OSX is the new Macintosh operating system based on UNIX--among its features are turn multitasking, dynamic memory allocation, and an impressive resistance to system crashes
  • Some elements of OSX will be familiar to Mac users and some others oddly changed
  • There is still an icon on the desktop for the hard drive of the computer and icons for removable media
  • The apple menu in the upper left corner and the programs in use menu in the upper right corner are gone, both replaced by the dock
  • The dock contains alias of programs (placed there by the user) to the left of a horizontal divider
  • To the right of this division are documents, folders, and the trashcan -- the folders can contain documents and program aliases
  • The dock can be positioned at the bottom, right, or left of the desktop -- the icons can be set to enlarge as the cursor touches them, and the Dock can be set to disappear until the cursor comes near it
  • In the illustration to the right -- the folders are larger and the contents have been made visible by a "click-and-hold" action on the folder
  • The Control Panel (in the now-missing Apple Menu) has been renamed System Preferences and can be found in the Dock
  • By clicking on the icon -- the System Preferences will open
  • This, for example, shows the adjustments for the Dock
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  • Printing is interesting under OSX as well -- All Mac OSX programs now allow you to generate a PDF file in the Print Dialogue box
  • Printing is via IP -- therefore any printers not connected directly to the computer (USB connected ink jet printer) will need an IP address
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  • Connecting to a server is a bit different under OSX -- under the GO menu
  • Select "Connect to Server" -- a dialogue box will appear
  • Connecting via IP -- a IP number address or the alpha address are needed
  • A server in McEwen used by Corporate Publishing and Web Publishing students is Quicksilver
  • By entering the address (quicksilver.elon.edu) -- the system will ask for a username and password
  • The connection will take a few seconds -- a second prompt may appear indicating what particular part of that server you want to access
  • Click the OK button
  • The Icon for that volume on the server will appear on the desktop (just like in OS9+)
  • The folders, files, fonts and other materials there are then accessible
  • The contents of the Common Hard Disk can now be seen
  • Files can be copied or used from this point
  • To disconnect from the server, drag its icon to the trashcan
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