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Originally Posted by Newbie2mac View Post
My iMac 21.5 3.06 GZ 500 MB 4GB (isn't there a simple abbrev. to represent this?)
Unless you're asking a troubleshooting question, iMac 21.5" is probably sufficient.

I just happen to read a post here that mentioned his mag. mouse does NOT work when he is using Windows. Is that true?
No, it's not -- at least, not anymore:
Apple Multitouch Magic Mouse Gains Windows Compatibility [Magic Mouse Windows Drivers Now Available in 32 & 64 Bit Versions] TFTS – Technology, Gadgets & Curiosities

My PC 40 GB HD (isn't that embarrassing, yet only 4.5 yrs. old!) is completely full with dire, every-15-min. warnings that my HD space is critically low (128 MG space left).
You really need to take care of that before you corrupt the directory and lose data.

I never learned the "technical" stuff - just enough to get by with lots of emails w/photo attachments, Word, ACDCPro for photo org. and manip.

and "fun" stuff - cards & graphics, labels, etc. A tremendous am't of web browsing/searching, too. I have the last 5 yrs. of my emails on my HD (Mozilla Thunderbird) and several prgms. which I only occasionally use but don't want to give up.
Sounds good. You can continue to use Thunderbird on the Mac, but I do actually suggest Mail (the default program) -- it's better in some ways, but of course that's a matter of personal taste, so try em both if possible and make up your own mind.

I bought a WD Elements ext. HD - 1 TB - before realizing I really needed to just get a new computer, so I do still have it. HOW can I start moving all my PC stuff to this HD?
Yes. If the WD drive is formatted FAT32, leave it that way. If its formatted NTFS, that's fine too, but the Mac can only read FROM it, not write TO it. If the purpose here is to transfer your stuff from the PC to the Mac, that will work fine and you can reformat the drive to Mac format (HFS) once you've safely copied things over.

When I say "things" I mean "your personal files/pics/movies/music" that sort of thing. Apps will generally not "just copy over" and don't run on the Mac anyway. If you find that you really do have to continue to use a few Win programs, you'll need to set up a Windows partition (or "file partition" as used by virtualisers like Parallels and VMWare et al) and reinstall those apps from the original disk.

What should I do FIRST (NOW) in anticipation of rec'g my iMac quite soon so I can hook 'er up, Sonny, and start using it while still being able to immed. receive and read my incoming emails?
Nothing in particular. You should copy the My Pictures, My Music, My Movies etc folders to the external, backup your email file and bookmarks and other documents. That's about it.

I guess my biggest fear at the moment is not being able to access my email once I disconnect my PC and switch over.
No worries. Most people's email sits on a server somewhere, so Mail (or Thunderbird) should be able to pick up right where you left off once you've fed it your POP/SMTP (or IMAP if you use that) info. Both Mail and Thunderbird can also "import" your older mail that the server may not have at your leisure.

My two very busy sons live quite a distance and I know it will be awhile bef. they can come and help out (both PC users but recommending I get the iMac) so I'm hoping bet. you and AppleCare (3 yrs. cov'g - they won't make money on me!!) I can get going on the basics right away.
LOL. Smart kids (but not smart enough -- once they see how much fun you're having I predict they'll add a Mac to their arsenals as well)!

I think you'll find the Mac "community" very welcoming and friendly on the whole, and your phone support via AppleCare should also be useful. I'm not a big fan of phone support (takes too long for me, even when you get a "good" person as you likely will), but Apple's is consistently rated the best in the biz.

It's a pity they don't have Macs themselves, as they could use the built-in "screen sharing" feature to help you with questions (but actually you'll probably end up helping THEM this way eventually!).

Until the machine gets here, I have a couple of suggestions for you:

Switch101 - aimed at Windows switchers like yourself
Mac101 - general lessons about the "Macintosh Way."
iLife - loads of cool video tutorials to show you the great software that comes on your Mac!

Enjoy, and we hope to see you around here a lot!
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