New Mac Mini!!!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by firstapple, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. firstapple macrumors 6502a

    firstapple

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    Hey all...

    I am new to Apple computers. I have had the iPhone for a while and of course fell in love. Well, I have a mac mini scheduled to arrive at my place tomorrow. :D

    It is a used one... (look at my sig for specs) It has leopard installed on it. My question to you all is since this is my first apple computer, and I have been using Windows for 14+ years, what are some of the best places to download free software for macs? If I use Yahoo! mail, not PLUS, can it be forwarded to use the e-mail package provided with leopard? If not, what does everyone use that is compatible (and free if possible) for e-mail?

    Also, I want to be able to run time machine. But are there settings that can be set on it? For instance, the hard drive on the mini is 120GB. Can I set time machine to only use a certain amount of space, for instance only 10-20 GB's? Or just save information for one month then delete? I won't be using the mini to "work" on, just as a fun toy as well as class work once in a while, but I have no need to save EVERYTHING I do...

    What other tips can you all pass out to me? Anything is appreciated!
     
  2. Farani macrumors 6502

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    Hi, welcome to macs! I just switched about 7 weeks ago myself after 17 years of Microsoft. You won't believe you didn't get on a mac sooner!

    First off, to run time machine, you will need a external hard drive. Second, yahoo! mail will work with apple mail... I believe it is IMAP which will be even nice! If it isn't google mail just went IMAP.
     
  3. MAW macrumors regular

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    Welcome.

    Depending on what software you want to download......versiontracker and apple are good places to start.

    As far as Yahoo Mail working with Apple mail, I can't figure it out and am pretty sure you need mail plus from Yahoo. Go with Gmail.

    Time Machine requires an external HD.
     
  4. firstapple thread starter macrumors 6502a

    firstapple

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    The only external I have as of right now is a western digital passport... 120GB.

    Here is a link to what I have:

    http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=261&language=en

    Is this compatible with time machine? If not that sucks because I just purchased it since it was portable for my laptop for school as well as compatible with macs.

    If it IS compatible, can I unplug it and take it with me whenerver I want, ie if I need to take it to school with me? Also, can that be set up so time machine only uses a certain amount of space? Like I said before, I am not a deeloper or anything, so I am not too worried about losing any important information...
     

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