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    Final Cut Express Vs iMovie

    Yes, but you don't get much control over them. In fact, they aren't really 'overlays' at all, since iMovie only has one video track. iMovie 6 comes with some impressive lower third sequences. With FCE (LiveType), you can create your own as well.
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    Final Cut Express Vs iMovie

    I use both. It takes a few days to learn FCE, but once you've learnt it, it's clear that you get a huge amount of extra power than iMovie. On the other hand, iMovie can do the Ken Burns effect painlessly. In FCE, it can get fiddly. So, if you have both, you can always export from iMovie into FCE and have the best of both, as I do.
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    Open Source Web Design for OSX

    Personally I would recommend learning (X)HTML, PHP, JavaScript etc. That's as free and open source as you can get! (Unless you use a proprietary text editor, I suppose)
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    Video editing

    iMovie would be fine for that purpose, I think. But are these DVDs in the actual DVD movie format? That is, can they be played in a standard DVD player (do they have menus etc)? If so, then they need to be ripped, and the process is quite messy, I think. You don't want to pay for Final Cut just to do a simple thing like that... do you?
  5. I have just noticed that Final Cut Pro has vanished from the Apple Store. What's more, Motion, Soundtrack Pro and DVD Studio Pro are also absent. Since when did Apple only sell it's pro apps in the Final Cut Studio bundle? EDIT: I've just found this. I'm not sure I understand it. And I thought there were 5 jam packs. One of them has disappeared. What's going on?
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    Hard Drive Mirror

    I have lots of small hard drives simply because I have a lot of old PCs, from which I can cannibalize the components. RAID is a great way to get new life out of lots of hard drives from old PCs.
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    Hard Drive Mirror

    If you want a 40GB mirrored RAID solution you can also set up something called a 'concatenated' RAID. If you happened to have two 20GB hard drives, for example, you could put them in a concatenated RAID, and then set the concatenated set to act as the mirrored RAID for the 40GB internal HDD.
  8. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere, in passing, on the Micro$oft knowledge base that Windows XP is unable to run from an external disk (I know for a fact that pre-NT versions are incapable).
  9. Disk Utility can partition hard disks; unfortunately its two major disadvantages are that it can't create NTFS partitions and it can't mix DOS and Mac partitioning schemes. See this article for a command line solution to your problem. I believe the command line 'fdisk' utility would also help; it's more interactive than the solution in the article. For a bootable Mac backup, I've heard praise for Carbon Copy Cloner, so I'd say that's fine. For the same on the Windows side, I'd say don't bother trying. Windows can't be booted from an external drive. Even if you could backup a bootable version of it, you'd need some way of transferring it back to your PC's internal hard drive, which would require a bootable CD or DVD. If for some reason you did lose your Windows system, it's always a good thing to have a fresh installation of it, otherwise you automatically copy all of your old viruses and registry problems and spyware and file fragmentation, if you had any, and it's generally faster when just installed anyway. Another alternative is to network the two computers and backup your Windows stuff from the Mac! I can vouch for the fact that it works, although I can't say whether or not the Mac can read NTFS partitions. If it can, you just use a Mac backup script to copy files over the network to your external volume. It might be slightly slower; I transferred nearly 6GB in about 22ish minutes over 10/100 Ethernet and Firewire. This solution saves you the bother of buying/finding Windows backup software and it means you can use two HFS+ partitions on your external drive instead of a mix-and-match, which further means that you can use Disk Utility's easy-to-use GUI.
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    Manually Mounting Drives & Devices

    You can use the command line's mount command or, alternatively, just go to Disk Utility, select the volume you want and click the 'Mount' button.
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    Storage Solution other than RAID?

    Well, my experience in these sorts of things is limited, but I do know that you can use Disk Utility to make any set of hard disks a RAID. Just get some USB or Firewire enclosures, or a USB/Firewire rack and put some disks in them (they're very inexpensive of course), and use Disk Utility to specify what you want. If you happen already to have a number of very small hard disks, you can even set up a concatenated RAID to harvest their combined capacity as though they were one disk. You can then add the concatenated RAID set to a mirrored/striped RAID.
  12. One of the biggest rumors for MWSF '06 is the Mac mini DVR. But I've been thinking: if you can just record a TV program onto your Mac directly, why would you bother to spend $1.99 to download it on iTunes? So, how about the idea that they will upgrade Airport Express to include FrontRow and a remote control, and the ability to connect the unit to your television? That way, you could wirelessly stream your videos/photos to your TVs, like the Elgato products, I believe. Possible? Update: Oh. Looks like Mac Rumors already had that idea.
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    Record movies of your screen

    No, it's a Unix X11 program. I don't know if it works with OS X though; I haven't tried.
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    Record movies of your screen

    The only free possible solution I know of is xvidcap.
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    burning movies to DVD's help!!!!please...

    Well, iTunes 6 can play any imported movies in full screen.