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yardbird
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:56 pm    Post subject: little help for a newbie? Reply with quote

So my Mac mini will be delivered on Monday. Obviously no DVD burner. I've looked a posts about getting a cheap USB DVD burner and I see that as a much higher probability than spending the dough for a USB Superdrive.

Right now, I only rarely burn a CD or DVD. A much more likely use would be for me to RIP music CDs to my iTunes or lately I have been collecting home movies from the family and converting them to DVD in whatever way I can. Trying to preserve them. Takes a ong time for me though and might be cheaper to just let someplace due the conversions for me. VHS to DVD is no problem. The old 8mm movies are a bit more problematic Smile

ANYWAYS.... I have to keep a Windows machine for a couple of programs that have no apple equivalent (for my medical equipment) and I *could* do and CD/DVD work on there, but..... I hate windows pretty sorely and try to stay as far from it as I can. (Been using linux as primary OS since about 2005)

So should I just hold off on getting any kind of external optical until I find out if I even need one? Or do you think I *will* need one and should just get one to have handy?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like to have one handy, but I haven't connected it up in over two years now. I do have a superdrive in my iMac buts its on the side and awkward to reach so I don't like using it. I can't remember the last time I have needed it.

Most of my CD's DVD's have long since been transferred over to Hard Drives so I don't really have many needs for an optical drive. Even if I buy new hardware that comes with an install disk I always tend to look for a more current version online before resorting to putting a disk in anyway.

I know I could manage without needing an optical drive, but if you think you might need one, then at least its a cheap option to buy a USB one. It may be worth buying one just in case.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just get a apple superdrive and you want have any problems
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My old Dell ZinoHD is dying.... slowly. It's been a great little linux box, but it's time to move on. Been brushing up on OS X and how to use it and it really all kinda makes sense to me. So while I may still have some really dumb questions later, I think the switch from linux to OS X will be rather painless. And I'm looking forward to it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

faarizamar wrote:
My old Dell ZinoHD is dying.... slowly. It's been a great little linux box, but it's time to move on. Been brushing up on OS X and how to use it and it really all kinda makes sense to me. So while I may still have some really dumb questions later, I think the switch from linux to OS X will be rather painless. And I'm looking forward to it.


You're in exactly the same situation that I was in. I had a ZinoHD as well. AND.... it ran linux with the ability to boot into windows for reasons stated in my original post.

I have a Mac Mini now and I'm very happy with it. You will quickly adapt to OS X, I'm sure. I needed a little help learning how to install things but once you do it a couple times it's sensible so it's easy.

Boot Camp gets me into Windows when needed and I have Parallels for the things that will run fine in Parallels. A LOT less tinkering than linux. I spend more time working WITH the machine than working ON the machine which is kinda nice.
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