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Photoshop Pricing

For quite a while now I’ve been looking forward to the release of Photoshop CS3. Finally, Adobe get around to supporting Intel Macs - after we’ve all been using them for a year - and how long after Apple announced the move to Intel?

At the same time I’ve been dreading the thought of how much it was going to cost.

I do have a perfectly legal Photoshop CS2 license for the Windows version of the software. Adobe very generously offer the chance to transfer that license over to Mac for just the cost of supplying the media. However, this is something I can’t do as I happen to have lost a receipt for one of my earlier Photoshop purchases. No original receipt - no license transfer. Fair enough I suppose.

So, if I want Photoshop on my Mac I’m going to need to buy the full package rather than the upgrade.

Earlier today I took a look on the Adobe online store and saw that Photoshop CS3, full edition would cost me £569.88. That’s for the boxed version. For some odd reason the download version would cost me £586.85. Humm, so I get to pay £16.97 extra for the privilege of not having a box, a CD or a manual and spending the time and bandwidth to download it?

Putting this oddity aside I went to see how much it would cost in the USA.

The US boxed edition would be $649.00.

Time for a bit of maths. The current exchange rate is 1.96735 Dollars to the Pound (taken from BBC Market Data). This would make the US price £329.89.

So, the exact same product, bought in the UK will cost me £256.96 more?

77.89% more?

Adobe, just what am I getting in return for paying 77.89% more than your US customers? Please do tell me.

Ah, I guess I should take VAT into account. VAT stands at 17.5%. Adobe’s store tells me that’s £485.00 excluding VAT.

That’s still £155.11 more than in the USA - and assuming that the US price doesn’t include any kind of sales tax. I know that for you guys over The Pond that varies state by state.

And it’s not just the UK where these rip off prices seem to be applied. Checking around the rest of Europe shows Photoshop CS3 at €899.00 before any local taxes. That’s $1,201.78 or £610.06 - yikes - even more than the UK!?!

Of course, it’s not just Adobe who are playing this game. Windows Vista will cost you about the same in Sterling as it will in Dollars.

Well, I decided that my Windows usage was going to end with XP - and it has.

Now is it time for me to say that my Photoshop usage will end with CS2?

Right now it appears so. Sure it would be lovely to be running CS3 on my Mac, and I’ve been running the beta for a little while now. Works very nicely. But I still have a Windows PC sat under the desk, gathering dust. Quite a capable Windows PC and one that I have a license to run Photoshop CS2 on.

Maybe it’s time for me to look quite seriously into The Gimp? Free vs £570?

Meanwhile, anyone who reads this and thinks that this pricing policy is nuts could do worse than head over to this online petition.

I seriously doubt anything will change. But if US software houses continue to treat European markets with this kind of disrespect then I think they’re going to be finding a lot of people looking for alternatives.

Personally I refuse point blank to pay that much more than our friends in the USA for Photoshop. Okay, I might need to go buy a Big Book to train myself up with The Gimp - but that is going to be so much more cost effective.


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I’ve Been a Mac-Head For A Year?

I’ve not written anything here about my ’switch’ from Windows to Mac OS X for a while. Checking back I see that it was March 16th 2006 when my Mac Mini arrived. That’s over a year ago now.

I initially started this blog to record my thoughts as I went through the process of switching systems. After a little while it became clear that I wouldn’t really have much to write about if I limited myself to just that one topic so this became my ‘personal blog’.

Why didn’t I have much to write about? Well, my Mac Mini out-performed all expectations, it still does. Little ‘Lola’ as I christened her is sitting here now, quietly going about her work with a minimum of fuss and bother.

I was reading a blog posting by Robert Peston, the BBC’s Business Editor earlier this evening. The entry is regarding Robert’s experiences with Windows Vista, and to summarise - they’re not good so far. It was the imminent arrival of Windows Vista that made me decide the time was right to move over to a Mac just over a year ago.

After reading Robert’s piece I was left feeling that he probably should have expected the problems he was suffering, especially seeing as how he is the BBC’s Business Editor.

However, it was reading the 300 odd comments to that article which I really lost myself in. So much bashing on about which operating system is better and why, and how MS and Apple are just ripping consumers off left, right and centre. All the usual Mac vs PC wars were going on in those comments.

I very nearly left a comment myself, but honestly, why bother? I’m not interested in ‘O/S Wars’ and what is good for one person is not so good for another. I just know that I’ve been very happy indeed with my own decision to switch. My dear little Mini suits me down to the ground. It’s small, it’s quiet, it’s powerful enough for what I want to do with a computer. And yes, it’s stable and seems to be secure. I’ve not really had any problems with it. I switch it on, I use it, I switch it off again.

Now, this is where I’m going to be sounding like some kind of an Apple ‘fanboi’. I’m not. I’m a ‘fan’ of whatever does the job for me, and I have to say that the Mac Mini has been superb so far. Just not having to worry about anti-virus software, anti-spyware, defragging, updating drivers… it’s hard to believe I used to put up with all of that just to use a computer. I know that when I first got the Mini somehow it felt like there was something missing whenever I used it. The ’something missing’ was all the frustration and wasted time. Now I just use the darned computer rather than spending so long fiddling to find out why something or other wasn’t working properly.

And the whole virus / malware part is the most refreshing. Reclaiming your computer from all the scum who want to infect it / hijack it / steal things from it is just such a liberating experience. As is no longer having to pay ‘Symantec Tax’ just to try and fight a losing battle against the malware writers.

Sales pitch over.

So, no - I’ve not written anything much about Macs for a while, and that is because the process of making the switch was very smooth and relatively painless - for me. Your Mileage May Vary.

So, here’s to ‘Lola’, one year old and going strong.

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A little further down the road

Okay, it has been a while.

A few things have kept me away from my blog. One of these was my Windows machine finally deciding to croak. The only real problem with this was that I was still using it for editing my photos in Photoshop CS2!

Earlier in the year when I first got my Mac Mini I did a few comparisons. I ran the demo of the Mac version of CS2, which isn’t Intel native. Adobe have stated that Photoshop will not be native for Intel Macs until CS3 sometime in 2007. I also tried out Parallels Desktop, a virtual PC solution for Intel Macs, and Boot Camp - the official Apple method of booting an Intel Mac into Windows.

I was used to fairly snappy CS2 performance on my Windows PC, and although the Mac version was usable running under Rosetta (the PowerPC emulation layer employed by Apple to maintain backwards compatibility), well, I couldn’t see much point when I could carry on running it on my PC.

Boot Camp ran the Windows version of CS2 wonderfully. No complaints there. However it is a pain having to reboot from one OS to another and back again every time you want to do a bit of photo work. There was also the issue of having to ‘sacrifice’ quite a large chunk of my Mac Mini’s somewhat limited hard drive space for a Windows partition. This would have to be a fairly large partition to store my photos. I would be able to access the Windows partition from OS X, but I couldn’t access the OS X partition from Windows without purchasing more software. So, although CS2 ran very well - I decided it was too much of a pain.

Parallels looked very promising. I could just start up a Windows PC from within OS X and switch between the operating systems pretty smoothly. However impressed I was, I decided that as I would have to spend money on Parallels and I already had a real Windows PC sat under my desk, I might as well just carry on using it. So I did.

Meanwhile Parallels came out of Beta and the cost of registering the software went up quite a bit.

And then my Windows box died.

I spoke to Adobe about transferring my Windows CS2 license to Mac. Quite easy to do, just send them the invoices / receipts and license codes, along with a cheque for £6 to cover shipping. However, it would mean that I could no longer run Photoshop on my Windows laptop. Their license lets you install Photoshop on up to 2 machines, as long as they aren’t being used simultaneously. There was also the performance issue to be considered, it really felt quite laggy to me under Rosetta, especially after the performance I was used to from my defunct Windows machine.

So, maybe I could just carry on using CS2 on my Windows laptop? Humm, yes, but Linda and Shelly both use that laptop a lot and it would be a pain to either have to stop them from using it or waiting until nobody was using it.

So, back to Parallels Desktop.

It really looked to be the best option. Photoshop ran faster under Parallels than the Mac version did with Rosetta. I could keep all my photos in the Mac file structure and reference them from Windows on the virtual machine via Parallels’ ‘shared folders’ feature, or via normal Windows networking. I could boot into Windows and do a bit of photo work without having to shut down OS X and I could carry on having CS2 installed on the laptop!

So that’s the way I went. It did mean a bit of financial outlay on registering Parallels but I think it’s a good investment. In addition to letting me run CS2 under Windows XP it lets me easily play around with other operating systems with great ease. I’ve had OS/2 Warp 3 running on it, I’ve had various flavours of Linux running on it - and when I get bored I can just zap the virtual machine.

Another bonus of all of this was that I was able to start clearing away all my old PC kit. It took up a lot of room compared to the Mac Mini - well, so do most things I guess! I’ve got a neater, tidier, quieter and just plain nicer environment to work in now. I have space on my desk - yes, I can actually see the wood in places.

So, to bring this rather lengthy post to a conclusion - I’m even more impressed than ever with my Mac Mini. Such a great little box. I can’t recommend them highly enough!

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Okay, a change of tack

Well, I’ve been happily getting on using my Mac for several weeks without feeling a need to post anything here.

I guess the point is that it just works, and it does a great job. I’m finally free of the all the hassles I used to suffer running Windows.

Well, just about.

I’m still using Windows for running Photoshop, and it looks like I will be until Photoshop CS3 is released. Yes, CS2 does run under Rosetta on the Intel Mac, but I just find it too sluggish to be comfortable with it. It is a pain having to switch machines just to edit photos, so come on Adobe, get a crack on with CS3 please.

So, what am I going to do with this blog? It started out as a Windows to Mac switchers blog, but I just don’t see any point in continuing in that vein. So, it’s going to become just a personal blog. From time to time I’m sure I’ll cover some tech. issues, but there’ll be other things on here too.

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Boot Camp & Parallels

As a new Mac user I’ve been quite intrigued with all the fuss about Boot Camp over the last week or so. I’ve been longing to move away from using Windows for so long, it seemed kind of odd to hear all these people getting enthusiastic about running it on their Macs.

What is Boot Camp? It’s Apple’s official method of installing Windows XP on a Macintosh. You run an application that re-partitions your drive to make room for Windows. It then launches you into the Windows install process and gives you a disk full of Windows drivers to support various bits of your Mac hardware when running Windows.

This is not emulation of any kind. You need a full, legitimate copy of Windows XP to install on your Mac and it runs natively on the Intel processor. So yes, this is an option that is only open to owners of Intel based Macs.

It just happened that less than a week before Apple released Boot Camp I had managed to find an alternative for the last bit of software that I needed to boot up my Windows machine for. But, well, I had to take a look at it - just to see what all the fuss was about.

It all worked smoothly enough for me. I set up the tiniest partition for Windows to live on, just 5GB. There was part of me that was thinking that I could actually use this as a way to run Photoshop at a reasonable speed for the next 12 months while we wait for CS3 to come out.

To be honest, having just spent a considerable amount of money to escape from Windows then it was the last thing I wanted to do. After trying it out for a couple of days I decided that I would rather have Photoshop running more slowly under Rosetta on the Mac than have to fire up Windows every time I wanted to use it.

And then just as the Boot Camp hysteria was reaching a peak there’s the beta of Parallels Workstation to take a look at too!

Parallels uses a different idea altogether - virtualisation. Using Parallels you can run a full copy of Windows XP, or for that matter many other operating systems, in a window right there on your Mac desktop. This has the appeal of not needing to reboot to run the other operating system, but there is some performance drag effect of running two operating systems on your Mac at the same time. Not only is OS X making a demand on your processor, disks and memory, Windows is too at the same time. When you consider that a workable minimum to do anything much in Windows XP is probably 512MB or 256MB at a pinch then you can see that the more memory you have in your Mac the better if you want to go down this route.

I had played with Parallels while I was waiting for my Mac to appear, it is also available for Windows and I was using it to try out a few different Linux distributions.

I have to say that Parallels does a fantastic job. I was able to run Photoshop CS2 on Windows XP at quite a comfortable speed right here within OS X - really quite impressive.

However, you are still running Windows, and as I said earlier, I had just made quite a financial investment to say “cheerio” to Windows after many years of trying to get it out of my life.

I can see myself registering Parallels and using it to mess around with other operating systems from time to time. It’s great to be able to do all of that without having to repartition your disk and dual boot - much nicer all around. But I really can’t see myself wanting to run Windows on it for the reason outlined above.

Either of these technologies might be useful to you if you’ve just switched to Mac and there are one or two Windows applications that you are still running. If you’re happy going back to running Windows again, and having to worry about spy-ware and viruses again then this might be a solution for you. Myself, I’m happier running one or two things a bit slowly until Universal Binary versions are available for the Mac. Nice to know the option is there if I’m pushed, but I would have to be pushed very hard!

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Software’s the key

In my previous post I was talking about the importance of finding Universal Binary versions of applications. Today I’m going to expand on that theme a little and talk about some of the software I’ve found useful since making the switch (whether UB or not).

1. XNJB - Richard Low - Freeware - Universal Binary

I’ve talked about XNJB here before, but it was such a wonder to find this bit of software that it belongs right here at the top of the list for me. XNJB permits me to use my Creative Labs Zen Touch MP3 player on Lola (my Intel Mac Mini Core Duo). It seems to work with a wide range of the Creative Labs players, so if you have one and think that now you’ve switched to Mac you’re going to have to buy an iPod - go check this one out.

Two main things to note about XNJB :-

a) If you buy music from iTunes then you won’t be able to play these tracks on your Zen due to digital rights management. The only work around for this is really to burn a CD from iTunes containing the tracks you want on your Zen and then re-rip this disk back into iTunes. You can then transfer and play these tracks on your Zen. Of course there is some quality loss in doing this as you’re adding an extra couple of generations - but it probably won’t be too noticeable.

b) XNJB does not yet support synchronisation. It is on the list of ‘things to do’ for the developer - so worth checking back from time to time.

2. SyncupX - Freeride Coding - Shareware - Universal Binary

One of the first things I was looking for after Lola arrived was a simple and efficient way of backing up all my data. Under Windows I used a shareware application to synchronise certain folders to an external firewire hard disk. I was looking for something similar for the Mac.

SyncupX is that application. I find it fast and easy to use and was the first piece of shareware I registered for my Mac.

The application comes with certain pre-programmed locations that it is aware of to select from, for example ‘~/library/Mail’ or ‘~/library/KeyChains’. Or of course you can add in any folder you like to the backup.

The initial backup will copy everything in the selected locations to the destination you select. Subsequent backups only copy the changes. Any files that have been deleted since your last backup are put into a ‘removed’ folder on the backup medium, so if you zap something, then do a backup before realising what you’ve done, you can still recover the file from there.

There is an inbuilt restore function, or you can simply drag and drop the files from the backup media if you do need to recover anything (probably the easiest if there’s just one file or folder you need to restore).

At the time I registered, a single user license was $20, money very well spent in my opinion.

3. DIM 4.0 - Alan Light - Freeware - Java

DIM, or Digital Image Mover, is something I had been using under Windows for the last several months. I know most Mac users might favour iPhoto for pulling photos from their camera or memory card. I like to maintain my own folder structure and DIM does just what I need.

It’s a Java application so you can run it just as well under Windows, Mac OS, Linux, or anything else you have a Java runtime engine for.

4. Sharepoints - HornWare - donationware - PowerPC

Having a small home network this one has come in quite handy, and it really doesn’t matter that it’s not Universal Binary as all it’s doing is editing various config files for you (note: the preference pane version wouldn’t work for me, and I’m assuming that is because it is not UB - the application version runs fine though)

Sharepoints lets you easily share any folder you like and sets up permissions from a nice easy to use GUI.

5. VueScan - Hamrick Sofware - Shareware - PowerPC

This is another one I used under Windows, but is also available for Mac, and it has been a life safer for me. My Canon scanner wasn’t supported natively under OS X on Intel. I remembered this, downloaded it, installed it, plugged in my scanner - and off it went.

VueScan offers a lot of advanced options for handling your scanning, typically a lot more than the driver software supplied with your scanning. Luckily it also gives you the option to use either a basic interface :-

Or an advanced interface :-

If your scanner isn’t supported under OS X yet, it’s worth giving VueScan a try. Come to that, it’s worth giving VueScan a try even if your scanner is supported under OS X as it gives so much control over the scanning process and will probably give you additional features that your original scanner drivers didn’t give you access to.

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Quest for the Universal Binary

As the proud new owner of Lola, a Mac Mini Core Duo, it soon became very clear to me that the above logo was the sweetest sight on the net.

Of course, I was aware that I was buying into new technology when I ordered Lola. I was aware that any program compiled to run on a PowerPC processor was going to require the use Rosetta, an emulation layer, to run on my Intel powered Mac.

Now, Rosetta actually does a damn fine job most of the time. Sometimes the only way you’ll know if an application is PowerPC is the slightly longer than average load time and a quick check in Activity Monitor.

Other times it’s more obvious.

Some applications that I had earmarked for use when I got my shiny new Mac just wouldn’t work at all under Rosetta. NeoOffice was one.

I have stated before that my one ‘killer app’ is Photoshop. This is where I was going out on a limb a little bit. I have Photoshop CS2 and Adobe have stated that Photoshop will not become a Universal Binary until the release of CS3 and that will probably be in the 2nd quarter of 2007. That’s a whole year away.

Photoshop CS2 does run under Rosetta. Indeed after downloading any patches Adobe had released it runs quite solidly. Solidly and slowly. It is useable, it works - but if you used the thing to make a living I don’t think you could put up with it.

I am aware that it is possible to transfer my Windows license for Photoshop over to the Mac. However my plan was to download the evaluation version, run that for a while and only transfer my license if I felt it ran well enough.

There will be more about Photoshop at some point in the next few posts.

For the most part I have been able to find software that runs natively on the Intel processor. There is only one application in the ‘top drawer’ of my toolbox which is PowerPC - Adobe GoLive 6.

Yes, it’s ancient, but it does what I need. Even if I was to spend £200 to upgrade to the latest version of either Dreamweaver or GoLive then it would still be a PowerPC application and to be quite honest I really don’t need all the new features either. My main web site is composed of static pages with photos on them. Lots of static pages, it’s true - but nothing I need anything fancy for. The main thing is to have site management features like Dreamweaver or GoLive have.

To be frank, I was quite disappointed with what was on offer in the world of Mac web editing. Of course you can get both Dreamweaver and GoLive for the Mac, but I couldn’t spend that kind of money. More in my range were Freeway Express or Rapidweaver, both of which I’m sure are just fine if they work how you like. I didn’t feel comfortable with the template paradigm these, or the bundled iWeb, offered. It was all a bit too ‘painting by numbers’ for me.

Also in my price range were quite a lot of hardcore, code by hand HTML editors. Again, nothing wrong with them as such, but I really needed something that was WYSIWYG. I don’t have the time or the expertise to code things by hand anymore.

There just seemed to be a gulf between the lower cost tools and the Dreamweaver end of the market in terms of both price and functionality.

Well, I was sorted with my ancient GoLive 6 and that will do the job for me until such time as I can find a suitable, affordable alternative. And preferably one that’s Universal Binary!

The trickiest aspect of owning one of the Intel Macs is drivers. I know what the marketing spiel says ‘plug it in - it works’ and a lot of the time that’s true. It is probably true even more of the time with the well established PowerPC processor.

It does seem that Apple have worked well on printer drivers. The Tiger installation disk has support for loads of printers by Canon, Epson, HP and Lexmark. Fortunately both my Canon i950 and my elderly HP LaserJet 6L are supported.

I’m not so lucky when it comes to my scanners.

My flatbed is a CanoScan N656U. Plug that in and OS X won’t even tell you it’s there. My film scanner… well, that is an Acer ScanWit 2720S and it needs a SCSI adapter to plug into, so I kinda knew I was onto a loser there anyway.

As luck would have it I have a license for VueScan Pro, bought to get the most out of my film scanner a few years ago. Luckily enough I’d invested in the Pro license which gives me perpetual upgrades. I had soon replaced my old serial number with a shiny new one and VueScan Pro started talking to my CanoScan without batting an eyelid. Big thumbs up to Hamrick Software!

I am left wondering what to do about scanning my old colour slides and negatives though. To be honest that film scanner is on the way out anyway. It needs replacing. I had been eying up the Canon 8400F, a flatbed with film adapter that is reasonably priced and got a good review in a recent issue of Amateur Photographer.

Looking through Canon’s support information for this scanner I could see no mention of Intel Macs. I decided to ask for some pre-sales support before just going out to buy one anyway. I’m glad I did :-


There have been some compatibility issues with the new Intel Macs. The issue is under investigation and we would suggest that you regularly check the Canon website for updates on compatibility.

So, I guess I’ll keep checking back.

Hamrick Software do say that VueScan will work the 8400F, but only after installing various bits of the Canon supplied software - which I’m sure will be compiled for PowerPC. So, I’m going to sit tight for now and wait.

And before I end for now, what have Apple got against USB webcams? The whole world uses them, but not Apple, oh no!

Of course they have their £100 iSight camera to sell, which admittedly is a lovely bit of kit but there is no way on Earth I can justify spending £100 on one.

I have a perfectly good Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000, it’s only a few months old, it works like a dream under Windows. I just don’t see why it shouldn’t do likewise on the Mac.

There are a couple of people who might produce third party drivers for this camera, IOExperts is one, the Macam project is another. I’m not holding my breath on either.

And NO I’m not going to buy an iSight. Apple - pull your finger out. Live up to your hype. ‘Plug it in - in works’ - remember that? Well then…

Yeah, I can plug in my miniDV video camera and use that as a webcam if need be - but it does feel a little bit like overkill!

Right, time to get ready for work now. More later…

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A quick one before I head off to bed

I mentioned podcasts in my previous posting. One podcast that I have subscribed to recently and I have learned a lot of Mac stuff from is The Mac Observer Mac Geek Gab. I’m listening to a back issue as I type. Recommended listening.

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The biggest hurdle?

One of the things I didn’t really think about when ordering Lola (my Mac Mini Core Duo) was that my MP3 player of choice was not (shock horror) an iPod!

True, I do own a wee iPod Shuffle, 512MB and I do sometimes still use it. It’s very small and light and if I just want something to listen to for a little while then the Shuffle does the job.

However, my main MP3 player is a Creative Labs Zen Touch 20GB.

An MP3 player really only became an important item for me during the last twelve months. This was mainly due to podcasts. The first one I had really become hooked on was Tips From The Top Floor and now podcasts have become an important source of news, information and entertainment for me.

I was quite astonished to find that I could use my Zen on my Mac. If I had one of the older PowerPC models then I might even have been able to integrate the Zen within iTunes. However I had an Intel Mac and the plugin wouldn’t work for me.

What I did find was an excellent piece of software called XNJB. XNJB works a treat! The only thing that is missing from it that I really would like to see is synchronisation - but that is on the ‘to do list’ of the developer so I’m hopeful of seeing it sometime. XNJB is free software, open source and a Universal Binary! What more could you ask?

Talking of which, one of the handy resources I found during my two weeks wait for Lola to arrive was Open Source Mac. I’ll add a link to it in the sidebar.

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‘Lola’ arrives

After very nearly two weeks of waiting my Mac Mini Core Duo arrived on March 16th 2006. I had ordered a 1.66Ghz machine with 1GB of RAM and a 100GB hard drive. Here you can see a photo of it taken shortly after unpacking. It’s sat on top of my old Windows tower system, a system that it now completely replaces. Although it’s quite hard to get an idea of the size of the Mini from this shot, you might just about be able to see the 3.5″ floppy drive situated at the top of my tower system and get some idea of scale from that.

During my two week wait for the machine to arrive I had been doing a fair bit of research and downloading some software so that I was ready to go when it finally arrived.

One thing I should make clear before going any further is that my Mac Mini has a name, she is called ‘Lola’. This was inspired by my three year old daughter’s current favourite books and TV show : ‘Charlie and Lola‘. This was one of the things I decided upon during my two week wait.

Lola took her place in my computer den, which is already crammed full of computer equipment. This is the room that houses my Windows tower, a Linux mail server and now my Mac Mini.

I had set up my Linux and Windows box to run off a KVM switch and they were both feeding into the VGA port of my Viewsonic LCD panel. I had invested in an Apple keyboard for Lola, and I also plugged in my most comfortable Microsoft mouse, an IntelliMouse Optical. I never have liked Apple mice. Sorry. I guess they’re getting closer with the ‘Mighty Mouse’, but I was having to get Lola up and running on a tight budget. A Mighty Mouse was not on the agenda. My LCD has a DVI input so Lola was plugged into that for maximum display quality.

I loved the experience of switching the little thing on for the first time. The Apple ‘chime’ was something I wasn’t expecting. The boot up screen seemed suitably minimalist and then I was soon into the set-up process.

It didn’t take long. OS X had correctly subscribed to the DHCP server on my router so I had internet access from the very start. I tend to keep the DHCP address space for WiFi connections only (it’s handy for guests), so one of the first things I did once she was up and running was to set a fixed IP address on my network.

After enjoying the ‘Welcome to OS X’ video I was ready to get to know this thing. Where does that video live? I’d like to watch it again sometime!

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