Tips and Tools

 

Mac Tips and Tricks - Spotlight

Many Mac users may not realize the powerful tool they have available to them at all times. That tool is the Spotlight Search, the small magnifying glass all recent Macs have in the upper right hand corner of their screen. Here are some really cool things that you can do with Spotlight Search. Conversions Are you working on a recipe and need to convert liters to gallons? In this example, I just typed in 12 liters, and Spotlight automatically shows what that conversion is in gallons. It also shows the conversion to quarts, cubic feet, pints, and cups! Scores I love sports,...

Mac Tips and Tricks - Hide Menu Bar

Apple loves hiding little tricks your Mac can do with little documentation. They have been doing this since they released the first 128k Mac in 1984! Find below a few tips that you may not know. Hid Menu Bar - It’s omni-present at the top of every Mac screen. The Menu Bar. Did you know that you can hide the menu bar, similar to how you can hide the Dock? Open the System Preferences, then go to General. You can then click “Automatically hide and show the menu bar” as an option. When you hide the menu bar, it will pop...

Mac Tips and Tricks - Security and Privacy

Security and Privacy - Last week we wrote about the new Mac malware that is making the round. Who is doing this stuff? We hate those people! While we still encourage Mac users to download the free Anti-Malware for Mac software, there is another step to securing your Mac that we want to bring to your attention. The last few major updates to the Mac OS (soon to be called macOS) have included a new Gatekeeper security feature that is a terrific solution to help prevent accidental “bad software” from infecting your system. Unless you have turned this off, it...

OS Yosemite - What Macs Can Upgrade?

OS Yosemite has arrived and Mac owners are enjoying the upgraded interface, apps, and overall feel of the newest OS. So, are you ready to upgrade? If you’re already running Mavericks, you should have no problem running Yosemite - but machines older than 6 years old may not be included in the list. Find out if your Mac can upgrade to OS Yosemite below. MAC PRO Mac Pro 3,1 Mac Pro 4,1 Quad-Core & 8-Core Mac Pro 5,1 Quad- & 6-Core Mac Pro 5,1 8-core & 12-Core Mac Pro 6,1 IMAC iMac 7,1 iMac 8,1 iMac 11,1 (i5 or i7)...

Manage Many Apps with Tabs

We often find ourselves in front of our machines with many applications running at the same time. If you need to switch apps quickly, sometimes it can be frustrating to try and navigate through your dock bar to find what you need. Your dock likely contains icons for many programs you frequently use, a few icons Apple requires in the dock that cannot be removed, and will also store icons for any program that is currently open, even if you haven't added that program to the dock for easy access. If you're running a lot of applications, your dock can...

Manage a Cluttered Desktop

Let’s face it - most of us use our machines for work and for play.  The modern iMacs make it easy to work hard and play hard, letting us install and run multiple applications and multi-task with just a few clicks.  When you work and play on one machine, it's easy for your desktop to get out of control with way too many files, programs, and other icons cluttering it all up. An easy trick to clean it up quickly is to group some of your icons together in a desktop Folder.  Then you can access that Folder from your...

Apple's Secret File Icon

Whenever you save a document in Word, Powerpoint, Excel (and most other formats), a small file icon appears in the top center of the tool bar by the file title. This icon is for more than just looks - did you know you can drag and drop this icon wherever you want, and it will actually allow you to move the file? This is pretty handy, especially if you have a few Finder windows open and need to quickly and easily move your files around within the iCloud or to an external drive or storage device.  Even better - if...

Harness the Power of the Terminal

The Terminal is a Pandora’s box of hidden treasures and power. Simply go to Your Hard Drive > Applications > Utilities > Terminal and check it out. Using Terminal requires being precise and knowing what you're doing, and any changes within Terminal are permanent, but you can do anything from hiding a folder from view with one command to speeding up an older iMac by disabling window animations. You can even batch resize images with a couple commands. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. As always, it is important to make sure you have a recent backup. Here's some...

Apple's Secret Calculator

The iMac’s Spotlight search is an amazing tool that lets you swiftly search your entire iMac for any media, program, or document. You can click the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner, or just hit Command + Spacebar and the Spotlight search bar will drop down, ready for you to type any text in to begin your search. But did you know that the bar actually does basic math too? Instead of having to actually open your Calculator, just type in some basic math right into the spotlight search bar and… voila!  You will see the Icon for...

Features and Architecture of the iMac

RAM Upgrade iMac

The features of the iMac, along with the design, help make it a popular device among those who are looking for a reliable and powerful computer. You are currently able to choose from a 21.5” and a 27” display, and the LCD screen is closer to the glass on the newer models, which, along with the backlighting, helps to give the display a truly stunning appearance. The NVIDIA graphics are very powerful in the machine as well. The graphics processor utilizes the Kepler architecture, which is able to deliver up to 60% better performance. This is great for those who...

iMac RAM Model ID 13,2 DDR3 1600Mhz

RAM for iMacs 

Apple's latest iMac release, Model ID 13,2 (Fall 2012,) operates with DDR3-1600Mhz memory. The system maximum is 32GB for Apple's 27 inch model (4x 8GB.)  It is important to note the 21" iMac 13,1 is not user-upgradeable. Specifications: DDR3-1600, 1600Mhz, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, 1.35V, 204pin SO-DIMM. The 32GB option contains four (4) matched 8GB DDR3 1600MHz SO-DIMM memory modules that are specifically designed and SPD configured for the Fall 2012 iMac 27" Model ID 13,2. This module is compatible with the latest Apple Firmware.  Non-Stacked IC's: Ramjet uses a non-stacked module for the 4GB and 8GB DDR3-1600 module for the iMac. The cheaper...

iMac RAM Model ID 11,3 to 12,2 DDR3 1333Mhz

1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM for iMac 

The iMac DDR3 1333 11,3 with i5 or i7 processor has a maximum of 32GB (8GBx4.) For the iMac DDR3 1333 11,3 with i3, click here.  The standard RAM for iMac 12,1 has 4 slots and has a maximum of 32GB. Some popular iMac 1333 RAM upgrades would be the 16GB or 32GB configuration.  A popular iMac RAM 1333 4GB option would be the 16GB (4x4GB).  The iMac 12,1 Education Model has 2 slots with a maximum of 16GB (8GBx2). The iMac 12,2 has a maximum of 32GB (8GBx4.) These models are also known as the iMac Mid 2010 and Mid 2011 DDR3-1333Mhz. 12GB...

iMac RAM Model ID 11,2 and 11,3 (with i3)

iMac DDR3 1333 Machine 

The iMac DDR3 1333 Model ID 11,2 has a system maximum of 16GB (4x4GB). The iMac DDR3 1333 11,3 running the i3 processor also has a maximum memory of 16GB. For iMac 11,3 with the i5 or i7 processor, click here. These DDR3-1333 based iMac models are also known as iMac Mid 2010. 12GB Limitation: Many DDR3-1333Mhz 4GB modules on the market do not meet the Apple spec, and limit you to 12GB maximum. However, using Ramjet 4GB SO-DIMMs, you can upgrade to the full 16GB system maximum. Non-Stacked IC's: Ramjet uses a non-stacked module for the DDR3-1333 module for...

iMac RAM Model ID 10,1 and 11,1 DDR3 1066MHz

imac ram upgrade 

The iMac Model ID 10,1 and 11,1 have a system maximum of 16GB.  These iMac models are also known as the iMac Late 2009. 1066 vs. 1067? The correct name for this memory is DDR3-1066. But since it runs at 1066.66Mhz, the Apple System Profiler reports it as 1067Mhz.  Non-Stacked IC's: Ramjet uses a non-stacked module for the DDR3-1066 module for the iMac. The cheaper stacked IC variety of SO-DIMM draws more power, which increases heat and can cause increased errors. Ramjet ONLY uses premium non-stacked chips.

iMac RAM Model ID 9,1 DDR3 1066Mhz

ram memory for imac 

The DDR3-1066Mhz based iMac Intel Model ID 9,1 has 2 slots with a maximum of 8GB. These DDR3-1066 based iMac models are also known as the Early 2009 and the Mid 2009. 1066 vs. 1067? The correct name for this memory is DDR3-1066. But since it runs at 1066.66Mhz, the Apple System Profiler reports it as 1067Mhz. Non-Stacked IC's: Ramjet uses a non-stacked module for the DDR3-1066 module for the iMac. The cheaper stacked IC variety of SO-DIMM draws more power, which increases heat and can cause increased errors. Ramjet ONLY uses premium non-stacked chips.

iMac RAM Model ID 8,1 DDR2 800Mhz

memory for iMac 2008 

The DDR2-800Mhz based iMac Intel has 2 slots with a maximum of 6GB max.  DDR2-800 Memory Upgrade iMac models are also known as the iMac Early 2008. RAM for iMac 2008: Ramjet uses a non-stacked module for the DDR2-800 module for the iMac. The cheaper stacked IC variety of SO-DIMM draws more power, which increases heat and can cause increased errors. Ramjet ONLY uses premium non-stacked chips.

iMac RAM Model ID 7,1 DDR2 667Mhz

RAM Upgrade for iMac 

The RAM Upgrade iMac Model ID 7,1 has a system maximum of 6GB. These DDR2-667 based iMacs are also known as the Mid 2007. Specifications: PC2-6400, DDR2-667, 667Mhz, Latency 5-5-5 , Non-ECC, Unbuffered, 1.8V, 200pin SO-DIMM. This DIMM module is specifically designed and SPD configured for the iMac Intel running 667Mhz Memory. This module is compatible with the latest Apple Firmware. Non-Stacked IC's: Ramjet uses a non-stacked module for the DDR2-667 module for the iMac. The cheaper stacked IC variety of SO-DIMM draws more power, which increases heat and can cause increased errors. Ramjet ONLY uses premium non-stacked chips.

iMac RAM Model ID 5,1 and 6,1 DDR2 667Mhz

 DDR2 SDRAM for iMac

The iMac 5,1 and 6,1 have a system maximum of 4GB. It is important to note this does not include the iMac 5,2.  The Late 2006 DDR2 SDRAM for iMac machines are specifically designed and SPD configured for the iMac Intel running 667MHz Memory.    Specifications: PC2-6400, DDR2-667, 667Mhz, Latency 5-5-5 , Non-ECC, Unbuffered, 1.8V, 200pin SO-DIMM. This module is compatible with the latest Apple Firmware.