WET MACS

Joy converted to using a Mac a couple months ago, after her Windows 10 machine became so slow she almost tossed it out the window. Then Bob spilled tea on the Mac (It was an accident! Really!) and the rest is history.

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JUMPING OUT OF WINDOWS

Several years ago, one of our friends announced he’d had it with Windows. He went out and bought two Macbooks, one for himself, one for his wife. We’re slow but we’re starting to see his point. Feeling the same exasperation, we recently turned to a Macbook Air we’d had in the closet since 2012.The relief was instant. Websites loaded immediately. Joy didn’t have to do four yoga poses before pictures came in. Normally, when our main Windows computer gets screwy, we set it back to its factory defaults. You can do that with the Recovery option in “Settings” or “Control Panel.” Once you do that, it  feels brand new again. Unfortunately, it is brand new again — all the programs […]

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WINDOWS OR MAC?

A preview of the new Windows 9 operating system will be shown all over the known universe this Fall. The scuttlebutt is it will correct the mess known as Windows 8; computer users will no longer be forced to look at a screen meant for tablet users. (Yep, that’s what it was designed for.)

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BEYOND PHOTOSHOP

“ColorStrokes,” a $5 app for Mac users, has been the most popular “color splash” app for two years in a row. If like us, you’ve never heard of a color splash app, stay tuned, because they’re interesting.

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THE MAC AT WORK

A reader told us he’s getting a Mac but wishes he could keep the Windows version
of “Quicken” because the Mac version is, as he put it, “a real dog.” (He’s a man of few
words.)

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CHANGING OUR MINDS ABOUT MACS

The dirty little secret of tech journalists is we’re hard pressed for time. When we got our first Macbook Air last fall, we were full of praise. Now we have second, third and fourth thoughts.

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RECOVERING FILES ON THE MAC

Joy’s sister considered buying a new Mac just because she lost all her photos on the old one. “Disk Drill Pro” from CleverFiles.com is an $89 program for recovering stuff.

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SKETCHBOOK FOR THE IPAD OR MAC

Sketchbook Express for the Mac or the iPad gives you a sketchpad and a lot of tools for transforming your drawings. We especially liked the mirroring tool. Draw a heart on the right and you’ll get a duplicate on the left. It’s not as intuitive as the Facebook game “Draw Something,” but it comes closer than other drawing apps we’ve tried.

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MY MACBOOK

“My MacBook, Mountain Lion Edition, 3rd Edition,” by John Ray, $25 from QuePublishing.com. This book has everything you need to make the switch from Windows to Mac,

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FREE ANTIVIRUS FOR THE MAC

The Flashback Trojan attacked Mac users recently. We read that it was the first serious attack on Mac users in 28 years, but actually Flashback Trojan was the son of last year’s DevilRobber and its 18 brothers. A free program from Avast.com is a good fix.

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