Some advice for a friend of mine who recently switched

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kjs862, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    My friend of mine has recently bought a 20" imac g5 and he asked me a few questions, but I figured I would share with you guys.

    1) Is there a way on the imac g5 20" to turn off the display, not sleep just off?

    2) As far as a DC ++ program goes I suggested to him he use ShakesPeer, however I find this program not the greatest and he doesn't really care for it either. Is there any other programs out there?

    3) As far as Bit Torrents, I have just been using this application called BitTorrent to download my torrent files. Is there any other apps out there that are better than this one? I was thinking maybe a program would be able to download faster.

    Comments will be appreciated.

  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    1) I've not heard of a way, sorry.

    2) No experience with this.

    3) I like Azureus. It's written in Java but is pretty good all the same. Download speed is not generally influenced by the application being used though. It depends on the swarm speed. The one thing you can do is knock some holes throught the firewall.
  3. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    On my iBook, I have the Apple keyboard plugged in and the "brightness up" and "brightness down" keys are F14 and F15. I just turn the brightness down till it goes black. Can you do this on an iMac? I really don't know but it couldn't hurt.
  4. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    1) Go to System Preferences/Energy Saver and change the Sleep settings to "Put the computer to sleep = Never" and "Put the display to sleep = however long you want".

    Useful for when downloading something overnight. Dimming the display on an iMac won't blackout the screen like on a PB/iBook unfortunately.

    2) Sorry no experience with this.

    3) I like Tomato Torrent but have heard good things about Azureus as well.
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Questions 1) and 2) I can't help you with.

    But I use Transmission, and I like it better than Azureus. The non-Java interface is not clunky at all. And it is specifically for the Mac, and is free.

    Tomator Torrent I have no idea.
  6. ScottB macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2005
    I'ld second that. I've used both Tomato Torrent and Transmission, there both good but Transmissions the best, just replace the icon. Same goes for Handbrake if you even use it.

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