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  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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How do i run windows on my Macbook? I heard something about Bootcamp program or just buy a windows program and then i heard that i need the parallel thing. How do i get LOR on my mac to run my light show? my heart is broken! I didn't realize that LOR was Windows ONLY :( I'm new to Mac AND I'm new to LOR. I need a tutorial and someone with patience o_O to talk me thru it

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You should already have Boot Camp installed on your Mac. You would need to use that program to partition part of your hard drive. Then install Windows in the new partition. When you boot up, choose Windows and then load LOR. I use my Mac for sequencing, but transfer the files to an old PC for running the show. The only downside is that you can't have both Mac and Windows running at the same time.

Another option is to purchase a program called Parallels, which will allow you to run both operating systems at the same time. But since I have not used it, I'll let someone else chime in on that product.

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You need to be careful when running a Virtual Machine like Parallels. You can run into timing issues. I tried sequencing using Virtual Box on Linux. It would look right one time, then the next time, it would be off.

I ended up picking up a cheap, used laptop. Don't need much to run LOR.

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JoeS & caccoulter Thank u! I think I'm leaning toward buying an HP laptop just for my shows :( so do either of you have any recommendations? how much memory do you think i will need? and what kind of processor will be optimal? because when i go to the store they just try to sell me the most expensive stuff when i tell them what i want to use it for. then i just get mad and leave :/ will an i3 processor wrk? and FYI i have no idea what the difference is between AMD dual quad whatever and intel i3 i5 i7.

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A single core, 1.6GHz CPU an 1 GB memory is more than you'll need. That is what I am running on. It is an old Dell Latitude D610 if I remember correctly. Here is one on eBay for $69.00 w/2Ghz and 2GB.

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As cacoulter said, you don't need a very powerful machine if all you are running is LOR. Many people have purchased used ones locally. A neighbor just bough a new laptop from Fry's Electronics for less than $200. It was an older model they were blowing out. She said there were several types in that price range if you are looking for a new one. Fry's is mostly located in California, but they have been branching out to several other states.

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I totally forgot about Fry's. Just check the web site. Dell Mini, new, 1 year warranty, 1.6Ghz, 1GB for $129.00. That is less than the DC-MP3.

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As everyone said, there are cheap used or new windows machines all over, and all you need is windows XP or above to run LOR. I use win 7 running in boot camp to sequence and then transfer to an SD card for use in the show director. My controllers are a long way from my computer so that's the best way for me.

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everyone! thank u so much for ur input! i feel a lot better knowing that there is hope for my display and my bank acct :) oh and i love going to Frys, but i need an intervention every time i go :)

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My downfall is a new Fry's store 5 minutes from my house, my wife say's I am worse than a woman at a black friday mall sale. I can spend a lot of time in that place.

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