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    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



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    Member Since
    Sep 30, 2004
    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

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    Member Since
    Dec 04, 2005
    4) no, I'm using kb/mouse right now

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    Thanks all, using Firefox right now, only thing I miss is my scrollwheel and right mouse button

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    Member Since
    Sep 30, 2004
    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
    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!

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    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    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.

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    Pierre's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 19, 2005
    North Carolina
    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

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    Member Since
    Jan 18, 2006
    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:

    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):

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    Thanks for the info and nice article btw!

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