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Community / Re: 2024 - My Shetland Blog
« Last post by Frances144 on June 20, 2024, 10:45:05 AM »
Community / Re: 2024 - My Shetland Blog
« Last post by Frances144 on June 19, 2024, 11:16:22 AM »
Community / Willie Mays
« Last post by jchuzi on June 19, 2024, 06:30:25 AM »
Willie Mays, quite possibly the greatest player of all time. I had the privilege of seeing him play in the old Polo Grounds in New York. Despite being a Brooklyn Dodger fan (and loyal to Duke Snider, the Dodgers superlative center fielder), I could appreciate Mays' skills and, despite the center fielder rivalry (at least among New York baseball fans) of Mays, Snider, and Mickey Mantle, I considered Mays to be the best. RIP Willie.
Community / Re: 2024 - My Shetland Blog
« Last post by Frances144 on June 18, 2024, 10:45:34 AM »
Tech / Re: Just tell me what to buy please!
« Last post by jchuzi on June 18, 2024, 10:34:26 AM »
You will want to transfer data from your old computer to whatever new computer you get. The connections will probably require an adapter or two because the new computer may not have the USB or Thunderbolt connection that your old computer has. This is not an impossible task, most likely requiring (for example) a USB A cable connected to the old computer, an adapter that can plug into the newer, USB C port on the new computer, and possibly a suitable Thunderbolt adapter (if your old computer has Thunderbolt). It should also be possible to migrate data from old to new via Ethernet.

If you are not sure about the connections on your old computer, do the following:

1. Click the Apple menu (the Apple logo) at the upper left of your screen and select About This Mac.
2. On my system, I would click System Report but yours may say More Info.
3. You will see, under Hardware, all the connections that the computer has. Clicking any one of them will reveal any external devices that you have attached.

I apologize for all this confusion but you don't want any nasty surprises. If you order from Apple or a reliable retailer like BH or Adorama, they should be able to walk you through exactly what you need.
Tech / Re: Just tell me what to buy please!
« Last post by Sooz on June 17, 2024, 07:43:53 PM »
Thanks for the detailed input and (Jon, you know me well!!) the step by step link for how to check the hard drive!
Community / Re: 2024 - My Shetland Blog
« Last post by Frances144 on June 17, 2024, 12:03:37 PM »
Tech / Re: Just tell me what to buy please!
« Last post by jchuzi on June 17, 2024, 06:34:24 AM »
While the Mac Mini is a good idea, my suggestion is to get the base model iMac but the second one because it has better connectivity. The cheapest lacks an ethernet connection and you might want that for your modem. It's all-in-one and will save space on your desktop. Still, you can compare all models at this Apple page.
The base models have adequate RAM for your needs but you should see how much space your current hard drive is using before opting for the base model's 256 GB. Bear in mind that you will not be able to upgrade the innards, so you're stuck with whatever Apple provides. As always, you get what you pay for.

In case you don't know how to check the hard drive, do the following:

1. Click the Macintosh HD Icon (on the desktop) once to select it.
2. Go to the File menu and click Get Info.
3. You will see a window that has all the information that you need.
Tech / Re: Just tell me what to buy please!
« Last post by Sooz on June 17, 2024, 01:38:07 AM »
Thanks for the updated info, Jim.   I'm glad your endeavor worked out well with your Memory Book, and thanks for the laugh about your activities that keep you busy when your wife uses Word. 

A Mac mini with as big a screen as I can get ?? and I'm so unfamiliar with that (I don't think you're very surprised at that because you know me and how I am with technology!)  :laughhard:

I have my homework cut out for me, following all the links and reading and such.

Thanks again all of you! If you can spare a good thought or prayer for me, it would be much appreciated. :)
Tech / Re: Just tell me what to buy please!
« Last post by Xairbusdriver on June 16, 2024, 06:08:29 PM »
First the easy news:
You won't need Adobe Reader. As a matter of fact, I can't remember ever needing it, at least since Preview has been around. ".pdf" type files automatically open in Preview and you can add text blocks and several other effects (highlighting/underlines/boxes/signatures/images/redactions/etc.).

BTW, you won't need Adobe Acrobat either. You can create a PDF, of practically any document by simply selecting "Save/Print to PDF" in any Apple Print dialog.

All those other apps, except FireFox and iTunes, included with the OS.
   The latest version FireFox is easily downloaded.
   iTunes was replaced several OS versions ago by "Music".

All your Apple apps will be the latest versions, of course. Using most of them will probably be a major shock! You likely will not recognize what you see. There are no longer any "Preferences"; they are replaced by "Settings" (the result of Microsoft invading Apple :eek:).

As jchuzi mentioned, Word is pretty much buried in corporate greed. I never installed it on my computers, always used Pages. My wife "uses" Word and it is always a "learning experience" and a Google search when she forgets how to do the simplest thing. I try to plan on doing errands (out-of-state!) or re-install all my neighbors landscaping when I know she will be using Word. :wallbash: Back in Oct 2019 I created a 62-page (31 double-sided), 2-column, 50th HS graduation "Memory Book" with Pages. It includes yearbook pictures as well as current images of each person, if available. Text/paragraphs wrap around the image(s) and between columns and pages. I can't image trying to create anything in word as intuitively as it is done in Pages. :Thinking: :clap:

As for hardware, I would recommend a Mac mini with as large a monitor as you can justify. You will save money and desk space.
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