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Busy day, not so busy night

After my daughter's appointments this morning, we hit the Apple store where she fell in love with the 20" iMac. We picked it up with some writing software (iWorks) and a Manga drawing software suite. She finished downloading all of her stuff from the old dying laptop after we got home and then after dinner tonight, we pulled the iMac out of the box, uploaded all of her stuff and started having fun with it. We're going to have to track down her WACOM drawing pad software to see if there's a Mac version or if it's universal software. Worst comes to worst, we'll just have to try and contact WACOM and have them send her a new CD. She's still having too much fun with her new "shiny" to worry about the drawing pad for the moment.

Of course, wishweaver fell in love with it too, but that's a purchase for another day . . . way far away. I never saw her as a Mac user, but Microsoft Vista is definitely pushing her toward it. Let's just say, its unreliabiliity is only exceeded by its memory-hogging slowness. I have a feeling we'll be blowing Vista off of her desktop soon and replacing it with XP. Hell, I'm thinking about doing the same with this laptop. Vista was NOT a better idea, Bill.

After all that, I uploaded my Bach collection into iTunes and prepared to write. That's where I hit a wall. I don't know why, but I just couldn't get into writing tonight. Maybe I'm already looking ahead to starting the sekrit project or maybe I was having too much fun visiting my old novel yesterday, but it was tough getting into the Chronicles tonight. So, after about two and a half hours, (most spent doing stuff other than writing), I finally logged 1,187 words. They're not bad words, and they were starting to come faster and better toward the end, so I'm encouraged by that.

Perhaps things will feel better after a good night's sleep.

Words for Today

1187 / 1000 words. 119%

Progress on CSD: Dragon Couchant

92550 / 120000 words. 77%

Words for 2008

144156 / 366000 words. 39%


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May. 18th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
WACOM Mac Drivers
You can go here: http://www.wacom.com/productsupport/select.cfm
Just select the model your DU has, and then select Mac OS X, and you should have a list of the drivers available for it. I'd try the most recent one first.

I know several people that use WACOMs with Macs (actually, I know one person that uses it as his only display), so you shouldn't have problems.

If you have questions (general or specific) about Mac OS X, feel free to call me. Hopefully I'll be able to help. ^_^
May. 18th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: WACOM Mac Drivers
Much appreciated.

My Apple experience has been the VIC-20, an Apple-2E that the Army that had both the green screen and a color monitor and a LCD, and a first generation Mac that a friend used to keep at our house because the guys in his barracks wouldn't leave it alone (this was in 1985).

I don't foresee a huge learning curve, but there are enough "differences" that it's still an adventure at this time.

May. 19th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)

A VIC-20! Now there's a regression, all the way back to the days of PDP-11, the Amiga, and the C64, which I think my dad and I split the $600 price tag on if I recall correctly. And I used a WordStar knock-off on the thing to actually write papers. ::shudder::

So far my luck with Vista sounds like it's running much better than yours. But I confess to feeding The Beast. 4GB RAM each on mine & my wife's desktop + mid-high graphics + little straying away from recent, mainstream software. Pretty much ditto for my sons, except they really want to run their older games to which Vista says 'stuff that.' So far, the formula has worked well. ::knock on teak::
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