Andy's Un-Official Unsolicited Mac Advice Thread

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  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 12,393Administrators moderator
    edited February 16, 2012
    Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.x Preview Video


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  • BradfordBennBradfordBenn Constantly Amazed Posts: 2,506Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 16, 2012
    Like I said on Twitter, I am still getting used to Lion. I am waiting for Thunder Cat. (For those not of the same age - Thundercats was a child's cartoon show http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThunderCats)
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  • eoren1eoren1 Major grins Posts: 2,391Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 16, 2012
    That made me a little sad that you had to explain what Thundercats was...
  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 12,393Administrators moderator
    edited February 16, 2012
    Like I said on Twitter, I am still getting used to Lion. I am waiting for Thunder Cat. (For those not of the same age - Thundercats was a child's cartoon show


    :D TC 10.9.x might only take them another 8 months to get around to announcing. Get your Thunderbolt 2.0 devices ready.
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  • BradfordBennBradfordBenn Constantly Amazed Posts: 2,506Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 17, 2012
    eoren1 wrote: »
    That made me a little sad that you had to explain what Thundercats was...

    International crowd, just in case...
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  • W.W. WebsterW.W. Webster Happily mirrorfree New ZealandPosts: 3,204Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 17, 2012
    eoren1 wrote: »
    That made me a little sad that you had to explain what Thundercats was...
    Not to be confused with Thunderbirds! :D
  • eoren1eoren1 Major grins Posts: 2,391Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 17, 2012
    Not to be confused with Thunderbirds! :D

    Well, for that one, I'm glad for the wikipedia reference mwink.gif
  • W.W. WebsterW.W. Webster Happily mirrorfree New ZealandPosts: 3,204Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 17, 2012
    eoren1 wrote: »
    Well, for that one, I'm glad for the wikipedia reference mwink.gif
    ... and a taster here!
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited March 19, 2012
    Fantastic resource of Lion tips. I learned a ton.
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  • dlplumerdlplumer Major grins Posts: 8,035Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 22, 2012
    OS X Lion
    I use Aperture with Snow Leopard and I am finally considering upgrading to Lion. Any advice from those of you that use Aperture and plugins with Lion would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dan :D
  • michswissmichswiss Stuffed Animal Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 2,235Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited May 22, 2012
    My MBA came with Lion and my old MBP is still on SL. I run Aperture on both, but other than Pixelmator, I don't use many plug-ins or external editors. There are some small behavioural differences in Aperture between the installations e.g. handling full-screen modal dialogue boxes, but otherwise I haven't run into anything that's substantially different. I've decided to keep the MBP on SL as it's coming up on four years old and it might be due for a replacement this year. I'd rather have it in it's current shape for potential resell in case someone needs Rosetta, etc...
  • PupatorPupator Major grins Posts: 2,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 22, 2012
    DavidTO wrote: »
    Fantastic resource of Lion tips. I learned a ton.

    I bet the tips are helpful, but putting them in a sideshow so he can display 80 ads along the way is really obnoxious.
  • CatOneCatOne A man, sans canal or plan Posts: 957Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 30, 2012
    dlplumer wrote: »
    I use Aperture with Snow Leopard and I am finally considering upgrading to Lion. Any advice from those of you that use Aperture and plugins with Lion would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dan :D

    I think Aperture is faster on Lion than it was on Snow Leopard, from my experience. It's certainly not noticeably slower, which is what I saw on the upgrade from Leopard->Snow Leopard with Aperture 2. That was very, very frustrating.
  • dlplumerdlplumer Major grins Posts: 8,035Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 30, 2012
    Thanks, guys. Been using Lion for about a week or more now, and it has been flawless. Glad I waited.
  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 18,961Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator
    edited June 12, 2012
    You guys probably know that I'm not a Mac fanboi, but oh man, I want one now. http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/

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  • pmaxwellpmaxwell Major grins Posts: 129Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 12, 2012
    Richard wrote: »
    You guys probably know that I'm not a Mac fanboi, but oh man, I want one now. http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/

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    I put in my purchase req at work today. :D:D
  • PupatorPupator Major grins Posts: 2,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 12, 2012
    I was in a position one month ago where I had to buy right then. So I bought the 13 inch MacBook Pro and the 27 inch thunderbolt display. I knew the upgrades were coming soon but I couldn't wait. My big fear was that yesterdays 13 inch pro upgrade would be huge. Thankfully it wasn't, and I'm fine with what I have.

    The new 15 inch is gorgeous but not what I need right now. The good news is that in two years when I'm ready to buy again, all of Apple's computers will be like that.
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited June 13, 2012
    I think the standard 15" MBP is way overpriced when compared to the 13" MBA. The air has everything you need in a portable and the same resolution at a lower cost and weight. Needless to say, I love mine.

    And it's also needless to say the new retina display MBP is a thing of beauty.
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  • PupatorPupator Major grins Posts: 2,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 13, 2012
    I agree about the Air being great - I miss having one.

    In this case, I was trying to replace a desktop and a laptop with one machine. The Air didn't have a good enough processor or support enough RAM.

    So with the Pro + cinema display I get a very good desktop (i7, 16GB RAM) and a computer that, while not as slick as the Air, is still a laptop when I need it to be. 80% of the time I just use the iPad as a laptop and leave the MBP at home on the desk.
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited June 13, 2012
    Pupator wrote: »
    I agree about the Air being great - I miss having one.

    In this case, I was trying to replace a desktop and a laptop with one machine. The Air didn't have a good enough processor or support enough RAM.

    So with the Pro + cinema display I get a very good desktop (i7, 16GB RAM) and a computer that, while not as slick as the Air, is still a laptop when I need it to be. 80% of the time I just use the iPad as a laptop and leave the MBP at home on the desk.

    Makes sense.
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  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 30, 2012
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 13, 2012
    So, who's getting the iPhone 5? ear.gif
  • RogersDARogersDA Unknown...and happy. Posts: 3,502Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 13, 2012
    Andy wrote: »
    So, who's getting the iPhone 5? ear.gif
    Millions of people will be upgrading from their archaic iPhone 4, 4s or otherwise buying new. :D


    But, I will not be among them. My iPhone 4 (not even a 4s) works fine, looks new, and I use an iPad for most other things that I used to use the phone.
  • cmasoncmason Old dog, new tricks Raleigh, NCPosts: 2,506Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 13, 2012
    I have a 4S, but my wife has a 3GS. Thinking of a way to talk her into upgrading to 5, but swapping phones with me :)
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited September 13, 2012
    I'm not finding any compelling reason to upgrade from my 4s. I'm happy with it.

    The thing I'm really excited about is the Kindle Paperwhite. October 3rd will be a fine day for me (assuming the shipping estimate is accurate!)
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  • michswissmichswiss Stuffed Animal Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 2,235Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited September 13, 2012
    I'm still using the original 3G. I think I'm due for an upgrade.
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 13, 2012
    I'm preordering from AT&T tonight at 3:01am ET thumb.gif
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaPosts: 14,443Super Moderators moderator
    edited September 13, 2012
    I will be getting one for Kathy at the very least, Andy. She currently has a first generation Droid with Verizon, that needs to be put to pasture.

    My question is should I get it from Verizon or AT&T.

    I do have an iPhone 4 myself, with AT&T, but Verizon's network is better out west.

    What will the LTE enabled 5 be like in the UK and Europe? Anyone know?
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  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 12,393Administrators moderator
    edited September 13, 2012
    Since I only need to rely on my $5/month clamshell phone for occasional use, I'm not interested in an iPhone in any version, but the new iPod Touch intrigues me. Can anyone confirm that it might have new GPS capability? I've read that it does, but I can't find that in the Apple specs page. I can think that all the photography apps would be great to have in remote areas if they can work with a GPS enabled Touch.

    EDIT: Drat. New iPod Touch does not have a GPS chip. There are aftermarket cases with that for ~$100 though.
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  • eoren1eoren1 Major grins Posts: 2,391Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 13, 2012
    David - I could have sworn the touch got GPS but you're right...Maps app with approximate location. Not cool.

    I'm upgrading two iPhone 4 to the 5. Wife really wants to talk to Siri. I want a phone without a broken power button...

    Not sure about 3:01 Andy - I did that two years ago and the first hour was brutal with downed servers. Might just try my luck at 6am.
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