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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by N-Y, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. N-Y macrumors regular

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    my first came in today, macbook pro 15" 2.66ghz Matte, who ever is going glossy i promise u, your missing out, having no glare is amazing, and the matte looks so sexy

    loving it, im doing my first backup via time machine, i was told it will take about 18 hours crazy lol.... i got g-technology mini 500GB hard drive, and backing up everything as we speak.


    if anybody has any suggestions on what else i should do, any software i should get, feel free to let me know.

    again this is my first mac
     
  2. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

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    I like my glossy screen, never bothered me.

    Time machine is probably slow because its over firewire/USB?

    I also love my MBP just as much as the first day I got it. You will too. :D
     
  3. prodigee macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats man. A few things I would get, iStat Pro widget and vlc.
     
  4. icedd macrumors 6502

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  5. N-Y thread starter macrumors regular

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    well i was told, the first time u do it, it takes this long.

    what is istat pro, adium, bowtie and candybar
     
  6. IBradMac macrumors 68000

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    Who told you that?

    Mine took about 2 hours over usb the first time.
     
  7. prodigee macrumors 6502a

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    Mine took about 2 hours over USB, so I don't know why yours is taking this long.

    But back to your questions.

    iStat Pro - Shows system info, including temps, Battery health and cycle info, CPU RAM and network activities.

    Adium - 3rd party IM client, its a really great alternative to iChat and can handle a bunch of other IM clients like AIM, MSN, etc. and fully customizable

    CandyBar - Very easy to use utility that changes icons at the touch of a button. Really a nice program if you are into customizing your system, this is the program for you.

    Also a program for you to add to that list is Transmission which is the best (and this is widely accepted) BitTorrent client for Mac.
     
  8. Greenman85 macrumors regular

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    smcfancontrol(set to ~3700 rpm)
    transmissions
    onyx or maintidget
    coconut battery
    thunderbird
    and i would use firefox over safari but that's just my personal choice
     
  9. N-Y thread starter macrumors regular

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    smcfancontrol(set to ~3700 rpm) <-----why set it to that?
    and what do the rest of these do?
    transmissions
    onyx or maintidget
    coconut battery
    thunderbird

    iStat Pro <------ other than show what it does, does it do anything else
     
  10. prodigee macrumors 6502a

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    You really don't need SMC I would get rid of it, all it does is make the machine louder, and rather than have the computer controlling the fan's you do, Apple designed the machine quite well just leave that to the computer.

    Coconut battery shows the number of cycles and your battery health, and how long you have had your Mac. Quite useful if you dont have iStat.

    Transmission is just a bittorrent client, but it is the best for Mac, get it if you download torrents.

    Thunderbird, is a 3rd party mail client for those who don't like the default Mail app in OS X.

    iStat is just useful for monitoring your system conveniently, if you don't want it you don't need to get it, I just find it extremely useful.
     
  11. rgarjr macrumors 603

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  12. MacsOnAnabolics macrumors regular

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    Hey welcome!

    I just bought a new 15" 2.8 GHz today from the Apple Store. My case from Ion-Factory came in today as well. Beside all the software you should really invest first in some protection. I got the Carbon Shell for the 15" MBP.
     
  13. blurfonz macrumors regular

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    Well I have always love my glossy screen :) No regrets!
     
  14. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Glossy reflects light, matte spread the light across the screen so it's less noticeable. Doesn't mean it's completely gone. It's still there, just the light is spread out everywhere instead of concentrated in a few spots. Mathematically, glossy has a less proportion of glare spots. Matte displays are usually dimmer (negated due to LED backlighting) and a bit blurry.

    Aside from that, welcome to the Mac community. Check out these apps:

    Prizmo - OCR, take a picture of a sign or poster and let Prizmo cut out the poster from the picture you took and make it into a PDF file.
    Tweetie - best Twitter client ever...
    Dropbox - great online storage system
    Firefox - Safari is better, but just for backup
     
  15. N-Y thread starter macrumors regular

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    anybody know any good site, where i can find some nice high quality wallpapers
     
  16. MacsOnAnabolics macrumors regular

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    Yeah totally check out Interface-Lift. I get all of my wallpapers from there. They are HD, just choose your resolution. ;-)
     
  17. Greenman85 macrumors regular

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    then why did my computer get so hot before i started to use smc? now it never goes abve 105 degrees f. it used to get to 160-170
     
  18. N-Y thread starter macrumors regular

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    so i got istat pro, added to my dashboard.

    now what should be my computer temperature?
     
  19. N-Y thread starter macrumors regular

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    my right fan is around 2000rpm and my left fan 1999 rpm
     
  20. mpuck972 macrumors 6502

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    Mine are always the exact same speeds even when on my lap or bed and I don't have that smc thing installed. My cpu is normally 100-105 degrees F.
     
  21. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    Really depends what you are doing, mine if from 40-65°C when doing light work.
    Gaming, encoding and such, it reaches 80-90°C :p
     

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