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

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.

Mountain Lion Compatible Macs

Today Apple released the official list of Mountain Lion (OS 10.8) compatible Macs. There will undoubtedly be many people disappointed the update doesn’t reach back farther.

From Apple:

Mountain Lion “what’s new.”

New Laptops, Mac Pro Update

Apple released updates to the entire MacBook Air and MacBook Pro line, introduced a new model, dropped the 17 inch MacBook Pro and updated the Mac Pro Tower.

The big news is the introduction of the MacBook Pro 15 inch with Retina display. This is a new design which is somewhat of a cross between a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro. Like the Air, it has a solid state drive but no optical drive. The highlight is what Apple calls the “highest resolution notebook display,” the Retina display. External connections include Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, HDMI, SDXC card slot and headphone jack. Note that it does not have a Firewire connection although a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter will be available from Apple in July. The MacBook Pro Retina display is geared toward the high-end graphics professional and replaces the 17 inch MacBook Pro in the lineup.

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OS X Lion v10.74 Update

Apple has released the OS X Lion 10.7.4 update which includes a list of bug fixes and compatibility changes. Safari has also been updated to 5.1.6 (although Apple subsequently released, the same day, Safari 5.1.7.) A few of the changes:

  • Resolves issue with “Reopen windows when logging back in”
  • Fixes permission issues that may be caused if you use the Get Info inspector function
  • Improve Internet sharing of PPPoE connections.
  • Fixes an issue saving to an SMB server.
  • Addresses printing to an SMB print queue.
  • Better performance connecting to a WebDAV server.
  • RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
  • Reliability of binding and logging into Active Directory accounts.

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