Using Macintosh computers for ham radio applications

Richard Rucker rrucker at
Sun Dec 10 06:24:40 CST 2006

On Dec 10, 2006, at 3:40 AM, Robert E. Seastrom wrote:

> Yeah, just think of the 10s of thousands of applications that the Mac
> can't run (I believe there is a database at

 >  I believe there is a database at


Any app that you do want to run, regardless of whether it was written  
for Windows, Linux, Unix, or the Mac OS, should run natively on any  
of the new Macs with "Intel inside."  Of course, to run something  
written for Windows, you do have to purchase a copy of Windows XP and  
then run it natively using BootCamp or inside Parallels.  BootCamp  
comes with the machine; Parallels is a separate purchase.

Since Mac OS X is built on BSD Unix, you need add nothing else to an  
off-the-shelf machine.

>> Had a Mac, got frustrated looking for the second mouse button,
> Here in the future, two button USB mice work as expected, just plug
> them in.  Or buy a Mighty Mouse from Apple and turn on the second
> button in the control panel.  And while you're at it, note the
> superior scroll wheel with two degrees of freedom...

The Mac OS has supported multi-button input devices for years.  I  
enjoy using a 4-button Kensington track ball with a scroll wheel  
encircling the track ball.

Ever since 1986, the Mac has had the capability to drive additional  
monitors in order to gain additional display screen real estate.  In  
1986, I was using a 19" monochrome monitor with my Mac Plus with an  
accelerator board inside. My main working surface was the 19" display  
while the 4" by 7" CRT built into the Mac was where I put control  
panels or other auxiliary windows.

These days, I use two LCD monitors in a similar fashion.

Dick Rucker, KM4ML

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