First things to do with a new Mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ferri1c, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. Ferri1c macrumors member

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    Just bought my first ever macbook pro this week.

    What are some of the things I should do to it?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Calibrate the battery
    Set up a backup solution
    Enjoy it
     
  3. stridemat Moderator

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    Have a good long 'play' with it, it might take some getting used to.
     
  4. MisterFeeney macrumors 6502

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    Watching/Reading some of these might be useful if you are a first time Mac user. Congratulations and enjoy it! :D
     
  5. Ferri1c thread starter macrumors member

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    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?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, you can calibrate at any time.
     
  7. MisterFeeney macrumors 6502

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    Not at all.

    Edit: @GGJstudios, your fast!
     
  8. cherrytutu macrumors newbie

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  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Read the Battery FAQ link I posted.
     
  10. Ferri1c thread starter macrumors member

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    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!
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    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!
     
  12. MisterFeeney macrumors 6502

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    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. :D
     
  13. adnoh macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  14. munkery, Dec 23, 2010
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    munkery macrumors 68020

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    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.
     
  15. tblrsa macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  16. dizmonk macrumors regular

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    I generally prefer Firefox but it seems slow to me now... Switched to Google chrome for now..
     

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