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Not sure what the previous poster's definition... 8,217 Views / 251 Replies  
Not sure what the previous poster's definition is, but mine is something like:

Sub-notebook: a smaller than usual notebook, ie probably smaller than 12" with a smaller keyboard.

Ultra-portable:...
Posted by Clive, on Jan 16, 2008 at 04:16 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Great example, and that's exactly the point. You... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Great example, and that's exactly the point. You should be able to hold the keys down at any point and it just works. Here's one with the cmd-opt keys:

cmd-opt-click and drag on a file/folder to...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 26, 2007 at 08:58 AM, in Mac OS X
I bugged it a long time ago via the Apple... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
I bugged it a long time ago via the Apple developer site. That's why I'm complaining - there are many little bugs in the Finder like this, but rather than fix them Apple wants to work on reflections...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 26, 2007 at 08:52 AM, in Mac OS X
One solution to the scale problem is at hand in... 890 Views / 22 Replies  
One solution to the scale problem is at hand in the OS itself. Go to the Universal Access system prefs, turn on zoom.

Now, pressing cmd-opt-+ will zoom the portion of the screen where you cursor...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 06:35 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Well, I bought a base model a year ago, and I got... 3,062 Views / 35 Replies  
Well, I bought a base model a year ago, and I got a base model today. In the mean time I've been without a machine for three months and I've been up to the Apple shop in Regents street eight or ten...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 06:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I just think we're going to be disappointed by... 890 Views / 22 Replies  
I just think we're going to be disappointed by the implementation. When Apple first announced the acquisition of Next and the development path of ‘Rhapsody’ everyone was hoping that they’d go down...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 06:10 PM, in Mac Notebooks
There's no guarantee that they will find anything... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
There's no guarantee that they will find anything better. So it's much better that Apple supports SFTP, and as many other protocols as it can - providing that support is stable and bug free (which...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 05:58 PM, in Mac OS X
Ignorance is bliss. :) 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Ignorance is bliss. :)
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 05:53 PM, in Mac OS X
Go to the Finder, open a couple of windows, press... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Go to the Finder, open a couple of windows, press cmd-opt-up arrow, then come back and tell me what it does.



I really think it is. The reason it's a bug is not because you may want to change...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 05:51 PM, in Mac OS X
Right, but what they want in a browser is to give... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Right, but what they want in a browser is to give their credit cards securely. They don't really care how it happens, but they have an expectation that their data is safe. Likewise with file transfer...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 02:18 PM, in Mac OS X
cmd-opt-w, cmd-opt-up arrow, cmd-opt-down arrow,... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
cmd-opt-w, cmd-opt-up arrow, cmd-opt-down arrow, cmd-shift-n, cmd-opt-n, cmd-shift-k, cmd-shift-del... maybe you need to explore a bit.

It is a bug. That's not the way it has always functioned.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 02:11 PM, in Mac OS X
I really think you’re all over-estimating the... 890 Views / 22 Replies  
I really think you’re all over-estimating the scaleable interface that may be in some portions of Leopard, and what resolution independence really means.

Text and icons are already as scaleable as...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 12:42 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Unbelievable, but true, today we finally received... 3,062 Views / 35 Replies  
Unbelievable, but true, today we finally received the new MacBook Pro - nearly three months after we took the old one in for repair. I don't really feel well compensated that we've now got a 2.2GHz...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 12:30 PM, in Mac Notebooks
With a dead pixel I'd take it back, no matter... 761 Views / 14 Replies  
With a dead pixel I'd take it back, no matter what Apple’s policy is there’s no doubt it’s a manufacturing fault.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 12:21 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Oh, just for the fun of it, here’s yet another... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Oh, just for the fun of it, here’s yet another Finder usability bug:

In your favourite Finder window (ie, any window you like), cmd-click the title of the window - you'll get a pop-up menu that...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 10:58 AM, in Mac OS X
Exposé will certainly let you distinguish a... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Exposé will certainly let you distinguish a couple of Photoshop documents from each other - I'm really not sure how good it is at helping you select between a dozen or so Word or HTML code documents...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 10:21 AM, in Mac OS X
So, you're saying that there is room for VR-type... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
So, you're saying that there is room for VR-type computing environments, but that you think the utility is limited? If I'm using Photoshop or Illustrator, wouldn't it be a better environment for the...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 10:12 AM, in Mac OS X
That really isn't the point - it's a usability... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
That really isn't the point - it's a usability feature to "remember" the last search. I'd have a couple of thousand "smart" folders by now if I wanted to recall all of the searches I've done since...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 10:04 AM, in Mac OS X
Actually, this isn't bullshit at all. Just take a... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Actually, this isn't bullshit at all. Just take a look at the iPhone, the interface is heavily dependent on gestures. There's no downside to having a "data" glove that let's you interact with the...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 25, 2007 at 09:53 AM, in Mac OS X
I'm sure it works for most people most of the... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
I'm sure it works for most people most of the time, but for me it just tends to annoy me more times than it pleases me. That paradigm works really well on auto-complete type functions (ie data entry,...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 24, 2007 at 09:44 PM, in Mac OS X
Yes, good question. When I first started... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Yes, good question.

When I first started using Macs I suppose that I thought, by this stage (nearly 20 years later) we'd have no screens and a set of virtual reality glasses, and be literally...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 24, 2007 at 09:39 PM, in Mac OS X
I'm pretty sure every application that supported... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
I'm pretty sure every application that supported multiple windows had a "Windows" or "Documents" or similar menu - what's any easier than that?

Yes, for certain cycling through windows/apps is...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 24, 2007 at 09:21 PM, in Mac OS X
I can disabuse you of that notion, I figured that... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
I can disabuse you of that notion, I figured that one out, all by myself, a long time ago.

But that's not really the point I was making. The point is, as per the earlier screen shot from 10.2,...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 24, 2007 at 09:13 PM, in Mac OS X
Well, I've certainly got a right to talk about,... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Well, I've certainly got a right to talk about, your real question is whether I have any authority in talking about it.

Exposé is interesting, but I personally feel it doesn't achieve very much -...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 24, 2007 at 08:46 PM, in Mac OS X
Right, but try driving a movie poster. :hmm: ... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Right, but try driving a movie poster. :hmm:

Things can be elegant as well as functional, Apple seems to have lost its way on this issue somewhat though.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 24, 2007 at 10:53 AM, in Mac OS X
I brought up the shadows because I thought they... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
I brought up the shadows because I thought they were truly gross (in the dictionary sense of the word - ie large and unrefined). In general I agree with you that usability is much more important than...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 24, 2007 at 10:50 AM, in Mac OS X
The problem with most graphic designers (and I'm... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
The problem with most graphic designers (and I'm qualified to speak on the subject, being a graphic designer myself), is that they want to leave their own mark on everything, they don't know how to...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 24, 2007 at 10:37 AM, in Mac OS X
Because it's not a game, it's just a tool. A good... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Because it's not a game, it's just a tool. A good example of this is Kai's Power Tools - totally unintuitive interface, non-standard for Mac or Windows. Another is those web/Flash/interactive sites...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 24, 2007 at 10:24 AM, in Mac OS X
It's pretty standard English, with a long... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
It's pretty standard English, with a long heritage originating from Latin - take a look in the dictionary, you don't have to be a Valley Girl to use it.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 23, 2007 at 03:56 PM, in Mac OS X
Tell you what, I'll confess, after all this time... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Tell you what, I'll confess, after all this time using Tiger I only just managed to find that you can have those different views for "Find" windows. Now is that because I'm stupid, or because it's...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 23, 2007 at 03:54 PM, in Mac OS X
Oh, and the Tiger search function doesn't... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Oh, and the Tiger search function doesn't "remember" your last search if you close the window - the 10.3 search remembers the last used criteria even between reboots.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 23, 2007 at 08:41 AM, in Mac OS X
I think the increased shadow size will not be a... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
I think the increased shadow size will not be a reason people will go out and buy Leopard.:hmm:
Posted by Clive, on Jun 23, 2007 at 07:19 AM, in Mac OS X
Except you have to use the command line, you... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Except you have to use the command line, you don't get a window of results, and it's s-l-o-w.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 23, 2007 at 07:17 AM, in Mac OS X
Not. Absolutely is *not*. Show us a... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Not.



Absolutely is *not*. Show us a screen shot.



Er, if you have it less than two folders deep.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 23, 2007 at 07:11 AM, in Mac OS X
Here's a couple of examples, easier to use "find"... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Here's a couple of examples, easier to use "find" dialogue:

http://www.indx.co.uk/clive/findersearch/basic-find.jpg

And a lot easier to use and *better* results which are easily sortable, in...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 22, 2007 at 05:38 PM, in Mac OS X
I think there's a significant difference, from an... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
I think there's a significant difference, from an interface point of view, you see the list of ticked boxes in 10.3, in 10.4 you just see "2 places". It's a more interactive and controllable...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 22, 2007 at 05:34 PM, in Mac OS X
Well, for a start it was easier to set which... 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
Well, for a start it was easier to set which drives you were searching. By default the search was for a file/folder name (not combined with content) and it didn't start searching until you clicked...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 22, 2007 at 04:57 PM, in Mac OS X
Leopard: the killer feature 4,328 Views / 133 Replies  
I know you’re all over-awed with Leopard, but Think Secret just posted a gallery of screen shots, and I’ve spotted the top secret killer feature: ‘supersize me’ window shadows:

Leopard 9A466...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 20, 2007 at 06:31 AM, in Mac OS X
It’s a long story. :\ To cut it short, it... 3,277 Views / 4 Replies  
It’s a long story. :\

To cut it short, it really is dead, and it’s out of warranty (a battery or power supply isn't going to fix it).
Posted by Clive, on Jun 12, 2007 at 11:08 AM, in Mac Notebooks
For real!? Surely if you have the drive out of... 3,277 Views / 4 Replies  
For real!? Surely if you have the drive out of the case you don't need to put it in another machine just to get the CD to eject - isn't there a "hidden" eject button?
Posted by Clive, on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:34 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Dead MBP – how to eject CD? 3,277 Views / 4 Replies  
I have a dead MacBook Pro, really dead – it won't boot at all, or even light up, no sound when you press the power button. Just to be clear, it really *is* dead, no power manager reset is going to...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 12, 2007 at 09:52 AM, in Mac Notebooks
If the out cover has been cut, then it's likely... 2,257 Views / 6 Replies  
If the out cover has been cut, then it's likely that the inner insulating covers have been cut too. I'd only use this cable with extreme caution - if it shorts out it could easily start a fire.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 12, 2007 at 09:47 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Does look like it has a hardware problem... 520 Views / 9 Replies  
Does look like it has a hardware problem somewhere - so probably the best thing for it.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 12, 2007 at 09:43 AM, in Mac Notebooks
If you have another PowerBook you can try this:... 520 Views / 9 Replies  
If you have another PowerBook you can try this: start the other PowerBook in target disk mode (hold down the "T" key on boot) and you'll see the Firewire icon on screen. Stick a Firewire cable from...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 11, 2007 at 12:31 PM, in Mac Notebooks
If it's still under warranty then insist that... 3,062 Views / 35 Replies  
If it's still under warranty then insist that they fix it. This is a product fault, not a result of abuse or being kept in a dusty environment.

I've had PowerBooks for 12 years or more, and I've...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 11, 2007 at 10:42 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Apparently we’re going to get a new machine! But... 3,062 Views / 35 Replies  
Apparently we’re going to get a new machine! But no one seems to be able to say who is sorting it out. Corporate HQ in Cork says go in and pick up your new machine at Regent Street – complete with...
Posted by Clive, on Jun 11, 2007 at 10:36 AM, in Mac Notebooks
No, yours sounds like something on the surface of... 3,062 Views / 35 Replies  
No, yours sounds like something on the surface of the screen, what were seeing is actually inside the screen.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 11, 2007 at 10:33 AM, in Mac Notebooks
The drive could also be faulty - I've seen this... 520 Views / 9 Replies  
The drive could also be faulty - I've seen this recently with a G3 tower that kept getting kernel panics at boot-up. Try booting the machine from an external drive to try to isolate the problem.
Posted by Clive, on Jun 11, 2007 at 10:19 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Well, I've sent them a whiney email, let's see... 3,062 Views / 35 Replies  
Well, I've sent them a whiney email, let's see what happens.
Posted by Clive, on May 31, 2007 at 11:02 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I've seen card readers for PC towers, no idea... 909 Views / 11 Replies  
I've seen card readers for PC towers, no idea what interfaces they have though. There seems to be some here:

Internal & External PCMCIA Card Readers/Writers (PC Card Drives) for Desktop PCs &...
Posted by Clive, on May 31, 2007 at 10:55 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
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