Η θλιβερή ιστορία πίσω από το δαγκωμένο μήλο της Apple

 

 

Οι ιστορίες για το πως προέκυψε το «δαγκωμένο μήλο» για σήμα της Apple είναι πολλές και διάφορες. Η επικρατέστερη όμως έχει τις ρίζες της στον Β’ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο.

Το χαριτωμένο «μήλο» στο πίσω μέρος του iPhone, προέρχεται από την θλιβερή ιστορία του Αlan Turing, του ανθρώπου που έθεσε τις βάσεις του σημερινού υπολογιστή, διεκπεραίωσε έρευνες σχετικά με την τεχνητή νοημοσύνη και έλυσε κωδικούς-γρίφους των Γερμανών κατά τη διάρκεια του Πολέμου.

Ο Τuring αυτοκτόνησε το 1954, χωρίς να έχει αναγνωριστεί για τη δουλειά του όταν βρέθηκε αντιμέτωπος με τη φυλακή εξαιτίας της ομοφυλοφιλίας του. Πως αυτοκτόνησε; Έκανε ένεση δηλητηρίου σε ένα μήλο και το έφαγε.

Ως φόρος τιμής λοιπόν στον επιστήμονα αυτόν αποδόθηκε το δαγκωμένο μήλο ως σήμα της Apple.

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The Evolution of the iPhone: Every Model from 2007–2018

 

Have ever asked yourself when the first iPhone came out? We’ve got the full history of the iPhone right here. 2018 marks the 11-year anniversary of the first iPhone release, so we’ll celebrate by looking at the evolution of iPhone models starting in 2007. Did you know that there isn’t an iPhone 2? Apple created the first generation iPhone and the one that came after that was all about that 3G internet connectivity. So the number 2 was skipped. What about the iPhone 9? Well, Apple skipped right over that as well and right into the iPhone X. The tech giant has released a total of eighteen iPhones over the years, including iPhone S and iPhone Plus models. Here is a complete look at iPhone evolution, starting when Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone on June 29, 2007.

 

iPhone: June 29, 2007

Can you believe 16 GB is all you could put on the original iPhone? Granted there wasn’t nearly as much data to put on the iPhone yet and certainly no App Store. But you had access to the internet on a screen you could actually see it on. And it could only handle 128 MB of memory. The camera was 2.0 mega pixels— so, terrible. But a phone with a camera! Holy moly!

iPhone 3G: July 11, 2008

As far as internal specs go, the iPhone 3G wasn’t much different than the original iPhone. But now…there was an App Store! This iPhone got its moniker for its 3G connectivity, which meant access to internet you could actually use without wanting to throw the iPhone across the room.

 

Phone 3GS: June 19, 2009

Apple introduced the 32 GB storage option with the iPhone 3GS. Clearly introducing the App Store changed things quickly. Between photos, music, and apps, 16 GB just wasn’t going to cut it. The camera got an upgrade to 3 MP and added video recording. Apple also added Voice Control, although we’d have to wait a couple more years before the introduction of Siri.

iPhone 4: June 24, 2010

Now we’re getting somewhere. The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone to have a front-facing camera. Little did Apple know, selfies would take over the world. The iPhone 4 also got a Retina display. With 512 MB memory, it was equipped to handle a lot more than even the iPhone 3GS, which only had 256 MB of memory. You can see the technology was beginning to look a little more familiar, but 32 GB was still the maximum amount of storage the iPhone could hold.

iPhone 4S: October 14, 2011


Talk about a huge difference between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S: the camera went from 5 MP to a whopping 8 MP. Now that’s an upgrade. Apple also introduced the 64 GB storage option but kept the memory at 512 MB. Video could then be recorded in 1080p. Oh I can’t forget— hello, Siri! Apple sold four million units of the iPhone 4S in its first week.

 

iPhone 5: September 21, 2012

 

Apple sold 5 million units of the iPhone 5 in its first week. The camera stayed the same but memory was boosted all the way up to 1 GB. You thought 3G was cool? Psh, the iPhone 5 had LTE connectivity. Hello internet everywhere. Apple also introduced the lightning connector with the iPhone 5. And for the first time, the screen got bigger! All previous generations were 3.5 inches but the iPhone 5 was 4 inches.

 

iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C: September 20, 2013

 

iPhone 6 & 6 Plus: September 19, 2014

Apple tends to make larger leaps between the original model and the S edition than it does from the S edition to a new model. The iPhone 6’s internal specs were very similar to those of the iPhone 5S. The biggest difference was having a significantly larger screen and offering an even larger size called 6 Plus. The Retina display became HD and the option to get an iPhone with 128 GB of storage became available. But the amount of memory was the same and the camera didn’t see a megapixel upgrade. But it didn’t matter—Apple sold 10 million units in the first week.

 

iPhone 6s & 6s Plus: September 19, 2015

iPhone SE: March 31, 2016

Don’t think I’ve forgotten the iPhone SE. It had all the awesome internal specs of the iPhone 6s in a small package and without 3D Touch. But overall, the iPhone SE was introduced as a more affordable option that people really loved.

iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, September 16, 2016

Apple finally dropped the 16 GB base model option, with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus base models starting at 32 GB of storage and going up to 256 GB. Apple also introduced a new shiny Jet Black color. The iPhone 7 Plus proved to be more popular than previous Plus models due to its new dual camera, which made a significantly improved zoom feature possible, and Portrait mode, a software update that let iPhone 7 Plus users take impressive photos using Depth of Field. Perhaps the most controversial feature of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus was the one Apple removed: the headphone jack. The new iPhones shipped with EarPods that plugged into the Lightning port and an adaptor for traditional headphones. Apple introduced its wireless AirPods at the same event it announced it was eliminating the headphone jack.

iPhone 8 & 8 Plus, September 22, 2017

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus introduced us to wireless charging with the glass cover on the back on the iPhone. The camera was awesome, with upgraded tools for editing and filtering our images. The true-tone display improved the viewing experience by automatically reducing blue-light exposure. Users eventually (mostly) got used to not having a headphone jack and began adapting to the wireless lifestyle.

iPhone X, November 3, 2017

Speaking of awesome cameras, the iPhone X included an extra front-facing camera that let us take amazing selfies in portrait mode. Sure, other iPhones let us take cool look photos, but the iPhone X included Portrait mode for the front-facing camera and we fell in love at first aperture.

iPhone XS & XS Max, September 21, 2018

Skipping right over the iPhone 9, Apple announced the XS and XS Max at its September 2018 event in the Steve Jobs Theater. These models are well named, as they are definite upgrades along the lines of the iPhone X. Both models have the front-facing camera to for Portrait-mode selfies. The displays are edge to edge and it all looks great with the Super Retina HD display. The biggest upgrade might be the smallest; the A12 bionic chip increases the processing power while decreasing battery drain.

iPhone XR, October 26, 2018

The iPhone XR was also announced at the September 2018 event, but wasn’t available right away. Because it is the cheaper of the new models, quite a few people decided to wait for the XR to be available. These iPhones are smaller than the XS and XS Max (but still bigger the 7 and 8 Plus). The display is not as crisp as the XS and XS Max, but with the Liquid Retina HD display you won’t notice a huge difference. This model also has the front-facing camera and comes in way more colors than the XS or XS Max.

As you can see, the iPhone has gone through a lot of changes, from a 16 GB web-browser to a 512 GB all-in-one camera, work space, and entertainment center. We loved learning about the history of the iPhone, and we hope you did to! Be sure to check back in and stay up-to-date with all the newest models as the iPhone continues to evolve and grow.

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Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide] |

How to get started with your new Mac, so you can enjoy it from THE FIRST day.

In this handy guide, we’ll take you through initial setup; teach you some awesome tweaks that’ll enhance your OS X experience; introduce you to some of the best apps the Mac has to offer; and tell you about some great accessories that you just shouldn’t be without.

Here’s our guide to setting up your new Mac the right way.

Initial Setup

Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide]

 

You’re not going to have too many problems setting up your Mac initially. Simply attach the power cord and any USB peripherals you may have and you’re ready to go. However, we recommend that when you originally unbox your new Mac, you make sure to take pains not to rip the original box, and don’t throw it away.

Why? If something ends up being wrong with your Mac – whether it’s defective or an incorrect model – you’re going to need its original packaging (provided you’re still within Apple’s return policy period). In addition, you should make sure to inspect your Mac for any obvious defects or damage, and also save the date so you know when your warranty will end. For more initial unboxing tips, please check out our article here.

Once you’ve connected all the power cords, Macs are pretty painless to setup, largely thanks to a program that launches when you first set it up called Setup Assistant, which guides you through the process of getting started on your new Mac.

For the most part, during the setup process, you can just follow the onscreen instructions. However, once you get to the point where Setup Assistant is asking you, “Do You Already Own A Mac?”, you may want to pause.

Essentially, what happens at this step is you get to choose whether or not you want to transfer your old data from a previous Mac to your new machine, either through Ethernet, Firewire, USB or WiFi. This might seem like a no-brainer, but there’s plenty of good reasons why you might to start as fresh as you can: in particular, complete system transfers can often slow new Macs down thanks to loads of legacy cruft.

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Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide]

 

If you kept your old Mac pretty clean, it’s up to you how you want to proceed. Personally, we recommend a partial migration, in which you just migrate your “Users” folder. You’ll have to reinstall your old apps and adjust your settings again, but you aren’t likely to inherit any slow-down-causing legacy cruft, and you’ll guarantee you only have the latest versions of all software on your machine.

Either way, if you choose to migrate, try to do it over Ethernet or Firewire: USB and WiFi take a lot longer, and aren’t always as reliable.

Okay, you’re almost done. In the final step, however, you’ll learn about how scrolling now works in Lion. This can be confusing, because not only does scrolling on a new Mac work differently than on a PC, it even works differently than on previous Mac operating systems! In this final step, you’ll see how to use the new touch-based gesture system in Lion. Depending on the type of touch-based input device you have (Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, or integrated trackpad), you will see a description of how to scroll. Follow the instructions to scroll down through the text area, and click the Start Using Mac OS X Lion button. Don’t worry, if you hate OS X Lion’s “reverse scrolling” feature, we’ll show you how to turn it off in the next section.

Essential Tweaks

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Make Sure Your Software Is Up-To-Date: This is a simple one. First thing you should do when you start up your new Mac is click the Apple logo in the top left of the screen, and click on “Software Update,” which will tell you what new software is available for your system.

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Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide]

 

Turn Off Reverse Scrolling: It’s actually quite easy to turn off reversed, or “natural,” scrolling in Lion. All you need to do is change a simple setting in your Mac’s System Preferences.

If you’re on a MacBook or desktop machine with a Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse, it’s as simple as going to the “Trackpad” menu of System Preferences and clicking on “Scroll & Zoom.” From that window, uncheck “Scroll direction: natural.” Reversed scrolling will be disabled.

If you’re not using a trackpad or Magic Mouse, you can disable reversed scrolling in your “Mouse” options. Uncheck “Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating” and you’re good to go!

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Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide]

 

Fix The Dock In OS X Lion, by default, app icons in the dock aren’t animated, and there’s no way to tell which apps are open and which aren’t. To be able to tell at a glance which apps you have open, go to System Preferences > Dock and turn on the option for ” Show indicator lights for open applications” and check the box labeled “Animate opening applications.”

While you’re here, let’s also switch off Dock Magnification. It looks neat when you first use a Mac, but it’s unnecessary bling that tends to get annoying quick. Under Systems Preferences > Dock, untick the “Magnification” box. While you’re at it, you might also want to make the Dock as small as you can stand: a big dock takes up valuable screen pixels!

Finally, by default, OS X puts a crapload of icons in your dock, under the assumption you’ll be using it as a launcher. Personally, we prefer a dock that contains a minimum of icons, defaulting to a small handful of programs that we literally never have closed. We suggest you do the same, dragging the icons off the dock and replacing them with your most used apps. What should you use for launching apps instead? Alfred, which we’ll get to in our essential apps section below.

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Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide]

 

Disable Autocorrect — In Lion, OS X defaults to correcting your typos, just like in iOS. The problem? OS X isn’t really very good at figuring out what’s a typo and what isn’t, and when OS X “fixes” typos, it does it invisibly, without alerting you to the fact. Irritating. Turn it off by going to System Preferences > Language & Text > Text and untick “Correct spelling automatically”

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Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide]

 

Turn Off Dashboard As A Space – By default, OS X Lion now includes Dashboard — OS X’s widget center — as a virtual space within Mission Control, which allows you to see an overview of everything that’s running on your Mac. It’s not a big deal, but it can be annoying: toggle the option off by going to System Preferences > Mission Control and unticking “Show Dashboard as a space.”

Essential Apps

Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide]

There are a multitude of apps you can use on your new Mac. We’ve done numerous features on this, but here’s our list, boiled down to bare essentials.

  • Growl: Adds a simple notification system to OS X so that apps can report when they’ve finished a task, for example. Plugins are available for many built-in OS X apps, and lots of third-party apps support Growl too. Available for $1.99 from the App Store.
  • ClamXav: Adds on-demand virus scanning to OS X. Unlike other antivirus programs, ClamXav doesn’t remain present in memory. You can run it to scan any files that look suspicious, such as those you’ve downloaded from a less reputable website. Available free of charge via the App Store. (See also Sophos Antivirus for Mac, which provides resident scanning and is free for home users.)
  • The Unarchiver: Significantly expands OS X’s knowledge of compressed file formats, specifically adding in the ability to expand RAR, 7-zip, LhA, and StuffIt formats. Expands files in a fuss-free way just like the built-in compression tool. Free of charge via the App Store.
  • Little Snitch: OS X already has a powerful firewall protecting your computer from inbound connections, but Little Snitch adds outgoing firewall protection to OS X. This lets you control which apps have access to the Internet and thereby potentially put a block on malicious software or just stop software from “phoning home.” Little Snitch can be purchased for $29.95 from the author’s website.
  • uTorrent: There are a variety of BitTorrent clients for OS X, but this is perhaps the most fully featured and is frequently updated with new features. It’s a free of charge download from the developer’s website.
  • Cyberduck: File transfer program that works with FTP, SFTP, WebDav, Amazon S3, Google Storage (including Google Docs), Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud Files. Can be purchased via the App Store for $23.99, but a free-to-try “donationware” version is available from the website.
  • iWork: Apple’s own office suite, consisting of Pages (word processor), Numbers (spreadsheet), and Keynote (presentations). All are packed with features plus the ease of use and excellent design expected of Apple products, but, perhaps crucially, the apps also integrate 100 percent with OS X Lion’s features, such as Versions. There are versions of the iWork apps available for the iPhone/iPad too. Each component of iWork for OS X is purchased individually from the App Store for $19.99.
  • VMwareFusion: Creates virtual computers within software that let you run Microsoft Windows, Linux, or even additional installations of OS X Lion. Fusion is useful if you need to run some Windows software or games but not enough to warrant a full BootCamp installation of Windows, and you can also access pre-built machines sometimes offered for download. VMware Fusion is currently available for $49.99 from the VMware website.
  • Adium: Instant messaging client that supports just about every chat protocol in existence and integrates fully with OS X’s Address Book. Free download from the developer’s website.
  • VLC: Your Mac’s support for video and audio files is pretty good but there’s still a handful of files that catch it out. The solution is to use VLC, which is an entirely separate player application that supports just about everything. It’s a free download from the developer’s website. (See also the free of charge Windows Media Components for QuickTime add-on, which brings support for viewing Windows media files to OS X, and Perian, which adds support for various other media file formats to QuickTime and is again free of charge.)
  • 1Password: 1Password on the Mac acts as your personal vault for storing sensitive information like passwords and credit card numbers. Not only can you store your logins and have them automatically filled in when browsing online, but 1Password will encrypt your database to keep it protected like Fort Knox.
  • Alfred: We’ve covered the 1.0 release of Alfred extensively on the site, and it’s clear that Alfred deserves to sit amongst the top ranks of innovative Mac apps for 2011. The lightweight launcher utility makes operating a Mac delightful, and there’s plenty of available plugins for fine tuning your experience. Don’t let the cute hat fool you, Alfred doesn’t mess around — it gets stuff done.
  • Evernote/strong>: If you aren’t already using Evernote, you’re missing out on a robust, streamlined productivity tool for managing your digital life. The note-taking/to-do app is available on every platform imaginable, and the Mac app acts as the hub for collecting information and entering large amounts of data.

Essential Accessories

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Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide]

 

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Thunderbolt Display – If you need an external display for your Mac or MacBook, this is the best one you can possibly get. No surprise, it’s made by Apple themselves, and while it’ll cost you a pretty penny, this is a display you’ll have for years, and it even operates as a Thunderbolt hub for all your other devices.

BookBook Case – We’re pretty big fans of the BookBook case case, whether it’s the version for MacBook Air, Pro, or iPad. As we once wrote, “What the BookBook Case does is make a connection with people who have a good sense of humor about things, and intuitively realize that there’s something silly about decking out a laptop like the MacBook Air to look like a prop from Gandalf the Grey’s library. Sure, the BookBook Case is cool looking, but it’s also funny. It’s an irony against pseudo-intellectuals and literary posers. It’s a joke.” We love it.

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Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide]

 

PlugBug – Seriously, what took so long for someone to come up this simple solution? The PlugBug is a totally unique, all-in-one, dual charger for MacBook + iPad or iPhone. Freeing up an extra electrical socket, the PlugBug provides enough juice to charge two of your Apple gadgets while decluttering your space. It’s a great solution for those of us that get tired of carrying around two power adapters and hate looking at the mangled mess of cables near the electrical socket.

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BookArc — If you have any interest in docking your Mac laptop with an external keyboard or monitor, the BookArc is the best-of-breed solution, with a style even Jonny Ive would love.

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Get Started With Your New Mac – The Right Way [Setup Guide]

 

If you’re using Apple’s Bluetooth Keyboard and the Magic Trackpad with your Mac desktop or laptop, Twelvesouth’s Magic Wand will cleverly unite them into one device. How does it work? It’s a half-cylinder bracket that snaps along the battery case, tightly uniting the keyboard and trackpad when placed side-by-side in either righty or lefty configuration. Great for keeping your desktop tidy, especially for just $29.99.

 

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Ευπάθεια εκθέτει σχεδόν κάθε Mac

Κακόβουλο λογισμικό κάνει δυνατή την επανεγγραφή του BIOS σε Mac.

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Macs που είναι παλαιότεροι του ενός έτους παρουσιάζουν μία ευπάθεια που κάνει δυνατή την επανεγγραφή του firmware που εκκινεί το μηχάνημα, ένα χαρακτηριστικό που δίνει τη δυνατότητα σε hackers να ελέγχουν τις προσβεβλημένες συσκευές.

Η επίθεση, σύμφωνα με ένα blog post από τον ερευνητή ασφαλείας Pedro Vilaca, επηρεάζει τα Macs με ημερομηνία κατασκευής πριν τα μέσα του 2014, τα οποία είναι ρυθμισμένα να μπαίνουν σε “sleep mode”.

Στα ευπαθή Mac γίνεται εγκατάσταση κακόβουλου ΒΙΟS μέσω ευπαθειών στον Safari, αλλά και σε άλλους web browsers, με εργαλεία που περιέχονται στο μέρος του λειτουργικού συστήματος όπου εγκαθίστανται οι εφαρμογές και εκτελούνται οι drivers.

Περισσότερα μπορείτε να διαβάσετε σε αυτό το post.

 

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How To Set Up Your Brand New Mac: Beginners Guide

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and purchase a newMac? Great! Apple designs their computers with the user in mind, making Macs great for an absolute newbie, to even the most advanced experts. Personally, I have a Mac Book Pro and from unboxing to every day use, there is never a hassle. Everything is nice, clean and easy; which is why I’m here to guide you through the process.

 

1. Unboxing

From experience, unboxing a new Mac can be heavenly. Pay attention to the details in the packaging, like the user guide. Please read the User Guide, especially if you haven’t owned a Mac before. It will really help you understand what’s going on. The rest is pretty self explanatory, but have fun! Take pictures, and show the world just how pretty your new Mac is! Hint: Don’t throw away the box like I did, it will come in handy in case something is wrong, or you need to pack it up again.

2. Arranging your Workspace

If you have a laptop, there’s not much hardware that you have to set up, but if you have a Magic Mouse, or Time Capsule, you should get those set up now. Refer to your manual, although Apple products behave very well with each other, so there shouldn’t be problems. If you’ve got an iMac, or a Mac Mini, or even a Mac Pro, set up your displays and keyboard/mouse. It’s best to arrange things how you want them to me, don’t just temporarily plug-in wires wherever. Don’t forget to clean your workspace!

3. Set Up OS X

Me installing Snow Lepoard

When you pop in the set up CD, a ‘Setup Assistant’ will pop up, and guide you through getting things running. This is another one of those self-explanatory things, so I don’t go into much detail here. If you already own a Mac, it will also help you move things over to the new computer. Note: If you’re moving from a Windows to the Mac, I suggest investing in a Portable Harddrive, and keeping your important files on there, and then transferring the files once you’ve got things going. The good thing about getting a Portable Harddrive is that you can use Time Machine to back up your data.

4. First Uses and Understanding What’s Going On

If you have a Mac already, welcome home. There shouldn’t be anything you don’t already know. But, If you haven’t really interacted with a Mac before, things might looks a bit odd. Here are some things to keep in mind when using the OS:

  • For laptops, the ‘right click’ is either a two finger click, or control+click.
  • When using the dock, you can rearrange the icons, and add them as needed.
    1. To take away items, just hold the icon and drag out, it should make a nice poof noise.
    2. To add items, you can drag the application icon to the dock; OR when the app is open, you can hold and press the icon, and then press ‘Keep in Dock’
  • You can pretty much drag+drop everywhere. For example, you can drag an image from the web onto your desktop, and then drag that same image into Photoshop’s dock icon.
  • Just because you dragged an item to the trash, doesn’t mean that its ‘deleted‘. In order to really delete an item and regain the space it’s taking up, you have to open the trash (click on the icon), and press ‘empty‘ on the gray bar.
  • To ‘quick preview’ a file (works best for videos, documents, images etc) click its icon once, and then press the spacebar. If you’ve ever seen lightbox in action, it has a similar effect.
  • Taking Screen Shots
    1. Command+Shift+3 – Full Screen Shot
    2. Command+Shift+4 – Selection Shot (See Example Below)
    3. Command+Shift+4+Spacebar – Window Shot

5. Customizing

There are tons of ways to make your Mac look exactly how you want it! To start off simple, you can change the desktop – click the ‘apple’ in the top left, and then on “System Preferences”. In the “Personal” bar, you’ll see the “Desktop and Screen Saver” – or even decide to design your own!

You can also change the appearance of things like scroll arrows, and highlight colors int he “Appearance” section.

In the “Dock” area, you can change it’s position, size, and magnification. There also ways to change the dock’s background and general appearance using a program called Candy Bar. Using this, you can also change the way your icons look. I’m using this for my Mac too! (See right)

6. Download New Apps

No Mac is complete without a plethora of apps to play with. Here are some I recommend:

  • Google Chrome: Google’s Web Browser.
  • VLC: A video player that can play any type of video file. Plays DVD’s too.
  • Candy Bar: As mentioned before; great for doing icon and dock changes. Free Demo.
  • Transmission: Open Source Bittorent client.
  • Bowtie: Manage iTunes from the desktop in a very cool way.

7. Enjoy!


Hopefully we were able to help you set up your brand new Mac! A brand new computer will bring a smile to anyone’s face, and now that your Mac is bling-ed up and ready for action, your smile should be bigger than ever.

 

SOURCE : How To Set Up Your Brand New Mac: Beginners Guide.

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