09-03-2011, 03:21 PM
Well, let me give this a shot:
1) Are you talking about when it's plugged in? If so, yes, once the battery is full it will continue to run on AC power. You don't have to always let the battery run all the way down before charging it again. Just plug it in when needed. It's good to calibrate the battery once every month or two. Here's more on Macbook batteries:
Apple Portables: Calibrating your computer's battery for best performance
2) Not sure what this is. What do you mean by "choose the key combination"?
3) Remember that OS X is a completely different operating system and you'll have to get out of your Windows habits and mindset. This means you have to learn to quit a program every time, not just close the window, because the red close button never closes an application, except in some rare instances. But you'll get used to it. Command-Q is just as easy as clicking a button. I have no problem with the Finder, bu some people prefer other file management applications. It's all a matter of personal preference, but it's always good to use your Mac the way it was intended to be used before using third party anything. Give it a try as is first and if something still really irks you, then find a third party workaround.
4) Just hold the Control key and swipe up or down with two fingers on the trackpad to zoom in and out. Your mouse pointer's location will be the center point.
5) What doesn't QT Player do that you need it to? You just click on an mov file and it should start to play. You say you want it to just do what it's supposed to, which it does (play video files), but then you say you want it to create playlists in some instances. Maybe someone else could pitch in here.
6) I've used LogMeIn on my Mac and it works pretty much the same way it does in Windows.
7) That doesn't sound terribly hot to me. My MBP, while transcoding video for many hours, can get up to 80 or even 90 degrees celsius. Macbook Pro's are made to work as hard as any desktop computer and it will get hot. Just be sure your computer has plenty of ventilation: keep things away from the vents, keep it at least a foot away from the wall, and invest in a cooling stand with a fan to keep cool air flowing underneath if you want to put your mind at ease.
8) smcFanControl is popular, as is the iStat Pro widget for the Dashboard. But keep in mind that such tools aren't always entirely accurate. Temperature is monitored by the operating system and if your computer gets too hot, it will save its state and shut down. So you don't really need to worry about it or keep an eye on the temperature. Just ensure proper ventilation and use it as intended.
9) I'm not sure but I think iCloud is replacing MobileMe. In any case, MobileMe was one of Apple's worst missteps so I wouldn't use it. But that's just me. I'm not really into cloud computing. Someone else might be better able to give you an answer.
10) When you use Boot Camp to create a partition, it will let you choose how much of your hard drive you want to use for Windows. Then it will ask you to insert your Windows installation disk. I don't think it can be anything other than a disk. And of course you can run XP or any other OS you want via Boot Camp. All the instructions you need are in the Boot Camp Assistant. Here is a good place to start:
Mac 101: Using Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp
11) They should be generally the same, though there may be minor variations between them.
12) Not sure what you're referring to here. Whenever you update OS X your files and preferences are left in tact. Use Time Machine with an external hard drive to keep backups of your files though, because you never know.
13) When you're viewing your pictures where? In iPhoto? In Finder? In Finder, you should be able to use the arrow keys to navigate between photos. There are also different views you can use (column, list, cover flow and icon). Press the space bar to preview a file without opening an application.
14) Not sure what you mean about moving forward and backwards between Finder windows or forward/backwards buttons.
15) The app switcher shows you all open applicationss but doesn't affect window behavior. It you select an application whose window is minimized in the dock, it will just make that application active. It won't assume that you want that window back. The window will remain in the dock because that's where you put it. If you want to use the app switcher to show and hide applications, use Command-H to hide an application, then use the app switcher to reveal it again. I do this far more often than I ever minimize to the dock, it's much faster in my opinion.
Here is some good switcher information. Some of it I'm sure you know, some of it may reveal some functions to you and it may help you get some of the OS X terminology right.
Apple - Support - Mac 101
If you're more visually oriented, as I am, you may prefer these video tutorials. They feature Snow Leopard so things may look a little different if you're using Lion, but it all works pretty much the same:
Apple - Find Out How - Mac Basics