My New iMac - Suggestions?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lorenwade, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. lorenwade macrumors 68000

    lorenwade

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    I received my iMac 20" in the mail today. Woohoo!

    It's the 2.4ghz version with the 320gig hard drive (which is actually 280 gigs). It's an apple refurb, but it looks and acts brand new.

    I've had a Power Book and much earlier versions of the iMac, but I just wanted to share my excitement for finally having the most up to date computer, for the first time ever!

    Help me revel in this moment for 5 minutes, before a new one comes out.

    Also, any suggestiosn for leopard, cool programs, fancy widgets, etc. is much appreciated. I have an unending lsit being compiled. :)
     
  2. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    Actually, it's 298 GB, but with Leopard and iLife (specifically Garageband), it's 280. I have a Rev. A iMac with about the same specs (yours has faster memory, mine faster graphics, and thats about it).

    No kidding. It's a great machine, and I hope you won't feel it's outdated when a new one comes out a week and a half from now, or maybe a little later :(. I won't. It's just a speed bump usually, and my machine still runs as fast as it always did.

    Widgets: iStat Pro. Plasmatube. Eyes 2: Homer. If you have Gmail, that Gmail widget.

    Apps: XQuartz (for GIMP and Inkscape), GIMP (photoshop clone), Inkscape (Illustrator clone), SMCFanControl... wait a minute. I made this list elsewhere.
     
  3. dragonmantek macrumors regular

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    thats great man, i remember when i got my first imac, i loves it.

    i use these apps on a regular basis:
    harmonic
    transmission
    webkit/firefox [ i use webkit for speed ]
    adium
    and finally visual hub

    ;P

    have fun.
     
  4. lorenwade thread starter macrumors 68000

    lorenwade

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    Weird. It says 320, I dunno. Hehe.

    I have iStat on it already. Plasmatube is awesome for sure. I'll check out the gmail widget and Eyes 2: Homer (what is it?).


    Awesome. I love Photoshop, I'll be sure to get it. It was on my list too.
     
  5. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    as previously mentioned iStat Pro and Transmission
    Sandvox for webpage publishing
    NeoOffice for word processing/spread sheets
    FireFox 3 with StumbleUpon, PicLens and Morning Coffee addons
    Photoshop Elements
    Handbrake for DVD ripping
    iShowU for screencasts
    Flip4Mac WMV
    ScreenShot Plus Widget for screen/window captures
    ScreenSaver Plus for using screensavers as your desktop background
    Pixen for icon and gif editing
    Packet Peeper for sniffing your network
     
  6. Chundles macrumors G4

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    It's actually 320GB, it's 320,000,000,000 bytes which is 320GB.

    For some reason it was decided long ago that 1024 bytes was a "kilo"byte - which is absolute nonsense but computers apparently can't deal in powers of ten, only two so instead of giving it a new prefix they went with "kilo" and since then everytime someone gets a new computer that doesn't know about the difference between a real kilobyte and a computer "kilo"byte they get confused.

    Basically because of this little 24 bytes discrepancy between the numbers you appear to lose about 7% of your drive space automatically. The guys building the drives are doing the right thing, they give you 320,000,000,000 bytes and advertise it as "320GB" which is correct however when you plug it into a computer the machine calculates it in it's little "only powers of two" head and comes up with around 298"GB" - you still have 320,000,000,000 bytes (minus a bit of formatting) to play with but the computer gives you another number for it.

    The OS install and all the media stuff can take up around 15GB or so so the machine says you have about 280"GB" remaining.
     
  7. lorenwade thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Awesome!! Thanks for that! I'll check them all out. I'm aware of half of those, the others... I will look at. :)

    That is a ridiculous flaw/loophole, if you ask me. These computers are already so smart... I can't believe no one has found a fix for that. I guess it's not of the utmost priority either, haha.

    It makes sense though.
     
  8. lorenwade thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Is there a good "upkeep" program? Similar to the defrag on windows? Something to keep it cleaned up and make sure there's no errors?
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Well it's not like you can fix it, computers are binary machines, 1 or 0 - that's why they can only deal in powers of two.

    The problem is that the people who named the amount of storage kept SI nomenclature in a case where it wasn't appropriate. It's not the computer's fault, the drive manufacturers are doing the right thing, it's an issue that will never be solved.
     
  10. Chundles macrumors G4

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    OS X.

    It's really not something you need to worry about anymore, like viruses, and spyware, and bad taste.
     
  11. lorenwade thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Haha. I wasn't sure. I just want to keep it going.
     
  12. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    OS X has some maintenance tasks that it runs on its own on a fixed schedule. You can find more info here. They are set up to run between 3:15 and 5:30am and will not run if the computer is sleeping or turned off (duh). You can force them to run.

    It's a good idea to run "repair disk" and "repair disk permissions" from the Disk Utility app before OS updates to ensure file permissions and file structure are good.
     
  13. singhy44 macrumors member

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    I'm surprised no-one has mentioned google earth! I think it's a great app, and if you want maintenance/anti-virus, then IceClean and ClamXav are your best free options. RAR Expander is a must if you frequently deal with .RAR files. There are a few more apps that are indispensable for me (Firefox, Adium etc.), but they've already been mentioned here.
     
  14. Etherz10 macrumors member

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    Caffeine - Stops Your mac From Auto Sleeping and Screensavers
    A Better Finder Launcher - Easier Way to Search For Apps
    Lockdown - Great For When Your Away From Your System, Stop people from changing stuff, cctv support
    Aurora - Great Alarm Clock
    Brightness Control - Better Brightness Control
    Dock Spaces - Handy Dock Tool To Have More Than One Dock
    Ejector - Menu Bar Eject Icon

    Ill Update Soon
     
  15. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    It's not a flaw at all. Computers address hard drive space in chunks, which are powers of two. Therefore it makes sense for them to read hard drive space in units that are powers of two. A while ago hard drive manufacturers realized they could capitalize on the obscure meanings of "GB," and make their hard drives seem bigger than they really are.
     
  16. lorenwade thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Like I said, it's a loophole (or a flaw), and companies are taking advantage of that.
     
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