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Hey guys and girls. Been around these forums for quite a while and reading up on stuff. Yesterday i finally took the plunge and ordered myself a 12" ibook G4 and joined the forums.

Really looking forward to getting it and just wondering what prepartion i can do in the meantime before i get it. Its going to be my first ever Apple machine and i have only ever used apple computers for a total of like a few hours but i really love the interface and i know i will hopefully grow to love it.

So just wondering what i can do in the meantime i have been reading these forums and bought a few mac magazines.

Also what should i do once i get it in terms of updates and stuff.

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Hey guys and girls. Been around these forums for quite a while and reading up on stuff. Yesterday i finally took the plunge and ordered myself a 12" ibook G4 and joined the forums.

Really looking forward to getting it and just wondering what prepartion i can do in the meantime before i get it. Its going to be my first ever Apple machine and i have only ever used apple computers for a total of like a few hours but i really love the interface and i know i will hopefully grow to love it.

So just wondering what i can do in the meantime i have been reading these forums and bought a few mac magazines.

Also what should i do once i get it in terms of updates and stuff.

Thanks
Congratulations, an iBook is on my next 'to buy' list.

Preperation... hhhmmm get some clothe diapers to wipe your baby down after every use.

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Welcome and congratulations.

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So just wondering what i can do in the meantime i have been reading these forums and bought a few mac magazines.
It sounds like you're off to a good start. This forum will be very helpful, and Apple's own support forums can also be helpful and informative. However, for now there really isn't much you need to prepare for. If you happen to need any quick answers to questions once you have the iBook running, you should also try the Help feature found in your Menu bar. It's amazing how helpful (hehe) it can actually be.

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Also what should i do once i get it in terms of updates and stuff.
The first thing I'd suggest after you get it set up and turned on is to run the Software Update feature. You'll find it by clicking on the Apple in the left corner of your Menu bar. This will make sure you're up to date. I'd then suggest that you download a maintenance program. Two popular ones are OnyX and MacJanitor. They'll make the limited maintenance that OS X requires very simple and easy to perform. I personally use OnyX because it has more features and allows you to also change some settings in OS X.

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Congratz! What you posted reminds me a bit about me -- I went to a CompUSA with a friend and started tinkering with a Mac. About 7 minutes later I was totally certain that my next hardware change was gonna be a Mac. Couldn't be happier!
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Yep - cant wait! Whats better in terms of maintenance thing onyx or mcjanitor?

Also when i get it can i play with it stright away or should i stick it on charge and let it charge fully etc?

Also do you think i should get a mouse?

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I'd say they are the same, I use neither - prefer to run all that manually with disk utility and the terminal. Post if you wanna see how and I will post itl
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Sure would be great if you could show me how.
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I've been using MacJanitor for while, and today I've downloaded Onyx to try it out. I'm very impressed with Onyx. MacJanitor does its job done as manually running cron jobs. Onyx does a lot more, in much more professinoal looking UI. High recommended.
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I've been using MacJanitor for while, and today I've downloaded Onyx to try it out. I'm very impressed with Onyx. MacJanitor does its job done as manually running cron jobs. Onyx does a lot more, in much more professinoal looking UI. High recommended.
That's what I've been saying! OnyX was recently updated too, and the new interface is, IMO, very nice (check out the gold icon set too). I think every OS X user should give it a try. It's a wonderful application, and you can't beat the cost.

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Still waiting for my machine lol - i just cant wait any longer!
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Yep - cant wait! Whats better in terms of maintenance thing onyx or mcjanitor?

Also when i get it can i play with it stright away or should i stick it on charge and let it charge fully etc?

Also do you think i should get a mouse?

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GET A MOUSE!its important for portable usage. get an optical mouse where you can use it on any surface. i m so happy for u to get tthat iBook...
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For my maintenance I use a program called Macaroni. You have to pay like $20 for it but it is customizable and runs thru your systems prefs automatically. I love it!

Also if you can, spring for the Apple wireless optical mouse it is sweet and will match your ibook... Mine works great and the batterys last for months at a time
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Okay its coming today! What should i do when i get it? Charge it properly first or?
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Apple recommend you fully charge it, then fully discharge it, then fully charge it again IIRC to calibrate the battery meter. But they just say "within your first week or so". Personally the first thing I did was start playing with it, as it had a couple of hours charge and I couldn't wait, then do the cycle thing later Seemed fine.

The cycle does take quite a while, to flatten the battery, which is a testament to the excellent battery life they at the very least *start* with. It's the first time I've ever been frustrated at how long a laptop takes to go flat
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http://www.apple.com/batteries/

This is really, really helpful.
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