A repair to my wife’s Mac Mini

My wife's computer is a unibody, late-2012 Mac Mini, model A1347 with Fusion Drive, which we've had since then, having ordered it to our specs directly from Apple. We're happy with it. It's a lovely little computer with more than enough oomph for my wife's needs (she is an author). The HDD on her Mac [...]

An upgrade to my 2013 iMac

Apple iMac

I've worked on a few upgrades to our family computers in recent months: my 2008 MacBook Pro, my mom's 2007 iMac and my own late-2013 iMac (A1419, EMC 2639). This is the tale I'd like to recount for you now, because it's something that I've had to deal with since last autumn (october of 2018), [...]

What I’d like to see in a new iMac

As is usual in anticipation of the launch of new hardware from Apple, there are lots of posts and videos with detailed renders of what we might expect from a new iMac. Other than faster hardware, which is something that we're going to get anyway, I would really like to see a new swivel design [...]

An upgrade to my mom’s 2007 iMac

If you thought my MacBook Pro was old, then you're going to be surprised to hear that my mom has a 2007 iMac 24" (model A1225) that's still fully functional. Nothing has ever gone wrong with it, in spite of sending it to Romania via a shipping container (on one of those big ships) when [...]

An upgrade to my 2008 MacBook Pro

I have a fully functional MacBook Pro made in early 2008 (model A1260). While it's fairly slow when editing photos and I wouldn't try to edit 1080p video on it, it's just fine for word processing, web and email. It has become slow over time, as is the case with older hardware, so I thought [...]

On keeping one’s computer tidy…

I recently had to take my iMac apart in order to look at the hardware closely, and after 5 years of intense use in my home office, I got a chance to re-convince myself of the importance of keeping one's computer tidy inside, not just outside. Apple doesn't make it easy for us to service [...]

Tim Cook says iPhones are justifiably expensive

2018 iPhone Line-up

In an interview on "Good Morning America", Tim Cook said the following when asked about the prices of the new iPhones, which have grown well above the $1,000 mark: "it's the most advanced device we've ever done... [and]... replaces every other gadget consumers might need". Dear Tim, I would like to propose a challenge to [...]

How to choose a camera that’s right for you

In this video, I'm going to walk you through a process that will help you choose the right camera for your needs; it's the same process I use myself as I choose new photo and video gear. Here are the decision-making steps I talk about in the video: Love what you already have Learn to use [...]

My thoughts on Apple’s iPhone CPU throttling

Updated 12/29/17: Apple has posted an official response to this issue on their website. It's the right response. Everyone's chiming in on this issue so I'm not going to rehash it, but I do have a practical suggestion that addresses it. You know what's going on: older iPhones with older batteries tend to run slow [...]

Fun with technology

I've had multiple Drobo units since 2007. To this day, I still enjoy adding a hard drive to a Drobo. It's one of those things that can be an ordeal on other tech, but on a Drobo, it's been made fun through proper planning and design. It lets you that it's low on space, you [...]