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October 30 2013

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Reusing an Old PC as a Server Part 2 (update) - YouTube
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March 09 2012

March 07 2012

Making a Mackbook Pro that Kills Apple’s for $790 Less – Part 2 Installing the Upgraded Components

Adding an SSD Drive and Upgrading your Memory to your Macbook Pro

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This is the 2nd article of a 3-part series on Making a Mackbook Pro that Kills Apple’s for $790 Less

Read the entire series:

  1. Buying Your Macbook Pro for Far Less Money
  2. Adding an SSD Drive and Upgrading your Memory to your Macbook Pro
  3. Moving your Mac’s Home Directory to another Hard Drive

Step 1 – Cloning the Hard Drive to the SSD Drive

Now that you have your new Macbook Pro and all of your upgraded components, you are ready to get your hands dirty. You will learn how to replace the hard drive, add a second drive, and replace the memory chips.

Here are the specs before we get started.

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Before your install the SSD drive, you’ll need to clone the Operating System from the Hard Drive (boot drive).

  1. Start up your new Mac and install SuperDuper, the FREE backup/cloning software. (Free hard drive cloning software.)
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  3. Make a clone of the entire Hard Drive to the SSD drive using SuperDuper.
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  4. Shut your computer down and unplug the power cable.

Video Tutorial – See it in Action

The video tutorial below shows you all of the steps listed above.

Step 2 – Swapping the Hard Drivies

  1. Open your laptop’s case.
    1. Flip it over
    2. Unscrew the 10 screws around the case’s perimiter
    3. Lift off the case bottom
  2. Before you touch anyting, REMOVE THE BATTERY CABLE.
  3. Remove the Hard Drive.
    1. Unscrew the mounting bracket
    2. Remove the SATA cable
  4. Connect the SSD where the Hard Drive used to be.
    1. Reattach the SATA cable.
    2. Place the drive in the empty space.
    3. Screw the mounting bracket back on.
  5. Remove the DVD drive.
    1. Remove the three cables attached and push them back out of the way.
    2. Unscrew the three phillips screws
    3. Unscrew the three torque screws
    4. Pull the DVD drive caddy out.
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    1. Place the old hard drive into the caddy
    2. Attach it to the SATA adapter
    3. Place the caddy into the empty space
    4. Screw the caddy back down to the case.
    5. Reattach the three cables.

Step 3 – Upgrading the Memory in your Macbook Pro

Now that the drive are in place, you’re ready to install the new memory chips.

  1. Open your laptop’s case.
    1. Flip it over
    2. Unscrew the 10 screws around the case’s perimiter
    3. Lift off the case bottom
  2. Remove the two existing Memory chips.
    1. Pop the clips off the sides of the chips
    2. Gently tilt the chips up on a 45 degree angle.
    3. Slide the chips out of their slots.
  3. Place the two new Memory chips into the empty slots.
    1. Check for the alignment slits.
    2. Gently slide the chips into the empty at a 45 degree angle.
    3. Push them down flat.
    4. Clamp the side clips back down.
  4. Reattach the battery cable.
  5. Close the case back up and Restart the machine.

Video Tutorial – See it in Action

The video tutorial below shows you all of the steps listed above.

Here are the specs when we are done.

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What Should You Do Next?

This is the 2nd article of a 3-part series on Making a Mackbook Pro that Kills Apple’s for $790 Less

Read the entire series:

  1. Buying Your Macbook Pro for Far Less Money
  2. Adding an SSD Drive and Upgrading your Memory to your Macbook Pro
  3. Moving your Mac’s Home Directory to another Hard Drive

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December 27 2011

August 16 2011

iPhone Quick Tip - Shutting Down Background Apps

Use this quick tip to shut down the apps running in the background on your iphone. Save memory and battery life with this video tutorialhttp://vitamincm.com/iphone-shut-down-running-background-apps/

August 12 2011

Ultimate Google Android Phone Tutorial

learn how to do several basic and advanced tasks with a mobile phone running Google’s Android Operating System

July 18 2011

Save Tons of Time Using Automator for Mac – Video Tutorial

Learn how to create sophisticated workflows using the Macintosh Automator tool in this step-by-step video tutorial.

Save Tons of Time Using Automator for Mac – Video Tutorial

Learn how to create sophisticated workflows using the Macintosh Automator tool in this step-by-step video tutorial.

Save Tons of Time Using Automator for Mac – Video Tutorial

How to Make Automator Workflow Applications

OVERVIEW: Learn how to create sophisticated workflows using the Macintosh Automator tool in this step-by-step video tutorial.

Apple automator tutorial

The Right Tool for the Job

The Automator tool, which is built into the Mac operating system is one of those underused, under-appreciated gems that can save you time and hassle. You can click and drag a series of handy actions into a workflow that allows you to create your own mini-programs to handle tons of tedious tasks.

Every time I sync my digital camera to my computer, it creates a new folder and loads it full of my recent, unsynced pictures. This is a handy way to get the images off my camera, but scatters leaves a huge mess of subfolders full of a few images all over the place.


Finder folders

I decided to use Automator to create a little script to help me get this mess under control. The script needs to get all of the files out of the “daily” subfolders and move them up to the parent folder.

I opened up Automator and selected a New Workflow.

Automator new menu

When you start creating your workflow, you will see the following screen:

Automator menu options

There are a series of actions on the left side of the screen that you can add to your workflow on the right. If you click on Library you will see all of the actions arranged alphabetically. You can also see them grouped by logical categories below.

I needed to perform the following steps:

  1. Accept a parent folder that I dragged onto the workflow
  2. Save the location of the parent folder for later use
  3. Get all of the files out of the subfolders
  4. Move them to the parent folder

I used the following items to build this workflow:

  • Get Specified Finder Items (step 1)
  • Set Value of Variable (step 2)
  • Get Folder Contents (step 3)
  • Get Value of Variable (created in step 2)
  • Filter Finder Items (Get only files, but not folders from step 3)
  • Move Finder Items  (created in step 4)

This is what the workflow looked like when I finished.

Automator move files

This works great. It found all of the files and moved them up to the parent folder in about 2 seconds.

A Little Bit of Cleanup

So far – so good, right? Well there are a few other issues that I want to address. I would like to rename the files to something that makes sense to me. I just like to name them after the month, with a sequence of numbers after. I also want to automatically get rid of those old empty files to keep things nice and clean.

This just involves throwing a few extra steps into the workflow.

After the Move Finder Items task executes, I need to:

  1. Rename the moved files
  2. Re-identify the folder where the files are
  3. Get the contents of the folder
  4. Filter so that only the Folders are selected
  5. Delete the Folders

I used the following items to build this workflow:

  • Rename Finder Items (step 1)
  • Get Value of Variable (step 2)
  • Get Folder Contents (step 3)
  • Filter Finder Items (step 4)
  • Move Folders to Trash (step 5)

This is what the workflow looked like when I finished.

Automator rename and delete

Now I can just drop a parent folder (month) onto the workflow and run it. This will clean up the folder in a few seconds.

The last step is to save the workflow to someplace on your computer. I saved this one into my “Pictures” folder, because I’ll always remember that it’s there.

Automator Workflow Video Tutorial

If you would like to see the entire process in action, watch the video tutorial below.

What’s Your Best Automator Tip?

If you have any really useful tips on using Automator, PLEASE let me know in the Comments below.

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June 20 2011

How To Set Up a #WordPress Blog #video #tutorial

Step-by-Step Instructions with Video Tutorials learn how to perform every single task involved in creating, configuring, writing, and maintaining very own fully customized blog.

June 01 2011

Controlling the Look of a WordPress Blog Using Themes

Learn how to customize the appearance of a WordPress blog using Themes from the Administrative menu.

May 31 2011

Supercharge your WordPress Blog with Plugins

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May 02 2011

How to Get your iPhone to Work as a Wireless Broadband Modem

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April 29 2011

June 01 2010

The Value of Editing your Writing

Less is More

Trim the fat from your writing

How to Add to your Writing

Recently I attended a course on Building Professional Presence at work. The course was excellent and I learned a lot. Ironically, one of the biggest lessons that I learned was the value of editing.

We did an exercise where we had to prepare a 30 second executive brief on a project. The goal was to succinctly update an executive on the Situation, Action being taken, Results, and Support required. (Yeah, I know “SARS”.)

Here was my first pass:
Unedited Text

It took 28 seconds and my group thought it was “fine” if not a little “wordy” and my request at the end was weak. Before they even finished providing feedback I made the following edits:

edited text

This time it was 15 seconds and the feedback was much better. The instructor actually used mine as an example for the rest of the class.
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Moral of the store: Edit, Edit, Edit! Every bit of fat that you trim away just leaves a more attractive piece of meat on the plate.

I made a video covering the process. Take a look.

Dont’ Take My Word For It

Just because I know that you need to edit your writing doesn’t mean that I’m any good at it. But these guys are really good, so see what they say about editing:

Editing for Tighter Copy: How to Write with a Knife | Copyblogger

Five Easy Steps to Editing Your Own Work | Copyblogger

Copyediting Tips, Copyediting Process, Proofreading Online

“How To” Copy Editing Tips – Listen To An Expert !

How to Revise, Edit and Proofread Your Writing

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May 04 2010

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