Ok, so I recently got my hands on an old emac (circa 2005) that is actually a decent computing machine.
- 1.25GHz PowerPC G4 w/ 1.5 GB DDR SDRAM
- MacOS X 10.5.8 (Darwin 9.8.0)
and the regular programs installed already (itunes, quicktime (not pro), looks like office 2008, garageband, etc.)
Now, I've been able to bomb around and figure out a few things, like where things are and how to tweak some settings, get it networked with the airport, etc., but where I am baffled, befuddled and bedazzlingly confounded is how to really install new apps or codecs. It seems that if I run a .dmg file, it does 'most' of the work of installing, but then somehow I think I also have to drag and drop something into the applications folder? HUH? Why doesn't the OS/installer do this automatically?
Just trying to update the codecs in QT has proven to be a nightmare in futility it seems. It's not like apple/macos gives you any messages when things don't work or go wrong, it just doesn't respond.
So my real question(s) are:
1 - Where is a good place to start in terms of understanding HOW to make a mac actually DO what you want it to?
2 - Why does Apple make its software so bizarrely byzantine in setup/install/running? I'd like to try to understand the benefit, if there IS one, to why they do things this way, because right now, as a power PC user, I'm just shocked at how non-intuitive MacOS seems to be when it comes to actually getting things done...