Jump to content
Welcome to InsanelyMac Forum

Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to contribute to this site by submitting your own content or replying to existing content. You'll be able to customize your profile, receive reputation points as a reward for submitting content, while also communicating with other members via your own private inbox, plus much more! This message will be removed once you have signed in.


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About iGuess

  • Rank
    InsanelyMac Protégé
  • Birthday 04/22/1990

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  1. First steps

    Well, it depends on your environment what kind of security settings you want to use. I like to have mine set to require a password to wake from sleep, and set a hotcorner to start the screensaver, so locking it with a password is as simple as moving the mouse into the corner. Perfect for when I want to go get something from the kitchen, but don't want someone just hopping on it. I don't need any kind of "real" security, so I have it set to auto-login, so if someone really wanted access, all they would have to do is hold down the power button, and start it back up. If you have higher security needs, disable auto-login. Applications I suggest you install: Firefox if you need the extensions that Chrome can't use. Otherwise, use Chrome. No matter what, get away from Safari. I find that Path Finder is an excellent Finder replacement, although it might be a bit overwhelming if you're not already familiar with the Finder, since the differences wouldn't be so obvious, and the Finder is much simpler. Quicksilver is my absolute favorite Mac application. Amazing for simple app launching, iTunes controlling, and more complex custom actions. If you have a gmail account, I love using Google Notifier and the browser based gmail client rather than Mail. All your email accounts can be linked to one gmail account, and you can send/receive mail from each from within that one account in the gmail web client. For .rar files, RAR Expander For video playback, Mplayer OS X Extended. Backup have VLC, stay away from Quicktime. I love Afloat, which lets you set the transparency of the window in many applications, the level at which it stays, etc. I use it to keep movies on top of all other windows so that I can browse the internet while watching a movie, but have the movie stay on top of the part of the browser window that it overlaps. Growl is a good plugin that extends notification functionality. The "secrets" pref pane unlocks many hidden options in OS X. Drive Genius 2 is my favorite utility for partitioning, defragging, etc. Other things that are useful if you use them: Adium for MSN, AIM, Yahoo messaging. iChat for occasional video chat over AIM (since Adium has no video chat), though I mostly use Skype. NewsFire is my favorite RSS reader for OS X Colloquy for IRC Well, I'm sure there's more that I'm not thinking of. It might be helpful if you told us some things you want to be able to do/what you want to replace that you were used to in Windows?
  2. Well, good choice not getting Alienware. Even for non-mac laptops they are incredibly overpriced, not to mention hideous. If your budget is 2,000 dollars, you can get quite a good MBP, and obviously that allows you to run OS X wonderfully. I don't think you'll regret it, as long as you don't get the Air. You could obviously get a much more powerful Asus for much cheaper, but again, then you wont be running OS X. Just remember that the current MacBook Pro gets very, very hot.
  3. Eh, it's fairly simple. I'm sure it's been said before in this thread, but Apple makes money from hardware. Microsoft, in the PC world, makes money from software. Compare the price of Snow Leopard to Windows 7 Ultimate. Apple's selling point is that you have to buy their hardware to run OS X (obviously plenty of people on this forum would have a thing or two to say about that, but for the general public, this is the perception, and it's fairly accurate). Apple is all about appearance and it shows that designers, not engineers, are the most prominent voice in the creation of new Macs. I've been using a Mac since 1993, and things have changed a lot, but apple still gets away with selling underpowered computers with functionality stripped from them that wouldn't be acceptable to any veteran computer user because hey, their stuff is pretty, and OS X is an incredible OS.
  4. The first Mac you ever used.

    The black and white MacPlus.
  5. Family issue...

    The "one partner for life" idea is a forced social construct that is absolutely not natural for humans. I think it would be much more healthy if it was widely accepted that at some point in a marriage, you more on to another stage in your life involving another partner. Big change can be good, and there are few changes bigger than changing who you are in a long-term relationship with. However, we're in a bit of a transition period that I think is harmful. People still see a life-long marriage as an attainable thing for everyone and consistently try to force themselves into that, but they also see more archaic social constructs being questioned, and so when trouble hits in a marriage, they are quicker to end it.