iMac Availability

New iMacs have been missing in action for awhile now. The 21 inch models should be out soon, but the 27 inch iMacs are still going to be a long way away. We’re in the midst of an iMac shortage. If you need a desktop Mac, you have a few choices. Mac Pro (my fav), Mac Mini, or going with a reconditioned Mac. Apple’s reconditioned Macs look like new and you might also be able to find an iMac. As of this writing, there are some 27 inch models—grab while you can. Use the link below to explore Apple’s deals on refurbs. You can buy Applecare on refurbs for full warranty.

Apple Certified Refurbished Products

Mail + Backup = 10% OFF

Once again, we’re offering a big discount when you combine our most popular hosting services, Kerio Connect (email, contacts, scheduling) and MacLab’s backup service using CrashPlan PROe. Get both services and receive a 10% discount off the (already low) price of backup, including storage. Get as much storage or enroll as many workstations as you want. So if you’re in the market for either one, save by going with this combination. There are a few nitty gritty details, so contact us to ask.

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:

Mountain Lion Released

Yesterday Apple released Mac OS 10.8, Mountain Lion. The upgrade is available from the App Store (and only from the App Store) for $19.99. Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) is no longer available, which could lead to complications for Macs that cannot run Mountain Lion (see previous post for list of compatible Macs). Should you upgrade? Well, I would give it a little bit if possible. We usually recommend at least a small wait period before applying a major upgrade. If you’d like to move to Mountain Lion now or in the near future, MacLab would be glad to assist and make sure your Mac is ready.

Mountain Lion new features.

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.

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