New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus • Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts • Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

pull me into the lifeboat guys


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
cembrowicz
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

have just bought my first iMac....a new culture dawns after all those PC crashes. Some questions:
1. Do I just give up trying to make my AOL Broadband connection work here in the UK? Folk tell me it can be done by downloading the right driver for my BT Vohager USB Modem,(AOL deny this) though maybe I shouldnt cling toAOL anfd my old address.....any suggestions for a better uk BB provider? I suppose I would want to do emails straight out of my diary/address book - transferred from Outlook - and use my Palm pilot to synchronise diaries.
2. Have bought and read Mac osx for Dummies - helpful but not quite as intuitive as Id have liked and it will take time to get into the fine points. Any brief insights or must-do short cuts on the quickest way to get used to switching from W98?
all offers of advice gratefully received
cembro
QUOTE Thanks
Graphite

 
Graphite's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 25, 2003
Location: Tropical Island, Jealous?
Posts: 5,279
Graphite has much to be proud ofGraphite has much to be proud ofGraphite has much to be proud ofGraphite has much to be proud ofGraphite has much to be proud ofGraphite has much to be proud ofGraphite has much to be proud ofGraphite has much to be proud ofGraphite has much to be proud of
Mac Specs: MacPro 3.0Ghz 16GB RAM, 4x256 Vid, 30''cinema display

Graphite is offline
Well I hear ADSL in the UK is pretty nice... maybe look into one of those.

Just spend time with your mac, and explore it! you will learn more about it in a week than you knew about windows in a year.
QUOTE Thanks
cembrowicz
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

thanks - research in progress
QUOTE Thanks
hokiethang
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Quote:
Originally Posted by cembrowicz
thanks - research in progress
And if you have any questions, feel free to drop by here and ask them of us. A number of us have been using macs for a while and can help you out for your question #2. I cant really help with the first one since I live in the US and have an ethernet based cable modem.
QUOTE Thanks
dantesflame
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Quote:
Originally Posted by cembrowicz
have just bought my first iMac....a new culture dawns after all those PC crashes. Some questions:
1. Do I just give up trying to make my AOL Broadband connection work here in the UK? Folk tell me it can be done by downloading the right driver for my BT Vohager USB Modem,(AOL deny this) though maybe I shouldnt cling toAOL anfd my old address.....any suggestions for a better uk BB provider? I suppose I would want to do emails straight out of my diary/address book - transferred from Outlook - and use my Palm pilot to synchronise diaries.
2. Have bought and read Mac osx for Dummies - helpful but not quite as intuitive as Id have liked and it will take time to get into the fine points. Any brief insights or must-do short cuts on the quickest way to get used to switching from W98?
all offers of advice gratefully received
cembro
This is something I am also following at the moment, your probably already aware of this BT site that now provides Mac drivers for the voyager 100, but just in case your not here it is:-

http://www.voyager.bt.com/usb100/macdownload.htm

Doubt that this will help with the AOL thing at the moment (did ask AOL Broadband team about a week ago if they were going to provide for Mac but as yet they haven't replied) but as the voyager 100 seems to be a nice piece of kit it may just help you get some more service out of it with an alternative provider if necessary. Good luck and please post if you manage a workaround that gets you AOL broadband in the UK on your Mac. Cheers
QUOTE Thanks
muso

 
muso's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 15, 2003
Location: Whangarei, New Zealand
Posts: 2
muso has a reputation beyond reputemuso has a reputation beyond reputemuso has a reputation beyond reputemuso has a reputation beyond reputemuso has a reputation beyond reputemuso has a reputation beyond reputemuso has a reputation beyond reputemuso has a reputation beyond reputemuso has a reputation beyond reputemuso has a reputation beyond reputemuso has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: Pwnt

muso is offline
To answer your second question, once you are familiar with the basics of OSX, I suggest you learn a few terminal commands; they can come in really useful. Also, (you may already know the following - they are what I consider essential commands) - Apple-Q is the equivalent of Alt-F4, Apple-Tab = Alt-Tab, and Apple-P = Print. Also if you have panther, exposé is awesome (F9-F11 keys).

These are more personal preferences, but they may help you out a bit:
Download Konfabulator, it's really useful and fun.
Control or right-click on the toolbar in finder and drag the 'path' item to the active toolbar - I find that immensely useful since I use aliases and the sidebar links often and need to navigate within the folder heirachy, not back through the folders I've already visited.
If you have a notebook and no mouse (which I've just realised you dont, but for anybody else I'll say it anyway), SideTrack is really useful (do a search on versiontracker.com) - it allows you to assign a part of the trackpad to scrolling.

I'm in your forums, writing sentences in a grammatically acceptable manner.
QUOTE Thanks
cembrowicz
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Thanks, hitting f9 -11 has been best tip - amazing!
Im told that buying a new a router will serve me better than an ADSL modem for a broadband connection - uses ethernet port and more adaptable to any provider - and I can even use up my AOL subscription til it runs out (lots of conflicting advice on this subject over here)
Stefan
QUOTE Thanks
kakosc
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Give up AOL.. AOL users are the laughing stock of the internet, and if they're too crap to give you help for your mac then it just shows that they're focused towards the PC loving, surburbia dwelling nuclear families where everything is perfect. ie nice appearence, very, very ugly underlayer.
You live in Britain and your stuck with broadband providers? either I'm hugly mistaken or Britain has the best uptake with new technologies like broadband and satellite tv. eh.
there was a book i was eyeing off, but didnt end up getting, i wish i could remember its name.. erm.. look im sure there's no shortage, as long as its not for idiots or fwits or whatever name they chose to use they should teach you alot.
Another important key combination, one which took me a few months of searching to find.. ctrl+shift+3 will (in jaguar, not sure about panther) put a screenshot in pdf format on your desktop, named 'picture 1, 2, 3, blah blah'
ctrl+shift+4 will turn your cursor into a cross, and you drag over the area you want to capture.. clicking will save a pdf to your desktop with the same name as above. Find Grab in your utilties folder (along with so many other goodies) in applications folder if you want to have a bit more control over your screenshotting.
Download konfabulator, really good peice of software that, and your mac file sharing program is Limewire, available at www.limewire.com the mac version doesnt include any spyware.. get 3.4.4 if possible, anything after that is incredibly unstable, from my experiences anyway. If you want to try for yourself, you can have 3.4.4 on your system as well as the latest one if you want, they operate independantly of each other and upgrading doesnt delete or mess with your old version.
**just looks at date of other posts** oh sorry, damn, maybe my ramblings will be helpful for someone else.
QUOTE Thanks
kakosc
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Damn that crappy american date format (mm/dd/yyyy) always gets me.
So this thread ISNT 9 months old.. i was wondering how you got panther.. ive had a big day, exuse me
QUOTE Thanks
kakosc
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

something i forgot to mention..
yes, a pdf screenshot will take around 15 minutes to download on a dial up connection, so you can open it in preview, click export... and chose whatever format you fancy instead of the paint save as... feature in windows.
QUOTE Thanks
Kreza
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

its true, give up AOL, the are the laughing stock of the internet, not to mention the intrusive software, atrocious speeds and terrible pings in games. I use ZEN ADSL. They are a UK based provider that give ADSL for £27.99, the thing is the speeds are great, connection quality is brillaint and the customer support cannot be touched by AOL, They were voted Number 1 UK ADSL Provider so I suggest looking into them (www.zenadsl.co.uk) I think it is. Alternatively if you are looking for a cheap ISP then I heard there is a company in the UK called Pipex, which offers ADSL for £23!!
QUOTE Thanks
Amen-Moses

 
Member Since: Apr 25, 2003
Location: The home of the free and the land that did for Braveheart.
Posts: 1,301
Amen-Moses is just really niceAmen-Moses is just really niceAmen-Moses is just really niceAmen-Moses is just really nice
Mac Specs: 24"iMac, 15"MB-Pro, MacBook, G4 iMac, PM G5 2x2Ghz, G4 iBook & Some PCs

Amen-Moses is offline
I use NTL Broadband and so far no problems of note.

Now they do a modem variety so you don't have to buy the set top box either.

I pay £25.99 per month for 600Kbps btw.

Amen-Moses
QUOTE Thanks
jonnyturner
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

pipex.net 512 service for 23 p/m or 34 for a 1meg line. (thats what i use)

never had a single problem with them, but if its ping youre after then always go with ethernet modems as oposed to USB
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« just another mac newbie saying hi | G3 iBook +/- »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:45 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?