eBook Excerpt: Mac Backup, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

I’ve finally gotten around to posting a page of the eBooks I wrote for Demand Media in the “Macs for Former Windows Users” series this past fall. It’s a page here on the blog documenting the seven eBooks I was thrilled to put together after a multi-year hiatus from technical writing.

I thought I’d commemorate that achievement (the one where I put the page up, not the one where I actually wrote thie books) buy offering an excerpt of one of my favorites of those books, Mac Backup, Maintenance and Troubleshooting.

Enjoy “Approaches to Backup” after the jump.

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Tablets More Popular Than Smartphones on Christmas Day – Business Insider

chart of the day, tablets more popular than smartphones as christmas presents, december 2012

Tablets More Popular Than Smartphones – Business Insider.

Not all that surprising, but still something that’s interesting to note for folks who develop websites (or have websites for your businesses or ventures) or apps or eBooks or news. There’s more and more mobile out there, and it’s one reason I want to focus on publishing for tablets in 2013… I think we’re starting to see some serious volume out there of tablet users.

Fixing MacBook Keys

I’ve decided to maybe buy a nicely used MacBook Air before the end of the year. So, I’ve been searching eBay obsessively, as I am wont to do, for a deal.I noticed one on eBay that the seller said had a few worn keys, and that seemed to be keeping the price down, so I hit Google to see how hard it is to replace keys on the newer MacBooks.

Here’s a great video laying out the task at hand:

AirParrot: AirPlay for the Rest of Us

AirParrot Menu

I was chagrined to learn that my MacBook (late 2008 aluminum) was too old to make use of the AirPlay Mirroring feature in Mac OS X 10.8 and higher. I recent bought an Apple TV and, while I’ve been a devoted Roku user for a number of years, I hoped the Apple TV would enable me to further empower my life as a cord-cutter.

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Typinator: Typing From Memory

Typinator Screen Shot

If you’re like me, you spend hours a day in e-mail. A lot of the e-mail I’m sending for Jackson Free Press says something similar—what our current advertising promotions are, what our upcoming issues are, and some boilerplate for answering questions from potential advertisers and readers. To deal with all of that, I rely on Typinator from Ergonis Software.

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People Keep Talking about iPhone 5’s Weight

For instance, here: Daring Fireball: The iPhone 5.

Which makes me start to think about the iPad. Can they use the same tech to make the iPad—even a 10-inch model—feel solid and sturdy and also remarkably light? I want to love my iPad (I currently have an original model) and really do like it, but it hasn’t fundamentally changed how I read books or consume anything other than video while I’m cooking, instructions for making beer and fantasy football stats while I’m watching the game. (It’s also a great sales tool, handy for meetings and demoing websites and I’ve found it handy for tapping out notes at trade conferences.)

The iPad is great, and maybe iPad Mini will be the answer to my book-reading woes—except I’m not sure I want both an iPad and and iPad Mini. But a super-light 10-inch iPad. Hmm.

John Battelle: “Am I An Outlier, Or Are Apple Products No Longer Easy To Use?”

I just read this blog entry by John Battelle and it got me thinking — while I don’t feel like my Mac is particularly difficult to use, it’s probably because using a Mac is fundamentally one of the few things I’m good at. I know them well and can troubleshoot with relative ease.

But, it’s true, troubleshooting a Mac is not always easy — and other people probably don’t want to know what I know or study what I study — so the author has a point.

At the same time, though, I do get a little — word? — tweaked — when people don’t seem willing to take responsibility for even a little maintenance or management of their Macs.

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JPMorgan: Next-gen iPhone Could Boost U.S. GDP

Massive sales of next-gen iPhone could boost U.S. GDP

By Mikey Campbell

A research note released by J.P. Morgan on Monday estimated that sales of Apple’s next-generation iPhone may add between one quarter and one half a percentage point to fourth quarter annualized U.S. gross domestic product growth in 2012.

I’m not really sure if it’s a good thing that a single product could move GDP in the country, or that the end result will be even more cash sitting in Apple’s coffers. Hopefully it’ll mean some retail hiring for the holiday season and jobs stringing up 4G lines (does one have to “string up” 4G lines?) at the major (and minor) carriers.

Actually, if iPhone swells mobile broadband… that’s some infrastructure spending, right Professor Paul?

WSJ: “Apple Seeks to Create Pandora Rival”

Apple Inc. is in talks to license music for a custom-radio service similar to the popular one operated by Pandora Media Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be a bid by the hardware maker to expand its dominance in online music.


This could make sense… there’s nothing particularly unique about Pandora (not that I don’t appreciate it) and Apple might offer something that works with people’s data plans, encourages more music sales and can jump from Mac to iOS to Apple TV and elsewhere. It’s a move that would fit their strategy and offer a potential competitive edge over Android.