Do You Have A Backup – #5: Manual and Time Machine Backups

Now that we have discussed What and Where to backup, let’s start to talk about how to do it. A Manual backup is simply a copy you make of whatever you want to have protected. For example, you make a backup of your pictures simply by copying them from one drive… Read More

Do You Have A Backup – #4: A Small Interlude

Originally, this topic was going to be the final one in the series, but after some contemplation, I think it needs to be addressed sooner. There are some major changes in macOS and in the hardware that seem to be making big changes in the backup/restore processes and options. Basically,… Read More

Do You Have A Backup? – #3: Where to backup

Now that you are aware of the kinds of backup and what to backup, the next question is where to put the backup. Let me say this first: Backups should be external to the Mac. A backup that is internal to the Mac, even if it is on a second drive… Read More

Do You Have a Backup – #2: What do I back up?

In the previous blog post on backups, we talked about the kinds of backups that might be used, including simply copying important files to somewhere, using backup software to copy both files and configuration settings, and making a full backup of everything on the internal drive that might even be… Read More

Do you Have a Backup? – #1: Definitions

Probably most of us have read where someone else has had a drive or machine fail and the first question asked was, “Do you have a backup?” So, we know that backups are important, but what, exactly, is a backup and is it one-size-fits-all with only one solution? Do I… Read More

Upgrade 2013-2017 Apple Notebook/Laptop Storage on the Cheap

Apple blade SSD vs non-apple blade ssd

Purchasing a new computer can sometimes be difficult to select & expensive.  To keep costs down…sometimes we pass on upgrades (that we later regret).  One of these upgrades is internal storage. When Apple first released 2013 and later Notebooks/laptops/portable computers…internal storage was supposed to be non-user-upgradeable.  Later it was found… Read More

First look at iOS 11

As most iPhone and iPad users know, Apple released its latest iOS update two days ago (Sept. 19). If the update hasn’t been offered to your device, you can trigger the upgrade by going into Settings/General/Software Update. On my phone and iPad Air, the process when smoothly and relatively quickly.… Read More

Notes on the 2017 Apple iPhone event

Apple delivered its always much-anticipated announcement of upcoming iPhone, Apple TV, and Apple Watch products, this year at the new Steve Jobs Theater. If you are deep into the Apple ecosystem, you probably watched the show online. But for those who didn’t, here are some thoughts and highlights. After introducing… Read More

Playing with the new iPhone 7

I’m not one who has to have the latest gadget; I usually wait until there’s a good reason to upgrade. That explains why I’ve held onto an iPhone 4 for over six years. It’s worked nearly flawlessly over that time. And it still works; though it’s reached a level of… Read More

Mac Mini saves the day — for a Windows user

I live in a house divided. I use both Mac and Windows, but my spouse is strictly Windows. Recently, I upgraded her aging PC with a new video card for better Windows 10 support. All seemed to go well — until I realized I’d booted the system but not plugged… Read More