Oct 01

How to get iMessages to Sync

So, if you’re like me, you’ve been loving the ease to which you can “text” people with another iDevice from your Mac. But the most frustrating thing that I’ve found with using this new workflow has been that the messages between my iPhone/iPad and Mac don’t necessarily sync up all the time. Well, I’ve found a quick and easy solution to get your iMessages to sync cleanly and clearly.

All you have to do is go into the Preferences panel in iMessage, and if you have any other accounts other than your iMessage account that may be running, you have to DISABLE them. Once you do that, your iMessages will sync across your various iOS devices.

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Aug 01

How to Recover Photos on a Mac

So you’ve done the unthinkable and somehow lost photos you once had on your Mac.  Have no fear!  Here is a great piece of software that I have used and HIGHLY recommend you get to help recover those lost photos.


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Dec 28

I got a new Mac for Christmas…now what?

Well, congratulations on your new digital friend!  You’re probably wondering "now, where do I start?!"  I don’t blame you.  It can be very intimidating migrating to a new computer, or perhaps from the PC platform now over to the Mac platform.  Or, as I like to say…from the darkness into the light. :)   A good place to begin is to first of all, make sure you protect your shiny silver friend.  Here are some bags/cases that I recommend:

Basically any Incase cases are worth owning.  Here are few links to get you started:
    – Incase 13-inch MacBook
    – Incase 15-inch MacBook Pro
    – Incase for MacBook Air

Unless you are used to the built in trackpad, you’ll probably want some kind of mouse.  Here are the obvious two that I recommend:

    – Apple Magic Mouse
    – Apple Magic Trackpad

Hope those get you started.  I’m working on a post for initial software recommendations, but don’t hesitate to comment with any questions.

Have fun!

Jul 02

Sync Email Across Mac, iPad, iPhone, etc…

Want to be able to sync your email across all your Macs and “iDevices”. Check this out.

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Apr 04

Questions About Your Mac?

Apr 03

Caffeine – Keep your Mac Awake!

mac caffiene.png So, say you just logged on to Hulu to watch the latest episode of “The Office” and you get all settled in, and low and behold, your Mac keeps going to sleep on you. Meaning, either the screen goes dim, or the screensaver turns on, or it just plain shuts off. Well, it’s supposed to do that because at one point or another, that’s how you set it up in the System Preferences. (More on that later)

Here’s a quick, easy and free application to keep your Mac awake. It’s called (appropriately)…Caffeine.

Caffeine is a free app that sits up in your menu bar. The implementation is brainless.

If the cup is empty, you’re out of caffeine = your Mac will fall asleep.

If the cup is full = you have caffeine = your Mac will stay awake.

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Just click it on or off depending on what you are doing at the time. It’s brilliant! You can download Caffeine for free, here.

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Apr 02

Taking Out the Trash

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That little gem of an icon is your trash can. Duh. However, if you’re like me, you tend to either forget about the little guy sitting so quietly down there in your dock, your you neglect him. Shame, shame. If you manage it correctly, the trash can can either save your life (business, studies, school work, etc…) one day, or be your best friend in terms of freeing up some space on your hard drive.

When you delete a file on your Mac, either by dragging it onto the trash can and letting go or by using the shortcut key sequence (Apple + Delete), you’re not really trashing the file. What you are doing is moving the file from where ever it was, to the trash can with the purpose of eventually being deleted. You see, sometimes you might accidentally delete a file prematurely, then realize that you need it back. The good thing is that if you just go to your trash can, it’s right there waiting for you. All you need to do then is drag it out and put it where you want it to go. Simple huh? Or course it is. It’s a Mac. :)

But there is one thing that you need to be cautious of. That is, you need to get in the practice of “taking out your trash”. That is emptying it. Once you do that, you will be able to reclaim some disk space. The downside is that, any files you put in there, are now gone. Forever. That is, unless you have backed up. But we’ll save that for a future post.

How To Empty Your Trash

1. Right-click (or CTRL+click) on the trash canempty trash.jpg

2.   Choose “empty trash”

3. Confirm your decision

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Mar 28

Twitter Marketing


Now, I wouldn’t normally do this, but I do happen to know that some of you PC lovers do read and follow this blog. So, just to prove that I’m not that much of a PC hater, ;) I thought I’d show you some love today. Basically, if you are on Twitter, and you have a PC, you need to have this software. Check it out.
Click here to visit Mesiab Labs website!

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Mar 26

MacJargon – Definitions of Terms Used in the World of Mac

cultofmac.jpgIt’s no lie that the Mac community is a colorful bunch. They have their own Expo, there are numerous magazines , books , and countless blogs and websites. So it’s not that far out that they would have their own language right? I mean, the computer industry itself has all these different terms, definitions, etc… just in order to communicate what’s going on with our beloved tech gadgets. So I thought I’d take a couple of minutes and hopefully be able to define some of the Mac jargon.

Apps: (applications) – sometimes referred to as “programs”. There are the actual components on your Mac that allow you to accomplish a task. Mail would be an app. iCal would be an app, and so on.

Bluetooth: a wireless technology used to create a temporary connection between two blue-tooth enabled devices. Bluetooth technology is used in instance where the two devices are in close proximity, such as a cell phone and headset or a mouse and your mac.

Dock: usually located on the bottom of a Mac’s desktop, the Dock holds icons, minimized and running applications.

Force quit: to force an application to shut down. On a PC, it’s known as Control+Alt+Delete. On a Mac the key combination is Option+Apple+Esc (but you won’t really have a use for it). ;)

MobileMe: an online service offered by Apple. Having a MobileMe subscription allows you to have server/storage space online. It’s great for hosting pictures, files, syncing calendars, and even hosting a blog or website. More to come on this…

Screenshot: also referred to as a “screen grab” – to take a picture of what’s on your screen. :)

This is literally just the “tip of the iceberg”. There are a thousand other terms. Some are related specifically to the Mac platform, and others could be just general computing terms. So, I’d like to know what terms you are confused about. Click the “Comment” button on this post, leave a comment, and I’ll do my best to answer you question. If you like, you can subscribe to the newsletter by going up to the top of this page, and fill in your name and email. Make sure you check back, or subscribe to the RSS feed to stay updated. Another option is if you’re on Twitter, you can follow @beginnermac and speak your question there.

(The picture used at the top of this post is from a great book entitled “The Cult of Mac”. If you are interested in some of the genesis of the Mac culture, this is a great read.”

The Cult of Mac (Paperback edition)

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Mar 25

Macheist Bundle


I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know about this.

My friend John over at Creativityist.com wrote a great post on it, but here’s the skinny….

Every now and then MacHeist bundles a bunch of applications (software), and sells them for a ridiculous discount. The better part is that 25% of every purchase goes directly to charity. You can pick from 10 different charities, or split the cost between a number of them. I plan to do a series on apps later, but take if from me…for the price you pay ($550 for $39), it is a great deal.

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