Getting More Use From My MacBook Pro...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by xomphos, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. xomphos macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    Hi all,

    I currently own a mid-2009 13" MacBook Pro. I am using it with school and it has been great! I upgraded the HDD to 500GB and the RAM to 4GB. At home, I have it placed on a mStand and connected to my external 24" Asus monitor and it works great.
    However, I want to get more use outta this thing. I really mostly use just Firefox, Pidgin, iTunes, iPhoto, Word and Excel. This is a great laptop and I know I am missing out on the potential for this.

    What I want to know, is what are some of the fundamental programs that would help incorporate this into my lifestyle more? I am seriously considering "Things for Mac" for a task manager, maybe the Djay3 program but that is about it. I do not use iCal (using an EnvTouch-I tried some third party software, it was good but not a seamless experience so I don't use iCal for my calender), Apple Mail (use Gmail in-browser with filters/labels), etc. If I really want to get the jucies flowing on this Mac, what are some things I can do for it in this regard? I have taken a long look at the top apps and everything like that but usually come away empty-handed.

    Also, to the same regard, I am highly considering purchasing a medium Timbuk2 D-Lux Race Stripe Laptop Messenger Bag for this and my books, power adapter, iPod Classic, PSP go, etc. Why I am asking about it here, is that I already own a very reliable and great Swiss Gear bag. I got the bag last summer, but after I got the MacBook Pro, I started to get into the whole, "Mac Style" thing and came across Timbuk2. I don't ride a bike or anything like that, but I have been eying these bags for a long time. Are they worth it-particularly in my case? I really like the appeal of a messenger bag in that it easily goes on and off and I can access things a bit without taking it off. Any suggestions?

    So basically, this post is to find out how to get more "Mac" in my life. I was considering an iPad, but decided to hold off on one because I figured for my usages, I would be better off with a more PDA-like iPod Touch or iPhone. I just got a new phone last August-ish on Verizon and the iPhone needs to come to it before I get one. I am considering a 64GB iPod Touch soon, but for what I have said above, any suggestions?

  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    The first question is, "what do you want to create?" - music (I see a dj app), websites, ye olde graphic design, 3d models???? That will help direct you toward programs. Perhaps start with iMovie and mess around with some video to share.
  3. xomphos thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    I don't really have any interest in creating anything at the moment with my Mac. Primarily what I am looking for are management/task programs basically. I mentioned Djay3 because I have a casual interest in it for fun.

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