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mpalusak 03-20-2013 09:25 PM

Brand new switcher
Good evening all,

I have just switched to Mac, literally, yesterday. 13" MacBookPro Retina, 2.6Ghz, 256Gb flash. I have used Windows machines exclusively for years but know many folks that use Mac and sort of chuckle when the see me on Windows machine. I take no offense, it is what I have used and been used to for years. I am excited at learning something new, and maybe more difficult, unlearning what I know so as to not expect this machine to work like a Windows machine.

I have browsed the forums just briefly, but already see alot of folks willing to help and some really useful info for starting out.

I look forward to my time here!


chscag 03-20-2013 10:24 PM

Welcome to the Mac Forums.

Read through our Sticky posts which you can find at the top of each forum and our Blog Posts. Enjoy your stay.

TattooedMac 03-21-2013 01:51 AM

Welcome again.
Dont be afraid to ask questions and there is never a stupid question, only stupid answers so ask away.

The years of knowledge in these forums is of great value and has got me to where i am over the years.

And last but not least, enjoy yourself learning your new Machine. As you delve more into it, you will see the OS is set up in a logical way and will not be that hard at all.
If there is a piece of Windows Software you need, there is now probably a Mac version ir something similar that will help you out.....


chas_m 03-21-2013 04:11 AM

Sounds like you have the right attitude to conquer anything -- Mac, Windows, whatever.

Congrats and keep us posted on your progress and any obstacles.

AWSPhotography 03-21-2013 05:38 AM

welcome matt (no pun intended ...welcome mat???)

im new here also, and also an ex exclusive windows user so i do know where you're comming from.
i would highly recommend you read chas-m's " my essay for switchers and newbies" (link located in his sig above)

lots of good advice there.
look forward to hearing how you get on

Poolman 03-21-2013 07:57 PM

Welcome, I've lurked here for years before joining and found most of the information I needed in the stickies and using the search feature. Would have been easier if I would have just jumped right in as I've seen there is a wealth of knowledge and helpful people around here. Congrats on your new mac.

Thebutchersboy 03-21-2013 08:26 PM

Hey mat, welcome, I have been a mac convert for two years now, and just love anything Mac. Can be a totally different world, lots of exciting new stuff to learn. You won't regret it.

mpalusak 03-22-2013 10:28 AM

Hi all, thanks much for the kind words and encouragement. It certainly makes the transition easier. I can already see the synergy between the Mac and the iPhone and it is amazing. I am trying to get to learn the basics of how the machine works before I add any software or apps to the machine. I have read a handful of the posts and stickys and have found some really valuable info. I'm still a liitle baffled by the fact that no AV is really necessary. Viruses are one of the biggest battles on a Windows machine, so to not have to really worry about it is a relief. I understand that I still have to be diligent and pay attention to where I go and what I put on here, but it is one less "headache" to have to worry about.

I cant wait to get more involved not only with the machine but also in the forums!

Have a great Friday all.


J.Fo 03-22-2013 04:55 PM


One of the things I say to Windows users is, "You don't realize what a pain it is to have to fix a Windows machine until you don't have to do it anymore."

Welcome aboard.

mpalusak 03-24-2013 09:49 AM

HAHA, you are absolutely right. I can now use that time to actually getting to know the machine instead of running scans and being concerned all the time!



Originally Posted by J.Fo (Post 1504468)

One of the things I say to Windows users is, "You don't realize what a pain it is to have to fix a Windows machine until you don't have to do it anymore."

Welcome aboard.

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