I made the ultimate sacrifice for love...

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    Apr 30, 2012 12:04 PM GMT
    ...by giving up my iMac 27" with SSD. icon_cry.gif

    Background: yesterday (Sunday) my partner's stomping all around the condo in a tizzy. Problem is he's taken the responsibility for much of the fundraising for the annual HIV/AIDS SMART Ride down to Key West. Plus he's now the President of our condo association, creating more paperwork for him. And he finds the MacBook Pro on our bedroom desk too cramped a work area, lacking filing space, the wireless printer is in another office, etc.

    So he's trying to come up with all kinds of impractical schemes to create another office area in our small condo. He knows my large 27" iMac can't be anywhere but in the actual office, but he won't use Mac OS (I had to put Windows on his MacBook). And I didn't want to spend a lot of money on more Microsoft software to turn the iMac into a PC.

    So while he took an afternoon nap I copied all his important files to the iMac, into a new account for him. Later I showed him that OS X can read all his Windows files, and has features he never had before.

    The printer and a big file cabinet are right at hand, and he has lots of desk work area. I also got the TV window going in his account desktop, so like me, he can watch satellite programming while he works on the computer. I think I won him over, and it really is his best solution.

    As for me, I can boot his MacBook into OS X, which is all I need for online surfing. Plus there's also the new iPad, on which I'm typing this using a wireless keyboard. It's surprisingly fast, and I can take it anywhere in our condo, including the patio, or watch the big flatscreen in the bedroom. (The MacBook is tethered to a separate monitor, Ethernet, speakers, so it doesn't move around much)

    I hate giving up that gorgeous 27" iMac, but he needs it and the office space more than me. And the timing of this new iPad couldn't have been better. Plus, no more fucking Windows problems I have to troubleshoot all the time for him.
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  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 30, 2012 1:04 PM GMT
    I'd suggest a larger condo, problem solved. haha
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    Apr 30, 2012 2:14 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI also got the TV window going in his account desktop, so like me, he can watch satellite programming while he works on the computer.


    How are you getting satellite TV to play on the computer?
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    Apr 30, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidI also got the TV window going in his account desktop, so like me, he can watch satellite programming while he works on the computer.

    How are you getting satellite TV to play on the computer?

    I bought a small peripheral device called Elgato EyeTV at the local Apple store, a little over $100 I think. It takes an S-Video signal from the satellite box near the computer (it will also accept coax, including from antenna). A USB output plugs directly into the Mac, and should not go through a hub, so you need a dedicated port on the Mac.

    It has a small amount of internal storage, about 4 hours, and will record live to a media file on your computer, or just give you instant replay. Channel selection and other satellite reception features are controlled through the DirectTV remote, although I've never figured how to control the iMac's volume with it. My clumsy work-around is to use the volume controls on the keyboard.

    Image quality isn't great on a computer screen, but adequate for my purposes of just watching peripherally while I do other things on the computer. I size it to about 1/3 of this browser window, roughly 8"x10" on this 27" screen. For serious watching I use our HDTV, of course, which has an HD/3D satellite box, although the EyeTV window can fill the entire computer screen if I want.
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    Apr 30, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said...by giving up my iMac 27" with SSD. icon_cry.gif

    Background: yesterday (Sunday) my partner's stomping all around the condo in a tizzy. Problem is he's taken the responsibility for much of the fundraising for the annual HIV/AIDS SMART Ride down to Key West. Plus he's now the President of our condo association, creating more paperwork for him. And he finds the MacBook Pro on our bedroom desk too cramped a work area, lacking filing space, the wireless printer is in another office, etc.

    So he's trying to come up with all kinds of impractical schemes to create another office area in our small condo. He knows my large 27" iMac can't be anywhere but in the actual office, but he won't use Mac OS (I had to put Windows on his MacBook). And I didn't want to spend a lot of money on more Microsoft software to turn the iMac into a PC.

    So while he took an afternoon nap I copied all his important files to the iMac, into a new account for him. Later I showed him that OS X can read all his Windows files, and has features he never had before.

    The printer and a big file cabinet are right at hand, and he has lots of desk work area. I also got the TV window going in his account desktop, so like me, he can watch satellite programming while he works on the computer. I think I won him over, and it really is his best solution.

    As for me, I can boot his MacBook into OS X, which is all I need for online surfing. Plus there's also the new iPad, on which I'm typing this using a wireless keyboard. It's surprisingly fast, and I can take it anywhere in our condo, including the patio, or watch the big flatscreen in the bedroom. (The MacBook is tethered to a separate monitor, Ethernet, speakers, so it doesn't move around much)

    I hate giving up that gorgeous 27" iMac, but he needs it and the office space more than me. And the timing of this new iPad couldn't have been better. Plus, no more fucking Windows problems I have to troubleshoot all the time for him.


    It's my birthday, but you get the gift.

    You can run Windows ON Mac using "Virtualbox". And, it's free.
    You load Virtualbox onto your Mac "host" operating system.
    You fire up Virtualbox and load Windows into Virtualbox as a "guest" operating system.
    You load your other Windows software into your Windows "guest" operating system.

    Voila! You get to keep your Mac. You and Carmine can share the computer. Marital bliss is preserved. You make Carmine pay dearly in the bedroom the next time you two make lurve.

    Try it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtualbox
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    Apr 30, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    GAMRican said
    It's my birthday, but you get the gift.

    You can run Windows ON Mac using "Virtualbox". And, it's free.
    You load Virtualbox onto your Mac "host" operating system.
    You fire up Virtualbox and load Windows into Virtualbox as a "guest" operating system.
    You load your other Windows software into your Windows "guest" operating system.

    Voila! You get to keep your Mac. You and Carmine can share the computer. Marital bliss is preserved. You make Carmine pay dearly in the bedroom the next time you two make lurve.

    Try it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtualbox


    I see my work here is already done.
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    Apr 30, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
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    Apr 30, 2012 3:14 PM GMT
    Thanks, Bob. We just got DirecTV a couple weeks ago, and I'm looking into how I can view it on more than just the two TVs with receivers. Supposedly, the receiver itself can broadcast some channels to iPads over WiFi, so I'm going to run Cat 5 from the router down to the main receiver and see how that works. I also have an Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus, so I'll tinker around with that as well.
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    Apr 30, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidVoila! You get to keep your Mac. You and Carmine can share the computer. Marital bliss is preserved. You make Carmine pay dearly in the bedroom the next time you two make lurve.

    Try it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtualbox

    Thanks, but I already have a virtual Windows program. I didn't like it, main advantage was you could keep OS X and Windows running concurrently, which made file transfers easier.

    But it's better to just use Boot Camp to create a partition and buy a copy of Windows, as I did with my husband's MacBook, since he needs simplicity and speed. His MacBook boots by default to Windows, for all practical purposes he treated it like his former work PC. I can always manually boot it into OS X on those few times I would use it, or more often now with this switch of computers.

    But he left that job for this one working out of our condo, and the very simplest solution is to get him onto OS X. Then I can even network the Macs more easily, to help him with projects, share calendars and contact info in real time, and I think make his overall computer experience better, instead of the Hell he sometimes goes through with Windows. I know my man, and he's gonna love OS X, once he gets past his aversion to change.
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    Apr 30, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    paradox saidThanks, Bob. We just got DirecTV a couple weeks ago, and I'm looking into how I can view it on more than just the two TVs with receivers. Supposedly, the receiver itself can broadcast some channels to iPads over WiFi, so I'm going to run Cat 5 from the router down to the main receiver and see how that works. I also have an Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus, so I'll tinker around with that as well.

    WOW, I didn't know DirecTV boxes had that WiFi capability. Two of our three are more than 2 years old and standard def, while only 1 is HD/3D and newer. I've gotta explore that option. What iPad app do I need? Having portable TV would be so cool, watching wherever I am, outside on the patio, on the toilet... icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 30, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    DirecTV has a free app on the App Store. You have to sign in with the email address and password you use to access your account on the DirecTV website. I have no idea if you can add network access to older receivers. Some receivers require an external networking device called a DECA to add Internet capability, so if you do a Google search on your receiver model and DECA, you should be able to figure out if you can add Internet access to your current hardware.
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    Apr 30, 2012 3:45 PM GMT
    paradox saidDirecTV has a free app on the App Store. You have to sign in with the email address and password you use to access your account on the DirecTV website. I have no idea if you can add network access to older receivers. Some receivers require an external networking device called a DECA to add Internet capability, so if you do a Google search on your receiver model and DECA, you should be able to figure out if you can add Internet access to your current hardware.

    I read the DirecTV apps, seems one is just a remote control, for when you're not at home. The other requires you have a DVR model (which we do not) and a conversion box for your own router or something. And then you don't get live feed to the iPad, only recorded programming? It confuzled me... icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 30, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI'd suggest a larger condo, problem solved. haha



    ^^^^ This ^^^^ icon_lol.gif "The Ultimate Sacrifice For Love"? I thought that was more like when you take a bullet for someone icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    Troubleshooting windows? Is he using windows 98?. I've had windows 7 on my pc for over 2 years. No reinstalls..not 1 crash either and still as fast as the day I installed it.
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    I thought this was going to involve murder icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    I hate giving up that gorgeous 27" iMac



    Maybe you should buy yourself a new one icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 30, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    #FirstWorldProblem
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    Apr 30, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    SoloXCRacer said#FirstWorldProblem


    /end thread
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    Apr 30, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    Art, given your history I'm surprised that you used such hyperbole for this thread.

    Shame on you! icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 30, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    uoft23 saidTroubleshooting windows? Is he using windows 98?. I've had windows 7 on my pc for over 2 years. No reinstalls..not 1 crash either and still as fast as the day I installed it.

    Yes, Windows 98, because that's what his former office was using until the last year, going to 7. But I held off upgrading his home computer, hoping I could get him to switch to OS X. Now that he's left that office to work at home there's no longer a need to stay with Windows at all. The requirement for a larger home work space, in this office where the 27" iMac is located, sealed the deal for me.

    BTW, we just returned from the Apple store, where I got him a wired extended keyboard, and a wired mouse. He'll like the increased functionality of the added keys, with 2 handy USB ports for things like thumb drives he uses, plus he doesn't like my Magic Mouse. Nor does he like batteries, gets all upset when his wireless keyboard or mouse dies. He doesn't mind wires laying around, whereas I hate them.
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    Apr 30, 2012 7:57 PM GMT
    intensity69 saidArt, given your history I'm surprised that you used such hyperbole for this thread.

    Shame on you! icon_lol.gif

    I assume a bit of sarcasm there, since hyperbole is mostly what I speak. icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 30, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
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    intensity69 saidArt, given your history I'm surprised that you used such hyperbole for this thread.

    Shame on you! icon_lol.gif

    I assume a bit of sarcasm there, since hyperbole is mostly what I speak. icon_redface.gif


    Your sarcasm meter/detector has indeed passed the test icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    TroyAthlete said
    SoloXCRacer said#FirstWorldProblem


    /end thread


    You two better be careful, or you'll end up on the "Deco Enemies List!"

    And just a reminder...

    Apple, as in the company that avoids paying its "fair share" of taxes in California.

    Apple uses forced child labor to manufacture its components in China.

    Apple looks the other way when it comes to basic human rights.

    Enjoy your Apple products!


    Well, aren't you just a ball of sunshine.
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    May 01, 2012 3:12 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWhat sacrifice!

    Such purity!

    SUCH HUMILITY!!!


    You are deserving of canonization!
    .I totally thought that said cannibalization at first glance. icon_eek.gif