Bought my first Mac today

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Indy2424, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Indy2424 macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2011
    I finally broke down what I used to consider the dark side and bought a new 13" MBA with Lion. Very excited about using a Mac. Just wondering if there is anything that I need to know about Mac that will help me along the way. With that being said I am a pretty tech savvy person and work with and sell Windows PCs. Thanks for any information you can give me to keep the learning curve small.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    You do not have to do any maintenance, don't read the Console unless told otherwise, your battery life will fluctuate don't be alarmed its normal, it will get hot and loud, Mac OS X knows what its doing with its RAM, virtual memory is not the same as Windows virtual memory.

    That's about the basics. In the end, just use it like a computer and don't worry about it.
  3. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Two things: Bootcamp and Parallels.

    Welcome to the Dark Side. It's more fun over here...
  4. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    If you're a Chrome user, I'd suggest going for their OSX Dev channel. Build version is at 16.0.899.0 and it works fairly well, enough for me to switch back from Safari. No tap-to-zoom though.

    Other than that, I use the official Twitter app for Twitter, iChat for AIM/g-chat, Wunderlist for task management (along with their iPhone app), and Virtualbox (free!) for virtualizing XP (to run LTSpice and MathCAD).

    I also don't think I could live without Dropbox, syncing my files between my MBA, MBA's virtual XP, iMac, iMac's virtual XP, and iPhone. I have almost ~9GB through education referrals (500MB/referral), so it's a lot more usable than their standard 2GB.

    The iStat Pro widget is also pretty useful.

    Oh, and don't forget to setup Time Machine!
  5. Indy2424 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2011
    Thanks for all the great information guys. Everything just seems so fluid and love all of the multi-touch things that you can do.
  6. BadaBing!! macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2010
    I bought my first mac computer last week (MBA 13in). Love every bit of it and I suggest you spend a lot of time on MacRumors forums and in System Preferences. Enjoy!!
  7. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    I just came over to the dark side a month ago.

    There is a pretty good book Lion OS X for Dummies Bob Levitus that is darn good. Probably will also buy either the Lion Bible or Lion Missing Manual ( the Missing Manual is about to be released ).

    Backup and recovery procedures need to be learned and practiced!
  8. Coarseman macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2010
    Globetrotter wannabe...
    Backup in MacOS is a breeze compared to Win 7 and Time Machine is pure awesomeness!

    An example: back up of 500 GB hard drive, half full: Time Machine: about 2 hours only first time, after that: minutes. Backup in Win 7: app 12 hours EACH time...

    Go figure...
  9. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    Welcome to the club. I felt the same way as you except I bought my first mac on launch day. Be sure to get VMFusion to ease the transition.
  10. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    Welcome to the Mac side! Your greatest challenge will be learning how to do things that are probably second nature to you on Windows. Much of it will seem intuitive, but some will not, so give yourself some time. As others have said, there's lots of help available here, in books, and elsewhere on the web.
  11. Chipg macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2010
    get an app in the mac app store called "Tutor for Lion" it's $4.99, I liked it better than any book plus you can watch them in action set the computer up.

    I'm also a new mac guy (been a pc guy for 30 years), I bought a 13" Air, love it, best thing I ever did for computers.
  12. driftless macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2011
    I went cold turkey and didn't add Windows to my iMac when I switched over. I picked up a couple of books to add me in the switch and the transition went better and faster than I could imagine. +1 on the Time Machine/Capsule recommendation.
  13. BadaBing!! macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2010
    While for me Lion pretty easy to "learn", I find that I use/need more keyboard shortcut in OSX than on Windows and I find this a bit strange for a more user-frendly OS like Lion.
    (FYI, I do IT support for 10 years so I know about Win keyboard shortcut)
  14. ts3 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    • Don't be in a rush to install Flash (I did and then had to uninstall after a couple of days; now using Chrome for Flash content).
    • Menu on top left-hand side belongs to whichever app is in the foreground and active. I reckon everyone who's ever used a mac knows this but I'd never sat in front of a mac before I got mine so it took me a few minutes to figure it out.
    • I keep a sticky (from the sticky app) on the desktop with a list of shortcuts I like (screenshot, how to switch between tabs or to get to the apple menu, etc.).
    • Cmd + W closes the window but the app is still active; Cmd + Q closes the app.
    Again, most of those things are laughably obvious to anyone who's ever used a mac but they weren't to me :)
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I'm sure you meant to say you have come over from the dark side. :)

    The biggest single difference is getting use to using the command key instead of the control key for keyboard shortcuts (e.g. CMD-Q to quit instead of CTRL-Q). Second, get used to Lion's trackpad gestures. It really makes using OS X a lot easier.
  16. buddybd macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2011
    I don't know about the other guys but when I first got my Air I felt so stupid at times because I couldn't do the simplest of things. Mostly related with the System Preferences, its barely similar to the Control Panel in Windows.
  17. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    The search function is useful for that particular application.
  18. BadaBing!! macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2010
    I agree that it's not similar but IMHO, it's better and easier for a n00b in OSX. Win7's one is a mess.
  19. fade- macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2011
    i was forced to start using an imac due to work, and after using it for a while i realised what I've been missing all these years. Now i have my own MBA.

    oh, if nobody already said this, repair disk permissions from time to time. It's in disk utility.
  20. Northwestern macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    Since I bought my first Apple device 4 years ago, I guess it was an iPod nano, I bought furthermore an iMac together with an iPod touch and last month a MBA.

    I think I will stay with Apple in the future, but I don't think we will see much innovation, in the way of complete new products, in the future. I think voice recognition for Mac OS will be the next big step and more of iOS on the Mac. I hope Apple will upgrade their stores to only one store. If you buy a iOS App, which is available for iPod+iPhone, iPad and Mac, you only have to buy the App once and it is working on all systems. And iBooks for Mac OS would be perfect.
  21. Sniv macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2011
    Congrats! I'm relatively new as well and I can say for sure I will never look back.

    And people on this forum is very friendly and helpful...that's really nice when you have a stupid or silly question :) (I've had a few..)

    So enjoy!
  22. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    If you are new to OSX coming from Windows, I highly recommend the book by Pogue called "Switching to the Mac" in The Missing Manual series. Make sure you get the one for Lion, as they have a version for each version of OSX. This book is written as a reference from the Windows point of view, so if you want to do something and aren't sure how, you can easily find the way you do it in OSX vs. Windows.
  23. LordVic macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2011
    I did the same. Bought my first ever Mac this summer. got a nice fancy gift card for my birthday, and decided on the 11" air instead of ipad2 for my uses.

    I'd never used OSx before. even as an IT dude. OSx was not part of anything we ever worked with. At first i was terrified that the interface would be overbearing and confusing

    not the case at all

    after 10 minutes of playing around. I was flying through windows with the touchpad like it was natural. things are fast and snappy. no load times. and out of the box, all the basic aplications were available. I've installed 2 things since getting it. Xchat and Open Office. Otherwise, it had everything i needed!

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