Hopefully you all are snug riding out what may be the biggest snowfall since 1922!
But – while you are there with power and warmth THIS is a good time to get some things done!BACKUP! BACKUP! BACKUP!
Get your backup drive out and make sure Time Machine has a FULL backup of your system!
With this much snow we can never know WHEN (hopefuly not, but what the heck!) power might be lost.
In ANY storm, make sure your Time Machine is current.
Because when power fails – in the time during failure and just when its coming back on, your house current
may go haywire for a few milliseconds – much more than 110v, less, more less etc till it stabilizes.
THIS CAN CORRUPT YOUR HARD DRIVE – or even damage the Mac itself.
So ensure you have a current backup – then detach the drive and put in in a drawer!
BEFORE you get to the point of being able to load back your photos and documents.
BACK UP THE WHOLE DRIVE TO A BOOTABLE IMAGE.
DO YOU REALLY NEED TO BE ONLINE NOW?
If the answer is no, then shut the mac or PC down and unplug it from the wall. You avoid any problems
with house power if it goes awry. Snuggle up on the couch and fire up NetFlix.
(Those with satellites – Netflix or Amazon use your internet so that 2 foot pile on your dish would not
WEIRD MAC PROBLEMS!
We have been seeing a number of macs in the last few weeks with odd Performance issues – and this has been a bit
unusual! In once case it was a failing memory stick, in another there were permission problems and in yet another
Mac OS had some misbehaving drivers.
One thing that is USUALLY safe in the latter case to reload Mac OS. Not blindly, but after you check things.
Repairing permissions is straightforward, and should never be a problem. If your Mac is running wonky (spinning beachball etc) it does not hurt to go into Disk Utility and pick your drive and Check the Drive and Repair if needed.
Permission errors are usually the fault of a messed up software program, but Mac OS knows how to deal with it.
Google ‘Crystal Disk Info’ download install it and run it. If it says CAUTION or BAD get by my shop IMMEDIATELY IMEDDIATELY
YOUR DATA IS IN IMMINENT DANGER!
We have some nice Mac Minis at the shop – various configurations!
DId I mention that you can get a Mac Mini – mount it on the wall behind your 60in TV, attach HDMI cable, fire up
Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse – and have a SIXTY INCH IMAC? Rather nice :)Also we have a 2015 Mac Air – 4gb, 128gb – that needs a home!
Also a 13in 2012 Macbook Pro – and a 15in Retina!
Enjoy the SNOW and stay WARM.