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Install An SSD Into An Early 2008 iMac

“To be or not to be…” My 10-year-old iMac had slowed considerably.  It took a little over a minute and a half just to load and start the OS.  I had tried all the usual solutions and maxed out its memory capacity.  The iMac was still just plain slow and I quit using it.  After […]

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Mac OS X:Clean Install – The Easy Way

Introduction I installed Yosemite (10.10), on my 2008 iMac. I loved the look of this new operating system, and its features; however, after the install, my iMac was running pathetically slow. I spent hours trying to debug the thing, and could not find a single cause. I knew that over a number of years I […]

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Keep Your Mac Safe – Part 3 (Preparing for Disaster)

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed ways to keep your Mac safe:  Tightening up Java and Flash Player access; some suggestions on anti-virus programs; setup programs for built-in firewalls; and some types of password protection.  Part 2, discussed a data encryption program, and some ways to more safely “surf the net”.   If you […]

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Power Mac G5 Desktop: A lot of computer for a few hundred dollars

In 2008, I switched from a Windows driven PC to an Apple computer.  I bought an iMac with the 24″ screen.  I still have it and it has been a terrific machine.  The only thing I have done to it has been to max out the memory to 4 gigs, and keep the operating system […]

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Open Source Software for Your Mac – Save Big / Loose Little

What Is Open Source Software? You just purchased your new Mac, and now it’s time to add software.  Gulp!  Sticker-shock, software is expensive.  Here are some examples (Note:  These are full version prices, not upgrades or student prices): Microsoft Office 2011                            $148.99 Adobe Photoshop CS6                          $413.99 Quark Express V 9.0                           $1024.14 On the other hand, […]

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SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU INSTALL LINUX

Some Background: The Linux operating system kernel was released by Linus Torvalds in 1991. From its inception, the software is very Unix-like, and shares many command line entries with Unix as well.  Linux is open source software (basically, this means the source code license allows the user to freely change, improve, and distribute the software). […]

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DVD Hunter for Mac OS X

You need DVD Hunter (for Mac OS X) if you have large collection of motion pictures on DVD and need a way to organize them.  I have used several commercial movie databases, and even created my own in Access, but they all left me wanting for more.  I found and installed DVD Hunter over a […]

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CheatSheet & Grab

This past week, I found two very useful programs that you might want to use on your Mac: CheatSheet. I discovered this as a Mac Gem on the MacWorld web site:  (http://www.macworld.com/article/1167118/cheatsheet_helps_you_find_and_remember_keyboard_shortcuts.html) Simply, after CheatSheet is installed and running, by holding down the Command key for two seconds, an overlay pops up showing the available […]

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Run Two Computers with a Single Keyboard and Mouse – Update

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article on how to run two computers with single keyboard and mouse.  The software at the heart of this process is an open source item called Synergy.  In the article, I also mentioned several different types of software using Synergy.  In all the examples, you must have […]