Mac Tips Anyone?

I need Mac tips!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015 by RedneckDude | Discussion: Macintosh

Hey there fellow computer users!

 

I have acquired a Mac Mini and thought I'd make a thread where all you cool geeks might share any Mac tips for noobs that you may have.

 

Please.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

starkers
Reply #1 Monday, March 23, 2015 12:10 AM

Um, no!  Sorry I can't help directly, but my niece used to visit the Mac user forums for tips and info when she had her MacBook... if that helps.

I was going to get a Mac Mini going back a while, thought it would be the most economical way to try out OS-X, but the more I read about Apples business practices the less attractive the idea became.  In the end I just gave up on the idea and built myself a high-end Windows machine instead.

Anyhow, all the best with it, and hopefully somebody more knowledgable than I will come along with some ideas for you.

DrJBHL
Reply #2 Monday, March 23, 2015 12:42 AM

Ah crap. Someone would go and add work! Well...here's my first tip: Secure yourself! There aren't a lot of RnDs around (I should be more thankful....but I'm not).

http://www.macyourself.com/2012/10/29/5-simple-ways-to-secure-your-mac/

It also looks like a decent site for tips/tutorials. I'll have to get up to speed on this stuff...which I know 0K about. And DO NOT get MacDefender or any of its 'relatives'. It's a virus/Trojan.

And the real mac expert around here is Hankers (Linux, too... ) and I.D.

Jafo
Reply #3 Monday, March 23, 2015 1:01 AM


where all you cool geeks might share any Mac tips for noobs that you may have.

Get a second one and you'll have matching bookends...

My sum-total of expertise with all things Apple is a 2C that needs the same ...

Hankers
Reply #4 Monday, March 23, 2015 8:46 AM


I have acquired a Mac Mini and thought I'd make a thread where all you cool geeks might share any Mac tips for noobs that you may have.

As Captain Picard would say, plug it in and ........

DrJBHL
Reply #5 Monday, March 23, 2015 8:58 AM

Island Dog
Reply #6 Monday, March 23, 2015 10:11 AM

I've been using Macs for a while. Don't really have any tips, but I can certainly help with any questions you might have.

RedneckDude
Reply #7 Monday, March 23, 2015 12:27 PM

Well, as luck would have it, this box can't be upgraded past Snow Leopard, and has a 32 bit processor, and so far, every app I have tried to install fails because they all seem to be for 64 bit only. 

 

I may now know why the guy let me have it so cheap.

So far, the effort to install an app seems to be my only problem.

Can I install "programs" other than apps?

DrJBHL
Reply #8 Monday, March 23, 2015 12:46 PM

Oy, Jim...you didn't check its specs before buying???

 

RedneckDude
Reply #9 Monday, March 23, 2015 2:16 PM

Well, I actually traded for it, Doc. I traded a low end graphics card and an HP Mini netbook with a broken hinge for it. 

But no, I guess I didn't do enough research.  

DrJBHL
Reply #10 Monday, March 23, 2015 2:25 PM

Just teasing you! Don't feel bad...knowing you? You'll trade up!

starkers
Reply #11 Monday, March 23, 2015 3:25 PM

RedneckDude

Can I install "programs" other than apps?

Yeah, should be able to.  If it only has a 32 bit CPU then it was likely released before 'apps' were an Apple consideration.  As I recall, my neice used to go to the Apple page and download programs from there.... some were pay for but many standard programs were free.  I think SoftPedia and maybe a few other software hosting sites have a Mac section, so you could try checking some of those to see what's available for your particular machine.

moshi
Reply #12 Monday, March 23, 2015 5:06 PM

RedneckDude

Can I install "programs" other than apps?

yes. http://www.howtogeek.com/177619/how-to-install-applications-on-a-mac-everything-you-need-to-know/

 

you like widgets?

 

- there are the native Dashboard widgets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashboard_(Mac_OS)

 

- Rainlendar has a a Mac version. http://www.rainlendar.net/cms/index.php?option=com_rny_download&Itemid=32 

Rainlendar is capable of far more than just the legacy skins people upload at Wincustomize. the more interesting stuff is at deviantArt or Custo. there is a chance the current version of Rainlendar is not 32 bit compatible (but you'll have to try that). if that is the case, try older versions from the beta forums: http://www.rainlendar.net/cms/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=42&func=showcat&catid=7

 

- the cool kids use GeekTool http://www.deviantart.com/browse/all/designs/?q=geektool

there is a chance the current version of GeekTool is not 32 bit compatible (but you'll have to try that). version 3.0 should most probably work: http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/download.php

 

- and there's also Yahoo! Widget Engine (aka Konfabulator). abandoned by Yahoo!, but you'll probably find it somewhere on the internet. Takashi Izawa's clocks alone are worth the effort.

 

 

RedneckDude
Reply #13 Monday, March 23, 2015 9:20 PM

Thanks, Moshi. I'll check this stuff out.

 

Yes, I like Yahoo widgets. I have the geek tool kit, but my version is for Windows, likely not Mac compatible. I keep it on my PortableApps drive.

RedneckDude
Reply #14 Monday, March 23, 2015 9:22 PM

DrJBHL

Just teasing you! Don't feel bad...knowing you? You'll trade up!

Hey, it's still fun to see how the other half lives...lol.

 

I don't expect it to lead me away from Windows.  So far, Mac seems a lot like Linux/Ubuntu/Gnome, etc.

RedneckDude
Reply #15 Monday, March 23, 2015 9:24 PM

If I can get hands on a Core 2 Duo or better, laptop version, I can upgrade it, then move into Yosemite. Then I can do apps as well as other stuff.

moshi
Reply #16 Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:01 AM

RedneckDude

 I have the geek tool kit, but my version is for Windows, likely not Mac compatible. I keep it on my PortableApps drive.

 

the name is probably too generic. we are talking about two very different things here.

RedneckDude
Reply #17 Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:22 AM

"Ah, I see." said the blind carpenter as he picked up his hammer and saw.

 

Kewl!!!   

benmanns
Reply #18 Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:35 PM

 Take a   pound on it until it can actually do something

Wizard1956
Reply #19 Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:07 AM

Makes a nice doorstop.

starkers
Reply #20 Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:36 AM

Wizard1956

Makes a nice doorstop.

Now that's not nice.

Would be more appropriate at the bottom of an aquarium.

BTW does fish poo float or sink?

 

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