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    Default Welcome! Tell Us A Little About Yourself...

    Been a while since I updated this, so here's the 2008 version

    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. 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 St. Albans Secondary. 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 EFA 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! 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.

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    Gday,

    My Name is Liam

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

    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! h34r:

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    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?

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    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

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    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.
    Macbook Pro 2.4Ghz Unibody goodness
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    8Gb 3G iPhone, 3rd gen iPod Nano 4Gb, 3rd gen U2 ipod 20Gb

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    Hi, I'm B -- 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 ExposÚ with words.

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    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)


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    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)

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    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&#33. 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.
    "Saying your operating system is the best because more people use it is like saying MacDonalds make the best food"

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    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. ) 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&#33 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&#33 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.

    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&#33 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&#33 in assistance to the site. Cheers, fellas!
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    Hi guys. My name is John and I'm a Macaholic! I run a web design and multimedia studio here in Melbourne called 'dogbite'.


    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&#33

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    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.


    Thanks again everyone, and Enjoy AppleTalk MacTalk!
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    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! ^_^
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    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
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    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

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    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.
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    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&#33 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.
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    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.

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

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    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.

    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.
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    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).
    "Saying your operating system is the best because more people use it is like saying MacDonalds make the best food"

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