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February 22, 2008 [ More archived home pages here ]

My New iMac-Intel Computer System


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Today's song is Night Fever by the Bee Gees, released in 1977.

On Monday I decided it was time to help jump-start the U.S. economy by purchasing a new 2.4 GHz 24" iMac with 4 GB RAM and a 320 GB hard drive, running Leopard. It is one sweet machine!

I transferred many of my former applications from my Mac G4 933 MHz system I purchased in May 2002. That system is still on my network, I can use it to do tasks like rendering larger images while I use my new system for other work. I connect to it via JollyFastVNC and Vine Server. That process works great!

For my new iMac, I purchased and installed the upgrades to two products for earlier versions of the software I own. The first is iWork '08. I really like the Keynote '08 application in that suite because it allows me to easily create cinema-quality presentations. The second application upgrade is Final Cut Express 4. Very cool Quicktime videos can be created. If need be, I can incorporate those video creations into Keynote '08.

I'm thinking of some Keynote '08 presentations to put on the iTouch as Quicktime videos perfectly sized for its screen or its bigger cousin, the iPhone. The first presentations might be material related to Toastmasters knowledge, project management, and my new company affiliation, Newbound, Inc.

Soon I will install Merlin, a project management software package designed for the MacOS X, including Leopard. I sent some pre-sales question to the company's tech support and they gave expanded explanations to my questions the very next day! Some of my corporate projects will make use of this software very soon.

I ordered a new 500 GB hard drive for my system. Although I do regular backups of my systems, I look forward to using the built-in Time Machine feature of Leopard to handle my new iMac.

The new adventure begins with all this cool new Apple technology. Stay tuned.

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My friend, Debra, mentioned the Intentional Communities site during a speech at this week's Twin Oaks Toastmasters meeting.

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On any given day this is a worthwhile question to ponder. I've never needed to ponder it for myself. ;-)

Increasingly, more people are moving to Macs from Windows. They will be happier computer users after their switch. I read a review of Leopard and found this quote most telling:

"Leopard again raises the question of whether to switch from Windows to a Mac. I've found Vista to be a major disappointment that tends to look worse the more I use it. I still use Windows XP for getting serious work done in long, complicated documents. But OS X is easier to manage and maintain and I vastly prefer OS X to Windows for Web-browsing, mail, and especially for any task that involves graphics, music, or video. Leopard performs all such tasks even better than previous versions did--and Leopard is the only OS on the planet that works effortlessly and intuitively in today's world of networked computers and peripherals. Leopard is far from perfect, but it's better than any alternative, and it's getting harder and harder to find good reasons to use anything else."

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Congrats to the U.S. Navy for successfully utilizing a new weapons system. I love to see my tax dollars at work in such ways.

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Found on the web links for February 21, 2008 [ Link since removed ].

Don


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