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What mcj said re hard drives. I really wouldn't try to connect one via two ports, it sounds very risky. Network mount fine.

 

Re Safari vs Firefox (and I think those are the only two you really need to think about): either. I still default to Safari, because I prefer its minimal interface, and I like the way it syncs my bookmarks with .Mac so I can get to them from any computer (via bookmarks.mac.com); I do though keep a current version of Firefox and use it fairly regularly. If there's a site that looks funny or seems not to be working in Safari (it still happens occasionally), I use Firefox. No great hardship.

 

If you do use Safari, install PithHelmet. It may look scary and technical (and it can be if you start adjusting the options) but just in its default mode it will basically remove the ads from nearly everything you look at. Soon you forget they were ever there and get really shocked seeing the web from other browsers. It's wonderful. (There's almost certainly a Firefox equivalent for this.)

 

But there's no particular reason not to use Firefox over Safari if you prefer it. They're both good.

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After two Win2k reinstalls in as many days (the result of a winnt/config/system corruption), I'm going to throw in the wintel towel.   Christ on horseback! Even the servicepak 2 download and instal

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i suggested thunderbird only as a transfer vehicle. it can import outlook mail in windows and since a mac version exists of it the files can be transferred easily.   as for your mysterious troubles

I'm about to upgrade the ram in my Powerbook from the factory-installed 512mb to 2G (2 1G SIMMS from Ramjet). I'll have some help on this end, but would love to hear if any of you have done it yourselves. Advice?

Piece of cake. I've done it on several machines. So long as you've gotten the right ones, it's just a matter of popping them into the slots. (Not sure whether you have to remove the 512 first – I haven't been inside my PowerBook yet).

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I'm about to upgrade the ram in my Powerbook from the factory-installed 512mb to 2G (2 1G SIMMS from Ramjet). I'll have some help on this end, but would love to hear if any of you have done it yourselves. Advice?

Piece of cake. I've done it on several machines. So long as you've gotten the right ones, it's just a matter of popping them into the slots. (Not sure whether you have to remove the 512 first – I haven't been inside my PowerBook yet).

Thanks, I've heard it's a breeze, but it's nice to get a little reinforcement :P

 

I think the 512 has got to go since I believe the G4 only has 2 slots.

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Edit: Ignore me, I'm an idiot. I'm talking about replacing the hard drive. The RAM hides behind a small plate on the base and is incredibly easy to change. Go for it.

 

Preserved old reply for posterity -- the below is not true for RAM.

 

Blondie: I have upgraded RAM in many Macs, including desktops, iMacs, iBooks and PowerBooks (G3, Titanium G4). It was always a piece of cake.

 

But my 15" alumin(i)um PowerBook G4 -- the one where the keyboard is the same colour as the case, instead of darker and translucent -- was a fucking nightmare. Seriously. You need to force the flat top of the bottom half off by jamming things into it and pushing thing through the DVD slot to disengage catches. Really you're meant to use a special tool for this, which is hard to get hold of. I did it successfully, and the only marks are some tiny dents in the mouth of the DVD slot (trust me, that's an achievement) but it was ferociously difficult, terrifying, confusing, and took ages.

 

So if you have an old TiBook, go for it. Otherwise, unless you have a lot of experience with this sort of thing, I really wouldn't

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That sounds scary to me, to open the box yourself.

 

Can you guys tell me about your .mac usage and experiences?

 

This guy can. I'd add that while he's right, that may not matter to you -- the convenience of .mac may be of more value than the complexity of rigging together free solutions via Google. (Note that he cites a Google Firefox extension that does the bookmark syncing I recommended Safari for, and apparently does it better.)

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Has anyone else had problems with Safari crashing? This just started after I upgraded to Tiger and wonder if that has something to do with it.

I'm still using Panther (10.3.9) & Safari crashes only on this forum - often, but not consistently. I was hoping that Safari 2 in Tiger would have been an improvement.

 

Is your Safari crashing randomly or on specific sites?

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For me, Safari crashes when I use it while running Classic mode (which I have had to for various reasons – not so any more, really). I haven't experienced crashing when NOT running Classic.

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Many family members - husband, mother, brother, father-in-law, sister-in-law and self - are implicated in this iBook/Powerbook recall. This will probably result in an annoyance for said husband, who seems to handle all things technology related for the clan.

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