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Old 02-25-2009, 09:17 PM   #21
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Either get yourself a wireless Mighty Mouse (that's what I use), or simply take your Windows-compatible USB mouse that has left- and right-click capabilities and plug it into your Mac. It'll still work.
That simple, huh? Ok, I'm doing it. thanks!

Dam $70 for the Mighty Mouse.. Well it wouldn't be apple. I guess I'm going with my non-matching old PC mouse.

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Old 02-25-2009, 09:20 PM   #22
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I love the multi-touch capabilities my girlfriend's new Macbook Pro has. I always hated using mouse pads on PC laptops, they just never seemed to be able to replace a mouse. With the Macbook I might even like using the touch pad more than a mouse!

I use PC though. I like to build my computers. No problem with Macs though.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:21 PM   #23
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That simple, huh? Ok, I'm doing it. thanks!

Dam $70 for the Mighty Mouse.. Well it wouldn't be apple. I guess I'm going with my non-matching old PC mouse.
get the intellimouse 3.0. i've never liked the mighty mouse
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:26 PM   #24
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That simple, huh? Ok, I'm doing it. thanks!

Dam $70 for the Mighty Mouse.. Well it wouldn't be apple. I guess I'm going with my non-matching old PC mouse.
Yes, it is that simple! What's not simple is their pricing sometimes. Yeah, go ahead and use your PC mouse; that'll be just fine.

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intellimouse 3.0 > *
+1 for this. This is a good mouse. I have one myself, although it's connected to my server so it gets very little use.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:36 PM   #25
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I'm looking at the Bluetooth Intellimouse. I wanna be as wireless as possible.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:37 PM   #26
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I'm looking at the Bluetooth Intellimouse. I wanna be as wireless as possible.
thats a nice one....yeah do not buy the mighty mouse....dirt get stuck in there and then the ball to scroll gets stuck...

EDIT: That mouse is $$$$$$$$$$
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:46 PM   #27
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Yeah it's expensive but I have always bought good quality Logitech mice and they have always lasted until I just decided I wanted another one. I feel it's worth it and I'll pay a little extra to not have a usb stick protruding for the mice. I've cracked them a few times on accident. Never had a bluetooth anything for my computer so this will be nice.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:48 PM   #28
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Yeah it's expensive but I have always bought good quality Logitech mice and they have always lasted until I just decided I wanted another one. I feel it's worth it and I'll pay a little extra to not have a usb stick protruding for the mice. I've cracked them a few times on accident. Never had a bluetooth anything for my computer so this will be nice.
I hear ya....whats nice about the new macbooks is that bluetooth is standard...i found out the hard way that the MacPro's tower (at least the one I have) doesnt have bluetooth...
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:12 PM   #29
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thats a nice one....yeah do not buy the mighty mouse....dirt get stuck in there and then the ball to scroll gets stuck...
I've read a lot about this complaint, but I personally have never experienced this. That could be because I'm a clean freak and never use a computer if my hands are dirty. But yeah it's hard to go wrong with Logitech, too. I believe all of the new Macs, even the lowest Mac Mini, come with Bluetooth standard, but I'm not 100% on that. Either way, most do.
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:14 PM   #30
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I used to love Mac's, then I realized how overpriced they are and have no resell value whatsoever.

Also, Mac's aren't very torrent friendly.
what computer after 90 days has any resell value anyways?
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:25 PM   #31
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After years of using Macs as a kid, I switched to a PC in high school/college/grad school, but after finishing decided to buy a Mac again (I ended up with a 24" iMac).

Some programs I use a lot:

Camino - http://caminobrowser.org/ - its basically the Firefox browser, but developed exclusively for Macs - FREE

Adium - http://www.adiumx.com/ - a single program to handle all of your Instant Messaging needs, has a lot of customization options/plug-ins - FREE

Transmission - http://www.transmissionbt.com/ - I may switch to uTorrent when they put out a better build, but for now I'm happiest with this... it does what it needs to do well, and eats up very little resources on your computer - FREE

I think those three programs work well for anyone, and they're all free, which is great.

Some good non-free programs:

Delicious Library 2 - http://delicious-monster.com/ - nice looking way to organize your movie, book, music, and games collection - Not Free

iWork '09 - obviously Mac's version of MS office. Depending on your comp, you may have gotten this installed on it. Numbers still can't compare with Excel, but Pages is on par with Word, and Keynote exceeds PowerPoint.

iLife '09 - a handful of fun programs.
---Garage Band -- I use this a bit for recording earlier stages of music, and it works out pretty well. It may be a bit limited compared to real music recording software, but its good enough for most people, and if you just want to play around and make songs, you can have fun just mixing loops together.
---iPhoto -- lots of new features, including scanning faces, so it can learn to automatically label the people in your pictures for you (works with cats and dogs too, somewhat). My favorite part is seeing little pins on GoogleMaps of where you've been, and you can end up zooming as far in or out as you want. It gives you a nice visual idea of all the places you've travelled, just click a pin to view the photos from that location.
---iWeb is very limited, and somewhat annoying (it seems like a trick to get you to sign up for a MobileMe account), and I haven't used iMovie at all, so I don't know how good/bad that is


As for Macs not being good at torrents... not true, but I don't really want to talk about that here. Someone can PM me if they need help.


Edit: Oh, and yeah, the scroll-ball on the Mighty Mouse sucks. I've just learned to live without it. It's a bit harder to get used to not hitting the side button with your thumb, to trigger the Expose thing, which basically just "zooms out" and shows all the open windows on the screen at once.

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Old 02-25-2009, 10:26 PM   #32
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Not fair...how you get to have such a big avatar.
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Not fair...how you get to have such a big avatar.
He's special....I like your list of programs.
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I've got a Macbook Aluminum, recently switched about a month ago. Best move I've ever made computer wise.

I don't know how I ever put up with that other 'stuff'.
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He's special....I like your list of programs.
Haha. I like your avatar.
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Haha. I like your avatar.
HAHA thanks...
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As for Macs not being good at torrents... not true, but I don't really want to talk about that here. Someone can PM me if they need help.
I've had some good success with Azureus, so I was a bit hasty in my rating of the Mac's abilities in that area. I will say that my PCs do a better job with torrents overall, though.
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Great program suggestions. Ok so now to move my data over, can Mac read a usb drive if it has been in use by my pc? Like if I backup my stuff can I just plug it right in and it will recognize the drive? I never knew how that worked, if it could read everything the same.
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Great program suggestions. Ok so now to move my data over, can Mac read a usb drive if it has been in use by my pc? Like if I backup my stuff can I just plug it right in and it will recognize the drive? I never knew how that worked, if it could read everything the same.
i use my flash drives on my pc, ibook and ps3 all the time. it'll work just fine you may notice a few mac files when you switch to the pc tho, but no biggie
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Great program suggestions. Ok so now to move my data over, can Mac read a usb drive if it has been in use by my pc? Like if I backup my stuff can I just plug it right in and it will recognize the drive? I never knew how that worked, if it could read everything the same.
yeah it will read the drive, but the files I not so sure...depends on what they are.

Dammit Xtop, your too quick...
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