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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2008, 03:48:59 PM »
Because I'm not online at home. 

I just downloaded Mellel, wrote and saved my first document.  For 30 days at least, I can write on my own.  I'll work the rest out later.
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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2008, 04:15:05 PM »
I know a few people that refuse to get Internet at home, but it seems like they're always bitching about having to hit up Internet cafes! Not saying you are, just musing out loud as to why someone would pass on what costs under 100 RMB per month.

Regarding your download, use Bit Torrent, which will allow you to pause and resume as necessary/convenient.

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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2008, 04:52:53 PM »
I have both Windows and Leopard on my MacBook.  But the Mac system has Word 4 for Macs also loaded into it.

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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2008, 11:47:21 PM »
Smoke signal say: Kimosabe buy real computer! ahahahahah
I recall a discussion with someone who claimed "real computers require raised flooring".

My line has always been "real computers run Unix", so Macs qualify. There's FreeBSD underneath the GUI.
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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2008, 05:23:26 AM »

What most people don't know is that there are soooooo many software options on a mac, it's mindboggling considering the market share. There are over 30 word processors on the platform and most if not all can read M$ word format.

I stand corrected on Mellel! I just checked their website and they do indeed read M$ format.

another lightweight option is abiword ( http://www.abisource.com/ ) which is FREE and can do all that. give it a shot. Also, check out this article about 6 fantastic utilities for mac users who like to write:
http://mac360.com/index.php/mac360/comments/6_free_utilities_for_mac_users_who_like_to_write/

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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2008, 06:00:36 AM »
Good links Noles. Keep 'em coming. I'm a fairly new mac convert and need pointing in the right directions
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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2008, 12:45:37 PM »
Not just for Mac, a great utility for some writers is Zotero, a Firefox extension for managing research citations. It can import and export to/from web and several standard research paper bibliographic formats.
http://www.zotero.org/
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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2008, 05:20:08 AM »
So how about proxys. Do you fellow mac users have a proxy that you prefer, it seems there are a lot for pc but not so many for mac. Can anyone point me in a good direction.
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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2008, 06:33:20 AM »

you can use the same proxys on mac and pc! you just need to enter the information in your browser's network settings.

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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2008, 06:03:48 AM »
Issue that's be bothering me for awhile. When I'm using Firefox and typing Chinese characters in a text field (i.e. the search box on Google/Dict.cn, or typing in Gmail) after the first character or so there starts to be this very weird blend of them, all in the space of one character. Chinese works fine in all other programs such as Safari, MSN, text editors, etc.

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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2008, 06:53:07 AM »
Firefox on the mac is a big disappointment. I hate using it and almost never do except when I need one of the extensions for webdesign!

Camino is basically the same thing as firefox but built from the ground up for mac.
Flock is also built on the firefox engine and a great browser for those in the whole web2.0 thingy.
give them a shot... I stick with Safari...
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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2008, 08:04:44 AM »
I'm giving Camino a try. Safari, for whatever reason, never really rubbed me right; that's mostly because I'd have to sacrifice plugins I use in Firefox. Same problem with Camino I think, so we'll see how long I last there.

Two Firefox plugins that I'm a huge fan of:
Chinese pera kun - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3349 which gives a pop-up translation of any Chinese on web pages.
ScribeFire - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1730 allows you to create blog posts and post them remotely, which is helpful since I can only view my blogs admin features through a proxy, which tends to break all the WYSIWYG functionality.

If you know alternatives to either of these that would work with Camino/Safari I'd be keen to hear.

And regarding the question earlier about proxies, this program seems like it may be worth checking out:
Chameleon - http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/internet_utilities/chameleon_heebieinc.html

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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2008, 09:12:05 AM »
My favourite Firefox plugin is foxmarks. It syncs your bookmarks online so that when I use my laptop all the bookmarks from my desktop are there. It's also handy if you have re-install so you don't need to save your bookmarks file.

Opera has a similar tool. I use Opera mostly on my Windows machine because i like the mouse gestures.

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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2008, 01:11:40 PM »
Long time Opera user here. I just installed Opera for Mac on my new MB and am very, very happy that I can still surf in the same Opera environment.

There are lots of reasons I prefer Opera, speed has always been at the top of the list. I didn't realize, though, how much I appreciate the mouse gestures until I had to spend a week or so with Safari until I installed Opera for Mac, and I kept shaking my Mighty Mouse and nothing was happening. With Opera for Mac, you can shake your Mighty Mouse for all its worth.

I don't want to sound like an Opera fanboy here; I just want to point out that Opera for Mac is a good implementation of Opera on the Mac.

 
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Re: Apple idiot needs help
« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2008, 01:20:25 PM »
Same topic but a bit of a swerve...

Your mentioning getting a genuine ac adaptor cord for your mac reminds me that I'm running my powerbook through a cheap travel adaptor. It lets me plug it in to the wall, but there's no grounding. I've been slowly getting more comfortable with it (i.e. letting it be plugged in for longer and longer) but do you think I should be much concerned and remedy this? I haven't been to a city sophisticated enough to have an apple store yet ;)