1. Leopard Impressions

    Unlike the Windows world, where operating systems upgrades are sources of frustration and loathing, among Mac users upgrades are met with enthusiastic interest. I've been using Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) for a few days now.

    The performance improvements promised by Apple are real. Everything feels snappier. Spotlight is …

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  2. Leopard Upgrade

    I've upgraded my MacBook from Tiger to Leopard. I hit a couple of snags along the way; maybe this will help someone else avoid the same issues.

    1. When I first attempted to upgrade, the Installer wouldn't allow me to select my hard drive for the upgrade. I have been …

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  3. Virtual PC 7 for Mac

    I received Office 2004 Professional for Mac a couple of days ago. I haven't felt like searching around for my Office 98 CDs (which I assume will be needed for installation of this upgrade version), so I haven't tried Office on the Mac yet. I was entertained by the packaging …

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  4. Two Weeks In

    10:42  up 8 days, 21:46, 3 users, load averages: 1.56 1.41 1.14

    The iMac has been pretty stable, after the first few days of instability. I haven't had many application crashes (only OmniWeb is prone to die) and haven't needed to reboot.

    While the iMac …

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  5. I Bought Microsoft Office for Mac

    I just ordered Microsoft Office Professional for the Mac. I feel a little dirty.

    I was hoping that the Mac could be a Microsoft-free haven for me. Then I found that I needed Windows Media Player, so I got that. Then I needed Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection, so I got …

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  6. iMac Memory Upgrade

    I added 1 GB of RAM to my iMac, bringing the total up to 1.5 GB. It is much more responsive now. Applications launch faster; the Dock pops out instantly when I put the mouse in the right place; windows resize without all the jerking around; Exposé is smoother …

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  7. The One-Button Mouse and Where to Put My Fingers

    The Mac still ships with a one-button mouse. This made sense to me back in the System-6-and-earlier days. Other operating systems had confusing and inconsistent uses for their multiple mouse buttons, and Apple's solution seemed to be the simple and elegant one. Apple's one-button mouse was easier to use, and …

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  8. Emacs for OS X

    One of the first things I wanted for my Mac was a good text editor. TextEdit is okay for simple tasks, and I can use vi in a pinch, but I really wanted something like Emacs.

    So I started searching for Emacs/XEmacs for OS X. I found about a …

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  9. AirPort Card Freak-Out

    Last night, for no apparent reason, I suddenly lost the WiFi connection on the iMac. I was unable to access the Internet or the other machines on my home network. Every attempt to reconnect to the network gave me an error message. My other laptop with WiFi was working fine …

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