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For my fellow Macintosh users - here's a little education about malware. If you own Macs like me, you have very little to worry about when it comes to viruses and malware. Notice I said "very little" and not "nothing" to worry about. Yes, there is malware out there that can infect OS X, but it is very rare. Plus, since OS X is based on UNIX, the only way to... read more

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Mac OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” What happened to…? OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” brings several important features to the Mac, but it also removes a few. Here are three things people are missing in El Capitan that I’ve been hearing about the most: Repair Permissions, Dashboard, and Secure Empty Trash. 1) What happened to Disk Utility? I can’t repair permissions anymore! Correct... read more

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If you've ever run into an issue with Safari where it stalls and never loads a web page, yet other browsers work okay, then this just might be the answer to your dreams.   Since Safari tries to load a page and then immediately fails, and you've verified you do have Internet access with another browser like Firefox, it's safe to assume there's a DNS issue (if DNS breaks, you simply... read more

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  For those of you who may have purchased Apple's spiffy $79 external CD/DVD burner (or Superdrive as they call it), it may not have worked when you plugged it into your older Mac. A lot of times a person's built-in optical drive fails, and they see the new external at the Apple Store. They naturally grab one assuming it'll work because they'll be using it with a Mac. Hopefully there's... read more

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If you have a Mac that runs OS X, then there's a simple maintenance procedure you can perform that will help to keep things running smoothly. It's called repairing permissions, and can be done using the built-in application called Disk Utility, located in Applications/Utilities.   OS X is based on UNIX, a very versatile, robust and powerful operating system. It's what runs the Internet... read more

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A recent updater for Adobe Flash caused it to fail on certain older Mac models (like my Mid/Late 2007 Macbook Pro). A fix was released within a week, but keep in mind there are alternatives out there for watching YouTube, such as HTML5.   In addition, you should never download a Flash updater from anywhere except Adobe. Not too many years ago there was a trojan horse made to... read more

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Lately I've been working with some really great clients. The people of Austin are generally friendly and warm and my clients have most definitely fit this description. Sometimes I am welcomed into their homes where I'm introduced to family members and pets and genuinely treated with respect and kindness. This is one of the great things about tutoring. The variety of people that I get to interact... read more

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Back in 1983, I bought this Macintosh Plus a few days after it was announced. My wife asked me "what do you plan to do with that thing?" Today, nearly 30 years (and about 25 Macintosh's) later, I think back on that dig and I just smile. You see, that MacPlus (which cost more than my car at the time) was a game changer for me. Funny thing, later in the mid-90s I had the good fortune... read more

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During an unexpected one-day storm, years ago, several electronic items were destroyed in my house - causing a few thousand dollars worth of damage: * Air compressor in my air conditioning unit * Dishwasher * Crock Pot * Clothes washer * Stereo system amplifier * TiVo motherboard There may have been other items damaged in the storm, but these are what were noticed as... read more

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You would be shocked at how many friends, relatives and customers come to me with the same complaint: "My hard drive died, did I lose everything?" I've seen the entire range of emotions, and working through grief is a good thing. The sad thing is, these problems are completely preventable. * Here's the first lesson, even if you don't read any further: hard drives fail. I could... read more

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I'm a big fan of shortcut keys. Years ago, when I first started supporting Macintosh computers professionally, I started working with a team of graphic artists. Now, I'm a relatively fast typist, and am decent with a mouse or trackpad, but these graphic designers were fast - really fast. I couldn't figure out how they could perform relatively complex tasks in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator on-screen... read more

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I will come to your house to improve your skills in the tutoring areas mentioned. All you need is the right equipment and/or software and we'll start from there. Life is too short, learn something that you have the desire to learn now. Years of experience in these fields and awards in some of these fields backup for my work. We'll start at the beginning then move along to where you see yourself... read more