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New iMac is here!!

 Just coming up for air from my iMac immersion.  The new computer arrived yesterday and I've spent much of the last 24 hours trying to get the thing to work the way I'd like it do.  I've already discovered that my laser printer won't work with it at all, but I can create files in Pages, save them as word docs, put them on my pc laptop and print them out from there.  A pain, but frankly I only need the laser printer for printing books.  My inkjet will work fine for less important documents.

Getting Mail to accept my addresses took a while, but that's working now.  I'll have to recreate my groups, but I can deal with that, I guess.  I love the way the thing looks, and I love photoshop for mac.  Wonderful.  Other aspects of it seem pretty straight forward.  I suppose the real test will come with I start my next book.

More later.  Bye for now.


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Apr. 5th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, we have...
Apr. 5th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Clearly I need to run along to bed...when I saw "laser printer", I read it as "laser pointer", and spent about two minutes trying to figure out how you did anything on your computer with what's essentially a high-tech cat toy.

Apr. 5th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
My laser pointer is working fine, thank you. Hope you slept well...
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
You will be getting Scrivener of course?

(Most of my writer friends switch to Macs solely for Scrivener, so I figure you know about it... but I must make sure!)
Apr. 5th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Not sure about Scrivener yet. I know that Steve loves it, and that carries a good deal of weight with me, but I'm not entirely sure it would blend well with my creative process, and I'm not sure that I'm looking to change my process....
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
By co-inkey-dink I tried it out on the last chapter. I'm not sticking with it for the current WIP, but I can see how well it would work with the panster method, so I'm considering it for the next one.

Lots of flexibility in thinking up the plot looking outward, and then a convenient framework to fill it in. Sort of creating your own literary color-by-numbers template. It's still a work in progress, but it is a careful work and well thought-out.

To whit: for the Sesame-street kid in me, the most useful feature was the one that fades away the background distractions and presents you only with the unyielding page, for you to spatter your forehead-blood upon.

My only disappointment was a lack of granularity in looking up past versions. You can't say "show me this para the way it was last month," only "show me the snapshot of this chapter-segment the way it was when I last remembered to take one. Arrgh. I forgot to take one."
Apr. 5th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Apr. 5th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jagi.
Apr. 5th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Congrats, David! Re. the lastr printer -- assuming it's not a really old one that connects by something other than USB, go to the manufacturer's web site and see if they have a Mac driver. Chances are they do -- and if they do, then you can resurrect it.

Sounds like you're making the transition OK -- if I can help, let me know.

Edited at 2009-04-05 02:38 pm (UTC)
Apr. 5th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
It's an HP 1000 series, which happens to be the one HP printer without any Mac drivers available. Believe me, I've looked on the HP site, the Mac site, and anywhere else Google could send me. Seems I'm just flat screwed on that one. Now I'm trying to get my mail set up with all my mailing groups in tact and I'm also trying to figure out if I can import my old internet favorites into Safari or if I have to recreate those lists as well.
Apr. 5th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
David -- Dunno if this will work, but you could try exporting the Safari for Windows bookmarks from that web browser as an HTML document. Then move the HMTL doc over to your iMac, open the document in Safari, and open your Bookmarks Library in a separate window. Drag the links from the first window to a collection in your Bookmarks Library.

As to the printer, I found an old article online: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2004061623340681 -- maybe it will be of some help...
Apr. 5th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd heard about the Zeno driver, but Zeno's web site no longer exists and the driver is no longer available.

As to the Safari option, that sounds great. Would you care to explain it again at a slower pace, because I'm a bit of an idiot....

Apr. 5th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Got it!!! You're a genius!! Thanks!
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
An odd question
I am just curious here, David. Which computer is more handicapped compatible? I'm asking because I might get an iMac too.
Apr. 6th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: An odd question
Thanks for the question, Wade. It's not odd at all. But I have to admit that I'm not sure how to answer it, as I rarely think of my computer in these terms. How would I assess it's handicapped compatibility? The layout of the desktop makes intuitive sense; it's easy to navigate. But I sense that you're after something more than this, and I need a bit more guidance to answer your question.
Apr. 6th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: An odd question
I was wondering if the iMac has Accessibility options (Like on windows it has Sticky Keys -- that holds the shift, Alt, crtl keys hold down while typing one handed as I do or mousekeys -- that enables a person to move the mouse with the keyboard). Thanks for the help my friend.

Apr. 6th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: An odd question
Wade, the system preferences window has a section called Universal Access that has options for dealing with visual impairment and hearing impairment, as well as with keyboard and mouse issues. It looks fairly comprehensive and, again, very easy to configure. I think you'd probably be in great shape with a Mac. They really seem to think of everything. Hope that's helpful.
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