New to macs, what to do first

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Jaredistheman, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. Jaredistheman macrumors member

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    So i got a macbook for christmas and i'm totally new to macs! It should be coming in the mail tomorrow and obviously ill probably spend the whole day on it, so i was just wondering if there are any cool programs i just download or settings i should change or anything of the sort. It's a black one, 2.0 ghz, 2gb ram and 250gb hdd. I'll mainly be using it to record some bedroom music and do some graphic design.

    thanks!
     
  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    First thing to do is to charge the battery fully, and then let it discharge fully
     
  3. oli2140 macrumors 6502

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    haha, try transmission, I love using it to download all of my linux distros and copies of Open office!

    Also, a list of call apps you can try and then either delete or show your friends

    • Adium
    • Delicious Library - Turns your isight into a barcode scanner
    • AppZapper or equivelant - helps to uninstall apps fully
    • Plex - Like frontrow, but sweeter, based on X-Box Media Centre
    • Handbrake - Put all of your DVDs onto your ipod and itunes and psp and other generic media device
    • UnRarx - Unrarring stuff
    • Perian - an addon to allow you to play any video in quicktime, like can play almost everything VLC can but in a mac looking programme

    List of things you can do that will probably muse you for 5 seconds each
    • Hold down ctrl, alt, cmd and 8 to invert your screen (a good way to save battery life...?)
    • Hold shift while minimizing or opening dashboard or using expose for a SLOWMO!
    • Download mac saber and start waving your brand new laptop all over the place
    • Put your new laptop in the bath and see how the waterproof casing lights up... even through bubble bath!

    God, I hope you're thankful for that, that took me ages
     
  4. marold280 macrumors 6502

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    i have the lightsaber thing. i sent it to a friend with a macbook. and, i am extremely ashamed to tell you that we took them both to school and had a macbook lightsaber fight :eek:
     
  5. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    oh yes also for downloading torrents use Azureus
     
  6. rKunda macrumors 65816

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    "Hold shift while minimizing or opening dashboard or using expose for a SLOWMO!"


    Even better: open Terminal and type 'KillAll Dock" but don't hit ENTER. Then use the SLOWMO minimize feature, then, mid-process, hit ENTER. You now have a cool window mutation than you can play with. Works great with a website that can scroll. Close, or re-minimize to undo.
     
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  8. oli2140 macrumors 6502

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    Open terminal type:

    telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
     
  9. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Open terminal, then type:

    yes

    finally, press enter.
     
  10. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    classic
     
  11. petermcphee macrumors 6502a

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    Second. The Mac uTorrent is the new king of OS X torrenting programs.
     
  12. oli2140 macrumors 6502

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    WAAAAH!!! I use utorrent on windows but now i am going to have to try it on mac! Have you tried transmission btw?
     
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  14. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    i have but i theres something about vuze that i find faster and i have a ppc mac so i have to stay with vuze
     
  15. HLdan macrumors 603

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    First thing to do is invest in the Applecare protection plan. You can buy it off Ebay for a very good price. Don't allow anyone here to tell you that you don't need it. If and when you have issues it will be your responsibility to pay for repairs when your warranty expires.
     
  16. isauce macrumors regular

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    I think there is a thread about this already.

    Anyways, you can register your Macbook through the Apple website and get Maclife or Macworld digitally delivered to you, or a physical copy to your home.

    :D
     
  17. petermcphee macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. I went from uTorrent (on windows) to Transmission (on OS X) to uTorrent for Mac. I like it more than Transmission due to the ability to encrypt traffic as well as the familiar interface. YMMV.
     
  18. Ploki macrumors 68020

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    if you do music get rid of GarageBand and get Logic Pro 8 :)
    next, get photoshop.

    cheers
     
  19. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Don't listen to this guy, you have a full year to buy this if you so desire. It's not necessary, and for many people the statute of their country will protect them from common defects found in Apple's computers.
     
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    itunes. oh, you meant MP3 Pirating program, didn't you?
     

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