight, but I can't drop that cash for home. The ol' 2ghz dual processor G5 and 2 23" Cinema Displays will have to do me for a while.
     
  13. Wulfenite

    Wulfenite The King

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    Isnt 1 gig of RAM kind of skimpy for a Mac. My last mac was an SE and IIRC they were memory hogs. I had a full meg in it as I recal and that was an obscene ammount in 1988. I also opted for the 20meg hard drive instead of the dual floppys which was an amazing ammount of drive space. LOL!

    After the agony I've been going through the last 48 hours trying to get the drive in my laptop upgraded I'll never skimp on factory installs again. Its "full boat" for me from now on. The extra dollars on the credit card are cheep compared to the PITA later.
     
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    The first Apple laptop I owned ran at 133 mhz, came with 64mb of ram, which for several hundred dollars I upgraded to 96mb and a 2gb hard drive. It was the top of the line at the time.
     
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    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

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    I wanted 2 gigs of ram but I couldnt understand the price increase. 300+ for their install of an extra gig or way less if I do it later.

    3 slots and they put 2 512's in. I guess they board had to have at least 2 simms. That will be my first upgrade for sure.

    But on the other side I have been told that Mac's now need less ram than pc's as they dont waste it like MS OS does.
     
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    Like with this Macbook. Comes with 2 gig, 3 gig costs an extra $500. I've not cracked open a new iMac but I can't imagine it's real difficult. After market ram is the way to go.
     
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    Bill,

    Here are a few other sites of interest for your reading fun.

    http://www.macintouch.com/ Great Mac news and information w/ helpful discussions. I visit it daily.

    http://osx.hyperjeff.net/apps/ Huge database of currently available Mac OS X native applications.

    http://www.securemac.com/ Deals with nothing but Mac security issues.

    http://www.macwindows.com/ Mac & Windows integration issues and solutions.

    http://www.tidbits.com/ Weekly email/web magazine on the Mac community.

    These should keep you busy until your new toy arrives.

    RCNet
     
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    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

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    :thumbsup:


    very kind and cool!
     
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    Bill,

    go to newegg.com and you can populate the third memory slot with a 1GB stick of crucial ram for about $120, shipped. Did this with my MB Pro and saved $180 over having Apple factory install the extra ram.

    Depending on your need to run Windows, Parallels may not be the best solution. IF you are gaming, Parallels and other emulators (VMWare) do not support all of the required devices. I used the bootcamp beta to partition and install Windows on my HD. Works perfectly EXCEPT for the required reboot. Am trialing the VMWare fusion beta emulator now.

    Gary
     
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    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

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    beleive it or not I am hoping to not have to run winblows at all again!

    Except for the application to enable ms documents and such I really dont need ms anything. I hope that NeoOffice will suffice and then I wont need MicroSloth anything.

    Listen to me, I havent even gotten the Mac yet and already I am Anti Bill Gates! :tongueout:

    Maybe I can send him a post card email to let him know I bought an iMac!:wavey: