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!

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6 thoughts on “More on the Mac…

  • November 24, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    I feel your frustration.
    But, ahem… isn’t this supposed to by your CHRISTMAS gift??
    Shouldn’t it be tucked away in the back of GG’s closet, wrapped in shiny red paper?

  • November 24, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    LOL, Wylie. It would be/should be if it were a hat or a sweater or something like that. But this is a computer with buttons and monitors and Gizmos. Gizmo Guy wants to play with it more than I do, LOL.

    It’s sort of like tearing a toy away from a little kid.

  • November 25, 2008 at 6:29 am

    I’m not a techno gal. All the set-up of my tool-in-trade gives me stress. I hope everything’s up and onboard very, very soon!

  • November 25, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Oh awesome, you have to tell me how Storyist operates. So jealous.

  • November 26, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I feel your pain. Mr. Munro always grabs our new gadgets. I have to wait for the novelty to wear off before I can use something. A sad fact of life.

  • November 29, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I don’t have to worry about CFM when it comes to IT. He is LOW tech, flashlights are his thing. I bought him a GPS last year to go in the woods with and he still uses his compass cause he can’t figure it out. So my Mac is not in danger of being fought over.

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