just got my first mac!!

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  1. furcalchick macrumors 68020

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    hi guys!!! i just got my first macbook in the mail yesterday, but i have yet to start it up, as i was doing other things, and i'm trying to make sure every little detail is taken care of in my mac launch.

    to start with, i'm not "switching" to mac, but instead a switch hitter (baseball term in refrence to a hitter that swings from both sides of the bat), as i continue to use my windows xp desktop for several uses. i first decided on a mac six months ago when looking for a notebook computer for my college graduation, as the power surges we get on a regular basis here in south florida may be taking a toll on my desktop and just plain annoying (graduated satruday after just seven semesters), and lurked on the forums since summer. i first waited for core 2 duo and leapord to come out before buying my macbook, but since leapoard wasn't out till spring, i decided to order it last week with my student discount along with 2 mb of ram based on the advice given here. my family is all pc and windows oriented and were resentful to buying me a mac at first, but i lucked out and got some cash of my own and bought it with my own money.

    about six months ago, i asked elsewhere if a vista computer or xp computer was better for me, but after doing some further digging, i found that vista wasn't going to be a vast improvement, and likely to be lots of bloat and just messy after being years late, you know the rest. coupled with that was that xp (which i think is the best os ms has made to date) could be rendered to relvative obsltencess at anytime. i don't have too much against ms as a compnay, but they aren't nice, and lately, their os has been doing too many errors, i couldn't find any good programs for web and movies, etc like i wanted to do. then i stumbled on the i'm a mac ads. i just loved them, and after that, i wanted to see if macs were a decent third option. they were a great third option, with most of the reviews being very postive, and over the next couple of weeks, i just wanted to have one. so i waited for core 2 duo on the macbook, the computer i wanted, as the pros seemed a bit big for my taste and plus out of my price range (if there was a 12 inch mbp, apple could have put me in a pickle). i try out the apples for the next few months, and get some free apps to supply my coming mac.

    i will mainly use this for the main ilife proprites, prehaps moving on later to the higher end apps. i think also gettng a mac will benefit come resume time, as i can claim to have proficency in two os' instead of just one that most of my compteitors do. btw, i graduated with a bs in biology, but not looking for a job quite yet. i'm not ditching windows, but vista isn't getting within 10 feet of my computers.

    i wanted to really post this before starting up the mac for the first time to tell you guys the news, and see if i'm missing anything major on mac setup that's not covered elsewhere (i've read a bunch of beginner's guides). i got most of the vital apps and some fun ones i like. i hope to have the mac basicaly set up by the end of the year.

    thanks for reading.
     
  2. twistedlegato macrumors 65816

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  3. furcalchick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    oldnavy, you just broght up another point about macs and windows diffrences. most of the windows programs for some reason suck really bad, but the mac programs on the other hand, most of them are high quality, even the free ones. the ashetics also make it like it wasn't half baked like many of the windows apps. i've already burned a disc full on mac app install disc (i plan on installing at least most of them) and hope to get them in the next week or so.
     
  4. savanahrose macrumors 6502a

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    Congratulations on your new mac! I too kept looking at the reviews and just got mine last month. Wow, I have had it for a month today!!! I can't believe it has only been a month. I just absolutely love it. I am still looking at the apps that I might be able to use in the future. I don't expect any heavy usage right now, but I will in about a month or two when I go back to school.
     
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  6. furcalchick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    can't connect with the net :mad:

    having a bit of a problem connecting to my network (full of windows machines). i tried airport, no luck. anyone with a solution with this?
     
  7. furcalchick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    having too much fun with my mac...

    i've only been fooling around it for a few hours, but already i'm having way too much fun playing around with this thing here and adding rss feeds to vienna, etc. aldready downloaded converstation, but still need to fool around with adium to get some adjustments done on that.
     
  8. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    Neo Office will be handy when you have to stop playing. :)
     
  9. furcalchick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    i'm also shocked to see how fast installing programs are. i think only one or two took more than a minute to do, and some of them, you just drag them into the applications file. it's so easy to do, compared to windows, where it could take 15 minutes or more for one app. i would have installed my dozens of software by now, but i'm just having so much fun fooling around with each app before moving on to the next one that i want to take a few minutes to explore. this would have taken days to do on windows making everything work. but here, it's just taking hours.;)

    glad i didn't go to vista.
     
  10. 2fives macrumors regular

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    I just bought mine about a week ago. Main reason I went with MAC is you can run both OS's. Windows and OS X. That made it a no brainer.

    I'm long done with school and don't need it for biz, just fooling around on and portability.
     
  11. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    You don't need to keep rebooting which in Windows mounts up to lots of minutes very quickly.
     
  12. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    Lucky you, done with school! Congrats on the new purchase, you'll have lots of fun with your new computer. :)
     
  13. 04440 macrumors member

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    That's one of the best things.. Vista is relaly nice though.. I like how it installed most of drivers automatically
     

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