Cool things to do on MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by vazelos, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. vazelos macrumors member

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    Is there like a section or another place where I can see some "cool":p things to do on this baby? I just recently made the purchase of the Air and it's my first MAC, I have been getting used to the OS -- I`ve been loving it!

    I am just wondering if there any tips, tricks, apps, programs, etc etc that I can/should be taking advantage of?! Any settings I should alter?
    Anything?

    All the threads in here are about MBA v MBP :mad: I need some tips! :D

    I <3 :apple: so far.. MBA 13" base model even, is awesome.

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    also! Any cool accessories to buy? I already have a case for traveling, a protective speck clear case, the moshi palm guard (it came with a free keyboard cover, don't really like using it, but it's good when I feel my hands are completely sanitary lol)

    Any speakers recommended? Any mouse? Is a mouse needed?

    Let's get a fun and beautiful thread going here
     
  2. vazelos thread starter macrumors member

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  3. thelead macrumors 6502

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    check out an app called hyperdock. Great for resizing windows ala windows 7 but better.
     
  4. Pipper99, Aug 25, 2011
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    This should get you started. Welcome to the Mac! Always good to have a new Mac owner. :)

    The first link is very good advice:

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/switcher-hangout/208133-sage-advice-new-mac-switcher.html

    http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_Beginner's_Guide

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=796263&highlight=best+mac+apps

    http://www.mactricksandtips.com/2008/01/top-100-essential-mac-applications.html

    I'd suggest getting VLC, perian, and Flip4Mac so that you can view just about any available video format. Just google those and you'll find them quickly: they're free.
     
  5. feeth macrumors 6502

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  6. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    Something cool; download n64 emulator and run. Mario 64, then download joypad on you iPhone and Mac, then load it and play Mario 64 on your air while using your iPhone as the control.
    (at least I think it's cool)
     
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  8. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

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    YES!! DOSbox!!! :D
     
  9. vazelos thread starter macrumors member

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    that sounds really cool, where do I download n64 emulator?

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    what are those? Where do I get em, and are they free =D?
     
  10. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    DOSBox is a DOS emulator. (Disk Operating System). That's the old operating system that used to run on PCs many, many years ago.

    Zork is one of the coolest games on the planet. This was when there was no such thing as computer graphics. It was all text based. You would tell the computer what you wanted to do, and it would respond. At the time (and still today, actually) its pretty impressive. Considering how tiny the program is.

    And yes, they are free. :D
     
  11. vazelos thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for all that info/links!! I do have VLC Player :) love it.. I`ll look into perian and flip4mac

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    cool cool... now where do I get the n64 emulator :O
     
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  13. iphonsteve4ajob macrumors regular

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    It wasn't a fail you just asked a VERY generalized question regarding tips, tricks, apps, and programs. Each of those alone are worth 50 threads.

    As I see mentioned above each user has his/her favorites and specific reasons for downloading them. Who knows what applies to you and what you'll never use.

    Quite honestly the best way to find applications is to do the work yourself. Use Google, use YouTube, use imaginative search queries such as..."best Mac apps," "top utilities," etc...There is a lot of great information out there.

    Personally, I've downloaded iWork, Datavault (for passwords), DaisyDisk to see where my HD space is going, coconutBattery, and iStat (system monitor) to name a few.

    Glad you're enjoying your shiny new toy! Welcome to Mac!!
     
  14. Yumunum macrumors 65816

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    Slice food with it.

    Trust me! It's thin, afterall
     
  15. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Speakers; try the "JamBox" by Jawbone
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    Cut the cord ;)
     
  16. Pipper99 macrumors 68000

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    I remember playing Zork on a computer at the lab in college that had no screen, only a printer.
     
  17. scarred macrumors 6502a

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    XCode.

    After all, this is a computer, and making it do whatever you want is actually kind of fun sometimes.... until you take a job programming and get jaded at least....

    Wunderlist/EverNote.

    Those two apps will actually improve the usefulness of your iPad or Smartphone (iOS or android). You enter your todo list or notes on a real computer and then you can access them on other devices. Both are free.

    Automator.

    This comes with your Macbook Air, and allows you to automate any common workflow you perform on your computer.

    FaceTime.

    Killer feature imho.
     
  18. 2 Street Cats macrumors newbie

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    Reading? Rotate your screen and touchpad

    Check out Mac Screen Rotate if you plan to do much reading or want to view any full page documents. It rotates the screen to portrait mode and changes the touchpad tracking too. Great for when you don't feel like hunching over the keyboard.

    http://www.macscreenrotate.com
     
  19. NZed macrumors 65816

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    You dont need a program to rotate the screen, you can do it in System Prefs. Although you need one for adjusting the mouse.
     
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  21. Pipper99 macrumors 68000

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  22. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

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    lol. :p

    again, lol. :D
     
  23. vazelos thread starter macrumors member

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    too bad those two things don't answer the question of Cool things to do on MBA....
    Rather they are failed attempts at corny humor and answered cool things to do with a MBA.
     
  24. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

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    of course, but there's nothing wrong with a little humor... :D
     
  25. vazelos thread starter macrumors member

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    yea there is. this is not a game, this is real life fly boy

    IRL.
     

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