First things to do with my first mac

reeceado

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Jul 13, 2010
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Hi
today i ordered the iMac quad core i5 :D
im new to mac
what should i do first with it e.g software update any good apps?
cheers
Reece
 

rkaufmann87

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Dec 17, 2009
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Hi
today i ordered the iMac quad core i5 :D
im new to mac
what should i do first with it e.g software update any good apps?
cheers
Reece
When it arrives just set it up per the instructions. It will automatically check for any updates. If you haven't already I'd recommend spending some time getting familiar with:

http://www.apple.com/support/switch101/

http://www.apple.com/support/mac101/

Regarding the apps, well there are lots could you give us any idea what type of apps might interest you?

Regards,

Roger
 

reeceado

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Jul 13, 2010
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Thats the first thing I was goin to do lol
Objective-c, cocoa and bit of C
:)
 

Dwhite78

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Jul 30, 2010
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Hi
today i ordered the iMac quad core i5 :D
im new to mac
what should i do first with it e.g software update any good apps?
cheers
Reece
Do yourself a favor and make the first account you setup the admin account. Once you login go to system preferences > users and create your user account. Log out of admin and into yor newly created account. Any time you need to install a program or something, simply type your admin username and password. This will make your system much more secure.
 

Dwhite78

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Jul 30, 2010
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Can't i Just set my main account as admin?
Yes you can. But doing it this way prevents programs or scripts from running/installing without your permission. The few mac exploits that exist are from these types of hacks.
 

Spike88

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Jan 25, 2010
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As first "addition" to your new iMac, seriously consider getting an immediate external HDD device. This hardware can be configured with "included" Mac OS Time Machine application. External HDDs can be connected via firewire800 (super fast) or USB 2.0 (average fast). If into backups, I'd focus on a Firewire800 connected external HDD.

To me, backups should come after OS and base Apps. After the backup device is "in production", one then starts creating their data. Backups should never be the typical "oh - I'll get backups later..." things in life...

I hear some folks use "Western Digital 1TB My Book Studio Hard Drive" (re: http://store.apple.com/us/product/TX879ZM/A) and are very pleased with it. Regardless of one's external HDD, do shop around. Selling prices do dramatically vary. Especially when compared to Apple Store items.

Hope this helps...

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ACKRITE

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May 11, 2008
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West Hartford, CT
As first "addition" to your new iMac, seriously consider getting an immediate external HDD device. This hardware can be configured with "included" Mac OS Time Machine application. External HDDs can be connected via firewire800 (super fast) or USB 2.0 (average fast). If into backups, I'd focus on Fireware800 box.

To me, backups should come after OS and base Apps. After the backup device is "in production", one then starts creating their data. Backups should never be the typical "oh - I'll get backups later..." things in life...

I hear some folks use "Western Digital 1TB My Book Studio Hard Drive" (re: http://store.apple.com/us/product/TX879ZM/A) and are very pleased with it. Regardless of one's external HDD, do shop around. Selling prices do dramatically vary. Especially when compared to Apple Store items.

Hope this helps...

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I second ^ 1000%! My new i7 has two 2TB WD Studio Edition II HDDs daisyed to it via FW800. The first is running RAID 1 and serves as my iTunes library. The second is running RAID 0 and is the target volume for Time Machine. Ever since an Apple Time Capsule crashed on me and I had to redigitize nearly 500GB of audio, I am a militant back-up proponent.

So yes, get an external hard drive, preferably w/ Firewire, and use Time Machine. So easy a donkey could do it!

Best,

-A
 
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