Discussion in 'Gadgets and Gizmos' started by Skywatcher, Apr 16, 2009.
Don't know if it's applicable in your case or not Chris, but keep in mind that all Macs come with numerous tools either pre-installed or freely available for you to install. Some of these are:
The complete software development tools (XCode, Interface Builder, etc.)
Various scripting languages (Perl, Ruby, Python, PHP, etc.)
Web server (Apache pre-installed).
Data Base engines (MySql, SqLite, etc).
So, if any of your applications are open source type things, it's not beyond the realm of possibility to port them to the Mac.
If your geek is up to it!
Beyond that, here's an interesting site about Macs in Astronomy!
Hope this helps! If not, just tell me to shut up and sit down. I follow instructions well.
Tom macwave:... attempting to ease the transition!)
Yep, seriously. What Keith said. Screen shot coming up as soon as my Parallels Windows XP partition boots up.
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Ahhh.... beat me to it!
Tom macwave:... getting slower as I age!)
well it's only an advert from the vmware site, not a true Tom-Parallels shot I think we still need one of those
ooooo explody thing
I am sure I willneed quite bit of help to get going but I am seriously excited about this now - I will probably be too precious about it to take it out into the garden now
Cheers for the link Tom but if it works with windows then I will not need to settle for anything other than the software I am used to
Ok, when Windows gets around to actually starting again (updates in progress), I'll do that.
In the meantime, why not tell him about Spaces and Expose???? That oughta get his juices flowing!
Tom macwave:... corrupting the world, one user at a time!)
there's a certain amount of pride about the looks of the things I must admit. Back 5 or 6 years ago I had a minor, but impressively venomous, spat at a new york airport security scanner with a jobsworth who wanted me to remove the coat I'd carefully laid out in the tray so my powerbook, as they were then, didn't get scratched
no one's mentioned Spaces and Expose yet? omg! GASP!
Ok, here's a screen shot of my Mac desktop with Parallels running my Windows XP installation. Sorry about the obnoxious Windows XP desktop theme. I just like Mickey!
And on the subject of Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, don't forget that the iWork suite from Apple will import all of those formats. Quite a bit cheaper than springing for the Mac version of Office.
Tom macwave:... sorry about the loud desktop theme!)
....and in my opinion, iWork is what office SHOULD have been. It's a delight to use, I almost look forward to "creating" things in it unlike dreading calling up word/excel/powerpoint
Ok, Expose first. Expose gives you the capability of reducing all the windows you've got open and cluttering up your view to miniaturized versions all shown on a single screen. You can click on any of the miniature views to bring that particular window to the front. See the attached image for a view of what it looks like. This capability can be accessed via a function key, key stroke sequence, or mouse click combination. I've got mine set to a mouse click combination.
Don't know if this is really clear or not. If not, Keith, please chime in and help.
Tom macwave:... now, on to Spaces)
Spaces is like a bunch of virtual desktops. You decide how many. My system is set to 4 rows and 4 columns. You can move between desktop environments either off a menu, via keystrokes/function keys or mouse button combinations.
The attached picture shows my 4 rows and 4 columns of Spaces. I put a single window into each Space so you could get an idea of how it works.
You may want to take a look at the Mac OS X guided tour. They can probably show better what this stuff looks like and how it works.
Tom macwave:... I'll shut up now!)
Great shots Tom
I love spaces, really helps keep different tasks separate so I can concentrate on something and have full space available to it
Jesus.... you lot have been mac-preaching..... without ME?!
No-one has mentioned time machine yet.....
You just make back-ups to an external HD... browse to the necessary folder and hit the time machine button and you get this bad-boy......
And you literally just drag your cursor up the time-line and you see a version of every 'state' that file was in... with the ability to grab it and use it
A simple 'push' on your mighty mouse brings up this....
You can install all sorts of widgets- I'll bet there are some astronomy ones. I have; a weather chart, translator, currency convertor, calculator, calendar, film-reviews, google and much more on mine!
You can create a 'stack' which is a folder that you want quick access to.
A quick click on the stack in your dock and voila....
Quick and easy access to your files! I use the applications folder but you can use any normal folder you want.
Has anyone told you how easy it is to install things? You download your widget/program/whatever, and then double click the disk-image. This pops open (much like unzipping a file in windows) and then you can use the application from there, or drag it to the applications folder and... wow! It's installed!!!!
This is all really very impressive
I am the most hopeless shopper in the world I am hardly a tough act to convince am I you must have seen me coming.
Now is there a way to easily suck all the stuff I have off my current laptop onto my new machine when he sells it to me
Yep! Right here!
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