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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2005, 03:12:36 PM »
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Seriously for a second, how does one get application to show up on the desktop in MacOSX... lets say, the application disapears for some reason, then when you click on the icon to open it up again, the title bar changes to your app, but none of the windows open :-?


I get this with firefox on OSX a lot :-D

Typically you can have an application open with no windows presently open or if some are, they may be minimised and languishing around near the trashcan on the dock.

You can also use apple tab in an analogous way to alt tab under windows. If you are using OSX 10.3, you can also sometimes use the expose feature to find windows that have sneakily crept out of sight.


Gah.. OSX is a PITA...


Stick Ubuntu on it, and only run Mac-on-Linux for the OSX software you need!  There's the double bonus of being able to run AROS-PPC hosted on Ubuntu at the same time as OSX! :-D


I'm not sure that would work for the task which I require it... That tiny little G4 is gonna have a hard enough time running Logic Audio and driving my 10 channel audio interface alone without the joy of Linux getting in the way... :-)


Just overclock the {bleep} and water cool it then! ;-)
 

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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2005, 03:15:41 PM »
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Just overclock the {bleep} and water cool it then! ;-)


Then I may as well stick with my existing Laptop :-P

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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2005, 03:18:06 PM »
I don't think the G4 will be that badly underspecced for audio work, provided the software is written to utilise the vector unit for those pesky DSP like jobs.
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« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2005, 03:37:20 PM »
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The problem is that hardly any apps take advantage of two mouse buttons, as Apple don't provide them as standard.


The Mac usually uses a key combination instead of the right button mouse, almost all apps support this.  The right button is used for this function so you'll find almost all apps will automatically use it.

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Gah.. OSX is a PITA...


It take some getting used to yes, but once you've used it for a while you'll not want to go back.

BTW the 12" PowerBooks can put out quite a bit of heat when you push them.
There's plenty of audio apps for them though.
 

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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2005, 03:44:19 PM »
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There's plenty of audio apps for them though.


If by "plenty", you mean "expensive"... then yeah ;-)

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« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2005, 04:00:23 PM »
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Seriously for a second, how does one get application to show up on the desktop in MacOSX... lets say, the application disapears for some reason, then when you click on the icon to open it up again, the title bar changes to your app, but none of the windows open

It never 'disappeared' but was 'iconified' just like on Amiga. On Apple when you click window close button it closes window but the program stays. You can open new window from program menu.

There are 3rd party commodities to fix this annoyment :-)
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« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2005, 04:02:10 PM »
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There are 3rd party commodities to fix this annoyment :-)


Do you know of anything that will allow me to change the highlight colour for seleceted text? That is still a major problem for me, changing just the background colour isn't enough :-(

Stupid "think different" design paradigm there. I guess they "think" that if you are colourblind, you have no place using a mac and should stick to some greenscreen 286 ;-)
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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2005, 04:05:14 PM »
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There are 3rd party commodities to fix this annoyment :-)


Do you know of anything that will allow me to change the highlight colour for seleceted text? That is still a major problem for me, changing just the background colour isn't enough :-(

Stupid "think different" design paradigm there. I guess they "think" that if you are colourblind, you have no place using a mac and should stick to some greenscreen 286 ;-)


I have a problem seeing green!
 

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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2005, 04:09:18 PM »
Me too. I perceive only one primary colour properly* so I tend to use an "inverse" effect for text highlighting. For the life of me I cannot find out how to make OS-X show highlighted text white on blue!

*hint : see avatar :lol:
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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2005, 04:17:19 PM »
If I draw a red line on a whiteboard, i can see it no problems.  If I draw a green line I can see it no problems, but if I put a red line next to a green line it looks like the lines are dancing! :-)
 

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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2005, 04:27:44 PM »
That seems to be common for Red-Green colourblindness (of which I have an extreme form). My brother has a similar problem - red on blue or green causes the same dancing effect. I also get it for strong primary colours against blue, but I don't tend to perceive the non-blue colour - well, it is more complex than that as I shall try to explain.

If I see something colour (that isn't blue/violet), I can usually tell that it is not grey. However I simply cannot tell what colour it is other than it is lighter or darker.

My optician explained it like so. There simply aren't enough R/G receptors to give the old visual cortex enough information to resolve what the colour is, only that it is a colour and not simply grey (some very intense greens do register as different from everything else). As for unsaturated colours, they tend to look greyish.

Hence no need for me to suffer the work of interior designers :lol:
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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2005, 05:19:17 PM »
Is it possible to just install a decent desktop and use it instead of finder?

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« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2005, 05:23:09 PM »
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Is it possible to just install a decent desktop and use it instead of finder?


Heresy! :-x

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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2005, 12:26:01 PM »
It seems that Apple are going to move to x86 afterall... for laptops next year, at least. So where does this leave me? :-(

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Re: !stop press! - bloodline considers Powerbook G4
« Reply #29 on: June 06, 2005, 12:30:59 PM »
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It seems that Apple are going to move to x86 afterall... for laptops next year, at least. So where does this leave me? :-(


In the dark until Herr Jobs gives his rally later today! :-)