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iMatt mini
Jan 10, 2006, 06:29 PM
I want to bring my iBook to school to take notes on it for second semester. However, I've run into a few problems I need to fix before I can.
1. I think I type too loud. My friend, who brings his, said his laptop has something like quiet keys, does Mac have this? I don't want to bug any of my teachers more than I already do. ;)
2. My parents are worried it will get stolen, what can I get to reassure them it won't. I'm 99% sure it won't, it will be on me the whole time, but what can I do if it does get stolen, is there any way to track/find it as reassurance for them?
3. What is a good program to take notes on? Something quick that I can easily organize later. Preferably free. :D



Benjamindaines
Jan 10, 2006, 07:21 PM
1. I think I type too loud. My friend, who brings his, said his laptop has something like quiet keys, does Mac have this? I don't want to bug any of my teachers more than I already do. ;)
Buy an iSkin (http://www.iskin.com/). I don't have an answer for you on the other questions but I just use Word for everything. Now that iWork '06 is out you might find Pages to be very good for you.

kretzy
Jan 10, 2006, 07:24 PM
1. Just keep your fingers lower. ;)
2. Promise you'll keep it in the office or something when it's not on you.
3. Word for Mac in notebook layout has served me well.

Also, make sure you have a good lappy bag to carry it around in. ;)

doucy2
Jan 10, 2006, 07:29 PM
ibook keys dont tpye very hard (at least not on my ibook g3)

about the stolen part most people might think it loosts cool but wouldnt no how to use it so why steal it (when you are in your drom or w/e keep it in a hiding place when you are not near)

for notes you could do either MS office on the lappy or iWork 06'
or just use text edit

2nyRiggz
Jan 10, 2006, 07:33 PM
you'll be fine. the keys arent hard at all and u should get the iskin its nice.


Bless

bursty
Jan 10, 2006, 07:35 PM
3. Word for Mac in notebook layout has served me well.
Where is that option? All I see is Normal, Outline, Page, and Master Layouts....:confused:

Laser47
Jan 10, 2006, 07:44 PM
If you bring it to school and you have sensitive info on it make sure to use filevault and also setting up a open firmware password is a good idea too.
Also make sure you invest in one of those notebook locks so that when you can be with your ibook it cant be stolen.
Heres a tracking program but they charge a monthly fee, but guarantee that they get your laptop back.
http://www.absolute.com/Public/computraceplus/laptop-security.asp

iMatt mini
Jan 10, 2006, 07:46 PM
Buy an iSkin (http://www.iskin.com/). I don't have an answer for you on the other questions but I just use Word for everything. Now that iWork '06 is out you might find Pages to be very good for you.
What does iSkin do? Just protect the keys from being damaged?
I have a laptop case already, so I don't see the problem my parents have. (By the way, I'm in high school, not college, no dorm room. ;))

kretzy
Jan 10, 2006, 07:49 PM
Where is that option? All I see is Normal, Outline, Page, and Master Layouts....:confused:

Oh, I forgot it's only in the student/teacher edition (I think). Its a really great feature, you can even use a mic to record audio into the document.
38486

runninmac
Jan 10, 2006, 07:52 PM
Oh, I forgot it's only in the student/teacher edition (I think). Its a really great feature, you can even use a mic to record audio into the document.
38486


Oh thats my favorite way to type now. Its really nice/intuitive for taking notes

2nyRiggz
Jan 10, 2006, 07:55 PM
i use that in class...its very handy


Bless

Laser47
Jan 10, 2006, 08:14 PM
Sweet thanks for that tip the notebook layout is really awesome.

donga
Jan 10, 2006, 08:25 PM
I'd go with the iskin for the ibook keyboard. In my classes last semester I noticed when teachers would lecture, my powerbook w/ iskin protouch typed very quietly and the ibooks out there you could hear to the point where it could be considered distracting.

as for theft, assure them you'll keep it with you. I've had it for a year, taken it all over campus, and haven't had problems... yet. :rolleyes:

iMatt mini
Jan 10, 2006, 08:31 PM
They don't sell iSkin in stores do they?
Any store, not just Apple Store.

adk
Jan 10, 2006, 08:37 PM
Assuming you're in college, don't worry to much about it being stolen. It's really about equally as risky as having your computer at the airport. And, if you're any sort of a savvy mac user, there will always be idiots who make their computers easier to steal than yours (walking away, etc.). These people are almost always females.

jakochampolska
Jan 10, 2006, 08:51 PM
ahh since your only in high school keep an eye on it! I go to high school and wouldnt dare to take my pb with me, I've been pretty scared to take my ipod (well now after chirstmas I'm not that scared because now like everyone has one) to school. Just look out for it! And dont leave it in your locker because I know mine gets hacked all the time haha

kretzy
Jan 10, 2006, 08:54 PM
Sweet thanks for that tip the notebook layout is really awesome.
No worries. ;)

We might as well use some of the rare good that comes out of MS. :D

Sathos
Jan 10, 2006, 09:12 PM
As was mentioned before, watch it like a hawk. In a high school environment, I would be afraid to take my eyes off something so valuable for even a second. It's unbelievable how brutal the whole theft thing is; and yet it's not even as bad as I recall junior high being :eek:

macOSX-tastic
Jan 10, 2006, 09:54 PM
i know that this wont help matters, but....

you cant beat a pad and pencil/pen. :D

LACOSTE
Jan 10, 2006, 10:21 PM
FOR your ibook you definitely need these:

1. MS Office theres a 50% discount if u buy ur mac now!

2. Crumpler bags.... definitely get a backpack version ... see the bag called salary sacrifice @ www.crumpler.com.au (famous aussie brand... u have it in america too i think).
OR get the crumpler zip-up sleeves, they are pricy but looks great, and u can throw ur iBook in any bag, well concealed and protected.

3. get a good MACOSX hints book, or peruse the web to get timesaving and fun tips on using apple products.

4. Get and iPod lol... u can say it keeps u organised (calendar and all) nano would be fine.

5. Impress ur parents or whoever would "fund" your buying escapades by promising to do a video, photo presentation and or photo-album prints. They'd love u for it :).

6. Still buy pen and paper, for high school you cant do proper MATH homework on your laptop! lol. The notebook feature on MS WORD is a little over the top when taking notes in class really, depending on how rich your school is... probably everybody has a mac.

7. If money is tight, OPENOFFICE is an alternative to MSOFFICE... coz its free. But beware, if u need to do intensive excel stuff, OPENOFICE is not that great. YOu can edit MSWORD on OPENOFFICE.

8. Many might not consider OMNIGRAFFLE as essential but i do. http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/. This is a concept mapping program, very useful in the sciences: biology, chemistry, physics. It is very easy to use, and you can guarantee yourself an A+ everytime you summarise certain concepts into diagrams for your book reports or whatever.

HOPE these helps.

slooksterPSV
Jan 10, 2006, 10:52 PM
A great little program I found is called SideNote. I take my mouse to the left side and I can add notes into this drawer sliding program. Just click the + icon and start typing. It won't outline it like OmniGraffle, but it is freeware. Just a thought.