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decryption
5th January 2004, 09:01 PM
Been a while since I updated this, so here's the 2008 version :p

My name is Anthony. I like Apple gear far too much, hence, MacTalk. This website is partly my fault. Sorry.

I was born in 1984, in Footscray, Melbourne. I live in the rather ghetto-ish suburb of St. Albans in western Melbourne (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Albans,_Victoria). I don't particularly like it, but it's where I grew up and it's cheap. I used to live in Richmond, which was much nicer, but much more expensive. I went to primary school at Holy Eucharist, then high school at Catholic Regional College St. Albans and did the VCE at . Hi to anyone that went there.

I live with my partner Natalie, who is a couple of months older than me. She's a nurse. We met on the Internet back when we were in high school. We like each other very much. People probably laugh at us in public but we don't care.

I have a Diploma of Network Engineering from Swinburne University. Tried to do a degree but lacked the concentration span and the desire. I might go back to uni one day just to prove to myself that I can do it, but I'm not in any rush. I've spent most of my "career" baby-sitting Macs and Xserves at universities, being that Mac-guy on campus that gets blamed for everything that can go wrong with anything with an Apple logo. I also did the obligatory stint at an Apple reseller that any faithful Apple freak does. In June 2008, I left working for the man and now run MacTalk full time. It doesn't pay a lot (sometimes nothing), but I have way more fun and I can work in my underwear.

I am a geek and proud of it. I spend my money on gadgets instead of clothes or going out or sometimes even food. I have a 3TB collection of movies, music and TV shows and love watching as much as I can. I like the Melbourne Film Festival. I enjoy Australian movies, bands and TV shows. I like them more if they're set in Melbourne or by people from Melbourne.

People I admire are Quentin Tarantino, Andrew Gaze, Justin Frankel, Mark Latham, Tony Martin and all the school teachers I've had. Steve Jobs is cool, but I don't admire him, he's a bit of a bastard.

I like pizza with all the toppings. Pepsi beats Coca-Cola. I once ate 11 McDonalds Cheeseburgers in a single sitting. I only stopped because I ran out of money.

I have absurd taste in music and will listen to just about anything. First CD I ever bought was Silverchair's Frogstomp back in 1995. I still listen to it. I cried listening to OK Computer. I own a box set of Beatles CDs and a bunch of other Beatles memorabilia.

I use Nikon cameras. Canon can go jump off a bridge.

I subscribe to Wired magazine and read it religiously.

I'm a member of the [url=http://www.efa.org.au/]EFA (]St. Albans Secondary[/url) and you should be too. I'm also a member of the North Melbourne Football Club. I don't go to as many games as I should. I vote for the Greens.

I keep track of cool things I see on the net on my crappy blog called Hey Internet (http://blog.heyinternet.com)! Do you have stairs in your house?

The more violent the video game or movie, the more I enjoy it. NSFW or "GRAPHIC SCENES" indicates something I have to watch.

I've probably spent more time with video game consoles than I have with people. I miss my Voodoo 2. Quake 2 was fantastic, as was Gran Turismo and Metal Gear Solid. Bioshock and Grand Theft Auto 4 impressed me too. Civilization 3 changed my life.

My favourite Apple product of all time is the iPhone. I never grinned as much while using anything Apple has made until I used the iPhone.

Ummm, that's it.

Shawry
5th January 2004, 10:28 PM
Gday,

My Name is Liam

I dont have any nice piccies of me, so i'll remain just a gorgeous everyday bloke :D

I am at Swinburne TAFE studying Adv Dip Multimedia(design) now going into my 2nd year. Having lots of fun too :)

I'm a PC gamer at heart but since using Macs at school (and getting a host of new G5's) i rarely do any work at school and just tinker with the computers! :ph34r:

decryption
5th January 2004, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by Shawry@Jan 5 2004, 11:28 PM
I am at Swinburne TAFE studying Adv Dip Multimedia(design) now going into my 2nd year. Having lots of fun too :)
Nice to have you around Liam!
You go to Swinburne too? Interesting, as another member of these forums, Fodder, also goes to Swinburne, as well as I :)
Small world huh?

Shawry
5th January 2004, 10:38 PM
Swinburne seems the only place for tech courses i find. But because the campuses are spread pretty wide i'm not going to go as far to say its a small world. Try walking between campuses! sheesh that would take a while :P

Comet
6th January 2004, 12:27 AM
G'day everyone. I'm Yoshi. I'm a 4th year Software Eng student at Melbourne Uni. I've been surrounded by macs all my life and have been abused as a result in this awful world of boring beige machines that only know how to crash.

I'm into baseball in which I play for Melbourne Uni during the winter season and St Kilda baseball team during the summer season.

I basically enjoy watching sports although I must exclude golf, bowling, and horse racing as a sport! I'm a big Collingwood fan so please don't mention what's happened the last 2 years.

bait
6th January 2004, 01:23 AM
Hi, I'm B (http://homepage.mac.com/bhthyer/1334.jpg) -- a Perth girl just going into fourth year law. I switched April 2002, and in the past 18 months have gone from near computer illiteracy to (trying to!) teach myself C and Cocoa.

I have just been through the painful process of upgrading a surgery network into an OS X system -- for the past year, I've been running the practice management software on Windows 95 on Virtual PC. It's been a headache, that's for sure. While Macs are popular with doctors/specialists in particular, there is no support for them from any governmental service. They say this is because the percentage of Mac-using surgeries is so small it's not worthwhile providing support, eg, for clinical pathology results online.

While I love Macs, I find service in Apple resellers absolutely excruciating -- I've never had a good retail experience, and envy the Americans their Apple Stores. I browsed around the store in Santa Monica, California, and not only was it beautiful, the sales assistants knew every part of their product and just bent over backwards to be helpful.

But, I just purchased a Wacom Cintiq tablet and an Olympus C-350, and both are really fantastic. I love the way OS X is so plug-and-play, I've never had any trouble getting audio-visual equipment to work with it. Scanners and printers are another matter, though!

On my wishlist is a 12" Powerbook with both RAM slots acessible, the ability to lodge my tax return with my Mac online, the ability to save whole sites as web archives with Safari and a Finder that actually works.

I hate Panther's Finder a lot. "". But I can't express my love for Exposé with words.

koukouvagia
6th January 2004, 02:10 AM
hi guys, I'm Ioanna and I'm a fourth year software eng/commerce student at melbourne uni. My first computer was a macintosh LC about 10 years ago. I used macs up until about 5 years ago when my family decided to give up on them in favour of ugly gray boxen. I suffered with them until 6 months ago when it was time to get a laptop.. the choice was easy, so here I am on a mac again and unwilling to ever go back again. here's me enjoying holidays near the beach B)

http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/~iioannou/beachhouse.jpg

the_argon
6th January 2004, 09:15 AM
Hey All!

I'm John, and I currently work for an Adelaide based export company (disko knows which one ;))

I started on mac's back in school. Ah, the old LCIII's & classic's... with at ease...

To my horror, when we got a new computer it was a pc. I wanted a mac sooo badly. Now I have three :) iMac DV SE, LC575 & PM5260 and I plan to add a 12" powerbook to that list sometime this year.

I studied IT at TAFE and have certificate IV, Then started an apprenticeship in Pre-Press Print & Graphic Design at DMIT here in Adelaide.

Where I am working now I do a lot of php programming, web design and general computer & network maintenance.

I consider myself to be well rounded, know a bit about everything to do with computers (mac & pc)

elvis
6th January 2004, 02:52 PM
Hi guys, I'm Dan. I'm the IT and Communications Manager for an architecture firm in Brisbane. I also do a lot of freelance and contract IT work for various companies around the place. I mostly specialise in networking setups, computer security and speccing out office upgrades and/or IT fitouts, but can/will do just about anything for anyone needing a hand.

After seeing MacOS 7 a long time ago, I pretty much left Macs well alone for a few years. Then one day (about 1.5 years ago now) we get a Mac in the office for our graphic designer (Dual G4 1GHz), and I'm exposed to Max OSX for the first time. My opinion changes quickly.

After getting myself a iMac 333 from a local auction (and opening it up to do some upgrades), I've had the chance to play with all the revisions of OSX, and a few Linux PPC setups (linux is my other geek passion). My main focus for any setup is integrating an office of different machines. My own office is a combination of Mac, Windows and Linux machines that all share remotely located files, and connect via different technologies to not only our lown local networks, but our other office branches in the USA and the UK.

Qualifications wise I have a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the University of Queensland, and have pretty much been using computers and computer-like things since I was about 6. I have no platform preference, and prefer to use the right tool for the right job when I can. :)

When not at work, I like reliving my childhood through the MAME project:
http://www.mame.net

and am in the process of building a MAME arcade cabinet (from scratch!). Once that's built, I publish the WIP photos for everyone to see. :)

I regularly post to OCUA, CGtalk, DLF and RazorPrices for anyone stumbing across them one day in the future. Personally speaking I find far too many wintel-specific sites on the web, and I'm glad to be a part of this one. :)

cmetom
6th January 2004, 06:22 PM
Hello all, I'm Tom. I'm now 3rd Year B. Information Systems student at the Australian Catholic University in Nth Sydney. I also manage my old high school's computer systems and network, on a part-time (excellently flexible hours) basis.

My first computer experiences would have been 286's at primary school and my neighbour's place. Later primary school showed me the graphical wonders of the Acorn computer (and some really cool underwater exploring / submarine / educational game that I don't know the name of).

The first computer we had at home was an Apple //c that my uncle gave us. Load Runner, Moon Patrol and Space Quarks are still to be outdone by the gaming industry. My first taste of the word processor, in AppleWorks, was here. We also had MouseCalc - yay, spreadsheets!!

Then I got a 486 laptop through my high school's "TEC" laptop program, which I used in all classes but maths, lasted me for a year, before it was stolen from my person at the bus stop. ("My schoolwork!!!" I cried. :lol:) It was replaced by insurance, with a Pentium 100!! Soundcard and CDROM were now in my posession!

At some point around this time (~1997) I began building my own PC from scrap parts and whatnot that I got from friends and school. While none of the original parts exist, my current machine (a P41.6 / 1Gb RAM) is the descendant of that original piece of scrap! In 2002 at the school fete, I picked up a Mac Classic for $20 and my recent Apple interests flurished. In August I got an iPod (2G, 10Gb) and since then I have aquired an LC620-DOS, a 6220 with TV (my first PowerPC!) and more recently, a b&w G3 for $300 from eBay. It now has a Radeon 7000 PCI and 1024Mb of RAM. X10.2 goes like a charm on it.

My parents, never having participated (EVER!) in owning a computer (not counting the laptops that my brother and I had for / through school) are now the happy users of my G3. It's my secret evil plan for getting an iMac into the house - with their funds. :D

I sold my iPod before Christmas, to a friend who's taken it to London. A piece of my life, which had grown to be a part of me in the 14 months I had it, is gone and I am sad :( After MacWorld SF, I'll be scoping the scene and most likely getting a 3G 20Gb one. I loath portable CD players. I've only ever used one as my portable music source since December, and I hate it. The only thing that's made it bareable has been the easy burning feature of iTunes!!! Apple to the rescue again.

I frequent OCAU and should spend more time at the School Tech. Admins forum, SNAD (an offshoot of OCAU, like this place!) but never do... :(
I'm into Anime and Japanese (which I am yet to learn) as well as video editing and more recently, remote control cars (specifically my new monster truck, the Traxxas E-maxx - a beast).

Please excuse the text in my signature picture, as it's a bit of an in-joke from another (anime) forum. Feel free to enquire about it if you like...
edit: I've changed the text and picture to a more mac-oriented graphic now. Hope you like it!



Tom

P.S. I'd like to say a big thank you and a congratulations to decryption and disko, for this AppleTalk site and forum. It is obvious that they've put a lot of work into this. May it live long and prosper. I also hereby offer my services (what they are I don't know, but here they are!) in assistance to the site. Cheers, fellas!

dogmatic
6th January 2004, 09:59 PM
Hi guys. My name is John and I'm a Macaholic! I run a web design and multimedia studio here in Melbourne called 'dogbite'.

http://www.godhead.com/images/ipod.jpg
me and my pod!


Our company dogbite has just turned 1 year old. I have worked as a professional web designer since 1996. My business partner and I decided about 3 years ago to form our own company. It wasn't until January of last year that it all became a reality. We are working on a few big projects at the moment and it is a challenging and rewarding time. I have always wanted to have my own studio and be my own boss. It has finally become a reality. Anyway, more info about us is at the site - http://www.dogbite.com.au

I also run a blog called 'dogmatic'. It features a ton of Mac related news and goodies and I'd love to see some of you guys posting comments on there when you see fit. The blog is at:

http://www.typepad.com/dogmatic

I used to be a Windoze user until earlier this year when I bought my iPod. Soon after I got a 17" PB which I love to death. I will *NEVER* go back to the Windows environment. Signed. Sealed and delivered... SWITCHER!

I am hopeful that Appletalk can become a thriving community and I am here to help should my services be required.

Cheers one and all!

(some of you may know me as dogbite on Whirlpool - I decided to use my blog's title 'dogmatic' for this forum - sorry for any confusion!)

Disko
7th January 2004, 02:59 PM
Hey everyone, i'm Matt.

It was decryption and myself who got the ball rolling on this site, so yeah - a little about me. :)

Decryption and I agreed in a forum on overclockers that Australia was in need of a home for all things mac for australians. This forum is the infant child of what will hopefully be a great website that will help all those confused mac users in australia find their way.

I live in Adelaide, working as a "Managing Technical Consultant" (yes, i got to choose my own title ;) ). Until January 2003, i was a PC user. What happened then? Apple announced a laptop computer with a 17" wide screen on it, and it was a must have for me - so i bought it. At the ridiculous price of $6995 with a ridiculous wait of 2 and a bit months. :P
I was very happy with my 17" rev-A Powerbook, I spilled pepsi in it, dropped it, and then swapped it with noisypoppy for a G5 iMac.

That iMac was great. It's still going strong at a friend's house. It wasn't long after this that i was gifted a 20" intel iMac from work.... I've been using that up till now.

I just purchased: Mac Pro, 8x2.8GHz xeon, 8800 video, 6gb ram, etc etc yada yada. It's big. It's quiet. It's rockin'.

But this isn't about my computer, or the website, or the ideas behind it - this is about me so:

I grew up in the Flinders Ranges in a small town of around 200 people, and moved to Adelaide to study at university. I studied film and IT, but found that it lacked the hands on approach that i tend to take to things, so i left after 2 years. After a while, i landed a job as a Web Designer which was great.

I enjoy music a lot. I played bass in a band, and also do a lot of posters and a couple of websites for a few bands around adelaide. Often, i'll be tired, hungover, or just plain vauge due to my late night habits around bands and pubs, so that is my official excuse for any future stupid posts i might make. :D


Thanks again everyone, and Enjoy AppleTalk MacTalk!

cmetom
7th January 2004, 05:22 PM
Originally posted by Disko@Jan 7 2004, 03:59 PM
Please, bear with any bizaare colour scheme changes and layout stuff ups as best you can... (not that they are definately going to happen)
well i saw it change twice this morning!!! i didnt' like them, by the way... but do as you please! ^_^

tankgrrl
7th January 2004, 08:53 PM
Howdy. I'm Maggie. I live in Miranda (Sydney area) and am a Unix sysadmin and programmer. I'm a Mac zealot as is my partner.

Ummmm... Yeah. I'm awful at this sort of thing.

So... Hi. :)

Tank

decryption
7th January 2004, 08:57 PM
Originally posted by tankgrrl@Jan 7 2004, 09:53 PM
Unix sysadmin
Hey, that's what I'm half way through studying to eventually be :P

Disko
7th January 2004, 10:04 PM
Originally posted by cmetom@Jan 7 2004, 05:52 PM
well i saw it change twice this morning!!! i didnt' like them, by the way... but do as you please! ^_^
yeah... sorry about that. ;) I didn't realise until then that the two skins we have were sharing the same css file... It's all good now.

btw, the colours may have looked bad, but i hadn't put the images in yet. ;)

cmetom
7th January 2004, 10:23 PM
Originally posted by Disko@Jan 7 2004, 11:04 PM
yeah... sorry about that. ;) I didn't realise until then that the two skins we have were sharing the same css file... It's all good now.

btw, the colours may have looked bad, but i hadn't put the images in yet. ;)
yah well the colour scheme was all dark, but the text and graphics were the same as they are now - therefore text was grey, white and black on white and black backgrounds ! unreadable.

the graphics were ~okay... they looked super-out-of-place though!
it was good for a laugh though! at your expense, thou, so sorry... :)


welcome Maggie. don't stress about the intro... mine was long and winding (as it's hard to shut me up!) but that's me! anyway, we had a good time this morning, didn't we! *waves MacWorld flag* but how frustrating was it, losing the feed?!?! AHhh!! mine went out of sync twice, when i accidentally paused the feed! hmm wrong thread for this.. sorry guys.

~Coxy
7th January 2004, 11:54 PM
Posting on OCAU, I realised my sig was out of date. Clicking on the profile button, I noticed a PM from decryption, and now I'm here.

I'm a 18 year old male Computer Science student at UWA, going into my third year this year. I've been using Macs since I was a kid, and now am the proud owner of an iMac G4 700 and a AlBook 1.25 GHz which I've just paid off. :D

I do a bit of puttering around with graphic design (especially icons) and Cocoa programming.

Disko
8th January 2004, 12:10 AM
Originally posted by ~Coxy@Jan 8 2004, 12:24 AM
Posting on OCAU, I realised my sig was out of date. Clicking on the profile button, I noticed a PM from decryption, and now I'm here.

I'm a 18 year old male Computer Science student at UWA, going into my third year this year. I've been using Macs since I was a kid, and now am the proud owner of an iMac G4 700 and a AlBook 1.25 GHz which I've just paid off. :D

I do a bit of puttering around with graphic design (especially icons) and Cocoa programming.

Welcome to Apple Talk Coxy! Infact, welcome to everyone so far. This is great. :)

elvis
8th January 2004, 11:51 AM
Originally posted by tankgrrl@Jan 7 2004, 08:53 PM
Howdy. I'm Maggie. I live in Miranda (Sydney area) and am a Unix sysadmin and programmer.
cool! what sort of gear do you admin? up here in sleepy brisbane unix admins are few and far between, unless you work for the gov'ment. our office is all windows with a few linux edge servers (mac and windows clients, except for my test linux client boxes).

bluecoffeepenguin
8th January 2004, 04:45 PM
Hi, all, I'm Ryan... I've been using Apples since I was born pretty much. When the \\e was stolen, my parents bought a pizza-boz (LC1) to replace it. Since then I've had a 5400, a 7200, a 5500, and I'm now on a first-edition 12-inch Powerbook G4, which has been a bit of a tradeup from all of them.

I love the new iPod minis... I'd buy one, if only they were US$50 or US$75 cheaper -- insert usual comments here :)

I'm currently working on recoding a video tape of the Expo - damnit why don't they offer a download-only version anymore, I'd love some of my friends to see the Keynote...

d-_-b
10th January 2004, 09:12 PM
hi all, My name is gus, im 21 and i live is leichhardt, Sydney ... im an audio engineer and im starting college this Year to go into film sound. i also work at vodafone to save up money ;)

anways i just bought my powerbook G4 15inch only just last week.. i havnt done the switch But still use my PC for gaming and internet access (even though i have the G4 Networked to access the internet and im playing halo Mac as we speak ... (MMMMM... Raidon 9600) ... but the powerbook was bought for PROTOOLS/MBOX(pro Audio) and for Bluetooth mainly ... (sony ericsson freak i am ...) ;)

So nice to meeeeet u ALL ;) ....

p.s:im new to macs so please dont call me nOOb!!! :blink:

cmetom
10th January 2004, 11:46 PM
Originally posted by bluecoffeepenguin+Jan 8 2004, 05:45 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (bluecoffeepenguin &#064; Jan 8 2004, 05:45 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> I love the new iPod minis... I&#39;d buy one, if only they were US&#036;50 or US&#036;75 cheaper -- insert usual comments here :) [/b]
hahahha they ARE the usual comments&#33;&#33; :lol: :lol: you&#39;re right on target buddy&#33;


<!--QuoteBegin-headphone&#045;gus
p.s:im new to macs so please dont call me nOOb&#33;&#33;&#33; [/quote]
don&#39;t worry - there&#39;s more mac n00bs here than u think.. meaning at least me as well&#33; (for the most part)

d-_-b
11th January 2004, 10:00 AM
Btw just call me DB --&#62;d-_-b

Radar
11th January 2004, 11:00 AM
I am Radar. I am 18 years old (Biologically anyway), and am about to start Year 12 (If you don&#39;t see much of me, this is why).

Last year I traded my high spec Athlon 1800 system for a G3 350Mhz Blueberry iMac. It&#39; s something I doubt I will never regret. Windows, and the whole PC platform just drove me insane. A computer should not crash, period, let alone numerous times a day. So that&#39;s how I got my first Mac.

The love for macs grew from there, and I now own a fair amount of Mac Hardware, software and paraphenailla. Oh, and for my 18th I&#39;m getting a Blueberry iPod mini (Don&#39;t worry, I will be reviewing it heavilly, every single detail).

cmetom
11th January 2004, 12:01 PM
welcome radar&#33;

you know, some ocau people would have your head for a move like that&#33; even so, my comments are "nice one&#33;"
my experience with AMD cpus end with the K6-II keyring i made. i find my P4 and Windows 2000 is very stable. crashing rarely happens, esp. now that i browse with Mozilla. what&#39;s left to complain about is a crappy interface&#33;

you&#39;ll love your iPod. it&#39;s all i talk about, but i have to mention: i miss mine&#33; *crys*

Comet
12th January 2004, 04:53 PM
Originally posted by d&#045;_&#045;b@Jan 10 2004, 10:12 PM
hi all, My name is gus, im 21 and i live is leichhardt, Sydney ... im an audio engineer and im starting college this Year to go into film sound. i also work at vodafone to save up money ;)

anways i just bought my powerbook G4 15inch only just last week.. i havnt done the switch But still use my PC for gaming and internet access (even though i have the G4 Networked to access the internet and im playing halo Mac as we speak ... (MMMMM... Raidon 9600) ... but the powerbook was bought for PROTOOLS/MBOX(pro Audio) and for Bluetooth mainly ... (sony ericsson freak i am ...) ;)

So nice to meeeeet u ALL ;) ....

p.s:im new to macs so please dont call me nOOb&#33;&#33;&#33; :blink:

hi all, My name is gus, im 21 and i live is leichhardt, Sydney ... im an audio engineer and im starting college this Year to go into film sound. i also work at vodafone to save up money ;)

G&#39;day DB. As you seem to know some audio apps, just by looking at the functions provided by Garageband, how does it compare to all the other apps available for both the mac and PC? What would be a comparable software do you think for the PC, or is garageband a groundbreaking software?

d-_-b
12th January 2004, 08:22 PM
Originally posted by Comet+Jan 12 2004, 05:53 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Comet &#064; Jan 12 2004, 05:53 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-d&#045;_&#045;b@Jan 10 2004, 10:12 PM
hi all, My name is gus, im 21 and i live is leichhardt, Sydney ... im an audio engineer and im starting college this Year to go into film sound. i also work at vodafone to save up money ;)

anways i just bought my powerbook G4 15inch only just last week.. i havnt done the switch But still use my PC for gaming and internet access (even though i have the G4 Networked to access the internet and im playing halo Mac as we speak ... (MMMMM... Raidon 9600) ... but the powerbook was bought for PROTOOLS/MBOX(pro Audio) and for Bluetooth mainly ... (sony ericsson freak i am ...) ;)

So nice to meeeeet u ALL ;) ....

p.s:im new to macs so please dont call me nOOb&#33;&#33;&#33; :blink:


G&#39;day DB. As you seem to know some audio apps, just by looking at the functions provided by Garageband, how does it compare to all the other apps available for both the mac and PC? What would be a comparable software do you think for the PC, or is garageband a groundbreaking software? [/b][/quote]
well its hard to say about garageband cause i havnt used it yet .. but depending on what applications u are after .. to my understanding garage band is more of a midi seq prog ... i usally use cubase for midi and protools for my mixing mastering .... on Pc u got great little cheap progs like fruityloops which is not bad ..and ill tell u if its ground breaking till i try it :P

Byrd
16th January 2004, 09:11 PM
Howzit everyone - my name is Jordi (yep, I&#39;m male) and i&#39;m 25, living in the east of Melbourne. Computers, specifically Macs are a big hobby of mine, noting that I don&#39;t work in IT but rather Allied Health.

My main interest in Macs is in older machines, usually around the 68K era, or whatever else comes my way really. I still can&#39;t justify the 0000&#39;s required for a decent new Mac, hence use a heavily overclocked and watercooled PC for most use. Also have an interest in case modding; my most recent HTPC mod is here:

http://pcdb.overclockers.com.au/view.php?name=bYrd&page=pics

JB

slowly
17th January 2004, 09:02 AM
Hi,

I&#39;m Robyn. I&#39;ve just signed up.

I&#39;ve been using macs since the late 80&#39;s (my first mac was a classic running os 6.something or other). Currently I&#39;m working as tech support at an isp in Adelaide where I&#39;m known as the local &#39;mac expert&#39;. I&#39;m definitely no expert though - I just love to use them&#33;

Disko
17th January 2004, 02:36 PM
Originally posted by slowly@Jan 17 2004, 09:32 AM
Hi,

I&#39;m Robyn. I&#39;ve just signed up.

I&#39;ve been using macs since the late 80&#39;s (my first mac was a classic running os 6.something or other). Currently I&#39;m working as tech support at an isp in Adelaide where I&#39;m known as the local &#39;mac expert&#39;. I&#39;m definitely no expert though - I just love to use them&#33;
Hey, Robin.

Which isp do you work for? If you didn&#39;t notice, i&#39;m in adelaide also... and i think we&#39;re the only ones&#33; :unsure:

stevejay
19th January 2004, 07:54 AM
Nice photo, Dogmatic, very clever :)

I&#39;m Steve Jay and pretty much summed up by my sig. I used to also be a failed rock muso, but retired when my wife got sick of me coming home from gigs where we&#39;d spent more on beer and pyro FX than we earned (My CD of original songs can be bought for &#036;10 by emailing steve_remove_all_the_underscored_bits_@_to_keep_th e_spammers_away_izzythedog.com - payment by direct bank deposit or credit card via Paymate.com.au)

My day job is with a major national broadcaster network (I&#39;m a soundo in their radio newsroom in a southern capital city) but my fave pastime is guerilla DV filmmaking. Titles to date are "Cycle To Work" (1 min, writer/director), "Go For It -Assistive Technology In Action" (15 min writer/co-director), Teamwork (6 min co-writer/co-director/co-producer) and sound on "Forced Impression". My production company is IzzyTheDog www.izzythedog.com

I couldn&#39;t do film and video without my Mac. Macs powered Bicycle Tasmania to campaign success in getting a fair deal for cyclists on Tassy&#39;s roads when I was active with them. Macs power my webbing. Sadly, my employer inflicts Doze on me (and they wonder why I&#39;m a grumpy cove) or more accurately they inflict my colleagues&#39; Doze difficulties on me.

Get out of your cars, abandon those Dozers, ignore centralised rule and watch my films :) - the world will be a much better place&#33;

Disko
20th January 2004, 11:08 AM
done. I&#39;ve just edited all the posts with smileys because they weren&#39;t working before. Enjoy&#33;

kaisersozay
20th January 2004, 11:18 AM
Okay. I&#39;ve just registered and this will be my first post. I was activated in 1941, which <after reading most of the other posts> probably makes most of you wonder if I am near termination. My background covered Radio in NSW country, New Zealand Pirate, and Sydney Metro from 1960 through 1970&#39;s. Advertising, Marketing and many other things took me through decades. My interest in computing happened in 1985 with my first Apple IIc and I have hung in ever since. Held the line though, at OS 9 and am reluctant to move to OS X..x.x.... and the big cats.
The brilliance of Mac does about everything I need to do in a digital lab. Photography is my current activity. Not digital capture yet, as I have a huge investment in physical negative equipment. One day soon, a digital SLR will join the collection.
This site offers a great opportunity to express views to a specific like minded community, who hopefully are not too tech headed to obfuscate solutions for the slow and simple minded. After all, Apple was user friendly on introduction and is still so far ahead of PC it is hard to understand why THEY :ph34r: continue to thrive.
A friend and PC user recently remarked to me, after his surprise at learning I was a Macist, that Apple had slid off the edge of the world and had been phased out. God knows what he drinks. Cannot even argue that position.
Make every day special and tell the people you love... that you love them.

Disko
20th January 2004, 11:22 AM
Welcome, kaisersozay.
Great to see you onboard. And also good to see your avatar is working. :)

Asher Tuzza
21st January 2004, 12:29 AM
there seems to be a few "old mac" heads here - if you need help with it let me know - ex 68k junkie - and you know how crazie junkies are arround their chosen poisen :-)

anyway - i am guessing everyone has overclocked there LCIII&#39;s ? as there seems to be a great percent from ocua - and the eMac article looks like a go-er (if i get an emac)

i have about LCIII&#39;s a lovley 630 that is STILL in service - i only just decommisioned 3 of the LCIII&#39;s from service - they were running dns servers in the office on netBSD

anyway its back to reading everyone else&#39;s imput for a bit before doing some study and going to bed

cheers

haggis
21st January 2004, 05:54 PM
Hi all,

Haggis (Craig) here.

I am from Brisbane and work as a Systems Admin for the Online Teaching area of QUT. Ironically, as a Windows Sys Admin (it pays the bills, but drives me nuts...), I am the only person in our department to exclusively use a Mac at work&#33;

I have been the local Mac Evangelist where I work for as long as I can remember and have created quite a "mindshare" for Apple and OSX here at work, after demonstrating just how much better (and easier) things can be achieved on a Mac.

Anyway, I have in my "stable" an original 1984 Mac, an Apple //c, a Performa6360, a G4533 Tower, and I am typing this on a 1Ghz 12" Powerbook. So you could say I was a bit of an addict. My next (hopefully soon) fix will be provided by a 15Gb iPod... :-)

In addition to Macs I dabble a little in Linux, but I still feel there is no comparison to OSX and the Mac "way" of getting things done.

I look forward to reading and (hopefully) being able to contribute to this forum and site - I had been thinking for a while that we needed a Mac forum in Australia and was very (very&#33;) close to setting one up myself - now I don&#39;t have to&#33;

Cheers,
Haggis

cmetom
23rd January 2004, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by haggis@Jan 21 2004, 06:54 PM
Ironically, as a Windows Sys Admin (it pays the bills, but drives me nuts...), I am the only person in our department to exclusively use a Mac at work&#33;
heheh i hope to be doing the same within a month&#33; i&#39;m due for a new laptop at work and the media department is getting macs this year so i figure i can say "hey, i need to know it to fix it" and make them get me a PowerBook. :lol:

anyway, welcome haggis and welcome asher tuzza&#33; :)

trotkiller
23rd January 2004, 06:54 PM
Hi

I&#39;m Jeff

I am from sydney and I work as a medical scientist

I actually haven&#39;t made the switch yet... I will make the switch a soon as I can afford to part with my hard earn&#39;t cash :D

Anybody got a spare 6 grand? :P

mbd
24th January 2004, 10:50 PM
Hi,

I&#39;m Mark, 32 years old and live in the best city in world. I bought my first mac in 2001 around the time OS X was released. I started on C=64s, then Amigas, then PCs before buying the cube ex-demo from a Buzzle reseller that was going out of business. I liked using Linux on PCs (both server and client), but sometimes I&#39;d just have to use Windows, which I wasn&#39;t happy about. I still use Linux for server stuff though, including an online system called Suburbia that&#39;s been running on the net since late 1993.

I wasn&#39;t sure I&#39;d like the Macs (I was one of the buttheaded PC users who used a lot of the typical comments against macs in the past; one button mouse, too expensive, no software, etc etc) but I really liked the idea of OSX, being a Unix core. Once I had it though, I was totally converted, and now, three years later, outside of my normal job, I&#39;m half of a small two man Apple authorised reseller business&#33;

Other than computery stuff, I&#39;m into music in a big way (collecting, listening). Mainly British stuff, but occasionally stray into other stuff. Particularly keen on some of the electroclash stuff of the past couple of years, and also nugazer stuff (modern bands picking up on elements of the early 90s shoegazer movement).

I look forward to taking part in the forums :-).

decryption
25th January 2004, 04:13 PM
Originally posted by RocketFactory@Jan 24 2004, 11:50 PM
Other than computery stuff, I&#39;m into music in a big way (collecting, listening). Mainly British stuff, but occasionally stray into other stuff. Particularly keen on some of the electroclash stuff of the past couple of years, and also nugazer stuff (modern bands picking up on elements of the early 90s shoegazer movement).
Lush, Belle and Sebastian, Blur, Super Furry Animals.. stuff like that eh?
Good work :P

Damian
25th January 2004, 04:35 PM
Hi - I&#39;m Damian.

Although I have used Macs on and off for work, I only moved over full-time when OS X arrived. Have been using Unix since way in the past so switching was easy.

I do a bit of Unix admin (Linux, Solaris) for a living as well as sessional lecturing at Swinburne - mostly to masters students in IT.

I&#39;m a bit of a photo enthusiast and use the Mac for that - I use a Canon EOS 10D.

I would be interested in any comments on different image processing software experiences - I take all RAW images. Always looking for the perfect tool for conversions and storage. Currently using iView mediaPro.

Damian

mbd
25th January 2004, 05:52 PM
Originally posted by decryption@Jan 25 2004, 04:13 PM
Lush, Belle and Sebastian, Blur, Super Furry Animals.. stuff like that eh?
Good work :P
Indeed, just got the new B&S dvd which is pretty good. Love lush, and SFA are also good. Blur used to be good, now they&#39;re alright, but I don&#39;t like their new stuff as much as their old stuff (cliche i know, but true). Saint Etienne are my fav. Also love My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Stone Roses, etc.

Latest discovery is Ulrich Schnauss who I think is from Germany. And Franz Ferdinand (who will be popular amongst the fans of The Strokes and Hot Hot Heat).

cmetom
25th January 2004, 09:25 PM
Originally posted by Damian@Jan 25 2004, 05:35 PM
....I use a Canon EOS 10D....
*drools*

jmd
26th January 2004, 02:33 PM
Greetings all&#33;

I&#39;m a paramedic working in Melbourne who moonlights as a network admin (mostly Linux).

I started out when the Apple ][ was new and have been collecting apple&#39;s biege/platinum boxes ever since. While my wife likes Mac&#39;s she still not convinced that having a few hundred of them is worthwhile&#33;

My collection can be found at http://jd.sjaa.com.au/orchard/

JD.

decryption
26th January 2004, 02:49 PM
Originally posted by jmd@Jan 26 2004, 03:33 PM
Greetings all&#33;

I&#39;m a paramedic working in Melbourne who moonlights as a network admin (mostly Linux).

I started out when the Apple ][ was new and have been collecting apple&#39;s biege/platinum boxes ever since. While my wife likes Mac&#39;s she still not convinced that having a few hundred of them is worthwhile&#33;

My collection can be found at http://jd.sjaa.com.au/orchard/

JD.
I remember looking at that site previously during some research for a TAFE assignment.
A very impressive collection&#33;
Do you have a favourite? ;)

cmetom
26th January 2004, 03:01 PM
Originally posted by jmd@Jan 26 2004, 03:33 PM
Greetings all&#33;

I&#39;m a paramedic working in Melbourne who moonlights as a network admin (mostly Linux).

I started out when the Apple ][ was new and have been collecting apple&#39;s biege/platinum boxes ever since. While my wife likes Mac&#39;s she still not convinced that having a few hundred of them is worthwhile&#33;

My collection can be found at http://jd.sjaa.com.au/orchard/

JD.
welcome&#33;&#33; your reputation procedes you - i too have seen your collection site before.
very nice. :D

decryption
26th January 2004, 03:13 PM
Originally posted by cmetom@Jan 26 2004, 04:01 PM
welcome&#33;&#33; your reputation procedes you - i too have seen your collection site before.
very nice. :D
Looks like we have a celebrity on AppleTalk :D

jmd
26th January 2004, 03:19 PM
Originally posted by decryption@Jan 26 2004, 02:49 PM
A very impressive collection&#33;
Do you have a favourite? ;)
It&#39;s difficult to pick one out....

I wrote my Honour&#39;s paper on the ][ plus, which was my first machine, so it has a special place in my heart.

I love the look of the original Lisa - but it is way too slow to work with these days.

The TAM is definately a sexy looking machine, but is not without it&#39;s problems.

I enjoy tinkering with my ANSes (probably &#39;cause they&#39;re running linux, and their design is easy to tinker with).

Which one(s) do you like?

JD

decryption
26th January 2004, 03:26 PM
Originally posted by jmd@Jan 26 2004, 04:19 PM
It&#39;s difficult to pick one out....

I wrote my Honour&#39;s paper on the ][ plus, which was my first machine, so it has a special place in my heart.

I love the look of the original Lisa - but it is way too slow to work with these days.

The TAM is definately a sexy looking machine, but is not without it&#39;s problems.

I enjoy tinkering with my ANSes (probably &#39;cause they&#39;re running linux, and their design is easy to tinker with).

Which one(s) do you like?

JD
I like the Apple IIgs and the LCII... Simply because of the memories from using them at school. It&#39;s those two models that really fuelled my interest in computers. The Apple II was the first computer I ever used back in 1990 in grade prep and begged my mum to get me one for home, which I didn&#39;t get :P The Woz would be proud though....

The G5 PowerMac would probably be another favourite, I just bought one and love it. It&#39;s the way all computers should be... Also, the original titanium G4 PowerBook. When I first saw that laptop, I was doing work experience at an Apple dealer and was really wowed buy it. Almost 4 years on and it looks as beautiful as the day it came out. The G4 cube is pretty special too... I really regret not buying one now, despite their over-pricedness :P

jmd
26th January 2004, 03:34 PM
Originally posted by decryption@Jan 26 2004, 03:26 PM
I like the Apple IIgs and the LCII... Simply because of the memories from using them at school.
As yes, forgot the IIgs - a magnificent machine&#33;

As you can probably tell from the add-on&#39;s my Rom03 has got, that I enjoyed working with it as well.

But, alas, was too much competition for the non-DSP, non-colour Macs of the day and suffered the ultimate price.

Never really liked the LC series - I opted for a MacIIsi at the time (presented the best price break point, with great additional features).

Regards,

JD

LCGuy
1st February 2004, 12:20 AM
Well, i&#39;m the infamous LCGuy. ;) I came here from bYrd&#39;s thread at the 68kMLA Forums (http://www.68kmla.net), and am enjoying it so far. I started out in 1993 when my Grade 3 teacher forced me onto an LCII, and I&#39;ve been hooked ever since. A few months after that Dad told me he was interested in getting a computer for the home. He wanted a PC, but Mum and I managed to convince him into getting a Mac, so a brand spanking new LCIII was ordered. Man i love that thing...i&#39;ve probably got more good memories of that thing than any other computer...except maybe my lovely, stable, beautiful, reliable Lime Rev. D iMac 333 (tray load), which is my current main Mac. In December 1997 my parents got me a PB1400c/166 as a Christmas present. I then got into the Mac liberating scene, by rescuing a Classic II from my evil Ipex PC lovin, Mac hating school, for 10 bucks, a bargain at the time, considering they were still selling in Cash Converters and the local AppleCentre for about 200 bucks. I then got an original Macintosh from a friend of mine who didn&#39;t know much about it and just wanted to get rid of it. That was 20 bucks...anotehr great bargain. My PC friends, of course, didn&#39;t understand. "You paid 10 bucks for a Classic II last year...isn&#39;t it a bit dumb paying 20 bucks for a Classic I now?" Of course, they were wrong, so i didn&#39;t listen to them. ;) In 2000, i picked up an LCII and my iMac 333. This is my current Mac, which I will talk about later. 2001 took me to the local AppleCentre, where i did work experience repairing old Macs. During that time i got an LC475, LC630, PowerCD (VERY COOL&#33;), *NEW IN BOX* Apple Presentation System, a totally rocking AppleVision 1710 display (now dead...:() and some old PCs, assorted parts, enough bits to assemble a fully working PowerBook 145B. Last year i got given a Quadra 700 by one of Dad&#39;s friends, which is now my A/UX testbed. I also found a PM8100, AppleVision 1710, Macintosh Colour Display, and ColourPlus Display in a rubbish heap at uni, and saved it all from the dumpster. All my Macs have a purpose..i don&#39;t have them sitting around for nothing. The 128k is a collectors item, which I don&#39;t use much, to try and preserve its good working condition. The Classic II, unfortunately died last year, when its mobo fried. The LCII is for running old games that work great under System 6. The LCIII (my first Mac&#33;) is a backup system. The PB145B is my backup PB. The LC475 is my main Mac back at the farm. My LC630 is my 68k based HTPC type system. The Quadra 700 is my A/UX testbed. The PowerMac 8100 is gradually being built into the NuBus Mac of my dreams. The PB1400c/166 is my main PB. And the iMac is my main Mac, and is arguably the best Mac i&#39;ve ever had. It got me through World War III (grade 12...), introduced me to my girl, and was the machine I was on when that girl i mentioned and I fell in love. Like i say..."you can&#39;t do that on an Ipex..." This is the machine i&#39;m typing this from. It only has a G3/333 and 160 megs of RAM, but it is oh so sweet. :D Sooo much nicer than my new Dell, which is the system I use at uni. Unfortunately, I have to run some PC apps for my course, and i can&#39;t be bothered with VPC, so a PC was the only way to go. Its a very nice system for a PC, but as can be expected, Windows XP really likes to tick me off at times. Dont&#39; worry though...as soon as the Series II PowerBook G5 comes out, and i have the money, i&#39;m getting one&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33; Anyway, enough about the Mac side of things, i&#39;m 19 years old, and i&#39;m currently studying IT at university, and I live in regional QLD. I&#39;m currently on break, but i go back at the end of Feburary. At most of the forums i go to my name is LCGuy or PartyAnimal1245, so if you see any of those names anywhere, its probably me. ;) The only exceptions to this are the iMacOwner.com forums where I go by the name 333 Bliss, and the Holden Discussion Forum i go to, where i am goVY. (Yes, i am a Holden fan, and yes, i do hate Ford...) Anyway, thats it for now. ;)

Cory5412
1st February 2004, 04:08 AM
I&#39;m Cory5412 and if you haven&#39;t heard of me, that&#39;s probably a good thing ;)

I&#39;m a regular at the good ol&#39; 68kMLA (and found this place though Byrd&#39;s thread as well)

I&#39;m also not exactly "from" and I don&#39;t exactly "live in" Australia, I am just interested in macintosh related online communities, and this looks like a great one&#33; :) (if that&#39;s a problem though, just tell me ;))

I have been caught lately using a PowerBook g4 and it&#39;s been running panther without updates for 70 and a half days. (10.3.0)

My other current macs include the first mac I ever had, when i was in 5th grade, a 7300/200 and my other current mac, a G3/450MHz blue/white.

I&#39;ve been known to start large projects and then kindasorta not finish them, like my IW project and that thing I was going ot do with a projector, among other things.

What else? I&#39;m 15 and I live in Arizona, United States. I am taking a german class in high school, and you could say that I have a sort of addiction to making things &#39;big&#39; (notably my display size)(read: projector)

Mostly, if you want to find out something about me, I&#39;ll probably reveal it in a post later on, I do that alot.

cmetom
1st February 2004, 02:29 PM
Originally posted by Cory5412@Feb 1 2004, 05:08 AM
I&#39;m also not exactly "from" and I don&#39;t exactly "live in" Australia, I am just interested in macintosh related online communities, and this looks like a great one&#33; :) (if that&#39;s a problem though, just tell me ;))

...I have a sort of addiction to making things &#39;big&#39; (notably my display size)(read: projector)
you&#39;re more than welcome&#33;&#33; now we have our first official U.S. contact&#33;&#33;

and while it was only temporary, and that&#39;s NOT Appletalk onscreen, check this out:
http://members.optusnet.com.au/cmetom/tompics/wonderwall.jpg
it&#39;s ~53 inches of screen, btw.

strains the neck and makes you dizzy while playing NFS:U :D :lol:

decryption
1st February 2004, 02:42 PM
Originally posted by cmetom@Feb 1 2004, 03:29 PM
(image)
If you wern&#39;t going to show AppleTalk on it, you could have at least plugged it into a Mac, hahaha

cmetom
1st February 2004, 04:36 PM
Originally posted by decryption@Feb 1 2004, 03:42 PM
If you wern&#39;t going to show AppleTalk on it, you could have at least plugged it into a Mac, hahaha
at least it&#39;s an invisionboard... :lol:
i took it a while ago, before i had my G3... didn&#39;t think to plug my 6220 into it as i wasn&#39;t using it at the time. i can probably borrow the projector again, but it depends...
i can always photoshop OSX in there :D

edit: before G3 = before AppleTalk

Cory5412
1st February 2004, 11:50 PM
OH&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;

(This is one of the Quirks of Cory5412)

I LOVE Projectors&#33;&#33;&#33;

I myself am buying one, it&#39;s really old, and it&#39;s black and white, but I&#39;ve wanted one for the past several years and it was only &#036;55(usd)

I should dig out my IIsi and put A/UX on it to show the world in a big format, or I&#39;ll just stick with the original plan of the 7300 (which has BeOS on it) ;)

Either way, it&#39;ll be fun.

What model/brand of projector was it?

cmetom
2nd February 2004, 05:35 PM
3-month old Toshiba... i don&#39;t know the model number, but i&#39;ll find out.
natively does 1024x768, and is 1200 ansi lumens i THINK...

Cory5412
2nd February 2004, 10:23 PM
ahh, cool :D

I&#39;m not to &#39;up to date&#39; on toshiba&#39;s offerings, I just know that in the past, they&#39;ve looked a whole lot like InFocus&#39; products :P

Of course, that having been said, if you were to ask I could probably rattle off a few companies that i know of who have been known to be liscencing InFocus&#39; products. For Example, right now IBM makes a copy of the X1, but it&#39;s black like IBM"s computers, and it costs more than an actual X1 :P


I&#39;ll have to take a picture of the forthcoming Cory5412 Projector in action to see how it&#39;ll work andshow it off,it&#39;ll be fun-fun-fun ;) (in black and whte :))

pipsqeek
5th February 2004, 04:39 PM
Hi All,

I am pipsqeek, better known as Steve.

Currently (also) studying 2nd year as Network Eng at Loftus TAFE near Sutherland, Sydney.

Recovering from a motorcycle accident 18 months ago, I can no longer work on bikes for a living. So I went and enrolled into TAFE which is what i was going to do before I did my apprenticeship.

I&#39;m 25, a Big man. Lived in the US for five years. hated the place. never go back.

I love the G4 Cube, but never got one, if I find one, I&#39;ll....explode.

My friends mainly have PC&#39;s but I always laugh at them when they are re installing thier operating systems every 6 week or so. Or everytime they get a virus.

They laugh back at me because I don&#39;t play any games on the iBook. But I just smerk and say. "Just shut up and sit in front of your Gloryfied XBOX. You just paid &#036;2000 too much for that machine and I don&#39;t have to upgrade the thing everytime I get a new game for it."

They don&#39;t have any combacks after that.

Steve

Currawong
8th February 2004, 04:09 PM
G'day all :)

When I first came across Appletalk, advertised in aus.computers.mac, I reckoned that this is what Aussie Mac users really need, having been on many and varied forums over the years. Disko and decryption originally accepted me as a news poster and moderator and took up the offer of my IRC channel, #apple (http://www.moofspeak.net/channels/apple.html) as the official Mactalk channel.

Currently I manage the software and hardware that keeps MacTalk's Server running (and surviving whenever we get linked to by Digg or Slashdot). As well as providing help, articles, advise and discussion in the forums, I've done a lot of work with Disko on the forums, not just how they are organised, but such things as keeping a good community spirit. In 2007 I'm planning to get involved more with the magazine side - be sure to look out for my articles.

I've been a Mac user since my parents chose a Mac 512k Enhanced over a Microbee back in the late 80's. Since then my family has gone through an LC with 12" monitor, Powerbook 520, 6100, Quadra 900, G3 350, Powerbook Lombard 333, Quadra 650, 7100, 7300, iMac 233, DP 450 G5, eMac, iBook 500 12" combo and DP 2Ghz G5.

My current kit consists of a MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo, dual 2.5Ghz G5, a pair of 20" Cinema displays, 1Ghz Albook (the wife's now) an Intel mini and a PC running Ubuntu, which serves up MacTalk's dev blog (http://dev.mactalk.com.au) and IRC chat service (http://mactalk.com.au/irc.html).

I'm currently living in Fukuoka in the south of Japan with my wife (a local) whom I met while I was living in Sydney. I do a variety of things, mostly writing for a local magazine (as well as MacTalk), as well as providing IT Support.

I used to live in Sydney with my wife, where I worked as a supervisor for a large retail delivery centre. When I wasn't at work driving round in a forklift like a maniac and fixing everyone elses screwups, I would tinker with the all the hardware crammed into my small apartment, along with doing a bit of second-hand computer trade and service, including buying and selling on eBay. A few years back, I worked in an Apple Centre, but my luck at holding jobs at them was hurt seriously by the Buzzle debacle, not to mention the frequent nature of them generally being on the financial edge.

Back in the 90's I used to practice Aikido, culminating in a strong interest in all things Japanese. I spent a year there on a working holiday in 1998, and since I married my wife, who's from Fukuoka, I've been back there every year since 2001, culminating in moving there in January 2006.

Aside from computers, I have a strong interest in spirituality, which came partially as a result of doing Aikido. I practice Quan Yin Meditation (http://godsdirectcontact.org) - genuinely effective when practiced dilligently. As well, you'll notice me metion Emotional Freedom Technique (http://emofree.com) from time to time, another things I recommend to everyone (other than Macs and OS X!).

My mac slant is towards web and graphic design, where I've done bits and pieces here and there, and more than a bit on my own web site, currawong.net (http://currawong.net). If you're like me, and like nature desktop images on your computer, have a look at my gallery (http://currawong.net/x/modules/gallery2/). Lately, I've been expanding my knowledge of using Macs as servers as well as working on linux, which has proved very useful for MacTalk.

Updated Xmas 2006

codeman
10th February 2004, 01:00 AM
G&#39;day all,

I&#39;m Andy, known to some as codeman. I&#39;m 19 and studying Information Systems at Deakin University in Geelong (where I happen to live).

I started using computers with an Apple IIe in primary school - nothing special, but I learnt Logo and BASIC later and found myself a new hobby in programming. I used Macs in my later primary school years, but for most of my life I&#39;ve used PC - recently I&#39;ve switched to Linux for everything except gaming and programming (down with windows&#33;). I played with the sexy G4 Power Macs at uni last year and this year they have new iMacs (with OS X instead of OS 9, and 1ghz G4&#39;s instead of the 466mhz ones).

I&#39;m still a Mac noob, but I figure by hanging around here I might learn something (or my father might kick me out for being a "mac-loving hippy". meh)

cheers,

-- Andy

cogo
12th February 2004, 07:38 PM
hello.

my name is mark. i work for an IT company funnily enough, and im not exacy sure what my job roles are but i get to work with kick ass Apple Hardware and software everyday....namely Xserves, XRaids, g5&#39;s, Cocca, PB and such. I am also heavily involved in alot of WebObjects (http://www.apple.com/WebObjects) development, hence one of the reasons why all the cool gear keeps arriving on my desktop from Apple for &#39;product evaluations&#39; ;)

Back in the day i used to design webpages and be a Quark Xpress ninja, but alas no more :(

Cory5412
13th February 2004, 12:19 PM
What kinds of things do you do with cocoa and WebObjects? I&#39;ve been insteresting in learning some cocoa, and I&#39;ve been interested in WebObjects as a platform in general ;)

Oh, and going back to the bout about projectors (awhile back) I may have mentioned somewhere that I actually got my own, and at it&#39;s largest from as far away as I can get it from my wall, I can product about a 50some inch image... Depending on how square I want it, it is really anywhere between 51 (completely perfect) and 57-60 (badly keystoned in the sideways and up-down directions) inches.

I&#39;ve been doing some work with quarkxpress on my tibook, it&#39;s a rather interesting program and I really like it, I was just working with 6.0 beta though, I&#39;ll have to try out the final version, it might do much better than the beta did. (esp. with printing)

cogo
15th February 2004, 03:59 PM
Originally posted by Cory5412@Feb 13 2004, 12:19 PM
What kinds of things do you do with cocoa and WebObjects? I&#39;ve been insteresting in learning some cocoa, and I&#39;ve been interested in WebObjects as a platform in general ;)
Just your standard custom fee for service work. We also have a set of generic products developed in WO that we sell, mainly for the Edu. market.

WO is a nice platform to develop in. The learning curve is very steep but after once you get the concept around your head its a joy to work with. Check this out (http://www.apple.com/webobjects/getting_started.html) for a heads up. Also this video (http://www.apple.com/webobjects/wo_movie.html) gives a good laymans overview of what it is.

hawker
17th February 2004, 12:54 PM
Hi All,

My name is HawkeR and I&#39;m a mac addict.... Can&#39;t stop buying new Mac stuff... All the info is in the sig below.

I have just completed my Bachelor of Arts (Television Production) and am hoping to start my Master of Visual and Perfomring Arts (specalising in Television Production and New Media) pretty soon.

Update: Graduated with my Masters in March 2006 :)

cheers,

danwarne
20th February 2004, 01:18 PM
Hi all,

I&#39;m a freelance journalist. I write for Australian MacWorld (Networth and Off The Net columns monthly) as well as APC Magazine. I also contribute to The Bulletin and do online production for The Australian.

Previously I had written for several years for broadband news site http://whirlpool.net.au . I&#39;m still good friends with Simon Wright who runs Whirlpool.

I recently moved to Sydney after abandoning my 7-year stint as a corporate communications guy for a super-giant corporation based in Melbourne. The switch to journalism has been great. I don&#39;t know if there&#39;s a better or more interesting job out there... though I must admit I have great respect for surgeons. Often thought that would be a pretty interesting job.

I studied BA Journalism at RMIT after leaving school, and then later went back to do BA Graphic Design (though I didn&#39;t finish it - I did two and a half years, and then quit in the last semester to go and work as a journalist. Shame I didn&#39;t get the bit of paper... but I still learned 2.5 years worth of stuff..&#33;)

Personally, I&#39;m into movies, exposing big companies doing the wrong thing, seeing friends for dinner and working extraordinarily long hours in order to meet copy deadlines. :-)

Thanks to decryption and disko for setting up AppleTalk Australia - it&#39;s just what we need, as there&#39;s no other central place for Mac users in Oz. (I slipped a mention of it into the upcoming April issue of MacWorld, so hopefully that will attract a few more new users too.)

LCGuy
20th February 2004, 04:04 PM
Welcome&#33; Nice to finally see someone here from MacWorld AU&#33; :D

cmetom
20th February 2004, 08:02 PM
Originally posted by danwarne@Feb 20 2004, 02:18 PM
Personally, I&#39;m into movies, exposing big companies doing the wrong thing, seeing friends for dinner and working extraordinarily long hours in order to meet copy deadlines. :-)
all good traits&#33; hehe welcome. :lol:

kim jong il
27th February 2004, 03:36 PM
Hi, in the real world i am AKA steve treloar, I&#39;m 38 and started off with apple computers in 1980 working as a trades assistant (from memory Apple II+ 16K RAM 8K ROM (OS and UI&#33;) &#036;1100) RAM upgrades &#036;14.50/2K. These puppies failed a LOT. My macs? imac 350 (&#036;400 in 2003), DV 400 (&#036;320 in 2003) and a powercenter 604/180 (&#036;800 in 2000?). The SCSI BUS on the old LC 475 died (&#036;2345 in 1993) and is now utilised as a large footprint stand for one of the imacs (this is OK as my desk is 2.5m*.8m). Uh, and I&#39;ve got an old Mac plus 2.5MB kicking around (&#036;2500 in 1988 from memory). The other imac is supported by an LC (in working condition but never utilised). These provide the perfect viewing angle for my imacs at my desk

I am tertiary educated (applied science: environmental management with double science major-earth science/biology). In spite of being a high achiever I work a well paid menial job. Security and remuneration seems to have won out over interesting and fulfilling. Other factors were involved in this which make things very AWKWARD for me. <_<

I can&#39;t really complain however. Life is good, I have cheap good adsl (swiftel 512/128), my macs, a ridgeback (she&#39;s an old dear) and a job :D

PS if anyone wants to sign up for adsl with swiftel you are more than welcome to use my number as a referer (word?) referee? whatever........ Hint hint :D Actually, I INSIST. just pm me.

cheers, kim

Disko
27th February 2004, 04:47 PM
Welcome, kim - cheers for sharing. :)

mhollis
27th February 2004, 11:57 PM
Hello, my name is Mark and I work as an engineer/editor for a little-known network in the USA called NBC. I work in the news division and am a news hound, collecting scraps and bits of it as much as possible. I&#39;m an avid history reader and have lived through enough of it to know that it&#39;s always different in experience than it is in hindsight.

My first computer was an Obourne Exec and I still know most of the WordStar commands. I moved from that to an IBM pee cee that a friend of mine bought with me. He worked for IBM and we got a discount.

I stuck with pee cees until 1996 when an installation of Microsoft Windoze 95 blew out all of the data on two 512M hard drives. Thankfully, I had a tape backup. I decided right then that if Microsoft was going to do that with their operating system, I didn&#39;t need it. I purchased a Mac clone (a Power Computing 180MHz mini-tower) and was quite enamored of the simplicity in the Apple OS.

After a previous girlfriend stole my Power Tower when she moved out (I got home to a mostly stripped apartment after working all day), I purchased a 400MHz G4 Sawtooth in December, 1999. I have had it ever since, upgrading to OS X 10.1 through 10.3. I have upgraded it to run at 1GHz and it presently has none of its original hard disks.

I haven&#39;t finished any of my own personal video productions -- I have a great one on Carnival in Panama on tape -- because I seem to work all of the time. I know a thing or two about Final Cut Pro, the Avid and am learning the Avid DS. I suppose I&#39;m the other American in this group.

I gather this group tends to know more about hardware and hardware mods than most of the groups out there. I am very active in the OS X FAQ forum (http://forums.osxfaq.com/index.php), which was originated in the UK, which is very helpful with software issues.

I frequently run across really useful shareware and always pay for it when I decide to use it.

Cheers&#33;

DeKa
28th February 2004, 08:48 PM
Hello I&#39;m new here - thought I&#39;d post in this thread and say hi. I saw a link to this site in the little message belonging to "comet" on Whirlpool.

I&#39;m Derek. I live in Sydney and switched to a 17" iMac about 18 months ago after seeing the 17" iMac in a shop window (I know, how cliche&#33;). Not long after that I bought an iPod, and I&#39;m now onto my second iPod (a 20gb 3rd generation one).

I also love French cars - I drive a Peugeot 306 and moderate the Australian French car Froggy Forum at http://www.aussiefrogs.com

I&#39;m sure you&#39;ll see me here a bit though&#33;
Derek :D

kim jong il
29th February 2004, 03:10 PM
Originally posted by mhollis@Feb 27 2004, 11:57 PM
Hello, my name is Mark and I work as an engineer/editor for a little-known network in the USA called NBC. I work in the news division and am a news hound, collecting scraps and bits of it as much as possible. I&#39;m an avid history reader and have lived through enough of it to know that it&#39;s always different in experience than it is in hindsight.

snipped for brevity

I gather this group tends to know more about hardware and hardware mods than most of the groups out there. I am very active in the OS X FAQ forum (http://forums.osxfaq.com/index.php), which was originated in the UK, which is very helpful with software issues.

I frequently run across really useful shareware and always pay for it when I decide to use it.

Cheers&#33;
Hi, I never would have thought &#39;us&#39; knowlegable about hardware, but did give it some thought. My conclusion is: I suspect this is a manifestation of resoucefulness brought about by a combination of factors. Mainly this I believe. Apple and their pricing policy as it pertains to the australian market combined with the terrible performance of the aussie dollar vs the greenback in recent years have resulted in extremely high technology prices. As a result of this I believe we are more likely to persist with things problematic and upgrade older machines to extend their useful life where you may be inclined to purchase new.
The prevailing mac culture in australia is one of helpfulness so often we have peer support with problems that you may not get at home? I don&#39;t know about this one. (on this we seem different to PC owners, some of whom revel in others problems)

OK, OK we have been known to revel in the miseries of the PC owner too, but hey, If you purchase a PC voluntarily you probably need guidance :lol:

cheers, kim

thebag
4th March 2004, 06:35 PM
Hi,

I thought it was about time I got in on this.

My Name is Mark and I&#39;m a 38y/o Interstate Train Driver from Sydney(Hawkesbury District actually).

Married, 2 kids and an obnoxious cat.

I started with computers back with the Sharp MZ700 and MZ800, then migrated to a 286. I then got a whizbang(ha&#33;) 486 DX2 66.

When this thing carked it (which wasn&#39;t long) my wonderful wife introduced me to an LC630 that she bought cheap from UWS Richmond Campus(she worked in IT there), and I haven&#39;t looked back since. The next step was a 7200/90(my 3 1/2 y/o daughter has that now) then the Blue Dalmation iMac. Lastly I bought the 7600/132 so that I could have a tinker with upgrades(it&#39;s had three speed bumps, new HDD and the latest is the PCI MacRadeon 7000).

I hope soon to upgrade my monitor(still using the 15" Multiscan that came with the LC630), and then I would like to look at getting a G4.

So thats me, except for the fact we are currently planning a seachange that involves quitting work(sick of shiftwork) and moving to the Snowy region of NSW( small town pop. 250)

Regards Mark & Family

PeterPE
11th March 2004, 09:48 AM
Am retired and enjoying a seventh decade. 42 years of shiftwork running the heavy generating equipment that answers your call whenever you flick a light switch or start your PowerMac. A lot of shiftwork and none the worse for wear. It was as a result of always moving to the latest and greatest power station as a senior operator, that we ended up retiring in Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley. Retirement really is as good as it is claimed to be.

Started in computing by building my own kit SC/MP system and soon realised programming was not for this dude&#33; 2x Radio Shack TRS-80s, an Apple ][e+, a Commodore 64, and I was ready for something superior. Bought my first Mac in 1984, the Mac128k. Had a lot of Macs since. Got fed up with Apple in 1995/6 when it was so badly managed and products were so expensive and inferior, and started a flirtation with the dark side that persists to this day. Returned to Macs in 2000. Now, I&#39;m surrounded by my Macs and PCs at home, all networked and doing frivolous service to SETIatHome&#39;s work units. However, it is the Macs which I work with while the PCs just burn electricity to keep my fellow energy industry workmates in a job. I luvs me Macs and spend eight hours seven days a week on the Dual 1GHz PM, with MacOS10.3.2, of course. I&#39;m saving my meagre pennies for a multi-CPU G5 (or will it be a G6?) running at better than 3GHz.

I must be a bit of a collector of software. I have all the latest stuff for the Mac for graphical work, dabbling in music, movies, &c. I have it all but have mastered none of it and there is not enough time in the day to do so.

One of the most important things in life is staying healthy. An hour of brisk walking every day and a sensible diet ensures my fitness is maintained. I just knew you&#39;d love to know that little snippet.

I have tried earnestly to have several of my PC owning friends try a Mac when they are next thinking of throwing some money at a new computer. My evangelical efforts have been so intensive that I appear to have become just too bloody obnoxious and have been warned off. It seems you need a pretty thick skin (or a thick head?) to reject the superiority of the Mac in favour of the disadvantages of the PC.

I will probably have to top myself if I&#39;m suddenly prevented from using my Macs. The PCs? Good for games but no great loss if I never used one again.

pipsqeek
11th March 2004, 03:37 PM
Yeah,

PC&#39;s are just glorified XBOX&#39;s

:D

But they do a good job of running linux...remember, its not the machine, its the software running it.

Steve

Rex
16th March 2004, 07:17 AM
Howdy folks

I&#39;ll keep it short, I&#39;m verbose enough in my day job so I will spare you that .....

Real name Adam alias Rex, 38 (39 waaaaay too soon) work in the CBD in a beautiful renovated wool store pier poking out into the harbour, live at Mount Colah (near Hornsby on the upper Nth Shore) about a 45 min commute away. Have been a Mac owner since whenever I bought my first PC. First box was one of the ummmm, &#39;legendary&#39; LC475 pizza boxes, bought that back in the &#39;good old days&#39;.... when Hardly Normal sold Macs..... since then have owned a 7220/200 (which I only recently sold for &#036;200, hows that for holding value&#33;), &#39;Lombard&#39; powerbook, clamshell graphite SE iBook & now my baby, 15" 1Ghz iMac, strangely I am presently looking for a 2nd hand Key Lime clamshell. Love my Macs warts & all. I am a staff journo working with Murdoch Magazines, http://www.mm.com.au/ the place is 75% windoze, sadly I am chained to a one of those most of the day. Anyone that tells you that a 2ghz wintell machine will out-do a 1Ghz Mac in working with even basic graphics is full of shite. Interestingly almost everyone here may work with windoze but Macs are their machine of choice at home. Ok thats all, wont bore you further.

cheers

Rex

Disko
16th March 2004, 08:55 AM
Originally posted by pipsqeek@Mar 11 2004, 04:07 PM
PC&#39;s are just glorified XBOX&#39;s
That&#39;s what the l33t kids will be saying about Macs when Xbox comes out with it&#39;s dual G5 processors in the next revision...


And Rex: I&#39;ve been on the phone to "hardly normal" the other day - aparently my local (marion) can sell mac gear, so it may be worth checking again, if you&#39;re that desperate to shop from them. :D
Welcome to AppleTalk btw. :)

LCGuy
16th March 2004, 10:57 AM
I don&#39;t know why anyone would want to shop at Hardly Normal. Their PCs suck, and most of their stuff is waaaaayyyyyyy overpriced. Back in 1999 one of my mates bought a new Crappard Smell from there. Never again, he says.

Disko
16th March 2004, 11:07 AM
Yeah, before I started working where i do, they used to deal with Harvey Norman.... Since i&#39;ve been buying and selling for the company, they haven&#39;t gotten much business at all.

Rex
16th March 2004, 11:14 AM
No, old Hardley Normal is not my favourite place to shop, my tongue was firmly in my cheek when I typed that.

pipsqeek
16th March 2004, 02:45 PM
Why would you buy a ready made PC for &#036;XXXX.XX dollars when you could make one with twice as good specs for &#036;XXXX.XX /2 dollars.

Those ready built PC&#39;s usually have the cheapest motherboards, gnereic ram etc....

This is why, the majority of the time, PC&#39;s run like crap. The motherboard lets all other peripherals such as RAM, HDD, Video card and whatever is in the PCI slots talk to each other. the chipset makes the difference specifically. Most of these ready made ones come with shonky bottom of the range, onboard everything mobos.

Not that there is anything wrong with onboard everything...ShuttleX PC&#39;s are aswome machines. I nearly became the sole Aust importer for these.

Steve

p.s sorry about the off topic.

FreakMac
30th March 2004, 12:06 AM
Hi everyone,
I&#39;m a newbie to the forums just saying "Hello" I hail from South Coast NSW....and my user name says it all&#33;&#33;
Married with 2.5 children, in sales
Owner of 2.5 Macs since OS 9.0 days...fond memories of Apple IIe&#39;s from my early 80&#39;s school days.
In love with Apple products and Holden V8&#39;s.....God help me&#33;&#33;

Kane

LCGuy
30th March 2004, 07:04 AM
Lol, join the club, FreakMac. Macs rock, and so do Holdens&#33; :D :D :D

stickman67
7th April 2004, 11:06 AM
Howdy, all.

In brief:

David, 36 (for now ...), married, two children, vasectomised. :blink: (Too much information?)

Book editor and designer for fourteen years, now studying for a Grad Dip Ed at University of New England to teach English and history.

My Mac is a B&W G3 350 (rev. 1) with G4/500 CPU upgrade and additional 40 GB internal hard drive. OS X 10.3.3. Runs like a dream&#33;

My Mac "life path" was a Mac Plus (1989-90), then IIcx, then B&W G3, though I&#39;ve also used an SE II, a IIfx and a Centris 660AV at work.

Love Macs, can&#39;t live without &#39;em.

Also a senior moderator at a US Mac forum website (also based on IPB), but figure I might find a bit of time to check you guys out and spread my love around&#33;

Look forward to spending some time with you all. :D

Disko
7th April 2004, 11:10 AM
Hey stickman - welcome to our site, and thanks for signing up. :)

edit: You are our 250th member, btw.

stickman67
7th April 2004, 11:26 AM
Wow&#33; I&#39;ve never been a milestone before&#33; Usually a millstone -- ask my wife ... :lol:

Disko
7th April 2004, 11:35 AM
Condobolin, NSW eh?

Tell me - did you come second place in Australia&#39;s second worst ever reality TV series? :P

stickman67
7th April 2004, 11:55 AM
Not guilty&#33;

But my son has played with his son at a mother&#39;s group meeting. :rolleyes:

And if I had a dollar for every time ... Even a telemarketing call-centre operator from Tasmania asked me one day if I knew Shannon&#33; :lol:

Disko
7th April 2004, 12:01 PM
Heh. you know what? No one has ever asked me if i know Guy Sebastian. :P

stickman67
7th April 2004, 12:05 PM
Consider yourself lucky&#33; :lol:

pipsqeek
7th April 2004, 07:24 PM
Hey disko, Do you know Guy Sabastian?

Steve

LCGuy
7th April 2004, 10:50 PM
LOL, classic.

Oh, and btw, Disko, do you know Guy Sebastian? :ph34r: :P

soulman
8th April 2004, 12:12 AM
Hey all,

Got my 1st Mac in &#39;95 - an LC. I have a few geeks in the family & they all told me to go for a windows box but my business partner had a PowerBook which he liked and the LC came up second hand, so we got it. We&#39;ve had a few since then and when I got seriously stuck into AppleScript - "Oh, I can make it do that&#33;" - I started to push the upgrade thing perhaps a bit more than was strictly neccessary for business purposes.

We have a G4/400AGP & a DP1.25MDD now and I have a B&W350 at home. I use them all more than I ought to, mainly the DP. I&#39;ve automated everything I can for work and have a fairly comprehensive contact management system that uses Palm Desktop & AppleWorks driven by AS.

I do solar power systems (http://www.sunreal.com.au) for a living, play music for fun & profit and live on a rural property in NE Victoria with what my daughter describes as the Psycho Cat From Hell. I dabble in genetic engineering (you can do nearly anything with AS) and am currently working on the A4 Attack Butterfly. B)

Disko
8th April 2004, 12:51 AM
Who says i&#39;m not Guy Sebastion eh?

btw, Welcome to AppleTalkAU - Soulman. :)

faction
8th April 2004, 01:10 AM
Hi All,

My name is Dave and I am an alcoholic..... No, but seriously I am "pissed" that I have only just found this site.

I come from Margaret River WA, but currently i&#39;m living in Emerald VIC

My mac madness hails from my Mum and Dad who bought their first Apple Macintosh back in 1986 when I was Se7en for my dad&#39;s Architectural firm. While living at home I was raised on Macs with mum subscribing to Aus Macworld and Aus Mac Format for all of my junior years. For a short while I went all Amiga on her and started playing games and dabling in painting and 3D programs (that shit was unheard of back then for 10 year olds). Switched back to Macs for my high school years and have never looked back. Bought my own first mac in first year Uni, the first biege G3 tower 266, my lecturer at uni nick named it Ninga. I have owned a plethora of macs since then, namely powerbooks, but includig most revisions sinc beige went out, B+W G3, imac&#39;s, Dual G4s, and as soon as the new G5 comes out it will be mine) Funilly enough last week I finally paid off the &#036;10,000 dollar Uni loan I took out to buy my first Beige G3.

Currently Sitting on a 17" PB

Line of work. Well I do a lot of shit, after I graduated as a Multimedia student from University in 2000 I started my own little (1 person) company The Faction - www.iinet.net.au~faction (site not updated for 3 years, + domain name is dead).

Things My Company (read ME on my mac) have done since startup include;

*webdesign - mostly for small business etc. its been 2 years since I did a site here is some old shit - mrbg.com.au - myhiddenvalley.com - ningaloochase.com.au
*graphic design - for many companies - including flyer DLs, catalogues, magazines etc
*Filming, 3D + Graphic design for 4WD suspension company "Kinetic" (used on the 2004 Mitsibishi Dakar cars which came 1st)
*Action Sports Filming (on my Canon XL1s)
*Edited two 1 hour movies in FCP.
*3D modelling and rendering for commercial + residential buildings.
*Fashion Design - Designed 5 seasonal clothing ranges (biggest was a 100 piece range)

I think that about covers it. Well lets just say I have done a heap of stuff on my mac.

I am not sure what the future holds for me but I know that there is a silver beast on the desk, a 17" wonder in my backpack and my ipod in my pocket and thats all that matters.

I would like to open an Apple Store in Perth as I truly believe that WA does not have one store that has good service and people that know what they are talking about.

peace out.

the_argon
8th April 2004, 02:22 AM
Originally posted by Disko@Apr 8 2004, 12:21 AM
Who says i&#39;m not Guy Sebastion eh?

btw, Welcome to AppleTalkAU - Soulman. :)
haha, so the truth is out&#33;

PeterPE
8th April 2004, 08:30 AM
G&#39;day Stick,

Welcome to this forum.

I&#39;m also a member of the yankee forum at which you moderate, and I&#39;m known there by another handle. Since a recent outburst of mine there I haven&#39;t been back. I have become very intolerant of a lot of yanks who really do think that this world should continue to owe them a living and it is okay to bleed the world of resources, exploit poor countries and generally be the bully-boy. I get into discussions with some of those yanks and quickly get angry when these people happily show their ignorance (and apathy?) about what Uncle Sam is doing in the world.

I&#39;m extremely thankful for the emergence of Oz forums, forums which seem to attract a more intelligent and more aware membership, your good self among them.

Welcome Stick&#33;

stickman67
8th April 2004, 09:45 AM
Hey, Peter

Well, I&#39;m fool enough to be using the same handle here as I do there (working on the theory that I&#39;ve nothing to hide, but now I wonder if I&#39;m wrong&#33;).

If it&#39;s any consolation, there are a couple of us working away to keep things on a more even keel there. (And I do remember you. ;) )

But I agree with you, it&#39;s great to have an Australian forum like this, and even though I&#39;m not going to abandon my post at the "yankee forum", I&#39;m more than pleased to be able to participate here too. (Good thing I taught myself to touch type all those years ago :P ).

So thanks for the welcome, Peter. I look forward to chatting with you more as time goes by. :D

slowly
9th April 2004, 04:57 PM
Originally posted by Disko@Apr 7 2004, 12:31 PM
Heh. you know what? No one has ever asked me if i know Guy Sebastian. :P
Connections... connections....


I work with a guy who went to school with Guy...

Crambo
9th April 2004, 07:35 PM
Guy Sebastian&#39;s father can be found here (http://members.aol.com/introsai/sai_baba.jpg).

stickman67
10th April 2004, 12:26 PM
Originally posted by Crambo@Apr 9 2004, 07:35 PM
Guy Sebastian&#39;s father can be found here (http://members.aol.com/introsai/sai_baba.jpg).
But why? :lol:

the_OM
26th May 2004, 05:39 PM
Hey All,

My name is Aimon, i&#39;m 21, live in brisbane, and am in the last year of my economics and finance double degree at griffith uni.
I switched in november 2002 (the 22nd to be exact), when i bought an 12&#39;&#39; ibook G3 800, since then i&#39;ve been in love with all things apple.
About a year after the ibook, i bought the 15&#39;&#39; Al powerbook (1ghz) and also have too many perhiperals and extra&#39;s to mention.
Also have a 10gb iPod, and thanks to the link on the front page here, won a 40gb iPod today&#33;
So cheers.

macpimp
5th June 2004, 10:14 PM
weeeeee i just joined after lurking for a while. i&#39;ve been using macs since about 1990. i started using pcs a few years ago, but still kept my apple love. i guess i just like computers because i am a total geek?

mainframe
8th June 2004, 11:11 PM
hello.
im Kieran (sydney,australia)
im an alternative model and take art and individuality to an extrieme.
i adore technology and futurism and incorperate that into my image.
i always have plastic hair extensions of some kind (normally plastic tubing) in silver and blue and black, i only wear black and silver clothes (blue occasionally) i am pierced and tattooed and modified....i generally look as if i belong in the year 5000.
andddd....im a mac boy.
i do digital art and graphic design as well, aannddd i am a gadget whore..if its silvery and technological i will want it.
im into industrial music and im a pretty quiet person.
im gay, but not feminine or girly at all.
i love black and white photography and astrophotography and i want to go to uni and do science and/or design, so im currently looking into that.
hmmmm thats about it really
so theres a little bit about myself :)

Febs
16th June 2004, 11:00 PM
Hi. My name&#39;s Febs, and I&#39;m a Macaholic..

:D

Heh...was directed to this site by Decryption, who I gave a free Panther shirt to a while ago (how&#39;s the shirt going? ;)).

I&#39;ve been a Mac user for the past 16.5 years (since I was 4). Starting out with a Mac 128k (still got it :)), Apple II, then moving onto an LC575, LC630, PowerMac G3, then finally my PowerMac G4 DP500MHz (upgraded with a DVD-R drive, 1.5gb RAM, 64mb Radeon 9000, 200gb HDD space and USB 2.0). It&#39;s a surprisingly capable machine, and runs everything beautifully 3.5 years on.

I rode the Buzzle wave - had a part-time job with the Burwood (Sydney) store from start to finish. It was fantastic, I worked 1.5 days/week, got some great experience, got a very decent wage for my age, and by the time it finished, I had more than enough experience to grab another reseller job. :) I&#39;m still working at a reseller now, but only on weekends. I&#39;m sort of in charge there on weekends. :)

Other things...hmm...I&#39;m also a full-time uni student (3rd year IT at UoW), and I also do IT Support/Network Admin stuff at my old school 2-4 days/week.

Oh yeah, and I&#39;m buying an iPod as soon as the new models are released, and I plan on buying a PowerBook G5 when they&#39;re released (which will be timed nicely with the campus-wide wireless rollout at uni :D).

One last thing...congrats to Decryption and Disko on the site. It looks fantastic.

Cheers,
- Febs.

PS: I also own a small piece of Apple too. :)

Disko
16th June 2004, 11:15 PM
Originally posted by Febs@Jun 16 2004, 10:30 PM
One last thing...congrats to Decryption and Disko on the site. It looks fantastic.
Thanks. We made it for you. :)

But really - the guy you should be thanking for the layout is the_argon - he&#39;s the code monkey who made this design workable. He&#39;s currently being a recluse, making a v3 of appletalk no doubt. :P

decryption
17th June 2004, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by Febs@Jun 16 2004, 11:00 PM
who I gave a free Panther shirt to a while ago (how&#39;s the shirt going? ;)).
It&#39;s going well&#33; Gets a few "WTF APPLE?&#33; OMG LOL&#33;&#33;11" from the kiddies at TAFE :)
If you ever need a favour you think I cna handle, just ask ;)

LCGuy
18th June 2004, 10:27 AM
Originally posted by Febs@Jun 16 2004, 11:00 PM
Hi. My name&#39;s Febs, and I&#39;m a Macaholic..

:D

Heh...was directed to this site by Decryption, who I gave a free Panther shirt to a while ago (how&#39;s the shirt going? ;)).

I&#39;ve been a Mac user for the past 16.5 years (since I was 4). Starting out with a Mac 128k (still got it :)), Apple II, then moving onto an LC575, LC630, PowerMac G3, then finally my PowerMac G4 DP500MHz (upgraded with a DVD-R drive, 1.5gb RAM, 64mb Radeon 9000, 200gb HDD space and USB 2.0). It&#39;s a surprisingly capable machine, and runs everything beautifully 3.5 years on.

I rode the Buzzle wave - had a part-time job with the Burwood (Sydney) store from start to finish. It was fantastic, I worked 1.5 days/week, got some great experience, got a very decent wage for my age, and by the time it finished, I had more than enough experience to grab another reseller job. :) I&#39;m still working at a reseller now, but only on weekends. I&#39;m sort of in charge there on weekends. :)

Other things...hmm...I&#39;m also a full-time uni student (3rd year IT at UoW), and I also do IT Support/Network Admin stuff at my old school 2-4 days/week.

Oh yeah, and I&#39;m buying an iPod as soon as the new models are released, and I plan on buying a PowerBook G5 when they&#39;re released (which will be timed nicely with the campus-wide wireless rollout at uni :D).

One last thing...congrats to Decryption and Disko on the site. It looks fantastic.

Cheers,
- Febs.

PS: I also own a small piece of Apple too. :)
Welcome, Febs&#33; :D

Btw, did you ever go to MacAddict Forums a few years ago? (like back in 2000/2001) Just wondering, because your name sounds kinda familiar...

sillydog701
18th June 2004, 10:36 AM
Hello, I am Antony. I guess I am the only one who does not speak English here.

Well, I am not very experienced with Mac, I got my first Mac last year (2003), but ever since I bought them, I told myself I should have switched to Mac a lot earlier.

Yeah, I run SillyDog701 (http://sillydog.org/), a Mac section (http://mac.sillydog.org/) is coming soon.

A picture of me.
http://ant.sillydog.org/blog/pic/atzoo01.jpg

estoyloco
18th June 2004, 12:02 PM
Pano, from melbourne,

Febs
18th June 2004, 06:33 PM
Originally posted by LCGuy@Jun 18 2004, 10:27 AM
Btw, did you ever go to MacAddict Forums a few years ago? (like back in 2000/2001) Just wondering, because your name sounds kinda familiar...
Yep, that&#39;d be me. :)
I still go there once every few weeks and post occasionally. Nowhere near as much as I used to though...I think my average posts per day is still over 1, despite hardly posting at all for 2 years&#33; :D

Ozi
18th June 2004, 09:48 PM
Hi everyone&#33;

My name is Mark, and I live in Melbourne. I am scarily similar to Febs. :unsure:

I have been using a mac since I was 4 as well, I am 20 on the 5th of July this year. I think I started on a classic, then a LC575 (great computer&#33;) a Performa, an old pBook, then a G3 Lombard pBook, and now my current, awesomly gorgeous pBook. :D

So i have been using a mac all my life. I love them. My father works at Monash Uni and I have been getting his hand-me down work laptops for a while, but just a month ago I splurged and bought my current mac. I must say it is great: I am upstairs in the dark, watching the Saints play the Hawks, and I can easily type with the backlit keyboard. Its great&#33;

I am also waiting for an iPod mini: I was tempted to get one early on from USA, but they were selling second hand on eBay for more than the RRP because of supply problems, and massive demand. So i will wait.

Ok more about me. :P I am currently a Subway Manager, but go back to my B.Sc at the University of Melbourne in August.I cant wait to return to Uni: i am sick of smelling like yeast. :)

I play the &#39;Cello, and weekly attend both Gym and Gymnastics to keep fit, as well as playing indoor soccer every thursday. I am straight, and a Christian. (But im not a right-wing christian&#33; :o) I am also a strong Labor supporter, and a member of "Young Labor."

So thats me&#33; I also post a bit on MacRumors, and its nice to see a few familiar faces, :D

~ozi

Febs
18th June 2004, 10:14 PM
Originally posted by Ozi@Jun 18 2004, 09:48 PM
I am scarily similar to Febs. :unsure:
<snip>
I am also a strong Labor supporter, and a member of "Young Labor."
Ahh...well we&#39;re not that similar.
I&#39;m a member of the Young Libs (though it was mainly a branch-stacking effort, and in fact I think my membership has since lapsed).

:)

Ozi
18th June 2004, 10:44 PM
LMAO branch stacking is a labor tactic&#33; You Libs aren&#39;t allowed to steal it from us&#33; :D

LCGuy
18th June 2004, 11:14 PM
Originally posted by Febs@Jun 18 2004, 06:33 PM
Yep, that&#39;d be me. :)
I still go there once every few weeks and post occasionally. Nowhere near as much as I used to though...I think my average posts per day is still over 1, despite hardly posting at all for 2 years&#33; :D
Awesome. You remember maclover5, from the MAF? Well, thats me. :D

Febs
18th June 2004, 11:43 PM
Originally posted by LCGuy@Jun 18 2004, 11:14 PM
You remember maclover5, from the MAF? Well, thats me. :D
Indeed I do&#33;
Good to see you again mate. :)

Currawong
19th June 2004, 08:42 AM
Would I be guessing right this is the Febs I know?

Febs
19th June 2004, 09:31 AM
Originally posted by Currawong@Jun 19 2004, 08:42 AM
Would I be guessing right this is the Febs I know?
Yep, the same one who started on #macintosh about 7-8 years ago (sheesh..have I been using IRC for that long??)

Edit: #macintosh, not #apple. Too early in the morning. :D

123
20th June 2004, 08:37 PM
hi, my name is, umm, i forget.
i&#39;m a queenslander, that is all.

eni
20th June 2004, 10:18 PM
The name&#39;s Mark and I&#39;m from Sydney.

My original mac was a lc575 (great little thing..ok, not so little), which was upgrade from my Amiga2000 (AWESOME machine that, still works perfectly and I still use it). After my 575 I went to a 6400/200 (&#39;video editing edition&#39; - gimmicky but cool&#33;), and then went to PC. Now I&#39;m back with mac and in style - new powerbook 1.5 15" BTO with 128 vram and the faster (not fast :P) HD. Love it, beautiful thing. All I use now.

Oh yeah, I&#39;m (only?) 18 and doing a b comp science thing at uni. Kind of boring but kind of easy, so yeah. Keep my mind occupied for a few years.

Cam
20th June 2004, 11:44 PM
Hi,

My name&#39;s Cam.. short for Cameron but I hate that name with passion.. Just Cam..

Anyway,

Im 18, and work as a Network Manager at Aberfoyle Park High School.. (been doing this for a year, and IT support for half a year). I administrate a Novell network with Mac integration.. Very interesting stuff.. unfortunately ive just started in the mac world..

Im a new mac user.. Unix brings me to the mac ;) OS X is beautiful.. anyway..

Thats me.

Disko
21st June 2004, 01:39 AM
123, eni, and Cam - welcome. Thanks for joining - I look forward to reading your posts in future. :)

nestrazium
25th June 2004, 11:19 AM
Hi, I&#39;m Jarrod. or nestrazium on ocau (not that i post much... i lurk&#33;)
i&#39;m doing the diploma of technology (computing) at Holmesglen TAFE, with the sole purpose of getting in to Monash University. i was studying science at monash. but decided i was actually a computer geek at heart, so that where i&#39;m heading.
i&#39;m still very much involved with monash. i&#39;m on the C&S Executive (governing body of the student clubs - we give them money...sometimes. lol) and many of the clubs themselves, and frequent the clayton campus to visit when ever time permits.
i like fantasy/science fiction stuff, but are not the geek of the steriotype that some are.
anyway that enough dribble about me, i thinks.

i don&#39;t actually own a mac just want/thinking about it.

yes i know i&#39;m evil. even considering a pc notebook.
i&#39;m pretty sure i&#39;m going to come to my senses that get the ibook 14".

.soon to be macaholic.

Jimzip
25th June 2004, 01:39 PM
Hey everyone&#33;

So, my real name is James, but on the web, I&#39;m Jimzip, & you&#39;ve probably seen me around if you frequent places like CGTalk, AppleInsider, Spymac, or many other various forums.

I&#39;m 20, and my Apple experience is a little like some of you others here.
I started using Mac&#39;s when I was about 4, and that was on my family&#39;s beloved AppleIIe. Ah, great machine. Especially with the joystick&#33; We moved from the AppleIIe to an Apple LC575, which I just started up for my 4 year old brother in his bedroom down the hall not 2 minutes ago. Just shows that this stuff was built to last. :D

In &#39;97, I moved to a different school, Wesley College, and with the new school came the stupid rule that year 7&#39;s had to have laptops. Unfortunately Wesley&#39;s idea of a good laptop was an NEC Versa. More problems than it was worth let me say that right now.
I was at Wesley from the start of year 7 (1997) until the end of year 9 (1999) where I decided it wasn&#39;t for me, and moved back to Scotch College (no hissing please).
After moving back to Scotch, I decided that I&#39;d leave everyone else in their Windows world, having very much had enough of it myself, and bought a clamshell 400MHz iBook. This was my pride and joy. OS 9 was a dream compared to Windows 98, and the iBook was my first laptop.
At the end of year 11, I sold my iBook, and bought a floor-model Powerbook G4, 15".
This was the beginning of another great period of computing for me. The powerbook was a dream to use, and the envy of so many people in my year. ( I loved pulling it out of it&#39;s case during art class and having the Apple on the back light up upon booting. The art classroom was set up in a horse-shoe style seating arrangement, and everyone faced inwards. Although people constantly gave me sh*t about having a Mac, and told me how crap they were, I could tell they looked at it with envy.. Haha, it was a really beautiful machine.
I switched one guy in my class simply by letting him look at OS X.. (I&#39;ve since switched 2 more in my animation class at uni. lol)

I&#39;m currently studying animation at I.D.E.A in Elizabeth St Melbourne. I now own a 1GHz iBook G4, and a PowerMac G4, which is being sold, making way for a 2GHz G5 next week. :lol:
I use my computers to their limit in terms of processing power so the G5 should be a dream.
I&#39;m hoping to get a call soon also regarding a job interview at Next Byte in the city.. Here&#39;s hoping, I&#39;d love to work there.

Regards, and sorry &#39;bout the spiel&#33;

Jimzip :D

DMaxx
25th June 2004, 05:28 PM
Hey all,

I been lurking round AT for about 2 months or so now, but now i finally have decided to tell you all about me...

My name is Drew or Mak or straight up online DMaxx. I am at RMIT in Melbourne studying a double in App Sci (Comp Sci) / Communications Engineering, a five year monster that i am two years into.
I have always been a PC man until recently when after some serious UNIX exposure at uni and exposure to the machine that is mac i decided to make the dive into the great world of mac. Helped along with a scholarship from uni, i bought my first mac, a 12" powerbook AL about 4 weeks ago now... and i am totally in love.

Ne way, i am originally from Hobart but moved here to Melbs to go to uni and sorta just get out there. I love Tassie to bits, in fact i am heading home for 2 weeks tomorrow to booze it up and catch up with the family. But for me, Melbourne has more oppurtunity and heaps of fun to be had. I live with 2 girls... both of whom are completely computer illterate, but both of totally love the PB, infact the student of the pair is considering getting one of her own now.

I work casually at Capt&#39;n Snooze of all places... it pays really well and is a great place to go to work when you are hungover as you can lay down all you like&#33;&#33;&#33; I have also been known to lurk around some of the bars of Melbourne workin too, i have done stints at the geebung hawthorn, as well as pugg mahones in the city. but at the moment i am far too busy with uni (7 subjects second semester) to thingk too much about work.

But anyway, thats enough outta me
Cheers
DMaxx

kim jong il
26th June 2004, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by Cam@Jun 20 2004, 11:44 PM
Hi,

My name&#39;s Cam.. short for Cameron but I hate that name with passion.. Just Cam..

Anyway,

Snipped

Im a new mac user.. Unix brings me to the mac ;) OS X is beautiful.. anyway..

Thats me.
Hi Cam, I&#39;m prompted to reply for a couple of reasons. I used to hate my middle name with a passion. Kids at school would give me shit and as I was fairly thin skinned this caused me much grief. In my case the middle name is a familly name with over 300 years of history (that I know of). If anyone cares to ask these days it is something that I wear with pride. I&#39;ll happily tell them it&#39;s a familly name that I am proud of. It gives me a connection with my ancestors.

Back to the topic of macs.........

People hang shit on that which they can&#39;t understand, does not conform....... whatever. It gives them a twisted sense of security.

Not once have I ever encountered a person who failed to be impressed by the functionallity of a mac when it was demonstrated to them (both OS 9.x or now OS 10.x.x.). But being sheep they find it hard to break away from the flock.........

Welcome to the world of intelligent individuals.

cheers, kim

LCGuy
26th June 2004, 10:39 PM
I hate stupid school kids, too. Mainly because of the fact that the only Macs a lot of them have experience with were beaten up, unmaintained, rough as guts pieces of crap. Schools really need to look after Macs a lot better. I reckon i&#39;d hate Macs too, if the only Macs i had ever used were beaten up pieces of crap. On the other hand, however, the first Mac i ever used was a brand spanking new LCII back in 1993, which i thoroughly enjoyed, and thats was the reason we got the LCIII, and the main reason i became a Mac user. The PC paled in comparison. Even though at that stage i had never used a PC, they just looked boring, complex, and crappy to me. Of course, it seems that 11 years ago I made a very good decision. :) I remember when Dad was trying to get a PC, he told me about this "Windows" thing that makes a PC work like a Mac. But i still didn&#39;t think it would be the same as a real Mac. Of course, it isn&#39;t. :P

matrixgeek
5th July 2004, 09:06 PM
Think I should add my 5c worth...

I&#39;m Mat, aka matrixgeek. I am 28 and live in Hobart. I have been around computers since I got a C-64 for xmas in 83 or 84. Was never much of a hacker or geek but I loved to play games. Moved to an Amiga and then onto consoles as all I did was game and didn&#39;t have much use for a computer. My job now requires me to have one for email, etc so having been around both wintel and Mac I chose an iBook G4, much to my wonderful partner&#39;s chargrin (she is still saving for her iBook&#33;) and I have turned into a computer geek again. I have I believe the best job in the world - I manage a store for EB Games, so I get to be around my passion all day&#33; I own a PS2, Xbox and &#39;Cube, and various legacy game systems (Dreamcast, SNES, Megadrive,etc) and love a good game as much as I hate another money driven rush-job of a sequal(Driv3r, anyone???.) I also play Basketball and Golf, love movies and dinner with friends, and used to DJ. Anyone who wants to talk gaming with a total geek who works in the industry please get in touch&#33;
Love the site, and hope to contribute to it&#39;s growth (will tell all the macaholics I know about it...)
Take the Red Pill,
Mat

Phillip
5th July 2004, 10:40 PM
time for me to add mine.

i am Phillip and i am 15. i am year 9 at school.

my first experience with macs was back in 95 when i used macs at primary school in prep. it was kinda cool at the time, i remember playing games like sim city 2000 on it. after that i kinda hated macs, because i was introduced to a pc with win 98 and that kick systems 6 butt.

from that time on, i hated macs and wondered why people still used them and why apple didn&#39;t die sooner. lucky i was blind at the time :P

i was introduced to the mac again, when my cousin gave me a brochure of the new imac. i was most excited by the new os which look cool to me. so in 2003 i finally got a mac - the imac 15". happy with it ever since. i look forward to getting more macs (powerbook g5?) in the future. i also want a cube...

at my school of the 1800 people, i know none 2 people who use macs. maybe i just don&#39;t know nuff people. most kids hate macs. and for a good reason - the macs we have in the arts wing are imacs from 98 with 128 mb ram and jagwire runs crap on it. we got new emacs and people still hated them. but the good thing is now, the ipod is a product that everyone likes :) and its from apple. so i guess more people will notice apple the brand.

a side from being interested in macs and technology at general i am a road geek. a road geek is a person whos into roads, road signs, route shields reading and drawing maps and stuff like that. its weird guess, but i like it and i am part of about 50 australians on an online group that share the same interest.

thanks guys for the site,
Phillip

purana
6th July 2004, 12:08 PM
Hi,

Its taken me a while, but I thought I should contribute to this thread... now to see if I can spread out my background in computers and what not.

My name is Michael. I live in Macarthur region (its about 60km southwest of Sydney) have lived around this region pretty much the last 24 or more years. I was born in Queensland, so don&#39;t be surprised to hear me say I like Brisbane Broncos or QLD in origin games.

I am 28 years old. Soon to be 29.

My first computer was a Commodore 64 (when I was about 9 I think), then I got an Amiga 500. Then I managed to move onto clone computers, my first was Intel 386DX40 which then led me to be interested in communications. I got a modem and then began to call BBS&#39;s and within no time at all I started my own BBS. Did this for a number of years, and each time upgrading stuff (mainly to bigger drives for space) Over time I met more people etc and the board changed and grew. Then the internet age came about and thus I got into that, and also began tinkering with Unix shells etc.

I eventually left school in Year 12, and then went into the work force. After a year or so of looking I finally got a job with Fairfax Publications as an operator. Worked as a operator for a number of years, during which time I got interested in Linux. By this time the BBS a friend and I had ran for a few years closed down for good. Linux was something I enjoyed, I learnt heaps. Eventually I had an old machine in the corner doing ip-masquerading (whichs is now know as NAT, but initially it was called ip-masq on linux 2.0.28 kernel days). Eventually I moved onto a permanent modem connection with Telstra Direct, which had 64 ip subnet. It was around this time I registered a few domains and hosted them on this link. This enabled me to learn lots about unix administration. I learnt about apache, qmail, sendmail etc. It was great. I then went on to do some contract work for various places, who wished to have a similar setup. A friend I knew from my BBS days went to McDonald College (same school Niki Webster went too) and thus I ended up installing a few linux boxes into the school handling the mail/web etc. We also had squid proxy server with filtering on so the kids didn&#39;t look at porn. This all got tested big time when the school got press from Niki Webster being in the opening of the games, and eventually they hired a full time unix admin. I would of loved to do it, but hey I had a full time job and was moving up in the world as they say.

Eventually I moved around in Fairfax by this time I wanted to get into Level 2 support role/administration. Got a position in the Novell/NT Admin group. Did this for a number of years. Then got fed up with management and lack of time to do certifications, so I left. Got a Unix Administration job with a webhosting firm. Eventually got made redundant due to down sizing. I then got a job at NCR doing 2nd Level Hardware/Software support. Mostly Unix systems and Unix applications. Have been doing this for about 3-4 years. Although I have since taken up a new position I will start in a months time. Once again Unix Level 2 type role. So looking forward to another change...

I had exposure to Mac&#39;s while at Fairfax, but never really liked the OS 9 or lower. But while I was at NCR (just last year, we had to get Apple certified as we were getting the DET service contract) and thus I feel in love with OSX and when a good price came up for a powerbook 2 weeks ago, I bought one.

Thats about it..

pipsqeek
6th July 2004, 12:56 PM
Originally posted by matrixgeek@Jul 5 2004, 09:06 PM
Think I should add my 5c worth...

I&#39;m Mat, aka matrixgeek. I am 28 and live in Hobart. I have been around computers since I got a C-64 for xmas in 83 or 84. Was never much of a hacker or geek but I loved to play games. Moved to an Amiga and then onto consoles as all I did was game and didn&#39;t have much use for a computer. My job now requires me to have one for email, etc so having been around both wintel and Mac I chose an iBook G4, much to my wonderful partner&#39;s chargrin (she is still saving for her iBook&#33;) and I have turned into a computer geek again. I have I believe the best job in the world - I manage a store for EB Games, so I get to be around my passion all day&#33; I own a PS2, Xbox and &#39;Cube, and various legacy game systems (Dreamcast, SNES, Megadrive,etc) and love a good game as much as I hate another money driven rush-job of a sequal(Driv3r, anyone???.) I also play Basketball and Golf, love movies and dinner with friends, and used to DJ. Anyone who wants to talk gaming with a total geek who works in the industry please get in touch&#33;
Love the site, and hope to contribute to it&#39;s growth (will tell all the macaholics I know about it...)
Take the Red Pill,
Mat
I use to be an ultimate gamer, many many years ago.

Having lived in the US for some time of my life, I had the opportunity to play on consoles like the NeoGeo&#39;s, the NEC TurboGrfx 16. The later being my all time favorite machine.

Just thought I&#39;d mention it. your love for gaming reminded me of my youth.

Welcome to AppleTalk.

Steve

matrixgeek
6th July 2004, 09:25 PM
Hi Steve.
Dunno about the ultimate bit, I am just lucky enough to do it for a living. And I envy your use of the TBOGFX and Neo-Geo. Am trying to buy a PC Engine (Tbogfx) atm...
Get back into games, the next 12 months look great...
Mat

Daz34
7th July 2004, 10:07 PM
Hi,
I&#39;m 34, married,2 kids.
My computing experience (or lack of) runs like this...
1. Nintendo game and watch???
2. Atari 2600
3. Amiga 500
4. Super Nintendo etc.
5. PS 2
6. Packard Bell with Windows Millenium edition
7. Apple iBook G4 933Mhz
...dreaming about the new iMacs that are coming out soon...
I am starting Cert 3 in Network Admin at TAFE in a couple of weeks.
I&#39;m studying to get back into the workforce after raising my kids for the last few years.
The more I use my iBook the more I like macs&#33;&#33;&#33;
iMac will probably definitely be the next desktop we get.
My wife is a C.T.O. for TAFE and a couple of schools, and most of her time is spent,
"stuffing " with pc&#39;s.
hehehe

lunchbill
8th July 2004, 04:47 PM
Ooops...sorry I didn&#39;t see this thread the first few times I was here. Hello everyone. I hope this isn&#39;t an "oz only" site, because I&#39;m about as far from Australia as you can get without a rocket: Toronto, Canada.

I&#39;m by no means an aficionado, though I do love Macs. Running a blue G3 right now (with dsl), the latest in a long line of Apples. I&#39;m a freelance writer, so I use the computer mainly for that.

Thanks again to those who answered a few questions I posted earlier.

:)

Shaun

the_argon
8th July 2004, 05:59 PM
Wow&#33; we really do have a broad selection here, it&#39;s great :D

Good to see a few international peeps too&#33; :)

mandala
10th July 2004, 10:11 PM
Hi all

I live in Fremantle WA. I used Macs since 1986. I am in the process of moving from a 1.25 Dual G4 with 1.75 Gigs to a 15" PowerBook with superdrive and 1Gig.

I do graphic/visual art and sound editing. I live in the Dharmapala Buddhist centre
(pic here: www.meditationinperth.org/pages/about.htm) with 12 others and am about to be the admin for Airport Extreme wireless network in the centre which I haven&#39;t done before so you might get a few questions from me.

There is a great Mac user group in WA called WAMUG, take a look especially at the mailing list where there is lots of very knowledgable Mac people: www.wamug.org.au

This is a wonderful site I am so pleased I found it.

Thanks and Best wishes
mandala

Disko
10th July 2004, 10:20 PM
Great to have you on board mandala. Thanks for dropping in - perhaps this site could be helpful for members of WAMUG?

Marina
11th July 2004, 07:40 AM
Hello :)

Something about myself... I just surfed in after searching for informations about... don&#39;t remember the search term, but it had to do with a problem and my lovely iBook. I love it really about two years and since the day before yesterday it got a big brother - my new powerbook - and its fantastic :wub:

What can I tell, nothing special to register here, although I like Australia very much, have been here about ten years ago, and... I think there should be no reason not to say hello out of Germany ;)

Marina

Hobart
11th July 2004, 09:58 AM
hey everybody
im 15 and live in birmingham michigan. no i dont live in australia but i love macs though i dont have one yet :( i first met computers when i was 4 in about &#39;93 at my grandpas house he had 3 comupters and wanted to get rid of one (all IBMs) so he gave his oldest one to us (it used the 5" floppy dics, just so you get an idea) we threw that in the corner of my room then later we threw that out. later in &#39;96 my uncle lent us a laptop after christmas that year for about 3 years. then in &#39;98 we got a POS compaq and we used that till 2002 when the motherboard was fried and then we got a up-to-date yet low quality custom pc. a year later i finally got my laptop but i made the wrong choice and got a dell so here i am today.
i didnt see this thread till now or i would have done this sooner :P

Lucas
11th July 2004, 11:52 AM
Hey guys/girls, well I a fairly new convert to the mac and I am loving it. I run an internet cafe in Brisbane and the mac is just my joy. I don&#39;t have to worry about connecting it to the pc network for fear of viruses. I went mac with the G4 Ibook rev1 although nearly went with a sony viao that cost 3 times as much and did only the same stuff.
I think this site is great because Apple isn&#39;t on the tips of most Australians minds when buying a computer (IMO). This site can help change that. :) A little about myself - I am 20, enjoy tech, movies and not much else; I work about 80 hours a week so I don&#39;t do much else. I love having a net cafe and should be opening another one soon.
One thing Ive noticed is since I got my ibook and ipod I want others to have apples, Ive never had this feeling with my toshiba laptops before or even my pocket pc.

pipsqeek
12th July 2004, 11:28 AM
That&#39;s what its all about (amoung other things).

Good karma, warm fuzzies&#33; hah

and spreading the joy&#33;


Steve

_xfire
15th July 2004, 11:24 PM
um.. i joined a while ago and i&#39;ve made a few posts without introducing myself.. how rude of me&#33;
i bought my ibook 800MHz G4 two days before christmas last year (i couldn&#39;t wait) and i&#39;m so happy with it.
i&#39;m 22, i live in melbourne and i&#39;m an aspiring writer (in other words i pay my bills by working as a cashier until i hit the bigtime).
my first experience with macs was with the apple IIe, they were so much fun&#33; logowriter&#33;
and then i&#39;m not sure what models they were but when the first round of &#39;apples for the children&#39; with coles promotion was on maybe it was early 90&#39;s, we got a whole heap of new macs and i was lucky enough to have my desk right next to the one in my classroom&#33;
then i had to put up with shitty PCs all through highschool and i&#39;ve only just personally switched over to the good side and even though i do run virtual pc (i hate to say, but its for good reason) on my mac, i will never go back to PCs again, macs are too good.
so that&#39;s me. hi.

MamaMoose
21st July 2004, 03:27 PM
G&#39;day all. I am MamaMoose one of the cofounders of techsurvivors.net. RHPConsult has recommended that we take a look at your site and I am delighted to be here. I look forward to visiting your site and you are certainly welcome to visit ours. We are worldwide group of folks who have an interest in helping each other solve Mac hardware and software problems (Mac problems? What Mac problems? :lol: )

I am a physicist/EE who uses the Mac to solve large mathematical physics and EE problems. Also am a dedicated Macer (sp?).

By the way I am a he not a she&#33;&#33; B)

MamaMoose
http://www.techsurvivors.net

Disko
21st July 2004, 03:31 PM
Funny name for a bloke. :lol:

Welcome to AppleTalk - glad to see you sign up. I merged your thread into this &#39;welcome tell us a little about yourself" thread in General discussion.

baggss
26th July 2004, 03:26 PM
Hi, I&#39;m baggss. I&#39;m new here but am a regular HERE (http://www.ipodlounge.com/forums), HERE (http://www.ionmac.com), and HERE (http://www.macosx.com/forums/index.php). I&#39;m not an Aussie, but I&#39;ve been to your country several times. Perth/Freemantle (x2), Hobart (x2) and Brisbane (x1). Lovely place, lots of attractive women and GREAT beer&#33; B)

EDIT: The first linked site is down but should be up in a day or two....

sillydog701
26th July 2004, 04:22 PM
Welcome to AppleTalk AU,


Originally posted by baggss@Jul 26 2004, 03:26 PM
I&#39;m not an Aussie, but I&#39;ve been to your country several times. Perth/Freemantle (x2), Hobart (x2) and Brisbane (x1).
Would you plan New Zealand for your next trip?

plunkotica
6th August 2004, 04:24 AM
Hey everyone, plunkotica here&#33; first post time&#33; yay

I own two pc&#39;s, a regular WinXP machine and a G4 Mac. love them both. But the mac certainly has the looks to boot.

Purchasing one of the new 4G iPods (20gb) tomorrow&#33; It&#39;s my first iPod, even though i&#39;ve been looking to get one for quite some time.

Im from good ol&#39; SA.

Daz34
16th August 2004, 08:17 PM
Hi just checking my new signature.
It is a quote from one of my tutors at TAFE&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;

Paxton
16th August 2004, 09:02 PM
Hello,

My First name is Andrew, but ever since primary school I have been called Paxton, so that is how i refer to Myself. I am a Radiographer in a private practice in Sydney, and i currently reside in &#39;God&#39;s Country&#39; or &#39;The Shire&#39; I have always used Macs and I was the driving force behind my work using them for everything. There is one reluctant doctor out there, who uses wait for it, 3.1.1 (windows), because he likes the interface.

1.33ghz PowerBook 15 inch
667mhz PowerMac Digital Audio
PMG3 B&W 350mhz
Lime iMac
LC575
Apple IIe
List of computers, and the top 4 are using Panther.

I also reside on macrumors.com as paxtonandrew

frenchtoast
16th August 2004, 09:45 PM
Ive been here for quite a while so id thought i should add my specs.

Name: Marcel
Age: 21
Residence: Melbourne

First initiation with apples was old Apple IIe or c, cant remember, in primary school. Logowriter, Kraken and some Dinosaur Hunt game. Woo&#33; Then many years later had for a while a cousins old Apple IIc when it was many years past its date. This may have been early or mid 90s&#33;

Finally in early 1999 family got a Windoze PIII box (pleased at the time, not on reflection). Stupid me thought the jelly beans were shit (idiot).

Did an IT subject in high school, thought something of a career in it.

Did some website making using HTML, CSS, Perl, etc. Not so often now

2001 started uni at RMIT in Bundoora doing a Bachelor Degree, Computing and Digital Technology. Basically programming and electronics. Ended up getting bored of it and didnt re-enrol.

Have had mac envy for almost 2 years at least. Finally could afford to buy an iBook 2 months ago and have never looked back. Except today he is getting looked at because he is sore. :(

yinyang
16th August 2004, 10:37 PM
been here a while now, so i suppose i should introduce myself finally...

my name...albert&#33; originally from london, but moved to syndey 8 years ago, and then moved to brisbane xmas 2003. my age...37, and i have two kids :)

my first mac...the lcd iMac in jan 2002, except it took almost 3 months for it to arrive :( but now i have this wonderful powerbook, courtesy of salary sacrficing :D oh almost forgot my iPod..&#33; :o
i do remember playing space invaders on a apple IIe about 20+ years ago, but that doesn&#39;t count huh&#33;?

i kinda work in IT, though it&#39;s always been for retail companies, and right now (actually for the last 5 years) i test software, usually large merchandising/warehousing/POS/accounts/etc things - they&#39;re not very exciting, but it pays..&#33; LOL&#33;

so as well as this place, you can find me lurking on macrumors, or moderating on iPodlounge. but i find this place a bit of a relief, since there aren&#39;t the repetitive posts you sometimes get in those forums ;) and i also think it is really important to have a local apple forum that can discuss local issues - so thumbs up to appletalk au team :D

Jmi
18th August 2004, 04:11 PM
Goodness me, I missed this thread
Time to add mine i guess

I am Jamie in melbourne. Originally from singapore and came over here to do my degree at RMIT. Currently doing masters part time at melb uni. (not going back RMIT after the adminstrative disasters i have to go thru)

I am a programmer, but unlike yingyang, I constantly struggling with mine as it doesnt pay tat well. Not much luck in getting a new one either :lol:

Havent yet own a mac but its gonna happen in due time :P

ricky1206
20th August 2004, 06:22 PM
Hi, I&#39;m Ricky, 3rd year commerce student in Flinders Uni (Adelaide). I&#39;m from China and never use mac before, but I decide to start my mac journey now&#33; So I have to learn everything about mac from now on. :( Hope you guys can help me :P

MacV
27th August 2004, 06:40 PM
Hi everyone.

The name is Rayhan. I live in Adelaide. I am new to this forum.

I have been drooling on the new Macs for the past 1 year now, but never had the cash to buy a new comp let alone a mac.

I did have a Quadra (25 Mhz) running System 7.0.1 about 13 years ago (1991) and played with Mac OS X at next-byte in (2004). In addition I have read up as much as I can about mac os X.

I currently use an ancient P2 233 Mhz (serves my modest needs like word processing etc) at home and the uni PC&#39;s. :(

Hope I&#39;ll enjoy my stay here.


Cheerio

Disko
27th August 2004, 06:52 PM
Great to see some more south aussies in here. Welcome Guys - good to see you here. :)

tempestas
27th August 2004, 07:07 PM
Ooops - must of missed this thread when I signed up - too busy looking at all the great forums.

About me, male, 35 lives in Canberra - don&#39;t work in the public service anymore.

I work as a union organiser where we have ancient 166Mhz Pentium II&#39;s on the desk, but since moving to the aptly named terminal services my iBook is the fastest machine in the office and never crashes :D

My Mac&#39;s G4 1 Ghz iBook with 640MB ram (yes rev 1)
Lombard G3 333Mhz Powerbook - my partners machine when she can&#39;t steal the iBook
PowerPC 7600/132 (G2) which mostly serves as a tv, a spare drive and very occasional net surfing.

And an even older 7200/75 which I&#39;ve lent to a friend to allow them to have email at home and show that even 9 year old Mac&#39;s are better then a PC for stability.

I cut my Mac teeth on LC&#39;s SI&#39;s and quadra 605&#39;s, both as a user and going on to support them and the original and G2 PowerMac&#39;s.

Now like the rest of us I want an iPod, a G5 and a cinema display.

One day I&#39;ll be able to justify it.

I would say I&#39;m a Mac person because they just work, they don&#39;t require arcane knowledge, and have generally the best industrial design, user interface and connectivity of all computers as an all rounder. B)

Ed01
27th August 2004, 11:48 PM
missed this thread too.

Hi all, I&#39;m edwin.
I live in brisbane and studying business management at the moment. Currently saving for my first Mac. First computer I used in school was a mac but Ii turned to the dark side, I have finally seen the light and decided to go back to my roots.

It is great to find a local site (australia) for macs

Jaymz
31st August 2004, 04:30 AM
Howdy folks, I&#39;m James, and I&#39;m a 26 year old IT tech kinda guy. I guess I&#39;m still mostly a PC/UNIX kind of guy, despite the few Mac boxes I have at home, so I suppose I&#39;d be considered the &#39;enemy&#39; to most of you guys.

My background is mostly with PC&#39;s, but my first computers were the Commodore C16/C64 series, and the Amiga series of computers. My previous experience with Macs were only briefly with the Apple II, and the original Macintosh Classic machines.

I previously owned a beefed up PowerMac G4 800 (sold just recently), and currently own a B&W PowerMac G3 350, which is running as a Gentoo Linux based terminal server, and Mac OSX 10.3 under a program called "MacOnLinux". I pretty much control most of my machines through my 3GHz P4. My next big plans are to put together a Pegasos based 1GHz G4 system for Linux use, and to eventually buy a dual G5 system next year, once Tiger is out and about. Pretty soon, my PC will be able to play DOOM3 at awesome speeds, so it won&#39;t be due for an upgrade anytime soon. :)

I specialize in operating systems, mostly.. and getting the weird and wonderful to work together (ie, Mac OS, Windows, Linux, Novell, etc). I also do a bit of programming on the side, but hardly anything that&#39;s release quality, or even useful for most folk. Basically, I love computers, whether they&#39;re Macs.. PCs.. Sun boxes.. or whatever. I have to say that I enjoy working with Mac hardware the most, and I definately believe Mac OS X to be a far superior consumer OS than any others, despite it kinda falling short in the UNIX based areas, when compared to Linux, BSD or Solaris.

I hope to learn more about Macs in general from you guys, and hope that my field of expertise can be helpful to you all.

purana
31st August 2004, 09:18 AM
Welcome to all the new people (since I last posted in this thread yonks ago). I am from Sydney, and it seems we have few people from everywhere (including Sydney).

clytie
6th September 2004, 09:43 PM
G&#39;day, Mac people&#33; :)

I&#39;m Clytie, from Renmark in the Riverland of SA. I&#39;m a Mac user from way back: having started computing in punch-card queues (yep, the dinosaurs and I studied together) and worked and taught on a wide variety of machines, I naturally gravitated towards Macs and love them dearly. On the way, my first personal computer was a Microbee, Australian-designed and made – very sad that they were squashed, along with many good designs. Look at BeOS, OS2 and NeXt...

<plug>I&#39;m a member of the SA Apple User Group ('http://www.saauc.org/"').</plug>

I&#39;m very ill and disabled now, so my Mac is indeed a window on the world for me. I do voluntary work when I can, including post-processing at Distributed Proofreaders (http://www.pgdp.net/dp/) (they&#39;d love some more Aussies over there, we&#39;re pretty active and have a great time), part of Project Gutenberg (http://promo.net/pg/); helping refugees, translating things into Vietnamese (I just translated the great Jabber program, Psi (http://psi.affinix.com/), and I&#39;m working on Interarchy (http://www.interarchy.com/)) and generally getting into fora and mailing lists. I&#39;m always full of questions, so fora and mailing lists are the places for me&#33;

My family is all Mac and *nux: M&#036;-free household&#33; Apart from a little rivalry between Red Hat and Debian, we network quite well. Our router, Buster, keeps the family together: Pearl (my G3 iBook), Goofy the G4, Fruity the iMac and various *nux machines, my Palm PDA, my son&#39;s Zaurus and my husband&#39;s IPAQ are the junior but cheeky members of the net. We are just that teeny bit gadget-conscious.

I also hang out on MacOSX Hints, Psi and MacScripter fora. Good people there.

It&#39;s great to have the opportunity to join an Australian Mac group: no waiting to the next day for some person on the other side of the world to wake up and answer your post, no incomprension when I say I&#39;m crook, and lots to share&#33;

Happy to meet you&#33;

from Clytie, keen Mac user from way back

Disko
6th September 2004, 11:37 PM
Originally posted by clytie@Sep 6 2004, 09:13 PM
I do voluntary work when I can, including post-processing at Distributed Proofreaders (http://www.pgdp.net/dp/) (they&#39;d love some more Aussies over there, we&#39;re pretty active and have a great time), part of Project Gutenberg (http://promo.net/pg/); helping refugees, translating things into Vietnamese (I just translated the great Jabber program, Psi (http://psi.affinix.com/), and I&#39;m working on Interarchy (http://www.interarchy.com/)) and generally getting into fora and mailing lists.
Good on you. That is very noble of you. I&#39;ve got a lot of respect for people who volunteer their services for the greater good. :)

Crambo
7th September 2004, 12:46 AM
Do you think that perhaps DP will be able to give this site a &#39;going over&#39;? It sure needs it&#33;

Amongst the other mistakes, FOR THE LAST TIME IT&#39;S NOT DEFINATELY, but DEFINITELY.

josh64
7th September 2004, 12:46 AM
Hey everyone,

I&#39;m josh, and i&#39;m 20, and i live in Perth. (http://student.curtin.edu.au/~12872673/pictures/me.jpg)
Studying Comp Sci (minor: internetworking (ccnp)) @ ECU and Finance @ Curtin University - trying to move my comp sci to curtin too.

My first mac is my dual 867MHz MDD, and I just purchased a 12" powerbook before the 3 year EDU thing disappeared.

I used to use a newton mp120 (NOS 2.x) for a couple of years, but the lack of anything to back it up to made it too difficult to use.

I&#39;ve recently acquired a Mac Classic with 4MB RAM, 28.6MB HDD, currently running System 7.0.1

I enjoy running (5km), cooking, and riding my mountain bike (old Giant ATX-840). Occasionally do some hunting. My geeky indulgences are programming, and lego mindstorms.

uhmm... yeah&#33; that&#39;s me&#33;

bassmanbliss
7th September 2004, 08:57 AM
Hey Guys,

My name is Justin, i&#39;m 21 years old and from sunny brisvegas. I am a Double Bass/Bass Guitar player and I play in the local Youth Orchestra, and I also do corporate jazz work around Brisbane and the Gold Coast. I also do sound engineering for a pop band and I also do sound and recording studio duties at a school in the city. I have a Mac LC which I bought in grade 6 and I still play Scarb of Ra on, and I have a G4 550 pbook. I use a MDD Dual 867 Tower at work (I finally convinced them that they should buy one for their Pro Tools system.

This site is great and it is nice to see such a nice bunch of mac owners. Looking at some of the other internatioanl sites they all seem to get a bit angry and abusive sometimes.


Cheers

Justin

datacenter
7th September 2004, 10:12 AM
time for an Intro I Guess.

Hi , I am Steve, 26 from Melbourne

I own an Apple Powerbook Titanium, 3G 20GB iPod and a Dual G4 XServe

I have worked in the Internet Industry since 96, from Accounts to Technical, spent the last 5 years doing Web Development using ASP, Coldfusion, Java (Weblogic) and now PHP.

I own my own Hosting Company at the moment, www.datacenter.com.au and proud to announce we are about to start hosting on our First of hopefully many Apple Xserve&#39;s. I also own and operate a 4wd Company, being an online magazine and Online Shop. I have been using macs for about 5 years now, having initially supported them in my System Admin Role at a Web Studio, and after experiencing the power of OSX and its simplity and grunt, I picked up a Powerbook to replace my old Toshiba.

Catch you around

Steve

anthony
7th September 2004, 10:50 AM
I&#39;m 26 and live in Melbourne at the moment. I&#39;ve been working as a web/multimedia designer for 7 years and as a graphic designer for 3 years. I&#39;m currenty working freelance and studying a master degree at the National School of Design at Swinburne Uni.

On the computer side I&#39;ve owned computers on and off since 1986 - most of them have been PCs, my first mac is my current powerbook. Although I&#39;ve been exposed to macs since 1997, at work and uni. Pre 0SX systems never really interested me *that* much - at least not to buy one for personal use, but since OSX I&#39;ve become a complete convert. :ph34r:

neji
7th September 2004, 11:39 AM
Hi all,

I&#39;m Yong, 25 from Sydney

I&#39;m currently a web/database developer...

I don&#39;t own a mac yet but will be getting a 15" powerbook with an Ipod very soon&#33;

:)

Exocet
8th September 2004, 10:12 AM
I&#39;m Kieran. I&#39;m a 17 year-old Grade 12 Highschool student from Brisbane. I&#39;ve got nigh on 6 weeks remaining of my school life, and I can&#39;t wait for it to be over.

I&#39;ve been a stringent PC user my entire life, and was disgusted and dismayed when I started at my school in Grade 8 and found it to be Mac-centric. "What? They&#39;re Macs - I can&#39;t do any IPT subjects&#33;" The entire school was littered in blueberry iMacs, I couldn&#39;t stand them. They were slow, the network infrastructure was poor and, well, I was a PC user and they were DIFFERENT&#33;

MacOS9 was really a poor operating system in my eyes. Here you had these people who were supposedly design geniuses - and they couldn&#39;t even create decent system icons. I hated it. Every problem that was associated with the computers - I blamed the fact that they were Macs. Useless things, system instability EVERYTHING was shit to be honest.

Then, three years later the school built an Arts Centre which included a little multimedia lab. Well, it had some angle-poise iMacs and a few Quicksilver Dual G4&#39;s. Most of all, they has OSX. I almost hit the floor when I saw it. Mac - those fucking tools over in Cupertino created THIS&#33;? This can&#39;t be a Mac, it looks too good - IT WORKS TOO WELL&#33; I didn&#39;t know what to think. Either way, I enrolled in the multimedia course which would give me unlimted access to that lab for the next two years.

Over those next two years I watched Puma, Jaguar and Panther be released and slowly spread over the schools network. As of June this year, we were entirely OS9 free. Even the old blueberries were packed with RAM and updated. Also as of June, I had the opportunity to buy my first (and still only) Mac. As part of the legacy-removal plan, they replaced all their G3 Beige Tower 300MHz servers were replaced with X-Serve RAIDs. I picked up one of those G3s for &#036;75 - which included the box, monitor, keyboard and mouse. I packed it with ram and put X.2.8 on there. It doesn&#39;t work very well, and it crashes if I open more than about three programs or so but it&#39;s a Mac and it&#39;s mine.

With the dues from my tax return, I picked up a 20GB Gen4 iPod on Friday, and it&#39;s barely left my ears since. Speaking of tax return, this leads onto my pathetically poor-paying job. I work at the Northern-Eastern Australia Pizza Hut CSC and RSC - lamens terms, the QLD/NT/WA Ordertaking Callcentre. I sit infront of computers that are older than I am, stare into their monochrome-green goodness and take aquiesce to people&#39;s requests to fatten themselves with deep-fried italian foods. I work an average of 15 hours a week, at a useless &#036;6.75/hr. I am however, permenant-part time which means I do get annual and sick leave which is proportionate to how many hours you work - so if you work lots, you get lots of leave (not "You get 40 hours a year and that&#39;s it, BITCH&#33;"). Fortunately a new award agreement is due at the end of the year, and we&#39;re all hoping that we get some sort of payrise. I&#39;m currently in the process of applying for jobs at several Mac Resellers and Apple Centres around Brisbane, which hopefully will pay greater than the sweatshop wage I get at the moment.

As people have seen by my most recent thread, I&#39;m seeking to update it at the end of the year with a 15" Powerbook, which perhaps if I had a decent job would&#39;ve been months ago. In more recent times, I helped Disko out by becoming the AppleExpo Keynote feed for the evening. Hence the colourful custom-title :)

Ozi
8th September 2004, 07:09 PM
X-Serve RAIDS? *jaw hits floor*

That is awesome&#33; Im in love with your school&#33; *drools*

Nice to meet you. :)

kim jong il
8th September 2004, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by Exocet@Sep 8 2004, 10:12 AM
................Speaking of tax return, this leads onto my pathetically poor-paying job. I work at the Northern-Eastern Australia Pizza Hut CSC and RSC - lamens terms, the QLD/NT/WA Ordertaking Callcentre. I sit infront of computers that are older than I am, stare into their monochrome-green goodness and take aquiesce to people&#39;s requests to fatten themselves with deep-fried italian foods. I work an average of 15 hours a week, at a useless &#036;6.75/hr. I am however, permenant-part time which means I do get annual and sick leave which is proportionate to how many hours you work - so if you work lots, you get lots of leave (not "You get 40 hours a year and that&#39;s it, BITCH&#33;"). Fortunately a new award agreement is due at the end of the year, and we&#39;re all hoping that we get some sort of payrise..........
Is it lawful to pay someone &#036;6.75/hour? (I&#39;m not crticising you Kieran) I have no idea. It just does not seem right to pay someone this kind of money.

Exocet
8th September 2004, 09:23 PM
It&#39;s lawful - or else they would have been shut down long ago. What&#39;s worse, is that the people working in the stores get slightly less - poor pricks :(

Woo-woo for neo-colonial capitalist imperialism&#33; I&#39;m not one of those ranting tards though, I just think its sad that a company can pay this little to their workers. In fact the only reason that I took the job was that I dislike being unemployed (I&#39;ve maintained a constant stream of employment since I was 12 at various places) - so I took it regardless of the wage. Hey, it was worse when I started - &#036;5.25 for Christ&#39;s sake&#33; They have a high employee turnover and exploit this fact. For your first six months you are on a probation wage which is 50c less than the normal wage for your age-group under that award. It&#39;s cheaper to pay for training lots of people every six months than it is to give the 50c wage rise. Sick isn&#39;t it.

Hopefully the Mac1 store at New Farm in Brisbane will help me out - if not I&#39;ve already completed the online ColesMyer application and I scored 98% on their cognitive reasoning test, and it said that my best area of work would be sales.

yinyang
8th September 2004, 10:20 PM
the mac1 in new farm is a really nice store, much better feel than the next byte or infinite systems in town - hope it goes well with that or the cml position. ;)

Exocet
8th September 2004, 11:27 PM
I mean, they were playing Diva Dance when I went in there - instant cool points in my book. Also, my school uses them for all their business so I&#39;m going to get the head of IT (Who I&#39;m good friends with) to mention something should they have any business dealings coming up.

Ozi
9th September 2004, 12:18 AM
Gotta love Eric Serra. I was listening to it just today... coincidence, huh?&#33; Fifth Element rocked. Also Exocet, is your school a rich private school? not many schools could afford X-Serves&#33;

Exocet
9th September 2004, 09:32 AM
We are a private school, but hardly rich. The IT department skimped on their budget for years (hence the blueberries still littered around the place in 2002). They had a large sum of money left over and then did a school-wide upgrade. We&#39;ve only been running for around 15 years, so it&#39;s still very new. We also have earnt a large amount from our music centre. We began workon the cultural arts complex in 2001, and the first wing was the music block which included a recording studio. That studio has now been used to record movie scores (including the Scooby Doo Movie). Basically, any film which is recorded on the Gold Coast or in Sydney uses our recording studio for the score. This is a HUGE cashcow, and the jocks are always asking why those damn muso&#39;s got a building before they got a gymnasium :)

bassmanbliss
9th September 2004, 10:06 PM
Just had a run in with Mac1 at New Farm about fixing my powerbook. They still have it in their greasy paws and they reckon it is gonna take 2 weeks to take the screen chassis off and inspect it. :(

kim jong il
10th September 2004, 09:00 AM
Excocet, go for it. Logging pizza orders for a minimum wage is a total waste of an, apparrently, articulate, intelligent person. Keep the attitude. Whatever it is, do it well.

dimeco
12th September 2004, 04:44 PM
Hey everyone,

I&#39;ve been lurking on here for a few months now (since I switched with a 12" PB) and I&#39;ve decided that it&#39;s time to get my act together and start making a contribution this fantastic Apple community.

I&#39;m Dylan, I&#39;m in my early 20s, and I&#39;m currently living in Melbourne. I&#39;m working in retail at the moment which is not necessarily the industry I want to be in for the rest of my life, but I&#39;m working my way up through the company I work for and it pays the bills so for the moment I&#39;m fairly happy.

Until earlier this year I was a dedicated Windows user. I was pretty diligent in applying patches, Service Packs, updates etc etc, as well as being the designated Windows tech for my family and friends. One day (when my firewall app decided to chuck a spastic) I decided I&#39;d had enough. I&#39;d heard good things about how easy macs are to use and how you don&#39;t have to worry about viruses, trojans, crashes etc but I&#39;m not sure I ever really believed it. And I always thought macs were for posers and people with more money than sense.

To cut a long story short, I&#39;m typing this on my Rev. C 12" PowerBook and (for the most part) I love it. It&#39;s not perfect but using it is a much better experience than using any of my Windows PCs ever was. There is no way I&#39;m going back&#33;

At the moment I&#39;m thinking about getting into programming so I can bring to fruition ideas for a few apps that I&#39;ve got floating around in my head. I&#39;m thinking about learning either C++ or Objective-C for the backend and Cocoa for the GUI but being a total noob I&#39;m really not sure. Anyone got any tips?

Cheers

Honey
19th September 2004, 10:25 AM
allo looks like im a youngin but anyway..hey my namez sarah
i go to heathcote high..im in year 7..
i just joined this thing coz im bored and i wanted advice on my ipod..
ahh yeh..my schools fulll of rebels..we get heapz of fights..alrite teacherz..
i own an ipod thats bout it..the earphones white bit is snapped and da wires r showing im heapz cut coz i dont know how 2 fix it..
ahh thats my life...
i suppose im preppy i hav heapz of friends..guys and galz..ahh school is ahh...hmm..no comment... :P
i hav overprotective parents a moody 18year old brother...a silly cat and me..an almost teenager with a sometimes angry side..actualy mostly angry..i admit it..
ok seeyaz
honey

Exocet
20th September 2004, 02:46 PM
Remove the Z key from your keyboard now, thankyou.

Ozi
20th September 2004, 03:02 PM
LMAO Exocet. Also, removal of the "." key and a lifetime ban on typing more than one period in a row would be great. :lol:

Disko
20th September 2004, 03:12 PM
... looks like i&#39;m in trouble then.

markh
20th September 2004, 03:31 PM
I&#39;m Mark, 31 and live in Canberra.. Was a windows desktop user for lots of years before this year when i switched with the new 12" 1.33Ghz powerbook. Since then, have gotten an airport express and silver ipod mini :) Currently investigating getting a Xserver for the company i work for (I&#39;n the sysadmin/IT manager) So yeah, sooo glad I&#39;ve gotten away from crappy XP on the desktop

matttt88
20th September 2004, 05:10 PM
Hi all, my name is Matt, im 16 and live in Adelaide. New to the mac world but loving every minute of it. I work at a computer shop (Icky PCs) with Mac haters, gotta tell ya... Its tough haha.

Studying year 11 at the moment, not continuing to year 12, next year i will be doing Certificate III IT. So its all exciting.

Ive got a nack for helping people with PCs, and now i can say with Mac&#39;s as well. I usually have a good way at explaining things to people in a way they understand, without sounding like i have no idea what im doing. So at the moment i am doing mobile computer repairs in my local area, also building systems and selling parts, as well as working at the local computer shop after school.

But thats me :P

thomas
20th September 2004, 06:05 PM
Hey Hey,

Been using these forums for a while and just discovered this thread :P

My name&#39;s Thomas, I&#39;m 23, and I&#39;ve been a mac user for several years now. I&#39;m currently a post grad (PhD) student up in Queensland (CQU). I&#39;m more of a visual/multimedia type (though i&#39;ve got quite a bit of programming experience) but this year I&#39;ve started getting into Cocoa development for OS X. Those of you that have signed up at MacGeeks (http://www.macgeeks.net/) may be familiar with me (i&#39;ve written a few reviews/tutes etc).

I get by by doing some web design work, teaching a few classes at university and a lovely postgrad scholarship ;)

Thomas

chickacherrycola
6th October 2004, 09:49 PM
A few posts and a WTS thread later, I discover this thread&#33; :)

I&#39;m Germaine, 20, been using Macs for a couple of years but only acquired my iBook G4 this January and my 10GB iPod in August. International student at Melbourne Uni, will be looking for casual work next year but am currently freeloading off the love of my parents. *sheepish* ;)

p996911turbo
6th October 2004, 11:39 PM
Originally posted by Ozi@Sep 20 2004, 03:02 PM
LMAO Exocet. Also, removal of the "." key and a lifetime ban on typing more than one period in a row would be great. :lol:
Are ellipses excluded from that?

purana
7th October 2004, 09:41 AM
Originally posted by markh@Sep 20 2004, 03:31 PM
I&#39;m Mark, 31 and live in Canberra.. Was a windows desktop user for lots of years before this year when i switched with the new 12" 1.33Ghz powerbook. Since then, have gotten an airport express and silver ipod mini :) Currently investigating getting a Xserver for the company i work for (I&#39;n the sysadmin/IT manager) So yeah, sooo glad I&#39;ve gotten away from crappy XP on the desktop
xserve rock... not much to them internally, but they certainly fly.. besides which they are so flat :)

InfiniteAnthony
7th October 2004, 09:52 AM
Originally posted by markh@Sep 20 2004, 03:31 PM
I&#39;m Mark, 31 and live in Canberra.. Was a windows desktop user for lots of years before this year when i switched with the new 12" 1.33Ghz powerbook. Since then, have gotten an airport express and silver ipod mini :) Currently investigating getting a Xserver for the company i work for (I&#39;n the sysadmin/IT manager) So yeah, sooo glad I&#39;ve gotten away from crappy XP on the desktop
Hi Mark,

Get an Xserve and I can co-locate it for you... I&#39;m in Canberra too&#33; :)

Our next hosting boxes will be xserves

markh
7th October 2004, 11:20 AM
Originally posted by Xedos@Oct 7 2004, 09:52 AM

Hi Mark,

Get an Xserve and I can co-locate it for you... I&#39;m in Canberra too&#33; :)

Our next hosting boxes will be xserves
Hehehe.. never know your luck in a big city ;-) How many other people here are from Canberra?

p996911turbo
7th October 2004, 09:55 PM
*waves hand*
I am from Canberra&#33;

markh
8th October 2004, 09:44 AM
Thats 3 of us so far ;-)

mjankor
15th October 2004, 11:52 PM
Hi all.

I&#39;m a Mac user from way back. My first machine was a Plus, then an LCII, LC630, PM6200, PM7200, another PM7200, a rev D iMac, iBook 600, iBook 700, 2 iBook 800&#39;s and finally my current G5 + 12"PB combo.

Other than that I&#39;m a surveyor but I want to go back to uni to study again. Not sure what yet, maybe GIS but law sounds fun. :D

First things first though so I must get pay off of my mortgage :unsure:

Hope to see some of you around.

Sam
26th October 2004, 04:14 PM
I work as tech support at an advertising agency about to go full time for another company.
been using macs since the age of 8, my first mac was an LC III.
I have owned and used almost every version of macos existance over the years
I have owned seveal LC III's some LC475's and a few powermacs even an imac at one point...
Now day's I just use a G4 tower for most of my work and home use.

I'm a big music fan (gotta love iTunes) and love to go out and just go crazy.

adamjc
26th October 2004, 04:44 PM
Well I guess i should have posted here, before posting any other topics.

My name&#39;s Adam and I&#39;m from Melbourne. I&#39;m 19, 20 in June &#39;05 and looking at buying my first Apple pc. Probably a Powerbook 17", but still got till December for that to happen.

I currently go to uni up at Sunbury Victoria University studying a Bachelor of Business - Marketing degree. And have just one year left after this year. Personally I can&#39;t wait for it to be over.

I work in Retail part time, but I am looking for another job, would like to still work in customer service field. Would like to work with Apple products, but my lack of experience, in owning and operating Apple stuff, wont get me too far&#33; (Anyone willing to train) :D

So thats a bit about me...by the way, I&#39;m gonna get an iPod eventually, but will wait for the 26th October, to come by to see what announcements they have. I might decide to wait a little depending on what happens.

And just to let you all know, I&#39;m currently on a Compaq AMD 1800+ laptop. Passing it onto my sister when I get my Powerbook.

Well there you go. Some info about me, any questions just fire away.

You will see me a lot on the board, I think I might take it up as a little posting hobby. :o ...could this mean trouble?

-Adam


P.s. The only and the best Australian Apple forum I found on the net so far&#33;

macjim23
13th November 2004, 01:43 PM
Hi everyone, I&#39;m James, a 23 year old guy from Melbourne. Like Decryption, I also went to RMIT and did the Adv Dip of Computer Systems Engineering, barely finishing it as the maths was also hell for me.

The first time I met a Macintosh was in primary school, on a Mac Classic, where I would be spending as much time as I possibly could playing Brickles and Shuffle Puck. I knew early on that the Mac was really something special. My dad had a PC and while that was interesting to me as well, it was a 386 with DOS and didn&#39;t do a great deal.

The passion behind the mac and the fact that some of us love to bring out the old macs to rediscover the days of System 6 and 7, is something you just don&#39;t see with old PC&#39;s and old PC software.

High school was pretty much all PC, and I still like PCs because I love to tinker with hardware, and there&#39;s a lot more you can tinker with (and a lot more that can go wrong) on a PC. I am a very technical and logical mind, a perfectionist, and not much of a software geek. Programming gives me a headache.

I work in the IT support team for an Australian & Kiwi owned carpet manufacturer. I have the natural knack for being able to explain technical stuff in simple terms, and I love being able to help people out with technology. That has been put to good use in this job. Thankfully, it&#39;s very hands on, and not just a "helpdesk" job, desk-bound and answering phones all day.

I was put off Apple during the 90&#39;s before the iMac. OS 8 and OS 9 didn&#39;t really do that much for me, and the Macs that were coming out all seemed to blend together with their beige boxes and number-style model names. The day that the iMac came out I instantly wanted one. Not having the funds kept me with my PC until July this year when I bought my iMac DV 450 from Reboot PC Logistics on ebay. I went out and bought Panther and fell in love with the mac all over again.

I&#39;m the sort of person who isn&#39;t quick to judge, and dislikes those who are, prefers to live and let live, and tries to stay positive most of the time. My love for dance/chillout/electronica music and all things Star Trek (I Think) reflect these things.

I&#39;m really glad to have come across Appletalk, it&#39;s fantastic that us Aussies have a place where we can rave about all things Apple. There are so many American sites out there; it&#39;s great to have something local. Many thanks to those who have conceived it and helped it be what it is today.

adamjc
13th November 2004, 02:24 PM
Welcome MacJim23.


Enjoy your time with AppleTalk.


-Adam.

Disko
13th November 2004, 02:43 PM
Originally posted by adamjc@Oct 26 2004, 05:14 PM
I think I might take it up as a little posting hobby.
I hearby award adamjc the prestigious Understatement of the Year award. <_<

adamjc
13th November 2004, 02:48 PM
Originally posted by Disko@Nov 13 2004, 03:43 PM
I hearby award adamjc the prestigious Understatement of the Year award. <_<
Is it really a bad thing though Disko? :rolleyes:



-Adam.

scruffie
13th November 2004, 02:52 PM
I guess its about time I do this... ahem, my name is Jonathan and I&#39;m a 23 year old kid living in Sydney. I am a gadget whore but trying hard to end my evil evil ways.

My mac experience stated when i was very young. My dad used to bring old macs from work. I think they were SE&#39;s or something. I dunno - i got confused. They were all the cute happy square macs. Played asteroids and macplaymate - too bad i was too young to understand :)

Anyway fast-track to today and I&#39;ve got a Powerbook 520c (sad mac, missing the sys 7 discs), a lc630 under the house, and a broken ibook white g3 800 acting as a glorified print server, my ibook g4 and mini ipod.

Currently working at a bank doing er, bank stuff.
:P

napes
13th November 2004, 05:40 PM
OK - scruffie - seeing as you did, I will too. ;)

My name is nathan but most know me as by my nickname napes.

I&#39;m a computer games artist currently working in Melbourne, and previously worked in the UK @ CreaureLabs on the Creatures series of games among other things. Previous to that, worked in advertising, multimedia/web, graphics in UK & Singapore after a degree in Industrial Design @ Curtin in Perth.

Outside of work I&#39;m into triathlon (which is pretty much all consuming - doing IronMan WA in a few weeks, after which I plan to take a break and get in all those beers that I&#39;ve missed out on recently)

Freelance as illustrator (mostly cover art), web and graphics. Also freelance writing music (mostly lounge/chill-out/soundtrack - done a few soundtracks for short films, and working on a CD which has a current release date of Feb/March 2005 under the name VinylMinds.

erm... that&#39;s about it. Have a wifey - she&#39;s really cool :) Rolls her eyes every time I talk about macs, but she loves her little iMac. I&#39;ve got a dual 867 g4, and an old overclocked g3 beige box (which I&#39;m reluctantly selling &#39;cause we&#39;re about to move house).

I love coffee, hate arogant people and melbourne city drivers, and wish that the world was a little less scary at the moment (politics and religion should NEVER be mixed IMHO).

Really glad I stumbled across appletalk.com.au - it&#39;s a great mac resource, and such a friendly helpful bunch to boot. :D cheers&#33;

king89
13th November 2004, 09:29 PM
Hello everybody. Somehow I managed to miss this thread when I signed up. Probably because I only pay attention to the New Post column on the page. :P

Well a little about myself. My mum and dad knows me as Albert, but everybody else just calls me aj, as it is short, simple and sweet. Much like me actually.

I&#39;m currently in my third year of a combined Commerce/Science degree at UNSW in Sydney. I have noticed that there aren&#39;t that many people form Sydney in this forums, or maybe they are all hiding or lurking.

I have been around computers all my life. My first taste was back in the days of Windows 3.1 and was in love with Wolfenstein 3D. Over my life I have had numerous PCs (like 6 or 7) all of which have been Windows based. I used to be a backyard tinker or computers, buying my own parts and assembling my own computers. However I switched to my first Mac about 6 months ago, a present I bought myself for my 20th birthday. I switched mainly because I run my own little network at home, with about 4 PCs (Windows) who seemed to crash every odd week and needed reformatting every two month and virus updating, firewalls and defraging.

It was not until getting my 15" PowerBook that I realised that computers could be fun again. I can no just simply use my computer to do things I am interested in without actually having to try to make my computers work. This is the approach that computer companies should be making, and I think this is the reason why so many people are technophobes. I am now also a happy owner of a 4G 40 gig iPod, who is a fairly scratched by still love anyways. My girlfriend thinks that I love my PowerBook more then her. What can I say?

Outside my computing life, I am an avid runner, swimmer and squash player (when I am not too lazy). I also love making little films, taking photographs and iLife has made them that much more enjoyable. I currently work part-time at Harvey Norman who I think is very over-priced. Even with staff discount I can still get cheaper prices elsewhere.

Sorry for the long post, but at Uni I am required to write countless essays. This developed an unhealthy habit for blabbering on about nothing. So if you guys think I BS too much, let me know eh?

And also, this is a great site with a very active community. Hope the mods keep up the great work.

aj

Edge
17th November 2004, 10:42 PM
Quick hey from Melbourne.

Longtime Mac user, have owned the following;

Apple IIe clone (still hanker for the days of Conan and Karateka in monochrome)
Apple IIc (Lode Runner, baby)
Apple LCII with 13" Hi-Res Colour Monitor (still works, the only machine bought new)
Apple LCIII
Apple LC475
Centris 660AV
Quadra 840 (a beast in it&#39;s day)
PowerMac 6360 (maxed out the RAM, got a 512 L2 cache)
PowerMac 7220 (times two)
PowerMac 7600 (loved the video in)
PowerMac G3/266 beige
PowerMac G3/400 with striped 9GB SCSI drives (felt the need for speed)
PowerMac G4/400 (still with me, if anynone wants one, sing out)
PowerBook Ti 667 (VGA model with special edition smashed screen, got driven over, still works)
G4 Cube (two of these puppies)

40GB iPod (3rd gen, paid &#036;900 bucks fella, now lost, sheesh)
Somehow have original copies of every version of the Apple OS from 7.0 onwards


It&#39;s an illness, I know. But it&#39;s more acceptable in public now because of the iPod ....

kit
19th November 2004, 01:12 AM
G&#39;day all,

I&#39;m Kit, a Mac-using Uni student from Wollongong, where I study Computer Science and Graphic Design.

I have been an Apple user since my dad brought home an old Apple //c from his school for me to play with (there was a Mickey Mouse in Space game I used to play a whole lot). We subsequently owned tonnes of Apple ][s. The first Mac we owned was a brand new pizza box (Macintosh LC), which became mine.

We then ended up getting a little Performa 250, a couple of Mac Classics, a Powerbook 120 followed shortly after by 170. All of which are still functioning.

For a long while, we couldn&#39;t afford any new Macs, so we used other peoples&#39; PCs (but my dad used the PowerBook 170 till earlier this year) they were finished with, and that lasted until late 2002, when I convinced dad to buy a second-hand PowerBook G3 (WallStreet), which my brother now uses. At the time it was the best computer I&#39;ve ever owned, which is pretty shocking, I know, considering it was bottom of the line, but regardless :P.

Anyway, my dad ended up buying a second-hand iMac DV (Blueberry), which he now has, and later supplemented with a matching clamshell iBook.

I got a PowerBook G4 for Uni, because I needed a Mac for design and I wanted a Mac for Comp Sci (UNIX is important, and I&#39;ve never hated anything more than Linux), which came with an iPod.

I recently was also given another iMac DV for my mum, so now everyone in the house uses a Mac.

Hoping to upgrade to 2GB of RAM in this AlBook soon...



...and hoping to get broadband early next year.

I&#39;m interested to know if there&#39;re any other UOW students on the board, or at least have somewhere more Aus-based than my other preferred Mac forum, MacOSX.com

Adz
21st November 2004, 07:23 PM
Greetings to you all :)

As you can probably tell, I am a new member here, my name is Adam and I&#39;m from Melbourne, Victoria. Anyway, not much to tell you really, I&#39;m a huge Ford fan, I have a nice collection of computers (Apple, Commodore and a few Peecee&#39;s) and I enjoy spending time with my family. I work as a network manager for DE&T and part of my job is to manage a small Apple based multimedia lab, so expect to hear from me if I have any problems. I doubt you will as I&#39;ve been working with this lab for a few years now and its always been rather troublefree. I found this forum in a link on Amiga.org and thought I&#39;d join up. Anyway, thats enough about me, I look forward to talking with you all in due time.


Adam :D

Snowy28
21st November 2004, 07:30 PM
We have an influx of Melbournian&#39;s and Adam&#39;s&#33;

I&#39;m a teenager, and from Melbourne.

I&#39;m not an Apple user, but still like them. Passionately. I have a 3G iPod, and am a poster at iPodlounge.com, iOnMac.com and here as well.

I love music. I really want a Mac, but it is not likely that I will get one (one that is totally mine) for at least a year :(

Oh, well, I&#39;ll stick around.

Danamania
21st November 2004, 07:32 PM
I don&#39;t think I posted in this thread yet. I might have, but I can&#39;t remember.

Hi, I&#39;m Dana, and I&#39;m normal.

that&#39;s all.

Ozi
21st November 2004, 10:48 PM
Originally posted by danamania@Nov 21 2004, 08:32 PM

Hi, I&#39;m Dana, and I&#39;m normal.

despite the evidence in your avatar.... <_<

and your penchant for creating disturbing new pieces of technology with only a few images, Photoshop and a small piece of twine. :lol:

saggsy
22nd November 2004, 08:09 AM
Hi im Matt, live in ridgehaven, adelaide. Got into macs because of my facination with the world of audio/video production, mainly music video clips. I have an edit suite at home that uses a dual 1.25 G4 to run Protools LE 6.1. And planning on getting the Apple production suite for the &#036;799.00 edu price (through my bro who&#39;s at college) so i can do a more pro job of making film clips.
I also have a 12" powerbook that i lease through my business, freelance electrician, but will be buying either an Mbox or Digi002r so i can take my protools rig on the road if need be.

The avatar pic is actually me, but with those lolly teeth in my mouth&#33; :lol:

Just like to say that its an honour to be a member of a fairly new australian apple based community. Us aussie&#39;s tend to keep our apples to ourselves so at times i feel lonely in the mac community :( . But no doubt you&#39;ll see my name crop up on this site regularly

tranp
22nd November 2004, 08:37 AM
Hi, I&#39;m Peter and I&#39;m 20 years old. I am currently (unsucessfully) studying Economics and Computer Science at Adelaide uni. I have been using macs since 1993.

I am an Apple fanboy. :cmd:

Disko
22nd November 2004, 08:45 AM
Cool. More adelaide fellows. Don&#39;t forget to vote&#33;
http://forums.appletalk.com.au/index.php?showtopic=1410

Slipper_82
24th November 2004, 10:10 PM
Hey Guys,

Just surfed staright on through and thought I&#39;d say G&#39;Day&#33;
I live in Gippsland Victoria, am 22 years of age. Have worked with PC&#39;s throughtout, until 3 years ago when i was employed as the sole network administrator on a 100 client network of yep, you guessed it, Macs&#33;
With no prior knowledge of this platform I began to teach myself, with the help of a part time staff member who turned out not much help, all about the Apple Mac

3 years on and we have a XServe running OS X Server to 105 network clients all running Mac OS X. This has been a huge battle and have been quite close to giving up&#33;

So, after only ever working in the local schools I begin to now look torwards bigger and better things in Apple Macintosh Computers.

I also love all sports Go the dons, Cricket, A round of golf, squash, also have a keen interest in weather and snow sports&#33;

Would love to get involved in this forum and indeed this community&#33;&#33;&#33;

Cheers&#33;

Whitey Ford
27th November 2004, 09:20 AM
Hi, I&#39;m Whitey Ford, you might know me from such online forums as Overclockers Australia.

Someone mentioned this on OCAU and I came on over. I&#39;m a proud owner of a 15" Powerbook with all the trimings, but I also use a PC for things (actually, PC is only used for HTML coding and games) and have a pc as a print server and one as a divx + mp3 box.

I&#39;m completing a degree in Graphic Design and work in print and web.

I have several sites, the most &#39;public&#39; one would be;
http://www.whitey-ford.com

djbc
27th November 2004, 02:47 PM
Hi,my name is Barbara, or just b.c. (I used to perform & dj in clubs as Barbara Clare - clare being my middle name - and eventually it became bc which has stuck)

Am 36 years young and have only been a computer owner for about 5yrs. Prior to that I had used the odd friends&#39; computer and used Mac & Windows at different jobs. Lived in Syd/Melb(mostly syd) from 1988 to 2003, now relocated on the relaxing south coastNSW with the beach & the bush & our computers&#33;
Have worked as Dj and singer/performer but most work for the past 5 or so years has been original soundtracks for alternative performance, performance art and dance companies, with some doco & film in the mix too... more of this please. ;)
Being into music and, eventually, music production I always knew it had to be Mac all the way and my own dalliances on other peoples computers only confirmed this.

Bought a 2nd hand 5300c PowerBook in 1999 which led to me learnign how to upgrade systems, restore settings etc. - I was hooked&#33;

Since then we (I have a home based sound prod. studio with a partner) have a G4 (Sawtooth) tower running ProTools v5.1 on OS9.2 - solid as ROCK. It runs along side an ATARI that we still use to run and old version of Cubase for midi programming (various outboard AKAI samplers & kybds etc.) and they run beautifully togehther in sync via USB/midi - it&#39;s a glorious thing.
It has the 10G drive it came with & I have added an 80G seagate.
When I have time I plan to reformat the 2 internal drives and put osX on the 10G drive.

We also rent/lease a 12" G3 500Mhz iBook which has kept me keeping up to date with OS software etc. Currently running 10.3.2 - need to reformat & reinstall as I have the 10G drive partitioned to run PrTools free on 9.2 on 1 partition but OSX is getting so big that I&#39;m running out of Space&#33;

Outside doing music I am thirsty for computer knowledge, I dabble around with Photoshop and learning about web design and interactive sound on websites. Would like, for a start, to learn about scripting , applescript and action scripting. Would love to create soundscapes/"audio environments" & music for websites & games.
Love this site :P - I stumbled accross it looking for some old ram for a friend, dove into the buying & selling forum, and have since spent more time looking and reading and eventually spotted this thread.
Many thanks to the folks who got this up & running & seem to do a great job on both the admin&moderator fronts. TOPS all &#39;round&#33; and so many different folk form all over. ^_^

Goodbye
27th November 2004, 05:04 PM
Hi,
My name is Ash, and I&#39;m from the Sunshine Coast, QLD. Some of you may know me from the #mac chatroom.

I&#39;m 20 years old, and am studying Computer Based Art and Design at the Uni of the Sunshine Coast. Been at it three years, with about one and a half to go (long story). My first computer was a PowerMac 5500/250 in 97. One of the best multimedia Macs there was. Could watch TV, use it as a fax machine, telephone or answering machine.

Next came the iMac DV SE Snow a couple of years later, then this eMac. 700MHz, 640MB RAM, 30gb HD. Nice machine, although getting a little slow now. Early this year I splashed out on an iBook G4, a couple of weeks after they were announced. I also have a 10gb iPod 2nd Gen.

Most of my hard earned cash goes towards computer stuff, but now I&#39;m saving up for a car, so my dream of a 20" iMac G5 is sort of on the back burner until I can find a job that pays me like &#036;50/hr :P

That&#39;s about it from me, so I&#39;ll say &#39;goodbye&#39;&#33;

- Ash.

vid
27th November 2004, 09:20 PM
Hi I&#39;m Vid from Adelaide, I have been using Macs since the school my wife works as a teacher at sold off their "Mac Plus" computers. I think it was late 80&#39;s or early 90&#39;s believe it or not we paid &#036;1200 for it and it didn&#39;t even have a hard drive &#33;&#33; We also went out and bought an Apple Imagewriter (Dot Matrix) printer for (I think &#036;800), we still have the printer all sealed up in storage and even though it hasn&#39;t been used for many years I know it would still be going strong those things just never gave up, and cost next to nothing to run &#33;&#33;
I think it was 1993 Powerbook 145B from Simply Mac in the city, (part of Random Access for those who remember)
Next was a 5500 (black but not beautiful) I had endless problems with this one as Chris Friz that used to be with Next Byte knew only too well, then a iMac G3/400, ibook 800 and now a 17" 1.5 Powerbook which my wife hates as I hardly do anything without it, I L-O-V-E it though &#33;&#33;

Except for the Mac Plus I still have all the rest, I guess I can&#39;t bear to part with all those things I paid sooooo much for.

I now use my Powerbook as a catalogue for our products and the amount of customers who STILL have never seen a Mac amazes me, most of them are VERY impressed by it&#39;s look and how clear and large the screen is.

Go Adelaide-ians &#33;&#33;&#33;

Ozi
27th November 2004, 11:24 PM
Welcome to our new members&#33; Nice to see you come across from the darkside, Whitey&#33; :) And vid: saying things like "Go Adelaide-ians &#33;&#33;&#33; " only makes Argon and Disko all proud and stateriotic (is that a word? like "patriotic" i mean... meh.. the Oxford Dictionary can add it I guess.)

and djbc: this forum should be a big help for you. There are lots of people here with exstensive Apple Software experience, so any questions about Photoshop or any other Mac application will most likely be swiftly and helpfully answered. Members love to help, and also to show off what they know&#33; Ask away. :)

vicmeldrew
28th November 2004, 05:59 AM
Hello.
My name is Richard and i just joined this forum.
I live at cronulla in Sydney. I worked in the media (thanks rupert) intermittently for 15 years but for the last 10 i have worked as a labourer. I am single with no kids. I don;t suffer much stress these days but then i don;t earn much money either.

I must confess that I loathe computers. I have an apple because i consider it the lesser of two evils. I had Mac 512 ages ago and i loved the simplicity of it, but then i only used it for WP (pity it crashed so often). This imac is just a little complex for me or maybe i am getting old. I look forward to the point when today&#39;s OSs are about as relevant as DOS to the todays average user. I have only started using this computer again because I recently got Unwired broadband. I had previusly been restricted to dialup. which was a complete joke running at 28 kps.

thanks for having me

Bye Richard

vid
28th November 2004, 09:10 AM
Hi There Richard,
I&#39;m not sure if I should be asking this question in the section but since you mentioned "Un-Wired" broadband I became interested, I have been trying to get ADSL here since the start of the year and keep getting rejected because we have a "Pair-Gain" line, we are only about 20 mins from the city so it&#39;s not like we&#39;re in the middle of nowhere. I have been a real "squeaky wheel" about this with my ISP, Telstra, the T.I.O. and even written to my local MP, so far NO luck and as you say dialup @28.8 is a JOKE &#33;&#33; Can you let me know a little about the wireless business please.

Regards, Vid

Whitey Ford
28th November 2004, 10:12 AM
Originally posted by Ozi@Nov 27 2004, 11:24 PM
Welcome to our new members&#33; Nice to see you come across from the darkside, Whitey&#33; :)
The dark side? Man, I&#39;ve walked into the light.

I can honestly say that my next personal computer will be a Mac after my very positive experience with my Powerbook and using the G3/G4/G5&#39;s at uni (over the years). This is comming from a guy who helps run OCAU (a pc hardware site) and has a million bits and pieces of PC&#39;s laying around.

macmate
28th November 2004, 11:24 AM
Man i don&#39;t know why i didn&#39;t see this post before. i figure i better add my little story.

I am a 23 year old who is still teccnically at uni (defered) doing computing and internet technologies (computer science with a web based 3rd year).

i have been a Mac Technician since i was 18 were i was the the youngest person to gain his.her apple desktop technician certificates without doing the course(just turned up and did the test).

i got sick of working for someone and went out on my own at 20 and have been a contractor ever since. I do work for Metek InterStahl which is an ASR here in Melbourne.

www.macmate.com.au and www.allthingscomputer.com.au (both soon to be completed) are my two businesses. i don&#39;t think i will ever finish uni.

I like soccer and playing my turntables, this doesn&#39;t make me a techno head as i also love rock, alternative, jazz etc etc etc. (i don&#39;t believe in being close minded)

Anyway thats me.

Ric

Chr1s
3rd December 2004, 11:56 AM
Hiya,

I&#39;m new to the Mac world. Having grown up in my sheltered horrendous world of Windows, must have eventually led to my becoming a "bug fixer"; I contract as a Test Analyst for a major Telco. :)

I just bought an airport wireless card, and now spend a good deal of time drinking extra strong coffee and writing test scripts out in the sun. iBooks rock.

- Chris.

AusMac
3rd December 2004, 03:44 PM
Hello well I am just an old mallee bull that has had to teach himself Mac tech skills or go without a computer connection to the world.

Currawong
3rd December 2004, 07:31 PM
Very good to see more (presumably) middle aged Mac users here.

Richard, I too remember my 512 with fondness (though not its crashing habits. I will always remember lusting after Apple II&#39;s and wanting &#036;10k of peripherals. Hope you&#39;ll consider coming to the Appletalk meet in Oxford St next Saturday, if you&#39;re not otherwise committed.

Whitey, you&#39;ve got to be about the most ultra pc-owning type I&#39;ve ever seen (albeit only on #overclockers and from reading the forums) so I&#39;ve got to say I was pleasantly suprised to see you here.

AusMac
3rd December 2004, 09:48 PM
I&#39;ll have you know that if you turn the numbers upside down, I&#39;m only young. Which is why I spend so much time standing on my head.

DrNick
3rd December 2004, 11:30 PM
Gday fellas im Nick
im 21
I just moved to melbourne from adelaide about 5 months ago for my job
i work as helpdesk support for optusnet dialup.
please dont inundate me with optus hatemail :P
i dont like the company much either, hence why im quitting next year to go to uni

i bought a mac because i was tired of windows and i really wanted to learn something new
plus this thing will be so useful next year

dont really know much else to say
ive was referred to these boards by the mac contingent on overclockers australia.
and ive found the mac users to be a much nicer breed of people :P
maybe theres less frustrations.

heres a pic of me thanking the instructions for the first ever lasagne i made by myself
http://www.users.on.net/~nmoss/DSC01658.JPG

AusMac
4th December 2004, 12:49 AM
Gday Nick I have a very close relativein Optus, so never fear from me. Go to UNI if you have something in mind to concentrate upon .. be that lasagne or not..
However.. if you do not have a focus .. a job is better than squat.

Ozi
4th December 2004, 01:18 AM
Greetings new members&#33;

I hope to see all you new Melbourne-based members at my BBQ on next Saturday. :) Should be a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to meet friends "in the flesh" rather than just over the &#39;net. Details: http://forums.appletalk.com.au/index.php?showtopic=2592

AusMac
4th December 2004, 01:30 AM
Gwarsh goofy? Melbourne? .. way down Mexico way.
Sorry mate .. I&#39;ll need more warning than that, she&#39;s a five hour drive&#33;

MacNut
4th December 2004, 06:22 AM
Hi, I&#39;m Paul and live in Sydney. I used and built PC&#39;s (only for myself) for about 12 years until changing jobs five years ago and having to use a G3 imac in the call centre where I was in the team supporting the consultants.

When the company was wound up I had bought my own G3 700 mhz imac and found a new vocation. As a senior member of society (60 now) :o I was "unemployable".

This is when I started to learn more about the multimedia functions of a mac. YAHOO I now consider myself only semi retired as I happily film weddings etc and process the movies and photos to DVD (for a fee of course)

I have just taken delivery of my new superdrive emac and love not having to work around an external burner and being able to use iDVD.

I am also an avid Goons fan (who most of you have probably never heard about) and follow Hawthorn (they will come back)

AusMac
4th December 2004, 08:36 AM
like the goons .. hawthorn will need some sound effects

DrNick
4th December 2004, 12:05 PM
Originally posted by AusMac@Dec 4 2004, 12:49 AM
Gday Nick I have a very close relativein Optus, so never fear from me. Go to UNI if you have something in mind to concentrate upon .. be that lasagne or not..
However.. if you do not have a focus .. a job is better than squat.
yeah i know man
im kinda sick of the IT industry.
ive studied computers for years.

my passion is documentaries. so i really want to learn about film making and editing and what goes into making doco&#39;s

i guess thats why i bought a mac. because they are good for editing etc.
one of the blokes i&#39;ll be living with adelaide has a dual 2.5 g5 so i&#39;ll be exploiting that :P

DrNick
4th December 2004, 12:07 PM
Originally posted by Ozi@Dec 4 2004, 01:18 AM
Greetings new members&#33;

I hope to see all you new Melbourne-based members at my BBQ on next Saturday. :) Should be a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to meet friends "in the flesh" rather than just over the &#39;net. Details: http://forums.appletalk.com.au/index.php?showtopic=2592
Gday ozi
it looks at this stage that i may be working mate
but if things change then i just may be able to attend
havent had a BBQ in bloody ages

i used to work as a professional BBQ caterer
it was the best job i ever had&#33;

pipsqeek
5th December 2004, 12:00 PM
BBQ caterer?

Where do I sign..?????


I usually have one or am at one every week. so it wouldn&#39;t be too much different.


Anyway, welcome to the forum, some of you newer members seem very interesting.....not...saying...that...us older members are not... :ph34r:

pipsqeek

DrNick
5th December 2004, 09:24 PM
Originally posted by pipsqeek@Dec 5 2004, 12:00 PM
BBQ caterer?

Where do I sign..?????


I usually have one or am at one every week. so it wouldn&#39;t be too much different.


Anyway, welcome to the forum, some of you newer members seem very interesting.....not...saying...that...us older members are not... :ph34r:

pipsqeek
haha i know&#33; I miss it as a job so much. next summer im gunna try and work there again
missed out this year cos im in melb
there arent any such jobs here unfortunately.

worked sat and sun usually. drove a big van out to venues in parks etc
had a big portable bbq or two and lots of salads rolls etc
all the neccessities
and jut cooked it around lunch time
served it all up
took home then let overs and it fed me for a week
ahh i miss it
brings a tear to the eye *sniff*

nicwithsticks
5th December 2004, 10:24 PM
OK, I&#39;ve been lurking around this website for ages now, under a different nickname until recently. Even then, I didn&#39;t post much, letting others do all the work (something I excel at). Anywho, I decided that I hated the other nickname and signed up with this one, perhaps now I can share some of my smartass attitude (I like to call it wit) and cynicism.

So, for those who are interested (and even those who aern&#39;t) heres the speel about me:
My name&#39;s Nic, I&#39;m 20 and from Melbourne and I&#39;ve just completed my 1st year in a Bachelor of Multimedia at Monash Uni. I&#39;m a bit of a Mac addict, my first was a PowerBook 165 waay back in 92. Over the years I&#39;ve had some, lost some, and now I&#39;ve got my 12" PowerBook.

So anyway guys, I guess through my endless ranting and shameless self promotion, I wanted to say Apple Talk is a great site...

And that&#39;s about it....

Ozi
6th December 2004, 12:31 AM
awesome sounding job, Dr.Nick&#33;

Nice to meet you, HSVGuy. My dad runs a fair chunk of the web and IT of monash uni, so blame him if it screws up. :lol:

diz_syd_63
16th December 2004, 12:56 PM
Well you asked ... I&#39;m in Sydney, love my Mac(s), and have successfully convinced a few of my friends NOT to go down the PC path in favour of Macs. I&#39;m a musician (composer/arranger) and use my iBook almost exclusively for music notation and other stuff. I&#39;ve also been known to run music rehearsals from it (with the help of a synth and USB connection). I have a "day job" becasue working in music in Australia is almost impossible.

Mandi
4th January 2005, 08:36 PM
Hi :)

I&#39;m new to Appletalk and haven&#39;t used an Apple since the old IIe I used at high school (already showing my age here).

I&#39;m very excited because tomorrow I pick up my shiny new imac G5&#33; Yay&#33;

*excited bounce*

Look forward to getting to know everyone and picking your brains about all things mac.

Cheers :)
Mandi

nicwithsticks
4th January 2005, 09:05 PM
Welcome Mandi&#33;

AppleTalk is a pretty cool place, I&#39;m still a bit new to the place myself, but it&#39;s very helpful. Oh, and I&#39;m jaleous that you&#39;re getting an iMac G5 :D

What made you switch?

thedom
5th January 2005, 09:12 PM
Hi

I&#39;ve been coming to AppleTalk for a couple of months now, and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to sign up.

My name is Dominic and I&#39;ve been using Macs for about 7 years. I currently work as a graphic artist and web designer at a Melbourne Apple Reseller (just producing their marketing material etc). I also briefly worked with an digital outdoor signage company producing animations.

She
12th January 2005, 08:57 PM
Hello&#33; I&#39;m from Brisbane

Purchased my first Mac last October (12" G4 powerbook)
Not really first time user though.. I used Macs through primary school (grade 4 to 7.. god that was ages ago)
Was a frustrated PC used for the last 7 or so years.. I am so happy to have switched
(my desktop is a pc though.. am considering whether I should dump it and get an iMac or not)

thanks about it :)

bender
12th January 2005, 09:13 PM
Hi everyone&#33;

Been reading AppleTalk for a while, have now moved from being a PC hardware freak to a Mac zealot (well, amongst my mates anyway&#33;). I bought my first mac, a PowerBook G4 and haven&#39;t looked back&#33;

B)

Brenno
12th January 2005, 09:39 PM
I guess I should post. I&#39;ve been a member for a while but sort of lost interest until Pips mentioned the site on another forum (aussiefrogs) so I thought I&#39;d check it out again. Wow the place has grown&#33;

I&#39;ve still got my Albook 15". They seem to be a pretty popular beastie around here. During the year I also picked up a superdrive eMac for the family. Does the job.

I do project management work for a telco but once upon a time worked as an Apple Service Engineer for an Apple Reseller in Noosa and then in North Sydney. I got my certification when I was 20, but didn&#39;t make use of it for very long.

I won&#39;t bore you with the list of Apple products I&#39;ve bought over the years, but I do have a PowerCD that is still in use today. It&#39;s so neat&#33; It&#39;s just a shame the Apple Speakers died ages ago, I kinda liked them. I had a Newton 110 in high school too. How geeky is that? A mate and I used to beam messages across the room in science class. We were so cool.....heh.

g4cube
15th January 2005, 05:39 PM
Hi im matt and live in sydney, Im a house painter by day and computer geek in the making at night. My father inlaw started me in macs and i have never looked back. ;)

ashby
15th January 2005, 06:59 PM
Hello,

I&#39;m Jenny and just joined. My first Mac was an apple 2E with big discs. I now have an ibook(about to be updraded to a G4 14inch ibook) a 575 and a 5500(Black Mac). I also have 2 emacs home for the holidays for me to make some DVD&#39;s for school. I am an ICT/librarian/reading recovery teacher. i look after all Macs in the school. Our curriculum network is totally mac and we have a pod (8) ibooks. We run wirelessly and have done so now for 5 years.

Video use and digital camera use along with the ilife suite is what I like to do the most. I have recently transferred our home movies and photo albums to DVD for my daughters 21st. It took some time but the result was fantastic. I may have made a rod for my back though as I have 4 children.

Just completed my Master Of Education (IT) through Deakin and had a great time with the course all online. Great to hear many of you are studying and hope to chat some time.

Can&#39;t wait to get an ipod next month and actually be able to hear the music at the gym.

Cheers

Koman
25th January 2005, 04:29 PM
First post.

Hey everyone. I&#39;m not a Mac-user just yet, but I&#39;m getting my iBook soon for Uni this year. I&#39;m so damn excited, lol.

Atomac
25th January 2005, 07:22 PM
I still haven&#39;t posted in this thread even though I have been hanging around the traps at Appletalk since March &#39;04. My name is Andrew and I have been using Macs since 1991, and used my first Apple (a IIe) in 1989. I bought my first Mac (a Perfoma 580 CD) in 1995. I loved that computer, but it could have gone the other way. I only bought a Mac because one of my housemates had an LC 475. Prior to Apple I had an Atari ST and prior to that I had a ZX Spectrum. So I have been into computers since 1984, when I was 8. I bought an iMac in 2000 and sold it last year after I picked up the G3 secondhand. I recently bought a 12" Powerbook and it is the best computer I have ever used, let alone owned.

I am a primary school teacher and have worked for the Education Department of WA for 7 years, on and off. I spent the last couple of years in Adelaide and, although I started out doing relief teaching I got a job at Next Byte, where I tried very hard to switch many people and often succeeded. For me selling Macs and working with them all day was a dream job. Ultimately I decided to go back to teaching, it gets into your blood. I also didn&#39;t really like sales. People are so demanding and it is a thankless job. Even though I like to think I was very good at it.

So this year I am back in Kalgoorlie and have a year 6 class. I hope to be able to incoporate my Mac into my teaching and get the school to consider switching. It&#39;ll be an uphill battle. Macs are my hobby and I love fiddling with, writing and reading about them.

I hope to start a Mac User Group in the Goldfields (message me if you are also here in Kal and are interested in joining).

Appletalk is a great site. We manage to have meaningful and sensible discussion about a range of topics. It has a real community feel.