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11/21/2008 02:40:11 AM · #76
YOU ARE ALL DRIVING ME INSANE, ALL OF YOU, STOP IT STOP IT STOP!

It will be 3-4 months before I can secure the funds for one, I am going to pop soon, that seems like 3-4 lifetimes, and it feels like I've already been waiting my whole life already.

I've got to play with one enough that I have the lust, and bad as you can tell. I am tempted to sell my camera...
11/21/2008 06:10:27 AM · #77
Originally posted by Louis:


There is too much reliance on the mouse in OSX, or I don't understand how to do some things. For example, I can't simply ALT-D in my browser, FireFox or Safari, to get to the URL locator, which sucks. I'm forced to click in the bar with my mouse. There are other annoying instances where I'm forced to interact with the GUI, when a keyboard shortcut would make much more sense. Also, no PGUP/PGDN on this laptop, and CMD-DOWN doesn't work as page down in every app. Not good.



I think you mean command-L in place of alt-D ? That jumps to the address bar in safari and firefox. That what you are looking for?
You can also invoke quicksilver type a . then enter the URL (or use it to search google or access bookmarks directly)

In terms of using the mouse, the mulit-touch mouse pad has gone from being a gimmick to being a fundamental part of how I browse around in things. I have two finger scrolling set up, so one finger moves the mouse, two fingers scrolls up and down (and left and right) and three fingers lets me swipe between tabs, which I find pretty useful.

I think I added 'MultiClutch' to enable adding more features.

A couple of useful utility apps:

growl (another must have sort of notification app, integrates with lots of things)
adium - great multi-protocol IM client

Message edited by author 2008-11-21 06:13:12.
11/21/2008 09:57:20 AM · #78
i'll bump for later. i never used mac before and i'm gonna have a brand new Mac on february :)
11/21/2008 10:43:50 AM · #79
Originally posted by Gordon:

Originally posted by Louis:


There is too much reliance on the mouse in OSX, or I don't understand how to do some things. For example, I can't simply ALT-D in my browser, FireFox or Safari, to get to the URL locator, which sucks. I'm forced to click in the bar with my mouse. There are other annoying instances where I'm forced to interact with the GUI, when a keyboard shortcut would make much more sense. Also, no PGUP/PGDN on this laptop, and CMD-DOWN doesn't work as page down in every app. Not good.



I think you mean command-L in place of alt-D ? That jumps to the address bar in safari and firefox. That what you are looking for?

Yes! Thanks. And thanks for the swiping tips too, that's a relief. I suppose I should read a doc or learn how to actually use everything.
11/25/2008 03:44:40 PM · #80
So far, so good. My familiarity with the way OSX works is increasing. I can't tell you how much I love having Unix on a laptop. It's very cool doing file management from the shell, and I find the document layout structure they've come up with pretty simple and intuitive.

It isn't the smoothest of roads, and I do tend to fight with the OS sometimes, particularly because it seems to me that it wants you to click around and look at all the GUI elements of any given piece of software, rather than making commands up front and obvious. Once something is learned, it becomes easier, but it seems to me that some operations are needlessly arcane. Windows is probably better at intuitively presenting important tasks in things like menus, context menus, and interface elements.

Using Growl and QuickSilver are musts, and I think they're very cool and necessary utilities.

I'm next considering getting Photoshop CS4 for OSX on this laptop. I'd also like to make a decision regarding Aperture vs. Lightroom. I use Lightroom 2 on my Vista workstation and I'm fairly comfortable and familiar with it, but I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on Aperture. Are there advantages over Lightroom?
11/25/2008 04:11:29 PM · #81
Originally posted by Louis:

....I'd also like to make a decision regarding Aperture vs. Lightroom. I use Lightroom 2 on my Vista workstation and I'm fairly comfortable and familiar with it, but I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on Aperture. Are there advantages over Lightroom?


Lightroom 2 hands down!

I have CS4 and LR2 on my 15" MacBook Pro and they run smootly. No problem at all. I find Aperture to be quite a resource hog and clunky.
11/25/2008 04:39:42 PM · #82
Originally posted by Louis:

I'd also like to make a decision regarding Aperture vs. Lightroom. I use Lightroom 2 on my Vista workstation and I'm fairly comfortable and familiar with it, but I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on Aperture. Are there advantages over Lightroom?


I think there are 30 day trials of both programs available. I couldn't find much to really differentiate Aperture and Lightroom - it probably comes down to which one you like more.


11/29/2008 04:24:25 AM · #83
I've been reading about a lot of problems with the new macbooks, from random lockups, ram issues, screen issues, faulty hinges, bad fans, etc. Anyone else experiencing anything? It will be Jan or Feb before I am ready to order but I'm not sure that is long enough for the second-gen unibody macbooks to hit the market. I really need my laptop to be as reliable as possible.
11/29/2008 11:05:37 AM · #84
So far so good for me. This thing is pretty solidly built. I can't imagine why there would be component issues. I recall a problem with the capacitors on the motherboard on our iMac G5 at work splitting some years ago, but that was apparently a problem with Sony components, and it affected motherboards in PCs as well. Apple replaced the motherboard for us free in that case. No lockups. I would be shocked if that were the case. OSX has an OS based on FreeBSD, a flavour of Unix, as its foundation. We use FreeBSD as our hosting platform for mission-critical high-profile websites and have average server uptimes of over two years if other hardware maintenance isn't required. That's two years of continuous uninterrupted power-on operation. I realize that Darwin is not FreeBSD (though it is more or less) and Leopard is not a server platform, but the fundamentals are good, so I would be shocked at random lockups. The only explanation would be something like an overheating processor or bad RAM. The former would be an extreme rarity for almost 100% of users -- as good as never happening, from my experience with the Core2 Duo and a workstation OS. The latter can happen, and can even happen to good RAM sticks over time, but it's not limited to Macs. Again, it's a component problem.

If you're leaning toward the MacBook, I already recommend.
11/29/2008 02:52:57 PM · #85
Originally posted by togtog:

I've been reading about a lot of problems with the new macbooks, from random lockups, ram issues, screen issues, faulty hinges, bad fans, etc. Anyone else experiencing anything? It will be Jan or Feb before I am ready to order but I'm not sure that is long enough for the second-gen unibody macbooks to hit the market. I really need my laptop to be as reliable as possible.

When I'm browsing the internet looking for problems with something I'm thinking of buying I bear a few things in mind;

1) If the item sells a lot statistically speaking there will be a number of units with manufacturing issues (due to acceptable tolerances etc.)

2) People are more likely to report back if they are having problems with something, rather than if everything is okay. You'll rarely find someone starting a thread saying 'Hi, my MacBook has been running fine for 6 months, anyone else experience this?' ;-)

3) Googling something like 'problem with macbook' will group all these blogs and forum posts together in one place, making the situation look much worse than in reality. Try googling 'problems with rolls royce' and you'll find issues too (but don't let it put you off buying that Silver Shadow you had your heart set on...) :D

Remember also that's why manufacturer's warranties exist. If there's a defect within the first year (when most defects are likely to show up) then you just return it for a replacement or repair.
11/29/2008 03:22:16 PM · #86
The points made are true, people do tend to complain rather than praise, and people with problems do pool into groups.

One of the things that has me concerned is this thread on Apple's forums...
//discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1767221&tstart=0

and this
//www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/11/26/apple_investigating_graphics_issues_on_new_macbook_lines.html

Back to the discussion forum at Apple,
//discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=251

of the common problems* listed I've talked to a friend who got the new macbook pros and he has both the rattling fan and hinge issue listed below*

* Verbose list; Randomly freezing when using 9600m card and playing games (windows and os x), tearing graphics while scrolling (os x), rattling fans, loose display hinges, boot failures when using certain non-apple brands of ram, screen flickering, lines randomly appearing across screen, led backlighting at bottom bleeding onto dark images, trackpad randomly falling asleep and not responding (apple has released a firmware update addressing this, several reports of the firmware not applying correctly resulting in unusable trackpad however), incorrectly placed keys (Several of the same letter or letters reversed), crooked keys (not properly seated)

And it is true that Apple will work to fix such issues while under warranty. What bothers me is; 1) I want a built to order mac, so it will have to be mailed in each time. 2; There is a chance that the replacement will have one or more of the other issues instead. 3; That Apple's warranty says that they may use used and refurb parts for all warranty and repair service. I don't like the idea of buying a new computer, having it lock up, mailing it in, then getting parts which could be more worn than the ones I sent in.

Thanks for the replies guys, I don't mean to sound like the wet towel at the party here. After the Canon S5-IS thing I am being extra careful to know what I am buying before buying it. Will still be a couple months before I am ready to buy, I just pray that a fix is found for at least the graphics locking up and hinge issue.
12/01/2008 09:05:42 AM · #87
Here is a little update about the locking up issue, they seem pretty certain as to what the problem is and when it will be addressed.

//www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/11/29/nvidia-heat-causing-macbooks
12/01/2008 10:10:09 AM · #88
My MacBook gets bitchin' hot. But I don't do any graphics intensive stuff on it, so I assumed it was the CPU. The bottom is a cooker, though.
12/03/2008 10:06:58 AM · #89
I was about to pick up a new macbook today and realized that it didn't have firewire. This really freaked me out, but all but one of my external drives can be connected via USB 2.0 and I can always get a new memory card reader. Any other reason to avoid it because of no firewire? I don't do video so I'm not worried about connecting a video camera.
12/03/2008 10:17:31 AM · #90
Originally posted by hyperfocal:

I was about to pick up a new macbook today and realized that it didn't have firewire. This really freaked me out, but all but one of my external drives can be connected via USB 2.0 and I can always get a new memory card reader. Any other reason to avoid it because of no firewire? I don't do video so I'm not worried about connecting a video camera.

The USB speed on the current Macbooks is nearly on par with Firewire, but I still wouldn't buy a laptop without it. For one thing, you can start up a Mac from an external hard drive or computer over Firewire, but you can't do it with USB. Personally, I'd stick with a discontinued model or the Pro versions.
12/03/2008 10:25:24 AM · #91
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by hyperfocal:

I was about to pick up a new macbook today and realized that it didn't have firewire. This really freaked me out, but all but one of my external drives can be connected via USB 2.0 and I can always get a new memory card reader. Any other reason to avoid it because of no firewire? I don't do video so I'm not worried about connecting a video camera.

The USB speed on the current Macbooks is nearly on par with Firewire, but I still wouldn't buy a laptop without it. For one thing, you can start up a Mac from an external hard drive or computer over Firewire, but you can't do it with USB. Personally, I'd stick with a discontinued model or the Pro versions.


I think you can boot up Leopard to a USB disk on an Intel Mac.

Here's an article about it. It talks about using a flash drive, but I'm sure if it works there it will work on an external HDD

//www.maciverse.com/install-boot-os-x-leopard-from-a-usb-flash-drive.html

12/03/2008 10:43:16 AM · #92
Originally posted by scalvert:

The USB speed on the current Macbooks is nearly on par with Firewire, but I still wouldn't buy a laptop without it. Personally, I'd stick with a discontinued model or the Pro versions.


Thats the exact reason why I am not bothering to upgrade my Macbook it runs just like its new and in like new condition, I do not like that they took out the firewire port on the newer models......now people with firewire external harddrives are stuck with them after opening their new macbook and discovering no firewire port
12/03/2008 10:49:23 AM · #93
Originally posted by scarbrd:

I think you can boot up Leopard to a USB disk on an Intel Mac.

Good to know, but hardly a substitute for Target Disk Mode.
12/03/2008 11:05:22 AM · #94
USB 2.0, I believe, is slated for an upgrade to 3.0, which is expected to exceed FW 400 speeds. I wonder, if this is why Apple dropped that format. It would have been nice to have added FW 800 ports to the new MacBooks instead.
12/03/2008 11:05:29 AM · #95
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by scarbrd:

I think you can boot up Leopard to a USB disk on an Intel Mac.

Good to know, but hardly a substitute for Target Disk Mode.


Glad to be of assistance. Let me know if you need any help with that whole photography thing ;-)

I only used Target Disk mode once, and didn't care for it. Too slow mostly.

Ever use Carbon Copy Cloner? It's a free utility to copy the entire disk or selected files and folders.

I use it when I upgrade a hard drive on my notebook. I put the new drive in an enclosure, clone the boot disk to the new drive, then swap out the drives.

Works great. Then I keep the older drive and occasionally do an incremental cloning of the boot drive.

I'd miss firewire, too. But mostly for downloading digital video. Not sure if my Sony video camera supports video download over USB.

I purchased a new Mac Pro a couple of weeks ago. 8 core Xeon, 4GB Ram, 4 TB storage. It is a screamer!!!
12/03/2008 11:09:56 AM · #96
Originally posted by scarbrd:

...
I only used Target Disk mode once, and didn't care for it. Too slow mostly....


I have six Macs in the house to troubleshoot and use Target Mode for that purpose and to transfer files frequently. I don't find it slow at all and can't imagine having to do without it.
12/03/2008 11:13:55 AM · #97
Originally posted by zeuszen:

I have six Macs in the house to troubleshoot and use Target Mode for that purpose and to transfer files frequently. I don't find it slow at all and can't imagine having to do without it.

Same here. I've used CCC and SuperDuper quite often, but for different purposes. As an example, I can hook up my laptop to my main workstation via Firewire and access the iPhoto library as if it were simply another external hard drive. I don't think you can do that with USB.

Message edited by author 2008-12-03 11:16:57.
12/03/2008 11:13:58 AM · #98
Originally posted by scalvert:


Good to know, but hardly a substitute for Target Disk Mode.


I hadn't seen that phrase in years. I remember having to buy a special cable to connect my powerbook 5300 to my power mac 7500 (SCSI not firewire). Can't really see the need now, I just transfer files over my airport extreme while I sleep. Not fast but effective.

I'd love to get the white macbook with firewire and save $300, but the 120gb internal drive is just not big enough. OWC has a video that makes the swap look simple (and I've swapped drives on a Apple mini, so I'm a pro), but I wonder if that would void the warranty?
12/03/2008 11:45:07 AM · #99
Originally posted by hyperfocal:

Originally posted by scalvert:


Good to know, but hardly a substitute for Target Disk Mode.


I hadn't seen that phrase in years. I remember having to buy a special cable to connect my powerbook 5300 to my power mac 7500 (SCSI not firewire). Can't really see the need now, I just transfer files over my airport extreme while I sleep. Not fast but effective.

I'd love to get the white macbook with firewire and save $300, but the 120gb internal drive is just not big enough. OWC has a video that makes the swap look simple (and I've swapped drives on a Apple mini, so I'm a pro), but I wonder if that would void the warranty?


I don't think it will. It seems like a user upgrade type of thing to me. The Apple site and Mac Book manual has instructions for doing it. It really is a breeze. It is easier that adding RAM and that doesn't void the warranty. You can get a 250GB or a 320 GB in the $100 range. I put a 250 GB in my white Mac Book. Almost a necessity is your run Parallels or VMWare.

Here's the PDF from Apple on how to install a new HD
12/03/2008 11:45:10 AM · #100
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by hyperfocal:

I was about to pick up a new macbook today and realized that it didn't have firewire. This really freaked me out, but all but one of my external drives can be connected via USB 2.0 and I can always get a new memory card reader. Any other reason to avoid it because of no firewire? I don't do video so I'm not worried about connecting a video camera.

The USB speed on the current Macbooks is nearly on par with Firewire, but I still wouldn't buy a laptop without it. For one thing, you can start up a Mac from an external hard drive or computer over Firewire, but you can't do it with USB. Personally, I'd stick with a discontinued model or the Pro versions.


Firewire is an evolutionary dead end (watch it become the new global standard now, just to prove me wrong), so I'm not too surprised it has been dropped. USB 3.0 is 500Mbs. No real need for firewire.
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