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  1. You should download the documentation for Apple Remote Desktop and show it to them. It will enable remote management that they wouldn't necessarily know is possible, implementing a standard configuration and remotely installing it if needed, just as you describe. Given the quantities of machines you are talking about, there are bound to be Apple vendors in your region who can supply, install and offer training to the tech. You need Tech Support's.... support and you have to answer their needs. They're probably pissed that they already know how to do this on a PC, freaked that they are going to be working more and looking terrible at it. In fact the opposite will occur but they don't necessarily see that yet. You also need to insist quietly but firmly that the purpose of the installation is an educational one and clearly outline workflows and software that are apple only that will have an immediate impact in the classroom, the iLife suite seems like the basis for a good argument to me.
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    Photoshop 7 vs Leopard

    CS 2 works... I haven't given it anything other than a set of pretty basic photo manipulations to do, a resize, a levels adjust, some layers and blending, brightness & contrast. But it worked fine.
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    iTunes Gift Card anybody?

    You're a gererous person! I'm emailing you with a tip.
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    How much apple stuff have you bought?

    Well, using them since 1988... so nearly 20 years of purchase for companies and myself, including two colleges, and several major design companies. Not to mention the number I've specced for friends and family who bought because I was their goto guy... all the way up to now, we've four Macs in the house right now. Eeeeek... A lot over the years. I'm with Graham, I don't want to think. Should have bought stock at 20....
  5. DevonThnk Pro Office can do that (and a lot more...) with any PDF it imports.
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    Aluminium Wireless Keyboard

    Interesting.... I have bought one and I'm very happy with it. The thing is a joy to type on and is really sturdy and strong. Feels good. I'm such a long term laptop user I never look for the numbers anywhere other than at the top of the screen. And I've a wired trackball so again no interference issues. It's got a much quicker connect-to the mac than my sisters BT keyboard does, she h
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    Aluminium Wireless Keyboard

    Interesting.... I have bought one and I'm very happy with it. The thing is a joy to type on and is really sturdy and strong. Feels good. I'm such a long term laptop user I never look for the numbers anywhere other than at the top of the screen. And I've a wired trackball so again no interference issues. It's got a much quicker connect-to the mac than my sisters BT keyboard does, she has the older version. It's pretty seamless in my experience. Though if I had one wish... it would be that it included a pointing device of some form...
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    Aluminium Wireless Keyboard

    Interesting.... I have bought one and I'm very happy with it. The thing is a joy to type on and is really sturdy and strong. Feels good. I'm such a long term laptop user I never look for the numbers anywhere other than at the top of the screen. And I've a wired trackball so again no interference issues. It's got a much quicker connect-to the mac than my sisters BT keyboard does, she has the older version. It's pretty seamless in my experience. Though if I had one wish... it would be that it included a pointing device of some form...
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    other than NoteBook ?

    A major topic and your needs may vary wildly, I would consider using a couple of tools. You could use OmniOutliner to write a book. Certainly. But I wouldn't use it to store research and organise it. I would use DevonThinkPro or Journler for that, perhaps VoodooPad depending on your kind of material. But I wouldn't write a book with any of them. So perhaps the answer lies in combination.... All have trial versions, I'd give them a go. FWIW Journler isn't free, it's donationware starting at 10 bucks and up. To my mind all the programs have pretty reasonable prices given the impact they can have on your productivity. VoodooPad has a free version. You might, if you find this area interesting appreciate Ted Goranson's great series of articles in ATPM. http://www.atpm.com/Back/atpo.shtml He covers in great depth the field of outlining and information management software on the Mac, ideas of metadata and organisation. Fascinating work.
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    New Keyboard

    I got the BT keyboard to partner with my MBPro and I'm really pleased with it. It's very responsive, no lag at all between keyclick and onscreen activity. It looks cool and if anything it almost looks too small...the keyboard exactly matches the laptops, so all my finger memory works. it's sturdy and non slip, definitely feels more rugged than the last version and less skittery on the table. The key travel is equivalent, slightly less if that's possible than the laptops own keyboard. It feels like a laptop, no punching in the keys. I had always thought that I missed the old full key board with all the punching in but to my surprise, my fingers don't miss all that and after 20 years of laptop use are just happy flitting away lightly on the keyboard. I like it. Also with a laptop as my main machine, I am happy now to push it away and have the keyboard and a kensington trackball close and the laptop further away which feels good.
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    dvd region code

    I searched before (and again a while ago...) and found that Apple had taken an unfortunately low figure, that they could have taken 15 instead of 5. Now I don't have a link to whoever had that info so take that with whatever pinches of salt you wish. There was a workaround but it was pretty risky and you could end up with a dead drive. I decided to skip it. My wife has a Macbook, I have a MBPro, hers is region 2, mine is region 1.
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    Help With My IT Department

    There's bound to be an Apple Reseller with Education experience in your district who could work with them. I teach at college level also... and it's a problem when the IT dept doesn't want to include Macs. The Heads of Dept have the teachers on one side and the IT guys on another and it seems to fall between the two and ends up being half-assed in the implementation. Just keep reminding the powers that be that the technology is there to serve the educators and not the other way around. The onus should be on the tech guys to sort it out and leave you to work as you see fit.
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    Dead fan

    Any time my fan goes off...and stays persistently running, the first thing I do is check Activity Monitor.
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    Apple Event - New iPods !!

    Toby, they won't be available on prior models... still doesn't mean you haven't got a fine music player though. My MBPro is my main machine and even having a 160Gb HD means you weed constantly through the many podcasts. I have a main Music Library on an external drive on the home eMac and actually, now I think of it, I have no idea how large that is, that's something I just access via Sharing. Anyone else think the iPod Classic feels a bit like the outsider here and not long for this world? Or is that just me wishing it's HD was sitting inside that there iPod Touch... )
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    Apple Event - New iPods !!

    For me it's about significant difference... the 8Gb doesn't cut it in terms of matching those other features on the iPhone, the absence of Mail is crazy. Storage for me would be an issue, I have an iTunes Library that is well over 20Gb and growing. Each film adds 1Gb to it. I don't want to deal with transferring them over on a needs basis, i just want them there.
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