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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ferri1c, Dec 22, 2010.
Just bought my first ever macbook pro this week.
What are some of the things I should do to it?
Calibrate the battery
Set up a backup solution
Turn it on.
Helpful Information for Any Mac User
Mac Virus/Malware Info
Apple Notebook Battery FAQ
Have a good long 'play' with it, it might take some getting used to.
Watching/Reading some of these might be useful if you are a first time Mac user. Congratulations and enjoy it!
Shoot i just read instructions on how to calibrate the battery. It said to do it first. I already have been using it for 4 days. Is it too late to calibrate?
No, you can calibrate at any time.
Not at all.
Edit: @GGJstudios, your fast!
what does calibrating the battery do?
Read the Battery FAQ link I posted.
ok thanks...I started with calabrating the battery. Seems like it will take 2 days to do. Sucks I have to have the computer off for 5 hours but oh well. Man they suggest doing that once a month if you're always plugged in. How annoying!
It doesn't take 2 days. Just leave the computer running on battery while you do whatever you usually do. It's not a problem, really. Just time it to have it shut down before you go to sleep. When you wake up (assuming you sleep 5+ hours), you're ready to go!
Yep, but it is worth it if you like your battery. For me it really doesn't become an inconvenience because I tend to run my battery down prior to plugging it. About once a month I go ahead and let it run down and calibrate it.
Download the applications in this post.
Kiss it and show it a good time (use it) lol
But seriously, look into some open source programs for the things you need. I will recommend handbrake, perian, flip 4 mac, StuffIt expander and open office.
I would install the following:
The Unarchiver - decompression utility for almost all compressed formats
TrashMe - application uninstaller
Perian - codec pack for DivX, Xvid, MKV, and more
Flip4Mac - codec for WMA/WMV
XiphQT - codec for Ogg Theora/Vorbis
Growl - unified notification system
You also might want to check these out:
Burn - media burning utility
NeoOffice - free office suite compatible with MS Office
Jumpcut - clipboard utility
Caffeine - system sleep prevention utility
Adium - instant messenger client with support for multiple services
Seashore - basic image editor
Check out the Safari Extensions. Turn ON the Firewall for peace of mind.
Mozilla Firefox maybe? I do love Safari, but i think i just got used to Firefox. Both are very great browsers, Safari is able to share bookmarks with other devices via MobileMe, which should be a plus if you use that solution.
I generally prefer Firefox but it seems slow to me now... Switched to Google chrome for now..