Refurbish Your MacBook Pro

Your MacBook Pro might seem to be dragging with all the updates Apple has released in the last few years. There are two upgrades that will make a huge difference—installing a solid state drive (SSD) and adding RAM. These upgrades can make your laptop super speedy and ready to take on the latest Mac OS. The cost is lower than ever and much lower than a new computer. MacLab can do the job quickly including transferring all your data to the new drive.

It’s important to identify other sources of slowdown such as malware and failing hardware. Our free monitoring service can alert us of problems before they become serious. Ask us for more information.

Protecting Your Mac Network

There was a time when a basic firewall was enough for small office. Lately it has become more of a challenge. We’ve been seeing Macs with malware on a regular basis in offices large and small. It’s time to get serious about protecting Mac networks. Unified Threat Management (UTM) devices are the next step in protection.

Although we’ve been working primarily with Sonicwall UTMs, I finally got the chance to install a Kerio Control Box. They come fully featured off the shelf and the software is intuitive and a joy to use compared to most routers (UTM devices are advanced routers.) Because the interface was so well designed, I quickly found several problems on our network I hadn’t noticed previously.

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iMac Drive Replacement

Yes we can! If your iMac is a few years old and the drive is failing or full, we can open it up and install a new drive. We can even put in a solid state drive (SSD) if you’d like it to run like a rocket. Either way, this can breathe new life in an older iMac for surprisingly little compared to the cost of a new computer. Add RAM and you’re good to go.

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Apple Store Purchasing

Whether you’re looking for an iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, MacBook Pro or anything Apple, you can use the link above to purchase. The linked image will take you to the Apple Store for business and let Apple know MacLab, a member of the Apple Consultant’s Network, referred you.

If you’d like configuration assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call. This link is meant for those who know what they want or have spoken to us already.

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(If you don’t see an image, use this link.)

Data Recovery

There are many stages of drive failure and levels of recovery. The first and simplest is directory damage. There’s a file on the drive that keeps track of the location of all other files. This directory can become confused and mis-represent what is on the drive. It can be repaired for minimum cost if caught soon enough.

Physical damage is more serious. Traditional drives consist of spinning “platters” much like phonograph records. Moving parts wear and break down. We’ll remove the drive from your Mac if necessary and retrieve the data carefully. If it needs to go to the next level, we send it to one of our recovery specialists. We partner with the best data recovery companies in the U.S.. If it’s at all possible to get data back, we can do it.

Of course backing up your data is the best practice and we’d be glad to help you with your own personalized plan. Don’t be caught without a backup.

Postbox Tip: Composition Goals

Do you spend too much time writing email? Here’s something I love about Postbox, my favorite email app for the Mac.

Postbox displays a timer at the bottom corner of a new message showing the length of time you’ve spent. After a pre-defined limit, the time will turn red to let you know you’ve past your goal. The default is 5 minutes, which I find perfect. Of course you can keep on typing and pondering since it is just a guide. The timer is smart and pauses if you click to another message or application.

In the other corner is a word or character count (your choice). People tend to read shorter messages so keeping your email succinct has advantages.

For instructions on how to enable and use Postbox composition goals, use this link.

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