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  1. The Professor

    Can someone pls recommend a hard drive for my new MacBook?

    I had started to worry about you after I posted several negative comments about Microsoft recently, and you did not reply by calling me stupid. It's reassuring to know that you are still willing to discuss my stupidity.
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    Can someone pls recommend a hard drive for my new MacBook?

    The information "120gb is the maximum that the MacBook will recognize" is false. What is true is that 120gb is the largest drive Apple is offering preinstalled. The important thing to keep in mind when upgrading a MacBook hard drive is that it uses a SATA interface. This is a relatively new development in notebook hard drives. Most older notebooks use the IDE hard drive interface, such a drive will not wqork in a MacBook. I just read that OWC (macsales.com) is selling two different models of 160gb SATA drives which they are explicitly targeting at the MacBooks. I'd suggest you avoid the Hitachi drives, as they are descended from IBM hard drives, and IBM made the notoriously unreliable Deathstar series (sometimes called Deskstar). We had 4 of them fail within 6 months, and that was just in our home! I ordered my MacBook with the optional 120gb drive, Apple installed a TOSHIBA MK1234GSX and it has been flawless. It is very quiet too. Please tell us which drive you end up getting, and how you like it.
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    Tiger on old G4

    There are ways to reduce the size of a Tiger installation after it has completed, but I'm not aware of a way to reduce it during the installation process. I expect the installation would fail and might leave the notebook in a (fixable) non-bootable condition. Perhaps you might be able to connect an external hard drive, install Tiger on that, then reduce the size of that installation sufficiently to make it fit, then clone it to your internal drive. I would not try this. I think you would be entering into the valley of tears. Even if you did succeed, I'd expect Tiger to perform miserably if it did not have several hundred megabytes of free hard disk to use for swapping memory and creating cache files.
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    Dell LCD

    Within the Dell product line the Ultrasharp displays are much better. Jorellh is correct about the higher pixel density. That alone makes a display better. As others have said, avoid a bargain basement LCD, it will look terrible.
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    Battery/Power Query

    I believe you will find that all current Apple power supplies will work just fine with the 240VAC 60Hz in the UK. I certainly had no trouble with my MacBook power supply earlier this month in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Of course you'll need US to UK plug adapters, but those are just passive electrical connectors so they should not cost very much.
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    Dell LCD

    We have a number of Dell Ultrasharp LCDs here, and they are very good displays. I use two of them in my office, and my partner has two in his office connected to 2 SunRays in a dual head configuration. We have 2 that are 20.1", one 19" and one 17" in our house/data center. None has ever failed or behaved unexpectedly. I'd have to say they are well above average in sharpness and detail, but their color fidelity may not be quite as good as displays costing twice as much. I do not prefer the Dell displays for working with photographs, but they may be no more than a personal preference I suppose. All things considered they are among the best you could get when you consider quality against price. I certainly prefer the display built in to my iMac for working with photographs.
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    Travel Laptop

    [insert drum roll] That was very clever :-) But seriously I'd suggest a basic MacBook for this person, as it is the least expensive portable Mac. And it comes preloaded with lots of good stuff too.
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    File requesting administrative access

    To be exactly correct we should say that Photoshop Elements has fewer features, since they can easily be counted. Less is used for differences not expected to be enumerated, while fewer is correct when counting is likely to be possible. For example, I might drink fewer cups of coffee with less sugar in each one. However I intend to keep drinking just as many cups of coffee as I do now. Honestly I'm not trying to be difficult, it's just that I'm a writer by trade so I take these silly little things seriously. I hope I have not annoyed you, sir.
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    Frequent Kernel Panics on MacBook, Especially on Wake

    I did an Archive & Install today, and now I'm unable to reproduce the kernel panic problem I was having before. It may be just a bit too soon to be certain, but it seems as though it is fixed. This is a much better result than sending my MacBook back to Apple for repair! I've only noticed 2 minor issues as a result of the Archive & Install, first the MacBook forgot the WEP key for our WLAN - very easy to fix, and it also forgot the login picture I had assigned to my user account - also a very trivial issue. My copy of Macrodobe DreamWrecker is still registered, and it has remembered my keychain too. It was my first time reinstalling an Apple OS, so I was very gentle with myself. It didn't hurt nearly as much as I was worried it might. It seems like a happy ending :-)
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    iWeb in Italian

    CFSporn is correct again. It is a widely used convention in the web hosting and tech writing industries that sample text in a template is in random Latin. it's easy to see why it would look like Italian. Sorry you went to so much trouble over this.
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    Reasons Macs are better than Windows

    This is exactly true. Windows was also never designed with the concepts of security or networking in mind. The original design had absolutely no support for networking protocols, and any user could (and still can) quite easily trash the entire system, accidentally or on purpose. Of course they have retrofit networking (very ineptly) and they've made lame attempts to secure Windows, but the flaws in the original design haunt them to this day. Windows will always have serious security problems as long as it can still run the huge existing base of Windows programs. The one and only way that Microsoft would ever be able to create a secure operating system would be buy throwing all of their existing source code in a dumpster and starting over. This would break all existing Windows programs, leaving Microsoft in the same boat as Linus Torvalds. This is why the US Department of Homeland Security, through it's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has advised home computer users not to use Microsoft web browsers. reference Back in the early 1990s when Microsoft was illegally using their monopoly position to destroy Netscape, they made the STUPIDEST DECISION IN THE HISTORY OF THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY. This was when they decided to give web developers direct access to the Windows shell through the use of extremely insecure Active X extensions to the world's least secure web browser. This idiotic move on their part gave rise to an entire industry of malware authors. Everyone that uses a computer is still paying for this mistake, as much of the malware, virus and spam Internet traffic is based on malware that has been auto-installed using the literally hundreds of security holes in Internet Exploder. By comparison, the BSD operating system on which NeXT and OS X are based has a superb security model and support for TCP/IP right in the kernel. In addition, the design philosophy at Apple is superior. Apple is to Microsoft as Toyota is to Chevrolet. Toyota tries to build the best cars they can, while Chevrolet seeks to create a product that can legally be described as a car. Apple tries to create the best operating system they can, while Microsoft does not seem to know what they want to do, except make it harder for their enemies (developers at third party companies). By now you may have realized that I'm not very much impressed with Microsoft, and I like OS X much better. For good technical reasons as well as personal taste.
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    Mac Virgin

    I'm completely over being expected to give free technical support to everyone I know. I now have a response much like yours that *every* PC owner gets, "The best advice I can give you is to buy a Mac." Repeat once for each question. Eventually they catch on that they need to go spend their money instead of having me clean up their garbage for free. I was a Mac virgin until May of last year. And I've worked full time in the computer industry since 1978. So I've got an awfully bad attitude toward MS operating systems, having been forced to use them since the days of MS-DOS. By comparison I find OS X to be much less user hostile, quite obviously carefully designed, and usually sensible. There are a few things that do annoy me though, like multiple cryptic names and nonsensical icons on keyboards. For example, there seems to be about 5 different names and/or icons for the two identical keys to the left and right of the spacebar on an Apple keyboard. That really, really, really annoys me. A lot. I would prefer to have one name per key. When do I press the Apple key instead of the Command key, for example? And when is the Option key an Alt key instead of an Option key? And how am I expected to know which key it is at any given moment if it is so often both or just one at a time? Granted having a 149 year old brain does make it harder for me to learn new tricks, but still, one name per keyboard key would be an improvement.
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    Frequent Kernel Panics on MacBook, Especially on Wake

    Thanks to everyone for the replies. I've decided to try an Archive & Reinstall before contacting Apple. But first I am making a complete backup because I've never met anybody that regretted making a backup. The backup is going to take a while, as I only have 30gb free on my 120gb hard drive. I'll post in this thread again when I have more news. Prof'
  14. My otherwise perfectly lovely MacBook has a tendency to kernel panic, especially when I wake it from sleep. I know people are often grouchy when they first wake up, but I refuse to accept this behavior from a computer. If I put the MacBook to sleep (by closing the lid), then connect the power supply, and remove the power supply just a second or two before opening the lid, it will kernel panic at least 50% of the time. During my recent vacation it prolly kernel paniced 8 times. I hate when that happens. I wonder if any other MacBook owners are seeing this problem? I intend to talk to Apple about this, but want to know if other folks have trouble if they disconnect the power supply from a sleeping MacBook.
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    PowerBook memory

    OWC is a good place for Mac users to shop, I agree. Another option is New Egg, they usually have a very broad range of memory products available.