It seems like only yesterday that I got my first Apple Mac Computer. In reality over ten years has passed and I am still as passionate today as I was then. As the common phrase goes - time flies when you're enjoying yourself! I created this website to share my knowledge and passion for the Mac, and anything vaguely related such as software, accessories, the iPad, and the iPhone.
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This website is intended to be a focal point for information. It will keep you upto date with the latest Apple News and rumours, provide information and reviews of the latest Macs, Software, and Accessories.
But the primary goal is to provide detailed guides and tutorials to help you get the best from your Mac. This website will provide an introduction for the beginner and then move on, covering all of the topics required to achieve Apple Certification - my goal for this year!
Join me in my mission by signing up for my newsletter. Of course you don't need to become Apple Certified, just read the articles that help you get more from your Mac. Let's have a look in more detail at the topics covered by this website.
As a Mac user there will be times when you just can't get your Mac to perform as you wish. If you are new to using Mac OS X then you might not know how to set-up a printer, or how to configure a wireless network, for example.
As a more advanced user you might want to install Microsoft Windows on your Apple Mac, prehaps you want to create an OS X Recovery DVD or Disk for OS X Mountain Lion, or to undertand how to recover data from a Time Machine backup.
My Mac Tutorials will provide in-depth, step-by-step, instructions that can also be downloaded as a pdf, or as an epub file, which is compatible with the iBooks App on your iPhone or iPad allowing you to read my tutorials anywhere you like.
Do you need to run Windows all day at Work or Uni? Apple provide a great utility called the Boot Camp Assistant which takes you through the steps required to install Windows on your Mac. It even takes care of drivers and the boot-up configuration.
2006 was the year that Apple started using Intel processors in all of their Mac computers. At the time many people thought that Apple had made a big mistake. Some thought it could even be the beginning of the end for Apple!
But history has shown that it was a brilliant move. Why? Well, Steve Jobs knew that the PowerPC was struggling and that future development did not meet his needs. But it has also opened the doors for users to run Windows on their Macs, if they needed to, allowing more users to make the switch to their first Macs.
In this section of the website I will take a look at the latest Apple Mac computers. Each Mac will have its own page which will include details of the main features, information on relevant accessories, as well as full technical specifications with the latest changes highlighted for your reference.
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The picture above shows the Apple iMac Computer. A superb All-in-One desktop computer which includes a wireless keyboard, choice of a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, and a stunning display.
It's one thing having a beautiful computer, it's also nice to know that it has the latest state-of-the-art technology, but what about software?
As the saying goes "A computer is only as good as the software it runs". In the case of a new Mac computer this takes the form of OS X Mountain Lion, and all of the great software titles designed to get the best from it.
According to Apple, Mac OS X is the most advanced operating system in the world! I wouldn't dispute that fact for a minute! But I also think that it is the best operating system in the world.
This section of the website concentrates on helping you get the best from Mac OS X. Because all of the latest Mac computers use Intel processors I will focus on the Intel compatible versions.
I will also take a look in detail at the many of the new features found in each release, and delve deep into the workings of Mac OS X, looking at its Unix roots and the benefits of using the Mac OS X Command Line.
Although your Mac computer running OS X Mountain Lion and the bundled iLife'11 applications is impressive. It won't be long before you are wanting to add some new software to your Mac.
The choice is truly amazing. You can buy Mac software applications written by Apple as well as third party developers. Aperture, shown below, running on a MacBook Pro, is one of many superb applications available from Apple.
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You can get software from three sources for your Apple Mac.
I cover software from all three sources providing detailed reviews and tutorials to help you get the most from the best software in the world.
It is an exciting time for Mac accessories. Not only do all Macs now have the powerful Intel Thunderbolt technology, but the latest round of updates are seeing the inclusion of USB 3.0 ports. This opens the doors for manufacturers to produce powerful storage and display accessories for use with your Mac.
I love playing around with new accessories and then writing up my experiences to share with you. This could be in the form of an overview, a full review, or even a downloadable Mac tutorial.
One of my favourite Apple accessories is the Time Capsule. Backing up any computer is a chore and it's very easy to just not bother! But now you have no excuse - it really is easy!
The Time Capsule, available in 2TB or 3TB versions, makes the perfect back-up solution. It includes four USB ports, gigabit ethernet, and wireless networking so you can easily back-up all of your Mac computers using the Time Machine software which is integrated in all versions of Mac OS X, starting with Leopard.
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The picture above shows the front of the Apple Time Capsule which is a very powerful back-up solution, ideal for use with any Mac.
It is also worth remembering that some of the best Mac accessories are available from third party suppliers. Anything from external hard disks to printers are available.
The picture below shows the G-Drive external hard disk, from G-Technology, which complements the look of the iMac sitting next to it on the desk.
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Over the last few years more and more of us are connecting our computers and phones to the Internet. We often assume that our data is safe even though we have all heard cases where a Virus or something similar has attacked a colleagues computer.
The computer press always like a good story about the latest Virus and how many users or computers have been infected.
At the moment there has not been a true Virus found that attacks the Mac OS X operating system, but there has been what are called Trojan horses. These get into our systems by conning us into entering our passwords.
The threat is increasing as the Mac gets more and more popular. As Mac users it is easy to be complacent, to sit back and think that having a Mac makes us more secure than friends and colleagues using Windows based PCs.
In this section of the website I will take a look at Mac Security in more detail. Anything from the latest threat, to software, and how to configure your Mac to be more secure will be covered. The screenshot below shows some of the security settings in OS X Mountain Lion.
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