Awesome new MACBOOK

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by animenick65, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. animenick65 macrumors 6502

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    I'm typing this on a brand new CD black macbook. Got a great deal on a refurbished one at an apple store. $899 for a stock model. Seems to be really good. Thanks for all of your help in making the decision. Im happy to be a part of the mac community. Can anyone recommend any good starting free applications I might like. I'm looking for a good instant messaging app.
     
  2. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    congrats, that's a great price and you'll love it. :) Get adium for instant messaging. It's totally customizable and very fun and easy to use.
     
  3. a9mike macrumors newbie

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    Adium for chat. Don't be turned off by the duck, it's powerful and theme-able.
    Quicksilver, because I can't live without it.

    The rest depends on what you do on your Mac. Congrats and cheers for the new book!
     
  4. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Handbrake and iSquint for converting videos for iPod/iTunes.

    Senuti for getting songs/playlists from your iPod to your Mac.

    VLC and Flip4Mac for playback of nearly any video (apart from stupid new WMVs with the new DRM), use VLC for avi etc.
     
  5. twistedlegato macrumors 65816

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    Yes get Adium, its all i use except for Voice/video chatting.
     
  6. animenick65 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Adium it is! Handbrake is a great tool! Love the simplicity. This little machine is great.
     
  7. Grakkle macrumors 6502a

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    Download Stuffit ASAP. You'll need it for a lot of things. And it's free for the basic expander.
     
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    neo office - Free office suite, like openoffice
    flip4mac - Lets you watch wmv files with quicktime
    Stuffit - Expands archives
    Acqlite - if you're into P2Ping
    Transmission - For all your torrenting needs
    Seashore - Painting program
     
  10. operator macrumors regular

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    I don't like stating the obvious but,
    Firefox for web browsing.

    Google Earth is free and awesome. (not mac specific)

    Coconut Battery lets you know how your battery is holding up.
     
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  12. Stadsport macrumors regular

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    Congrats, but how'd you get it for $899? The refurb store has them for $999.

    Also, they have refurbs in the Apple Stores (real life ones :p)? That'd be awesome since I plan on getting one soon.
     
  13. Aniej macrumors 68000

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    And with all those apps... LittleSnitch but of course:D Enjoy and that is a great deal.
     
  14. animenick65 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    stadsport...im not sure why this store had the black macbook for $899 but i sure as hell ain't complaining. This thing impresses me so much. I'm coming from using a single core amd 3200+ system and honestly this macbook just blows it away. Handbrake is awesome and the multithreaded support really helps. My only concern is heat. Under full processor load using Hanbrake I get 70c and while I'm tying this and playing a dvd in the background I get about 50c. Is that normal? BTW i am using SMC fan control and have the minimum fan speed set to 3000. Any insights would be helpful!
     
  15. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    To all those recommending StuffIt... why? .sit and .sitx are more or less dead formats, and only old/outdated people use it... like Microsoft with their Windows Media Player, which you don't want to install anyway.

    All the other suggestions are good though.
     
  16. interlaced macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah! Sometimes you just have to ask cuz they keep them in the back. ;)
     
  17. Grakkle macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. But some stuff still requires it - AIM for one.:rolleyes: Don't ask me why - it's a nuisance.
     
  18. animenick65 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I tried aim for mac and it just sucks so bad. Adium is great and is what instant messaging should be.
     

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