Miscellaneous

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… Read more »

FedEx – astonishingly, mind-blowingly, laughably bad service

  This post has nothing to do with MacMaven Consulting. However, this is an example of how important customer service is, whether you are hiring a computer consultant, or merely… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Dell U2713HM monitor review

I managed to snag a Dell U2713HM monitor for about $450, with a combination of discounts. The retail price for this 27″ 2560×1440 monitor is $799. While you can find… Read more »

Apple Brand Value

According to Interbrand, Apple is now the 2nd most valuable brand in the world. While this isn’t a very surprising finding, I’ll add a personal story. I was in a… Read more »

Time Warner Cable modem rental fee

If you use TWC for your internet service, you probably received a post card saying that you will be charged a $3.95 per month modem rental fee. This is essentially… Read more »

Panasonic Link-to-Cell Cordless Phone

Sometimes I encounter a product that isn’t related to computing, but is worth mentioning. Case in point, the Panasonic KX-TG7643 cordless phone system. This package comes with three handsets. (There… Read more »

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… Read more »

Welcome

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… Read more »