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  1. I shopping in Costco today (27 November, 2007 San Diego, CA). Noticed they've place an $80 "manufacturer's instant rebate" on the 160GB AppleTV.
  2. DOS>Windows>OSX

    Update: My wife now has a 20" Core2Duo iMac, and we share a white CoreDuo MacBook. So now there are three apples and two 5th Generation iPods in a house that used to have two PC's. I doubt if we'll be adding an iPhone anytime soon. we use two prepaid cell phones, with an annual total cost of less than $150 for airtime. It would be hard to justify two AT&T contracts (although I've played with iPhones and they're really cool!) I'm still trying to learn Final Cut Studio -- there's an awful lot to learn there. I am delaying the upgrade to FCS2, cause I'm not yet working HiDef, and I'm only halfway through the basic Final Cut Tutorials. I have WindowsXP running within VirtualPC on the G5 Powermac. I use it for "Quicken for Home and Business" because Intuit does not offer an equivalent for OSX. Their solution is to switch to Quickbooks. Except that there's no way to transfer my 15 years of business financial records from one program into the other! ...and believe it or not...I occasionally run a DOS medical billing application inside of WindowsXP which is inside VirtualPC. This works quite well, but I cannot print directly to a printer. I create print files, and a friend with a PC prints them out for me. The key word here is "occasionally." Anyway, Apple has made a huge fan out of this long-time PC user!!!
  3. Album Art

    For my Mac, I downloaded "Clutter" from Version Tracker. It searches Amazon for the album art of whatever's playing, then has a command to transfer the art to iTunes. Works pretty well, but sometimes hangs... I just close then restart.
  4. Safari Forward & Back Buttons

    I think I figured it out. If I accidentally tap the Mighty Mouse on the RIGHT side it offers an option menu whose first line is "Remove Item" Being a former longtime windows person, I'm used to double clicking. So lean on the mighty mouse twice and *poof" the forward/back button disappears.
  5. The Forward/Back buttons in Safari keep disappearing. So I go to View/Customize and drag them back into the toolbar. Am I doing something with the mouse or keys that makes them hide?
  6. Windows printing from a mac

    I just got rid of a HP 950psc that refused to serve PC's when connected to a Mac and would not print from Mac when connected to a PC on my home network. Costco.com had a Brother MFC-5440CN multi-function machine that has a built-in Ethernet port. All functions work over the network, with both OSX and WinXP machines. No need to buy a separate print server. It was inexpensive ($125 less a $30 rebate). Plus Brother uses separate ink tanks for three colors + black, they're a lot cheaper than HP cartridges. And there's an automatic sheet feeder for faxing or copying. I've had it for two weeks now... still happy.
  7. I've recently switched to Mac after decades of Microsoft frustration. Unfortunately I cannot completely sever the link... I need to run Quicken Home and Business which has no Mac counterpart. (Shame on Intuit, there's no file compatibility with the Mac versions of Quicken or Quickbooks!) I also have a couple of DOS applications that need the command prompt within VirtualPC. So my questions: Do the security vulnerabilities of Windows XP transfer through to VirtualPC? If yes, then is it only the "Virtual WinTel Machine" that's at risk, or am I compromising my Dual G5 running OSX Tiger? Should I run Windows antivirus software within Virtual PC? I haven't loaded Virex on the Mac. Should I? Any other suggestions? Thanks!
  8. DOS>Windows>OSX

    My first computer was a Timex Sinclair that had a membrane keyboard with BASIC commands. I built a bookkeeping application for my wife's business in 1981 and used it until we got a Leading Edge PC clone in 1983. This beauty had TWO 360k double-sided 5.25" floppy drives. A year later I got a 20MB "Hard Drive On-A-Card" and upgrded the memory from 256k to its max 640k by inserting banks of chips onto an add-on card. I used Version 1.0 of Microsoft Word for DOS. It worked great with a Hercules-clone graphics card. Later I upgraded to a '286 machine thad had a SINGLE-speed CD-ROM drive and ran Windows v3.0 with "Multimedia Extensions." It was pretty cool to be able to watch animations in Microsofts lame encyclopedia. Move forward through '386, '486, PI, PII, PIII, PIV. All of the time trying to do what MAC users had been doing since the mid-80s. Of course, they used IBM's at my work so I ddn't know any better. I've been trying to do digital-assisted video editing for the last decade, starting with Pinnacle's Video Director 200. This program tried to provide device-control over consumer VCRs, didn't get very good results (especially audio), but could put some nice titles on home movies. I was a beta tester for the Pinnacle's original StudioDV, but could never get it to work with my Panasonic miniDv camcorder (~1995). Since then I've tried to get video editing apps to run on my Windows platforms. Tired of render times, viruses, incompatibilities, and crashes! So it was time to upgrade the system, maybe spend some bucks on a real-time editing machine. I bought a Canopus DVStorm on eBay last year. It makes its Canopus-authored effects render within Premiere 6.5 in real-time, but it's a goobered up patchwork. I'm craving something better with good drivers and a solid software application. So I atttended some Mac Users' group and Final Cut Pro Users' Group meetings here in San Diego (home of Adam C.). I was sold! Now I've been setting up may new Dual-preocessor G5 2.7 and loving every minute of it. (A few questions that I'll ost separately.) Tomorrow I'm loading Final Cut Studio. I feel like a Mac evangelist. Al of my Windows-tolerent friends are being kept up-to-date with the stories of my transition. I think a couple of them are convinced already to make the switch. Maybe I should apply for a job at the Apple Store?
  9. maccast cating call

    I'll second UserX's emotion. Great job, Adam! You helped me to decide to switch.
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