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    What are the best movies for geeks?

    For anyone with a programming background "Hackers" has to be the worst geek movie ever.
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    What are the best movies for geeks?

    2001: A Space Odyssey Blade Runner
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    This 'Lanyard System' JoyOfTech was too funny...

    I liked "Post Traumatic Apple Event Disorder"
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    New Mac Mini

    I agree, the new Mac Mini is definitely a mixed bag. I was looking to buy one as a media center, but I'm having second thoughts because of the Graphics issue. A lot of the problem comes down to Apple's pricing model, they only regard the Mini as a budget machine and now they're having to put some very budget components inside to offset the cost of the Intel processors. I think there's room for a Mini model at the $1,00US price point or maybe even higher. Of course that starts to compete with the iMac, but I believe there's two different markets out there, there's people that like the all in one nature of the iMac and those that like to buy there own periperals and just replace the system unit. If you just want to buy a system unit the choice is Mac Mini (up to $799) and then jumps to the lowest Power Mac at $2,000. I'm not knocking the iMac, I'm writing this on my iMac, it's a fantastic machine, but I'd like to see more product choice in the mid-price range.
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    New Mac Mini

    Agreed it would be simple to put in a basic tuner that deals with PAL/NTSC/Secam and you've covered a good part of the globe. However, if you look at Elgato's products page there's a range of solutions that go beyond that. I think it's better to let a 3rd party provide these customized solutions and it gives a lot more flexibility to the user. I don't agree with this idea that what we need is one box that will do everything.
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    MacBook Pro heat problems

    Matt: sometimes you're just wicked.
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    MacBook Pro heat problems

    As an early adopter your gonna find it difficult to get feedback on this. I'm not sure there's enough people on this site with a MacBook Pro to help you. Try http://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa I did a quick search with "MacBook Pro heat" and there does seem to be a number of people experiencing your problem. Unfortunately this thread seems to have got stuck on testicular matters. :? Good advice about fertility and heat from laptops, but doesn't answer the original question.
  8. I use Real Player to listen to BBC internet radio it's the only choice. I was a bit hesitant about installing it on the Mac because of my experience of it on Windows. Real Player on the Mac however has been fine, it doesn't install loads of rubbish all over your machine like the Windows version, or try to take over all file associations. I've never had any problems, and you can remove it easily by trashing the app. 'fraid I can't answer your second question.
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    New Mac Mini

    Another big problem with adding DVR functionality is the different global broadcast standards, Apple wouldn't be able to provide a one size fits all solution. Apple are better off letting Elgato deal with the global standards and we can just hook up our Mac's to their EyeTv or whichever product we prefer.
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    Question about G5 20" iMac...

    I think you got a good deal. The price new would have been $1899USD, and that would have been with 256MB of RAM, you got 2GB of RAM. The machines a little over a year old and the specifications are still impressive. You could get at least 3-4 years of life out of that machine and probably a lot more.
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    Question about G5 20" iMac...

    August 2004 (probably was available Sept) - May 2005 I got this from an application called "Mactracker", it's a database of info on all Apple products going back to the beginning. Very useful little app especially if you're considering buying a used machine and want to check specifications. Also fun to browse, pictures, startup chime sounds, code names of the machines when they were developed and loads of other good stuff is included. Find it on http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/
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    Rip DVDs and UP Convert them

    Check out this forum thread http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?m...421227 Apparently creating an alias to the location where your VIDEO_TS folders are works. So I've learnt something Check out this forum thread http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?m...384072
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    New Mac Mini

    Yeah I think 1GB is what you'd need, but then the whole package starts looking pricey.
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    New Mac Mini

    I'm considering buying one as a media centre, which I'd manage remotely from my iMac. The graphics card spec for these machines look particularly good for this type of function. (http://www.friday.com/bbum/2006/02/28/inte...nis-video-card/) Agreed, the price increase is steep, and the extra memory I'd have to buy is making it look a less attractive proposition.
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    Rip DVDs and UP Convert them

    i think the standard Mac DVD Player already does an "upconversion" for you, so all you need to do is take that signal and connect to your HDTV. Last time I checked, Front Row didn't appear to let you select VIDEO_TS folders, maybe I missed something or that's changed. I notice MediaCentral does allow VIDEO_TS to be selected from the hard drive.
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    New Intel Mac Mini as a Media Server

    You can buy adapters, but you may have to buy two 1. DVI to Video Adapter (like the one Apple sell) and then 2. S-Video to SCART adapter There may be a direct DVI to SCART, but I'm not sure. SCART is really a European connector standard not much used here in Australia.
  17. Your observations are spot on...from my experience. I had an IBM micro-drive a few years ago: - noticeable lag as the drive spun up. - heavy power use. - broke after about 18 months. Of course the new micro-drives may be better, but I suspect the problems are inherent in their design.
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    Tiger being hacked good thing? Yes!

    You can't say that anyone writing a virus or a trojan has done a good thing...but in this case it may start making mac owners realise they're not immune from viruses and trojans and that's a good thing, especially when these early ones appear to have been "proof of concept" and not really dangerous. The Unix underpinning of Mac OS X offers a certain protection, and Apple have been quick to make fixes. mac users also have to be careful about what they download and install on their machines. They should also stop logging in with admin accounts. In the words of the early 80's cop show Hill Street Blues "LET’S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE."
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    Restore Safari Tabs

    Thanks, nice tip. I normally use Safari because I like the "clean" interface, but I've missed the option to save tabs on quit (like Firefox).
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    Formating iPod

    Yeah agree, it does slow down transfers. Only you can judge whether the slow down is acceptable or not. I don't think so, the file system type is dependent on whether you use the Windows or the Mac updater. So that's a bummer. Looks like you may have to get that thumb drive. Unless someone can provide some info on partitions.
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    Formating iPod

    I've just edited that bit out, on re-reading your post I became unsure you were using FAT32. Why not try FAT32? If it doesn't work for you, you can always revert. Or have you already tried that?
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    Formating iPod

    I tried defragging using Drive 10 a couple of years ago. After defragging for about 5 minutes the backplate of the iPod was hot enough to fry an egg on (no joke), I quickly stopped the defrag. On other forums I've read of people having the same experience. I don't think iPods are designed to handle the sustained read/write that a defrag does. The drives don't have any cooling and little airflow. I would suggest periodically running iPod software updater and doing a full restore. Also before you sync your music with iTunes take off any additional files on the disk.
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    Formating iPod

    I'm not sure about partitioning. In theory it should work you could use something like the Windows App Partition Magic. What I've done before is attach the iPod to a Windows machine, run the Windows version of iPod Updater and take the Restore option. This will format the iPod to FAT32, readable/writable by both Windows and Mac. If you then attach the iPod to your Mac, the Mac should recognize the iPod and sync it as if it was an empty iPod. You may however experience syncing problems, ideally it's better to use HFS+ file system on an iPod that's connected to a Mac. When my iPod was FAT32 I found that iTunes would beachball when synching the iPod and also transfer speeds were much slower. If you don't often update the music on the iPod this shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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    Podcast problem on iPod mini

    You could try restoring from an earlier firmware update. I'm not sure the Updater does a full restore if it detects you're on the same firmware release as the Updater. I really not sure about this, it's just a vague memory of a thread I read a while back.
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    Booker T. Washington's take on forum posting

    Nice one, all too true
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