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The menu bar debate

  One of the more notable user interface differences between Macs and PCs is the location of the menu bar. On Macs, one menu bar is located at the top… Read more »

Fusion Drive

  The Fusion drive is a $250 build-to-order option for iMacs and Mac minis. Apple doesn’t push this option very hard, but it’s something you should strongly consider. The Fusion… Read more »

Puppet

  For most of the history of personal computing, large companies shunned Macs because there were few tools available to manage hundreds or thousands of computers. Large companies have scalability… Read more »

Time Machine disk full options

  Anyone who’s been using Time Machine for years knows that your Time Machine drive eventually fills up. Time Machine handles this situation by automatically deleting your oldest backups. If… Read more »

The best performing PC is a Mac

  A study by a company that makes PC monitoring and administration tools found that the most reliable Windows laptop was the mid-2012 MacBook Pro 13″. This shouldn’t be entirely… Read more »

Time Machine metadata

  (This post is for our more advanced readers who are curious about how Time Machine stores its data.) OS X stores Time Machine metadata in file extended attributes. These… Read more »

Questionable advice

  I came across the advice of a Mac consultant who wrote that you should restart your Mac once or twice daily to prevent your Mac from slowing down. This… Read more »

Apple ID two-step verification

Apple recently added two-step verification to Apple IDs. This optional feature helps thwart hackers from using your Apple ID. This mechanism requires you to enter a four digit code after… Read more »

OS X Contacts Printing Options

The Mountain Lion Contacts application has some printing options that you might not be familiar with. After you select Print… in the File menu, click on the Show Details button…. Read more »

QuickBooks 2013 for Mac

I recently started using QuickBooks 2013 for Mac to handle MacMaven Consulting’s accounting needs. I had previously been using a Windows accounting package. While the Windows package handled the job… Read more »