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Apple is an example of an amazing company that gives quality service. I moved over to Apple about 9 years ago, and love them.

People ask me all the time how I can justify the cost of a MAC when PC’s are so much cheaper. For one thing, I have a friend that is a PC buff. I’ve wanted him go thru 3 computers and my 2007 IMAC is still working fine.

Also a MAC comes with all the software you need, and will let you open, read, edit and change Microsoft Office documents, powerpoint and excel. I have never had any issue using the documents on my MAC’s.

IF I have anything I want checked, I can go make an appointment at the genius bar and they test out my mac and check it out. They also offer Apple Care, I can call and talk to a tech anytime and they can help me….it’s just rarely I need to call, cause I don’t have many issues.

Having been a Windows user for 20 plus years, before switching to MAC, the hardest thing I had to learn was not to think so hard. Apple makes things simple.

They also do not nickel dime you to death with software costs. Everything you need it built in. When they have a new versions of the operating system, you can easily back up your old version and install the new most of the time FREE of charge.

They are also seamless. I can work on a document on my MAC, and then go to my laptop and pick up where I left off. If I put a contact into my IPHONE, it goes to my MAC, IMAC and IPAD also, so I don’t have to type it in all 4 places.

If you have never used to tried an APPLE computer, before you judge, go visit a MAC store and play around with them. They are pretty amazing. One thing to warn you though, they are ALWAYS busy, day or night, the store has lots of people. Everyone loves to visit and play with all the new gadgets and they encourage that. They also have lots of free classes you can go to, and learn new tips and tricks.

Apple is a innovative and the leading edge of the future. I would recommend them highly.


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Lion

I’m not talking about a lion in a zoo.  Lion is apples newest operating system.  It’s been out about a year and I hear soon to be replaced with Mountain Lion.   It’s sometimes hard to keep up with the latest technology.

Having just bought the new air,  Lion came on it, so I jumped in and started using it.  Apple appears to be making the operating system more like the phones and iPads where you can swipe and use gestures.  So far other than being able to set up and leave desktops in tack and swipe over to the next one,  I don’t see a hugh change in most other things.

There is an new iPhoto and Mail added a few features, but if you had a MAC before it’s easy to use the new stuff.   I’ve found the transition almost seamless.   Apple does have a tendency to make things simple.  Simple is usually best.

If you haven’t taken the plunge,  I would highly recommend jumping on the bandwagon and moving to Apple.  If you’ve been waiting,  nothing more to wait for.  Just do it.


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MAC Air

I have been hesitant about upgrading all my MAC’s to Lion.  I had heard a lot of horror stories so I kept thinking I would do it and then not.

However I learned that Mobile ME is going way so I am forced to either upgrade or be without the new Cloud.  My IPADS and phone use the cloud but not my MAC’s.

I finally decided to take is slow.   I  bought a new MAC Air  and it came with Lion I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE the Air.  It’s so much lighter and easy to carry around.  I bought the top one so it’s instant and quick.

Even thought I have the new MAC,  I am still thinking I do need to upgrade the others over the next month……  I’ll keep you posted when I do.   Hope you all will keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

The worst that could happen is the IMAC will crash and I do have a backup.   If you’re like me thought I’d rather spend my time building my business then figuring out how to fix a crash.


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Notice to all Mac users

This i sa notice to all MAC Users.

Mobile Me is going away in June 2012. IF you haven’t moved to the cloud you have to do so this month. The Cloud is not compatible with Snow Leopard or lower but you can move just your MAC mail over if you don’t want to upgrade to Lion.

Check their site at http://me.com Log in and choose the option to move your mail only.

I’m sad to see Mobile Me go yet the ICloud is supposed to be an improvement.  I don’t want to upgrade so I guess the clouse will only work with my mail and my phone until I go to Mountain Lion.

Just thought I’d let everyone know so time doesn’t run out on you.   I love my Apple, however,  I guess it’s time to get a brand new one, as I don’t want to make the upgrade switch.


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I’m Sold On Apple.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and got to spend time with family and friends. Hard to believe another Christmas has passed already.

I also hope today there are many new MAC users, and lots of new MACS were under the Christmas trees. I’m sold on Apple.

I guess you could say I’m a total Apple convert. For about 10 years, my friends with Apples, were forever telling me to get a MAC. I thought about it, even went to the Apple store to look but always chickened out.

In the back of my mind, having had a PC for 10 + years, I thought the learning curve would be great. Finally one day, after fighting with my PC, I took it to a PC store, and found it had over 80 viruses. The was despite the fact that I ran a virus program religiously. I had enough and decided to go to the “dark” side.

Buying my very first MAC was quite an experience. The manual it came with was no bigger than 8 small pages. I brought it home and plugged it in and then wondered what to do. I called the Apple line to ask what next and they informed me that all I needed to do was check for software upgrades, run them and I was good to go.

The hardest thing I had to learn was NOT to think so hard. If you think logically you can easily learn an Apple without jumping thru hoops. It was the best decision I ever made.

They say if you go MAC you’ll never go back, and I can vouch for that.


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Apple Store In The Mall of America

I just went on a trip to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis Minnesota.

On my flight, I used the Delta Internet on board.I was able to send some holiday cards, do some email, and work online. After landing, the next day I turned on my MAC and nothing happened. I had a white screen only and it would not boot.

I thought the hard drive must have crashed although, I didn’t think they did that often. I tried everything but the computer wouldn’t boot. On black Friday, I went online and made an appointment for the genius bar at Apple Store In the Mall Of America.

I arrived for the appointment, they checked me in on time even though it was Black Friday. I’ve found Apple to be quite amazing and well organized.

A very nice Apple genius started up my MAC and got that same blank screen. He then hit “command v” and started it up and it started. He said you can also do the same thing by hitting the shift key and the on button. It had a bunch of garbage written on the screen.

The technician gout out a portable hard drive and plugged it in. He rans some sort of test and restored things. It took about 15 minutes and the machine was good to go. I was amazed.

He also noticed that the top of my laptop had a little crack in it. He said if I wanted to, I could make an appointment at any Apple store and take it in for a few hours, and they would replace the top free, as all plastic tops and stuff are replaced for 5 years.

My laptop was 3 1/2 years old, yet the genuis was able to fix it. There was NO Charge. What an amazing company.

Now you know why I LOVE MACS! It took me years to try one and now I’d never go back.

Apple Rules.


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Apple Mail

I’m still using Snow Leopard and debating the upgrade to Lion. Today I almost had heart failure with my Apple mail. I was on the phone, I went to open a message on my Mac to take a look at an email with the person on the phone.

I have no idea what I did, but all of a sudden a message came up that said did I really want to open something like 30,000 messages. I had a ton of mail on my Mac from the past years. Of course I didn’t want to open that many messsages.

I went to hit a key to say NO, and unfortuantely hit the ok key by mistake and the messages started opening and opening and opening. I almost had a heart attack. I immediately tried to stop them but didn’t know what key to hit so tried turning off the MAC. It didnt’ turn off and they messages kept opening.

I called a friend to ask them to look up the number quick for my local apple store and called. Unfortunately the girl that answered the phone, didn’t understand I only wanted to ask one of the floor techs what key to stop the mail…as it was not steadily going one and on.

Instead she transfered me to Tech SUpport, which meant I had to tell the machine first what I wanted before getting a live person. By now I was in panic. I could see myself trying to close all these messages for the next year.

When tech support came on, they had their standard questions first to ask and I could NOT answer them, as the mac was now opening so many messages that it was very slow. I could not pull up any other program. Finally I hung up and called the store back and begged them PLEASE to not transfer me to tech support but put one of the advisors on the phone. I knew they could tell me what to do.

She did pull a nice guy, and I explained what happened. He said don’t worry you can’t do anything with MAC that you can’t undo. He told me to hold the off button down for a minute or more. I did and the MAC finally went off.

I was so afraid to look, but we did reboot it. When it came on…..all the OPENED mail disappeared. I was so relieved and thankful.

I thought I’d share this story just in case you you may have the same issue one day. I’m back in business now but plan to go thru some of this mail and delete the old stuff I wont need anymore.

Back to the drawing board.


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Apple Iphone 4S

I just traded up and got a new Iphone. I was disappointed it wasn’t a 5, but finally decided the upgrade would be worth it. If you had a previous IPHONE it was easy to set up, and sync with Itunes.

I found a great article reviewing the phone. Hope it helps you decide if you want the upgrade.


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Wating on my I Phone 5

When do you think Apple will be releasing the new Iphone 5? I’ve been waiting, and waiting and waiting.

I still ahve an IPHONE 3 GS. I upgraded it and right after getting locked into a new contract for 2 years, out comes the Iphone 4. GRRRRR

Well, my contract expired now earlier this year but I don’t want an Iphone 4 when I know as soon as I get it the next model will be out. So here I wait.

Rumor had it that it would be out early in September, but that doesn’t appear to have happened. It’s not past that time, and still no announcement. When it finally does release, I have another few weeks to wait, because I’m not about to go out and camp outside the stores over night just to be the first. I’ll wait till the crowds die down.

Still, I’m anxious for them to get this show on the road. Come on Apple, we’re waiting!!!!!! Hope to see it soon. How about you?


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Updating your Memory In Imac

With the release of Lion, I learned a few things. Don’t upgrade right away until you get feedback from the early birds. Also, it’s a memory hog so you may need more memory.

I decided to get set up to wait and carried in my IMAC to the apple store. Unfortuantely, Apple does not even stock memory. They said I could order it online, and bring it back in OR I could check Best Buys.

Since I was out and about, I went over to Best Buys. The Geek squad took the memory from the shelf, and said come back in an hour (after I paid about $150 in advance. I went to lunch and then came back an hour later. They said the memory didn’t work, and refunded my money.

I asked around and someone told me to go to Crucial.com so I did. On their site they had a little testor to test to see what memory I needed. Their price was only $49 for 2 – 2 meg sticks and it said it was guaranteed compatible, so I ordered it.

They were very efficient and the memory arrived 2 days later. I went to YouTube and watched their “how to” video twice. Then I got brave and put my IMAC on the kitchen counter, and opened it up.

I was shocked at how easy it was. The hardest part was pulling out the old memory sticks, as I could not reach them. I called the Crucial people to be sure I was doing it right, and they stayed on the phone with me and told me step by step what to do.

What GREAT customer service! I put the IMAC back together, plugged it in and tested it and found I had double the memory.

SO…. if you’re planning to add memory to your IMAC, try the do it yourself way. If a blonde with no hardware skill scan do it anyone can.


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