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Just got a New Mac?

Firstly, congratulations on your new Mac or your second hand purchase.

Below are some tips and things to consider when you first start using your Mac.

You are thinking of switching or upgrading.

If you are about to switch from a PC or you are upgrading from an older please consider the following for a smoother transition.

Keep the Mac in its box until the tech arrives on site. We know this is a very tall ask but it is hands down the best way to make sure your transition goes well. If the mac is opened and set up with email and you’ve already written the first two chapters of your life story before we have started the transfer, it can a little tricky.

Have you purchased  Backup solution? Whether it be an external hard disk or a Time Capsule backup is very important. If you purchase your backup solution before the tech arrives we can set it up at the same time for maximum security.

Please have all your passwords ready Nothing stops an install faster than a lost password. Some commonly needed passwords are:

  • Internet username and password
  • Wireless network password
  • Password for the account on your old Mac or PC
If you are buying a laptop or an iPad, do you have a wireless network? Is your modem capable of such a thing?

 

You just bought your first Mac.

 

THE BOX IT CAME IN

If you can, keep the box and all the bags and cable ties. In this age of eBay you’ll find that a computer marked ‘in box’ sells very well.

 

GET IT ON THE WEB

Someone once said that the internet is 50% of any computer and in more than a few ways they are right. Call up your local ISP (internet service provider) and get the best deal that suits your needs. Don’t be put off if they say “we don’t support Macs” because 9 times out of 10 they don’t even need to know what kind of computer you are using. Its just their way of saying “we don’t have anyone on staff who knows anything about Macs.” Some of the better internet providers are Grapevine, Velocity, Transact, and iiNet.

 

BOOKS TO READ

Lion for Dummies from most book stores

Mac for Dummies from most book stores

Don’t be put off by the title… they really are very good.

 

WEB SITES TO VISIT

Some of the most useful sites on the web for Mac users are:

www.macservicesact.com.au (well you knew I was going to say that didn’t you)

www.versiontracker.com

www.apple.com.au

www.apple.com/au/support/switch101/

www.macosxhints.com/

 

DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH RAM

Most modern Macs come with 4GB of ram and this is plenty in most cases, However, consider a ram upgrade – they aren’t expensive -if you plan to do things like Photo enhancement, running Windows applications – serious games.

 

How do you know how much RAM you have…

 

1. Look in the top right hand corner of the screen.

2. Click on the Apple icon

3. Choose About this Mac

4. You’ll see something like this:

 

SOFTWARE TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL

The Mac comes with almost everything you’ll ever need… but there are a couple of things that make using a Mac in a Windows world just a little more bearable.

APPZapper 

Remove applications and all their settings files. Can be found on www.versiontracker.com – Shareware

Flip4Mac 

Plays all video types when using things like YouTube and playing those movies your friend emails you. Can be found onwww.versiontracker.com – Free

OpenOffice.

A fine alternative to Microsoft Office if you don’t want to buy the real thing. Can be found on www.versiontracker.com – Free

 

ANYTHING ELSE?

Yes. Experiment. Have fun. Play and make mistakes. Help is only an email or phone call (0422397979) away and there is no better way to learn than to get down and dirty.

 

ONE LAST THING…

PLEASE BACK UP REGULARLY. EVEN IF YOU DON’T BUY AN EXTERNAL HARD DISK AND USE TIME MACHINE, BACK UP TO CD OR DVD. DO IT EVERY WEEK OR MONTH.

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