ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 2995 posts, RR: 49 Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1300 times:
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Just a hint for you: recent Intel Macs allow you to natively run Windows XP using boot camp. Boot camp will burn a driver CD for you, which also includes "support for apple keyboards". I would suggest trying to get the driver off that CD, and installing it on your HP PC at home. Just make a recovery point in case it screws up something, but in theory it should work.
I would even try without the driver first: it should work alright, you'd probably only miss some "special" keys.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21346 posts, RR: 54 Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1234 times:
Manu's advice above looks like an excellent idea.
The two main things I like about the Apple keyboard are:
- It doesn't have a "fringe" which takes up desk space without doing anything for you.
- It has a built-in USB hub for your mouse; Keyboard and mouse only need a single USB port (which is one of the reasons why Macs usually don't have as many USB ports as PCs do). It's just a USB1 hub, but it's enough for any input device.
Mechanically it's quite decent (I've used mine intensively for more than three years and it's still working well) although in the more remote past I've had better ones. But the days of "real" key mechanisms are mostly gone, unfortunately...
It's a cross platform utility which allows you to use the same set of mouse and keyboard across multiple machines at your desk as long as they're on the same local network. Mouse and keyboard are shared (even across Macs, Windows and Linux machines) while each still uses its own screen output.
I'm using it to control my PowerMac G5 and my new MacBook Pro almost as if they were a single machine; Just move the mouse between the screens and keyboard control switches over automatically.
You could use it for your PC and a laptop (how about a MacBook? ) or even for more than two computers at the same time...
The utility still has a few quirks, but nothing serious.
RIXrat From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 783 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1194 times:
So how do you get rid of annoying messages from a Mac sent message or document that shows an apostrophe as @&< (or something like that)? It takes a lot of time weed out the extra characters if you want to relay something presentable to someone else.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21346 posts, RR: 54 Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1185 times:
Quoting TEBguy (Reply 8): be aware, you may or may not have a windows key
All Macs right back to 1984 have had an "Apple key" on the keyboard, also dubbed the "Command key". The "Windows key" was simply the PC copy of it - and it even has the same key ID on USB keyboards.
In order to make it slightly less obvious however , the Windows key was placed between the Control and Alt keys instead of between Alt and Space as on every Mac keyboard before and since.
As a consequence, people using a PC keyboard with a Mac usually swap the key assignment under System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Keyboard -> Modifier Keys
It's possible that Windows has a similar feature; But maybe you'll need a special driver for it. I didn't find it in XP (not even under "Printer and other hardware" where the keyboard settings appear to have been hidden... ); But running it in Parallels Desktop under MacOS apparently already implies the switch anyway.
Quoting RIXrat (Reply 10): So how do you get rid of annoying messages from a Mac sent message or document that shows an apostrophe as @&< (or something like that)?
It's not so much a question of the platform but rather one of the respective mail programs. In your case either the sender didn't encode the character properly or your mail program misinterpreted a properly encoded message.
WSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1123 times:
Quoting Klaus (Reply 11): All Macs right back to 1984 have had an "Apple key" on the keyboard, also dubbed the "Command key". The "Windows key" was simply the PC copy of it - and it even has the same key ID on USB keyboards.
Just shameless, they should have been sued for making this one key compatible across platforms.