new mac user

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by elastic, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. elastic macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2004
    I got a 12in powerbook yesterday with educational discount + 100 off. I had waited for a long time for the updates but I'm glad I got the pb now. Its plenty fast and I'm liking the mac os so far.
    Anyways I was wondering if you guys could recommend some programs and websites to make my transition easier. My friend has already pointed me to some programs like quicksilver, rubberduck ftp, and newswire. Also, that is a good bag for 12in pb? I'd like somthing slim in a sleeve or messenger bag style. I was looking at booq and they have some designs that I like. Any experience with their quality?
    thanks guys
  2. arogge macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2002
    How is the computer being used? The obvious thing to do if you want to learn a new operating system is to use it often. is available for OS X, although it isn't the most recent version. Mozilla is a very good package, especially for mobile platforms on which a high-speed network connection is not always available. I don't like flimsy bags for carrying a computer. I recommend getting a real case instead. They feature a lifetime warranty, water-resistance and shock-resistance, and they're Made in America.
  3. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    The best thing to do is use the computer and get experience. Try doing the things you normally did on your previous computer and see if you can figure out how to do it. If you can't, the help files are pretty good, Apple's website is a good resource, the there's MacRumors. If you were competent on Windows then the switch to OS X is not too hard. Most things are done in the same way. If you get stuck, try to do it the way you would in Windows and it'll probably work. However, once you get comfortable with the OS you have to forget that Windows exists. When you have a problem or want to do something like delete an application "thinking Windows" will get you nowhere. That's when it's time to let your Mac be a Mac. But that's later, for now just try things out. You can't break the OS easily.
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Make sure you do the necessary OS X maintenance. Since most people don't leave their computers running 24/7, the cron jobs do not run. Download a copy of MacJanitor (available at for these.

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