Buying Blackbook today - Final Few Q's

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  1. ElCambo macrumors regular

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    Im buying the blackbook online today, since the free ipod deal is going once I get my rebate i will resell the ipod making it the same price as the white if the deal wasn't going. I have a few questions before I go ahead and order.

    1) I am going to be using this as basically a desktop and it will be on my desk most of the time untill december when I leave for university where it will most likely become more mobile. Any tips on how to preserve maximum battery life, and tips for calibration.

    2) I download torrents, and use RSS so it automatically downloads. What is the best torrent program for the mac (currently using utorrent for pc) and is it possible to shut the lid of my macbook for a few hours, and still have the torrents dlding?

    3) What is the best program for MSN?

    Thanks!
     
  2. xfusejc macrumors 6502

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    I think putting it to sleep instead of shutting it off would serve you best, both for battery life and for the life of the computer in general.

    I'm currently using Tomato Torrent, which is in no way the best, but it seems to be the first one where I get the same speeds I used to get back when I downloaded torrents through Windows. It's very simple and it's the only torrent program that doesn't slow down the rest of my internet speed while downloading, which is amazing for me.

    I use Adium as my MSN client, and there's God knows how many programs it supports. I currently have it set up to run both MSN and AIM. It's great.
     
  3. weeman macrumors 6502

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    If it is mainly used a desktop, I would take out the battery and leave the charger plugged in. That way, the battery wont lose its life from overcharging.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Funnily enough, if you do this the MacBook runs at 1GHz. Don't do it. The battery needs exercising and should be drained occasionally. If you let it sleep at night, unplug it and let the battery recharge in the morning. If you do that you can calibrate every two months. If not, then every month.

    InsomniaX can keep it awake when the lid is closed.
     
  5. ElCambo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, also any tips or things I should do when I first start using it?
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Try not to become obsessed, but I guess that's asking too much of anyone. :D
     
  7. weeman macrumors 6502

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    Oh yeah, I totally forgot about that.
     
  8. ElCambo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Whats the best thing to use to clean the black macbook?
     
  9. hidehide macrumors 6502

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    As far as downloading torrent, i think transmission is the best software.
    And for MSN.. sorry.. they are suck..
    Adium seems to be the best.. but it lack of functions of msn, such as winks, nudge, webcam, and added icons..
    Mercury messenger has webcam, but the nudge and winks doesnt work as nice as those in windows...
     
  10. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    a damp, not exactally wet, microfiber cloth, but I just use cotton balls and water, it works fine.
     
  11. Gallick macrumors member

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    I use Transmission and love it, it's very fast.

    Normally when you close the lid, the Macbook will go into Sleep mode, but you can disable that by using InsomniaX, which is a program made specifically for what you want to do.
     
  12. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Trust me. Here's something that works well, is completely safe on plastic, and it kills most bacteria, mold, and germs -- a 50/50 ratio of white vinegar and distilled water. ;)
     
  13. praetorian909 macrumors regular

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    Battery info

    Regarding battery longevity, if you really don't plan on using the battery much at all (like maybe < once per month?), take the battery out when it's at 40% and store it someplace cool.

    But that being said, if you'll occasionally use the battery you might be better off just leaving it in and sometimes unplugging for some short sessions. The laptop Li-ion battery is better to be topped off (some use and then charge) and most of all don't let it discharge all the way down (unless you're recalibrating after a long period on non-use). And also note that Li-ion batteries start to die anyhow, starting from the time they were made.

    More info here:
    http://www.batteryuniversity.com/parttwo-34.htm

    P.S. I'm not sure about the MB running slower without a battery since I don't have the pleasure of owning one, but that doesn't sound right. Doesn't serve any purpose (much different than having it 1GHz when unplugged). Can anyone confirm?
     
  14. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    Azureus
     
  15. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    If the battery is full charged and the power supply is plugged in, the MB will draw power directly from the power supply.
     
  16. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a

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    I find transmission is the best for Torrents speed-wise.

    Your going to love your Blackbook I got mine a few weeks ago and I'm in <3
     
  17. ElCambo thread starter macrumors regular

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    What program do I use to transfer my music from my ipod to my mac?
     
  18. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a

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    iPodRip or Senuti
     
  19. ElCambo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Got my black macbook today! Its simply amazing. I upgraded to 2gig myself and its superb. Love the beauty. Just installed Adium and Firefox. About to install a torrent program, and hopefully tonight I will perform the battery calibration.

    Goodbye PC
    Hello MAC
     
  20. ElCambo thread starter macrumors regular

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    is there a way to quit out of conversations in adium.. like pressing esc.
     
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  22. ElCambo thread starter macrumors regular

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    I may go for transmission. I dld Xtorrent but it is saying if i dont pay within 1 hour it will cap my dld's to 10mbs
     
  23. chex macrumors regular

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    click the cloured 'status dot' next the person's username
     

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