Despite my assertions that I would purloin the Mac iBook while Gizmo Guy was at work, I confess, I left it in its case today. I wasn’t being noble. It’s just there’s no software to use on it yet.
It came with Panther as its operating system, which is the equivalent of say Windows 2000. Most of the software we wanted to use on it (see my choices later in the blog) wouldn’t run on it. Which meant we had to upgrade the O/S.
The latest greatest Apple operating system is Leopard. But that requires a G5 chip. No go. My little iBook has a G3. The next level down on the O/S scale – and the one directly up from Panther – is Tiger. (Don’t you love their names – they’re as esoteric as XP and Vista!) But it was hell trying to find a copy of an older operating system. After a lot of running around, GG finally got ahold of a copy and loaded it last night. So it’s now updated, though there’s no other workable software on it.
First thing I plan to have him load? Some form of word processor. Open Office maybe?
Plus – and this is what I’m REALLY looking forward to — Martie and a few other Mac users I know swear by Scrivener. And Amy commented on Friday that I’d love Storyist. Both help you plot out/plan/keep track of your story as you write it. So they’re exceptionally high on my list right now. Thankfully, they will both work with the Tiger update.
GG promised to load them for me tonight. Naturally enough, he phoned late this afternoon to say “Oh, by the way, I’m working overtime. I probably should be home by 9.”
I can wait. But tomorrow, that Mac is MINE!