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  1. jroller

    Hello I love my mac

    Welcome to the Mac! I am sure you will find your experience just as great a year from now as you do today. Enjoy!
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    refurbished macbooks and leopard???

    As Joe said, Leopard will ship on new laptops in October when it is (supposed to be) released.
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    Fuse after Fuse...

    Ah.. I see. I didn't know that.
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    I agree. You will not see any perceptible difference in the two processors. RAM is a good investment, just not from Apple. Add third-party RAM for a savings. If you can stomach the extra cost, go for the larger HD. Unless you want to burn DVD's (and you really may appreciate that option) all you need is a combo drive. I would get the superdrive, personally. Now, here is an option you should seriously consider: buy an Apple refurbished machine. There is a link at the online Apple store (and one to it on the iSwitched lens in my sig). These are quality machines that you can often get at substantial savings. $200-$300 savings are standard on most laptops. I have seen them recently as high as $800 off (older model, but still a quality machine...in fact, it was the machine I am typing this on... 15" MBPro with Core Duo, not Core 2 Duo). Always worth a look to see what is currently in stock when you are ready to buy.
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    Help For a Soon to Be Switcher

    Joe is right on in his response. Your primary issue is deciding what purpose you have in mind for the machine; that dictates the answers to many of your questions. If video production, you need space and speed. Have a large music library? Space but not speed. Photos and photo manipulation. Space and speed. Surfing the web, watch dvds, listen to music, email, chat, etc. Neither space nor speed it needed in abundance. I'd say get the best you can afford; it gives you more options in the long run. You might also look at the refurbished models at the Apple store online. Often you can get more machine for the money there.
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    Fuse after Fuse...

    There's a fuse in the plug? Really? Where is it? I have several iMacs and never knew about this. As for your issue, usually if there is a repeated failure of fuses like you describe, there is a short somewhere. I would just try a new general one.
  7. Recently I made a Squidoo "Lens" for switchers (iSwitched). In doing my research for the lens, I ran across a site dedicated to switchers that I think might be of use to those interested. The site is aptly named switchingtomac.com (Here). While I have nothing to do with that site personally, it does appear to be a good resource for those making the change.
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    Please recommend a printer!

    I hate to say it, but I bought a Dell (yep, it was a hard decision...) for my lab at the beginning of last school year to replace a Xerox Phaser (which I highly recommend staying away from). It has been a great printer. I want to say it is a 3100nt or something like that. A tremendous improvement from the Phaser.
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    Blogging my switch

    MartinAustin, keep me updated. I would like to add a link to your site on my iSwitched lens when you have it fleshed out a bit more. Would really like to see more about how you came to the decision to switch and what the switch was like at first. Thanks...
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    Any great software for teachers and/or students?

    Wow... that is the first first-hand assessment of PowerSchool I have read. I just hate SASI so much, I figured nothing could be worse. SASI itself, I guess, is not really horrible, but IGPro is the single worst program I have ever used, and I have not used a paper gradebook in over a decade. Maybe there is worse out there. Scary thought...
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    Any great software for teachers and/or students?

    Actually, PowerSchool was purchased by Apple then later sold to Pearson, maker of SASI (which we VERY unfortunately have to use). I hope PowerSchool will replace it; it cannot possibly be worse.
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    You will find it handy to have Flip4Mac installed, even if you want to stay away from M$ products.
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    A good Place to get a mac

    I'll add a third to the refurb option. Honestly, if the machine you want is available as a refurb, I don't know why you would choose to pay a higher price for a "new" one...
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    iPhone: Reporting from...

    ...Charleston, SC. Was just out and happened to drive by an AT&T store. The parking lot and entrances to the building's stores are on the rear side of the building, but I noticed a police car stationed at the entrance to the parking area. Upon return I decided to swing into the lot to see if here in little ol' Charleston there was really an officer stationed for this event. Sure enough, as I entered the lot, there was a line forming (4-5 deep at this point, 9:30 a.m.), an officer stood at the entrance, and stanchions were placed along the sidewalk to define the waiting area. I have to say I was surprised, but I don't know why. Clearly, this is going to be a very successful launch. Any other reports out there?
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    I think it was the right decision. The new Mac version will be out soon; hopefully, it will be a universal binary version, as I find 2004 is tedious on my Intel Macs.
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    On my ibook G4....

    Plug them in then launch your sound preferences from system prefs. I believe you will have option to set the output settings in that location. That may solve your issues...
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    Future Switcher

    I would second that. I ALWAYS get AppleCare for my laptops, and often get it for desktops. I tell the story of my daughter's computer (G5 iMac)... the biggest lemon I have ever purchased from Apple (and I've bought about 30 over the last eight years). In short, it has had two new logic boards, a new hd, sensor replacements, and a new power supply. Apple sent a repair tech to me for each repair thanks to AppleCare. My son, who got the exact same model that Christmas, has never had one repair or even one call to AppleCare. AppleCare is just a good idea, and if you ever need it, you will really be happy you got it.
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    iPhoto slideshows

    Yes, I am pretty sure that if you set up a playlist in iTunes with the songs you want and select the playlist as your music selection in iPhoto, it will play the playlist, not just the song. Hope that makes sense. And welcome to the Mac.
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    Group calendars

    Hmm... that's a tough one. The multiuser nature of the Mac is to protect the files of one user from being accessed by any other user (as, in general, you would want it to). So, by nature, what you want to do goes against the grain. I don't have the answer you are looking for. I believe it will be a feature of the new OS (Leopard) due in October. I think you are on the right track, but here is a link that may be of interest to you: Synctogether To adjust ownership and permissions, just right-click (or control-click) on the item in question and choose Get Info. This will bring up a dialogue that allows you to alter these settings.
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    new processor new password?

    When you sent it in, did you provide them with the password? If not, they may have reset it (with the install disk) in order to test the machine. All you need is the install disk to change the password. Don't think you have to know the current one to change it when booted with the disk.
  21. Here's a link... it is not the one I used, but looks good: HD replacement
  22. I have replaced one or two, with that very model, I believe. There are instructions on the web somewhere. Find them. The most difficult thing to do is crack the bottom of the case off. It is not difficult to do and you will not break it, BUT... it WILL feel and sound like you have when you do it. After removing a few screws (for lack of the right term), you will hinge the case toward the monitor glass. It will POP... loud. That is expected, so be ready. You haven't broken it. From there, it is not very hard; just follow the directions. It is not as hard as the eMac, and it doesn't require you to go as deep into the guts, so go for it. It is a worthwhile upgrade.
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    You Tube now available on Apple TV

    Yea, I think this is a great feature for the Apple TV. Not sure how the video, which is normally not the highest quality, will look blown up on a 52 in plasma, though. Unfortunately, that is not something I will have to worry about for a while!
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    Giant iPhones in Apple Stores

    Cool. One of my students, home for the summer, is working an Apple Store in San Antonio. Said that they keep him in the dark and didn't have any inside scoop on the iphone. Oh, well. . . so much for contacts! It is interesting they dropped that part of the ad. It does suggest some change; guess we'll see soon.
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    Software upgrade 10.4.10 PPC/Intel

    What is Uno?