Mac Tips


With the hope of speeding my this ever so slow Mac Mini, last week I attended a Macintosh Maintenance class at a nearby high school. While some of the tips covered I already knew like:

  • You shouldn’t keep a laptop plugged in all the time. It’s best for the battery if you allow it to drain, some say to 15% other recommend 30%.
  • You should use a surge protector so that if your electricity fluctuates and harms your computer.
  • You should accept software updates, which can be done automatically.
  • You should back up your files either with an external hard drives, a cloud service, or flash drives.


I also learned a few new ideas, such as:

  • Don’t save (many) documents on your desktop as this slows down your computer significantly.  It’s better to create an alias (by highlighting the original icon and press Command+L or choose File and then Make Alias) of a file on the desktop and keep the actual file in the documents or other place.
  • Empty your trash bin daily.
  • If you set your time cursor to blink, that can be an indicator of whether your computer’s working fine or not. So if you’re on your computer and the colon separating the hour and minutes isn’t blinking, then there’s a problem.
  • Keep your computer on on Friday night into Saturday morning because this is when Apple puts out updates, which patch security holes and improve your computer’s performance.

Computer Issues

Some time ago I bought a new hard drive because I was tired of the slow performance I had. It took so long to start up my 2010 MacBook Pro.

I got the new hard drive over a year ago, but even though I made a back up, I feared losing a project that was half done. Lately, the computer had been shutting down suddenly. I knew I’d always be in the middle of one if not two projects, so it was time. I made a back up, followed this video above and changed the hard drive.

The process hit a snag when I tried to transfer my back up to the new hard drive, but I did get it done yesterday. That process took several hours.

So now my computer does run and faster at that. However, there are some glitches. Microsoft Office won’t work and won’t accept my activation code. All the old files are dated 2001 so I don’t have the ease of finding files by the date created. Final Draft doesn’t work. It won’t accept my customer number. Customer service’s advice doesn’t work either. I hope that a complete reinstall will work. For now I’ll use a different computer to write.

So I’m proud of fixing the problem myself, but wonder about all these little glitches which do inconvenience.

Thank God for these helpful YouTubers. This one’s clever in how talks with the “old” lady.

Make Your Own iPhone?

This man’s odyssey to make his own iPhone in Shenzhen is fascinating. I really got caught up in this project.

I do wonder how you get to the App Store and iTunes with this, though the main point is he made his own phone.

So Satisfied


As it turns out, this mundane object has given me a great deal of satisfaction. As I said last week, my power cord broke while I’m in Indonesia, far from an Apple store or Best Buy. However, some YouTubers showed me that these cords can be fixed. I asked around and sure enough a student knew where to get this fixed. He refused to take any money, but I get this repair cost less than even the new generic cords that sell for $25. This sort of savings really satisfies me.

An ugly entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Click here if you want to see a video on how these are fixed.

What’s Trust?

Trust is when your iPad that’s not that old goes into a coma and recovery looks bleak. You post a message on Facebook and a few friends respond with suggestions including one that says I should put my iPad in a plastic bag and then put it in the freezer and you do. (To be continued.)

What example do you have?