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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Help! Complete Novice Questions Reply with quote

Hi, I'm about to buy a new Desktop Mac Mini 500 GB Hard drive. So I'd like to ask some very basic questions of the experts out there.

Firstly, I have to transfer all my data from my MS Windows Vista PC. All my files are backed up on Amazon Cloud Drive, including my Windows Mail Contacts, saved in a CSV.comma separated file.

Can I Import these contacts to my Mac Mini Mail easily please ?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is this support document at Apple about importing CSV into Address Book - http://support.apple.com/kb/PH4648

Hopefully that's a good start.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:39 pm    Post subject: Help! Complete Novice Reply with quote

Good solution, thanks.

Another question;

I have all my MS Windows files, (photos, video clips, Excel and Word docs, Acrobat docs) saved on Amazon Cloud Drive for Windows on my old PC..

How do I download these files from the Amazon Cloud to my new Mac Mini? Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess you have to get the app from Amazon.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: Help! Complete Novice Reply with quote

macminiinterest wrote:
How do I download these files from the Amazon Cloud to my new Mac Mini? Shocked


Have a look here - Amazon Cloud Drive Desktop
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

also see this:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4796
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:48 pm    Post subject: Good book Reply with quote

If you're coming from Windows, I'd also strongly suggest the following O'Reilly book by David Pogue:

Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mavericks Edition

Just get the version that goes with the OS X version you're running (I linked to the latest edition, for OS X Mavericks, above). It's available from any, decent bookseller, like Amazon, Powell's, whomever...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to all for your help Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to all for your replies. Smile

Another question:

I'm told that Mac Mini doesn't need Internet Security software. Is this really true?

Is Mac Mini safe from Viruses and Malware?

I'm concerned to get it right because I do internet banking.

What are your experiences please?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be stupid to say the Mac is 100% safe, but compared to your experience on Windows its a whole new world, and a better one for the lack of virus and malware issues you mention.

I've had a Mac since 2007 and I choose not to run any real time antivirus solutions. My defences are educated ones, lack of known threats, careful browsing, keeping up to date on the internet with know Mac issues, the use of a firewall and the biggest one which is BACKUPS, always have backups of your import files. Not just for virus threats but also hardware failures etc. BACKUP BACKUP and BACKUP Smile oh! did I mention I do a lot of backups Wink LOL

I do run a firewall on my router and also I run a Mac app called Little Snitch which is basically a software firewall, this will alert me to any outgoing connections. I very very occasionally run the Norton iAntivirus which just scans my system. It's not resident, so isn't running in the background all the time sucking up resources like it would on windows. I just run it when I feel like doing. Norton rarely update it which shows the lack of virus threats to the mac. I think the last update was Aug 2012 or something like that.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some answers for virus/malware:


http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9400648&postcount=4

I use ClamXv, it is free..but it has never found any virus. Stay with Safari and you will be safe..
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again that sounds very good advice Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:31 pm    Post subject: Virus Reply with quote

Cypher wrote:
It would be stupid to say the Mac is 100% safe, but compared to your experience on Windows its a whole new world, and a better one for the lack of virus and malware issues you mention.

I've had a Mac since 2007 and I choose not to run any real time antivirus solutions. My defences are educated ones, lack of known threats, careful browsing, keeping up to date on the internet with know Mac issues, the use of a firewall and the biggest one which is BACKUPS, always have backups of your import files. Not just for virus threats but also hardware failures etc. BACKUP BACKUP and BACKUP Smile oh! did I mention I do a lot of backups Wink LOL

I do run a firewall on my router and also I run a Mac app called Little Snitch which is basically a software firewall, this will alert me to any outgoing connections. I very very occasionally run the Norton iAntivirus which just scans my system. It's not resident, so isn't running in the background all the time sucking up resources like it would on windows. I just run it when I feel like doing. Norton rarely update it which shows the lack of virus threats to the mac. I think the last update was Aug 2012 or something like that.
I* use Sophos it and picked up some security threats which is very important. I agree backups are essential to.
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