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Humorous Mistakes/Confusion With a New Mac


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Perhaps this should go elsewhere, but it could be fun.

I personally have made some definite "n00b" errors. I thought the hinges for cord management on the AC adaptor were feet for it to stand until about 10 minutes ago when I realized why it couldn't balance with them. I thought the cleaning cloth was a really ineffective CD holder. I deleted iPhoto's duplicate photo files and had tearful breakdowns thinking I'd ruined iPhoto forever and wasted HD space.

There are plenty of switcher websites out there, but I think I needed a bulleted list of stupid things people have done.

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windows has a thing where, if you highlight all folders, and double click one, it will open the one folder. So when i got my new mac, i highlighted all of my music folders (i.e. one for every artist), but i wanted to check something first so i double clicked on one folder.

...cue all 138 folders opening!! . tried to restart to save having to close them. but no, my clever mac remembers which folders i had open before restarting!
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Ha! That is funny, especially the power cord incident. Thanks for being brave enough to share.

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Well I don't know how funny mine is and I'm sure I have done dumber and just cant think of it now. But one time my "H" key fell of my macbook pro keyboard and I freaked out trying to find it for like 10-15 seconds I'd say only to realize it was stuck to my right hand pointer finger. I guess I type really hard? Oh well, you're very brave for sharing. Excellent thread idea
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I'll watch out not to type too hard then. Are Macbooks prone to losing keys?

deathcab1: I kept trying to figure out why weird windows would be open when I started up my Mac. Is it because they weren't closed at shut down? Interesting.

See, this thread is educational and humbling. Yay!

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Zeels, you would not be typing on my MacBook!

This technically isn't a Mac software problem, but a hardware one at least...

I thought my MacBook was about to crack when I realised I could push the left side inwards a little.....turned out this is just the way the MacBooks are made... oops.
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Did anyone else take it out of the box and look for instructions on how to open it? I was looking for some sort of button or locking mechanism...

My mom was looking at me like "You just spent how much on a computer you don't even know how to open...?"

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for about the first week I kept trying to hit the X in the top right that wasnt even there.

and I used to keep clicking the mouse button to open a link in a new tab.
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...cue all 138 folders opening!! . tried to restart to save having to close them. but no, my clever mac remembers which folders i had open before restarting!
Should you be in that situation again, just hold the option key while closing one window ... all the others will close as well.
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Hah dont I think the keys fall off a lot, I mean none of my other ones have and I got the H one back on after some effort. I'll make sure I keep my hands off of everyone else's keyboards
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I was wondering why they had two different power cords, until I realized they plug into each other to extend range.


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Should you be in that situation again, just hold the option key while closing one window ... all the others will close as well.
aah! clever. around half way through i found the CMD+W shortcut which made things a little quicker at least.
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I had the same thing with the power adaptor.
Kept me busy for about a week.

I did think that surely Apple couldn't deign something that was such crap. It just wouldn't stand up on the feet!!

Then I worked out it was for wrapping the cord around and their design decisions made a whole lot more sense lol.

I was having major issues with looking for the X in the top right.
Don;t do it anymore thankfully but I leant my Macbook to a friend because his PC caught a really nasty virus (lol) and had a great laugh watching him use it!
He gave it the "macs are crap" bit but then shut right up after I managed to retrieve all his lost work through parallels. Which caught the virus twice off his HD.
Lol.
Long live mac osx

First came a shuffle. Then an 8gb 3rd gen nano.
Next a macbook.
Then an Ipod Touch. And a Nikon D300. Not an Apple but gets used with the macbook
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aah! clever. around half way through i found the CMD+W shortcut which made things a little quicker at least.
Now, try option command w with a number of windows open... That option key is handy; try it occasionally along with your command whatever shortcut to find out what functionality it adds.

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I was wondering why they had two different power cords, until I realized they plug into each other to extend range.
This is a brilliant design thing, IMHO. I can leave the bigger one plugged in at home and take it in wallwart mode when I travel. Much easier.
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