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Apple Quick Tips- OS X Mavericks

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Mac OS X Mavericks

 

One of the main reasons behind the operating system upgrade to Mavericks was for conserving battery life.  Apple has worked out how to conserve battery life by having the new operating system drop processing hogs like Spotlight and Time Machine into the background letting them work “behind the scenes” so to speak in terms of having the CPU more or less overlook or ignore them. You can check this out by going into finder and choosing applications, then opening up your Activity Monitor.   There is also an energy saver setting called App Nap which is a background program that searches for apps not needing processing power.  There is a tab on the Activity Monitor labeled Energy that allows you to see which apps are hogging up energy. Some people have uninstalled apps that use too much energy needlessly if they deem them “not absolutely necessary” apps.

Mavericks uses Safari to help save energy as well by allowing Safari to more or less control certain energy hogging plug-ins like you-tube clips and ads in the sidebar when a page opens. This improvement helps Safari perform better and faster without shutting off the plug-ins entirely, just delaying them. Using the mouse or trackpad, you can view these flash-based ads or media if you choose to.

These are only a few of the improvements you will notice with the new OS X Mavericks.  I was impressed with the energy saving improvements to help conserve battery life.

Below is a link which provides a closer inspection on some Mavericks conserving energy improvements.

Apple Link

One of my personal favorite improvements with the new Mavericks operating system was the new and improved Do Not Disturb feature which is also one of the most popular features with Mavericks.  This feature allows you to select Do Not Disturb while you are giving a presentation where you don’t want your iMessages to pop up during the presentation. Simply go into Notifications in System Preference and check the box titled When mirroring to TV’s and projectors. You will also notice that you can select times and apps involved when you want to activate the Do Not Disturb feature or you can select the quick way to activate this feature for 24 hours – Hold down Option Key and click the Notification icon pictured here. You will find it at the very upper right corner on your screen.  OS-X-Notification icon

You won’t get any notifications for 24 hours from your apps that send notifications. Below is an Apple Link from Apple Support for a more in-depth look at Notifications. 

Apple Notifications Link

Of course, there is always hic-ups with newly released operating systems. Many people wait a few months before jumping on board and upgrading to the new operating system.  There are new updates and patches to help fix some minor issues.

We are already seeing another update-

The 10.9.2 update repairs or patches minor hic-ups and more which are listed below:

§  Adds the ability to make and receive FaceTime audio calls

§  Adds call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls

§  Adds the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders

§  Includes general improvements to the stability and compatibility of Mail

§  Improves the accuracy of unread counts in Mail

§  Resolves an issue that prevented Mail from receiving new messages from certain providers

§  Improves AutoFill compatibility in Safari

§  Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion on certain Macs

§  Improves reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2

§  Fixes an issue that may cause VPN connections to disconnect

§  Improves VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder

§  Improves VoiceOver reliability when navigating websites

§  Improves compatibility with Gmail Archive mailboxes

§  Includes improvements to Gmail labels

§  Improves Safari browsing and Software Update installation when using an authenticated web proxy

§  Fixes an issue that could cause the Mac App Store to offer updates for apps that are already up to date

§  Improves the reliability of diskless NetBoot service in OS X Server

§  Fixes braille driver support for specific HandyTech displays

§  Resolves an issue when using Safe Boot with some systems

§  Improves ExpressCard compatibility for some MacBook Pro 2010 models

§  Resolves an issue which prevented printing to printers shared by Windows XP

§  Resolves an issue with Keychain that could cause repeated prompts to unlock the Local Items keychain

§  Fixes an issue that could prevent certain preference panes from opening in System Preferences

§  Fixes an issue that may prevent migration from completing while in Setup Assistant

As you can see from this list above, improvements to many features and minor issues has been addressed with this new patch.

We feel it is advisable to take a moment to update your Mac as soon as you get a moment.

 

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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Disabled copy

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.