Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Fedorov
    Guest
    Question Many questions from xperienced Windows user just got a Mac :)
    Hi all (1st post),

    Brief intro before I ask all you mac guru's a lot of simple questions if you don't mind...

    Been wanting to get a media centre PC in my living room so I could watch divx/xvid epsidoes of my fave programs on my nice big 42" plasma tv, having looked around for months I just cannot justify the money needed to get something reasonable in a SMALL/QUIET box.

    Figured the lovely Mac Mini (superdrive) model could do all that I wanted so I went out yesterday and bought one!!! I am very very pleased with it so far, configuration was easy, on the internet with my PC's wifi router in minutes, I installed VLC Media Player and can already play all movie formats I need, stream radio via iTunes and surf the net, love the interface already, not read any manuals, I'm a tecchy who just loves to work all this stuff out, so far no problems.

    Questions please...

    1) I'm behind a NAT router, currently use the excellent OutPost firewall on my PC, do I need a firewall on the mac? How do I control what programs are connected outbound etc??? Recommendations?

    2) I'll be using my PC for emails, just pure surfing on the mac, again do I need an Anti-Virus? Recommendations please, no Symantec tho!

    3) Do I need to defrag the drive at all on the mac? If so, again please recommend a good tool for this, I know nothing about the mac tools compared to knowing almost every PC tool around!

    4) I'm using the bluetooth wireless keyboard/mouse, if I click the bluetooth icon on the desktop and turn "discoverable" to OFF will I lose my keyboard/mouse connection - for security I want it off.

    5) I use Mozilla Firefox on my PC with lots of excellent extensions, I presume I can install the mac version of Firefox and will all my .xpi extensions just work the same?

    6) Does the mac use a dreaded Registry like WindowsXP or is everything in nice prefs files (I suspect)?

    7) I tweak every inch of my WindowsXP to get the best performance out of it, would I benefit at all with my mac mini if I was to partition the drive or change the size of the paging file or anything? Any good tweaks that help squeeze a bit more out of it?

    Thanks all, I've probably got a lot more questions the more I use it, these are the ones I can think of for now

    Regards,

    Fedorov.

  2. #2
    Many questions from xperienced Windows user just got a Mac :)

    Member Since
    Sep 30, 2004
    Posts
    3,378
    1) OS X has a built in firewall that you can turn on, since you are already behind a router that should be enough.

    2) No, don't bother.

    3) No

    5) Yes

    6) No registry.

    7) No clue

  3. #3
    Many questions from xperienced Windows user just got a Mac :)
    cjay's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 04, 2005
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    696
    4) no, I'm using kb/mouse right now

  4. #4
    Fedorov
    Guest
    Thanks all, using Firefox right now, only thing I miss is my scrollwheel and right mouse button

  5. #5
    Many questions from xperienced Windows user just got a Mac :)

    Member Since
    Sep 30, 2004
    Posts
    3,378
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedorov
    Thanks all, using Firefox right now, only thing I miss is my scrollwheel and right mouse button

    Get a mighty mouse, Where did you get a one-button Apple mouse? I didn't think Apple stores sold them anymore.

  6. #6
    Fedorov
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by mynameis
    Get a mighty mouse, Where did you get a one-button Apple mouse? I didn't think Apple stores sold them anymore.
    I got the bluetooth wireless keyboard/mouse as this is for the living room so sat quite a distance away from the mac mini hardware. They don't do a wireless mighty mouse yet do they?
    When they do I'll be first in the queue!

  7. #7
    Many questions from xperienced Windows user just got a Mac :)
    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Location
    Modesto, Ca.
    Posts
    28,477
    Specs:
    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    Like mynameis said, either get an Apple Mighty Mouse or use any 3 button PC Scroll Mouse.

  8. #8
    Many questions from xperienced Windows user just got a Mac :)
    Pierre's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 19, 2005
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    320
    Specs:
    White 2ghz Core Duo Macbook, 2ghz RAM, 60gb Hard drive, SuperDrive
    Logitech and Microsoft have some great wireless mice that work fabulously. I can't imagine a computer without right click. I'm an Apple fan, but that doesn't mean i can't diversify
    Macbook: 2ghz Core Duo, 2gb Ram

    Don't forget to use the User Reputation System

  9. #9
    Many questions from xperienced Windows user just got a Mac :)

    Member Since
    Jan 18, 2006
    Posts
    1,868
    Specs:
    G4 Cube
    Don't forget to add Front Row to your Mini! Front Row is a basic media center frontend for Macs; it lets you watch DVDs, movies, and photos as well as listen to music. I'm running it on my G4 Cube with excellent results. Info here:

    http://www.andrewescobar.com/archive.../10/front-row/

    You can also pick up a nice remote from Griffin (AirclickUSB). If you're a big hardware guy, check out my Mac Mini tutorial (I come from a primarly Windows/PC hardware background):

    http://mini.wiredby.com

  10. #10
    Fedorov
    Guest
    Thanks for the info and nice article btw!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. First time user questions...migrating from windows
    By ace.neerav in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 07-30-2009, 02:20 PM
  2. I am now a mac user! :) (with some questions)
    By deathcab1 in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 07-12-2008, 12:34 PM
  3. Replies: 16
    Last Post: 06-30-2008, 08:18 PM
  4. New Mac User - questions on printing to Epson printer through Windows wireless w/Leop
    By tgilldesign in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-10-2008, 05:46 PM
  5. A few questions from a (soon to be) new Mac user
    By jcrook in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-20-2007, 08:44 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •