Do NOT Buy the New MacBook Pro, or MacBook

For the first time in years, Consumer Reports has decided to not recommend the new MacBook Pro. I couldn’t agree more. Since the passing of Steve Jobs, it seems that Apple’s hardware, software, and overall business has been in a downward spiral. Apple Maps, iCloud, password issues, hardware problems, third-party incompatibility—the list goes on and […]

iPhone, iPad Too Bright at Night? Dim the Display, Not the Brightness.

Bright Screens at Night Are Bad For Your Health From time to time, I’m sure we all stare into our phones and tablets before going to sleep. The problem is that the bright glow of the screen is bad for your health. Harvard did a study, and concluded that exposure to blue light at night, […]

Personal Data Removal From Online Photos

Did you know that with every photo you take, private and personal data is stored within the image? Metadata and EXIF data (e.g. date, location, device used) is hidden inside every photo you take. Here’s just a little sample of data from a photo I took a few years ago. It’s a tad disconcerting, especially […]

Apple Automatically Downloads macOS Sierra to Your Computer

What a coincidence. A week after posting why you shouldn’t upgrade to macOS Sierra, Apple has decided to automatically download the upgrade to your computer—without telling you. While this maneuver isn’t too invasive, it still causes macOS Sierra to show up unexpectedly, takes up disk space, and uses your Internet bandwidth to download a large […]

Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade to OS X Sierra, and How to Hide the Upgrade from the App Store

Do Not Upgrade to Sierra macOS Sierra has just been released, and I’m sure you’re all getting bombarded with software upgrade messages. However, do not upgrade to Sierra—It’s a brand-new OS, which means lots of software bugs and problems. See the additional reasons not to upgrade below. Minimum System Requirements Are Not Enough Your computer […]

Cut and Paste on Mac

Cut and paste does exist on your Mac—it’s just slightly hidden. The copy function is the same: “Edit > Copy” from the Finder menu Keyboard shortcut: ⌘C (command–C) Now, instead of the paste function, select “Move Item Here” “Edit > Move Item” Here from the Finder menu (while holding the option key) Keyboard shortcut: ⌥⌘V […]

iCloud Is Not a Full Backup Solution!

iCloud will back up a few things on your computer—photos, contacts, calendars, etc. But, it iCloud is not a comprehensive backup solution for your whole computer. Here’s a list of what iCloud actually backs up. iCloud: iCloud storage and backup overview You need to back up everything on your computer—not just a few bits of […]

Winclone 5: Complete Backup, Imaging Solution for Boot Camp

Winclone 5 is the most complete solution for protecting your Boot Camp Windows system against data loss. Winclone is the most reliable cloning solution when migrating Boot Camp to a new Mac. The all new Winclone Backup feature provides scheduled, incremental snapshots of the Windows User folder for retrieval of earlier versions or deleted data. […]

Messages App – Send Text Messages With Your Computer

Messages is the built-in chat client included with OS X. You can use it to send text messages using iMessage, or one of many third-party messaging services. It can be cumbersome to compose text messages via iPhone, which makes Messages an excellent alternative to texting. It’s just like sending a normal text message, however you […]