Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RandomHero, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. RandomHero macrumors newbie


    Apr 29, 2007
    I am new to Mac and I am excited to get started! What are some pros and cons to switching from PC to Mac, and what can I look forward to?


  2. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey
    You can look forward to not having 47 icons in your system tray, spyware removers, annoying software firewalls, and a ram eating anti-virus program. Or 6 months of free AOL or netzero, with shortcuts and links in ten different places. Your machine arrives "clean".
  3. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    You'll have to do a bit of unlearning. The GUI of OSX is built on a different philosophy to Windows so there's a few quite major concepts that work differently (such as closing a window not shutting down the program and the lack of Wizards). There's a lot less compatibility issues these days than there used to be, although the major one that still bothers me is DRMd audio/video streams using Windows DRM. The only way to run these on a Mac at the moment is to use Parallels and run them in the Windows version of WMP. It's possible, but not exactly tidy.

    As for other stuff? People all over the 'Net will attack your choice of computing platform for no apparent reason and then call you a "zealot" when you defend it :rolleyes: , and unless you live near an Apple Store you'll be making a lot more use of Web ordering for software purchases.
  4. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Just a heads up, it's 'mac' not MAC. MAC is something completely different and you're likely to be shouted at for using it ;)
  5. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    Actually, it's "Mac", not "mac"... he he he he.... commence shouting! :p
  6. Max Payne macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    I am new too. I have been unboxed a few weeks ago. :D
  7. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    Where you're concerned I hope they kept the receipt ;)
  8. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003

    And here are some good places to go.

    For some expert tweeks and a few things for new people:

    Place for looking up programs, just type in something you want to do and it should help you find it:

    For those that want to add TV watching to their Mac that integrates well with AppleTV and the video iPods:

    If you have a problem and someone tells you to do one of the following, this is how you do it. After doing an OS update or installing a program that required you to enter your username and password, run Repair Permissions as a prefentive messure, takes only a minute to do and solves most problems before they happen. How to ZAP the PRAM, Repair Permissions, and run FSCK:

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