I'm not worthy of my PB 1.67, 1.5 GB G4...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Greenone, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. Greenone macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2005
    I only use my laptop for checking email, surfing the net and the word program (Office for Macs). Now and again I use the calendar feature to see what day a certain obligation will fall on or something like that, and occasionally I go to one of those online radio stations to hear music. I've watched a movie, once when I first got the laptop, but not since. I don't have an ipod. I'd like to get a video camera someday but for now we don't have one and we probably won't for a long time (or ipod) cause of money.

    So that's it - that's all I use it for. I'd love to read about (in some detail) ALL the things you guys use your laptops for. I thought maybe I could get inspired to use some of the other features/programs! I'm sure there are lots of things I would use if I even realized they existed or weren't just for professionals or hard-core computer geeks (which I label, lovingly, of course!).

  2. mrwildguitar macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2005
    Glenwood Projects
    I use Garageband constantly, wether it's just for playing around or recording. I'm a big guitar player. I eat, live, and breath guitar. I'm not sure about getting in detail about it, pretty straight up.

    And I keep all my DVD's ripped and organized. Watch them all the time on my iMac.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I record tv shows using eye tv 200. I hook my tivo up to it and record those shows and burn to dvd so i can watch things later. I use garage band a lot making ****** tracks of my ****** guitar playing and some half ass attempt to play a few chords on the piano. I suck but I am in love with myself and my mom thinks I am freaking awesome...even at my age!
    I burn dvds a lot and run photoshop every day. I work with large photos and often do digital paintings on my wacom in photoshop where my file sizes are around 100-170 mb. I think an ibook can run with that, but in truth, I wasn't willing to find out.

    Oh and I like shinny things and the powerbook was so slick it made my head spin.
  4. Rocky3478 macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2005
    Lol, all of it? ;D

    Editing photos, surfing, IM'ing, emailing, writing papers, any real schoolwork that needs a computer, watching DVDs, Celestia, Google Earth, editing my web site, minimal Xcode and Terminal work, iTunes for my iPod, burning CDs, ripping my DVDs, exporting DVD audio tracks to my iPod from my DVDs, lots of Dashboard, Spotlight and Quicksilver to keep track of all my files. :)
  5. shrimpdesign macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    I use my iBook for websurfing, IM, email and JS/HTML coding. When I come back to my dorm, I use my iMac almost exclusively ... that is, until I clear some desk space for the iBook and connect it via Synergy. ;)
  6. Sic macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2005
    Southampton UK
    oh dear, this is going to make me look/feel sad :(

    IM (when there's an internet connection, i'm on MSN), note writing, garageband, photo processing, web design, web browsing, email checking, my entire music collection resides in itunes, watching movies and tv shows (external monitor), keeping track of my life and finances.

    there's probably loads more, but that's everyday use.
  7. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    Firstly, using your 'puter to its max doesn't make you 'worthy' of it! check out the thread on my gf's mbp (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=185854)!!!

    anyhoo, i use my powerbook for everything in ilife, from garageband to iphoto, i also use t'internet, take notes on it, syncing my ipods etc etc etc, games (kinda), watching DVD's, oh, and like jessica said...its shiny!
  8. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Just think of the computer as an investment over the next 5 years. If you use it everyday for 5 years then you got your money's worth and you've been able to update your MySpace account constantly!

    You will be worthy, just not yet. And if anything I'll gladly trade you my iBook for your MBP :)
  9. Matt Phoenix macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2006
    Websurfing, IMing, writing papers, and listening to music mostly. Once I upgrade the amount of memory, I plan on doing some more Photoshop work, as it seems a bit slow with only 512MB of RAM. I've messed around with iMovie and really love it. Although I have no project I'm currently working on, I'm in a broadcasting class, where we will be doing some editing work this semester, and will probably use that program as opposed to Pinnacle (hey, the professor said if we have a better program to use, we can). A friend and I are talking about writing and putting together a short film sometime soon, and I'd most likely use my iBook for that.
  10. MrTchMan macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2005
    I use my laptops for Website design and some photoshop
  11. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I use my ibook for office, e mail, internet, itunes, iphoto, light photoshop, adium, DVD watching, addresses, warcraft III... I guess that's about it. I use it all day long for school, but the actual number of programs I run isn't that high (nor are the programs that exotic).
  12. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    I do a lot with my Mac, but I'm sure there's someone out there who does more than I do. :)

    Here we go ...
    - "The Usual" (email, web, IM, listen to music, etc.)
    - Programming (both for school and pleasure)
    - music + podcast creation (GarageBand)
    - DV Editing (Final Cut Studio)
    - DVD Authoring (DVD Studio Pro)
    - Photography (Digital Rebel XT + Photoshop)
    - Touchup old photos (scanner + photoshop)
    - wardriving
    - LAN Parties (Quake 3, UT 2004, WarCraft 3, Diablo II)
    - watch movies
    - RIP DVDs to/for my PSP
    - Admin a handful of WinXP boxes (via RDC for OS X)
    - Manage a handful of *nix boxes (via SSH)
    - check my calculus homework (Maple 9.5)
    - DJ parties (iTunes)
    - lots of web work (DreamWeaver, Transmit, Unison)

    I'm sure there's more ... but it's 1am.
  13. IanF0729 macrumors regular


    Dec 3, 2005
    Washington, DC.
    Let's see, I use my iBook for:
    1. Mail (IMAP and Exchange accounts)
    2. iChat
    3. iCal (this is extremely important)
    4. Notetaking (Office)
    5. Photoshop
    6. Maintaining spreadsheets (Office)
    7. Creating presentations (Office)
    8. iTunes
    9. Address book (to sync with my cell phone)
    10. Language translations (translation widget or Sherlock)
    11. Document conversions (via Automator)
    12. Create *.pdf

    When I'm at home, however, I almost exclusvely use my new Intel 20" iMac. :D

    I only use the iBook when I am in class or at work.

    PS - just because you don't use your PowerBook to the max does not mean that you are unworthy of it! I didn't seriously use my iBook for a year or so...I know it took me some time before I starting putting it to the test, anyway...
  14. hikingnclimbing macrumors member


    Jan 10, 2006
    Gorham, ME
    I've been a Mac convert for almost two months go and haven't had the time to get into automator or any of the other snazzy things, but here's my list anyways.
    • the daily stuff (email, attendence, web surfing, word processing, etc.)
    • Adobe InDesign CS2 to produce our 240 page yearbook
    • iCal to figure out where I am supposed to be and when
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0
    • iDVD
    • watching episodes of Red vs. Blue
    • iPhoto for downloading photos from my Kodak digi camera and keeping them organized
    • iTunes for all of my MP3s
    • Dashboard to keep a countdown to all my important events as well as some other fun things

    I think that's about it for now. But I'm sure I'll be adding to the list once we're out of school for the summer. :D
  15. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    Web surfing
    Instant messaging
    iTunes playable
    iPhoto management
    Digital photography
    Graphic design
    Web design
    Network "sniffing" with Wi-Fi (that's always fun :))
    p2p networking
    Minor video editing now and then
    Browse Apple's downloads site for fun new apps and Widgets (a definite time killer)

    For the most part, I'm constantly doing something on my PowerBook.
  16. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    I do a bit of everything on mine and spend lots of time on it. Usually pretty basic stuff though, so I guess I'm not really "worthy" either. However I like the fact I can do all of the basic stuff with very few problems. :)
  17. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Web, email, IM, iTunes, and other basic stuff, plus
    Webdesign with Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, etc
    Photo editing with iPhoto and Photoshop
    Video editing and DVD authoring with Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro
    A little programming with XCode and terminal
    Electrical Engineering work with MI-SUGAR, Matlab, and occasionally a couple PC only apps in Virtual PC.

    Those are the main things I do on my Macs (all but the video editing on my PowerBook). Of course I do other stuff, but not seriously, just messing around.

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