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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by savanahrose, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. savanahrose macrumors 6502a

    savanahrose

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    Hey guys, I finally got my mac! i just wanted to say thank you for all of your buying tips and time. I am having a blast, looking at everything.

    :rolleyes:
     
  2. monke macrumors 65816

    monke

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    Congrats! :)

    What kind did you get?

    Welcome to the 'easy' side. :D
     
  3. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    welcome! feel free to post here with any questions or suggestions (once you get the hang of things).
     
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  5. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    yay.. the first few days are always the most exciting! :) Enjoy it!
     
  6. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    So very glad to hear you are happy with your purchase.
     
  7. savanahrose thread starter macrumors 6502a

    savanahrose

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    thanks for the welcome. I just got the basic 20" imac. which is more than what I really need but what the heck. I am going to have it for awhile, might as well get what I really wanted. My husband was really amazed at how silent this baby is. Our old gateways made so much racket. this is absolutely heaven. :p
     
  8. savanahrose thread starter macrumors 6502a

    savanahrose

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    Thank you I will. I am very sure from just tonight that there will be many questions. :(
     
  9. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a

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  10. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    The most important thing is to know where things go in your HOME Folder.

    All your personal stuff goes there in one of the existing folders or new one's
    that you create for special use.

    Documents, Pictures, Movies, Music, Web Sites, your personal Library of preferences and application support files, and your Desktop, it's all there.

    You will also notice that there is a System Library when you open your hard drive icon, but that's for system wide preferences and support files for all users.

    Many users are fine using the Safari browser, but many others download Mozilla FireFox or Camino.

    Once you have everything set up the way you like it, there won't be much else to do except for occasional software updates.

    I do strongly recommend setting up your system with a secondary Super User Account for all your normal daily tasks.

    Your primary administrative account should only be used for installations
    and maintenance.

    Just open System Preferences in your dock and click the Accounts icon.

    Your original administrative account is usually in your registerred name.

    Your Secondary Super User Accounts need to use a different identity.

    This is important because your strongest defense against security issues is to limit installation privileges.

    Unlike Windows .exe files, nothing can be installed on your computer
    without the administators password or by using a drag to Applications
    install while logged on as administrator.

    There's a wealth of information in these forums, so if you have any trouble at all, someone here can help you with a solution.

    Reading through the Macrumors starters guides helps to get you though a lot of basic questions.


    http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_Beginner's_Guide

    There are also guides for just about any issue that may come to mind.

    http://guides.macrumors.com/Category:Guides

    Enjoy and welcome!!!
     
  11. savanahrose thread starter macrumors 6502a

    savanahrose

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    Thanks FFTT. That was really quite helpful. I put 2 other accounts on my mac, but I also put them as administrators. I like the idea about the downloads using the admin password. I think I need to go and change my daughters preferences. Because her fiancee is coming and he loves to download.
     
  12. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816

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    Welcome to macland, now all you need to do is get a passport blackberryville :cool:
     
  13. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    The account set-up allows you to check or un-check each permission
    as you see fit.

    They can still use all the applications you allow, but I would definitely
    limit installs to your primary administrative account.

    You also want to change your account logon preferences to password logon.

    Each time you you install software or install OS update, you''ll need to go to
    Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility and repair permissions in the disk utility.

    This is also your disk burning utility.

    I also strongly recommend two mini applications.

    You can find these easily at VersionTracker.com

    Little Snitch - Personal Firewall that alerts you any time your system attempts to dial out. Shareware and highly recommended.

    and

    Main Menu.app a very good FREE System maintenance utility for clearing caches, and other scheduled maintenance.

    While you're there at Version Tracker, also check out
    Adium- a universal chat client with encryption
    that allow you to chat with friends using other chat clients.
     

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