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What, Apple isn?t dead yet?

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Part 2 of semi-random thoughts about Apple, the Mac OS, and computing in
general.

My experience with the Mac dates back to around 1991, when I, as head of a
college music department, purchased a Mac Classic. That was the start of a
budding music technology center that eventually expanded into the James T
Bass, Jr. Center for music Technology - a 12 station netwroked music
technology lab</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://maconmacguy.blogspot.com/2005/04/what-apple-isnt-dead-yet.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Computers: Macintosh - Apple is STILL here?

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">I've been using Apple computers since around 1990. I remember when I first saw a Mac - it was in the fall of 1984. A buddy who had gone to another college came back home with one, and I was immediately smitten with the idea of graphical computing.
In between then and 1991, when I received my first Mac at work, I did a fair amount of programming and work with DOS and Windows -</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://maconmacguy.blogspot.com/2005/04/computers-macintosh-apple-is-still.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Training - a little used antidote to problems

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">I have worked in several organizations now that were heavy computer users, or were trying to be. In every single case there was a dearth of training for the users of the machines. This is (surprisingly, I think) even more true for the educational institutions (both secondary and colleges).

What management - and even the eventual users of the machines often did get, was that comptuers are</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://maconmacguy.blogspot.com/2005/05/training-little-used-antidote-to.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Training: What it can save

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">So what could training save a person, department, or organization that would make it worth the moeny spent?

Time!

One of the things I train on is using the Web effectively - especially search techniques. Teaching a handful of people in a department more effective uses of the Web - especially search techniques - can DRAMATICALLY reduce the amount of time wasted looking for some specific piece of</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://maconmacguy.blogspot.com/2005/05/training-what-it-can-save.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Studio Setup: the next chapter

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">I am a firm believer in using things - especially technology - as long as it
is practical. That's why I have been using a powerMac 8500 for my writing
and transcription work for a good long while.I bought it off of eBay for $150 to replace a Mac clone that got fried by
lightning. I use it for digital audio work, sequencing, and Finale stuff.I purchased my first ever new Mac in February - a Mini.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://maconmacguy.blogspot.com/2005/05/studio-setup-next-chapter.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Studio Setup: The Next Chapter part 2

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">I am typing this on the Mac Mini now comfortably ensconced in the "outhouse" (the outbuilding where my studio is located). It was a bit of a challenge to get the KVM working with both the Mini and the 8500. It turns out that the 8500 - since it has an added USB/Firewire PCI card, doesn't power up the card until after the OS is loaded - which means that the KVM switch doesn't receive a full-powered</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://maconmacguy.blogspot.com/2005/06/studio-setup-next-chapter-part-2.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Macs in the Business world?

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Here is a link to an article with some food for thought, for those who say
the Macintosh does not belong in business.http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2005/052305schwartau.html...and here is a great blog regarding the Mac's inherent security advantage.http://securityawareness.blogspot.com/Today's announcement that Apple will transistion to using intel processors
should have no affect on</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://maconmacguy.blogspot.com/2005/06/macs-in-business-world.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Email - 8 ways to keep it from being a complete waste of time

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
http://www.softlab.ece.ntua.gr/~sivann/pub/swf/may02-smilepop-soapbox4.swfThe above is a link to a flash cartoon that everyone who emails should watch
- ESPECIALLY those people who insist on forwarding every "funny" or
"interesting" thing that crosses their inbox.It is truly amazing how durable some of the material floating around the
'net is. (This would probably be a good subject for a</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://maconmacguy.blogspot.com/2005/06/email-8-ways-to-keep-it-from-being.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Mac OS X Advantage

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Don Mayer, from SmallDog.com, wrote something incredibly concise and
apropos:--------------------------------------------------------------------------

There are about 20 thousand things that distinguish Apple's OS X Tiger from
the "operating" (using that term very loosely) systems found on PCs. Here's
an overview of some of the important ones:Reliability and Stability1) Beneath the surface of</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://maconmacguy.blogspot.com/2005/06/mac-os-x-advantage.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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One little Thing: Computers are like 2 year old children

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">How often do we use these machines, trying to get some work done (or what
passes for work in this information economy of ours) - and are stymied by
one little thing......that one little checkbox left unchecked, or one
setting left not set, or one button not pushed.....Case in point: I've been trying to send in some blog entries for three
weeks, but nothing was posting. It turns out that there was</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://maconmacguy.blogspot.com/2005/06/one-little-thing-computers-are-like-2.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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