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I bought my 72 year old wife an iBook for Christmas because she doesn't
have the desk space for an iMac. However, had she had the space I would
have got her one of the 333mhz iMacs now selling at MacWarehouse for
$799. This is probably all the computer your mother needs - and then some
(although I would be sure it has at least 64MB SDRAM). You may want to
get her a printer to go with it but that should be about the extent of
her requirements. An iMac is a faster computer with a bigger hard drive
and more RAM than I started with and is still a faster computer than what
I now have - and I have no trouble surfing the Internet.
Get her the iMac and let her enjoy!
I am going to buy a new "Mac" computer for my 75 year old mother, who
wants to learn how to shop on the EBAY auction. Can someone out there
give me some advice - What is the best Mac for the money now?
If she is going to use it mainly for internet surfing, is the iMac the
way to go? I have seen them advertised lately for between $999 and
$1499. Does anyone on this list use one? HHHeeelp!!!
I recently began experiencing a problem with my beige G3. When I
rebuild the desktop, the sound goes away. A second restart (without
rebuilding the desktop) clears the problem and sound returns. I'm
running OS 8.6.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Hi MAC folks,
I have a problem I hope SKS will be able to help me with.
I have the program Family Lawyer 8.0 f. I used it with my previous MAC
(LC475). Now when I try to open it up, it throws the present MAC (Power MAC
7200/90) into a frenzy and then I have to reboot.
I'm sure there is a reason for this, if anyone knows, please let me know.
Regarding attachments to email - herebelow are several not very
knowledgable, or scholarly observations.
It is too bad that more folks sending attachments to email don't think, or
maybe don't know about their outgoing communications. Attachments need to
be sent in the most generic cross platform format available: text, jpg or
some universally recognized format.
There are too many companies (MicroSoft being the worst offender) that
assume that the world will have to buy their little package of "one's and
zero's" in order to communicate and survive. These companies do not care
about sharing or communications, their communications link is to their
Adobe Acrobat PDF writer costs money, but at least the reader is free. The
reader can be found at many locations, it are tee-totally free, and works
As several folks in the mac-l postings mentioned, you don't even know what
some attachments contain. Could be a whole bunch of trouble, like virus
kind of things. If you don't know, and it ain't important, just trash it.
(remember you could politely write back and ask the sender for a specific
type of file, like text, jpg, etc)
I had some kind of attachment last winter, that was sent to me by a distant
cousin - have met him once, a very nice man. While I was trying to crack
the file, my little Mac OS 7.5 crashed, and burned. Had to reload the
system software, did not do a clean install, just reloaded the OS. The CD
player at least opened, so I plunked the System CD into the old girl,
closed up and unplugged her. Used the CD as the startup disk.
All of my WP, spreadsheet, graphics files, and software other than the OS
survived the incident. However my Eudora e-mail looked just like I had just
gotten the software loaded, there were no mailbox files, no address book
entries, no settings of any kind. Gone. Fortunately I have a habit of
backing the message files, and other working files to a Zipdisk every
couple of weeks.
Also had to re-enter all of the settings on all of the browsers, on the
modem and anything that had anything to do with communicating to
peripherals, etc., etc., etc.
At this time, I am attending a computer repair course at a area Vo-tech
school. (Got tired of hanging around in the retired mode) We are just
getting into the software part of the game. Most of the program of
instruction centers around the PC type (Pentium processors, Microsoft and
MS related software) of things.
You are going to see more, and more things that will not interface.
There are many, many problems in the PC camp. Some equipment that is
running the Windows98 OS will not run software in a reliable way, that was
written for the earlier Windows95.
I had to buy MS Works 2000 for the laptop PC that for use at school. Guess
what??- the spreadsheet in the Works 2000 cannot be opened by MS Excel in
my wife's laptop PC that she uses at school. The Works 2000 spreadsheet
cannot be opened by the MS Office Suite 98 for MacInstosh that is on our
old Mac 5200 and on our new iMac. This is really a cute deal when you have
guest lists for the coming big wedding punched into a Works 2000 sheet -
it's back to the fax, jack!!! You can't address invitations from a list
that looks like it is done in Greek or Urdu.
If I were presented a choice between a free MS based PC or a free
Etch-a-Sketch, I would have to think for a while before I made my choice.
We have an old Apple IIC+ that has a regular hard shell type floppy drive
in it, because we found that a lot of the music programs in use at the time
were on the 5.25 floppies. So we got a peripheral 5.25 for our IIC+. A lot
of the II's are still around, and these earlier programs are still being
My wife had some WP scripts for school programs stored on the 5.25
floppies, and did not have hard copy. We fired up the IIC+, put the WP file
onto the 3.5 floppie and carried it over to the Mac OS 7.5 and opened it
with ClarisWorks. We had to tinker with a few margins and page cut offs,
but it weren't too hard.
End of story.
Fade into the sunset.
No more sermons.
Kindest regards from the cranky old man,
Alan Riggins, (music(a)navix.net)