Hey folks, I finally pulled the trigger on a new 13' rMBP (2.4/8/256) and it's on it's way (Monday or Tuesday). Also ordered a WD 500GB Passport external drive and two 16GB Cruzer Extreme flash drives. I'm new to Mac, so I'm sorry for any stupid questions and asking questions that have been asked before. But, I've done a lot of reading, and there is so much info in here that it starts getting confusing. So I hoping to get what I "think" I need in one thread... for now. Anyhow, here's my plan once I get it. Please critique, or add any tips or tricks... Obviously, get it up and running and connected to the Internet. I have a new Airport Extreme already running, so I'm not expecting any issues there. Once it's up and running I plan on downloading and installing the OS X Recovery Assistant and creating an external Recovery flash drive. Next step will be to download any additional software I think I will want to try... maybe Firefox and Chrome browsers. Probably AppCleaner and a couple of other apps. Then I plan on going through all the System and individual Program preferences and get them set the way I want. When I have everything the way I want (or at least close), I will use Disk Utility to format the WD external drive. After that, start up Time Machine and do a full backup. I plan on turning Time Machine off after the first backup and only turn it back on when I think I need a new backup. The machine is going to be used mostly for pleasure... Web surfing, Email, a little photo editing (not much) and some general stuff. So, in case of something going bad, I can boot back up and at least restore the latest backup I have, or even just re install Mavericks. I only have a few spreadsheets and documents to maintain. I plan on keeping them on the flash drive and maybe on ICloud. Any other software I can just re-download it and re-install it, or am I missing something? All suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.