So, I just purchased my first iMac.. it's gorgeous beyond words. It was a much needed upgrade from my Dell GX270 (feel free to burst into laughter). Since this is my first Apple desktop, I'd love to hear any advice you guys may have.
  • Jake DL

    get 1password, it's extremely convenient and an awesome app
  • Adhesive Hippo

    27" iMacs make me stumble over myself in awe. And I'm a PC guy.


  • Denimous Snake

    Honestly, I started using last.fm when I got a mac, and it genuinely showed me what music I really listened to, as opposed to what I thought I listened to. Showed me some sweet bands like Limbeck.

    I would definitely get that.
  • Andrew Haines

    Utilize all the keyboard shortcuts. And if you have that touch mouse thingy use the swipes as well. Makes everything 100x's faster and so much easier to use. Plus if you use facebook/twitter a lot, there's a pretty neat app for both that goes up in the status bar near the clock and stuff. Its basically drops down a mobile- like screen for each app instead of using a whole web page
  • treycook

    Adhesive Hippo said:27" iMacs make me stumble over myself in awe. And I'm a PC guy.



    Same here. Iss so purdy.
  • A.Merkison

    Denimous Snake said:Honestly, I started using last.fm when I got a mac, and it genuinely showed me what music I really listened to, as opposed to what I thought I listened to. Showed me some sweet bands like Limbeck.

    I would definitely get that.

    Haha, um....how exactly does that line up with a suggestion about Mac software or advice about using his new equipment? Happenstance of you miraculously finding last.fm after getting a Mac, I'd agree with Andrew. I'm not a Mac user nor do I particularly care for the platform in general, but learning all the ins and outs of the shortcuts should be the first thing you do. Knowing how to navigate the platform and how it differs from Windows or Linux is certainly one of the most beneficial things you can do(and this works in reverse to for Mac users moving to Windows or Linux).

    I would also Bootcamp Windows 7 or XP just to ensure you have maximum compatibility between all programs you might be interested in using.
  • Denimous Snake

    A.Merkison said:
    Denimous Snake said:Honestly, I started using last.fm when I got a mac, and it genuinely showed me what music I really listened to, as opposed to what I thought I listened to. Showed me some sweet bands like Limbeck.

    I would definitely get that.

    Haha, um....how exactly does that line up with a suggestion about Mac software or advice about using his new equipment? Happenstance of you miraculously finding last.fm after getting a Mac, I'd agree with Andrew. I'm not a Mac user nor do I particularly care for the platform in general, but learning all the ins and outs of the shortcuts should be the first thing you do. Knowing how to navigate the platform and how it differs from Windows or Linux is certainly one of the most beneficial things you can do(and this works in reverse to for Mac users moving to Windows or Linux).

    I would also Bootcamp Windows 7 or XP just to ensure you have maximum compatibility between all programs you might be interested in using.

    last.fm mac app > last.fm windows app.
  • cityhall

    I say splurge on Sparrow (do not spooge on a sparrow!)
    Its the best email client I've used so far. MacMail just seems to drag everything to a crawl in my opinion. Thunderbird is also a pretty safe bet too. The plugins are priceless
  • A.Merkison

    Denimous Snake said:
    A.Merkison said:
    Denimous Snake said:Honestly, I started using last.fm when I got a mac, and it genuinely showed me what music I really listened to, as opposed to what I thought I listened to. Showed me some sweet bands like Limbeck.

    I would definitely get that.

    Haha, um....how exactly does that line up with a suggestion about Mac software or advice about using his new equipment? Happenstance of you miraculously finding last.fm after getting a Mac, I'd agree with Andrew. I'm not a Mac user nor do I particularly care for the platform in general, but learning all the ins and outs of the shortcuts should be the first thing you do. Knowing how to navigate the platform and how it differs from Windows or Linux is certainly one of the most beneficial things you can do(and this works in reverse to for Mac users moving to Windows or Linux).

    I would also Bootcamp Windows 7 or XP just to ensure you have maximum compatibility between all programs you might be interested in using.

    last.fm mac app > last.fm windows app.

    I don't see that at all, but ok. Last I checked they did an identical task, and worked exceptionally more identical than most any other cross platform apps, but I digress.
  • Victra

    Enjoy it. <3
  • TheUTee

    sparrow, growl, customize hot corners, bootcamp/fusion, get a mouse pad from http://edgarmcherly.com/shop/
  • Denimous Snake

    A.Merkison said:
    Denimous Snake said:
    A.Merkison said:
    Denimous Snake said:Honestly, I started using last.fm when I got a mac, and it genuinely showed me what music I really listened to, as opposed to what I thought I listened to. Showed me some sweet bands like Limbeck.

    I would definitely get that.

    Haha, um....how exactly does that line up with a suggestion about Mac software or advice about using his new equipment? Happenstance of you miraculously finding last.fm after getting a Mac, I'd agree with Andrew. I'm not a Mac user nor do I particularly care for the platform in general, but learning all the ins and outs of the shortcuts should be the first thing you do. Knowing how to navigate the platform and how it differs from Windows or Linux is certainly one of the most beneficial things you can do(and this works in reverse to for Mac users moving to Windows or Linux).

    I would also Bootcamp Windows 7 or XP just to ensure you have maximum compatibility between all programs you might be interested in using.

    last.fm mac app > last.fm windows app.

    I don't see that at all, but ok. Last I checked they did an identical task, and worked exceptionally more identical than most any other cross platform apps, but I digress.

    I've had more problems with syncing my ipod with the windows version than I have with the mac version.
  • Denimous Snake

    / doesn't matter! Enjoy the new mac man!
  • Sam Weinberg

  • Randyotter

    Trade it in for a custom build PC
  • PitchGrim

    Overpriced.

    Asus til I die
  • Christiane

    Adhesive Hippo said:27" iMacs make me stumble over myself in awe. And I'm a PC guy.



    I got one for christmas and I'm sure i looked like this when i opened it up. i was like a 5 year old again.
    I love it, so nice.. you're going to be spending a fortune on batteries for the magic mouse though! I made the mistake of buying 'alright' batteries.. & they ran out within a week or so.
  • RobotTiger

    Randyotter said:Trade it in for a custom build PC
  • Skull With Hair

    keep it away from bright lights. don't get it wet. don't feed it after midnight.
  • Zeb Love

    Growl? I'd rather be using Ryan Howard's Woof.

    sammyboyswag said:href="http://www.6wunderkinder.com/wunderlist/">Wunderlist | Growl
  • ShineOn

    Christiane said:
    Adhesive Hippo said:27" iMacs make me stumble over myself in awe. And I'm a PC guy.



    I got one for christmas and I'm sure i looked like this when i opened it up. i was like a 5 year old again.
    I love it, so nice.. you're going to be spending a fortune on batteries for the magic mouse though! I made the mistake of buying 'alright' batteries.. & they ran out within a week or so.



    You can find some great deals on Amazon. Definitely a solid purchase
  • drop

    Randyotter said:Trade it in for a custom build PC

    Would never do. I'm using a mac for a long time and i never had one single problem with it. Can't say this about the PCs i had before.
  • Serji Gold

    Zeb Love said:Growl? I'd rather be using Ryan Howard's Woof.

    sammyboyswag said:href="http://www.6wunderkinder.com/wunderlist/">Wunderlist | Growl

    Don't you mean Wuphf? ;)
  • Stijn Van Belle

    drop said:
    Randyotter said:Trade it in for a custom build PC

    Would never do. I'm using a mac for a long time and i never had one single problem with it. Can't say this about the PCs i had before.
  • TheUTee

    drop said:
    Randyotter said:Trade it in for a custom build PC

    Would never do. I'm using a mac for a long time and i never had one single problem with it. Can't say this about the PCs i had before.
  • Killer Napkins

    That is rad, a 27"inch Imac, i would enjoy having... and I too, am a PC guy..

    to you 3 that think PC's are problems, probably have never had a custom built one.. way cheaper, doesn't come loaded with shit programs and easy to upgrade (If you are just buying a Dell or some dumb shit like that, expect to have problems, and especially being bogged down with dumb programs that are unnecessary)... I have never had any problems with mine.

    Good luck with the new computer!
  • Andrew Haines

    drop said:
    Randyotter said:Trade it in for a custom build PC

    Would never do. I'm using a mac for a long time and i never had one single problem with it. Can't say this about the PCs i had before.

    I shall also quote this. Although my gf has the same macbook pro, 1 year later and her hard drive friend a year ago and I use mine WAY more and way heavier. I just enjoy the way stuff is laid out better, the controls, interface pretty much everything.
  • Randyotter

    Maintenance of a PC is the idiot test that deems whether you are worthy of owning a computer.....obviously. That being said a year and half and not a single problem with this water cooled beauty, is reliability even still an arguing point these days?
  • Johnny Keko

    Jakesgnar said:get 1password, it's extremely convenient and an awesome app

    I personally prefer Wallet over 1Password:
    http://www.acrylicapps.com/wallet/mac/
  • DiegoMendez

    Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low. Do not bleach. Do not iron.
  • Sam Kaufman

    Congrats bud, hope you enjoy it. I've had mine for a little over a year now and still love it. I recommend buying MacCleanse from the App Store - keeps mine running smooth

    http://www.koingosw.com/products/maccleanse.php
  • itcamefromthesky

    Wow! Thanks so much, everyone. Most of this is crazy helpful!

    I'm having an issue regarding the Finder arrangement. I prefer to arrange everything by "Kind" however, in doing so, I notice that nothing is alphabetical. I've tried to change the "Sort By" option, but it's not selectable. I've been trying to troubleshoot this for almost an hour now.. any answers?
  • SoapAndWaterCo

    I don't have the answer to the question, but check out quicksilver to launch applications. I use cmd+spacebar to launch any program or file I need. It's miles better than Apple's Spotlight.
  • itcamefromthesky

    SoapAndWaterCo said:I don't have the answer to the question, but check out quicksilver to launch applications. I use cmd+spacebar to launch any program or file I need. It's miles better than Apple's Spotlight.

    Right on, man.. I'll check it out.

    Anyone have an idea on how to solve my current dilemma?
  • nickv47

    I recommend doing disc permission repairs after installs of large programs (apps -> utilities -> disc utilities). Keeps it running good. No brainer, but always back up your shit: external, dropbox, burn it to a disc.
  • Tom Neal

    SoapAndWaterCo said:I don't have the answer to the question, but check out quicksilver to launch applications. I use cmd+spacebar to launch any program or file I need. It's miles better than Apple's Spotlight.

    I find Alfred to be a much better alternative.
  • Stella Dave

    Had my 21.5 iMac for over year now, I am totally converted and actually despise PCs now. So glad I took the plunge and got over the mac fear, no virus worries and soooo quick! Just upgraded my RAM to 8gb for £20 aswell! (Crucial 4gb card) Just slots in underneath.

    Someone mentioned the swipe feature, that's prob the top tip for me. Being able to see everything you have open or clear the desktop with a swipe to a corner is genius.
    Another tip I'd def say would be put your magic mouse on a soft surface as the runner rails wear down and there are no replacements!
    Use the Time Machine! Get an external hard drive the same size as the inbuilt one and just use it.

    If anyone can recommend a keyboard cleaner for it I'd be grateful!
  • Anthony Smith

    Growl used to be essential, the upgrade to Lion has made it pretty much redundant though.

    I recommend going on the app store and buying Limbo...i can only imagine how incredible it looks on that big ol' screen.
  • GRINDESIGN

    enjoy it dude! and Anthony Limbo looks really sweet on the 27" screen!

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