Early Access – Reviewing the CPB CP300 repair heat plate

Early Access – Reviewing the CPB CP300 repair heat plate

Reading Time: < 1 minute Hello generous donor! This is an early access post for my latest video; Reviewing the CPB CP300 repair heat plate. More and more of my clients are asking me if I work on iPhones and iPads, mostly glass replacements for physical damage. I’ve been happily staying away from phone and tablet repairs for a few years now but if there is a demand, I should get back into it. Since I last worked on phones and tablets, the hardware has…

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The importance of planning ahead

The importance of planning ahead

Reading Time: 5 minutes Earlier today, Karen Haslam wrote an article for Macworld UK titled “Don’t bother trying to update to Big Sur if you have a 128GB Mac“. If you haven’t read it yet, do that first if you want, so you’ll know what I’m referencing in this article. I have several objections about the statements made in Karen’s article and will cover some of them but there is a larger takeaway I want to give you as well. Let’s dive in. In…

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A bit about S.M.A.R.T. Status

A bit about S.M.A.R.T. Status

Reading Time: 7 minutes Part of a conversation between me and my neighbor this week: Me: “Sounds like the drive is failing, have you checked the S.M.A.R.T. Status?” Him: “What’s that?” Being a geek and neck deep in various tech projects every day for the last two decades it’s sometimes easy to forget there are people out there that may have never heard of something I take for granted. Sure, readers of this blog are probably pretty in touch with their inner geek but…

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Check your backups!

Check your backups!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Yes, you’ve heard me say this plenty of times if you know me. I keep repeating it because it’s THAT important! Today I was going through my ridiculously, insanely large stash of backup discs to check for disc rot (we’re talking optical media here) and data integrity. This is something I try to do twice a year but usually end up doing just once a year because it takes up a few days time. What does this process entail? •…

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The differences between the 4,1 and 5,1 Mac Pro

The differences between the 4,1 and 5,1 Mac Pro

Reading Time: 6 minutes My apologies, sometimes I take certain information for granted. When I see people on facebook and other forums ask “what’s the difference between 4,1 and 5,1 Mac Pro?” or “Can I use a 4,1 CPU tray in a 5,1 Mac Pro” I think to myself ‘this is common knowledge, isn’t it?’. No, it’s not. Even in 2020 (and years to come) there will be plenty of people that first get started on upgrading an older Mac Pro or maybe even…

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Power Macintosh G3 poster restoration – grab it!

Power Macintosh G3 poster restoration – grab it!

Reading Time: 2 minutes While rummaging through old Apple Resource CD’s I found a really cool poster from Apple (pdf). Unfortunately the image is looking absolutely terrible! Here’s a screenshot of the original PDF and a detail 100% zoom shot: And at 100%: The text is crisp but the image is garbage! And this is on Apple’s official, original, marketing materials CD from 1999! So I started restoring it. I have some high quality photography from other sales and marketing discs and found the…

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Contour vertical mouse review – 2 years later

Contour vertical mouse review – 2 years later

Reading Time: 4 minutes In January 2018 I made the switch to a vertical mouse. I was not suffering from carpal tunnel or other issues but did feel a strain on my lower arm after long computer sessions. There is plenty of information out there explaining how a vertical mouse is better for you so I won’t bore you with all of that. It’s a much more natural position for your arm as this image illustrates perfectly: Poor spelling aside, this about sums it…

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Things to do during isolation

Things to do during isolation

Reading Time: 4 minutes The world is losing it’s marbles with the corona virus going around so a lot of us find ourselves isolated at home. While this is certainly a good time to clean your home, I want to talk a bit about things you can do that you’ve probably been putting off (Mac related). Test your backups You use Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, ChronoSync and/or other ways to back up your data. This is great but do you know if those…

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Tools I use – CleanMyMac & The Unarchiver

Tools I use – CleanMyMac & The Unarchiver

Reading Time: 3 minutes I have bundled these two apps together as they are from the same developer. They do very different thing though. CleanMyMac – Contrary to popular belief, this is not malware, scareware or any other maliciousware. People have gotten MacKeeper and CleanMyMac confused so many times over the years that they now both have a bad rep. CleanMyMac is solid and reliable software and the developer/company (MacPaw) has never done anything shady that I am aware of. Furthermore, CleanMyMac is notarized…

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Yes, you can use a PowerPC in 2020 (or any other year)

Yes, you can use a PowerPC in 2020 (or any other year)

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s that time again. PowerPC (PPC) is being slammed by the unknowing. If I had the time I’d make a response video, like Greg Hrutkay has, and set the record straight on a few things. Sadly, I do not have the time to shoot and edit such a video so I’ll write this article instead. Now I won’t start hating on this guy. I don’t know him or his channel so I won’t judge him for being terribly misinformed. Why…

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