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6 Basic Maintenance Tips for Mac Users

Apple did a good job at creating a device that is easy for users to maintain and use. This means that you shouldn’t slack when it comes to maintenance. Doing some simple things can help to ensure your device performance is kept up.

  1. Make sure all software is updated

Mac software updates can really help you to secure your device. Check the Apple menu for any pending updates. The update could be a bug fix, feature enhancement or security upgrade that your device can benefit from. Updating Mac software is so easy so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do it. The device itself will check for updates once every week by default so the process is automated.

  1. Clean up the desktop

To prevent slowing down your device, don’t have too many items on your desktop. You may not notice how slow your device becomes when you have too many programs on the desktop. Remember that each file and icon preview will consume some space in your RAM as well as other resources that contribute to the device’s overall performance. To avoid the slowness from a cluttered desktop, clean up the space and leave only the items you need most.

  1. Perform regular backups

Performing regular backups on your Mac is also so important. Backing up your device allows you to recover from any potential risks and it’s generally a very recommended practice. Mac has designed a reliable backup solution known as Time Machine. As soon as you set it up, it will be automatically backing up your data for you. All you need is an external hard drive where you’ll be backing up your data. Time Machine is configured on the System Preferences section and is very easy to set up.

  1. Minimize login items

Whenever you boot up your system or login to your account, there are certain programs that will appear during startup. If you notice a program that you really don’t need, you can get rid of it and reduce the time it takes for your device to boot. Just go to the System Preferences and select Users & Groups then select your user account and go to the Login Items. Delete the items that you really don’t need to appear during startup.

  1. Restart your computer

Many people, especially those who use desktops, do not practice the important habit of restarting their machine. Restarting the device can do a lot of good in terms of boosting performance. You need to restart the device at least once every week. You can do this manually or set up automatic restarts.

  1. Empty trash

Another simple yet effective step that you can take to boost Mac performance is to empty the trash. This is something that can be done manually or using an automated app. You can have an app that empties your trash at certain intervals. Automated apps work really well because they give you some time to restore any important files before emptying the trash.

 

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5 Ways to Boost the Performance of Mac Systems

To ensure your Mac is running as good as new, you’ll need to do a few things. Macs are among the most trouble-free operating systems in the world. However, even the best device needs proper maintenance in order to live up to its expectations. Here are 5 things you need to do to boost Mac performance:

Repair permissions

Whenever you want to perform large system upgrades, it’s recommended that you repair permissions. You can do this by launching Disk Utility on your device. Go ahead and select the boot drive then click on Repair Disk Permissions. The process is likely to take a few minutes but be patient because it’s going to be worthwhile. Disk Utility is a useful feature because it allows you to check HD health and perform repairs when necessary.

Quit and restart programs that consume memory

When the system is left running constantly it’s common to experience slow speeds and performance issues because of memory leaks. Memory leaks often occur when software has been running for too long. Most browsers like Safari lead to memory leaks when they are not closed or restarted. Imagine a browser consuming 1GB of memory? This can significantly impact on the device’s performance. What you can do is to restart the entire machine and this will make sure the virtual memory is reset and everything else is cleaned up. You may notice the system performing slightly better after restarting.

Monitor the remaining hard drive space

Your hard drive needs to have some bit of space to allow your machine to perform at its peak. The rule of thumb is to make sure 10% of the space of your hard drive is free. Should you find yourself consuming all the available space pretty fast, consider replacing the driver with a much larger one. You may also want to get rid of programs and applications on your machine that you really don’t need. Invest in an external hard drive that you can use to store your important data and delete the ones in your computer. Also make sure you empty the trash regularly to leave up some space and boost performance.

Take advantage of monitoring tools

There are a lot of tools that Mac users can utilize in order to boost their computer’s performance. There are tools that are designed to check for any signs of inconsistencies in your hard drive and report. The tool will check for any failures in your internal drives and report as well as suggest actions to take. Other tools can provide important features like CPU usage meter, memory usage and temperature sensors. Whenever the system has an issue, the respective feature will help you to find out how to resolve it.

Software updates

Last but not least, make it a habit to perform software updates as often as necessary. These updates will not only keep your system up and running but also improve functionality, fix bugs and get rid of security concerns. Follow MacUpdate on the web to keep track of any necessary updates that your device may benefit from.

 

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Your Macbook Just Ran Out of Space, Now what?

All computers no matter how fast or how much memory they’ve been built with will eventually run out of space. While this may not seem like anything new for some of you, it may be to people who use their Macbook and iMacs for things like graphic design or video editing. Because these projects tend to take up a lot of space and clog up your drive, it’s always good to back up to the cloud, but let’s say you’ve already reached that capacity and aren’t quite sure what to do at this point. Here are a few tips for you to give a bit of credence to that just might help.

Never let your computer whether you’re on iOS or Mac OSX, get down past 15% of space. If you do, you could find your computer start to run slower and eventually could crash. Look for files that use less than ten gigabytes of disk space and back these up with an external hard drive. Photos can take up a ton of additional space on the hard drive, so be sure to delete the ones you just aren’t interested in keeping. On top of photos you might not want, look for duplicates. Again, these little nuances will certainly help free space.

In addition to files that are running less than 10 Gigs, check to see if any apps are running and either close or delete them. Often when visiting certain websites, cookies and other nasty bits are left on you even after you’ve bounced out. In some cases, these apps can download themselves and need to be removed for good. Another aspect to consider is these apps can always be running and wearing on your disk space.

Another item that is eating up your space could be your iTunes app. Be sure to use a NAS box rather than an external hard drive to download your music, this way you’ll have access anytime. In case you’re unsure of what a NAS is that stands for Network-Attached-Storage or a server that is connected to your computer network. Xfinity or Comcast offers packages such as NAS, Jax, and FL. While this is an excellent alternative, it may not be cost-efficient for you.

If the price is too expensive for a NAS system, then download OmniDiskSweeper to show you exactly what apps are running and eliminate the ones, not in use. Another short cut follows these instructions from MacWorld.Co.Uk:

You can also do it easily without an app. Open a new Finder window and navigate to your Home folder or press Shift-Cmd-H from the Finder. Press Cmd-F to open a new Find window and in the left-hand drop-down menu at the top of the window, choose Other. From the window that opens next, scroll down until you see File Size, and check the box next to it. You have now selected that as the attribute for a search. Select ‘greater than’ in the next drop-down menu, and change the file size units to MB. Now type in a file size, say 100, to display all the files in your Home folder that are bigger than 100MB. You can now choose which files to delete or archive on an external disk, and free up disk space quickly.

With these quick methods, you may find it’s easier to free space than you might have thought. If all else fails ‘Go Coastal’ and call us directly.

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Why You Should Get Apple Training in Person

Picture this:

You’re on a tight deadline, moments away from finishing your project and within minutes your world comes to a howling stop. You’ve got MAC freeze! Apple computers are great until one of them crashes. In many cases, you may not have time to wait online or to make a trip to the Apple Store and wait for 45 minutes. If you’re like many people you’ll scour the internet for solutions on repairing” Ole Apple Sauce,” but who has time to watch a gazillion YouTube videos on repairing the problem? While there’s a plethora of great info, you may not get the best information or data from online courses. Especially something that is FREE. In this blog, we just might sway you to believe, training and lessons at our Boca Raton location might get you better results and here’s why.

Whether you take a course in a group or individually, learning hand’s on with the experts will prove to be invaluable next time your Macbook or iMac goes down. We can teach you how to use your device and give you the knowledge to get the computer up and running in a shorter time. But, why is that important?

If you have a deadline to meet with no time to waste, understanding the proper way to troubleshoot your computer’s problem will be useful in any situation. If you’re in a pinch and it’s too early to call your IT guy or gal, then the training will help you without worrying about reaching someone. Also, it’s better than scouring the net for advice as well.

Seeking answers on a place like YouTube can be helpful. However, how do you know you’re getting the most accurate and up to date information? The answer is, you can’t always know that the information you’re getting is precise. Unless you take lessons from a certified tech, specializing in Apple products, there’s no way of knowing what you’re finding is truth.

We have gone through years of training ourselves, and that makes us a credible partner in your education when it comes to the world of Mac computers. Whether you’re learning how to operate and use short cuts on the keyboard or something more complex, we can turn you into a MAC NINJA!

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Mac or PC for Editing Video?

While many people would argue that PC’s and Premier Pro are the way to go for editing video, hands down Apple computers are still worlds ahead when it comes to editing software and performance. In fact, some programs aren’t even available for the Microsoft 10 planet. So, which do you prefer and why you may ask? In this blog, we’ll point out a few other items you might not have thought of when it comes to editing video on a Macbook or iMac versus a PC.

Up until recently, Mac computers were unable to get malware. Since we’ve found out, there is such a thing, that may have burst a few bubbles. However, not much has to do with video editing. Programs like Adobe Premier Pro are compatible with both Mac and PC. With enthusiasts from both sides of the coin preaching which is better, most will agree that MAC gets the job done faster and is more efficient. There seems to be a lot of lag time with a PC such as Dell. That can cause a lot of issues with playback and audio that video editors just can’t deal.

The Apple series whether it’s a Macbook or an iMac were almost created for design. The pixels on a Mac seem better, and the colors are more vivid in most cases. While the newer touch-screens for PC’s allow you to draw and get more precision when it comes to apps like Photoshop, there’s still a lot more available for Mac users that are seemingly more valuable to creatives.

Final Cut Pro X is exclusive to Apple’s Mac OS X making this a number one choice for some newer editors. Final Cut Pro X is a super friendly and easy to maneuver program making it perfect for beginners. A few steps ahead of iMovie, this software was designed with multiple shortcuts and works well for people looking to do some fast editing or to ramp up their workflow.

If you’re a designer, video editor or illustrator, hands down you’ll be more impressed with Mac computers than with the average PC. These machines were created for you in mind. Go to any advertising agency or marketing firm, and they’ll most likely have rows of Apple Computers making the argument it’s a matter of important choice.

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All Good Things Must Come to A Malware End

Word is out on the streets that in 2017 Mac has just been infected by its first malware EVER!!! That’s not bad considering Windows has been dealing with this issue for years. In this week’s blog, we reveal some things you should be aware of to determine if your Mac Computer is a target.

Per the big guys on ‘Tech Hill,’ they’re claiming your MacOS is still shielded for the most part from the nasty Malwarebytes. That is, your computer is more protected than if you had Windows 10. While no computer is ever safe from getting infected or subject to all kinds of nastiness, there are things you can look out.

First, this isn’t as new as you might have expected. The company claims that it’s an age-old system that uses the same technique as a hidden file and launch product. Nonetheless, if you’re noticing an extraneous amount of emails you’ve never signed up for, then there could be a problem.

The problem has been titled by Apple and is being called “Fruitfly,” which is a rather cute name. Regardless of the adorable title, it’s been given, make sure that you’re running some Malware system to target any issues before someone steals your information or worse identity. Once you’ve downloaded the program, be sure to run it periodically for any hidden issues.

The good news, there is a cure, by combatting the virus with Malware software that will detect OSX.Backdoor.Quimitchin. This is an old problem and not so new. It’s rather easy to identify and easy to remove.

If you’re needing help or are unsure if you have a problem, bring your computer to our shop for further investigation. Be sure to run backups on all your files and save them to the cloud when you can to double protect yourself from experiencing anything further.

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The Dilemma with Apple’s Wireless Charger

Apple has always been at the forefront of the latest technology. With this past year of introducing the AirPods for the iPhone to pair with, they continue to raise the bar when it comes to cell phone innovations. The next introduction is most likely going to blow everyone away. That next invention is the use of wireless charging stations. However, there are speculations this could take a while. In this blog, we discuss the dilemma on why that might be happening.

The Energous company is said to be having some difficulties with Apple due to the regulatory certification program that is mandatory to pass with Apple. While the manufacturer of the chip that is to be installed on the new iPhones is scrambling to secure the deal, there’s still no sign of when this feature will happen. Read more

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Typical MAC Problems and How to Trouble Shoot Them

While Mac computers are one of the best systems around, they aren’t 100% foolproof. There are several reasons you could run into issues, but we want to point out the most likely reasons your MAC could be running slow or just not performing at its best.

If you notice your computer is starting to experience a lot of lag time or is becoming more stagnant when operating, you will want to check the system to see if it’s using too much memory or if there is a bigger problem. Go to your Utility menu and do the following: Read more

Happy Holidays from Coastal Computers!

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During this busy Holiday Season of shopping and celebrating, Coastal Computers wants to help make selecting the best new Apple device easier than ever. Our Certified Apple Technician Pros have put together a list for Santa Clause on which Apple works best for all the Apple lovers in your family this Holiday Season!

For the College Student:

The best Mac for students is the MacBook Air, as it has the right performance, it is cool, slick, and has a stylish design, and even lots of USB-A ports for easy file transfers so your college student will get those A’s, study easier online, share notes with classmates, and support college level testing browsers.

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If it’s an Apple, Coastal Computers Can Fix it!

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We all get busy and sometimes our hands can’t keep up, and the ever-feared accident happens… you drop your iPhone, iPad or iMac. Do not worry Coastal Computers can fix it! Our Certified Apple Technicians are experts at repairing cracked screens, water damage and anything else that can go wrong if you drop your device. The entire staff at Coastal Computers makes your repair our priority.

So if you’ve dropped your beloved Apple device, fear not — we can help you with affordable and reliable iPhone, iPad and iMac repair.

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