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    Howdy folks

    I'm new to macs and just picked up a new MacBook Pro retina and an apple display. Been a windows user for decades and so far I'm kicking myself in the you know what for not considering mac's a decade ago. I'm an amateur photog and over many years have accumulated thousands of images and have struggled with organization of these files for the past 10 years...

    I did it in an afternoon with my macbook and aperture....

    I'll have lots of dumb questions so be prepared

    First thing I did was create a user account with no admin privy so I don't delete things that shouldn't be deleted. After all, my motto in life is "if it ain't broke, fix it till it is"

    cheers!

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    Welcome.
    Im new as well, (was a 13 year Windows user) and I too have many "dumb" questions that will need answering.
    I also work with digital images & photos, and I can tell you that you're going to LOVE working on a Mac.
    I know I do.

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    I too used windows for years up until around late 2011 when a friend of mine gave me an old ibook laptop running os x tiger after i almost destroyed the laptop i had that was running windows vista, he said here try this and see what you think. i saw how nice os x worked and it didnt do anything stupid like windows always does and i was hooked, i now have a early 2006 imac and a 2008 black macbook, converted my mom to mac as well...she is using a 2009 mac mini and always says how much more pleasant working on the computer is. you will never return to a windows machine and os x is so much more user friendly than windows...

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    Welcome and congratulations!

    While I am happy that you are enjoying the machine, creating a "user" account for yourself is a good example of "stinkin' Windows thinkin'" that came with you from your previous machine. It's really not necessary (and in a real-world sense, kind of a PITA) to limit yourself with a user-level account. When you feel comfortable, upgrade yourself -- you'll be glad you did.

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    I whole heartedly agree with you chas. But what takes me back, is that even MacWorld in a recent issue recommended creating a limited account for every day use.

    They also ran a article several issues ago recommending that buyers of Apple desktops (mini and iMac) not bother purchasing Apple Care. If I had paid attention to that, my recent hard drive crash on my 21.5" iMac would have cost me a $275 repair bill instead of the free replacement, parts + labor.

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    I did buy AppleCare for my phone and macbook! Seemed like too good a coverage to pass up. As for the user account, I think I read that online. I'll probably switch my account to admin at some point because I do have enter in admin passwords quite often.

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