New MacBook Pro User. Wow!

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    They had a Christmas sale at our base exchange of $200 off all MacBooks and iMacs, so my wife bought me the entry level 13" MacBook Pro, ended up only being $950.

    So far, it's weird coming from using Windows for so many years. Everything feels different, but I think I like it, and I think in the end I might like it more for everyday use. Although I'll always have a Windows desktop I think.

    I love the multi-touch gesture enabled trackpad, it's amazing! I've always used a mouse along with a laptop, because I hate touchpads, but this one is so incredible. Instead of having to use the scroll bars to scroll around, I just swipe with two fingers like on the iPad. If I want to go back or forward on a website I just swipe three fingers left or right. I don't think I'll ever be able to go back to another laptop without these features. I also really like the backlit keyboard, and the battery life is incredible! Been browsing the net for a few hours at three ticks above minimum brightness and it's still showing 8 hours of battery life remaining!

    I think as far as notebooks go, I'm now a Mac convert, but I'll still keep my Windows desktop.

    Can't wait for the Mac AppStore in a couple weeks!

    Anyone have any advice for a new Mac user? Maybe websites to check out with tips and tricks or new user introduction tutorials?
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    Congratulations on your new purchase. Just for the record if you really and I mean really really want to run winows (any version) at the same time in a window then download parallels then you will have best of both worlds however I would just enjoy Mac os . As a Mac support specialist let me know what you want to know and I will send you the links. The built in help with every app is for most people more than you would ever need. You will find that iTunes is more stable with osx Merry Xmas
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    Ditto on the Parallels recommendation. It's pretty cheap and allows you to migrate your old windows system to a virtual machine on the MBP. This will ease the transition in to the Mac world as you slowly transfer all your documents and try Mac versions of apps.

    The coming Mac App Store on 1/6/2011 will be a real game changer... :)

    Piko
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    Congrats Superbike. I did the same thing some months ago for photo editing and also now much prefer the MacBook Pro to my Toshiba Windows 7 laptop. Boot up and shut down times are much superior. If I could only migrate all of my Outlook mail to the Mac Mail I'd move over wholly. BTW I don't want to spend the extra for Office 2011 business just to get Outlook for Mac. Any other solutions?
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    Just one thing to add, check out the keyboard commands.
    Once you have a few of them commited to memory working on the laptop becomes very fast.
    Have fun.
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    Yep, just play with it and you will get the hang of things. I got my first mac not to long ago and haven't gone back to windows.

    its like they say, "it just works"
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    So ~ you can do everything on a Mac that we do on Windows? I am seriously considering....
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    yep, and things are not as complicated.

    If your thinking of getting one you should sign up for one of the free beginner training sessions they have at the Mac Store every day. They will show you everything about the mac and what you need to know to switch over and there in store sessions are free unless you want to purchase One-to-One sessions (around $99 for unlimited one-to-one training sessions for a year on any topic you choose)

    I have sat in on a few of the in store training sessions including the iPad ones and they are helpful.


    also, since itunes is made by apple, it doesn't have nearly as many issues as you would have running it under windows.

    The automated backup system called Time Machine is really great and it comes built in. Everyone should be performing backups of their computers because its not a question of IF your computers hard drive will ever fail, but WHEN will the computers hard drive fail. With time machine you just plug in any external hard drive and select that drive to be used for time machine and your done. All your files a automatically backed up for you on a regular basis.
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    Thanks, Mike. I almost went to one of those training classes at our Apple Store when I got my iPad. And they are free, you are right ~ They are all so nice and helpful in there!

    Also ~ is it true that Macs do not get computer viruses?
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    Are there viruses for Mac OSX? Yes however its very unlikely to get one. You can download both paid and free anti-virus's for the Mac. However its not a strict requirement like on windows. For the most part running an anti-virus on your mac would be more likely to catch a windows virus and prevent you from sending it to a windows user without knowing. Like if you download a file with a windows virus your mac wont be effected, but you can still send that file on to your windows friends if you don't know there is a windows virus in it.



    Another thing about the Mac OS that I find great is how they deal with windows. On Windows you tend to use most things at full screen like browsers etc...and just switch back and forth between them one at a time. On the Mac you press the Green + up on top and it will maximize the window to fix exactly as much space that is needed and not the full screen. This way I'm able to to a lot more at once having multiple things open on the screens at one time without making things like websites smaller then what they should be displayed at. Most people wont need this but I have two 22' monitors connected to my Mac and be working on around 6 things that I have open and in view. It was a bit strange not seeing the maximize button to maximize everything at first, but I quickly started to like how apple handles the window sizing.

    Another example: Microsoft Word, I cant stand using it in anything but full screen. However using Pages on the Mac OS is great without needing to take up the entire screen. I can use the rest of the screen to monitor other things or also for dragging and dropping things between apps much easier.



    But in the end its all up to you, you pick whats best for you. in my case I hadn't even given macs a try, I figured windows had everything i needed and I was used to it. When I started to see Macs at my work I figured I better become familiar with them and boy was I surprised.
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    Marie buying a mac would be the best experience your paddy will be in heaven and you will be happy as you will have less problems as Mike said ... It just works . As for virus issues I have 400 computer sites whom have Macs that I have delivered a huge number of computers to over the past years and since osx began I have not sold one virus package to any one of my clients as they don't need it. If however they install windows 7, vista or xp on to the Mac yes then they need virus protection for the windows install. Osx is bullet proof does not crash easy to operate and fully cross platform compatbility meaning sharing files and connecting to windows networks. The macs also come with iphoto, and video software that makes viewing both movies from your movie camera and Picts from your still camera a breeze.. My answer to you is. Just do it
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    This is very interesting to me. I agree to, every time I go into that Apple store, I see those Macs and I am very intrigued!

    So I wouldn't hook my iPad up to my windows computer any more?
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    But will I be in heaven, Colin? Lol! I have a kazillon questions but I don't wanna hijack the OP thread any more.

    Look for my thread.:D
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    I don't mind all.

    I really am pleased so far! I am still getting accustomed to the changes but it hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be.
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    first off sir

    Welcome to the dark side we have milk and cookies and you get the hang of it without alot of problems ..just sit and play around it for a while ..i mean the laptop not the other body part :D
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    Even offer kangaroo burgers on the side slap Colin did i say that
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    Congrata on your new mac!

    I purchased my first mac in 07, and haven't looked back. It was literally within the first few minutes of using my mac where I started understanding the intuitiveness of the OS, and before I knew it, I was loving it, wondering why I hesitated for so long getting one.

    We added another mac in 08, and upgraded to another Mac in '09! Got the iPad this year of course, and am looking forward to getting the new 11.6" macbook air. It's not only crazy light and thin, but crazy fast too! If anyone doubts what a 1.4GHz 2GB mb air with 64GB of flash memory can do, they haven't seen one in person! It's definitely my next Mac purchase.

    Like they say.. Once you go mac .. :)
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    One thing I have found in this forum since I joined in March is the number of Long time Mac users and also the number of users whom have switched. Apple calls it the HALO effect . As I have mentioned in other posts my experience dates back to 1984 with t he Mac and further with the apple II (1977) looking back at what has happened since then is amazing. I was part of the negative down side back in the 90,s trying to provide Macs to my customers when every one was saying Apple is doomed. I even reverted to selling clones and had my wrist slapped by Apple as it was not allowed under my dealers contract. The good news was Steve came back and every thing moved forward. The big change was marketing and distribution by reducing the number of CPU,s from 30 to 6 and then offering CTO built to order thus becoming more efficient in controlling inventory. When osx finally matured large companies and high end users bought the top end macs by the bucket load as Apple had finally provided what they needed to be productive. I asked one of my clients the other day whom i have been supplying macs since 93 what is the best thing he loved about the Mac.. Answer. " cost of ownership is the lowest of any computers he had owned ". He also owns 5 pc,s for accounting. Just wanted to share that with you.....
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    MacBook Pro 13", best selling, most wished for

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    MacBook Pro appears on Amazon's 2010 bestseller list
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    I really am impressed with this machine so far, I actually haven't touched my iPad since I got it. Granted, I know that my iPad will still have it's uses, so I'm not getting rid of it of course. I hated using my HP laptop due to the poor battery life and performance, but now I actually enjoy using my MacBook Pro. I do wired tethering from my Android phone and it works great at work when I can't access many websites due to government censorship.

    These touchpad swipe functions impress me more and more everyday. I wish all computers made it this easy to do basic tasks.

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