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    mp3 cutter - what's the best way?

    I can recommend Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ I use it to edit down/chop up MP2/MP3 files recorded from UK DAB radio as well as to do fairly basic mixing and effects. Not entirely sure if it is significantly less heavy (in terms of resources) than Garageband though, but at least it is free. In order to do MP3 encoding you also need to download the LAME library but there is a link to this on the Audacity site.
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    Linux w/ Parallels

    In case anyone is interested I have also installed Solaris 10 X86 on my MBP via Parallels. The only tricky part of the installation process is the Solaris Network card driver which must be installed via the .iso image provided by Parallels after the main OS has been installed. The process is documented by Parallels. With the X windows login enabled the Solaris VM window is too tall to fit on the 15" MBP screen, so this either needs to be disabled or the VM window shifted to an external screen. For me the real "proof of the pudding" for this VM solution is that i find myself using the parallels VMs to do real work on a regular basis. Have already placed my order for the final product.
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    Xcode book recommendation ?

    If you have the full installation of the Developer Tools including the documentation, then you will have access to the Apple tutorials covering Objective C, Cocoa and XCode they are certainly a start. I have bought Step into Xcode: Mac OS X Development Fritz Anderson based on other recommendations but not yet read it!!! Problem is that Xcode is continually being revised. at the turn of the year we went from 2.1 to 2.2 and then 2.2.1. At the end of May 2.3 was released.
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    Linux w/ Parallels

    BTW:- I ultimately plan to run Solaris 10 Intel (proper UNIX!! if you forgive the irony) as a Parallels VM on my Mac Book. I'll post my experience here but Parallels indicate that it should just work......
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    Linux w/ Parallels

    Am using Parallels workstation at present with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (32 bit update 2), for prototyping my development work. I am able to run a full Linux database server as a Parallel virtual machine and then connect multiple client applications to the VM Linux server, all on my MacBook Pro. This means testing and demos can all be done on a single box and whilst I am commuting on the train. Marvellous stuff. Needless to say I have pre-registered for the full Mac OS X workstation product when it comes out of beta, several of my customers plan to do the same. Parallels list the various Linux distros the workstation VM supports on their website and there is plenty of informal information on the forum. I would strongly urge anyone with an interest in Linux to sign up for the Parallels beta program and give it a spin.
  6. For me the music is a significant part of the MacCast I have personally picked up on a good dozen bands/artists that I would otherwise never have heard of and followed up my interest by downloading further tracks from iTunes or elsewhere. Keep the Mac stuff, keep the music, keep the promos, there's room for it all, isn't there?
  7. (Apologies in advance if this is issue has already been addressed elsewhere in the forum.) I have a 2 year old Powerbook G4 1.25 GHz (circa December 2003) with a 1 GB of RAM provided on a single original Apple PC 2700 SO-DIMM inserted in the "lower" memory slot (the one furthest from the memory access cover). The other slot, the "upper" one nearest the memory cover is empty. (My interpretation of "upper" and "lower" in this context may not match the conventional wisdom, whatever that is.) Recently (just before the Xmas holidays in fact) the video developed a corruption problem, the machine was booting and working but the video was unreadable, random screen lines being offset by a several hundred pixels (like one of the hold controls on an old Television set going out of adjustment). The corruption occurred on both the built in screen and on an external analogue screen (I did not have a DVI screen to hand). Being the Friday just before the UK holidays there was little chance of a fix so I backed off the HDD to an external Firewire drive (with the unit in target mode and another Mac performing the backup with SuperDuper, thanks for the tip Adam et al). I then tried re-seatting the memory chip (one last chance before before leaving to join a rather long Genius queue at the London Apple Store.) I powered the unit back on and the video corruption was gone. Not quite the end of the story, the same sort of video corruption occurred again, twice in fact, over the following week. I tried the memory re-seatting trick before doing a SuperDuper backup (in Target mode), this time it seemed to have no effect, but what I did notice however was that if I left the Powerbook unit in Target mode long enough (> 12 hours whilst I backed off the various disk partitions) the video corruption would eventually disappear. It looks to me that this is not a memory problem but a video controller issue (possibly associated with the hard life my Powerbook has had commuting every day on the London to Brighton train). Has anyone else had any similar experiences with Powerbook video corruption. Could it be related to the memory slot issue (I doubt it)? Like many others I am waiting for Uncle Steve to pull a few intel based rabbits out of the Hat next week, hopefully at least one of them will be portable and possible in a slim Aluminium (or other metal) case.