Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 
542 posts

Ultimate Geek

Subscriber

  # 1401069 6-Oct-2015 15:35
One person supports this post
Send private message

paulmilbank:
jarledb:
paulmilbank: There are a few things I still don't like. In particular, window resizing


What about windows resizing don't you like? There are a few apps that might be able to help you get what you want. Like Cinch..



In Windows and Linux, if I maximize a window, it takes up the whole screen but leaves the title bars, window controls and the taskbar visible. If I hit the yellow + in OSX, it either expands to a fixed width but not fullscreen, or expands to fill the screen like F11 does in Windows. The full expand covers the dock and the top bar with the menu's in it which you then have to mouse up to the top of the screen to show again. Cheers, will look at bettertouchtool and cinch.
Probably best to try remember some key combo's too. There seems to be a lot of functionality in key combos.


The green button can have 2 options. When you hover over it you will either get;

 

  • 2 arrows going away from each other, this will take you into fullscreen mode.
  • +, This will maximise the window.
If the 2 arrows show you can tell the system to use maximise instead by holding down the option key on the keyboard when clicking on the green button.




Geoff E

Webhead
2327 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1401134 6-Oct-2015 16:44
Send private message

For the Windows users switching, just heard about Ubar, an app that gives you a more windows like dock with more functionality. See http://brawersoftware.com/products/ubar

There is a 4 week trial, and if you want to buy it, use the coupon code retinagruber for 50% off. (Heard about it on the podcast The Talkshow with John Gruber. (He also runs a great site to follow if you are interested in Apple: http://daringfireball.net/  )




 
 
 
 




1508 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1401551 7-Oct-2015 10:25
Send private message

Cool, thanks very much, will check it out. Looked again last night, the window sizing buttons have changed a bit in El Capitan. Will check the option keys with resizing too.




Try Vultr using this link and get us both some credit:

 

http://www.vultr.com/?ref=7033587-3B


2059 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 1404995 13-Oct-2015 13:10
Send private message

I switched back in 2009, after swearing I would NEVER use a Mac. I just love how stable OSX is compared to most of the Windows versions I've used. I do have issues with the way Apple tries to manage your stuff their way, but I've gotten around that by creating referenced iTunes libraries and using third-party apps for my photos. I am using a 2008 Mac Pro, which belonged to my late husband. He used it for music recording so also bought the 30" cinema display to go with it. I've added a load more RAM to it - it's has 14GB now (I know, a weird amount, but was trying to bring it up to 12GB and when I went to install the extra I discovered 2GB in there that wasn't being recognised because the retailer we got it from installed it in the wrong configuration). I also installed a wireless card (they didn't come native when the machine launched) and a SSD as my boot drive. I have 1TB SATA drives in the other 3 bays (one is a bootable clone of the main drive, the others are for music/video/photo storage). I find it plenty snappy for what I need - I run it as a PLEX server to the HTPC downstairs, and also have it connected to an external sound mixing unit (which was hubby's) and via that to a home theatre amp for music listening. It's an old machine but I reckon as long as nothing major breaks down it should serve me well for several more years.




Geek girl. Freelance copywriter and editor at Unmistakable.co.nz.

 

Currently using: Modified 2008 Mac Pro, HP M6-1017TX Laptop, iPad Pro, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, AppleTV4.


3958 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 1405058 13-Oct-2015 15:04
Send private message

I went to a friend's place this morning to give her, and to install, a printer we don't use. When I got there, I found she had a Mac laptop. Panic - because I had literally never touched a Mac before. Closest I have got is using an iPad - which compared to the Mac OS I guess is like comparing drafts to chess.

Dived in anyway - she is non-tech and I'm sort of semi-tech but she showed me a few basic functions. Managed to install the printer complete with Epson drivers, gave it a test-run and all was well. I know all this is very basic and simple but I did get a sense of satisfaction doing it on a system I was unfamiliar with.

My point is, I have been thinking about replacing my ageing Windows laptop with an Apple machine. I liked the look of my first play this morning and would have liked to try a bit more. It seemed very cool - I think I'm being converted and think I would enjoy the learning curve referred to in posts above.




Sometimes I just sit and think. Other times I just sit.


5527 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1405110 13-Oct-2015 16:21
Send private message

I've owned hand-me-down macs before.....including the original Macintosh with the B&W screen. 

In June I bought a 13" Macbook Air because i wanted the lightest, fastest laptop possible for a two month trip overseas. It fit perfectly into my small backpack. Battery life is great. 

It took me a week or so to get used to the different UI. (I also have a 14" HP Chromebook, so that's slightly different again). 

I like the Mac. 

I don't currently use a Windows laptop. I do have a Win 7 desktop PC with a 27" 3D monitor for 3D stuff on a big screen that isn't my TV.

I'm all over the map. :-)  They all have their uses.  






____________________________________________________
If you order a Tesla, use my referral code to get free stuff. 

 

My Tesla referral code: https://ts.la/steve52356


Webhead
2327 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1405150 13-Oct-2015 18:17
3 people support this post
Send private message

Another tip for new Mac'ers:

Time Machine is a brilliant tool. Even Mac's can have disks failing and then you really want a backup. Besides, Time Machine also keeps versions of your files. So if you delete or change something and find out later, you can still go "back in time" and get the version and/or file you want.

Can't recommend it strongly enough. Do backups, and do setup Time Machine to do automatic ones for you, so you won't forget.




 
 
 
 


3626 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1405184 13-Oct-2015 18:53
Send private message

I've been using Mac's for just under 8 years (2 x 17" Macbook Pro's and 1 x MacMini).
I'd struggle to fault it to be honest, with the exception for its lack of support for Dolby True HD or DTS Master HD...
It's the machine that lead to me buying iPod's, iPhone's, iPad's, the watch etc... what's next? An Alpine head unit to utilise Car OS? Oooooh....

Webhead
2327 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1405200 13-Oct-2015 19:12
Send private message

Dunnersfella:
Alpine head unit to utilise Car OS? Oooooh....


Ok, on my list too now. Now to figure out how easy that would be to put in my car.




Webhead
2327 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1405330 14-Oct-2015 00:58
Send private message

jarledb:
Dunnersfella:
Alpine head unit to utilise Car OS? Oooooh....


Ok, on my list too now. Now to figure out how easy that would be to put in my car.


And after a little research, looks like connecting with Bluetooth might be the best way to go right now.

Skip to about 12 minutes out in this video and you will see why I am probably not going to get anything with Carplay anytime soon.





13573 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1408460 17-Oct-2015 23:50
One person supports this post
Send private message

Been Mac since 2005.

One of my favourite things as a photographer is that the ability to open image files - even RAW files - is just part of the OS and does not require any special app.

On the very rare occasions I have to do something on someone else's Windows machine, it feels like being handed a BBC Acorn.





Webhead
2327 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1409015 19-Oct-2015 09:22
Send private message

Geektastic: Been Mac since 2005.

One of my favourite things as a photographer is that the ability to open image files - even RAW files


What do you use for RAW processing? Lightroom? How's your workflow?


it feels like being handed a BBC Acorn.


Hey, don't say anything bad about the Acorn, it was the first computer I owned. The advanced Basic thought me about functions and other important programming techniques




1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32


Vodafone 5G service live in four cities
Posted 10-Dec-2019 08:30


Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Dec-2019 00:01


NZ company oDocs awarded US$ 100,000 Dubai World Expo grant
Posted 5-Dec-2019 16:00


New Zealand Rugby Selects AWS-Powered Analytics for Deeper Game Insights
Posted 5-Dec-2019 11:33


IMAGR and Farro bring checkout-less supermarket shopping to New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2019 09:07


Wellington Airport becomes first 5G connected airport in the country
Posted 3-Dec-2019 08:42


MetService secures Al Jazeera as a new weather client
Posted 28-Nov-2019 09:40


NZ a top 10 connected nation with stage one of ultra-fast broadband roll-out completed
Posted 24-Nov-2019 14:15


Microsoft Translator understands te reo Māori
Posted 22-Nov-2019 08:46


Chorus to launch Hyperfibre service
Posted 18-Nov-2019 15:00


Microsoft launches first Experience Center worldwide for Asia Pacific in Singapore
Posted 13-Nov-2019 13:08


Disney+ comes to LG Smart TVs
Posted 13-Nov-2019 12:55


Spark launches new wireless broadband "Unplan Metro"
Posted 11-Nov-2019 08:19


Malwarebytes overhauls flagship product with new UI, faster engine and lighter footprint
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:48



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.