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Log of PowerMac Stuff

Thu, 12/29/2005 - 22:31 -- rprice

I finally got the G5 set up. I think it is just a shame that I have 2 dual-core processors and a measley 256MB og RAM! I ordered the new sticks, so they should be in next week I suppose. Still getting prefs. set up and apps installed. I will nee to get an FTP program and a text editor with syntax highlighting and preferrably FTP save.

I LOVE iCHAT!! It lets me keep my buddies in my contacts, which means I can see their real names!!

I love how everything is sort of integrated into the environment: saved passwords, conacts, calendars, preferences, devices, applications are all just “there”. Documents are simply stored in my home directory with my name on it, not “My Documents”. What is that supposed to mean anyway? Is a photo or a video really a document? Everything is a file, bitches! Still haven’t tried burning CD/DVDs or hooking up the external hard drive, or networking the machines. Setting up the printer was absolutely a no-brainer. Plugging in the iPod was actually more work.

I’m not sure my monitor works with my KVM swtich, which sucks. Still can play around with it, I think.

Apple Mail rocks. iCal kicks ass. Safari certainly performs. I love the Mac rendering engine. These processors help it fly.

The keyboard and mouse are very much up to par. The system is even a little quieter than my old machine.

Still have yet to check out any of my iLife, Final Cut, and iWork stuff, but it is there, I will get to it.

Got Quicktime Pro for the convenience factor.

I need new speakers.

The big (only) annoyance was the password thing. Somehow I typed a password wrong, or something bad happened when I tried to create the sample .Mac account (really, this system comes with SO MUCH standard). I had to reset my ROOT password with an install disk, and I decided to experiment and just delete the Keychain file, which worked exactly as expected. HA HA, Linux!

There’s another one, too. .Mac… I mean, synch contacts and files, sinple web hosting and publishing from the desktop? If only they could sell that shit to everyone, I mean I guess the Intel generation will maybe help bring that around, but that is just a neat service!

The monitor calibration tool was beautiful. I really feel like I am getting my money’s worth with this system.


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