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An Apple for the holidays

With the holidays almost upon us, I get a lot of people asking for computer advice. Such as what computer should I get for my house or what computer should I get for my son or daughter who starting collage soon. Everyone expects me to say Apple right away. You would be wrong. Each OS has it’s own strengths, and weaknesses. While I am a fan of Apple devices, I understand there could be reasons to use a windows device, especially for collage. IF you plan to go to school for something like marketing or advertising, a Mac is almost mandatory. While there are Windows versions of most graphics applications such as PhotoShop are available, however for any application that requires direct access to the processor, Macs simply work better. A Mac allows an application to directly access hardware.
Apples don’t need Anti-virus software* - Why the Asterix you ask. Well as with anything there is a caveat. An Apple doesn’t require Anti-virus software as long as you are careful and not just download …

Mavericks Review

On October 22nd, much to everyones surprise, Apple gave everyone an early Christmas present. It released the newest version of OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) for free, as well as some other titles that we will focus on at a later time. Todays focus will be on Mavericks. Other than being a shot across the bow of some other software makers that will remain nameless. This OS X release has a lot of stuff under the hood, such as memory management, and multi-tasking enhancements. 10.9 focuses some attention on some older apps that were missing for functionality as well as making apps more visually pleasing.Finder: Of all of the Mavericks applications Finder (in my opinion) got the most attention. With the new finder, you can categorize things with tags. While this might sound pretty weak, once you get used to using tags you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. Another welcomed addition to finder was the ability to use tabs, just like in your favorite web browser. Now instead of having finder wi…

Apple Users

I guess the name of this article should be what kind of Apple user are you. I have been giving this a lot of thought lately. (Well since the release of Mavericks) and thought I would ask you the question. To my thinking there are 4 kinds of Apple users. Let’s go through them now and see if I miss any.
Apple Fan Boy/Girl- These are usually fairly easy to spot. They have the latest and greatest Apple device as soon as it is released, no matter what it is, it is almost as great as the second coming.
Apple apologist - This is the type of user that will buy most things that Apple releases, finds its short comings and still tries to convince everyone around him that even though it might not work exactly right, Apple will eventually tune the product and fix the issue.
Tech users - These users have no loyalty to any specific brand as long as the device meets their needs they are happy. This type of user will do research, talk to other users before making their decision.
Apple hater - This is the…

Mobile Security

When people usually here the words mobile security or computer security, their eyes glaze over and they tune out what is being said. I am going to try to change that. Today we are going to focus on mobile security, if there is any interest after this article I’ll right one about computer security.
Mobile Security - The type of security we are going to talk about will be VERY generalized, and only pertaining to mobile phones and tablets. Let’s start with iOS. I have heard from many people that they don’t want to be bothered to lock their phone/tablet, because it is inconvenient, or “I don’t have anything on it that anyone would want.” If you work in a legal firm or hospital, there is the possibility that you could have client/patient data on your device opening you or your business to a lawsuit or a fine depending on what kid of date was disclosed. The easiest thing you can do is to put a passcode on your device. Most people don’t know that as soon as you apply a password to your devic…

iPad Air

This week Apple released the iPad Air. Of coarse all of the Apple haters poo-pooed the new Air, and I'm not sure why. Everything about the device SCREAMS new and improved. For example the iPad air runs on the A7 chip with 64-bit architecture making everything faster and gives the user a more enjoyable experience, and after all isn't that what you want from something that is new and improved? Not only is it new and improved, it is incredibly thinner and lighter, with the Wi-Fi version weighing in at 1 pound. (The cellular version is slightly heavier due to the added radio and weighs in at 1.05 pounds). The display is the Retina display with a resolution of 2048x1536 at 264 pixels per inch.(ppi).
The iPad Air comes in two finishes, Space Gray and Silver. Another interesting feature that was not really covered during the keynote was capacity, the iPad Air stars off with 16GB storage for $499 up to 128GB at $799 for the wireless model with the cellular model coming in at $620 and…