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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 were…

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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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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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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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Making a recovery and diagnostics drive

Making a recovery and diagnostics drive

Reading Time: 6 minutes One day, your Mac will stop working or experience some kind of issue. This may happen suddenly without warning and when it does, you want a recovery and diagnostics drive handy. This drive has to be external and must match the interface your Mac(s) offer. For example a FireWire (FW) drive is not going to do you any good for a MacBook Air. A PPC will not allow you to boot from an external USB drive (even on the G5…

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Do I need malware protection?

Do I need malware protection?

Reading Time: 5 minutes This question pops up every other week in the various facebook groups and forums I’m in. And I cringe every time I see it pop up. Why? because the comments are abundant and are typically full of misinformation. I can write a 10 page article about this but I will try to keep it brief. Here are a few of my issues with common comments: 1. Product recommendations “I use ClamXav”, “Avast has never let me down!” “McAffee is the…

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Louis Rossmann’s MacBook Buyers Guide. In plain English and with my take on it.

Louis Rossmann’s MacBook Buyers Guide. In plain English and with my take on it.

Reading Time: 7 minutes Louis Rossmann released a video where he covers the MacBooks he recommends and those he doesn’t. The video is fast paced and I don’t expect anyone that isn’t well versed in logic board numbers or model information in general to keep up. You can watch the video several times, pause and rewind while you lookup the info and take notes but I figured I’d help you out a little here. It’s noon at the time of writing, he released his…

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How to properly preserve Classic Mac data

How to properly preserve Classic Mac data

Reading Time: 6 minutes Recently on Mac Yak episode #11 (which unfortunately got horribly mangled by YouTube so it’s not easy to watch) the topic of Classic data preservation and transfer was brought up. The topic was “How to transfer files between old and new Macs” and got me thinking, how far back can we go to send files between different Macs and OS versions? What really is the best way to package this data to ensure it survives transfers to Windows PC’s, Linux…

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