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  1. While this topic is wildly unpopular. I thought I would post a link to an extensive review of Ubuntu 10.10 which has a large segment on the new Netbook GUI.http://arstechnica.com/open-source/reviews...u-1010-wip.ars/BTW: I did install 10.10 NBE on an Acer Net-top, and after downloading the latest video driver, I was able to experiment with the Unity GUI. It's a nice blend. They got a great start, and hopefully it will only get better.
  2. Temmu,If you are member of Mobile Me, you can setup "Back to my mac". It will require you to do a little bit of router configuration to make sure it can properly talk via the ports it needs. It will allow you to screen share/mount drive shares/etc. While I am a MM customer, I have opted for a different solution. I didn't want to hassle with opening more ports on my router.The second option is to go out and upgrade to Mac OS X server. OS X Server has a built in VPN server with an easy to use front-end to manage what is offered. I've used this, and it works. The cost is up there... Worth the mention, but will probably be overlooked...A third option is to buy a 3rd party solution that enables the already-installed (but doesn't have a public front end) VPN server. By buying the VPN server enabler, you can then use that machine as a VPN server and remote back in and use screen sharing to access your machine, and more. I have tried this... the software that I bought worked, but had one major bug. The developer didn't really have intentions on updating, since it really did just enable the VPN server. The problem (the bug) was in their choice of applying DRM to their app - aka their licensing system couldn't remember that I was registered!!! If you want the name, let me know and I'll dig through my records.The fourth option, and one that I continue to use, is a 3rd party solution called ShareTool. ShareTool must have 2 licenses: 1 server - your home machine, and 1 client - your mobile computer (reasonably priced). ShareTool runs in the menu bar once setup to share, and makes it extremely simple to remote into your home computer securely. You have access to all of the Bonjour services within the ShareTool client app, and more. I would go for the ShareTool route. It's really the easiest, most robust, and feature rich option. You can find more information at the ShareTool website: http://www.yazsoft.com/products/sharetool/* I'm not directly affiliated with Apple or Yazsoft (makers of ShareTool) other than being a satisfied customer.
  3. Since this thread crossed into the MobileMe sandbox, I thought I would chime in.MobileMe is more than just an email address. You have access to cloud syncing of contacts, calendars, etc for simple syncing to other Mac OS X devices as well as Apple's "i" devices. You also get access to your data via a browser which will sync any changes. While their gallery feature is no Flickr, it is getting better, especially with the privacy settings and allowing non-mobileme users have access to "private" family galleries with proper permissions... You also gain access to the handy find my iPhone service (which will ping the phone and play an audible sound - even if it's muted - to help you locate it). Or if it's lost or stolen, you can remotely wipe the phone, display a message, etc.Does Dropbox surpass MM's iDisk, yeah, no doubt about that. But hopefully the new data center on the east coast will help speed that along. ;)Also forgot to mention, that Apple is bringing more MM apps to their iDevices to expand on the capabilities. Which is a Win for customers.
  4. To help clarify. Apple's Mac OS X Server does not have the hardware requirement... in other words, you can install it on a VM as long as that VM supports it.Apple allowed this not to long ago, but only for Mac OS X Server.;)MrA
  5. Thought I would post an observation...I tried installing the Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition in VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, and Parallels Desktop, and all 3 failed to load the new Ubuntu Netbook "Unity" GUI.It appears that the new Unity GUI requires a 3D capable video card. Otherwise you are stuck with the standard Ubuntu Desktop GUI.Reference: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sourc...question/128737Hope that helps others. I just wanted to check it out. ~ MrA
  6. Bruno,Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the masses. You have left a mark on this world that is beyond words.Godspeed.~ Joshua
  7. Yup, I just had to revisit my Shameless Plug thread... Amazing how fast time flies.I've made some improvements, and there are new reviews online.http://www.streams-of-time.net/
  8. It is incredibly small... the photos, in my opinion make it appear big. If i had to make the decision again... I think I would still get the quad.. its nice being able to swap out drives, monitor the temp an run time, have 4 drives, and have it only take up one power plug.
  9. Marsden11... Apple has nothing to do with this...I didn't post the link so you could criticize it. Don't judge a book by its cover, and if you don't have something nice to say: don't say it at all.
  10. Well... being swamped with work and side projects, I was not able to review the new enclosure... so I will share with you the item, then review it later at my blog (with all the details). It is the Quad BayDock 8002 x 250GB Internal :: My main system is a PowerMac G5, so these two are cooled by the tower's fan system.2 x 250GB External FW800 :: These are in fan-less all aluminum enclosures, standing vertically. They tend to get warm, but are not that bad. Are in a direct path of a fan directed towards part of my desk ("the paper-less zone")4 x 300GB + 2 x 300GB External FW800 unit :: This is the Quad BayDock, it has a total of 8 fans: two main, two power supply, and four (one on each bay).1 x 20GB External FW800 & 1 x 8GB External FW800 :: are pain drives connected to the system by a ComboDockI don't really keep track of the temperature in my office, but it is reasonably cool since the walls are concrete, and its in the basement, with air conditioning during the summer.
  11. I love:PhotoshopImageReadyIllustratorInDesignDreamweaverFlash MXSort of ok with:FireworksHate:GoliveFreehandFlash MX 2004 (dont like how they modified the action scripting area, not newbie friendly)If they dump Fireworks, Freehand, and GoLive, I'll be happy... Just don't muck around with Dreamweaver.
  12. Congrats on the PB!I agree with everything Christopher has mentioned.I would add one thing though, besides the added benefits that the .Mac account offers, you have to look at it this way:1) No matter what anti-virus app you get you need to pay every year for updates, and most often times it might just be better to buy the new version, so lets just use a figure: $70 retail for anti-virus year after year...2) With a yearly subscription to .Mac you not only get anti-virus, that protects against Mac, *inx, and Windows viruses (so you dont forward them in emails to your Windows friends), you also get all the added benefits that .Mac has to offer: online storage that can be accessed from say work and home, email, email aliases, online email, special discounts, etc etc.The savings is there, thats why .Mac is so useful! But its a lifesaver when you can mount the iDisk on your work computer (Mac or Win XP) and be able to get your files at home (and vice versa).Shameless plug: check out my list of fav Mac apps over at my blog : link, you might find something you like.
  13. When they announced iWork, I said I was going to wait to purchase it with Tiger, as well as iLife. I however needed the latest version of iMovie for a project so I got that ahead of time.Its my understanding that Pages isn't a Word killer but almost the equivalent of Microsoft Publisher, which isn't offered to Mac users. I'm looking forward to the new version of Keynote and to be able to work in Pages... Since I really dont have an app like that.
  14. Christopher,I can't call them at the moment, but they dont offer Family pack at education prices... well at least not on their site.Since I only have two systems, and if I get a 3rd (it will come with it) I'm saving a bit by just buying the two at $70. Also, there is a chance, though now remote, that my employer will refund me one of them since I use MY iBook at work.I splurged a bit (as I said above), also ordered a 1GB iPod shuffle, the sport case, and iWork 05.
  15. Yeah, if a company offers an education discount i take it... since I work at a High School I'm eligible.I just never thought it was going to be $70. I thought maybe $100 since the retail cost is $130. I'm not complaining!Yeah, they say delivered by, but if you go thru the check out process standard shipping 3 to 5 day is the only option. Just curious, I called and the sales rep said it could arrive before, on, or after depending on where you live.I'm going to go to the Apple store thats by my brother-in-laws on the 29th just to experience the release party. ;)I also ordered a 1GB iPod shuffle. I have a 40GB 3rd Gen iPod... but its a bit bulky in a case when I'm working around the school... the shuffle being really small wont get in my way. and I have work mixes so I don't need a screen, i already use shuffle songs so I'm cool.
  16. Well cancel the experiment! I didn't know it was only going to be $69 education price!!! I just ordered two direct from apple. Why spend $130 at amazon, then have to wait for a mail in rebate... sorry... direct from apple for cheaper is the way to go.
  17. Excellent! Now to see which of my orders will arrive first: OS X 10.4 Tiger: An Experiment
  18. FuzzButt,I'm curious as to what format and quality do you rip your music too? Again, just curious.
  19. Welcome markrob,Congrats on the Mac mini purchase!I'll get right to answering your questions:1) I haven't used MS Money for a long long time now... The best suggestion that I can offer is to do the following.Open up Quicken and see what kind of files it can import. Then go to Money and see if you can export your information (you might need export for each grouping, like checkbook, stocks, etc) into one of those formats.I uninstalled the Quicken version that came with my iBook, but you might need to at least set up the system providing some information, and then import, if its possible.I know thats not a real complete answer, but thats all I can give on the topic. Oh don't forget to check out the help system and see if they mention anything about importing other apps' data.2) If applications come with Apple scripts, and those scripts are not installed automatically when you first launch the application, you can put the scripts in to your user's script folder.Navigate using finder to your User folder then > Library > ScriptsSo overall: Computer Name > HD Name > Username > Library > Scripts* CAUTION ! *Only run Apple Scripts that come with Apps, from companies you TRUST!ALSO What I'm about to say is just for ease of use. Take proper caution not to DO ANYTHING within the folders along the following path, as doing such could damage the system!!!To add the Apple Script Menu Extra to the menu bar (a menu extra is the little icons that appear to the left of the time in the menu bar) navigate to the following folder:Computer Name > HD Name > System > Library > CoreServices > Menu ExtrasThen click on the Scrip Menu.menu icon. A scrip menu extra will appear in the menu bar to the left of the time.From that menu extra you can access the default scripts that come with the system, as well as any scripts you put into your script folder.** ** **If an app includes an apple script, it most likely will include a scrip option on the menu bar when the app is currently the active application running, thus allowing you access to the included scripts. Look for it in the menu bar, most likely after the Help option.
  20. Aside from the size, that unit's features looks awesome! I like how it has a built in FM transmitter, and is modular! I mean, they have HD packs going up to 80GB! Very nice.I see it's not officially supported on a Mac, but if you say there is 3rd party software I believe you. Sometimes the 3rd party apps offer features the main ones do not.Personally I have a 3rd Gen (touch buttons) iPod, and am waiting for maybe the next major upgrade to the iPod line. I love the size of the iPod mini, but like being able to cary around all of my music. So I'm going to wait a bit to upgrade my iPod... and who knows I might just get a smaller one and do selective syncing. I am going to get a shuffle sooner or later so when I'm working outside I can have something super small that wont get in my away, and I wont be too upset if it gets damaged.
  21. Andy, $50 extra is not that much to get an awesome player. Lets look at it this way, if you buy concert tickets, you could pay $150 for the last row, or $200 for one of the front rows... you still get to see the same concert (ie you get the same music), but for just $50 more, you get to see it up close and personal (thus having a much greater experience, an iPod).... I would gladly choose the $200 option. Or I could buy a $50 gray-hound bus ticket and be seated near the restroom, where for just $50 more I could be sitting up front away from the fumes. Get my drift? I'm not going to get into an argument about this. I wanted to set the record straight, so people who read this thread know the facts, not some one sided attack on iTunes or the iPod. The iPod does not convert any file. It will play the above mentioned files. I know a lot of people who have amassed a large list of MP3's AIFFs and AACs, they all transfer to the iPod, nothing gets converted.If you are saying that because its not a click and drag operation to remove music from an iPod, then you are sadly mistaken. There are 3rd party apps that will remove the music you placed on your iPod, and if you do that, you get the same file you put on.About the battery... The iPod mini has an 18 hr battery life. Yes the older iPod models had lower but Apple is improving them. Not to mention there are replacement warranties/services where you can get an inexpensive replacement at the end of the batteries life-span (and YES ALL batteries have a natural life span) You can't judge a music player just by its battery life, there are list of factors that one needs to consider.You know... I just figured out why so many other players have GREAT battery life span... their owners aren't listening to them on a regular basis. No wonder people complained about the older lesser Apple batteries, go figure that one of the best music players would actually be used non stop, or close to it.telecomguy9 asked for opinions, we gave them, and I had to set the record straight against your unfounded claims. I'm sure the other mods will see this thread going down hill and will most likely close it if this continues.... so why don't we drop the subject and just help telecomguy9 out.
  22. I'm with Sonic, if you increased your budget to $200 you can get an iPod mini... a sweet little device! :drools:
  23. hkspike:Correction: iTunes will not convert MP3s to AAC unless you ask it to. iTunes/iPods can play: MP3, AAC, Protected AAC, MP3 VBR, Audible formats 2, 3, 4, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF
  24. I guess it all depends on a lot of factors:How are you going to use it (exercising, or just normal activities)Is the physical size an issue for you (is smaller better or don't you mind)How long are you going to use it (your expected battery life)Do you want removable batteries (AA/AAA/Rechargeable) or fixed internal rechargeableHow much space do you want (ie how many songs do you expect or want to carry)?Do you expect to purchase downloadable music from the majors: iTunes, Napster, etc? If so, then you need to make sure you get a compatible player for that service. iTunes Music Store = iPod line, Napster and the like have requirements as well.Most players that have some sort of navigation have made them very confusing or difficult to navigate. I will give credit to some of the majors they are trying, but my opinion is the iPod has the best interface. Don't forget if you get one of those small flash players, the screen might be so small it could be useless.The iPod Shuffle is really cool, even though it doesn't have a screen.There are so many flashed based ones out there that you can just pick and choose... If you are used to MP3s stick with them so that you could switch from one player to another if you so choose.I have an iPod, and I wouldn't want anything else, so I use Apple's standards-based AAC format... but the iPod also supports MP3...About your WinApp, you might need to get accustomed to a new app, so that you can sync the player with the music, but that depends on the player, some you can just drag and drop and the player sees the songs.
  25. The list has been updated to include 11 more apps, as well as some updated listings.Continue on to the list...
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