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I recommend Mountain Lion!

July 29th, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

Mac users should head to the App Store in your desktop Dock and get Mountain Lion. It is absoutely worth the nominal price of $19.95. And as the look and feel and basics are unchanged, it is an easy update to handle. I (Peter) have now updated 3 Macs and have had no issues.  Some neat … read full article

Getting ready for Mountain Lion

June 27th, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

For my birthday this July it looks like I (along with all other Mac users) will be getting a herd of Mountain Lions–seems particularly appropriate for me given that I am a Leo! To get ready for what should be an easy $19.99 update from Lion to Mountain Lion via the App Store, it is important that you … read full article

Mac Malware guidance

May 21st, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

Update:  Apple has now addressed this problem with a software update.  Be sure to run “Software Update” from the Apple Menu and install all the available updates.  No further action will be required, unless you were infected; in that case follow the advice below to change your password.  Original blog follows… “Mac Malware” is almost … read full article

You don’t have to be Dr Who to have a Time Machine!

March 25th, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

While I haven’t written a Mac blog for some time, here is an important “public service message” to help you avoid one of the potential calamities of the digital age… As followers of this blog and guests at West Hill House know, Peter is a.k.a. Mr Mac, a member of the Apple Consultants Network and … read full article

OSX Lion 10.7.1 Update – caution still warranted

August 17th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Well the OSX 10.7.1 update is available now, and it purports to have addressed the WiFi issues, among a few other items.  It’s a very small update in terms of size. I have made the update on two desktop machines, an iMac and MacMini, and tested WiFi.  It was quite a struggle to get the iMac to … read full article

OS-X Lion Screen Saver – WOW!

July 29th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Here’a a new Lion feature I just discovered.  It’s a real WOW for a desktop machine. As you probably know you can select as your Screen Saver an animated tiling of the album covers of your iTunes library.  You can see the screen saver System Preference panel here – you select “iTunes Artwork”. Well in Lion the … read full article

Mac OS X Lion and WiFi – beware

July 27th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Mac OS X Lion really rocks. But if you depend on WiFi (e.g. you have a MacBook Air) BEWARE! Lion has a bug imbedded in its fur somewhere that makes WiFi problematic.  It will appear you have a connection, but you may not be able to access the Internet. There are many ways to temporarily resolve the problem (switching off … read full article

In Praise of iPhone – and AT&T’s Microcell

February 24th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

So yes, we know West Hill House is close to last in the world to buy a smartphone, but now that we have an iPhone we do need to talk about it! As followers of this blog know I (Peter) am a Mac consultant and I have been following the iPhone with interest ever since … read full article

The new thin MacBook Air

October 29th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

So having got your interest in my last Mac blog in Google Chrome, and ditching your G4 laptop for an Intel machine, what should you buy? The new MacBook Air may be the answer. This is one sweet machine, and now at a comparable price to the regular MacBooks. The key is evaluating your needs. … read full article

Chrome is back in Vogue

October 11th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

The Browser Wars have a new entrant, and it’s definitely worth trying. (At least on a Mac – can’t comment on that other OS that some people still use!). Google has done it again – Google Chrome in my view is currently the best browser out there. Better than Firefox, better than Safari. It’s fast … read full article

Email desiderata

September 15th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

There are few things more important these days to your interaction with the rest of the world than your email address. This blog offers some advice on your CHOICE of address. Interestingly this topic spans the divide between our interest as innkeepers and Peter’s interest as a Mac computer consultant. As innkeepers we interact with … read full article

Mac Application & File Launcher plus “Snippets”

June 28th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

You still miss the old Apple Menu from the pre OS X days? Me too! Well there’s good news – there is something even better now available… For a number of years I used Fruit Menu which worked well, but it initially had problems with OS X 10.6 so I went looking for something else. … read full article