What would you recommend a Mac noob do first?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by roraz, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. roraz macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Well ive ordered my powerbook - my first mac computer, as well as a linksys wireless adsl modem router - hopefully be here in a couple of days!

    Having been a windows pc kinda guy, im kinda new to the whole mac scene

    anybody recommend any stuff eg apps, sites, tips, tricks etc for a noob for when I get my powerbook? Stuff I should do/get?
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    do a search of the forums here for free and cool apps to get you started, be sure to install all the updates too, and explore the new OS and have fun!
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Buy a book. This book...

    David Pogue: Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition

    Invaluable for a newcomer.
  4. Dandaman macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2004
    I just fooled around a bit and browsed these forums a lot.

  5. roraz thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2005
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Grovel and worship me, for I am a Mac God!

    Seriosuly though, just play with it. Get used to the UI differences.

    Stay out of /Library and /System and you shouldn't be able to do much damage to your operating system.

    Don't go nutz with UI "enhancements" and themes and whatnot. Spend time getting used to the UI and OS in their 'vanilla' form, and then find things that you feel you need to enhance usability.

    Don't let yourself call it a MAC (which I noticed you didn't, kudos!). It's not. It's a Mac, short for Macintosh. And actually, you have a PowerBook, and you can call it a PB. end ramble.


  7. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    if you have access to the mac magazines they have a lot of articles and how tos and tips and reader sent it tips that will help you get the most out of your mac, i fyou have the time just surf aroudn the need scouring it for tidbits...luckily in macrumors you have a whole assortment of macusers who are willing to share their info

    the tip on os x missing manual is great

    also try reading apples help document, and just explore your system you will learn a lot

    just dont go deleting stuff if you dont know what it does
  8. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
  9. roraz thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2005
    my powerbook arrives tomorrow, really looking forward to trying it out :D
  10. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2005
    Surf the net like a mother. Download whatever you want. Open emails from whoever seems to send you something. And never think twice about getting something damaging to your system. :p

    Congrats and welcome. :)
  11. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004

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