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About mikeske

  • Birthday 04/03/1957

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  1. You are going to love the machine, I really like mine. One thing is get the wireless keyboard and mouse. The wireless keyboard is really thin and light and that makes it so you can comfortably set the keyboard on your lap and type messages here and elsewhere. I bought my iMac in August after 20 years of PC's that never really were up to snuff and this one amazed me from the first day and even continues to today. This is the first computer that I have ever had that I have ever had that has never crashed in the first 4 months of ownership. I remember every time the reason I like this computer when I get to work and have work on those old clunky windows machines. Alt Control Delete is such a annoyance.
  2. I have been a Wildblue customer the last 2 and half years and never had any real problem but after about 2 years we had a moss growing everywhere and ended up with some moss on the dish. A good cleaning and it was back to what it was prior to getting mossed covered. I have never had any real issues at all since I got the service. The tech support has been sometimes spotty at first but has vastly improved the last year or so. If you have any real issues you can go the Wildblue forums and have one of the moderators contact the folks that need to be contacted and will take care to resolve the issue. I did have one issue with the self help area with out of date information and the mod had me send him the info via private message and Wild Blue is updating the info. This concerned setting up e-mail on Apple computers. Sure the speed is not broadband but sure is a hack of lot better then dial up.
  3. When I tried out Vista I was to say the least disappointed. Since I had a old XP machine that a hard drive issue and I could not get a newer machine without getting Vista I made the switch to Apple OS X leopard. That was the best move I have ever made. I have not had one crash and the mac runs great plus it is a lot more stable. All of the PC companies love to give bloatware on the computers and it takes a couple hours to get rid of it. On the Mac I was up and running in about 15 minutes. Sorry Windows do not run in my home anymore.
  4. Tommie, I am on the professional package. I have Mac computers on this and need the faster version to prevent getting into trouble from the fair access policy. Mudmac, I love the user interface, the excellent way that the computer sets up, the ability of the computer to take almost anything that is windows and convert it to use on Leopard or Tiger, Having the computer set up so it can do screen sharing with the other computers in the house and even across the net. My son sometimes has to assist me to do something that I do not quite understand or solve on my own and all that I have to do is get on aim give him a call and then he hops in and shows me from his Mac Pro what to do. Sure a lot the things I like about Mac are available in the windows world but this is by far the easiest computer I have ever bought in making easy for a 51 year old to really understand. Since I still need a PC once in a while I can boot out of Leopard and sign in on Windows XP pro and do what I need to do, all on the same computer. By having "boot camp" it makes the computer a Mac and a PC. I do not have to run much in anti virus on the Mac side but I still have Anti everything on the PC side. I figure in a short time to dump the PC side as soon as the one off program is also converted to Mac. After using Windows since Windows 3.1 I have taken to this like a duck to water, I really enjoy the computer for all the advantages it has.
  5. That is why I quit using PC;s and went with a Mac. Here is my Wildblue score :.. testmy.net test results ..::: Download Connection is:: 1449 Kbps about 1.45 Mbps (tested with 1536 kB) Download Speed is:: 177 kB/s Upload Connection is:: 114 Kbps about 0.1 Mbps (tested with 386 kB) Upload Speed is:: 14 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net (Main) Test Time:: 2008/10/26 - 12:08am D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-RMXIE9W6N U-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-A06W8LR7Z User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008092414 Firefox/3.0.3 [!]
  6. This is mine. sorry I did a copy and paste .. testmy.net test results ..::: Download Connection is:: 1586 Kbps about 1.59 Mbps (tested with 1536 kB) Download Speed is:: 194 kB/s Upload Connection is:: 76 Kbps about 0.1 Mbps (tested with 386 kB) Upload Speed is:: 9 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net (Main) Test Time:: 2008/10/21 - 1:29am D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-S1JE4QG65 U-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-DP2FXAIMB User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008092414 Firefox/3.0.3 [!] This is with Wildblue Satellite Internet service. Not bad at all
  7. This is my first post here. I learned a long time ago to activate passwords when I get a computer. The bad part on OS X is the fact you WILL need to reformat your hard drive and you likely have lost all your files unless your supposed friend decides to tell you the password. Because most folks run admin level on Mac's and use no password they can get this problem letting friends or even family use there computers they can reset the passwords. Mac's OS is made to allow guest to use the computer and you can set up a guest account on your computer. I have 2 Mac's and a single PC and all three of these computers are set up to allow for guests and I set the passwords to the guest accounts and they are locked so they cannot be reset by the guest. This way a guest can use my computer but they cannot get into the admin account. Good luck in trying to fix this problem.
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