The World’s Oldest Apple Dealer’s Final Day

It all started in 1941. Maury and Betty Zuckman opened a little radio repair shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1977 a brand new company

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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Confessions of a Macworld Rookie

The 2012 Macworld | iWorld show is nearly over. Today is the last day and the floor has just opened. As I sit in

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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ifrogz EarPollution Reflex and Timbre Earbuds – Review


It seems like most people just use the Apple earbuds that come with their iPods, but if you’re mowing your lawn you can’t hear your music. If you’re running, the earbuds won’t stay in your ears. Thus the need to buy in-ear earbuds.ifrogz sells an extensive line of earbuds and headphones, some of which have built-in mics like the Reflex and Timbre reviewed here.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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Griffin SmartShare USB Hub – Review


If you’re a typical Mac user, you’ve got more USB devices than USB ports. Usually that’s not a big deal. I mean it’s not like you’re going to leave your camera or iPod plugged in all the time. What do you do if you need to connect just one more thing? You get a Griffin SmartShare USB Hub.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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File Launching Enhancements



Do you miss the customizable Apple Menu from the good old days of Mac OS 9? Did you get stuck when you upgraded to 10.5 because your favorite enhancements didn’t work (and they still don’t)? Here we look at Classic Menu, MaxMenus, RapidoStart, SunnyMenu, and XMenu.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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iPod nano Case Family from Macally – Review


New iPods mean new cases, and Macally has a ton of choices for the new iPod nano. Here we review the Bella, Divo, IceSuit, Metro, and Sportivo.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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Griffin iClear, Reflect, and Elan Form hard cases for iPod nano (3rd Generation) – Review


New iPods mean new cases, and just in time for stuffing those Christmas stockings. Here we take a look at Griffin’s new line of hard cases for the iPod nano. BONUS: Make your own nano lanyard.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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Wi-Fire Long Range USB 2.0 802.11g Transceiver
Review


hField’s Wi-Fire is a promising new product, providing wi-fi connectivity at longer range than Apple’s AirPort. It’s a good first effort, but could use several software tweaks and a few hardware ones.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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OWC Mercury PowerBook G4 SuperDrive
Review

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Need to upgrade your combo disc with a SuperDrive in your PowerBook G4? OWC has you covered, and Tom checks it out.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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Read This! Vote Now! Vote Often!
MyMac.com Help Desk #12

Help save a column, or see if gone forever.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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We Do Windows For Free!
MyMac.com Help Desk #11


Apple’s move to Intel processors has made it possible to run Windows natively on the Mac with Boot Camp or Parallels, but what about all the viruses and spyware and other threats lurking out there? McAfee, a leading security software company, states that there are over 180,000 threats that affect Windows. Here are some excellent free utilities that you can use to protect and care for your Windows installation.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station
Review


Quietly introduced at Macworld Expo in January, Apple’s new AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n is a big leap forward but leaves a couple things behind. I was able to borrow one for review courtesy of First Tech Computer in Minneapolis, an Apple Specialist.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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iSync, 1980’s Style
MyMac.com Help Desk 10

Tom writes about iSync, Palm Desktop, iPod Notes, and problems with video codecs, iPhoto and a Nikon CoolPix, Narcoleptic MacBook, and much more.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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Six Years Old, Three Years Solo
MyMac.com Help Desk #8


Topics include – what is the best application on a Mac for recording a single track solo voice audio, getting cassette audio into your Mac, the spacebar key not working, and setting up a Mac for a toddler to use.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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iTunes Amnesia
MyMac.com Help Desk 7

This time around, Tom looks at problems (and solutions) with iTunes Libraries, Universal Hard Disks, and iBook repair. Got a problem or question about your Mac? Be sure to email Tom.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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Thankful For Being A Mac User
MyMac.com Help Desk 6


Holiday time is a time for reflection. For thinking about the things you are thankful for. Some recent experiences I’ve had with my own computers have reminded me of how grateful I am to be a Mac user. Problems this month include no start-up chime, problems with Mail, and AppleWorks / TextEdit.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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Macally BTMouse
Review

The two most important things with a mouse are how it feels in your hand, and how well you can fine tune the tracking and scrolling to your liking. I don’t have big hands, but I like my mouse on the larger side. My hands tend to get sore with a mini mouse, and the BTMouse has the best feel of any mouse I’ve ever used.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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MyMac.com Help Desk 5
To Pair Or Not To Pair, plus Make Your Dell Happier

Topics this week: Questions about whether or not RAM in the Intel-based Macs needs to be installed in matching pairs. Dell and printing on an Airport Extreme. More Dell Hell.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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AppleWorks Lives!
MyMac.com Help Desk #4

When I first started writing this column in July I said we weren’t going to strictly do a help letters column. I say we, of course, because without your letters there is no help. This one’s going to be more of a commentary, and part iPhoto help.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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Yes You Can Put iTunes / Windows Media Songs On Your Gigabeat/iPod
MyMac.com Help Desk #3

New USB 2.0 iPod, Older USB 1.1 Mac, Broken Keychain, InsomniMac G5, and why Cory Doctorow and Robert Scoble got it wrong.

About Tom Schmidt

Tom was the senior Service Technician at FirstTech Computer, an Apple Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been taking care of and fixing Macs since the mid 1980’s, and is an an advocate for Apple Specialists (http://www.applespecialist.com/) around the USA. He can be found on Twitter as @tomdar2.

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