Purchasing my first mac.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bob7up, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. bob7up, Aug 16, 2012
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    bob7up macrumors newbie

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    Hello everybody! I am purchasing my first MacBook Air (128GB/8GB/13") and was wondering if there is anything I should know? I am pretty excited for it. :p

    Edit: Just ordered!
     
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  3. bob7up thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Paying for it on Friday, and thanks! :)
     
  4. mertyz macrumors regular

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    Just enjoy your Mac :)

    Most people are unable to do it, hope you can. They just keep nitpicking: "What's my SSD's brand? What's my display's brand? Is it the fastest? Is there a problem with the display? etc. etc."
     
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    http://www.apple.com/support/mac101/

    This link might help you out.
     
  6. stchman macrumors 6502a

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    What OS are you coming from? If XP, then OS X will be very awesome, if Win 7, still kind of awesome, if Linux, OS X will seem to be lacking.
     
  7. bob7up thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Windows 7, and I just ordered it ~10 minutes ago.
     
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    What if hes coming from Windows 95? :eek:
     
  10. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

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    Then I don't know what can be done. I guess the OP will need Apple's One to One training or something to help them *turns on a shopping channel on her TV*
     
  11. stchman macrumors 6502a

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    The OS X will be nothing too revolutionary, it will be just a different way of doing things.
     
  12. shamash macrumors 6502a

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    I respectfully disagree. Mac user for about 7-9 years (I'm bad at timing) who had a super powerful windows 7 PC for the past 8 months.

    Even being back on a Macbook 1,1 with 10.5.8 for the past 2 weeks, I'm in heaven. Nothing beats OSX.
     
  13. ixodes macrumors 601

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    Here's a terrific resource for you.

    It's filled with info that will help you enjoy your Mac, and most certainly get the most out of it.

    Welcome to the Forum :)


    http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_Beginner's_Guide
     
  14. stchman macrumors 6502a

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    You've never used Ubuntu before. I've used all three and Ubuntu IMO is the best OS out there.
     
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Welcome! What sort of things do you want to know? Will you be running Windows programs on it as well? If so, do you have questions about running Windows on the Mac? There's a separate forum for that. There are also separate forums for Mountain Lion, Mac Peripherals, and other topics.
     
  16. shamash macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, I dual booted Ubuntu onto my old MBP, and wasn't a big fan. Too incompatible with different mac models.
     
  17. stchman macrumors 6502a

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    There are a lot of wikis that walk you through installing Ubuntu on a Mac.
     
  18. shamash macrumors 6502a

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    There are also a lot of wikis that list the incompatibilities Ubuntu has with different Mac models.
     
  19. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

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    You may want to customize the toolbar on the finder, I added some buttons like the path history.

    F3 activates Exposé/Mission Copntrol
    F4 activates Dashboard. I added wheater, units conversion and translation widgets

    Command+Shift+3 takes screen picture.
    Command+Shift+4 lets you select what to capture
     
  20. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

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    One of my friends uses Ubuntu. She reckoned Windows XP was the last decent Windows version. She will not talk about Vista (who will?) and she finds Windows 7 too fiddly. She saw me using my Mac and she thought Ubuntu looked very similar to OSX.
     
  21. shamash macrumors 6502a

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    It does. There are even themes in Ubuntu that can make it look just like OSX.

    It's really very similar to OSX, although some things are harder to do, and some things are easier to do. It just depends on what sort of user you are.

    There are much better versions of Linux out now, though, with the recent Ubuntu release being a POS.
     
  22. bob7up thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much for that! :)

    Also, this forum is really helpful, will come here if I have a problem and cannot find a solution.
     
  23. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

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    I don't think she had any themes on it but she did comment on the obvious similarities. She said she wouldn't buy a Mac because she has a housemate who has one. Said housemate is really smug and annoying and is always going on about how the Mac just works and everyone else's computers are rubbish. She might have a point about PCs though :p
     

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