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Coronavirus data

Here are some websites I find useful for tracking the impact of COVID-19. While we’ve made tremendous progress in New York City, we’re not out of the woods yet. Given the high likelihood that the coronavirus is transmitted via aerosols, it’s critical to maintain proper precautions. It’s a fair assumption that the virus is still…

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Home sharing not working on Apple TV 4th generation

  I enjoy streaming my iTunes music library to my Apple TVs (and connected speaker systems.) On my 4th generation Apple TV, the home sharing feature frequently can’t find the music library on my Mac. The Apple TV insists that iTunes Home Sharing needs to be turned on. It’s on Apple, it’s on! Apple has…

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Fix for Brother MFC-7820N paper jamming

 My workhorse printer is a Brother MFC-7820N. I’ve had it since 2007. Over the past month, I’ve had constant paper jams. I tried cleaning the pickup roller that feeds the paper from the paper tray. That didn’t do squat. I figured it was time to buy a new printer, so I researched the current Brother models. For…

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How to play albums in order on your iPod Shuffle

The iPod Shuffle remains a solid choice for playing music while working out. It’s small, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive. However, the absence of a display can make the Shuffle a little confusing to use. It’s not intuitive how to play songs in the order you’d like. If you load your albums into the Shuffle, you’ll…

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Free music from the New York Public Library

If you have a library card from the New York Public Library, you can download three free MP3s a week from the Freegal Music site. While the music selection isn’t as large as the iTunes music store, there’s still plenty to choose from. You’ll need your library card PIN in order to log in. Check…

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Common infrastructure issues

Here are some infrastructure issues I frequently find at new clients: Either no backup solution is in place, or backups are handled manually. Unfortunately, many companies decide to employ a backup solution after data is lost. Be proactive. Wireless networking is used even though all computers are in the same room as a switch or…

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This blog will be used as a forum to discuss interesting problems I’ve encountered, the state of Macs in businesses, new Mac-related product launches, and my own product evaluations. Feel free to send me an email if there’s a particular Mac or iOS topic you’d like me to cover.