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  1. A friend of mine had the same problem while on vacation. The files are marked as deleted but are still there until the card is reformatted or the space is re-used for more photos. She had her PowerBook with her and managed to get a hotel with internet. She downloaded "PhotoRecovery for Digital Media 2.0", recovered her files off the camera's card and then quickly backed up to her PB! I haven't tried it myself but it does mention being able to handle Canon's RAW format. Good luck.
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    MS Office 2007 file compatibility

    As documented on various sites throughout December, Mac users who have to exchange MS Office docs with PC users will start having problems as Office 2007 gains an installed user base. The Office 2007 apps save files in a new XML-based format (.docx, .xlsx, and .pptx). Older versions of Office on any platform will not be able to read this new format. For PC users, Microsoft has addressed this issue with a compatibility pack for older versions of Office for Windows (FileFormatConverters.exe available from the Office support site). However, for the Mac community there is no similar workaround. MS has announced plans to release a conversion tool 3-4 MONTHS after the initial shipment of Office 2007 (i.e. spring 2007). The new universal version of Office for the Mac platform that will incorporate the new XML format is slated for release "later" in 2007. So, for the first part of 2007, all Mac users with Office 2004 (or Office X) will have to find other ways to open documents created by PC-using colleagues with the new MS Office 2007 suite. For most of 2007, Mac users won't be able to create documents in the new XML format. In a multi-platform environment, support issues could be a headache. Where I work, we have an evaluation period underway and sure enough, someone sent me a pptx file that I had to deal with. A workaround that I came up with to solve my 11-th hour problem was install the free compatibility pack in Parallels and convert the documents backwards before opening in Mac Office 2004. Of course, I had to save in the old format before sending it back to the "early adopter". In a quick search, I found one third party conversion tool but it looked like it only does Word docx to doc conversion and I needed to do pptx to ppt. (http://www.panergy-software.com/products/docxconverter/index.html) Has anyone else encountered this issue yet and if so, how did you solve it? A bigger question obviously is when will we get a proper solution? Or more importantly, why create an unnecessary gap between Mac and PC users? Maybe Justin Long (Mac) should take it up with John Hodgman (PC)? I can picture the new ad now; instead of being mellow and conciliatory, Justin is beating up on John, whacking him over the head with the pie chart and easel from the vacation ad. "Take your incompatible pie chart and shove it . . . ". I hope Apple pulls the ad tha talks about MS Office compatibility. By the way, this also affects everyone using alternatives like Open Office on Windows, OS X or Linux.
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    Lecture recording

    The built-in mic will probably be OK for most purposes but the sound quality will be mediocre. If the class has PowerPoint slides available that you download to follow while the lecture is going on, beware of a documented glitch with PowerPoint adding noise to to your audio recording (can't remember all the specs, it may be limited to older PowerBooks). My experience is from the other side of the podium, as a prof I've been podcasting all my lectures for over a year. I started with a 4G iPod with a Belkin Voice memo unit, converted the .WAV file to .MP3 in iTunes and imported to GB to create the podcast for release to the class. Pretty good quality but prone to picking up class noise (you guys can talk a lot!). To cut the time down, I tried recording using GarageBand on my old G4 TiBook while using PowerPoint to show the slides I was lecturing from and got the extra clicks and hiss noise. Also, any time I clicked or typed it was picked up. Since September, I'm using a Samson CO1U USB studio condenser mic plugged into my 15" MBP and a piece of software called ProfCast which records the audio and puts the PowerPoint slides in the enhanced track as chapter art. It can publish the podcast direct or you can export to GB to fancy it up. Played back on iTunes or video iPod, the students hear the lecture and see the slides sync-ed in real time (and they don't have to look at my ugly mug!). For a student this mic is probably overkill (about $80USD and a bit big for stadium seating lecture halls if it has to share space with your MBP on the writing desk). The sound quality is super. Check out other USB mics to see if something is better suited to your circumstance and budget. Your MBP should support anything with a USB, just go into preferences and select the USB mic as input once you've plugged it in. Follow the directions in the previous post for recording with GB. To prevent over/under saturation, check the volume meter in GB and adjust the volume level to stay out of the red zone for average noise levels - the recording levels can be set in preferences and/or GB. Alternatively, ask all your profs to podcast their lectures for the whole class to use! Good luck.
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    Can someone explain this?

    I don't have a .mov comparison but from my experience the MacBook Pro should have come out ahead on the mixdown. I had a 1GHz G4 TiBook and replaced it with a 2.13GHz MacBookPro. Both were maxed on RAM - the TiBook had 1GB and the MBP has 2GB. Presuming the iBook you tried was standard spec, it was probably 1.42GHz so it would have been up to 40% faster than my TiBook but 1/2 the RAM. I podcast my lectures and the MBP was doing a 50 minute lecture mixdown and convert to MP3 in about 1/2-1/3 the time of the TiBook. I didn't get a chance to try them in parallel to get an exact benchmark but the difference was very obvious. I can do a mixdown in parallel between a dual 2.7GHz G5 and the MBP.
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    Buying a mac whilst on holiday?

    Check out Apple's World Travel Adapter kit (on apple.com and apple.ca). It has a bunch of the little removable plug dongles for the iPod, iBook, PowerBook and MacBook power bricks. You can even carry your purchase through customs with a UK format plug installed and look really legit. Plus, you'll have the plugs for continental Europe also.
  6. The PC won't recognize the Mac file system so it doesn't assign a drive letter (looks like an unformatted drive). Good news is if it spools up and a PC can see it, the drive electronics are probably still OK. I have a external firewire/USB enclosure with the surplus drive from my PowerBook after upgrading. It only works on Macs because of the file system - my PC does the same as yours, drive is there but no letter. If you want an interchangeable external drive file system, use FAT32 because OS X can't read NTFS. So, short story - to read your drive, you need a Mac.
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    Importing Outlook Email to Mac

    Using another format as an intermediate works. If you don't see a compatible format in Outlook, use Outlook Express as an intermediate. From Outlook export to Outlook Express and then use Outlook Express to export to additional formats not supported in Outlook. I had a lot of e-mail to switch and had great success using an IMAP server. I dragged the e-mail to a folder on the IMAP server using Outlook and retrieved it into local folders by dragging from IMAP to Mac mail.