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Tips for Buying Used

Here are a few quick points that will help cover your bases when purchasing a used or refurbished Mac laptop.

  • Select “About this Mac” from the Apple menu, then click “More Info.” Check under “Power” to see the battery health. Make sure the condition says “Good” or “Normal.”
  • Pivot the the screen. Do the hinges appear firm? The display should not flicker or show horizontal lines while being moved. Continue Reading…

Maintenance 101: Safe Boot

Here’s the easiest and quickest thing you can do to keep your Mac in shape. This single thing will keep you up and running and prevent meltdowns.  It requires 5 to 10 minutes max and I recommend you do it monthly.

Restart your Mac. Immediately hold down the shift key. Continue holding it until you get to the login screen. Once you do, release the shift key and click the “Restart” button.

You’ve just run disk directory repairs on your drive, which is the single most important maintenance item you can do to your Mac.

Starting with the shift key down puts the Mac into “Safe Boot” which can also be used to disable all but the critical software extensions in order to troubleshoot a problem.

Apple’s technical explanation of Safe Boot: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564

Kerio Workspace 2 is Free

Workspace now has a “Starter Edition” that is free to use forever. The limitation is 10GB of storage, but otherwise full-featured. This is a great way to try this collaboration tool in your office. What can you use Kerio Workspace for? For starters, an Intranet, version control for any jobs you work on as a group, a replacement for emailing attachments round and around, and much more. Let us know if you’d like us to set this up for you. All you need is a Mac Mini or an existing server. MacLab is an authorized Kerio partner.

Verizon Moving Business Email

Verizon is moving all business domain name email to Google. It seems the only choice is to sign an agreement, have service cut off, or switch to another email provider. Read the FAQ. They transfer your inbox. Passwords are lost, aliases are lost. Configurations are lost. You set up your computers and mobile devices all over again. An alternative: MacLab provides business class email with Kerio Connect.

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Mail, Calendars, Contacts, iOS: 5 minutes

Ever have a rough time setting up your email? What we love most about the new Kerio Connect 7.3 (used for MacLab hosting) is how easy it is to set up accounts in Apple Mail and iCal as well as the iPhone and iPad.

Here’s how it works. To set up Mail, iCal, and Address Book simultaneously, you download one simple installer, run it and you’re good to go in under 5 minutes. On your iOS device, you login, download a profile and you’re done. You get synchronized email, schedules and contacts along with full group scheduling in moments.

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Preparing to be Powerless

We’ve had a few scares in the Washington DC area in the last week or so, including the effects of a hurricane that took out power. Whether it’s a winter blizzard or a summer storm, lack of electricity is a serious workflow interrupt and potential data killer.

Three things to do to help protect against data and productivity loss:

  • Install an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for every Mac and hard drive especially servers. Laptops won’t need a UPS but still require surge protectors. The UPS won’t allow you to work long after a power outage but will keep the computer up for a few minutes and long enough to shut down safely.

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