Using my “new” used Mac – initial impressions

Bank Error in My Favor

Okay…so this was advertised on Ebay thusly: Apple Aluminum 20″ IMac 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo 320GB 2GB RAM, 320gig HD. The cost was low ($147.28) and shipping was free and – when it arrived – it actually had 4 gig of RAM and a 500 gig hard drive! Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket, eh?

A Poorly Organized List of Some First Impressions

  • This is an older desktop, but, has laptop-like features like a built-in webcam and wireless – not that’s nice!
  • As a desktop, it takes up very little space and – even though it’s 9-years-old – it’s a great looking, all-in-one unit that kinda dresses up my work area. AND: the screen still has a nice display, AND, it was only $147.28 with free shipping on Ebay. It didn’t come with a Mac keyboard, but I had one laying around…. I need a Mac mouse, because scrolling doesn’t work with my non-Mac mouse.
  • Mac OSX has an app called Facetime which works far better than Skype, in terms of it’s graphics quality. We live in Michigan and chatted with our daughter in LA and the quality of the video chat was amazing. The software also has a very minimalistic, intuitive, easy-to-use interface – great, simple software included with OSX (El Capitan)!
  • I’m not crazy about Safari, but, I installed Opera and it works fine. Where Safari is concerned, the URL bar keeps disappearing – the browser, after you’ve opened multiple tabs, seems to maximize and I can only close it from the launcher at the bottom of my screen. In this case, I might just be missing something or doing something wrong….
  • Audacity – a simple-to-use and full featured audio editor – is available for Mac. I downloaded and installed it, and it works well.
  • You have to download and install the LAME package, for Mac, if you want to export files (using Audacity) in .mp3 format. This isn’t a particular nuisance and it’s understandable since the .mp3 format is proprietary. On the other hand, install something like Linux Mint and the .mp3 format is immediately available on the system. Again, a bit weird.
  • Mac’s have no built-in ability to allow you to record the audio that you hear. I found this to be a particularly screwy deficiency – this is something that works on any version of Windows or modern Linux. By installing a third-party, free app called Soundflower you can record what you hear, but, you can’t listen to it at the same time…..again, pretty weird. Color me crazy – I like to listen to the audio I’m capturing. AS a matter of fact, as I’m writing this I’m listening to some streaming music and I really like the jazz version of “Midnight at the Oasis” that I’m hearing. If I wanted to capture the audio, I’d have to change my audio preferences to direct output to Soundflower, I’d wouldn’t know when the song ended, etc. This is real oddity, in my book, for any modern computer operating system. And this is not because this is an older Mac – this is true with Macs, period.
  • Bit torrent clients seem a bit scarce for Macs, compared to Windows and Linux. And, you’ve got to be careful downloading and installing Transmission because there are packages floating around which have malware included. I downloaded one which tried to launch an out-of-date version of Opera every time I opened the program (even though Opera was not, yet, installed on the computer). The package had, obviously, been hacked.
  • Software-wise, I have installed Adobe Creative Suites 3,5, and 6 – and all went well and everything works.

Links of interest

Partitioning a Mac for Backups
How do I go live on Facebook using streaming software?
My Hosts File, blocking a few things
Optimized Settings for Facebook Live in OBS


List of macOS versions and the software they run
Operating system Safari Mail QuickTime iTunes Messages/iChat iWork
10.12 “Sierra” 10.1 10.3 10.4 12.7 10.0 2016
10.11 “El Capitan” 9.0
10.10 “Yosemite” 9.1.3 8.0 2014
10.9 “Mavericks” 7.3 10.3 12.6.2 2013
10.8 “Mountain Lion” 6.1 ? 10.2 12.4.3[70] ’09
10.7 “Lion” [note 1] 10.1 12.2.2[71] 8.0b or 6.0.1
10.6 “Snow Leopard” 5.1.10[72] 4.5[73] 11.4[74] 5.0
10.5 “Leopard” 5.0.6 3.6 7.7 10.6.3[75] 4.0
10.4 “Tiger” 4.1.3 2.1.3 7.6.4 9.2.1[76] 3.0
10.3 “Panther” 1.3.2 1.x 7.5 7.7.1[77] 2.1[78] ’05
10.2 “Jaguar” [note 2] 1.0.3 6.5.3 6.0.5 2.0 Keynote
10.1 “Puma” N/A 6.3.1 4.7.1 N/A N/A
10.0 “Cheetah” [note 3] 5.0 2.0.4

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