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    Advice for a new Macbook owner?

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    Advice for a new Macbook owner?
    Well I finally took the plunge and bought a used Macbook off of a coworker. I did a fresh install of Mac OS X 10.5 and updated it to the latest version. Anyways, the reason I am posting is to see what advice ya'll can give me for never working with the Mac OS before. Any mandatory or cool programs I should get? Any certain set of tweaks should I apply to get the most out of it? Etc. Any and all help is appreciated!

    Thanks again everyone!

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    Advice for a new Macbook owner?
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    Welcome MoNsTeR to M-F

    Have a look at these for starters .....
    Mac Switching 101
    Mac 101
    MacTricksAndTips ~ 100 Essential Mac Apps
    Mac OS Keyboard Shortcuts
    Mac OS Menu Bar Items
    Mac downloads ~ Apple
    Open Source for Mac ~ Free Mac software

    So there is a bit of reading there. As i goes for Apps we dont know what you are into, but ill list a few that most people have and you can look them up in the 100 Essential Apps URL i gave ...

    Adium ~ Chat Client
    Growl Notifications
    SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner ~ Both make bootable copies of your HD
    HandBrake ~ Video Converting
    Burn ~ As it says A Burning App
    Transmission ~ p2p client
    Skitch ~ Screen capture and more
    VLC ~ Video player that plays most codecs and does a lot more
    Perian and Flip4Mac Makes watching certain codecs easier ... This is Essential IMHO
    Audacity ~ Play with Music App
    CandyBar ~ Mods all your icons, and dock
    MainMenu or Oynx ~ Does the same as Disk utility only more thorough
    Quicksilver ~ Works like Spotlight but way way better and does so much more
    StuffitExpander ~ Opens Zip and rar files and more
    Lil Snitch ~ Firewall type App that looks at your incoming and outgoing traffic
    and last but certainly not least .....
    AppTrap ~ Once installed it sits in System Preferences and deletes all associated files of anything that you put in the trash ...

    Should keep you busy for a while lol
    Hope it helps some
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    Advice for a new Macbook owner?

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    Thank you TattooedMac!

    Definitely have some raeding to do.

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    Advice for a new Macbook owner?
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    YW mate ... The easiest and best way to actually learn the OS is to sit and play. I did this for a week before i really started to get into the computing side of it. Ended up doing a reinstall within the 1st week but it was worth it bc i learnt so bloody much just playing around .... Have fun with it to and be sure to drop back here if you have any particular questions

    Cheers
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    Arguing with a zealot is only slightly easier than tunneling through a mountain with your forehead!!!!!
    MoTM ☆☆☆

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    Advice for a new Macbook owner?
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    Like some of the very first things we need to grab on a fresh Windows install - there are a couple you may as well get done right off the bat with your Mac - Flip4Mac, allows you to play those wmv files you run into on the web, and you only need the free one - Perian, it will play just about everything else. If you're use to using VLC in Windows, you may want to grab that also.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
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    Advice for a new Macbook owner?
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    Advice for a new Macbook owner?

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    TattooedMac, that's alot of great info man!

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