I'm new to Macs, give me some tips on switching over from Windows

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    I'm ordering my Macbook today. :) I have never really used Macs that much before. What are the things I should know about when using OS X ( common shortcuts and such)? Also, educate me on using the new multitouch pad. Any other info that I should know would be great
     
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    Honestly going from Windows to OS X is so easy. It just makes sense. I used macs when I was probably 4-10 and then I used windows for quite a while after that. Then I bought a MacBook and everything just made sense. I really don't think you'll have a problem getting adjusted. Pretty much everything is drag and drop, with no stupid BS.
     
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    Well I know its not going to be hard switching over. I just want to know the cool features and such that people really like about it
     
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    took me about a week to two to get the hang of things, spent most of the time downloading programs trying them out, etc.
    shortcuts take time but you'll get there.
    overall im pretty happy with it, except for 2 things, osx MSN sucks, and i prefer windows explorer to osx's Finder.

    other than those 2 things, i think im sold on getting a new macbook when a new model comes out in a few years.
     
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    I know there are are thread about must have apps for them, but what are the ones that you would really recommend?
     
  6. yeah i have a questions... is there a "breifcase" type thing for mac? (i dont get mine till chrismas)
     
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    just got my first mac too last week. i love expose :bowdown:
     
  8. Adium for AIM is great.
     
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    when you see candy on your desktop dont pick it up it's not free candy
     
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    No offense but you need to stop asking questions about your Mac. Read the links I posted and especially read the links in the switchers forum from the Mac forums.

    Then when you get your computer play with OSX some and if you have questions then come back.
     
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    Expose, Spaces, Growl and MultiTouch Trackpad on the MacBook = Productivity Jesus

    :bowdown:

    Not to mention multi-display presentation capabilities of Keynote. Sofa king awesome for business type shit.
     
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    Personally my advice is to NOT switch completely over. The first thing you should do with your new Mac is grab a copy of VMWare Fusion and put either XP or Vista on it. Run that in unity so you can still have your familiar applications available if necessary, and so you don't completely lose access to any windows-only apps.
     
  16. CodeX

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    Yeah, its kind of like buying a new car, you don't want to get too confused by all the new buttons so most people will take the interior out of their old car and duct tape it over the new cars interior for a few weeks until you get the hang of it.
     
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    Most important difference between Windows and OSX (for me at least) was I didn't know that when dragging folder to a location where there is another folder with the same name:

    - Windows will MERGE the contents of the folders together
    - OSX will REPLACE one folder with the other, destroying the previous folder and its contents

    For example:

    When folder "stuff" with "1.jpg" in it is moved from Desktop to Documents where "stuff" already exists with "2.jpg" in it, Windows will give you a folder entitled "stuff" with "1.jpg" AND "2.jpg" in it, while OSX replaces, creating a folder entitled "stuff" and only "1.jpg".
     
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    did you even read the warning dialog box that popped up telling you it was going to overwrite/replace the folder or did you just hit ok without reading it? :ugh:

    it doesn't just happen by itself, it tells you what it's going to do...
     
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    as I recall, Windows gives a warning message as well, but merges the folders. A new Mac user may not read the warning or fully understand the message because they're used to the Windows warnings.
     
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    so it's user error, not system error...
    if you're not paying attention and just click okay to everything on a completely different system, you can't fault the system
     
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    Good point.
     
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    Buy a Mac
    buy logitech mouse
    lulz @ Dell
    enjoy
     
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    I see Dell is synonymous with windows PC now...

    Which is odd, because unlike with macs you can build your own with your own hardware quite easily and are not chained to overpriced name brand pieces of shit.
     

  24. are you serious? that sounds fucking horrible... then how do you move files?
     
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    :hsugh:
     

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