Chris Capelle is a freelance Macintosh Computer & Apple Products Expert with over 25 years of hands-on experience. In addition to his work with corporate and home users, Chris has also authored several “how-to” e-books on computers and technology.
All computers have built-in obsolescence. Even today’s Macs.
No, I’m not talking about sending your kids off to faraway schools – this is about how long you should hang on to your older Macintosh Computer.
First of all, understand that Apple has stopped supporting computers pre-2013 – meaning if you have anything older than that, you’re playing with house money. You’ve certainly gotten your money’s worth out of that computer. As long as it’s working well enough for your purpos
One thing I deal with a lot is the issue of photo organization on the Mac. By 2017, most users have migrated from the no-longer-supported iPhoto to Photos and, for the most part, everything is copacetic. But what I do see – a couple of issues.
The problem is when there are multiple Photos libraries on your hard drive. This issue can be easily rectified, but with the caveat that it’s going to take some time.
In most instances, the Photos Library resides in Home>Pictures and
There are currently some high-profile stories in the news about alleged foreign hackers who claim to have the ability to wipe out the contents of millions of iPhones and iPad worldwide. While Apple has been quick to dismiss their ability to do so, that might not be enough to make you feel better about your own security. However, you can easily change your iCloud password if that makes you sleep better at night. The best (and safest) way to change your password is directly at Apple’s iCloud
If you’re still using Microsoft Entourage, then you’re playing with fire. Entourage is the email program that was included as part of Microsoft’s 2008 Office suite. At one point, it was the best mail client for Mac, bar none. But because it was introduced in early 2008, it means you’re using software that was cutting edge nine years ago. So do you really want to trust an important part of your world – email – with an outdated product? It’s starting to show its age and give
This scam just hit a client’s computer earlier this week. Don’t let a stranger tell you that there’s something wrong with your computer!
It’s something that has happened to everybody; you’re working, minding your own business, surfing the web, and suddenly your reverie is broken. A window alerts you that there’s a problem with your computer; your data is going to be corrupted; all your browsing history will be displayed for everybody to see; or simply there’s a virus and it need to be
A message that requires action ASAP!
Funny thing, but digging through the archives, I found that I covered this very subject in the first blog post of 2016! But seeing that I’ve gotten three calls about the dreaded full hard drive warning in the past two weeks, I figure it’s a good time to revisit it. Besides maintaining a backup of your data as well as practicing good hard drive hygiene is one of the most important things I stress.
The implications of having a full hard drive
Same warranty as a new Apple product!
One thing that Apple is never shy about; preventing prices from getting too low for its products. Today’s prices are never going to go down – you’re simply going to get a better computer for the same money. And forget about shopping around – Apple controls its pricing through its authorized dealers across the board with a heavy hand.
That’s not to say there aren’t ways to save a few bucks. And I’m not talking about buying used at estate sa
Do you really want to talk to your Mac?
In late September, Apple introduced Mac OS X.12, (Sierra) as a free upgrade, available (as usual) in the App Store. While there are some features that will have Apple fanboys and fangirls excited (Siri on the Mac, the ability to login to your computer via your Apple Watch), most of the action takes place behind the scenes. In other words, functional, but not all that exciting.
There have been a few small glitches with OS X.12. One is an
Out of the three major web browsers, it seems (to me, anyway) that Firefox gives me most trouble. I find myself having to force quit Firefox more than all my other browsers combined. (I use Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera each for different tasks.) It could be that, because I use it primarily for Facebook, that Facebook is loading me up with cookies or other files.
But then again, the culprit might not be Facebook, because it seems to mostly occur when I cli
One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is “I don’t know what to update!”
If you own a Mac, it’s a pretty simple process (at least in theory). Updates for the Apple OS (operating system) are supplied by Apple. Similarly, updates for other software generally come from the manufacturer of that package. Ergo, an update for Microsoft Office comes from Microsoft, Photoshop from Adobe, Norton updates come from Symantec, etc.
Except for printers, as Apple now handles mo