Why you shouldn’t buy a second hand Mac – Rebuttal

Why you shouldn’t buy a second hand Mac – Rebuttal

Reading Time: 11 minutes Earlier this year (2022), Karen Haslam wrote an article for MacWorld UK, titled “Why you shouldn’t buy a second hand Mac“. I don’t follow Karen’s writings or MacWorld so this article did not pop up on my radar until just two days ago (mid-March 2022 at the time of writing). When this article was linked on Facebook, I read it and obviously disagreed with its contents. It wasn’t until I scrolled back up I saw the author’s name. That name…

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macOS Monterey, is your Mac ready for it?

macOS Monterey, is your Mac ready for it?

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Coming this fall” is what the macOS Monterey product page states. Well, fall is here, and Monterey is expected to be released soon. Once it is released, you do not want to be caught off guard like Karen Haslam did last year. This MacWorld editor “lives and breathes Apple” yet has no clue how to prepare for a macOS upgrade. Don’t be like Karen, be adequately prepared. This article aims to help you be just that! macOS Monterey system requirements…

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Archiving outSPOKEN 9.0

Archiving outSPOKEN 9.0

Reading Time: 5 minutes This is a project, one of many, that I have been working on. As this project has now ended, I thought it would be fun to recap the journey. July 3rd, Steve from Mac84 receives an email. The email asks him for help to track down version 9 of outSPOKEN, a screen reader for Mac OS 9 that lets visually impaired or blind use the system. Version 8 is available on Macintosh Garden but does not work on Mac OS…

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Quick guide to installing OpenCore on a Classic Mac Pro (cMP)

Quick guide to installing OpenCore on a Classic Mac Pro (cMP)

Reading Time: 9 minutes OpenCore is, for lack of a better word, amazing. If you don’t know what OpenCore is, read about some of its benefits here. I have no experience (yet) with other versions of OpenCore, such as the Legacy patcher, but I fully intend to explore that as well at some point. This post is the quick and easy guide that should have anyone up and running with OpenCore on the cMac Pros in minutes. This guide may have steps in it…

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A better way to check your backups

A better way to check your backups

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last year I wrote the piece “Check your backups” which focused on optical media backups. Backing up and checking those backups is an ever-evolving process, we always look for faster, easier and more reliable ways to backup our data but checking backups has always been pretty much the same tedious, time-consuming process. Today I want to tell you about a little utility that I’ve had for years but never used; IntegrityChecker by diglloydTools. Part of a suite that I’ve been…

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Trying something not computer related again (running log – last update: June 1, 2021)

Trying something not computer related again (running log – last update: June 1, 2021)

Reading Time: 22 minutes When you’ve been servicing computers in one way or another for 23 years, sometimes it can get a little boring. Something I’ve run into several times over the years and I usually take a break for a week or two and do something completely different. Gardening, playing darts, console games, movies, tv shows, and stuff like that can kill some time but it’s more of a small break than a complete get-away-from-computers, you know? 2020 has been a good year…

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Turning a 2009 4,1 Mac Pro into a 2010/2012 5,1 Mac Pro – 2021 Edition

Turning a 2009 4,1 Mac Pro into a 2010/2012 5,1 Mac Pro – 2021 Edition

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hanging out in the various Facebook groups and other communities, I rarely run into anyone anymore that has a 2009 4,1 Mac Pro that still runs the stock firmware. But there are many Mac Pro users that are not aware of those communities or of the upgrade potential and possibilities for their Macs. They don’t see this kind of information on a daily basis like this geek. I took this knowledge for granted, forgetting there’s a whole world of people…

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3D Printing and one often overlooked, ignored or misrepresented problem

3D Printing and one often overlooked, ignored or misrepresented problem

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the last week of 2020, I took up a new hobby; 3D Printing. Prior to receiving the printer, a good two weeks of non-stop research was done looking into almost all aspects of 3D printing and I learned a lot. This research definitely saved me a good amount of time once I received the printer and apart from some calibration issues, I was printing good-looking stuff after about a week. One of the things I researched was the potential…

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Troubleshooting – Part 1

Troubleshooting – Part 1

Reading Time: 4 minutes Basic troubleshooting has become a lost art it seems. What used to be the first things people tried when running into computer trouble is now an “oh, wait, I should try this!” step after all else has failed. Looking to get people back into the art of troubleshooting, I decided to start a series, aptly named: “Troubleshooting”. This is Part 1 of… unknown. I’ll keep adding parts until I run out of ideas. New parts may come out at any…

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It’s that time again! The 2021 PPC Challenge

It’s that time again! The 2021 PPC Challenge

Reading Time: 3 minutes Well to be more precise, it’s the 2021 68K & PPC Challenge now. The rules and more info can be found on the Mac Yak website here but it’s quite simple (and always has been): Use your eligible Mac as your daily driver for a week, as much as possible. Mac, Macintosh or Apple Clone only. Mac OS, Linux, your call. No virtualization or emulation of an OS. People are already sharing what their setup is going to be on…

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