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    Directly? PC Software? No. Not directly. PC software is built for the Windows operating system (Windows XP or Windows 7) while Apple Mac software is built for Apples own operating system, Mac OS X.

    Now, having said that, I lied. Sorta. :embarassed2:

    All the new Macs are based on Intel processors. That's the little iron brain in the machine. What this means to you is that with the right combination of ingredients, if you make the move to a Mac, you can indeed run your old Windows programs on it. In two windows right beside each other if you'd like. Here's how you do it:
    1. Buy a Mac like FD did.
    2. Buy an application for your Mac called Parallels Desktop.
    3. When you run Parallels on your Mac, you actually install a Windows operating system inside the Parallels application.
    4. What you end up with is a Windows computer running on your Mac in a Window by itself.
    Doing this, you can keep your old Windows applications and run them right next your new, shiny, Mac applications. All on one machine.

    The only issue here is you must be using either Windows XP or Windows 7. Can't be anything older.

    Here's a video about it:
    [video=youtube;Afy1F4enn_g]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afy1F4enn_g[/video]

    Hope this helps!

    Tom :)macwave:... works really good!)
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    I found an Iomega external hard drive designed specifically for the mac. Are those considered good products?
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    Which one is it FD? If you do a Google search for Iomega disk review you'll get mixed results. Iomega had some issues a while back. And "some" of their newer stuff has some bizarre weirdness about it. All depends on which specific drive you found.

    Course there's as many disk drive manufacturers as there are fleas on a dog. Everybody's got their favorite.

    Tom :)macwave:... mine's Western Digital!)
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    That's all I've found...mixed reviews on the all the brands. There doesn't seem to be one that stands out as the preferred or most reliable.

    I found this particular one at amazon
    Western Digital My Book for Mac 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (best price range)

    As well as this one:
    Iomega eGo 1TB USB 2.0 FireWire 800 Desktop External Hard Drive Mac Edition - 34794 (more expensive though)
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    Very true. Especially with disk drives. Like I said before, everybody has a favorite. And all of them can have a problem at one time or another.

    That looks almost exactly like the drive I've got. Mine's been perfect so far. :thumbsup:

    I checked the reviews on this and like most, there are people who love it and people who hate it.

    Sadly, in the disk drive market, it boils down to you pays your money and you takes your chances. Stick with a name brand and you'll probably be all right.

    But research the return and repair policies first. Just in case.

    Tom :)macwave:... no right answer here.)
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    I've definitely been to the cnet site. I enjoy reading their reviews on lots of items.

    I think I'm going to go with the Western Digital, and hope for the best. :lol:

    Thanks again for all the help, it's appreciated. :worship:
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    Ok... uhhh... so now you've had it for a bit.

    Impressions? :unsure:

    Tom :)macwave:... curious...)
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    I love it. The screen is beautiful and I love being able to hit F3 and see all the things I have running.

    I'm still trying to get my printer options set up and am having troubles with it. I go to preferences, but all the normal printer options don't seem to be there. :unsure: So that's a little weird. I want to make sure that it prints the fast, black and white all the time unless I change it, but don't seem to be able to do that.

    I have taken a few photos and enjoy iphoto. Then just for fun I tried the imovie with those photos and that was fun too. I just need to get out and take few more.

    Still need to buy that hard drive.

    While I love having the mail option on the dock, I don't particularly care for the set up of that. So I tend to keep my gmail open. However, having that quick mail option is nice.

    I watched an actual dvd on it the other day and it was beautiful! Stunning really. Oh and I like that I can move the screen when I need to.

    I have utilized the word program and I like it. I love the full screen option.

    :macwave:
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    Delighted to hear it! Sorta felt that you'd really like it. :thumbsup:

    If you're having problems with getting a printer set up, just shout. I'm sure we can help you out. It's really pretty easy but there's a couple of different ways to go about it. Some easier than others.

    You do know you can add your Gmail account to the the Mail program if you'd like? All depends on how you want to do it.

    If you need anymore help, just holler!

    Tom :)macwave:... pleased, he is!)
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    The mail program actually is my gmail account if that makes sense, it just isn't set up the same way. The folders seem a little odd.

    I would definitely appreciate the help with the printer though. I'm wasting ink by printing standard and in color. I just want it quick and black. :yes:

    Thank you!
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    What kind of printer have you got and how's it attached to the computer?

    Tom :)macwave:... step 1)
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    Oh, I have answer for this one.

    Canon MP530 and usb (stuck in back).
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    Ok. Let's do this:
    1. First, go grab this document. That should open in a new window. If it doesn't, just right click on the link and tell it to open it in a new window (or tab if you prefer).
    2. Now, scroll down to page 87 and 88 in that document. Step 6 - Specify the required settings.
    3. Do exactly like they tell you under step 6 in the program you want to print from.
    4. On Step 6 - 2 (Quality and Media), check the little "Grayscale Printing" box at the bottom.
    5. Now STOP.
    6. Go back up to where the "Presets" drop down is and choose "Save As...".
    7. Now, in the "Save Preset" dialog box that pops up, give this preset a name. You may want to call it "Black and White" or "Grayscale".
    8. Hit "OK".

    Now, anytime you want to print to that printer in Black and White, when you choose Print from any applications file menu, you should be able to choose the "Black and White" from your Presets menu.

    Hope this is clear enough. If not, just holler and we'll try again.

    Tom :)macwave:... printing preferences for fun and profit!)
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    My pocketbook and I thank you! It worked. I was able to save it to grayscale and fast for the quality.
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    Excellent! Glad it worked out for you. :thumbsup:

    Tom :)macwave:... dial 800-catrancher for all your Mac support needs! Just kidding!)
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    At least I have people to reach out to. :D

    You can't hide, I know where to find you.
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    Tom :)macwave:... yeah. That.)
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    Just received my $100 gift card! I am thrilled! What a fantastic promotion and what an even better company for giving it to me even though I bought my product two days before the official start of it. :yes:

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