First Powerbook

in Mac Software edited January 2014
Hey all,

I got my first Powerbook last month and am now just getting time to play with it. I got the 15" 867 for 1999 with applecare so I don't care that they came out with the new ones. I love this thing. Considering it is replacing a Dell Smartstep that I got for 350 and wouldn't want to give anyone else. (HUGE!!!) Anyway, what do I need to help me understand this powerbook the best. I am looking to learn as quickly as possible all the benefits of this computer. I know about them but don't know where to get them or their exact names. I am a database programmer and am looking for anything in the world that will help me. Thanks in advance.


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    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    Database programmer, as in web database stuff or access type stuff? If it's web, install mysql ( for an OS X binary) and get PHP working right. Need more specifics for some other recommendations. Enjoy your computer!

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    henriokhenriok Posts: 537member
    I'd suggest joining a Macintosh User Group. As a new Mac-owner their support can become be essential for you. AI is essentially a MUG but hands on help and IRL-contact with other Mac-users will get you settled in faster.
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    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    <a href=""; target="_blank">VersionTracker</a> is a good place to look for software you might need.
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    jpp1cdjpp1cd Posts: 135member
    Yeah a web database guy. I would love to work into the other side of things but not yet. I already have mysql on a linux box that I play around with but I'd love to hook it up on my brand new Mac! Feels good to say that after using that stupid SmartStep from Dell for 6 months. The things weight was at least twice the Powerbooks. Thanks for the tips guys. Anything else I need to know? Should I get a book to help me figure everything out in OS X or would it be best to just play around?
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    serranoserrano Posts: 1,806member
    Play around.
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    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    Under its lickible coating it's a variant to BSD unix. So if your into <a href=""; target="_blank">X Windows</a> you can use a lot of that stuff. Poeple here say fink is good for getting unix stuff. Find it at versiontracekr. Also you may want to check out Apple's <a href=""; target="_blank">Web Objects</a> even though people say it's long over do for an update.
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