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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…

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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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Logic board repair, two years later

Logic board repair, two years later

Reading Time: 8 minutes Two years ago I wrote a bit about my beginning in the board repair industry. You can read all about that here. It’s not a thrilling read by any means but I know it has helped a few people out over the years, so I figured it’s time for an update. I am proud to say that I have repaired hundreds of boards and thus have saved people a LOT of money. Repairs that would have costed people up to…

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Tools I use – Prime95

Tools I use – Prime95

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you want to give a Mac a good stress test to see if the core components are up to snuff, Prime95 is (one of) the ways to go. It includes something called the “Torture Test” and it is as brutal as it sounds. Core 2 Duo or Xeon, Prime95 will put it to work like nothing else. It’s not just the CPU that’s tested, it’s the L1/L2/L3 caches, north bridge, RAM and all that connects those components together. Letting…

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Tools I use – CoconutBattery & Watts

Tools I use – CoconutBattery & Watts

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is the first in a series called “Tools I use”. The idea is to cover a different tool every week or whenever time allows or the mood strikes. Some of these tools you may know, others you may not. I do not use affiliate links and do not get kick backs from any of the developers I mention in this series so you can be sure that any mention and recommendation I make is based on good first hand…

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