Mac

Wha's a Good Alternative to Outlook?

Microsoft Outlook

Episode 1814

Amanda from Petaluma, CA

Tamara has to use Outlook for her work email on her mac and it's just terrible. She can use MacMail. Leo says that email clients are a dime a dozen and you can just about any of them. Leo also says that Microsoft is working on a new Mac version of Outlook, that's supposed to be out soon. Read about it here. Until then, how can she make Outlook look better? Leo says you can always use Outlook.com, a web-based version.

Don't Create Multiple Apple IDs for Each New Device

Your Apple ID is an account used to unify your obtained media/apps/content amongst your Apple devices. You do not need to create a new one for each new Apple machine you buy. Ideally, you'll keep one personal Apple ID for life. If you accidentally made a new ID, despite having all of your purchased content on an old ID, just don't use the new one. Log out in System Preferences, then log into your more fully-loaded Apple ID. 

If You Want Windows 11, Consider Replacing Your Old PC

Although Microsoft never really said that Windows 10 was the final version of Windows (explicitly), some people are confused that Windows 11 was recently announced. Regardless, the new operating system will presumably not run on many older computers due to certain requirements. You may even be able to run it virtually through a Mac! But if your current machine is over 5 years old, it's probably time to upgrade to a more modern device that can get along with Microsoft's fresh OS.

Why Won't My Mac Calendar Sync to My Android Phone?

S9+

Episode 1804

Jody from LA, CA

Jody has a Mac and a Samsung Galaxy Android Phone. He used to be able to sync the calendar on both with no problem. But lately, he's been having issues with the built-in Mac calendar and the Android Calendar program. Leo says it's possible that Jody's Calendar hasn't been syncing to iCloud, which is what Apple does before syncing to other devices. Apple may have logged him out before an update. Also, make sure it's not requiring 2-factor authentication now. Look into the iCloud settings and make sure that the Calendar is syncing. 

How Can I Back Up My Mac Hard Drive and Make it Bootable?

Mac Mini

Episode 1804

Tom from Largo, FL

Tom isn't thrilled with the new iMacs, and Leo recommended he pick up a Mac Mini and get a dock and monitor for it. So he did, and now he wants to move his data from his old mac to his Mac Mini. But the Thunderbolt drives are too expensive. Can he use USB 3 drives? Leo says absolutely. He can also clone the drive and make it bootable. Leo recommends Carbon Copy Cloner since SuperDuper doesn't offer a bootable option now, due to security features in the most recent macOS Big Sur. He can also still use an older version of SuperDuper.

Remove Unwanted Login/Startup Items on a Mac

Apple makes removing startup items a more complicated process than it likely needs to be. But if you have some annoying windows popping up on your Mac when you log on, you may need to look in your (often hidden) Library folders. Launch Agents, Launch Daemons, and StartupItems can cause your device to automatically load items every time. Just be careful to not change System files that keep your Mac running properly. Alternatively, check under System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items tab. You may see apps, files, or folders that open when the associated user logs on.

How Can I Move Data From My Old Mac to a New Mac?

 Migration Assistant

Episode 1800

Bob from Honolulu, HI

Bob got a new Mac and wants to know how to transfer data from his old one. Leo says it should ask if the user wants to transfer from the old Mac at Setup.  It's called the Migration Assistant. It may even do it via WiFi. But definitely over USB. And it could take a while. But it can get stuck, so if it doesn't move after a few hours, Bob may need to quit it. But he'll get most of the data.

Expect to Spend At Least $1000 for a Good Computer These Days

The less you spend on a computer, the more likely it'll break. Go for the higher-end Pro/business-grade model because the hardware will be better and won't get frustrating early down the road. The computer you want is close to $1500 to $2000...unless it's a Chromebook. We all need to reset our expectations for Windows and Mac products. Overall, it's gonna cost more than you wanna pay, but it'll be worth it in the long run. If money is especially tight, a Chromebook refurbished with some DIY upgrades could also work out.

For a 1st Computer Purchase, Try an iPad!

If you have yet to buy your first computer, you will want to have a specific purpose upon finally receiving or buying one. Having a purpose will drive motivation, fun, and gratification while also building other computer skills in the process. A nice choice for a computer newbie would actually be an Apple iPad, which is only $329 and relatively easy to navigate. From there, your understanding can translate to other computer operating systems like macOS or even Windows. Avoid old laptops though, as troubleshooting and sluggishness will frustrate you more than necessary.