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I am really bent out of shape now. A bit over a month ago all I used was Linux. Then I switched to Windows 7. I liked it. Now I have my first ever laptop, and it is a Macbook Pro! I love Snow Leopard more than any OS I have ever used

However, the hardware right now has me in a bit of a bind. I bought the 13" 2.7Ghz i7 model. I love the laptop, but considering the desktop I just built I am distressed. I love the OS, I just wish it twas a bit more powerful. I could have bought a Windows machine for less money that was probably twice as nice in terms of hardware. I guess I just need some encouraging that the hardware I have is good enough for a power user.

Also, I would like a list of all good freewares, and what they do. Installed Transmission, Handbrake, VLC, and Cyberduck (<---Awesome last night. What else should I look at?

Bottom line is that I am happy, and I may have just became an Apple fanboy.

This is gonna make me go broke though...

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post #2 of 7
Adium = multi IM client
Growl = notification software with plugins
Quicksilver = keyboard navigation stuff (acquired taste)
TextWrangler = text editing software great for coding (little brother of BBEdit)

That's all that comes to mind right now...
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Quicksilver is awesome.

Get total finder, adds cut and paste.
I don't think its freeware but its well worth it.
 
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you can the best of both worlds a hackintosh
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Be careful what you say here, discussion of hackintoshes is strictly against the rules!

Other bits of essential software:

SuperDuper = shareware cloning software that has most of its functionality unlocked by default
DiskWarrior = simply the best hdd volume recovery software of all time, not free but well worth the money, especially if you use your mac professionally.
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First of all, wellcome to the apple world!

macVim / emacs if you want a versatile text editor for coding
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You'd be amazed at how powerful Safari is. You can use it download and save pretty much anything you've ever seen and used in your browser, including youtube videos - and by extension, all .FLV files, without any extensions.

Just go to window - activity - show all. It will show all your tabs in list format with all activity. Search for any MP3 or .FLV files and then CMND + left click twice.

If you want more tips like that, just join a mac user forum. Despite the stereotype, Mac users are just as adept at using their OS as Windows users are.

You definitely want to become a power user. I have both a Mac and PC set up and there are certain things I will only do on my Mac - online banking and shopping, for instance. I like the added layer of security that the OS brings with it. The only thing I don't do on my Mac is gaming, and that's only because I can't create a customized gaming set up with Mac hardware. It's definitely the biggest drawback, but the security and stability of the OS as well as the powerful creative suite apps definitely make it a necessary side-system for me.
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