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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

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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!

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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
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Thank you TattooedMac!

Definitely have some raeding to do.
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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

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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.

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Sage advice for the new Mac switcher
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TattooedMac, that's alot of great info man!
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