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My name is Steve and I've been using Macs for quite awhile. Currently own 2 MacBooks, both running OS 10.6.8. I'm retired and my wife and I have no permanent home anymore. We live most of the time on a sailboat in Mexico and the rest in a Toyota mini-motorhome. Our MacBooks are our main means of communication and entertainment.
Man, that sounds like the life! Welcome, Steve. Glad you found us here.

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My name is Steve and I've been using Macs for quite awhile. Currently own 2 MacBooks, both running OS 10.6.8. I'm retired and my wife and I have no permanent home anymore. We live most of the time on a sailboat in Mexico and the rest in a Toyota mini-motorhome. Our MacBooks are our main means of communication and entertainment.
Welcome Steve to Mac Forums! Sounds like you are living the good life!

Anyway if we can ever be of help to you here at Mac Forums, just let us know. Again welcome!
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Hi, my name is Holly and I have just returned to Mac after a hiatus of 2 1/2 years. I started out using a PPC Mac Mini in January of 2005, after many years of being a PC user, and ran that little thing till it ran out of technology. As of two days ago I came back with a new MacBook Pro. Am still setting it up but have found little changed from Leopard to Mavericks. I'll still be running my Lenovo but the Mac will be my favorite child.
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Hi, my name is Holly and I have just returned to Mac after a hiatus of 2 1/2 years. I started out using a PPC Mac Mini in January of 2005, after many years of being a PC user, and ran that little thing till it ran out of technology. As of two days ago I came back with a new MacBook Pro. Am still setting it up but have found little changed from Leopard to Mavericks. I'll still be running my Lenovo but the Mac will be my favorite child.
Hi Holly - welcome to the forum!

Wife & I are 'switchers' since the spring of last year - I use a MBPro & she has the iMac, plus a new AirPort Express router - donated our Dell PC to a local charity, so we are PCless! Dave
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Hi , my name is Ron . Ive just come over to the world of Mac and Mavericks after a lifetime of pc's and Windows. I purchased my first Macbook Pro 13" , i5 , 256ssd , 8gb Retina last weekend and must say I've been hugely impressed with the machine itself , Mavericks and generally just how easy and for the most part obvious things are to pick up . I seem to be one of those rare users who enjoyed Win 8.1 but this just makes microsoft look many many years behind . My past machine was no slouch , in fact the spec was in many ways very similar to this Mbp , the only real difference being the display and Ssd instead of Hdd . But on paper is where the similarities end . This machine is light years ahead in so many ways . I'm really pleased with the switch and looking forward to many years of enjoying what i previously thought of as 'The Dark Side'
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Welcome to our forums Ron. You made a great choice for your first Mac. And, it is unusual to hear someone say they actually liked Windows 8.1. Most of us in these forums are either past Windows users or use both systems - Mac at home, Windows at work. Enjoy your stay with us and stay tuned. Lots of great information from our members. Be sure to read through all our Sticky posts which you'll find at the top of each forum

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.... I've just come over to the world of Mac and Mavericks after a lifetime of pc's and Windows. ......
......This machine is light years ahead in so many ways . I'm really pleased with the switch and looking forward to many years of enjoying what i previously thought of as 'The Dark Side'
Hi Ron!

I, too, have recently come over to "The Dark Side!" Best decision I ever made. I had been a PC person for over 30 years. I still have PC's at work but I am slowly integrating Apple products there. Welcome to the forum. You can learn a lot here.

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Thanks for the warm welcome guys and gals . I must admit there was an initial period of panic and doubt , when i couldn't find anything , but i think that passed within an hour . Im looking forward to integrating myself into the 'family' and pestering you all for help.
Lets start off with , my macbook came with the firewall set to off by default , Whats your thoughts ? Also , i'm impressed with the software that comes pre installed and will use numbers and pages on a daily basis - although i may install Office at some point . Whats on your must have list of programs you have installed ?

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Lets start off with , my macbook came with the firewall set to off by default , Whats your thoughts ? Also , i'm impressed with the software that comes pre installed and will use numbers and pages on a daily basis - although i may install Office at some point . Whats on your must have list of programs you have installed ?
Having the firewall off in Windows would be a foolish thing to do, however, keeping it off in OS X is the default. (Please read through our Sticky Post on viruses and malware.) If you feel safer by turning the firewall on, that's OK. No harm in keeping it on....

The free iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) can be used in lieu of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. If you have a lot of interaction with other users especially in the business world, then it may be a good idea to obtain Mac Office. However, since MS will likely release a new version of MS Office this Fall, I would wait before purchasing it.

As far as the must have applications go, everyone has a different perspective on what is "must have". Stay tuned and keep an eye on the forum area that has your interest which will help you decide on what applications you need. The Mac App Store is the best place to shop for applications. There are also some very good individual apps that are not in the Mac App Store.

And a last bit of advice: Make backups! Time Machine is included with your Mac and works with an external hard drive. Take advantage of it.
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Thanks for that . On my Windows based laptop i used to backup on my documents and photos to Onedrive . Can Time machine be configured to do that rather than my purchase an external hard drive ? I can get Office from work so i'll just wait until the new version is released. Ive switched the firewall on just for peace of mind , and added Adblock to Safari but apart from that I'm running standard.
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Time Machine can be configured to backup to a network drive (not easily though) but much more conveniently to an external hard drive. I don't believe there is a work around that will allow Time Machine to backup to OneDrive or DropBox, etc. External hard drives are not expensive and offer the best protection for your data. Your Mac uses the same type of SSD that is used in PCs and although an SSD is less likely to fail for the same reason a spinning hard drive, they can fail.

BTW, did you purchase Apple Care for your new MacBook Pro retina?
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Thanks , i can just as easily do what i did before and backup directly to onedrive manually.
When i bought the Mbp it came with two years warranty , Apple care after that came in at 199 which i thought was quite expensive - i guess its cheap if it goes wrong though.
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Hello all, after being a Windows user for the lifetime of my computer/laptop owning days I've bought my first MacBook. It's a second hand IMMACULATE mid 2012 13" MBP with nearly every Adobe program on there I know of and I'm not gonna lie...I LOVE IT. I even sold my beloved motorcycle to buy it.

It was originally bought for music production (trance) and I'm well impressed with its handling of the VSTi's I use and it's ability to do everything else at the same time is like nothing I've ever known a higher spec Windows machine to do.

Anyways, enough of the intro and waffling...
I've not really had time to delve into the richness of OS X Mavericks, or even the Macbook itself to be fair, is there any cool tips and tricks I should know about that will make using my mac even more enjoyable/easy?

Also, as I'm on the go all of the time, is there any decent hard cases with straps that people use that don't cost a bomb?

Cheers in advance.

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Welcome Gavvo,

I too am a recent Mac convert. I still have Windows at work but my personal equipment is all Apple. Check out this link for tons of information to help take care of your MBP.

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