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    Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    I am in the midst of getting some of my job descrption redefined and am finding out that i need to get to know the Apple family of computers. Can any of you old techies route me to a place online that has, either free or at a cost, classes that are basic instruction on the functionality and use of Apple computers like the imac and such? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    Hmmmm well Macs are amazingly simple to learn. If you can handle a PC a mac is a breeze

    Here are some resources

    http://www.apple.com/training/

    http://www.certyourself.com/Apple.htm
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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbulb
    If you can handle a PC a mac is a breeze
    And if you like digging around inside your computer, Mac OS X is also a full-on Unix client. Best of both worlds!
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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    Quote Originally Posted by Monorail Man
    And if you like digging around inside your computer, Mac OS X is also a full-on Unix client. Best of both worlds!
    Yes and the older models make excellent aquariums!
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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    I've been working with Apples since the days of the Apple IIe. The links that Fishbulb gave you are an excellent place to start. Anymore, the line between the interface on OS X and XP are very thin. Surface differences are minor, the under the hood stuff once you get deep into the system is the only place there are major differences. A few years ago at a conference they did a side by side comparison of X and XP... seriously...both systems did the same thing pretty much the same way. Only thing was the Mac usually has half the steps than on XP.

    I'm still more comfortable with OS 9, but I'm learning my way around X. I have the Mac OS X Bible, Tiger edition, and the Mac OS X Tiger Book by Andy Ihnatko. I'm sure there is also a "Mac for Dummies" book if all you need is a basic understanding.

    The next operating system coming out in the next year (Leopard is it? I've gotten away from the tech end at work) will be based much more closely on the fact that Mac as gone to Intel for its processors. I haven't seen a lot on that system yet, but I'm thinking all you need right now is some basic understanding, then when the newer systems is in place you can build on that.

    Don't know if any of this helps, and don't know if I could answer any questions but feel free to PM me if you have any!




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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    Here's a couple of other resourses I found of a general nature:

    http://www.atomiclearning.com/osx_tiger_orientation
    http://www.lgusd.k12.ca.us/getstart/macosx.html

    If you're brave enough to tackle terminal (I'm not):

    http://osxfaq.com/Tutorials/LearningCenter/

    You can also get information from a MUG (Mac User Group). I belong to one of the largest online groups, and they are pretty good with information, although they have gotten almost to big for their own good.... PM me if you would like the addy of that MUG.

    There are others out there, you could probably do a google search and find others.

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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    I made the jump from Windows to Mac OS X back in January. I found that I had absolutely no trouble. The biggest complaint I ever seem to hear from people is that the basic mouse has only one button, instead of the at least two common with Windows.

    If you have one nearby, the Apple Store is a great resource. They hold free workshops throughout the year (but I've never attended one). Even better is the Genius Bar where you can bring in your computer if you are experiencing any problems, which is also free unless serious needs to be done.

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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    Quote Originally Posted by lazyboy97O
    I made the jump from Windows to Mac OS X back in January. I found that I had absolutely no trouble. The biggest complaint I ever seem to hear from people is that the basic mouse has only one button, instead of the at least two common with Windows.
    I don't know why so many people complain about the mouse when you can buy a two button mouse and plug it in. That's what I did with my iBook and it works just fine and I didn't lose the second button I was used to with Windows.

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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbulb
    Yes and the older models make excellent aquariums!
    Ive heard about these mac aquariums. Do you know where i can get one?

    Also, does anyone know how I can take a screen shot on my mac?
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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    Quote Originally Posted by WRDup
    Also, does anyone know how I can take a screen shot on my mac?
    shift+apple(key on each side of the spacebar)+3 : This is too take a full screen shot

    shift+apple+4 : If you do this option your arrow for you mouse will turn into a little target so you can just drag and create a box around what you want to take a screen shot of. I really love this option so I don't have to go back and crop it afterwards.

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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    wow... on pc I just hit the "print screen" button to take a screenshot.

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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    Quote Originally Posted by Morrigoon
    wow... on pc I just hit the "print screen" button to take a screenshot.
    Yeah, after hitting the two extra buttons I feel like I've gotten quite a work out.

    The nice part about doing it on a mac is that you don't have to go into paint afterwards and paste it. It will just show up as a png picture file on your desktop.

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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    Get the new mighty mouse with scroll ball and wireless bluetooth.
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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    Thanks Everybody for all of the advice. That is what i love this place. Everyone is so helpful!!! I am a 15+ year PC user and i have just started playing with the G4 notebook my work gave me. I have OS 10.3 installed and then i will install tiger (i think) after i get acclamated to the apple universe. I'll keep everyone updated.
    Thanks again you all rock!!!
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    Re: Online Basic Macintosh Instruction

    The more I work with my Mac at work , the less I like my PC at home. I think you will find it very easy to cross over.

    If you switch back and forth, just remember that the keyboard shortcuts on the Mac use the apple key, which is the ALT key on a PC keyboard.

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    I have had issues with my wired mighty mouse. The scroll bar wheel stops working after a while. I have to fight to get it working again.
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