I had a Capital Mac client ask me today if we accept older, non-working Macintosh computers for donations or recycling. The answer is yes! We would gladly accept your old Macintosh computers that are dead, non-working, liquid damaged, or vintage and obsolete. Let us know by contacting us here and we can make arrangements to pick up your old or non-working Macintosh computers in the Capital District.
Back in the old days of the Macintosh, when the Finder was svelte and clean, there was a search box introduced at some point. This search box did one thing and one thing well–it allowed you to drop into a folder in the Finder, do a quick search and return only the results that were IN THAT FOLDER ONLY.
Somewhere along the way, Apple decided to add a strange curve ball to this search function. For some reason, when you now did the same search in that folder from earlier, the search would show you results FROM THE ENTIRE COMPUTER.
Now, I began to wonder, why are they showing me search results from the entire folder, when I only want to see the contents in the folder I’m currently in! I stewed about this forever. Until tonight.
I happened to be poking around in the Finder preferences on my new MacBook Pro and I noticed a preference that I have probably seen 100,000 times and never registered what it even did. If you notice, there’s a pop-up menu at the bottom of that window that lets you change the very behavior of the Macintosh search–and make it go back to the old days! By selecting “Search the Current Folder,” it will do just that–only search the folder I’m in–and it won’t show me the entire computer search results anymore.
Those of us who have been in the Saratoga county region have often wondered why there isn’t a true corporate Apple Store in Saratoga? Or how about a Clifton Park Apple Store? Or even a Glens Falls Apple Store? Unfortunately, after 13 years, it seems that Apple has no future plans to construct a Saratoga Apple Store. If you’d like to keep track of where Apple plans on building a future Apple Store, such as the Crossgates Mall Apple Store, check out this site. IFO Apple Store is a great website that details future and current Apple Store offerings, showing you maps, insider data and much more. Hopefully, if a Saratoga Apple Store is ever announced, this website will be able to tell you.
In the meantime, consider letting Capital Mac Service of Saratoga County become your temporary Saratoga Apple Store, offering hard drive upgrades, older and vintage Macintosh repair, and general Macintosh consulting in the Capital District. Even better, we will offer to travel to your location for Macintosh drop-off and pickup services. Contact us today for expert-level Macintosh service in the Saratoga area and beyond.
Here’s a simple trick to speed up window scrolling, especially in Google Chrome. This trick is for Mavericks and I’ve already seen the difference on my Macbook Pro Retina:
- Go to System Preferences
- Go to Accessibility
- Choose ‘Mouse and Trackpad’ in the left column
- Choose the ‘Trackpad Options’ Button below
- Set the scrolling speed to the maximum
- Make sure ‘With Inertia’ is checked
This made a good difference on my own computer and you should try this if you are getting slower scrolling speeds in Google Chrome and other Macintosh applications.
Trying to get wifi across your house–especially with multiple floors–is a nightmare for most people, including myself. I was doing some research today and came across this little gem–the TP-Link Powerline Wireless Extender. This cool toy works (supposedly) like this:
- Plug in the first box to a wall power outlet next to your router
- Plug in the other box (into a wall power outlet) where you have limited signal
- Push a button on your router to allow it to “clone” your wifi password and name
- Now, just get on the wireless network like usual–with a stronger signal!
In theory, this sounds like a wonderful idea–it simply uses your internal power outlets and wiring in your walls as a means to deliver the internet signal–anywhere you have a power jack which is usually every room! As long as all of your outlets are behind the same circuit box, you are golden. You can even buy separate receivers for other rooms in your home–just plug them into the wall and have instant wifi coverage. They are retailing for about $60 on Amazon. (Purchase here)
For those clients that reside in the downtown Albany area, Capital Mac Service is here to remind you that expert-level Apple Macintosh computer support is here for you–and we pickup and deliver! Whether you have an older Macintosh in need of a hard drive upgrade, or, a non-working iMac, contact Capital Mac Service today. Albany is definitely one of our heavily traveled routes and we can save you time and money by taking care of any of your Macintosh needs!
Curious about the hard drive inside of your Macintosh? Most people have little or no idea how data is stored inside their Macintosh. Unfortunately, they care a lot more when that hard drive goes dead. Thanks to the folks at DriveSavers, you can see what it’s like inside your hard drive and experience how they work and how they can fail–losing your data along with it. Check out this fun tool and contact Capital Mac when you have hard drive failure–we can get you in touch with DriveSavers who can save your data!
There’s often times when you have to download something from the Internet, via your browser. Let’s say you want to download a fun game that you found on a website. The problem is that Apple thinks that this software, and this website, may be dangerous to your Mac. Most of the time, this isn’t the case and you want to proceed to download the app and use it anyway, regardless of what Apple thinks about it. Some recent new security settings in Mac OS X 10.9 and Mavericks will not allow you to run any software from any sources other than the Mac App Store, which means, you wouldn’t be able to play that fun game you just downloaded.
To fix this potentially annoying issue, we have to alter the Mac OS X security settings to allow these types of apps to run from anywhere–not just the Mac App Store. It’s actually remarkably easy to accomplish by following along here.
- First, launch your System Preferences from the Apple menu
- Choose “Security and Privacy”
- Unlock this pane by clicking on the padlock, lower left. You will have to have your admin password to pull this off.
- When unlocked, you will be able to choose the button that says “Allow apps downloaded from:” and choose “Anywhere”
- Now, select the “Allow from Anywhere” button, in the next warning pop-down window
- Close the System Preferences window and you are now able to open these 3rd party apps
Keep in mind, this does open your Mac to possible rogue applications, which can do harm to your Mac. You can also come back to this pane and lock it back to only allowing apps to be installed from the Mac App Store and identified developers at any time.
That’s an easy one! If you no longer can play music through the external Radiant Player, or, Google Music in your browser, you simply have to upgrade your version of Adobe Flash. Remember, Google Chrome has Flash built-in, so, you won’t see the issue there. However, if you use Safari, Firefox, or Radiant Player, you must upgrade your version of Flash, or, you will see a blocked plugin message. You can upgrade Adobe Flash by visiting this site.
I just noticed something that was driving me crazy this morning–when an alert sound on Mac OS X was playing, it wouldn’t play through my speakers that are plugged in–it would only play these sounds through the internal speakers. I forgot that there is a system preference to adjust this as seen in the screen shot attached. In the “Sound Effects” tab, Just change the pop-up box that says “Play Sound Effects Through” to “Line Out,” and all sound will come from the external speakers once again!
There’s no magic bullet to keep your kids from visiting the darkest corners of the web, however, with a simple tool such as OpenDNS, you can limit a good portion of what your kids can see while surfing on your family Macintosh.
OpenDNS is a free service (with paid upgrades for more options) to limit which sites your kids can surf while on the Internet. It basically involves the following:
- Setting up a free account at http://www.opendns.com/
- Configuring your Macintosh computer (or router) with the proper DNS numbers
- Configuring which types of sites can or will not be blocked on the OpenDNS website
Upon completion of these steps, anytime your children try to access a site that is deemed inappropriate, they will simply see a blocked page load on your Mac. You can disallow entire groups of sites, such as gambling or adult sites, or, chat and social media sites. By choosing these broad types of sites, OpenDNS will apply their growing database of inappropriate sites to your block list. The good news is that you don’t have to go in and input thousands of potentially harmful sites–OpenDNS takes care of all of this on their end. Your Mac simply looks at this remote list first before delivering the site to your computer. Even better, you can log in and add or subtract sites that you may find should or shouldn’t be on the list, such as Facebook.
Capital Mac Service would be more than happy to consult you on this service and potentially get your network setup correctly for the DNS number changes. Contact us today for more information on this important service.
We can replace that dangerously swollen battery and recycle your old battery with no problem! Don’t let the swollen battery damage your trackpad, or, get stuck inside the computer. Contact us today for rates and an appointment to have that battery taken care of in the Capital District area.
If you have decided that your internal CD drive is no longer of use to you in your Macbook Pro, let Capital Mac take it out and replace it with a secondary hard drive–that’s correct–you can actually have 2 separate hard drives in your Macbook Pro. It’s up to you to decide if you want solid state drives (SSD), or, 2 regular full-size hard drives inside your computer. Imagine the hard drive space you would have with 2 internal 500GB hard drives! It’s an easy process and we would be happy to give you a quote on this exciting service. Click here to contact us!
For my graphic designers out there who hate coughing up the big bucks to “rent” Adobe’s Creative Cloud software every month, there are alternatives that are either free or a lot cheaper that Adobe’s product. Here’s a great article summing up all of the various options to replace Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, etc. Check out the article here.
This is a very common issue on most laptops in general–the fans begin to ramp more often, and the Macbook Pro feels very hot to the touch. Most likely cause is that your fans and cooling system are clogged with dust and debris (see photo attached) that collects from the very air around you. Over time, this dust and dirt can clog a Macbook fan so badly, that the computer will simply shut down from the heat building inside. This is a dangerous issue that should be addressed every 3-6 months, just like cleaning your teeth!
Fortunately for Capital Mac Service local customers, we offer internal cleaning for your Macintosh for a pretty reasonable rate. Capital Mac Service will clean out all fans and cooling path of your Macbook and perform an exterior cleaning of the case and keyboard. Please contact us a few days before requesting this service to schedule a pickup.
In today’s “Ask the Macintosh Historian,” we take a look at a product from Apple that has a similar name to a product of today, yet, they are as different as night and day. What we are going to look at today is the strange and beautiful Macintosh TV, which was a unique computer that also had television capabilities. The best part of this computer? It was all black, which was a radical departure from the boring beige Macs being churned out from Cupertino. The second best part? It also functioned like a television, which is why they tacked on “TV” to the end. Again, this product was nothing like our AppleTV of today, which is more of a set-top device than a computer. Let’s take a look at some of the specs of this strange hybrid computer-meets-television.
First of all, the machine basically was nothing more than a fancy version of the Macintosh Performa 520 of that time period–October 25th, 1993 to be exact. They produced about 10,000 of these MacTV units, which could either be a television (cable-ready), or, it could be a computer–unfortunately, you could not do both simultaneously. This baby even had a rare matching black keyboard and mouse, as well as a small remote control that could control a Sony TV as well. The MacTV boasted mid-range specs, including a 32 MHz 68030 processor and 5MB of RAM. The computer ran Macintosh System 7 and was quickly discontinued after only about 4 months on the market, probably due to the $2,097 price tag.
If you have any unique Macintosh history you’d like Capital Mac Service to explore, drop us a line and we can do some research for you!
Just a friendly reminder that Capital Mac Service can be the missing link in your Macintosh Lab either on a college campus or in a business environment. We can provide updates, wipe and installs, general networking advice and security advice for your Macintosh lab, large or small. The best part? We travel to your Mac lab and work with you to get your lab under control. Whether your Macintosh computer lab is 5 computers or 50, Capital Mac can help you get your lab back on track and be the remote IT department that you need! Contact us for more details.
Capital Mac Service can help you get ready for the back to school rush this summer–now’s the time to consider the services we offer students with Macintosh computers:
- Data recovery from dead Macintosh computers (see this page for more info)
- Data transfer to new Macintosh computers
- Hard drive upgrades on older Macintosh computers
- RAM upgrades on older Macintosh computers
- Macintosh security consultations
- Data backup consultations
- External hard drive advice
- Macintosh software consultations
- Macintosh System software upgrades
This is a quick list of Apple Macintosh services that Capital Mac Service can offer you, whether you are in Saratoga County or beyond. Please contact us today for expert Apple Macintosh services on your non-warranty Macs.
Don’t let your data get into the wrong hands! Just a public service announcement from Capital Mac–this time of year, back to school, is a time for old computers to get sold, handed down, given away, etc. while you shop for brand-new Macs. Let’s remember to WIPE THE OLD DATA SECURELY before giving those computers away! A quick format of the hard drive is not enough–the data can still be retrieved with the right software. Use the built-in secure erase in Disk Utility to write 1’s and 0’s across that sensitive data. Please contact Capital Mac if you need help with this particular–and important–service.
Liquid damage is one of the worst things that can happen to your Macintosh, or any electronic device for that matter. The very act of introducing liquid (wine/beer/soda/juice/water) of any kind into a live electronic device will usually render that device pretty much dead on the spot. The severity of the damage will be based on a few unique factors such as:
- How much liquid was spilled on the Mac? A teaspoon or an entire glass?
- What type of liquid was introduced into the Mac?
- Was the unit turned on or powered off during the spill?
- Did you get a chance to turn the computer upside down or towel off the majority of liquid?
- Where did the liquid spill happen on the Mac?
The answers to these questions will certainly dictate the severity of liquid damage and there’s not usually a happy ending to these unfortunate stories. Most often, heading to the Apple Store to diagnose liquid damage will result in a special quote that is reserved for this type of damage. Depending on the size of the unit, you will either get charged about $800 for a 13″ computer to about $1,200 for a 15″ model (taxes are also not figured in). What happens in this situation is that the store simply boxes and sends your computer out for repair, which usually means a complete rebuild of your computer from top to bottom. There’s no “dickering” with this price–it’s a flat fee built in to any liquid damaged computer. And no, AppleCare does not cover liquid damage–it’s not insurance, it’s an extension of the manufacturer’s warranty.
Your other (limited) options include part-by-part repair for minor liquid damage, if the computer is salvageable. For example, you may only have damage to the keyboard, but the rest of the Macintosh works fine. In this case you would want to just have the top case replaced by a 3rd-party Macintosh repair center–the Apple Store usually will not perform this service (see the previous paragraph). Another option is to contact your credit card company–sometimes, they offer an extended warranty that may even include damage insurance. Lastly, you could cut your losses and sell off the machine for parts on eBay or Craigslist. There is a whole cottage industry forming that will buy liquid damaged Macs and iPhones, repair them, and resell them to the public. You will get a fraction of what you paid, but, it may be better to get your money out of the damaged Mac rather than putting it back into it.
We do invite you to contact Capital Mac in these liquid damage situations–however, your options may be severely limited as noted above. One service Capital Mac can offer is to possibly get your hard drive extracted safely from the machine. Most often, the data and hard drive portion of the Mac is working fine and just needs to be extracted. We would be more than happy to consult you on your next steps and get you back to a working Macintosh. Contact us today!