What are the first things I must do with a new Macbook Pro?

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  1. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

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    i.e. calibrate the battery.
    Please, tell me about other important things I must do to enjoy my MBP.
    Install special utilities (do you know them?) or something else?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Enjoy it.

    Calibrating is a given:


    Also have a look at the following links to learn more about Mac OS X:


    Links to Software Recommendation Threads

    and MRoogle, the search engine for the MR Forum

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  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    1) Take it out of the box :p

    2) Calibrate the display (either with special hardware like a Spyder 3 or by eye using the built-in tool).
     
  4. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

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    Well the first thing you should do is ENJOY YOUR NEW MBP.

    I'm not sure about the second thing you should do.. maybe install apps?

    BUT the third thing you SHOULDN'T do is develop an OCD problem about your battery life or some b.s and complain about it. :D
     
  5. Sankersizzle macrumors 6502a

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    i dropped the ****ing thing right as i was taking it out of the package. maybe you should give that a shot? my mbp has been trouble free and otherwise excellent for the 5 months i've had it.
    :D
     
  6. iMacThere4Iam macrumors regular

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    1. Call your PC loving friends and boast. They won't mind. Really.

    2. Start flamewars with total strangers.

    3. Count how many seconds it takes for your girlfriend to get fingerprints on your immaculate new screen. As soon as she leaves the room, discreetly access porn.

    4. Repeat steps 1 and 2, only be meaner and more aggressive about it.

    5. Say nothing to your girlfriend about step 3. This will only lead to an argument (and yes, I'm sure she smudged your screen deliberately). Use the MBP to help you find a new girlfriend, if absolutely necessary.

    6. Now you're ready to trade insults with Android people. This does not require ownership of an iPhone. You're now in the Apple camp; act accordingly.
     
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    First thing is always to get a cool decal put on the front. Decals are guaranteed to give you computer a speed boost. :D Kind of like with cars and motorcycles. The more decals on them, the more hp they have. :cool:

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  9. millertime021 macrumors 6502a

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    Oh man, that's a relief.

    I'm glad I followed proper protocol. When I had repeated steps one and two, I thought I might have been out of line.
     
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    I concur. Little Snitch is the very first thing any good pirate needs when installing a new Mac
     
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  13. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Haha, I did that on a train once :p.
     
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  15. BINXER macrumors newbie

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    Thank you so much for the link to better touch tool. I just bought a MBP and I was missing the snapping feature from windows 7 :)
     
  16. AppleMacFinder thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    BetterTouchTool is really Awesome!
    And Little Snitch will be very useful for me, because...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMJDnRbJqgQ ;)
    Thanks to everybody!

    Any other advices (great apps, secret geeky tweaks) ?
     
  17. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Download a preference pane for system preferences called "Secrets." It lets you unlock things in multiple applications, even Finder.
     
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  19. AppleMacFinder thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't understand all this excitement about SSDs.
    They are very expensive, have no TRIM support in OS X and wearing out.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive#Disadvantages

    Yes, if your SSD is new, you are getting a big performance boost,
    but it's degrading as it gets older. Don't worth the money.
     
  20. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    Not if you buy a SandForce controlled one. It's not as good as TRIM, but will do the job and prevent degradation until OS X supports TRIM just fine.
     
  21. WardC macrumors 68030

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    Adding an SSD in your MacBook Pro is a better upgrade than going from a Core i5 to a Core i7 in my opinion. You will notice everything speed up and the SSD is over 4 times as fast as that 5400rpm HD that comes stock on the MacBook Pro!!
     

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