New iMac

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    Apr 03, 2012 10:51 AM GMT
    Just bought one to complete the family of apple products I have.
    Problem is it's like learning another language.
    Any suggestions on how to learn the operations and what virus software are people using?
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    Apr 03, 2012 12:03 PM GMT
    Go into System Prefs and make the mouse settings more like your Windows ones. That's Apple menu on top left, System Prefs (it's like Control Panel).
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    Apr 03, 2012 12:16 PM GMT
    I don't use antivirus software on my Mac.
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    Apr 03, 2012 12:27 PM GMT
    Pretty much every Apple Store has a class to learn the basics - some paid for others are free,

    if you check your support, from recollection there is usually 3 months of support where you can call and ask questions..

    Compared to Microsoft, HP or Dell, I've found it to be really good..
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    Apr 03, 2012 12:49 PM GMT
    Thanks guys
    Slowly finding my way around
    Has anyone used the bootcamp option to divide the disk space between mac and PC?
    Also do you use safari for browsing or something else?
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    Apr 03, 2012 12:57 PM GMT
    had the same problem as you
    only have my mac about 6 weeks now
    but i refuse to do the boot camp, got rid of windows why install it again
    safari you will get used to quick enough
    take some time ask questions here and there and before you know it you,ll be total mac
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    Apr 03, 2012 1:10 PM GMT
    Probably get poo for this but I used convert x to transfer torrents to cd and can't see an equivalent for mac
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    Apr 03, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    S60turbo saidThanks guys
    Slowly finding my way around
    Has anyone used the bootcamp option to divide the disk space between mac and PC?
    Also do you use safari for browsing or something else?

    Yes, I used Boot Camp on my partner's MacBook so he can run Windows to match the computers in his office. When I borrow it I start it in OS X. I set it to default to Windows at start-up, but you can override that by holding the Option key down. Naturally I had to buy a copy of Windows to install on the second partition, and other MS products, but the install went smoothly, if tediously.

    I use Safari for browsing. Most tests show it's as fast as anything else on a Mac, and I think it integrates better with other Apple software and features. But it's also a personal preference thing, and some choose a browser based on its look & feel. For which I also favor Safari.
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    Apr 03, 2012 1:38 PM GMT
    If you bought it at an Apple store, you have free workshops, or one-on-one for $99 a year.

    Welcome to the world of Apple. You will love it...
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    The apple site probably still has some nice, short video tutorials on how to use your Mac. They used to have one on making the leap from Windows.

    I was lost too until I forced myself to figure it out, then I loved it. The control panel and registry are replaced by settings --far easier to use. Search is super fast with spotlight. The zoom feature is amazing, I use it all the time. And the options for displaying a list of files are so useful. Have never used virus protection and do not know anyone who does.
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
    S60turbo saidJust bought one to complete the family of apple products I have.
    Problem is it's like learning another language.
    Any suggestions on how to learn the operations and what virus software are people using?



    Just use it and learn as you go. Macs are a breeze compared to PCs. I've used Macs as long as I have had computers and never used an virus software or had a virus. Macs don't get viruses -- at least not yet
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    Apr 03, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    There are some great Apple forums on the web. just ask a question in google or ask.com and you'll get some great advice. Youtube is another great source.

    I learned how to broadcast my radio show from a youtube on my iMac and it works flawlessly

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    Apr 03, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    S60turbo said...what virus software are people using?

    I have Virus Barrier Plus, which is the fee version. Although Macs are fairly free of virus attacks, they can happen.
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    Apr 03, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    S60turbo said...what virus software are people using?

    I have Virus Barrier Plus, which is the fee version. Although Macs are fairly free of virus attacks, they can happen.


    As market share increases you can bet that they will attract more attention from spammers, scammers and thieves.

    For me though, I'll still stick with windows. Have used Microsoft since the CPM days and I'm too old to change.
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    Apr 03, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    S60turbo saidAlso do you use safari for browsing or something else?


    I used Safari to download Firefox. Since then, I've also installed Chrome and Opera.
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    Apr 03, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    S60turbo saidThanks guys
    Slowly finding my way around
    Has anyone used the bootcamp option to divide the disk space between mac and PC?
    Also do you use safari for browsing or something else?


    I have a boot camp partition on my laptop, just to occasionally run ONE piece of hardware that has no mac drivers and a couple of others that can only be configured with a whine doze utility. The problem (other than being a tremendous waste of money and disk space) is that no matter what size you select for the partition, vista fills it all up with useless automatic downloads and backups and other virus-like crap.

    There are one or two third-party software solutions (e.g. "parallels") that let you hot-switch between OS's without rebooting. However, it turns out that they don't handle external hardware very well. So they're useless for me.

    It's almost always better just to find an all-mac solution.
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    Apr 03, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    I'll keep looking for unmentionable converter / burner
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    Apr 04, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Don't use Safari. It's such a piece of junk. Use Chrome or Firefox.

    Don't worry about getting an anti-virus software for your Mac. It's not really needed. If you're really concerned about security, don't install software you're not sure about. And don't use your credit card for itunes purchases. Use an itunes card instead. Seems like there have been lots of itunes related hacks/scams recently.
  • FredMG

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    Apr 04, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    S60turbo saidJust bought one to complete the family of apple products I have.
    Problem is it's like learning another language.
    Any suggestions on how to learn the operations and what virus software are people using?


    I'm a veteran of all kids of mac, apple, windows and unix computers, so I'd say, don't make too much of it.

    Instead of saying "I need to work in excel" think "I need to do a spreadsheet" Or I need to convert torrents to... DVD (for which I think Toast Might work)

    I did save torrents and burn them to DVD in the dark past, but it really seemed to be more bother than it was worth when I can stream stuff or watch it on DVD from Netflix.

    And, just like when you're trying to learn another language, keep in mind that there are some colloquialisms that don't translate well. Like Chevy trying to sell Nova's in spanish speaking countries where No va means "no go". Or like the french naming cars "Citron" which translates to Lemon.

    You can always pick up Mac's for dummies too. I think it even comes in eBook/iBook format.