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    What do I need (aside from a separate phone line) to use my computer over the phone (faxing, hotsyncing, etc.) along with using the phone to talk. I would like to call in and get the answering maching, turn off the answering machine, call again and get the computer - to fax/hotsync/etc., and (here's the tricky part) turn the answering maching back on to answer before the computer again. Is there software that can do this, or is there a hardware solution that send different rings for different purposes, etc.

    BTW, here are some insanely low memory prices. 512MB chip for an iMac: $86. $89 for a PowerMac. I'll have to get my mac up to 1GB.
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    This isn't really a recommendation, just what I'm using ('cause it was included with my computer, which is prol'ly the worst reason to use software).

    For faxing, there's FaxStf by SmithMicro. It allows you to fax out and to receive faxes (tho, I've been unsuccessful in my attempts to convince that to work; one of these days I need to fiddle with it again), and won't screw with your answering machine. If you leave a phone line connected to the modem, and the modem isn't actively being used (it has to be on, and so does the computer), an incoming fax is supposed to be received by the computer and saved automatically. You can set how many rings for it wait for, just make it fewer than the answering machine. If the incoming isn't a fax it'll ignore it and the answering machine will pick up. If your computer is on "sleep" however, it'll wake up, and won't go back on its own. (in my experience.)
    My modem, phone, answering machine and DSL all have their own cables runnning to the phone jack, however. I don't know what happens if the AM and the modem are in series.
    FaxStf v.6 is $60.
    http://store.smithmicro.com/buy/prod...FORMdatarq=MAC

    if you hit versiontracker.com and do a search for "fax" you get a bunch of share and freeware options too.
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    Originally posted by ****-richardson

    BTW, here are some insanely low memory prices. 512MB chip for an iMac: $86. $89 for a PowerMac. I'll have to get my mac up to 1GB.
    Here in Portland, OR I can buy 512 for $45, 128 $25 and so on.

    Oh yeah, that is not just Frys but all over, even office stores like Office Depot that is really expensive normally.

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    Originally posted by ****-richardson

    BTW, here are some insanely low memory prices. 512MB chip for an iMac: $86. $89 for a PowerMac. I'll have to get my mac up to 1GB.
    You can find 256MB memory for the imac for $35 shipped:
    http://dealram.com/prices/systems/8/256MB.html
    and 512MB for around $65.
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    Haven't been here in a while. Bought one of those new iBooks and went into some kind of time vortex . OWC has good prices on quality RAM too and shipping is only about $5.
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    Originally posted by lennonhead
    Haven't been here in a while. Bought one of those new iBooks and went into some kind of time vortex . OWC has good prices on quality RAM too and shipping is only about $5.
    Entirely understandable lennonhead. Which iBook got your $?
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    Am I going to notice a big difference between 320MB and 1GB? At $70 a crack, it's feasible, but is it pointless?

    P.S. I will be using PrintMusic! shortly, and I dabble with graphics a little.
    Last edited by dick-richardson; 08/15/2001 at 10:57 PM.
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    Probably not, unless you want to make a RAM disk and run apps from that. They can be really fast, but kind of pointless if you don't need the speed/space.

    I got the low-end model (CD). It is a fantastic machine, my first laptop. Since I have a DVD player on my G4 I figured Unreal Tournament can entertain me while on plane flights . It performs very well and I don't really notice a speed difference between my 400 MHz G4 and the 500 MHz iBook except for compressing movies and rendering 3-d scenes, but those are both alti-vec accelerated.
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