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axon
11-14-2006, 04:53 PM
just got my iMac. Got the 17" with a gig of ram. Bought it from compusa because they matched the online mac store's student discount. I really wanted to get the 20" screen, but it was too much for me at the moment.

So far I'm loving it.

Any advice or tricks?

twomers
11-14-2006, 05:05 PM
>> Any advice or tricks?

When you're using it and drinking coffee, don't use those stupid plastic lids because they fall off and spill the coffee over the keyboard ... it was a sad day, but no lasting damage! edit: Somehow

divineleft
11-14-2006, 05:20 PM
install linux on it

manutd
11-14-2006, 05:28 PM
Love iMacs! I have an old G5 one as my home computer, it's awesome. Nice GUI, has some GNU tools. Only disadvantage is it doesn't really like C++, moving towards Objective-C.

Wraithan
11-14-2006, 05:39 PM
I thought the dev tools that came with Macs now a days were pretty good, XCode or CodeX or whichever it is. Friend of mine loves the stock tools.

manutd
11-14-2006, 05:40 PM
They are pretty good: for command line or Cocoa/Carbon. But if you like doing a GUI in C++ (like win32) it is hard with XCode (which is really just an IDE).

Wraithan
11-14-2006, 05:45 PM
Unless you mean drag and drop solutions, GUI should be the same as other platforms, I have done GUI on *nix and Windows.

manutd
11-14-2006, 05:48 PM
Yes, but there is no built in C++ toolkit or build option. It is possible using Objective-C, but unless you use a third-party solution (wxWidgets), it is hard to make work in C++.

Perspective
11-14-2006, 06:12 PM
ohhh, lots of tricks.

Push:
cmd + Alt + 8
Then push (repeatedly)
cmd + Alt + +
cmd + Alt + -
..it will follow your mouse too!

I'm sure you know all the regular ones for dashboard, desktop, mosaic, etc.. Try holding <shift> with those, fancy stuff.