Just ordered my first mac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ZMRoach, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. ZMRoach macrumors regular

    ZMRoach

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    so i was at work and i got a call from my dad saying merry x-mas and to order a laptop i want. so as soon as i got home i ordered a 15" Macbook Pro with 2.6ghz, 2gb ram, the 200gb 7200rpm hd, and glossy screen. after doing that with my own money i ordered 4gb of ram from owc, a wireless mighty mouse, an incase laptop sleeve, and iWork 08.

    now my question is, what now? anything i've forgot? software i should download immidiately? this is my first mac so any suggestions are appreciated.

    i dont know how i'll be able to wait... should be here between this thursday and next tuesday!
     
  2. jbg232 macrumors 65816

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    Well, if you want to go all out you could buy tons of stuff. Examples:
    1. External hard drive for Time Machine
    2. Applecare warranty
    3. Printer
    4. Airport Extreme
    5. Apple TV
    6. Mac OS X: Leopard The Missing Manual by David Pogue
    7. DVI to Video Adapter
    8. Photoshop
    9. Parallels
    10. Windows XP SP2 (just a suggestion if you need to run windows apps)
    11. Lojack for laptops (to prevent theft)

    Things to download (everyone will probably disagree with this somehow):
    1. Onyx Settings Changer
    2. AppZapper
    3. Firefox and Camino Internet Browsers
    4. Synergy iTunes Controller
    5. Memtester Memory Tester
    6. Mac The Ripper DVD Ripper
    7. iStat
    8. Zip/Stuffit/Rar Extractors (Not Stuffit)
    9. Roxio Toast/Popcorn

    You really need to look at the guide to switching to mac on this website.
     
  3. chrisgohcs macrumors member

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  4. ZMRoach thread starter macrumors regular

    ZMRoach

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  5. David G. macrumors 65816

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    Get Applecare any time while the 1 year warranty provided is valid.
     
  6. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes! Get your dad the biggest thank-you card you can find! My folks bought me my first Mac and I still remember it to this day. On a more serious note, I personally couldn't live without:
    PhotoMechanic
    iWork
    Photoshop CS3
    Coda

    (but I'm a photographer and web developer, so...)

    Hardware wise, I really like my eyeTV and massive amounts of storage on my ReadyNAS.

    Finally, take a look at the software bundle as a promo on MacUpdate (for the next 20 hours). $49 and it has a buncha good stuff in it! I bought my MBP right when MacHeist was going on and it really got me into some of the software they offered in their bundle.
     
  7. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    Forget lojack, get real insurance on your computer. That way, you don't have to waste time waiting for them to track down your computer (unsuccessfully) you can just get a new one.

    If you need windows apps, a license and a copy of parallels or vmware is in order.
     

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