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iLamp Jr.

I finally broke down and bought it. I now have an iLamp (new iMac for the humor impaired) with which to test Trebuchet on OS X. As a side benefit, it can do video editing and burn DVD-Rs.

OS X is pretty slick, I have to admit. Everything just integrates very well. I'm sure I'll get over the one-button mouse eventually, but I do miss right-click context menus.

Now I want a Ti-Book just that much more. Hmph. My wallet hates me.

As far at Trebuchet on OS X goes, I have it running, but it seems to have a few bugs with control layout. I'm hacking on those now. Hopefully I'll have a real OS X Trebuchet release soon. Mainly I have to recode my spinner widgets as they are all messed up. The style dialog color buttons need to be re-implemented with frames, as the Aqua buttons don't deal with displaying background colors. Combobox widgets may also need work. I'll have to see.


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Apr. 21st, 2002 02:14 pm (UTC)
An OS X version of Trebuchet is something I could certainly use.

One note; if the one button bothers you enough, you can get multi-button mice (often with scrollwheels) that mesh with OS X quite nicely.
Apr. 22nd, 2002 09:13 am (UTC)
I've put a Mac OS X version of Trebuchet here:


I made a Mac OS X icon for it, too!

I made some more slight modifications to the app, such as tweaking the icon slightly and making the status lights Aqua-fied, but I haven't uploaded that version to my web site yet.

Apr. 21st, 2002 02:17 pm (UTC)
This makes me feel a little twinge of iEnvy. Is it worth the money, taking into account you're--the buyer--are limited to the screen size it comes with and there's only one button on the mouse? I'm genuinely interested.

Oh, yeah, and sorry about the pun. For some reason I couldn't bring myself to edit it out.
Apr. 21st, 2002 11:48 pm (UTC)
So far it seems like a really nice zippy machine. It has a great form factor, and is very little hassle to set up. The interface is truely beautiful and it makes a reasonably nice machine for web browsing and mail reading from the TV room. It works beautifuly for ripping and playing MP3s. I haven't tried the DVD software yet.

I don't know if I'd want it as a primary machine, though, as I tend to love high resolution desktops, and this only has 1024x768. Also, the default keyboard and mouse that ship with it are... icky. The keyboard's feel annoys me, and it has too short of a cord. As I mentioned before, the mouse has only one button. Luckily, those are just USB devices, and easily replaced with much nicer items.

Overall, I rather like the machine, as the main perceived flaws are easily fixed, and the resolution really isn't bad at all, especially with the anti-aliased text.
Apr. 22nd, 2002 01:22 am (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2002 05:25 pm (UTC)
A lot of us have multibutton mice. I have a kensington scroll mouse.

You will be a goddess if you do this. Oh. Wait. You already are! ;)
Apr. 21st, 2002 06:12 pm (UTC)
Multibutton mice on Macs?
Huh? They work just fine, thankyew. Go ahead, plug one in. They usually map a second button to control-click.
Apr. 22nd, 2002 12:46 am (UTC)
I love the form factor, but I couldn't give up my big screen. Ah well! I yet need to get around to turning my old G3 desktop into an OSX machine, if that's even possible.
May. 19th, 2002 09:10 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the dark side :P
Welcome to the fold of furry mac users :)

Is this your first Mac? If you have questions, feel free to ask! I've used a Mac since the 80's and currently have a G3/266 running OS X. Since I want more expansion than the iMac can offer, I am going to go for whatever tower Apple puts out in July (well, new machines are rumored then...)

Anyway, if you are really in to the UNIX side of Mac OS X, one thing I'd suggest is that you get ahold of Fink, which allows you to install some of the latest UNIX libraries and components for OS X (like XFree86, etc.) You can also check http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx for updates and lists of all the software out for Mac OS X. Might help get you started out there, though from what I see here you've had the iMac almost a month now. Good luck with your new Mac and I hope it works out well for you!
May. 26th, 2002 10:54 pm (UTC)
I have a mouse with four buttons and a scrollwheel on my Mac.

I was amused when I first started up OSX (first public release; I'm not stoopid enough to try and run beta OSs) and it actually used the rightmost button as, well, a right button.

If you're willing to wander down to greater LA and snag it, you can have my four-button, in fact. I seem to not be using it much now that I finally sprung for a low-end Wacom.

-Peganthyrus, who really ought to get a lj account since she's been commenting on people's ljs lately.
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