Category Archives: Mac

Does Operating Systems Matter

I have been working with computers since the early day’s of DOS, yes we didn’t even have a graphical user interface. When you wanted the computer to do something most of the time you would have to be able to write a program and then do the project. Then came Apple and Windows with their pretty point and click graphical user interface. You wanted to open an application you simply double clicked on it and it opened. What was even more impressive was the fact that you could have multiple applications opened at the same time. Which I believe was … Continue reading

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Cloud Storage

When it comes to cloud storage I often ask myself which one is the best for your day to day working environment? The truth is they all have their own strengths and weaknesses. As many of you know I work in a public school setting and we are always looking for ways to better serve the students and staff while still maintaining a balance of reliable technology for everyone. I look at my own cloud storage and find that I am using four main ones. Google Drive for all my school-based work, Onedrive for all of my company work, iCloud … Continue reading

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Mac’s In Business

When I first started my career in the computer field it was all about the PC and the Windows operating system. We would go into a business and set up a Windows Server and Windows Workstations and install Microsoft Office. Mostly everyone in the office was familiar with Windows because that is what they had at home. Today’s business world is changing. If you are in the IT field now you may walk into an office thinking you will be troubleshooting a PC issue and find an entire office full of Mac’s?  Will you be ready to take on the … Continue reading

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Browser Wars

If you have been into computers for as long as I have you will remember that we had a browser war back in the 90’s. At the time there were two players Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. The reason this war started in the first place was because Bill Gates from Microsoft said that the Internet was just a fad and in a few years would go away. Until he began to watch Netscape Navigator’s bottom line profits go through the roof. Then old Bill doing what he did best decided he would steal the market share and make everyone … Continue reading

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Compressing Files

We had to deal with small storage devices for years. Most people don’t remember when we were limited to hard drive space. My first hard drive was 80 MB and I had to save forever, it cost me almost $300.00. But I was the talk of our computer circles. Everyone wanted to see my new drive; they could not believe when they saw the 80 MB on the label. Since many people were limited we had to conserve what little space people had. This was done by compressing most file sizes. The first program I remember that did this was … Continue reading

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Protect Your Computer

With all of this talk about the NSA or National Security Agency watching everything we do and monitoring all of our cell phone calls, don’t you want to protect your computer from prying eyes? Okay now I don’t really believe that the government has the time of day to watch what I am doing on the Internet. But I know there are millions of hackers in this world that would like to get into everyones computers. They enjoy digging and looking for useful information. We could talk about a thousand reasons to protect your computer, but what I teach people … Continue reading

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High Cost Of Software

There is what we refer to in any business. It is “The Cost Of Doing Business.” When we talk about software most of it anyway we talk money. I know being a photographer I have to have software tools just as much as I need to have camera gear. Just think years ago when we were still using film cameras. I had to have a darkroom in our house or I could not develop my prints. Even if you are a writer you will be using so kind of software. I have been using a program call Scrivener to work … Continue reading

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Creating On The IPad

I hear that Microsoft will be releasing a version of office for the IPad? They are doing this at the expense of their very own Windows tablets because they don’t have a full version of office yet for their own platform. I wanted to write this today again not to give you the tech news that has already been reported. But to tell you we have been creating on the IPad ever since they have been released into the wild. There has to be ways to create on the IPad they have been and are used in schools since they … Continue reading

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Are You A Mac Or A PC?

One time in life this question would have meant something to a lot of people. Apple Macs and PC’s once were not on the same playing field. And today I feel they really still are not but we will get there in a minute. Today with the modern software we all love and use, and with great programmers bringing their products to both platforms we can now grab a computer and feel comfortable. Working at a school I have found a few ways that one can not replace the other. In our Auto CAD lab we still need Windows to … Continue reading

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Cloud Based Storage

If you are not using cloud based storage then you are falling into the past with the phone on the wall and the black and white TV.  We still have people at work that carry their flash, thumb drives and still want to use them on the computers. We no longer allow the use of these drive with our computers. If you do, remember they can carry viruses into your network. So what is Cloud Based Storage? It is a flash drive or thumb drive online for you to access from anywhere and from and device that you may have. … Continue reading

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