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by Tom Nelson

A nice selection of Mac minis is back in stock in the refurb store, including one model that is maxed out in RAM, an important consideration for the minis, which don’t have user replaceable memory. As you’d probably expect, this particular mini configuration is included in our deals this week.

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Image courtesy of Apple

Deals of the Week

We’ll start the deals this week with a 2014 Mac mini maxed out with 16 GB of RAM and Dual-Core i7 processors. If that’s not enough to piqué your interest, how about a fast 1 TB Fusion drive?

If you like carrying your Mac around with you, our second deal is for a 2015 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, also stuffed with 16 GB of RAM, fast 512 GB PCIe Flash storage, and dual graphics, consisting of Intel Iris Pro Graphics and AMD R9 M370X.

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by Tom Nelson

Radio Silence by Juuso Salonen is an easy-to-use firewall for the Mac designed specifically to monitor and, if needed, block outgoing network connections made by your Mac and its many apps.

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Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Unlike other outgoing firewall apps, Radio Silence uses a minimal, non-intrusive user interface that doesn’t try to get your attention with pop-ups or alerts every time an app opens or performs some new task.

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by Tom Nelson

Safari has a wealth of special features designed for web developers, all gathered together under a hidden Develop menu. Depending on the version of Safari you’re running, the Develop menu will display four or more groups of menu items, such as the option to change the User Agent, show additional features, such as the Web Inspector and Error Console, disable JavaScript, or disable Safari’s caches. Even if you’re not a developer, you may find some of these features useful.

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Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Using the Develop menu is easy enough, with each item in the menu pertaining to the currently loaded and front-most Safari page or tab, and then to any subsequently loaded web pages. The exception is commands, such as Empty Caches, that have a global affect on Safari.

Before you can use the Develop menu, you must first make this hidden menu visible.

This is a fairly easy task, much easier than revealing the Debug menu, which prior to Safari 4 contained all of the commands that are now contained within the Develop menu. But don’t think the older Debug menu is no longer relevant; it still exists and contains many useful tools.

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by Tom Nelson

Your iTunes library probably contains a large collection of media, everything from music and videos to podcasts. Many of us have iTunes libraries that are quite large and represent years of collecting, especially music.

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Image courtesy of Apple

That’s why I always recommend being very diligent about backing up your Mac, and your iTunes library.

But no matter how often you back up your data, something can always go wrong. That’s why I’ve assembled a list of last-resort methods that can help you restore much of your iTunes music library by using your iPod.

If your iPod contains all or at least most of your tunes, you can copy them back to your Mac, where you can then import them back into your iTunes library.

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by Tom Nelson

Early today, Apple revealed the newest version of the 12-inch MacBook, along with a minor upgrade to the 13-inch MacBook Air.

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Image courtesy of Apple

2016 12-inch Retina MacBook

Apple has released the next-generation 12-inch Retina MacBook. The new 2016 version of the 12-inch MacBook receives faster CPUs in the form of Intel’s Skylake family of Core M processors, faster GPU using the new Intel HD Graphics 515, longer battery life, with some reports suggesting up to an additional hour of battery time, faster RAM, and faster flash storage.

I guess we can say the keyword for the new 12-inch MacBook is faster.

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by Tom Nelson

This week sees the first appearance of the 2015 12-inch MacBook in the refurb store. Originally released in April of 2015, this compact MacBook uses an Intel Core M processor, PCIe-based flash storage, and a beautiful 12-inch Retina display.

The refurb 12-inch MacBooks are available in silver, gold, and space gray. If you’ve been waiting to scoop up one of these ultraportable Macs, now’s the time.

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Image courtesy of Apple

Deals of the Week

As you’ve probably guessed, our first deal of the week is for a 12-inch MacBook. The model I picked for the deal sits in the middle of pack when it comes to performance. It includes a 1.2 GHz Core M processor, 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB PCIe flash storage. It’s also available in all three colors.

Keeping with the theme of tiny is mighty, our second deal is for the smallest of the desktop Macs: a 2014 Mac mini with a 2.6 GHz Dual-Core i5 with 8 GB RAM, and 256 PCIe flash storage.

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by Tom Nelson

It’s been a while since I recommended a browser; after all, the Mac comes equipped with what is currently the second most popular browser: Safari. And you can easily add Chrome or Firefox, to round out the top three Mac browsers.

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Image courtesy of Vivaldi Technologies

But if you’re using any of the big three, then you’re giving up many features that used to be common to web browsers, but are now missing, or at least on their way out.

The Vivaldi browser, on the other hand, is designed for power users who like to configure their browsers to meet their specific needs, and not have to make use of a bunch of add-ons just to get back features that have been taken away with each new release of the big three browsers.

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by Tom Nelson

Now that you’ve switched to a Mac as your new computing platform, you may wonder how you’re going to move all your stuff from your Windows PC to the Mac. Well, you’re in luck; making the move to the Mac doesn’t require tossing out all of your Windows data and files. For the most part, all of your Windows user data, including documents, pictures, music, and videos, can make the journey to the Mac without too much trouble.

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Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Your Windows applications, however, will have to stay behind. They depend on a Windows operating system, and won’t run directly on a Mac. But don’t worry; if there’s an application that you just can’t live without or that doesn’t have a Mac equivalent, there are ways to run a Windows environment on a Mac. You’ll need to either dual-boot your Mac between Windows and OS X, or run third-party virtual machine software, such as:

Parallels Desktop for Mac

VMWare Fusion

Oracle VM VirtualBox

For now, let’s focus on moving your user data to your new Mac, so you can get back to work or have a bit of fun.

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by Tom Nelson

Apple’s portable lineup, including the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, includes some of the most popular notebooks in the computing industry. This comes as no surprise to all of us here at About: Macs, but we also know there are many tips and tricks that make using a portable Mac even better.

To help you get the most out of your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, we have complied this list of tips, which is a work in progress. Check back often for more tips.

What Really Happens When You Put Your Mac to Sleep?

Putting a portable Mac to sleep is such a common occurrence that few of us ever give it much thought. We just assume that sleep will help conserve the battery, and let us pick up right where we left off. But is that really what happens? You may be surprised.

Apple supports three different versions of sleep; each has its benefits and drawbacks, but few Mac users know which version of sleep their Macs are using. If you want to know the ins and outs of Macs and sleep, this is the place to start.

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by Tom Nelson

Your Mac contains tons of personal data, from your saved emails to your calendar events. Backing up this data, whether just to have a backup on hand or to move the data to a new Mac, is actually pretty easy. The problem is it’s not always an intuitive process.

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Image courtesy of Apple

We’ve gathered detailed instructions on moving this important info to your new Mac, as well as how to create backups of individual application data. If you’re making a wholesale move to a new Mac with your data, you will probably find using the Migration Assistant, included with OS X as one of the easier methods.

If you’re trying to troubleshoot a Mac problem and have reinstalled OS X on a new drive or partition, then you may wish to just move a few important files over, such as your mail, bookmarks, calendar settings, and your contact list.

Read more on About: Macs.

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