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Importance of Backing Up!

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Don’t be this guy…

Courtesy of Ahajokes

I cannot begin to tell you how many students I see daily who explain exasperatedly that they wish the importance of backing up along with how easy it is to back up using Middfiles was all part of the Orientation and actively reiterated throughout their years here. This is stated by students who lost data over -

  • issues with their hard drive,
  • or water damage to the computer,
  • or dropping it and causing a delay in using their laptop so it can be fixed.

There is a very easy way to back your important work up which could be your-

  • Midd-term papers
  • Final papers
  • Thesis

You can have access to it any time you need it.  The best part is …it’s free!

Use Middfiles to back up and you can put access to it right on your Dock.  The link below is a portal to instructions and the link to your personal back up space.

http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Using_File_Servers_-_Macintosh

When you have created this access to Middfiles don’t forget to click the link Create an Alias for Quick Access… this instructs how to put access to Middfiles right on your Dock.

Remember- Back up, Back up, Back up!

Apple Tip- The Kernel Panic

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by Doubleknot.com

We have been bombarded with movies that indicate the possibility of computers running themselves and the world around them like the movie Terminator and then there was The Matrix and then AI. There are rare times with your Mac when you may think there is a “ghost in the machine”.  Your Mac may just restart itself, or spontaneously shut down or become unresponsive (of course, this only happens when you haven’t yet saved important data).  This reaction may indicate a Kernel Panic which is your Mac’s way of signifying that a problem is occurring or “I give up”, hence the shutdown.  The Kernel Panic is not software related; it is from a hardware and/or an external related problem.  There are many variables with hardware/external related issues that could result in the Kernel Panic from defective RAM, corrupt drivers,  hard disk corruption or possibly even  a loose Airport Card.

Software Update  Apple is always stressing the point that often times, issues with your Mac can be avoided simply by updating your software when prompted to.  These software updates may not help you avoid the Kernel Panic, but some do help improve how your Mac deals with issues because they are designed to help alleviate problems by improving your Mac’s tolerance for external issues. Steps to take long before you know there is a problem, for instance- when you get that annoying prompt “Updates Available”.  

So yet again, I jump on the Soapbox and reiterate the importance of performing SOFTWARE UPDATES when necessary.

If you have a Mac with OX S Mavericks or an older operating system like Mountain Lion, Lion or an earlier version, you can get a general idea of what kind of symptoms to look for at the link provided below.  But be forewarned that Apple would now like Mac owner’s to follow the protocol to have a certified Mac Technician or Genius Bar at an Apple Store look at your Mac to determine exactly why the Kernel Panic is happening.  The Troubleshooting instructions found on the link below to determine the source of the Kernel Panic on your Mac is now NOT Recommended by Apple. Simply use this link to determine if a Kernel Panic did occur.

Apple Support

In summary,

        I.            first and foremost- UPDATE SOFTWARE, which in the long run, may help you avoid issues from happening with your Mac.

      II.            A Kernel Panic happens as a result of your computer signifying a problem is occurring which would likely be from external sources not from a software related issue.  

    III.            Last but not least, this also signifies that you need to bring your Mac in to see a specialist, a Certified Apple Technician.

Our Certified Apple Technician to handle all customer Mac issues is Ark Lemal , who can be reached at 802/318-4657 or in the College Bookstore- Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

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Apple Desk Quick Tip!

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Holiday Savings

Saving Money!

Did you know that when you purchase a Panther Rewards Bookstore Gift Card for $250, $500, $750 or $1,000, your Gift Card comes with money added on it automatically- FREE?  For instance, if you purchase a $500 Panther Rewards Gift Card, you get $15 added to it.  You can then turn around and use this Gift Card to purchase an iPad Air (example)  for that special someone and use that additional $15 as savings on the iPad!

Two wonderful things are accomplished with buying smart- first, you save money- bonus, then you are appreciated for your thoughtful gift- double bonus!

 Buy smart, get savings with a Panther Rewards Gift Card.

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MacBook Pro With Retina Displays are in!!

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MacBook Pro Retina Display

MacBook Pro Retina Display

Wow!

Come in and get your new 13″ or 15″ Mac with Retina display. The new 13″ Mac with Retina Display now comes in three choices.

  • MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display: 2.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, 128GB   $1,199.00
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display: 2.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, 256GB   $1,399.00
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display: 2.6GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5  512GB    $1,699.00

The new 15″ comes in these choices.

  • MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display: 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7  256GB   $1,899.00
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display: 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7  512GB   $2,399.00

 

 

Apple Quick Tips

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What to Do When your iPad,  iPhone or iPod is disabled

We recently had someone, a bored students perhaps, come in and create a passcode on our Demo iPod which locked every customer out who was looking at the iPod’s.  After so many tries of entering the passcode, the iPod then became disabled which allowed no one to open it.  How annoying for customers. But, the good news is that there is an easy fix for anyone who has a passcode on their iPad, iPod or iPhone and was locked out.

The first thing you should realize though is this-

This process completely wipes your device clean and restarts it. What this means is that any and all of your music, movies and all other data is wiped as well.  Make sure your have all this saved on your Mac/PC before anything like this happens if possible.  iCloud is definitely the preferred choice, then you can just restore your device from iCloud. The very least you should make sure of is that you have synced your device with iTunes which can perform the restore as well.  

However, if you have never synced your device with iTunes and you’re not using the benefit of the iCloud, you can perform this easy trick to unlock your device without restoring data.  It will be like a new device.

First- Shut your device off.

Second- Open iTunes on computer.

Third- Get your charging cable plugged into your computer through the USB port.

Next- Hold down Home Button (Without Releasing) while plugging the other end of charging cable into device. Look for “Connect to iTunes” that appears on device before finally releasing Home Button.

Then- Look for “Device in Recovery Mode” in iTunes on computer, then click ok and restore device.

Below is an Apple Support link that can help walk you through restoring and resetting a passcode with iCloud if you used it to back up. 

Apple Support Link

Apple Quick Tip- Airport Wi-Fi

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Airport Wi-Fi

A new problem arose after one of our customers purchased an Airport Base Station for Wireless Networking in their home.  They followed the included Manual Instructions which did not call for getting this setup started using your Mac which turned out to be a missing key component for getting it set up correctly.  Below is a link to Apple Support for a tutorial slideshow on how to set up your wireless network.

Apple Support – Wi-Fi Slideshow

Airport 1

The first step of course is to turn your Mac on! Then plug your Airport into the outlet and open up Airport Utility by opening Finder from your dock.  Scroll down on right and open Utilities.   A window will appear and looks similar to this one above. 
Select the correct device by making sure it is highlighted and continue

Airport2

You are then given the chance to individualize your Airport device by creating a name along with a password to protect your Wi-Fi with security. 

Airport3

Select which set-up you want from the choices of extending your Wi-Fi Zone, replacing it or creating a new one or secondary one.  Then continue.

Airport4

Then, choose your wireless network which may be made easier by showing the name created for it previously.  Continue.

Airport5Congratulations! Click done, your Airport Device is activated.

Perfect deal for students by Amazon!

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As an international student going to a US college, I am trying to cut all expenses, so I got really happy to learn about this fantastic deal offered by Amazon to ship all my purchases directly to my dorm without charging me a cent for shipping.

In addition, you can stream thousands of movies and borrow kindle books for free! In the end of the 6 months you get to try Amazon prime for free, you can become a member with a discount of 50%.

As if this is little, you can get 10$ for each friend who registers for the deal as well :)

I’ll let you know how it goes as I order my first must-haves. If you want to try it out, use the link below to help me earn 10$ worth of books as you register yourself! THANKS and ENJOY! ♥

Link to the offer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info?ie=UTF8&refcust=Z4GCMUEN2DB5NDPWWF7HUISKQE&ref_type=generic