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29 December 2005 @ 06:40 pm
Some Things I'm Thinking About  
First off... Does anybody know of decent newsreaders for the Mac? I suppose I could use Thunderbird, but I already use the Mac email program (and I have no intention of switching at this point), and I'd prefer something dedicated and more lightweight (of course, on the plus side, Thunderbird does have a really slick icon, and would look nice next to the Firefox icon. And maybe I could get that RSS reader thingy, too, with the cool owl icon, though I forget the actual name at this exact moment).

Here's why -- right now, I pull all my mail down on all three of my active boxes, the Linux server and my laptops. I'm planning on going Mac-only (well, more or less) for mail. Thunderbird on the PC mostly pulls down things I need for the side programming work, I don't care if it has everything, as I've taken to using the Mac mail client (almost) exclusively for actually composing mail. Right now, news is set up on the Dell under Thunderbird, but I don't like the interface all that much (not that it's terrible, really), and I've got mail and news globbed together on my Linux box with Gnus. I suppose I could just turn off the mail portion (those files are simply going to be dumped onto the Mac, they're all flat files so they'll still be easy enough to find) and continue using the Linux server for news, which in some ways is convenient (it's the only box that's connected to the internet when I'm at work, so that's when I use it), but eventually the whole box will be retired if I, you know, move anywhere interesting.

Speaking of which, I'm considering buying the new version of LightWave 3D -- this time, for the Mac. The price is damned reasonable (under $800), and I can afford it, and that will allow me to permanently pack up my Windows desktops, which at this point have no other use whatsoever (and only one of them at that). Then, I can use the (physical) deskspace to hook the 15" PowerBook up to the 21" monitor for a reasonable amount of (virtual) desktop space, and sometime down the road, replace that with a cinema display after I, you know, move anywhere interesting and dump all of those big heavy CRT monitors.

Mind you, a G4 isn't the best chip for that sort of thing, but it should be adequate (it's faster than what I'm using now), and anyway, someday if I had good reason, I could upgrade onto a bigger box. Of course, I don't know how solid LightWave is on the Mac -- but on the other hand, it was always kinda touchy on the PC side, too, so I don't know that it could be worse on that count.
 
 
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Amyamyirene_40 on December 31st, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
Mac newsreader
This is a question you'd be better off asking in sff.discuss.macintosh over on SFFNet, since that's a newsgroup full of people who use Macs and read newsgroups. I have some vague memories of Hogwasher being recommended last time the question came up. Thunderbird and Macsoup are the other two that I remember being mentioned.
Douglas Triggs: apple lightdoubt72 on December 31st, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Mac newsreader
You know, the more I think about this, the more I think I'll just use Gnus when that day comes. I've used it for, ah, fifteen years almost, and I like it, and there's no reason I shouldn't be able to get it work trivially on the Mac (it's not like the environment under MacOS is meaningfully different than Linux for such programs -- it's all elisp, after all).

But, right now, like I've said, news stays on the Linux box, since it's the only box I have that can connect to the internet from work (never mind I have to connect to it first).