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Planning to be a Mac Mini user soon - a few questions.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

philiparcario wrote:
keep in mind that a refurb is a great buy.

in the states that model is 800 USD instead of 950 USD.

It is exactly the same as new so it is 150 USD for free. When offered 2 or 3 are offered. They really sell out fast.

Hurrah! Kept checking early and got one this morning - 2.53 for £549.

A near 20% saving!

Just have to wait '8 days' for delivery now...... Monday 22nd? Sad
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great news, Voyager. Hang on in there for delivery -- it's worth the wait... Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
That's great news, Voyager. Hang on in there for delivery -- it's worth the wait... Smile

I've been planning ahead and have already procured a A1243 keyboard and mini DVI to VGA adapter from eBay sellers.

So I have time to prepare for the switch-over. Back up data and investigate how to move mail from an old Windows Eudora install to (probably) Thunderbird on the mini. Should be straightforward enough, I back up to an old Synology DiskStation so once I've mapped a network drive should have no real problems with any of that.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Voyager wrote:
Just have to wait '8 days' for delivery now...... Monday 22nd? Sad

Or rather less! In an email in my in box this morning.....
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"Order Shipped

We are pleased to send you this dispatch regarding your Apple Store order.

We expect your order to be delivered to your shipping address on or before 12.02.2010.
"

That's today! Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Voyager wrote:
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"Order Shipped

We are pleased to send you this dispatch regarding your Apple Store order.

We expect your order to be delivered to your shipping address on or before 12.02.2010.
"

That's today! Shocked

Arrived 11:30. Now configured with Firefox, Xmarks loaded, Skype working with MSI 370i web cam (use Sonix SN9C105 driver - works perfectly) Very Happy

Haven't mastered the keyboard yet. Where is the equivelent of Ctrl+c and Ctrl+v, 'home' and 'end'? Had to do some fiddling to enable the spell check in Firefox too.

Looking good so far. It is amazing how slow an aged AMD Athelon PC with 512Mb of Ram and a slow hard drive was! Even surfing the internet is faster!

Yet to do the email move....
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Voyager wrote:
Where is the equivelent of Ctrl+c and Ctrl+v, 'home' and 'end'?


command+C and command+V
for home and end, try the command+up-down and left-right arrows.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jb wrote:
Voyager wrote:
Where is the equivelent of Ctrl+c and Ctrl+v, 'home' and 'end'?


command+C and command+V
for home and end, try the command+up-down and left-right arrows.

Yes "command" is the key to the left and right of the spacebar with the picture of the apple on it. "Home" and "End" are replaced by command+left arrow and command+right arrow. Option+left/right arrow moves the cursor to the last/next word.

As jb suggests, it's well worth learning the effect on cursor position that you get when you combine the modifier keys ('command' or 'option') with the arrow keys.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MalzyWheels wrote:
Your Microsoft trackball will more than likely work as a regular mouse would. Only downside is that you won't be able to program the buttons. Don't know if Microsoft provides Snow Leopard drivers for that paticular device or not, but a solution to give all your buttons unique functionality could be an app called SteerMouse.

The Microsoft trackball does work perfectly - and with the same functionality I'm used to!

All the buttons can be programmed in different applications. Very Happy



And I've discovered how to take screen shots! (cmd+shift+4)
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can go into Applications > Utilities > Grab & drag it into your Doc. That takes screenshots using your mouse: Selection, Window, Screen, Timed Screen.


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