Just bought a new MBA - curious what the experienced Mac Users did upon opening/setup

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by SHS74, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. SHS74 macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2011
    Hi all - just bought a new MBA, maxed out model. This is my first mac, btw.

    I'm curious what some of of you who are more experienced with Mac's have done upon starting up and getting go: battery drain (is this even needed?), program installation or de-installations, anything else?

    I'd like to ensure I am getting the most from this machine, and thought some of you might have some tips or tricks that you have always done after buying one of these.

    Thanks! I look forward to reading and hearing more from many of you as I use the MBA more.
  2. mattydee87 macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2008
    Congrats on the new Mac! I haven't received mine yet, but hopefully this week. The first thing I plan on doing is re-installing everything without rubbish such as printer drivers to keep the install as lean as possible and then get rid of languages I do not need and PowerPC code.
  3. Applepi macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2007
    Just purchased my first Air a few days ago and I took care of a couple things right off the bat.

    - I did drain the battery just to be safe
    - ran Monolingual to remove drivers, languages, code that was wasting precious space
    - Enjoyed it more than any Mac I've ever owned

    Congrats on the purchase, you will not regret it.
  4. ebd.i.am macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    Monolingual will removes drivers too?
  5. mattydee87 macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2008
    I don't think so no
  6. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Unlike PCs I used to buy, the Mac can be just "charge up and go". I bought an Air for my wife for Christmas. After the initial setup the Mac steps you through I added the printer, set up her email account, turned on Time Machine, and installed her application software. Nothing got removed.

    You'll probably want to install Flash. But applications depend on what you are intending to use it for. No need for anti-virus or maintenance programs.
  7. logandzwon macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    If you want my suggestions, I agree with this.

    As for what I actually did, I reinstalled off the bat and only added those things I wanted. No garageband, no iMovie, no extra languages, etc...
  8. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Used Monolingual, great for removing unwanted PowerPC binaries and languages
    Installed Clusters, great for compressing apps and files
    Installed Hidden app, great for tracking in case of theft
    Added System Firmware password to prevent booting up to other devices
  9. The Samurai macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007
    Done a few high fives and a few star jumps when I got mines :D

    - Enabled spaces
    - Enabled 'hot corners'
    - Installed Face time
    - Download iWork from the Mac App Store ;)

    Then sit back and relaxed :D
  10. SammySlim macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2010
    Um, let's see ... what did I do? I opened it up, plugged it in, and turned it on. That's it! Oh, and installed Flash. Honestly, that's it. I have worked with computers for over 30 years, going back to the old BASIC/Fortran, IBM 29 punch cards and Intell 8086 days and have tweaked computers with the best of them. Yes, you can tweak any Mac and remove binaries, etc., but the truth is that, unless messing with things is your hobby, all you really need to do is just turn it on and go. No need for anything else. That's the beauty of it!

    I love my 11" 2010 MBA - enjoy your new Mac!

  11. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    Spaces is a must, and i'd also say CoolBook is essential as well. Extra 45 mins of battery life is great. monolingual saves lots of space on unused language packs, and XSlimmer trims out the unneeded PPC binaries from apps (Saved me 1.3GB).

    I also got Slink, which is a quick, integrated tunnel to my home network which enables me to access all files on my Mac Pro as well as my iTunes library without having to store it on the MBA.

    Good stuff.
  12. makinao macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2009
    AFAIK, there is no more PowerPC code in Snow Leopard.
  13. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    SL doesn't have any PPC code in the OS anymore, but lots of applications still do. XSlimmer just removed 1.3GB from my applications. Final Cut is still PPC compatible and contained a bunch of code that was removed. It's worth running to see how much data can be stripped, which it lets you do before committing to it.
  14. SHS74 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2011
    Wow, really great info here. Thank you kindly to those who replied - your patience and insight is more appreciated than you might know.

    I saw Monolingual a few times - is that an app, or a free program, or?

    And regarding the removal of GarageBand - once removed, would one have to purchase it to use it, if I wanted it back on?

    Lastly - how does Time Machine work? I saw that I still need to flip the ON switch for it, but should I hook up an external drive to back everything on to, or?

    * If there are active threads or posts that answer these questions, please feel free to let me know.

    For the record, as a marketing exec who is using a Thinkpad (the Sherman Tank/Honda Accord of business laptops), this thing has already inspired some envy from co-workers and friends. It is an impressive machine, in every way possible thus far.

    For those wondering about which to buy:
    - I use this for DJ'ing (Serato Scratch Live); websurfing, and photo/music stuff
    - This is a perfect primary laptop, and has replaced my desktop PC
    - It is good for those who have to carry a work computer with them everywhere
    - MBP just had too much on it for me
    - This is really is a perfect hybrid of the iPad and a laptop computer (IMHO)
  15. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    The little USB dongle in the box should have all the pre-installed software on it.

    If this is your first experience with OS X, then definitely plan on some "getting up to speed with OS X" time.
  16. Chris-MBA, Jan 31, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2011

    Chris-MBA macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2011

    Just wanted to say thanks guys, I never heard of Monolingual & I just downloaded it. Ran it & found it saved me 1.6GB worth of free space back on my MBA. I've only had it a week now but I have found volumes of knowledge just browsing around this site...

    Thanks again -

  17. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    I transferred all the files, settings and applications from my old Mac using a Time Machine backup.
  18. Bakari45 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
    Thanks for reminding me of this. It me back nearly 2 gigs of space.

    OP, congrats on your new Air. You’re gonna really like working on it.
  19. DarwinOSX macrumors 65832

    Nov 3, 2009
    Don't use apps like Coolbook unless you are OK with possibly damaging your laptop.
    Remove printer drivers.
    Remove languages.
    You can use Pacifist to reinstall Garageband if you need to instead of reinstalling all apps.
    Charge it fully then drain the battery fully, Do this every couple months.
    Install Flash then install Click to Flash so you only have Flash when you want it. Flash is a resource pig.
    When you plug an external drive in a box should pop up asking if you want that to be your Time Machine drive.
    Onyx is good for keeping your OS in shape.
    Clean my Mac will get rid of things you don't need.
    Coconut battery is handy for keeping tabs on your battery.
    TextWrangler is a good text editor.
    Bean is a good basic word processor.
    Most of these apps are free.
  20. El Burro macrumors regular

    El Burro

    Sep 7, 2009
    Nothing special. Turned it on, watched some porn, downloaded some games, then took a dump.
  21. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    Please stop spread FUD.
    It's even more weird when you then suggest to install apps like Onyx that can damage your system far more than Coolbook can damage your laptop.
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Congrats on your new Mac! Here are some resources you may find helpful:

    Helpful Information for Any Mac User
    This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions: Apple Notebook Battery FAQ
    Mac Virus/Malware Info
    Best way to FULLY DELETE a program
  23. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    I always make a list of everything I install / change in the system files manually, from the moment I got it. It's always useful to know later on what it was I changed at a certain point.
  24. Jman14 macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2008
    Congrats on your purchase! I haven't received my MBA yet, but I assume this will be much like my previous Mac purchases.... DROOLING!
  25. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
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    The MBA is great!

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