iMac hard drive replacement

Apple has expanded the hard drive replacement program for certain 21.5- and 27-inch iMac computers.
This is the second time Apple has extended the program, including more computers each time.
From the Apple support page:

Apple has determined that certain Seagate 1TB hard drives used in 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems may fail. These systems were sold between October 2009 and July 2011.


Mac OS X 10.8.2 (updated)

The Apple engineers appear to have fixed the problem with Parental Controls in 10.8.2.

If you are running Mountain Lion, go to software update and make sure you have the latest updates installed.

Parents and Mac OS X 10.8

Don’t upgrade to Apple’s latest operating system, Mountain Lion, if you use parental controls on your Macintosh.

Password Hack Attack

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The end of the Internet

No, it’s not the end of the Internet, despite what you may have heard from your friend’s buddy’s neighbor.

For a small set of computers that were infected by a particular virus and never properly cleaned, the ability to surf the Internet will

Saying goodbye to PowerPC apps and hello to Lion

Several months ago we talked about checking your running applications to ensure they would work with Lion, OS X 10.7, which no longer supports applications written for the older PowerPC processors.

That’s fine for the day-to-day applications you run all the time, but what about the programs you use once a blue moon? Well there’s a simple way to check those, too.

Finally, Quicken for Mac works

Intuit has released a second update for Quicken 2007 for the Macintosh. This update appears to have solved the bugs in the version of Quicken 2007 for Lion.

If you have been waiting to install Lion because you needed the features in Quicken, it is now safe to do so.

Intuit not ready for prime time

Intuit’s update to make Quicken 2007 compatible with Lion isn’t quite ready for it’s closeup with reality.

The message boards are full of people who have spent the $15 for the upgrade only to have the program crash when it starts.

Rumors are that a fix will come soon, but if you depend on Quicken 2007, stay away from Lion.

Don't buy the ATT iPad

Do not buy the ATT version of the new iPad.

Yes, it’s gorgeous, it’s fast and the Apple fanboys will drool, but it has a slight flaw.


Yes, once again ATT has had Apple cripple the iPad, removing a useful feature.

MobileMe and iCloud

If you use Apple’s MobileMe services -- for Windows or the Macintosh -- do not blithely switch over to iCloud.

MobileMe is going away shortly and you are going to be forced into the move, but it is not always a smooth process.

Don’t end up like my client in Prague who lost all access to her email because she didn’t read the warnings.

Quicken and Lion redux

It’s back.

Intuit announced yesterday (03/08/2012) that the company has an update for Quicken 2007 for Mac that will allow it to work with OS X 10.7.

FYI, Quickbooks II

This past summer, I warned of the number of programs that would not work with Apple’s newest operating system, Lion.
In there, I said “no version of Quickbooks for Mac is compatible with OS X (10.8).”

In the intervening months, Intuit has shipped Quickbooks for Mac 2012. That version is compatible with 10.8, more commonly known as “Lion.”

It’s a scam

If someone calls and says your computer is infected and they need to take control of it, hang up.

It’s a scam.