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Right Click on a Mac

Sept. 3, 2008, 1 a.m.
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Redmond-worship of MCSEs and One-True-Way Microsofties

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Sept. 3, 2008, 1:11 a.m.
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I came up with what I think is a good analogy for the "differences" between the
two.

A PC is a left hand drive car driving in North America…we know it, we grew up
with it, and it "feels" right.

A Mac is a right hand drive car driving in North America…It feels "different", but
once we get in and start to drive, we realize we're still driving on the same streets,
and turn the wheel left it goes left, step on the brake and it stops.

A Linux box is a right hand drive car driving in Briton…you know it's just a car
but you want to drive on the right (or wrong) side of the street.

People use their computers like they drive their cars. They turn it on and drive.
They don't know how to change the oil (or even check it if they do), they like
to buy things for it and make it "pretty". They get mad if they buy a Smart car
and can't go as fast as they want. They think it's a POS if it stops working, even
if it's because they left the parking brake on or forgot to put gas in it. And they
get mad if someone steels something from inside it, even if they left the door
open, windows rolled down, keys in the ignition, iPod on the seat, and wallet
on the dash after they parked in front of the strip bar @ 2am.

So, does this wound about right? I also have one comparing a Chevy, Ford and
a Toyota Hilux.

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Sept. 3, 2008, 1:24 a.m.
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So, does this wound about right? I also have one comparing a Chevy, Ford and
a Toyota Hilux.

Given that we're talking about computers, a car analogy stretched to breaking point sounds pretty much exactly right. Although personally I'd say Linux is more like driving a stickshift; if you learnt in an auto it feels like a step backward, but if you know how to use it, you'll know when and why you want it.

Sept. 3, 2008, 3:48 p.m.
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So there are two possible iMacs in question. I am trying to figure out which is best for my parents' needs.

Excuse the noob questions, but I just don't know the answer.

The first is the base model, 20" monitor. Here are the specs:

2.4 GHz Intel Core2 Duo
1GB memory
250GB hard drive
8x double-layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB memory
$1250 (paltry $50 educational discount included)

The next model up:
2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB memory
320GB hard drive
8x double-layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory

Are these upgrades worth the extra $300ish? My mom uses the computer for her buisness, but that mostly means email and online bookings. She has yet to use any accounting software. She runs a bed and breakfast.

Their current machine has the following, taken from My Computer:
Pentium 4 2.40GHz
1.82 GHz, 504 MB RAM
Local Disc total size: 37.2 GB, 8.2GB free space.

I figure the majority of the space is taken up with reams of pictures dating back at least five years.

So, the question is which iMac is the better buy? The base model, or the next option up? We'll be buying Office for Mac, but that looks to be it for big additional programs.

Will the base model have just enough power to grind through Leopard with little to use elsewhere? Will the 2nd model be better equipped for future use?

Sept. 3, 2008, 3:56 p.m.
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^Id spend the extra 300 just because thats how I roll :lol:

No idea what the first ones price is though, so maybe it might not be worth the upgrade for them though and what they use the computer for.

Why slag free swag?:rolleyes:

ummm, as your doctor i recommend against riding with a scaphoid fracture.

Sept. 3, 2008, 5:12 p.m.
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How full is their HD? Some people are huge on the pictures/movies/music and need a ton of space (ie. everyone under 35). Spme people save .doc and .xls files and that's about it, and end up using a couple hundred megs after years of use.

If you do buy the cheaper one, at least buy another 1GB of ram for it ($30-40).

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Sept. 3, 2008, 8:22 p.m.
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I just got a MacBook and haven't had a problem with the right click you get used to it after 10 minutes.

One thing I have noticed is that when I download an application such as Firefox and put it in my dock there is a desktop icon that will appear every time I open Firefox. (please not i haven't searched this and will remove it if i find a solution.)

Sept. 3, 2008, 9:12 p.m.
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is your mom a milf?

Being an agoraphobic adrenaline junkie would be pretty convenient, because you could get your rush from just going to the store to get some milk instead of having to jump off a mountain or out of an airplane.

they also call me "balloon"

Sept. 3, 2008, 9:18 p.m.
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is your mom a milf?

Yeah, make sure you show her how to use iChat so she can send us video when
she gets her iMac…:thepimp:

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Sept. 3, 2008, 10:25 p.m.
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One thing I have noticed is that when I download an application such as Firefox and put it in my dock there is a desktop icon that will appear every time I open Firefox. (please not i haven't searched this and will remove it if i find a solution.)

Just go into finder and under devices click the eject button beside firefox.

Hope that helps

Sept. 3, 2008, 10:48 p.m.
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Just go into finder and under devices click the eject button beside firefox.

Hope that helps

i do that but it pops back up when i open up firefox again

Sept. 4, 2008, 12:13 a.m.
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Just go into finder and under devices click the eject button beside firefox.

Hope that helps

If I understand you right, you could just control+click on the icon (or right click
if you have a two button mouse) and you'll see eject device there too.

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Sept. 10, 2008, 9:25 p.m.
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So I've got my parents' new iMac all set up, and I've been spending some time getting to know it.

I've configured the mouse to have right-click capabilities, and this thread was important for that! Thanks all.

I'm getting used to the way things work, but there is still a ways to go. I am really enjoying it though.

The highlight of this machine for my parents is the built-in speaker and camera. I dl'd Skype today, and then they talked to my sister in Ottawa as they had their first webcam experience. They couldn't believe they could look at her and talk to her, all for free!

So far so good on the Mac front.

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