Just an introduction..

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alex.vm, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. alex.vm macrumors member

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    Well I've lurking around for a while, posted a few times, but haven't introduced myself.

    My name is Alex, and reside in a Chicago burb, will be going to Carthage College in Kenosha, WI in the fall.

    I love photography, in a way, it kinda led me to consider Apple for my laptop purchase. And so about six weeks ago I bought a 2.33 C2D 15in MBP. Loved it until June 5th, when the new models came out. I rushed to the store for an exchange and they were surprisingly ok with it and kinda looked like they expected me to. I walked out with a 2.4 15in glossy, and ipod and a printer. It has been perfect so far (knock on wood); I love the LED screen.

    So far Im learning to use Aperture (good student discount deal :eek: ) and Im pretty proficient with Photoshop, both of which run amazing on it.

    It goes without saying but I was a Windows user, this is my first Mac, so I wanted to ask, what would be the first apps you would load your new Mac with? what do you recommend?

    (already have iAlertU-and it rocks) Other than that I've downloaded a few widgets like iStat.

    Here is my flickr page, nothing proffessional or anything, just a hobby. All shot with a Sony Alpha A100.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexvm/
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    I just want to say you are very lucky to have gotten away with that exchange. There are many threads already on the topic of apps and such, check out the beginner guide, or do some searching.
     
  3. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    firefox...safari is a piece of junk...dont load too many dashboard apps cause some use just as many resources as regular apps, and they are always running...istat is excellent ive always used that aperture is a lovely program...other than that it just depends on your likes or whatnot
     
  4. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    What? :confused:
     
  5. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    it dosent have a home button, it dosent get much worse than that

    one other thing, apple.com has a great download section with all kinda stuff you can get

    http://www.apple.com/downloads/

    some freeware, some demos, and some shareware
     
  6. Gandhi macrumors regular

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    Clearly you have not used Safari then :rolleyes:
     
  7. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    ive used safari plenty, i just cant seem to find the home button, if you could point it out id be very appriciative

    what i need is IE for mac...oh well thats what parrallels is for :D
     
  8. Gandhi macrumors regular

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    View -> Customize Toolbar.

    If you want to use IE and open the door to viruses on your Windows partition, more power to ya ;)
     
  9. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    for squeeks
     

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    hmm…

    never had a need for a home button. nice to know anyway.
     
  12. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    and firefox is rubbish compared to Camino :p

    also, dashboard widgets don't use any processes when you're out of the dashboard, they do hold a small amount of info in your RAM though so if you don't have enough there could be issues.

    and i think quicksilver is one of the best 'apps' out there. period. its amazing.
     
  13. alex.vm thread starter macrumors member

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    As a former Windows user, Firefox was my browser of choice, since I downloaded it though, it has been the only app to crash. Multiple times actually. I uninstalled and reinstalled it but it didn't solve the problem :mad:

    Thanks for all the replies!
     
  14. kolax macrumors G3

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    I've used FireFox since day 1 of my Mac life and I love it.

    Never crashed (well rarely), suits my needs.
     
  15. PimpDaddy macrumors 6502

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    I found that Firefox made my fans go up instantly and used alot of resources(RAM and CPU). I used v.2 but don't know if the v.1.5 is better on mac, as on PC.

    What's worked best for me was/is Camino!
     
  16. brutusvimes macrumors member

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    Camino. Safari 3 is surprisingly good. Firefox has become bloated.
     
  17. Edandlindz28 macrumors regular

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    Until now, I never noticed Safari didn't have a homepage button.
     
  18. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, really wish that home button was there by default. It's not difficult to put it up there but not many people realize it can be customized and the home button can be dragged there.
     
  19. Benedictus-x macrumors member

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    camino. made by mozilla and is identical to FF except its develeoped with mac GUI APIs so it blends in with os x even better than safari

    or use opera..I like it
     
  20. JasonMac macrumors regular

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    welcome to the mac world, I use firefox mainly, but sometimes safari as well.
     
  21. Alloye macrumors 6502a

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    :rolleyes: Firefox is fine, but in no way is Safari a piece of junk.
     
  22. Vuzie macrumors regular

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    Hrm... Going "home" isn't that big a deal. Try the keyboard shortcut for Safari: Shift-open:apple:-H
     
  23. masse macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using firefox for 5 years so I tend to stick to it. VLC player has been a lifesaver and timesaver. Quicksilver is a great tool.
     
  24. alex.vm thread starter macrumors member

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    Can you guys tell me about quicksilver? I downloaded it on the first 2.33 MBP before it was exchanged but it confused me haha, I dont know how or what to use it for :confused:
     
  25. rhagen macrumors regular

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    It is only the greatest application ever created. Go to youtube.com and watch some tutorial videos on quicksilver. Too hard to explain what it does... because it does everything.

    Also go to Podcast! on itunes and search for MacBreak. Merlin Mann does a great beginner guide on quicksilver.
     

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