Tips and Tools

 

Tips and Tricks - Preview

Who needs Adobe Photoshop? You may not, after we show you some of the more useful tools Apple has included in Preview. There are many new features to this gem of an app and you may not even be aware that you have such a powerful tool already in with you! Crop Do you need to crop an image? Open your picture / image in Preview, select a portion of the image with the Rectangular Selection tool, then select Crop from the Tools menu. Viola! A fast and free way to crop your images, no other software required! Resize With...

Tips And Tricks - Malware

  When it came to viruses, and later malware, Mac users had it easy for many years. Viruses and malware  were things only PC users had to worry about. This last week, Internet security company Bitdefender released the news that a new Mac malware was not only making the rounds, but it's a pretty nasty piece of software. Should you worry? Yes, of course, but not overtly so if (a) you didn’t download a piece of software called EasyDoc Converter and (b) you have the latest version of the free (and really great) MalwareBytes Anti-Malware for Mac. EasyDoc Converter is a faux-application that...

Mac Tips and Tricks - Summer Heat!

It’s getting hot out there, at least here in North America. Traditionally, the third and forth weeks of July are the hottest of the season. As such, we figure many of you will avoid that sweltering heat and stay indoors to enjoy the nice air conditioning. So here are some quick Summer Mac Tricks for you! Netflix Users Did you know that Netflix has some keyboard shortcuts when you are watching via your Mac? “M” will mute and un-mute the volume. “F” will enter and exit full screen viewing mode. The Escape key will also exit full screen viewing mode....

Mac Tips And Tricks - Power Problems

Last week, we wrote about ways to beat the heat by staying indoors and enjoying some quality time with your Mac. This week, as Summer continues to march on, we want to talk a little about a big side effect to the summer heat: big storms. We have all heard the horror stories about computers being damaged during an electrical storm. Don’t take these stories lightly. One of the biggest reasons Macs get damaged is due to electrical problems, be it a surge in power, such as an electrical strike, or low power, which occurs during a brown out. Brown...

Mac Tips And Tricks - Energy Saving Techniques

A few weeks ago we wrote about protecting your Mac from sudden energy surges, either from the electrical storm type, or the dreaded brownout that is all too common for many people. We wanted to revisit the energy topic again, but this time it’s all about saving energy! There is a lot of confusion and differences of opinions on energy savings on the Mac. It comes down to three choices: 1) Should you just leave it on? 2) Should you put it to sleep? or 3) should you turn it off completely? Burn Back in the days of the CRT monitor (you...

The New MacBook Pro - Is It Worth It?

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While we love everything Apple, the latest MacBook Pro with Touch ID has some exciting new features but is it right for you? We have a rundown for you. Take it from the guys who specialize in user upgrades and Mac peripherals! Features That We Think Matter Touch ID fingerprint sensor - If you love your MacBook Air but crave the Retina display, then you can still get one without forking over an extra $300 for the Touch ID bar. If security is important to you, the Touch ID adds an extra layer since your machine is less likely to...

OS Yosemite and Trim Support for SSD

You may have read news stories recently about Apple disabling 3rd party TRIM support in OS X Yosemite, resulting in much concern about non-Apple Solid State Drives having problems functioning under OS X Yosemite, or shortened drive life without this TRIM support enabled. Our customers should all rest assured this change to Mac OS has no effect on Ramjet SSDs. Whether empty or 99% full, our SSDs deliver peak performance and long life. Our drives were offering industry-leading performance before Mac OS ever enabled 3rd party TRIM support. Even better, our drives do not require any "TRIM hacks" or special...

OS Yosemite - What OS Version Do I Need To Upgrade?

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The newest, most powerful OS so far, Yosemite not only upgrades the user experience on the Mac but also integrates seamlessly to iOS devices. New features range from a major dock redesign and an automatic OS update option to small details like an updated font and notifications center. Most notably, new screen sharing capabilities allow users to display the screen of another Mac in the same network on their device. Even better, the user on the other end has the ability to open and move files, access apps and windows among other things. This offers unlimited possibilities from sharing presentations...

MacBook Pro RAM Upgrade for Model ID 7,1

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This is the first model, released in mid 2010, that accepts a MacBook Pro RAM 8GB Module in pairs, increasing the total maximum capacity to 16GB (2x8GB).  However, it should be noted that this only applies to the 13-inch MacBook Pro Model 7,1 where two 8GB RAM MacBook modules can be used.  The 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro Models 6,1 and 6,2 are limited to an 8GB maximum capacity.  

What is a MacBook Pro?

The first MacBook Pro was released in January of 2006 as a replacement for the PowerBook G4. This was the second laptop model, after the iMac, which came out after Apple started using Intel chipsets. It has gone through three different generations, and quite a few updates during that time. A common MacBook Pro memory upgrade for the Model 1,1 would be a pair of 1GB DDR2 667MHz DIMMs.   The History of the MacBook Pro The MacBook Pro’s first outing looked remarkably similar to the PowerBook, but the similarities were only skin deep. The first model was 15”, announced in January of...

What are the MacBook Pro Models?

The first MacBook Pro was released in January, 2006.  The Original (Model IDs 1,1 and 2,1) came with DDR2 667 RAM for MacBook Pro.  There are two basic sizes, the 15.4" LCD display or the 17" display.  Apple offered a 1.83 GHz, 2.0 GHz, and 2.16 GHz Intel Core processor, and a 512 MB and a 1GB memory option. It used the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card. You could find 80 GB, 100 GB, and 120 GB Serial ATA hard drives.     •    MacBook Pro Model IDs 2,1 and 2,2: These machines came out in late 2006, and were available in...