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Maintenance On An Apple Computer

On a Windows computer there is always something to do especially if you are running Windows XP

  • Disc Cleanup
  • Checking Windows Update - don't forget the optional updates
  • Virus Scans
  • Defrag (if on Windows XP)
  • Stopping programs from loading - MSCONFIG - just Google it 

So what do you have to do on an Apple computer?

Updates to the operting system Lion , Mountain Lion etc available should be visible when they appear as per below.

Occasionally if you are having issues repair disc permissions through disc utility in the utilities menu.

Thats it.



Close The Computer Down The Correct Way

When you finish with your computer shut it down in the proper way.

Go to the Windows Start button 

Look for the arrow that points to the right and shut down or restart in the correct way.

Do not just keep your finger on the power button

On the Mac go to the Apple symbol in the top left hand side , click on it and select Shutdown


Where Do I Find My Apple ID

If you have and use iTunes with your iOS device (iPhone , iPad , iPod ) then you have an Apple ID 

Sometimes you will wonder where your Apple ID is or what your Apple ID is.

Your Apple ID is especially important when installing iPhone's , iPads and with Lion you can set your Apple ID in system preferences which can give you the option of resetting your computers password.

OS X Lion: Apple ID can be used to reset your user account password

With iCloud  your Apple ID is even more important

If you follow the link below you will go to the above page where you can:

  • Manage your account

  • Change your password

Apple ID


Moving From Tiger To Lion 

With the Mac operating systems many people have held out from upgrading but as they buy a new machine with Lion installed they are looking for a way to transfer their applications and documents to their new computer.

This is relatively easy with going from Snow Leopard to Lion but going from Tiger to Lion puts up a few barriers.

Here is my solution.

First install Carbon Copy Cloner and clone your Tiger install to an external hard drive , remember Carbon Copy Cloner is free software.

Once this is done start your Lion machine and go to Migration Assistant , one of the options is to import from a drive.

This is the option you should choose.

After the import ,work through your apps that you have imported and find any that will not work with Lion.

These apps you will have to get updated or new apps for this software but you maybe surprised as to how many applications or software work with Lion.

A Jave install will also be required and make sure you do all your updates.

I have done this on a few systems now and it works quiet well.


Reduce The Size Of A PDF In OS X Lion

Open the file you want to reduce 

Go to File - Export

Next Open the Quartz Filter

On the drop down menu click on Reduce File Size

Then click SAVE

The size you get will depend on the amount of images in the document