Last night I attended my first class ever at Tekserve. It was on How to Get The Most Out of Your Mac. Tekserve is an Apple Specialist store in the NYC area. I follow them on twitter (@tekserve) which is where I saw the tweet about the free class. So if you are in NYC, they are repeating it. Be sure check it out if you can. I am glad I did because I learned a lot.
Such as Macs do have a “Screen of Death”. Unlike PC where it’s blue, on a Mac it’s gray which signals either a software or hard drive problem. When that happens run and run fast to your nearest Apple Store or the Tekseve (NYC). However, since Macs are self managing machines this will rarely happen. Unless you are running your machine into the ground.
Self managing means that Macs take care of themselves (in the background) and will last long if u treat them right. Like my laptop, I have had it for over 5-years now and it time for an serious upgrade. Apple considers any computer or device of theirs that 5 years old vintage and anything over 7 obsolete. They will stop making parts for those devices.
The teacher highly recommends people stop downloading or buying those programs (like MacKeeper) that promise it will help keep you Mac safe, clean and running at full performance. Why? Your mac already have certain systems in place for this and those types of programs tends to remove important logs that contains information that the techs maybe need to have in order to figure your what wrong with your computer if something does go wrong.
There is really no need to install Norton Virus. Yeah, I know you have hear this – Macs don’t get viruses, which is kind of true. I personally think since PCs are way more affordable and many people still buy them, is the reason why hackers go after them more often. Also while you are at it stop download free software, not all of them are good for your computer.
Here are a couple of more tips:
- Be proactive and run the disk utility at least once a month. Use the Verify Disk and Verify Disk Permissions option to see if anything is wrong. Anything notes in green means you are good, red mean bad.
- Your mac was built to stay on but please turn them off when travel. It will prevent an future hard drive damage.
- Update your programs. You don’t want to run into any problems when switching to a new computer.
- Recycle and Resuse your old macs. They can become great in-home media centers. (Look into EyeTV HD to turn your mac into an Tivo/DVR)
Overall it was a great session and I got tons of out it. As I mention before I been looking (& saving my pennies) to upgrade because I depressingly need it. I was going to go for an 15″ Macbook Pro but after last night class it got me thinking that maybe I should go with the 13″ (which is a whole lot cheaper).
Since I am into Photoshop or coding most of the day the small screen size may make my eyes hurt but if I am working from home I can set up a secondary screen which will allow me to work from a larger monitor. Then what happens when I am out Coworking? I still need to figure that out. Maybe I should start a Chipin account or use Fiverr to help raise some money (to match whatever I have currently) faster for that new computer.