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Hardware Recommendations 2008

One of the things I am often asked to do is to recommend hardware, and there is never a single best answer for everyone. Most folks have programs or ways to work that are best for them, or older equipment … Continue reading

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Macworld 2008 San Francisco

Every culture has its holidays: the oscars, fashion week, March madness or the world series. For Mac lovers, each December brings a frenzy of rumored speculation about our Superbowl, the Macworld Conference and Expo which takes place each January in … Continue reading

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Apple Hardware December 2007

WIth the holiday buying season (and fiscal year-end) upon us, it seems a good time to review the current Apple product line, focusing on computers and handhelds and ignoring odd products such as the Apple TV and X-Serve. Below are … Continue reading

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Learning to Love Leopard Mail

October 2007 saw the release of Mac OS 10.5, known popularly as “Leopard.” Like most commercial software, it has been heralded with praise for the genius of its “time machine” backup strategy and concerns about how gray and translucent parts … Continue reading

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FAQ: Which Version of Mac OS X Do I Have?

And why does it always seem to be named after a cat?

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Backup Basics

One of the things that sucks about my job is sometimes having to explain to people who are first calling me that, for whatever reason, huge amounts of their electronic life are forever lost. I get one of these calls … Continue reading

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Social Networking Sites 2007

A few years ago the word “blog” was just an ugly neologism and no one in politics had coined the phrase “netroots.” Part of what buzzing technorati call “web 2.0” both of these are tied to the concepts of social … Continue reading

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There’s No Place Like Home

One of the brilliant design elements of the original Unix systems of the 1970’s was the concept of user names with passwords and of a dedicated “home directory” for each user. This created a default place for a given account … Continue reading

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Windows on the Mac 2007

When Apple began moving its hardware to Intel chips, it opened a lot of possibilities, as I have discussed before. The magic of virtualization and native hardware continue, though, as Apple’s Boot Camp beta software transitions to Leopard this spring and Parallels Desktop adds even more useful features.
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Old Computers

With the end of one year and the beginning of another, many people need to decide what to do with their old computers. Whether you are a facilities manager with a palette of electronic waste or just an apartment dweller looking to clear the clutter, how to safely erase your old machine and responsibly dispose of the hardware is an issue. Below are some simple guidelines to help you.
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