The Mac OS X 10.7 Lion PocketGuide

On September 27, 2011, in Book Review, Mac OS X, Review, by Mark Greentree

The Mac OS X 10.7 Lion PocketGuide
Author: Jeff Carlson
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77661-7, 240 pages
Price: Paperback US$11.99, Book + eBook Bundle US$16.19, eBook only US$9.59

If you’re after a quick pocket guide book that offers more detail than other competing books, I suggest you pick up The Mac OS X 10.7 Lion PocketGuide book.

The author, Jeff Carlson, takes readers through Lion in a way that anyone at any level can adapt to. Within the easy to follow guides in each chapter, readers will find a treasure trove of addition hints and tips to help you perfect your user experience.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

Macworld’s Mac Troubleshooting Superguide

On February 1, 2011, in Book Review, by Mike Breed

Macworld’s Mac Troubleshooting Superguide
Company: Macworld
Price: PDF: $12.95 USD, Printed Book: $19.95 USD, CD-ROM: $12.95 USD

Most of us are well versed in using our Macs and troubleshooting the comparatively few issues that arise from time to time with their use. Every now and then we run into a problem we aren’t quite sure how to approach. For instance, if your printer stops working after an upgrade of your OS, do you zap your parameter RAM or should you try uploading new printer drivers from Apple first? If you’ve tried a number of fixes and just can’t figure out what to do next, the Macworld Mac Troubleshooting Superguide may have the answers you’re looking for.

The Mac Superguide provides tips on everything from installing software and operating system upgrades to solving issues with networks. It’s virtually an A to Z guide to fixing just about every common issue that faces users of the Mac platform.

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About Mike Breed

Writing for since August of 2009, Mike Breed is an Earth Science and Biology teacher at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York. He is currently acting as the Science Department Chairman in his school district as well. Mike has received numerous grants to incorporate Apple products into the laboratories and activities of his students, with the hopes of adding a new element of learning to the teaching of science in a demanding learning environment. A lifelong resident of Cortland, New York, Mike enjoys spending time with his family when not busy with his duties at school. An avid fan of the Macintosh platform, Mike also spends a great deal of time reading and working from his iPad and iPhone, where he is reading his way through the entire chronology of Star Wars novels. Mike is also passionate about fishing and enjoys spending time each weekend fishing with his father on the waters of central New York State’s Finger Lakes.

Basic troubleshooting continued

On August 4, 1996, in How-To, Opinion, by Jeramey Valley

Well, I’m back again. In this article we’ll go over several basic troubleshooting techniques that should help you prevent a technical support call. I’d appreciate any feedback on these articles, to get a better feel for the type of information that best suits you, and provide varied content. Otherwise I’ll keep telling you about the day to day issues I deal with. Thanks!

Computer tells you the date & time are not correct; monitor is black & white (instead of its normal pretty colors); local printer won’t respond (computer tells you to check cables etc.); computer won’t turn on when you press the power key on the keyboard.

All of the above symptoms can frequently be caused by a dead battery especially if you have a Macintosh LC (or comparable Performa model) that is over a year old. Yes, your computer does have a battery. The battery keeps track of several things like: network settings, date & time, monitor settings, time zone, memory settings and startup disk. If your computer tells you the date/time are wrong one or two times, then I wouldn’t blame the battery immediately, but, if it keeps doing it, or you have several of the symptoms described above, then it probably is a dying battery.
How much are these? Well, depends on your system since Apple uses 2 types of batteries these days. It should be between $5 and $15, then the service shop’s time on top of that (it only takes about 5 minutes to change one, but some places have to charge you a full hour of time).

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