got the new macbook.. now what?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by youcheater, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. youcheater macrumors newbie

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    first time mac user...

    i just bought the new 2.4g glassbook / alumibook / macbook and im wondering what kinds of applications or games or widgets are useful for a uni student such as myself =)

    also, when i look for wallpapers, what dimensions should i look for in the pictures?

    thanks
     
  2. CoreyMac macrumors regular

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    most important program ive downloaded....Quicksilver. Easiest and fastest way to launch applications.
     
  3. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Don't waste your time trying to learn all this nonsense. Just drop the Applications folder into the dock. Easy.

    My recommendations for applications:
    Adium - Instant messaging
    NetNewsWire - RSS reading
    Transmit - FTP
    Unison - Usenet
     
  4. youcheater thread starter macrumors newbie

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    is there a "quickpar" equivalent for macs that extracts and deletes the .rar files for usenet / newsgroup downloads?

    i think i have adium.. the parrot? yup my friend downloaded that for me.. works great

    i also have office installed.. i deleted garage band and all those other apps that i don't really need. Do i just drag the application from the "apps" folder to the trash? are there any shortcuts and extra files hidden somweher that i need to delete as well?

    i conditioned by batttery once. let it run all the way down last night and then charged it back up to 100. how often should i be doing this in the first week/month? does it really make a difference with these new batteries?


    edit:
    thanks for the quick and helpful replies
     
  5. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    http://www.xs4all.nl/~gp/MacPAR_deLuxe/

    http://www.xs4all.nl/~loekjehe/Split&Concat/

    Get both of these for concatenating files and for dealing with PARs. Both work exceedingly well and are free!
     
  6. Balty macrumors 6502

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    1280 x 800, but anything larger will also do....
     
  7. Adamo macrumors 6502

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    NEVER! Don't ever make a habit of doing this - only years ago was this ever beneficial, now it damages the battery and wears it out much faster by doing that - modern batteries benefit more from just topping the battery up rather than draining it completely.
     
  8. Balty macrumors 6502

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    No, that's not true. "Modern batteries" (Lithium Ion) are better, but still the same as the old Nickel Cadmium batteries. They still need to be drained and recharged to full, once or twice a month. Otherwise your battery is stuffed......

    It doesn't damage the battery, rather it protects it.
     
  9. ubercool macrumors 6502a

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    Get AppDelete, which deletes all corresponding files, i.e. drivers, prefs files, etc. :)
     
  10. christiemp macrumors regular

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    Thank you for saying this! I was freaking out because I just did the drain thing to "calibrate" my battery, and that person's post freaked me out! So you're positive it doesn't damage the battery??!
     
  11. Balty macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I am. :D
     
  12. kobefan234 macrumors 6502

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    For wallpapers you can go on google and search apple wallpapers they should be the right size!
    :apple:
     
  13. peerapon macrumors newbie

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    diff?

    new macbook use Lithium-Polymer battery
    not Lithium-Ion

    any different method to save its life long?
     
  14. jmb667 macrumors regular

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    I'll also recommend Adium, as well as Open Office.

    If you're looking for wallpaper, check http://www.interfacelift.com/wallpaper, they have some really nice pictures available for download (landscapes, abstracts, etc.).
     
  15. Balty macrumors 6502

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    Interfacelift is a great place for wallpapers....... :D
     
  16. KJdanReuben macrumors regular

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    Another vote for interfacelift. It's awesome. I've downloaded over 300 wallpapers from them. What can I say, I like to change out ever now and then.
     
  17. jmb667 macrumors regular

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    I have mine set to randomly change daily from my folder of Interfacelift images. :D Keeps life interesting!
     
  18. Balty macrumors 6502

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    Same here! :D
     
  19. youcheater thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thx i settled for the simple apple logo (black)
    goes well with the new black screen on the macbook
     

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