Macbook Air Starter Guide

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by docgerrard, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. docgerrard
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    So, I pick up my new air tomorrow :)
    What do I need to do? What apps should I install?

    1) calibrate battery - charge to 100, let it go all the way down and auto power-off, keep it like that for at least 5 hours then plug it back in!

    2) apps: click2flash, microsoft office, what else?

    3) I have never had a mac before. Learn how to use OS X!
     
  2. KPOM
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    1) No need to calibrate. Apple pre-calibrates the battery. There's a support document about it.

    2) What else do you want to do? iStat is a nice dashboard widget that monitors CPU temperature, memory usage, etc. Before you install Click2Flash, make sure you install Flash from Adobe's website (it's still technically Beta but it works).

    3) Macworld has a good "Lion Super Guide" in PDF downloadable for $13 from their website. It is good for someone new to Macs and written in a clear, concise manner.
     
  3. docgerrard
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    My current computer just got a geekbench of 893 lol.

    Anyways, what or some other cool apps. Like what is that app that you can snap windows like windows 7?
     
  4. The Catalyst
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    I just bought a new car....

    - get gas
    - fasten seatbelt
    - where should I go

    I've never had this type of car before. :rolleyes:
     
  6. VMMan
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    Consider a shell or skin like Speck's see through plastic shell (which I use)

    Consider a keyboard cover like Moshi's (which I use)

    Consider a sleeve like Hard Candy's Bubble sleeve (which I use)

    Consider a man purse (which I will never use)
     
  7. Zedcars
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    What's the word on these things overheating the Airs, which I read here the other day?
     
  8. AdrianK
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    Cinch.
     
  9. jackrv
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    BetterSnapTool
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bettersnaptool/id417375580?mt=12

    From the makers of BetterTouchTool (another must-have for me)
     
  10. VMMan
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    I think it probably does cause my Air to run warmer, but on an absolute level, I doubt it matters much because even still my fans do not turn on to any audible level.

    If you have an MBA that runs warmly with fans on all the time, then maybe I'd avoid the Speck case.


    On my Sandy Bridge MBP 17", it runs very warmly in general, so I'm more concerned about its use on the MBP since temperature on an absolute level is a little more concerning. On the MBP, I have a little fan that blows air over the keyboard and a cooling base as well.
     

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