Apple released OS X 10.7.2 and iCloud. iCloud promises to sync calendars, contacts, bookmarks, photos and more. iCloud requires OS X Lion and/or iOS 5. If your Mac is running 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.5 Leopard, iCloud won’t work.
As an alternative, Kerio Connect will sync calendars, contacts and provide email at your own domain for any Mac running 10.4 through 10.7. Contact MacLab for details.
Many of our clients with MobileMe (Apple’s previous “cloud”) have been experiencing email trouble over the last week or two. Possibly this is due to the transition to iCloud. You can check the status of Apple’s MobileMe servers here.
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56. He inspired us and affected our lives profoundly. Steve Jobs practically invented the personal computer, brought us the mouse, Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad, digital music and more. Jobs dared to think different and through extraordinary effort and vision brought us the “insanely great.”
Here are a few of the latest and greatest updates:
OS X Lion 10.7.1 Update has been out for a few weeks. This update is important to apply before attempting a migration from an old computer to a new Mac running Lion. 10.7.2 is expected soon.
Security Update 2011-005 (Snow Leopard) and Security Update 2011-005 (Lion) are security patches for the operating system.
MacLab has a special offer on an HP Designjet 111 24″ large format printer. HP calls this “the smallest large format printer on the market.” It’s roll-feed with a single sheet feed in the front. Great for posters or any large output.
This is an “open box” special. We opened it and set it up for 30 minutes and boxed it back up. HP’s sells this printer for $896. We’re taking almost $350 off the price just for opening it.
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.
Apple updated the Mac Mini with a processor boost, a Thunderbolt port, Mac OS 10.7 (Lion), and reduced the price by $100. The mini no longer ships with an internal CD/DVD drive. The optical drive is only available as an external option ($79.)
The 11 inch and 13 inch MacBook Air models have also been updated. They ship with new processors, backlit keyboards, Thunderbolt ports and Mac OS 10.7 (Lion). Apple offers 4GB of RAM as a standard option rather than custom build. This means we can get you a MacBook Air quicker. Continue Reading…