My First Mac!!!

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longwood

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Right now I am typing on my first mac, a 12" iBook that I purchased from Xephian. I still have to get used to the operating system after using windows for my entire life. A few easy stupid questions:

I like Firefox browser so I went to the website and downloaded the mac version and then Safari gave me the warning this a program are you sure that you want to run it. I clicked ok and then it did something and left me with a "firefox" drive on my desktop and a firefox.dmg file. I am supposed to be doing anything with those? Can I delete them? Thanks and sorry for the stupid easy question.
 

iGary

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longwood said:
Right now I am typing on my first mac, a 12" iBook that I purchased from Xephian. I still have to get used to the operating system after using windows for my entire life. A few easy stupid questions:

I like Firefox browser so I went to the website and downloaded the mac version and then Safari gave me the warning this a program are you sure that you want to run it. I clicked ok and then it did something and left me with a "firefox" drive on my desktop and a firefox.dmg file. I am supposed to be doing anything with those? Can I delete them? Thanks and sorry for the stupid easy question.
You should have gotten an icon to drag to your applications folder on your hard drive. Once that is in the right place you can eject the disk and image, or save the .dmg file in an installer folder.
 

longwood

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oh... i got it now. that's easy.

okay just one more question for now:
for example my gmail account (i have tons of invites if anyone wants one) went you go to the sign in screen there is a option to select to remember your user name and password for two weeks. on my pc i was able to tab down to that. however when i tab with the mac it brings it back up to the address bar. anyway to tab or do a keyboard shortcut to get to the same effect? thanks.
 

ITASOR

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I have exactly 1000 invites. They give you 50 per account or something and when you send one it goes right back up to 50.....lol.

Why not just check the box every 2 weeks? Also try the "got mail G" widget, you can just click it and it goes to your gmail and logs you in automatically. It's on Apple.com.
 

longwood

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i think the greatest part of my mac experience is this:

so a few months ago i started looking into getting an apple laptop after my compaq pos died. so i told my parents and i don't think they took me seriously. as i am getting closer to buying they are saying things like "are you sure it will connect to our network, blah, blah, blah" and i told them it would be fine. they were like "i really don't think it is a good idea, i think you are going to have lots of problems with it." so i get my ibook and turn it on and it picks up on the wireless signal immediately, i put in the password and i am on the internet in less then a minute and then tell my parents "is there anything you want to check on the internet!" they just had a disgusted look on their faces. awesome.
 

ChrisFromCanada

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devilot76 said:
drag the white firefox drive into your applications folder. You can then delete the dmg. file.

It's not a stupid question... It freaked me out the first tiime. Welcome!

:edit: i just got beaten! haha

Careful!

DO NOT DRAG THE DISK IMAGE TO YOUR APPLICATIONS FOLDER! You want to drag the application itself to your applications folder.
 

The_Man

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longwood said:
for example my gmail account (i have tons of invites if anyone wants one)
Hey do you think you can send me an invite please?

thanks.
 

TheSisko

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longwood said:
oh... i got it now. that's easy.

okay just one more question for now:
for example my gmail account (i have tons of invites if anyone wants one) went you go to the sign in screen there is a option to select to remember your user name and password for two weeks. on my pc i was able to tab down to that. however when i tab with the mac it brings it back up to the address bar. anyway to tab or do a keyboard shortcut to get to the same effect? thanks.
Not sure about this, have you tried shift-tab? Also, you might be able to do some extra keyboard-stuff by turning on Universal Access in the preferences.

Oh, and could you send me an invite too? Pretty please?
 

aussie_geek

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Good to hear from another switcher - welcome to the light side.

Another way is to take advantage of Gmail POP forwarding - you can use Apple's Mail app to check it for you. The instructions on how to set up Mail to receive and sen Gmail is somewhere in the Gmail web panels. The advantage of this is the 10 MB attachment limit.

One thing to remember is that if you are using Gmail as your primary email account in iCal and sending email to yourself for event reminders, Gmail will not retrieve them. Gmail treats files sent to yourself as a type of archive and will not be retrieved via POP ;)

Oh yeah, congrats on getting your first Mac!! Welcome to the club.


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