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    MouseZoom to the rescue

    Regarding the "slow mouse" issue in MacOS X (especially for those of us who moved over from a PC, whether Windows or not), I personally like MouseZoom, available at http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/12205 . This installs as a Preference Pane and gives a very simple slider to set the mouse speed to something higher than Apple's own mouse speed slider. It works fine here in Leopard (10.5.3) on an Intel Mac and worked fine in 10.4 on a PowerPC. Technically the DMG disk image contains two versions, one for Intel and one for PPC.
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    Can iMac display be shut off but iMac still run?

    That is good to hear. Thank you very much everyone for the great responses.
  3. I have a question for anyone with a recent iMac (G5 or Intel based). Can you have the computer running but put the display to sleep or turn it off to reduce power consumption? For example, if I am VNC'ing (remote desktop) into my iMac while I am not in front of the iMac, it's just a waste for the display to be turned on. Obviously with a Mac Pro with separate monitor I can just turn the monitor off and everything's grand, but I want to know about the iMac since that's what I'm planning to buy soon. Thanks! Don
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    Can iMac display be shut off but iMac still run?

    But when I VNC in won't the activity on the system cause the monitor to power back up and stay on the whole time I'm remotely controlling it? This is what I'm hoping to avoid if possible. If I'm not directly in front of the machine, I don't want the display to be on at all. Thanks for the tip, though.
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    Mac pro power consumption

    According to www.barefeats.com, the MacPro they tested (with 16GB of RAM and a Radeon X1900 I believe) drew about 410 watts on startup and a max of 430 watts under heavy load -- idling at about 300 watts. Pretty hefty, but then again their test unit was maxed out with high-end components. How that relates to a G5 PowerMac or a Core 2 Duo iMac I cannot say for sure.
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    Canon Printer.

    Has anyone here got any experience with the Canon MP530 or MP830 all-in-one models with MacOS X? I'm specifically interested in either connecting it to my Windows PC and printing over the LAN from the Mac, or connecting it to my Mac and printing to it over the LAN from the Windows PC. I am also interested in the scan functionality from over the network. When I was first looking into these things, I'd read that Brother actually had the best OSX support for network scanning but the Brother printers just seem so flimsy whereas these Canons look quite sturdy. Thanks in advance, Don Eitner
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    Power Mac Kernel Panic

    If it's a late 2005 model it should still be under warranty (in theory) so I would ask Apple to replace the whole unit.
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    Apche, PHP & MySQL HowTo

    If you are looking for more recent versions of Apache, MySQL and PHP (and more) you might also check http://www.mamp.info/ which is essentially a single package/program which gives you all three with pretty much zero effort on your part. And yes, you can still edit config files and all that if you want specific settings.
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    Handbrake quality

    Depending on what you're grabbing ... I've grabbed hour long videos off a DVD using HandBrake with the bitrate option set to 780 Kbps (rather than setting a target file size) and the videos come out looking quite good and the size (for a 1 hour video) is just over 300megs. For a half hour video, that ought to easily get under 200megs and still look just as good.
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    iLife question

    Now mind you that depending on which model Mac you have and how old it is, if you had a more recent version of iLife (04, 05, 06) then you would lose it but would have the version which came on your Mac when it was new.
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    Using what your Mac gave ya

    I find it hard to get by without Tiger Launch sitting my menu extras area and giving me quick access to every app in my Applications folder. I have a lot of additional little apps (nothing major like Adobe CS2 or MS Office) but I don't use them frequently. My main uses for my Mac are iChat, iTunes and iMovie.
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    Timeframes for Mac Pro upgrades?

    Apple seems to update its PowerMac line about once a year but rarely at the same time each year. G5's PMs came out in late 2003 but were updated in mid-2004 and then early 2005 (then again in late 2005). Then the MacPro came out in mid-2006. I'd expect to see new models before WWDC next summer, possibly (though probably not) at MacWorld in January. I'm still holding out for a single Core 2 Duo (not Xeon) model at a price between the iMac and the MacPro. I know, I know, wishful thinking.
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    EyeTV to DVD... how is the video quality?

    I've got a related question with the EyeTV 250; since it is not a Firewire DV capture device (which the previous EyeTV 200 was, I believe) how long does it take to import video into iMovie after capturing it with the EyeTV software? On my G4 PowerMac I had a Canopus ADVC-50 PCI card (incompatible with G5 Macs due to voltage) and it would let me capture directly into iMovie in real time. But with a non-Firewire device, if you must first capture in real time and then import into iMovie (which is notoriously slow when importing existing video files) that would be terrible; not to mention making one already large file into two large files. Thanks!
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    New hard drive for Dual G5 Powermac

    I just bought one of those Seagate 320gig drives for my PC. It's really, really fast and runs several degrees C cooler than the Maxtor it replaced. I'm thinking of buying another to put into my G5 PowerMac.
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    AppleCare Protection Plan

    Knowing that Macs are a bit more closed than PCs (of which I quite comfortable putting together and upgrading myself) I bought AppleCare with each of my Macs. I never needed it with my G4 PowerMac in the 2 years before I sold it. I did need it with my (purchased used but still under AppleCare) G5 PowerMac. The logic board had some problems with any more than 1GB of RAM installed. After some hurdles that required me to do some tests to prove my memory was not bad, Apple replaced the logic board and I've had no problems with my G5 since. Without AppleCare... I'd be well up the proverbial river without the proverbial paddle.
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    Depending on the quality of the cable, CAT5 can handle gigabit just fine. CAT5e just specifies the cable has to be of a somewhat higher quality so it's preferable (over CAT5) for gigabit. If you bought no-name CAT5 cable at a bargain price, it probably won't give you the best gigabit performance but it should still work at better than 100Mbps.
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    New in 10.4.8: Zoom Using Scroll Wheel

    I just learned this in the latest MacCast. Tried it out (10.4.8 here, 3rd party mouse) and it works beautifully. This is terrific!
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    Exporting videos for windows from iMovie

    iMovie can export in many formats and Windows Media Player can view many formats. Try DivX AVI or "plain" AVI. You can use MPEG-4. Or yes, export it to DVD video through Toast or similar -- that's pretty well guaranteed to work on anything.
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    Things We Don't Hate In Windows

    Most definitely. Keyboard navigation in OSX leaves A LOT to be desired for those of us who don't always like to take our hands off the keyboard to grab the mouse, find the mouse pointer on the screen and then move it where we want to go -- much less the ability to perform functions with the keyboard which are not on the first-level menu but 3 or sometimes 4 menus deep. Oh, and changing slider controls with the keyboard. What is Apple thinking with the "guess at how far to move the slider" design? What I don't hate most about Windows is that it's remarkably similar (for obvious reasons) to OS/2 where I spent a good 5 years between 1996 and 2001. It's shallow compared to what OS/2 could do, but using the system is very much similar. Moving to MacOS X was quite different.
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    How to save midi controllers instruments to Garageband

    A related question for you, Bobby -- I was not aware the Keystation 49 had built-in sound fonts. I didn't buy it because I wanted something I could use both with Garageband and also as a standalone keyboard (for just playing around). If the Keystation 49 has built-in sound fonts, can it be used standalone?
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    Any issues with new iMacs?

    A point in favor of the new iMacs is that they are essentially revision B of the Intel iMac, so if there were issues in the original version (early 2006) they (should) have been fixed by now. Interestingly, with all the hoopla over MacBook and MacBook Pro problems, I NEVER heard of any problems with the Intel iMacs. Don
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    Experiences with Apple Support

    I've only had to call AppleCare support once in 2+ years of owning a Mac. They were not able to fix my problems (2 issues with my G5 tower) and gave me authorization to take my it in to have the logic board replaced. However the Apple Genius at the local Apple store refused to take the machine until they tested it themselves (meaning I wasted an hour on the phone with AppleCare). Now curiously the Genius was able to pinpoint the problem as bad RAM, which the AppleCare guy was either not able to determine with over-the-phone directions or did not think to have me check) and one of my two problems has gone away. The other is a minor issue that I can live with (the SuperDrive tray ejects by itself during bootup about once every 6 or 7 power cycles -- not warm reboots, only on cold restarts). So I gave a vote of Good on this poll.
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    iDVD Image

    I have done this -- the .img that iDVD creates is NOT a standard ISO file. However if you mount that .img file in Disk Utility (drag it from Finder into the left pane of Disk Utility), then click once on it and go to the (I believe) Utilities menu and then to Convert. Select the CD/DVD Master option and give the file an extension of .cdr (this will actually be automatically done in the conversion, I believe). Now the .cdr IS a standard ISO file but most Windows programs probably won't recognize that right away. You'll need to change that filename extension from .cdr to .iso and then you can use something like Roxio's Disc Copier in Windows to either burn it to a DVD or to a DVD Folder on your hard drive.
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    Is Crossover Mac dangerous for Mac Developers?

    Mac users who have either been Mac users all their lives or came over from Windows don't have the real world experience with this topic to answer it correctly (personal opinion). As a long-time user of IBM's OS/2 (a product which competed directly with DOS and Windows in the IBM-compatible PC market -- a market which Mac has never been in until now) I can justifiably say that many Windows developers would say there is no need to develop a native Macintosh version if Mac users can already run their Windows version. It happened to OS/2 which actually had a lot of great native programs early on, including WordPerfect 5.2, MS Word and Excel, Corel Draw, etc. But when OS/2 began really supporting Windows programs (in the Win3.1 days) many developers stopped writing for OS/2. WordPerfect 6 and 7 for Win3.1 could be run in OS/2 with no problem, so the native version was killed off after 5.2. Word and Excel, of course, Microsoft killed off as soon as they left the joint development of OS/2. And for years after that, it became impossible to convince any other Windows developers to write their apps for OS/2 even when OS/2 tallied up 10 million+ registered users circa 1995 because they could write just one version and sell it to both Windows users and OS/2 users. and if it broke under OS/2 that wasn't a big enough market to worry about fixing it, which further saved them money. Today most (not all, but most) OS/2 development is done by individual programmers as shareware or by small groups porting open-source apps from Linux. So do I believe that MacOS X officially supporting even a subset of Windows programs would be good for the Mac community? Absolutely not. Crossover Office as a 3rd party offering (and at cost) may be alright, but building that kind of functionality into the OS itself would be disastrous in the long run. Once enough major application development of native apps ceased, more and more developers would stop writing native apps in order to write once (for Windows) and reach the widest audience (of both Mac PC and non-Mac PC) users. I know this from experience.
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    Using a PC RAID to backup files

    I've never seen a "name too long" error. Just how long as your filenames? AFAIK Win2K and MacOS X have the same limit (255 characters). I could be wrong about OSX's limit, I haven't had reason to really check it.