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BackBlaze versus Spotlight – Loser!

For too long, my Mac Mini was sluggish. It’s a 2012 model decked out with 16 GB of RAM and an Intel Core i7 processor. But when my 2007 iMac running the bleeding edge Mac OS X 10.11 was snappier than my Mini, I had to dig deeper to see what was going on. I […]

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Installing El Capitan

I definitely didn’t see this one coming. I fired up my dormant iMac, the Mid-2007 model, and updated its software. Mac OS X 10.9 installed fine, so I kept going, recalling that the 10.11 “El Capitan” GM Candidate is available. A long time later, 10.11 is running on a 2007 iMac with 6 GB of […]

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Yes, Simply Yes, CleanMyMac 3

Digital hoarders, help is here. Yes, I too have been living with daily messages that my startup disk is almost full. I love my MacBook Air with its speedy solid state drive, but at a mere 256 gigabytes, there’s only so much I can store. Yes, I’ve gotten rid of music files, transitioning to the […]

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Saved by Time Machine…Again

Yes, once again, Time Machine has saved my bacon. Of all the features and abilities of Mac OS X, Time Machine by far has to be the most “tangible,” sparing so many users from catastrophic data loss. Or like in my case, sparing me a few times. And there I was in that familiar position, […]

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Remember When iPod Sales Converted Buyers to Macs?

Remember times past when the sales of iPods led to Windows users switching to Macs? I wonder if a similar situation will occur with the Apple Watch and the iPhone. Because you need an iPhone to link with an Apple Watch, will this spur more iPhone converts as the Apple Watch gains momentum? And before […]

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Thinking About the Landing Zone Pro Dock

Thinking About the Landing Zone Pro Dock

For sometime, I’ve been looking for ways to expand the ports on my MacBook Air. Mainly, I need a way to get wired Ethernet along with connecting an external monitor. Currently, the MBA’s single ThunderBolt port serves both functions so it’s either wired Ethernet or an external display. There are Thunderbolt expansion docks by Matrox […]

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Create a Mavericks Boot Disk Using Lion DiskMaker

It never hurts to have a bootable disk/USB flash drive to repair a Mac or install OS X. It’s real easy to do using Lion DiskMaker. This app will prep a 8-GB (or bigger) flash drive with everything it needs to install OS X 10.9 Mavericks. You can also build disks that contain OS X […]

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Taken Out by a Preference File

With a pile of old MiniDV tapes, I wanted to extract the video to my Mac using a Canon Vixia HV30 camcorder. Connected via FireWire, the camera showed up in iMovie 11 but refused to import any of the video. The video would playback on the camcorder screen, but iMovie only showed a blue screen […]

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