Help for a new user....

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by ferrara41, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. ferrara41 macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2005
    Hey Guys,

    I've recently made the big switch from PC to Apple. I couldn't be happier with the decision, but I need some help.

    With Windows, I was constantly cleaning up my computer, defragmenting and doing general maintenance to keep things running smoothly. So heres my first question, what should general maitenance should I perform to keep my ibook running smoothly?

    I'm also wondering if there is any cool software you would recommend downloading. I saw some of your screen shots and those programs that put the weather and calender on your desktops seem cool. Where can I find things like that?

    Next, is there anything I should do to preserve the life of my battery? Is it OK to leave it plugged in even though the battery is fully charged?

    I think that is all for now. I know it's a lot, but any help would be really appreciated. Take care guys.


  2. greenleaf macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2004
    Congrats on switching! :D As for maintenance i use MacJanitor its seems to do a good job...also check this outclick this have fun with your new mac!
  3. rogerw macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2004
    west sussex UK
    you may want to repair permissions every so often, esp before and after updates etc.
    finder/applications/utilities/ system utilities, click hard drive then repair permisions (10.3)
  4. aussie_geek macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Sydney Australia
    Your questions - SEARCHED - and answered

    Welcome to the forums and congratulations on getting a new Mac.

    Don't hesitiate to do a SEARCH of the forum topics.... :rolleyes:

    Anyway, seeing that I'm feeling like helping people at the moment, I have done 3 minutes of searching for you... :D

    For your maintainence questions read this thread.

    All of the programs that you need to get for maintainence can be found at Versiontracker. Just search Versiontracker for cool software as well.

    Regarding your battery, it is ok to leave the power plugged in when it is charged. Just make sure that you run it on battery power say, at least once a week. You don't have to fully drain it and re-charge it to preserve the life as they are newer style batteries that do not have a memory effect.

    There are a multitude of topics on batteries etc on Apple's site


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