I Can't Believe I've Been Missing Out So Long...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by norcio, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. norcio macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2007
    this is my first post on macrumors forums, although i've been visiting this website for about 2 years. i never joined because i didn't have a mac, but things have changed...

    yesterday i braved the downtown (L.A.) traffic to make a stop at my bank. i took out $2100 in cash, then drove to the apple store at the grove in beverly hills. i bought the base model 15" mbp and all i can say is WOW. the bad thing about this site (if there is anything bad to say) is that it kept me from purchasing a mac in the past out of fear that it would be upgraded right after purchase. but now that i took the leap, i can't help but kick myself about how long i've been missing out on OSX. i am literally blown away on all the features it has to offer.

    as you probably guessed, i am a switchover from peecee but i'm really starting to get the hang of the differences between the two. OSX is definitely more logically laid out than XP, not to mention this computer feels about a million times faster. here are a few reasons why i decided to purchase my MBP:

    • larger screen than my HP
    • high resolution screen
    • reliability (including security in terms of viruses and spyware)
    • portability and battery life
    • iWeb, expose (i love these two)
    • boot camp (i'm not going to bother with the beta version right now, i'll wait)
    • quality (it truely is the Mercedes Benz of computers)
    • and yes of course, the cool factor!

    i really want to learn all OSX has to offer, especially the programs. could anyone recommend a good site (besides the OSX page on apple.com) that has some good tutorials--preferably video tutorials. right now i'm trying to work automator and it's a little difficult for me. i also have some questions regarding my external hard drive that i have from my last computer--like if i can use it for both OSX and XP. i've found some good threads already so hopefully i will figure it out without having to ask any repeat questions. Also, are there any cool programs or features that anyone recommends i check out? like i said, i don't really know everything that's out there for macs, so any feedback is greatly appreciated. i'd also be glad to answer any questions you guys might have, if you have any (because i'm just a noob).

    I LOVE MY MBP!!!

    p.s. i probably should have waited a few more days to buy this because i have a midterm on monday and it's going to be hard to put this down to study :cool:
  2. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    It is not the Mercedes of laptops :mad:

    It is the poor man's Rolls Royce! :p
  3. smueboy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2006
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  5. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2006
    congrats on your purchase!

    just so you know, the grove is not in BH! the closest apple store to BH is located at beverly center, which isn't in BH either.
  6. holamiamigos macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2006
    this should be an example to all those who make the infamous "should i wait" threads!!!!! go for them people!!!
  7. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    Congratulations on your purchase, but 2 years? Wow, I doubt I could hold out as long as you...

    Your purchase can only mean one thing... new MacBook Pros next Tuesday! :)

    Seriously, you should just ditch Automator. It's Apple's version of Sherlock... one of those great ideas on paper that is useless in real life situations. If you really want automation power, look into learning AppleScript.

    Try MacBreak podcasts for some neat video tutorials. Open iTunes to access the podcast directory.
  8. iBorg20181 macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
  9. CaptainHaddock macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2004
    Nagoya, Japan
    I will beg to differ. :) I've saved tons of time here and there whipping up little Automator workflows. It needs some improvement, but it's a real power tool.
  10. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    Welcome to the Cult!

    I hope you enjoy you MBP, and many more Apple computers, for a long time to come!!
  11. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    See, this is what you get for reading so many of the "OMG, MBPs suck" threads. ;) Next time, don't wait 2 years to pull the trigger for something as sweet as this. ;)
  12. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Have to disagree. I use it extensively and save hours a week. The Leopard version adds a 'watch me' option which should make it even better.

    Anyway, back on topic; welcome aboard, enjoy your mac, and spread the word ;)
  13. dkirlew macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2007
    Like Norcio I've been visiting macrumors for two years now and tomorrow I'm finally taking the plunge and gettinig the macbook pro. I do alot of computer repair and a yesterday a friend askekd if I could try and remove a trojan horse/spyware on his computer. Couldn't remove it but spent three frustrating hours trying to and it was at that point I decided to cancnel my order for a Windows laptop (won't mention brand) and get the MBP. I've used Windows for about 19 years and really never had any serious problems with it, until I started fixing up computers for myself and my friends. Now when I go fix my friends computers I can relax knowing I won't deal with those problems when I get home.
  14. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    At the very least, macbook pro owners don't have to deal with a lot of OS glitches... even if the display is bad, or the aluminum is bulging! That's worth a lot! I could never use windows on a personal machine, just too much frustration. That's the only reason I'm still with Apple at this stage.

    Looked at VISTA the other day and I thought the OS looked terrible with its effects and colors. I was hoping to like what they had done....but it's still just plain old MS with a little artificially colored frosting.
  15. iLoveMyMBP macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2007
    New York
    i recently got a new 15 inch mbp too!! rock on this machine is sweeet
  16. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    If you're not looking to play FPS games, I'd highly recommend Parallels, not having to reboot to run a Windows program or two is sweet and the release candidate has Convergence, which opens just the program window, not the Windows desktop.
  17. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    For what it's worth, Automator is vastly improved in Leopard and actually is (er, will be) of some use.

    Another book I'd recommend is Mac OS X Tiger Killer Tips. Lots of cool tips, all easily read in a few seconds, nice graphics.
  18. julierules11 macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2007
    i joined the apple team recently too.got a macbook earlier this week.loving it.
  19. bbergie macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2006
    Don't forget to post your iWeb creation's URL when its ready!

    Here's a pretty good resource that I like on OS X: http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/faqs.html

    Congrats on your new computer.
  20. jhande macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2006
    Welcome to the Social (tongue firmly in cheek) :rolleyes:
  21. norcio thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2007
    thanks a lot everyone for the recommendations. so far i have installed flip4mac which is very useful, coconut battery, and firefox. the websites you all pointed out for OSX resources are incredibly helpful! my friend and sister just got macbooks and we were video chatting on ichat last night. i know that technology is nothing new, but i was really impressed! i'm kind of bummed to learn, though, that there is no remote desktop or remote assistance option in OSX unless you buy it. (there's also a good chance that i'm wrong here, also). my 1gb kingston ram should be here moday. i only paid $95, apple wanted to charge around $160 :(.

    oh yeah, i just discovered front row last night! that program is ridiculous!! if apple just ran a commercial with an example of front row, that would have pretty much sold me a while back. i love discovering all these new features! i think it was SpicyApple who recommended the MacBreak video podcasts. those are really neat, i suggest everyone check those out on itunes.

    can anyone suggest a good cd/dvd burning program? i used Nero Premium on my HP and i really appreciate all the features (.iso, .bin / .cue, data burning, etc). i heard Toast is a good program, i was thinking of purchasing that...

    there should be a warning on the box: side effects may include sleep deprivation ;)
  22. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Parallels also runs with older versions of Windows, so you can happily install 2000 if like me you think XP is a stinker :)
  23. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    There certainly is remote access, you just need to enable it in the Services section of Sharing (system preferences). Then, download a free app called Chicken of the VNC, and you're in business.
  24. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Don't forget 'may cause skipping work' and 'warning: you will not be able to finish your coursework as there are so many funner things to do with this'
  25. $nowman macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2007
    i wonder if apples bootcamp xp drivers would work with 2000 since xp is based on 2000

    i like 2000 because its a no BS OS, it doesnt have a bunch of crap

    welcome to the lite side, its a hard step to make but once your over your hooked. i used to be a PC tech who swore off apple but now i love it, everything just works. you dont have to fight with your computer

    like yesterday my buddy was trying to get his flash drive to work on vista (couple month old laptop). he was unsuccessful, couldnt find a driver to make it work. hes not an idiot, he repairs computer daily. so i plug it into my macbook and it shows right up, no driver install no nothing.

    it just works

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