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Are there any special considerations with buying a HD for a Mac, or is it just...whatever?
Just whatever, pretty much. I suppose you could get Firewire, if that tickles your pickle. I use USB, and it's just fine.

If you plan on using Time Machine, I suggest you get a big HDD if you have lots of stuff. I keep music on my main HDD, so that gets backed up, but videos are exclusively on my external, so they don't get backed up (but I don't want them cluttering my main HDD).

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I really like spaces. I'm working on coming up on a configuration that makes sense for me. I started out with a row of four:
Spaces is nice, but imo it's inferior to the implementation used in Linux. It's good, nonetheless. I also use hotcorners since I don't like to always reach for a button if I'm in a "mouse" mood. Some people don't like them because you can accidentally trigger them (especially since OSX doesn't allow you to disable mouse acceleration), but simply hitting that corner a second time is no problem to me...

Whenever I'm using XP or Linux, I find myself trying to hit those corners and being disappointed when they don't work lol
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On the PC, I use Irfanview for a quick resizing.
Ah, how this eluded me: I don't know. Use Automator. It comes with OSX and is a very powerful tool.

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Thank you...I'll look into that. I haven't really checked out Automator yet.

I have had one setback. I got an external HD, formatted it for HFS+, moved a bunch of stuff over to it from the PC, and hooked the speakers up to the Mac. I've realized that I hate the way music sounds. It's completely dull and lifeless to my ears (yes, I've tried the equalizer). The SRS Wow feature included in Windows Media Player really does give the impression of a bigger, better stereo from my small but decent computer speakers/subwoofer, to the extent that I haven't even wanted to get a separate stereo system for years now. The music is too important for me to take this kind of downgrade, so I've moved the speakers back to the PC. I'd rather not run an extra computer just to have music, because I'm enjoying the Mac and am moving most of my computing to it, but this is a big issue...

I know the company makes a plug-in called SRS iWOW for iTunes. Searching the web for info, people seem to like it, but there are issues with support. In fact, the reviews are generally very negative in this regard. For example:

http://www.macupdate.com/reviews.php?id=22847

I am also concerned with how this might work with the most recent iTunes update (which I haven't gotten yet). So I'd rather just avoid it at this point. I plan on installing Vista on the Mac, maybe I could run Vista w/Parallels or Fusion and use WMP that way. I think you mentioned in some thread that you used Parallels (maybe even this thread...I've been reading stuff from so many different places, I can't remember where I found everything!). I still haven't decided which to go with.

From what I've read, these virtualization methods are a little lacking in the graphics department. Is that only apparent in games, or in other more basic usage as well?

Do you also use Boot Camp, or strictly Parallels? I understand that Parallels/Fusion can use the Boot Camp partition, so you don't have to commit to one or the other? And that it's the same Windows license? The majority of the info I've found was from 2006-2007, and it seems that there was some confusion in that regard about virtualized Windows.


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OK, here's another thing that just about drove me nuts today. I had two images on the desktop that I was trying to upload with FileZilla. I had a couple browser windows open, and some other stuff, and FileZilla. I went to my hot corner to show the desktop and couldn't figure out how to drag the pics over to FileZilla. I thought maybe if I clicked the FileZilla icon from the dock that only FileZilla would come back, but that didn't work; everything would open back up.

After a few rounds of that, and much :swearing: I moved FileZilla to an empty space and did it there.


Now that I'm typing this out, though, I just realized that I could have opened the desktop in a Finder window and dragged them from there
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I know the company makes a plug-in called SRS iWOW for iTunes. Searching the web for info, people seem to like it, but there are issues with support. In fact, the reviews are generally very negative in this regard. For example:

http://www.macupdate.com/reviews.php?id=22847

I am also concerned with how this might work with the most recent iTunes update (which I haven't gotten yet).
If it sounds better in windows to you, then use that. I'm not exactly sure what this SRS is, so I can't comment.

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So I'd rather just avoid it at this point. I plan on installing Vista on the Mac, maybe I could run Vista w/Parallels or Fusion and use WMP that way. I think you mentioned in some thread that you used Parallels (maybe even this thread...I've been reading stuff from so many different places, I can't remember where I found everything!). I still haven't decided which to go with.
Personally, I use VirtualBox since it's free. If you want to buy software, Fusion is much better than Parallels. I recommend that you try VB first so that you learn how a VM works. If that SRS iWOW thing is hardware, it might not work. Also note that the sound is still going to be coming from OSX.

www.virtualbox.org

Try it out first so you can see how VMs work if you've never used one.

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From what I've read, these virtualization methods are a little lacking in the graphics department. Is that only apparent in games, or in other more basic usage as well?
Virtual Machines (most of them, including VMWare Fusion, Parallels, and VB) don't support 3D acceleration. Games are a no-go.

Bootcamp, on the other hand, is a method of running windows completely natively (which isn't an English word, but I think it should be...) You can do anything in Bootcamp that you would a regular windows PC, including games, full hardware support, etc.

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Do you also use Boot Camp, or strictly Parallels? I understand that Parallels/Fusion can use the Boot Camp partition, so you don't have to commit to one or the other? And that it's the same Windows license?
I'm not sure how all that works. I used Bootcamp once a long time ago for a while, but I didn't keep it for very long. Right now, I only use VB. For my purposes, it's much easier than having to reboot to go into windows.

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OK, here's another thing that just about drove me nuts today. I had two images on the desktop that I was trying to upload with FileZilla. I had a couple browser windows open, and some other stuff, and FileZilla. I went to my hot corner to show the desktop and couldn't figure out how to drag the pics over to FileZilla. I thought maybe if I clicked the FileZilla icon from the dock that only FileZilla would come back, but that didn't work; everything would open back up.

After a few rounds of that, and much :swearing: I moved FileZilla to an empty space and did it there.


Now that I'm typing this out, though, I just realized that I could have opened the desktop in a Finder window and dragged them from there
If filezilla was the last program you had open before you showed the desktop with the hot corner, then it should be the one on top when you hit that corner again.

You might want to get OnyX or Docker to enable Spring-Loaded Dock icons. This will allow you to drag files/folders over the Dock icons and open the program, or if it's already open, bring them to the front.

In Docker, the option is called "Enable spring loading icons." In OnyX, it's a checkbox called "Bring programs to front as you drag files/folders over them" or something like that.

That might be a good solution for you. I don't know why this kind of thing isn't enabled by default, or why there isn't an option for it in Dock preferences.
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The WOW thing is just a plug-in that comes with WMP, that is available for purchase for iTunes. But I didn't want to buy it because of the support issues people were complaining about in that link I posted. I figured that since I was going to be installing Windows anyway, I could just do my music playing with WMP in my virtualized Windows.


I keep hearing about OnyX, but I haven't installed it because...well, I'm just still a little skittish about the Mac...although I have added a few things like HandBrake and GIMP. I understand OnyX is for "optimization and maintenance," but I'm still not sure what maintenance is required by the Mac. Some sources say that the Mac automatically does whatever it needs to do to keep itself running at top shape, while others say you need to defragment, clean out certain files, etc. So I don't know what to do, and I'm not doing anything...
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OnyX is kinda like ccleaner for OSX. In addition to maintenance, it has options for various tweaking as well (changing the look of the Dock, some Finder settings, your login screen, etc.) UNIX maintenance scripts are executed automatically (daily scripts, weekly, monthly), but the option is there for you to use them manually.

I find that doing the automated cleanup once a month keeps everything running smoother. I just like to clean caches once in a while, although it really isn't necessary (my friend has had his for over a year and doesn't play with that kind of stuff, and his is perfectly fine.)
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Well, I guess I should give an update on the original point of this thread. I installed Vista X64 w/Fusion (no Boot Camp) last night. I have to say, it's pretty cool, no problems so far. I'm playing music in WMP, with my silly SRS WOW thing, and it sounds great. I've also installed a couple other programs that I wanted, and they're working great, too. In fact, this one older photo editing program I use actually runs FAR better in my virtual Windows than in either of two regular Vista PCs I've tried it on...weird. I wonder if that has anything to do with seeing only one processor vs. the the PCs which are quad core.

I struggled with the choice of Boot Camp/Boot Camp + Fusion/Fusion. Then I figured, I've already got a PC w/Vista on the desk next to the Mac, so why do I need Boot Camp? Also the Boot Camp + Fusion option seemed to be slightly more problematic than a straight Fusion installation based on my readings of VMware and other forums. If I can get another copy of Vista inexpensively, though, I may also do an entirely separate Boot Camp installation (how decadent ) just to have a full-on Vista computer, and give the PC to my parents. Their five year-old Dell computer is really painful to use at this point

I've assigned 1 GB of RAM to Vista, which was the default "recommended" value in Fusion for Vista, I guess. I haven't seen any reason yet to increase it because, again, everything has run just great. No slowdown of OS X, either. I do wish the graphics could be better because Vista sans Aero loses some of its panache.
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Sounds great. A couple of my friends have Fusion, but I won't pay money for it. So I use VirtualBox. VB doesn't run x64 OSs, so I'm not able to run my vista on it

Sounds like everything is working well, though.
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Slight Tangent... My store (Britains most trusted electrical retailer) just fairly recently started selling the 20" and 22" macs... I must say they are very nice machines. I have not properly/in-depth had a play yet, but they really seem nice.
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