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.


Lately I can only access my blog or social media from early morning, i.e. 5 am, till I teach at 8. What’s more those are the only hours I can get into my official work email account. I’ve got lots I want to blog but have to squeeze it in in the morning in addition to getting dressed, having breakfast.

I’ve been waiting to find out how many hours I’ll have in the fall. One scenario would mean either 20 or 14, a slight decrease from my current 16. Another would be 6 hours. A big drop! Sixty three percent less. Gulp.

Then there’s always a possibility that I wouldn’t be asked back.

Each morning I go to my work email account waiting to hear. It’s been a couple weeks since I found out a big decrease was possible.

All Done!


I  handed in my grades today after hours of marking and grappling with an infected Excel file, not my grade file, one the school sent for me to complete.

I also finished my library science class on Saturday and am done with the group project that featured working with the most uncooperative, defensive, controlling person I’ve ever run across. I will avoid her at all costs. Any classes that we take together, I will wait to choose a topic till after this woman has specified all her interests.

All that’s behind me!

Tomorrow I board a fast train for Suzhou for a bit of exploring, then on to Shanghai and finally I return to the U.S. on Friday in time for the holidays. I’ve done a little shopping for Christmas, but not a lot.