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Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

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Hey Gang :]
Im a soon to be a switcher
Im just in the process of ordering a 12 inch PB w/Superdrive

Im tired of the Spyware , Virus etc etc of Uncle Bills World ( M$)
Im a complete newbie with Mac's
Only touched one Mac "once"

Ive built PC"s , formatted XP , I consider myself knowledeable
with XP

Where do I start with Mac,s

Any good websites to read
I need some RSS feeds
Books to buy

Any or all help would be appreciated


John Piercy

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It will come even easier then PCs so don't even worry about it. I know this as an out of work certified professional.
You'll learn the most by doing.

Welcome aboard! :mac:
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Your better off just getting it, using it and whatever you don't know just ask us! give us a list of questions and your bound to get an answer (correct) within 15 minutes to an hour or so.
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It will come even easier then PCs so don't even worry about it. I know this as an out of work certified professional.
You'll learn the most by doing.

Welcome aboard! :mac:
thanks for the quick reply

Most task's on the pC , dont even make me flinch
Some of the fireman I work with get scared turning on the PC
I have faith that I can learn the Mac

Im looking forward to the challenge

JP
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You know what I find so amazing about my switch? The huge increase in productivity since I'm not running virus or spyware scanners, updating said software, and the other mysterious problems I had w/ Windows. Granted my scans always came up clean since my network is secure, I'm just the type of person that lives by the motto "better safe then sorry". I mean you can't tell your boss, well the network is secure, we don't need AV software. heh.
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Where do I start with Mac,s

Any good websites to read
I need some RSS feeds
Books to buy
Websites: (they have RSS/Atom feeds as well)

http://macworld.com
http://macnn.com
http://www.macgeekery.com/
http://www.macosxhints.com/
http://www.macrumors.com/


As far as books go, most people seem to like David Pogue's Missing Manual for OS X, but I don't think you'd need it. OS X is snake simple to pick up.
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Welcome to the forums!!!
In addition to the sites above here is a primer guide written for new mini users. It really has little to nothing specific to the mini so it should do nicely as a starters guide:

http://arstechnica.com/guides/tweaks/miniguide.ars

On the other hand if you are an experienced computer user jumping right in without a manual is very doable. Of course if you have any questions the forums here are a nice place to ask. Just please do a search first to see if it has been asked before. We love to help, but it can sometimes get tiring of seeing the same question twice a week.
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Welcome to the forums!!!
In addition to the sites above here is a primer guide written for new mini users. It really has little to nothing specific to the mini so it should do nicely as a starters guide:

http://arstechnica.com/guides/tweaks/miniguide.ars

On the other hand if you are an experienced computer user jumping right in without a manual is very doable. Of course if you have any questions the forums here are a nice place to ask. Just please do a search first to see if it has been asked before. We love to help, but it can sometimes get tiring of seeing the same question twice a week.
That being said:

Viruses/spyware- Don't worry about it, it's not worrying about you!

Office suites- AppleWorks (unfortunately not bundled w/ the PB, plays nice w/ MSOffice files. MSOffice is also available for macs.

Playing .avi files- I like VLC, alot of others prefer MPlayer

Keyboard shortcuts are your friends- Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

Software installs- Easy as drag & drop!

Potential trackpad problem for ya- http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=948

Well I'm spent!
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P.S. my comment about searching had nothing to do with this thread in specific, just a general suggestion.
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P.S. my comment about searching had nothing to do with this thread in specific, just a general suggestion.
And a good suggestion it was. Thus my retort being the top ones I can recall.
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great links , great info ,

thanks heaps

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