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Digitize Music CDs in a Lossless Format

If you have a ton of music CDs to digitize for backup, storage, and convenience, Mac users can use iTunes to convert the music tracks to the proprietary format Apple Lossless (ALAC) via the import settings. Modern Macs are strong enough to rip a full CD in just a few minutes! If you have a Windows PC, use a FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) ripper like Exact Audio Copy. Don't skimp on audio quality just to save space, disk storage is cheap and getting cheaper! So no need to convert to MP3 as the music won't sound as great and it'll lose bits.

Where Do I Get Linux Drivers?

Linux

Episode 1729

Patrick from Fallbrook, CA

Patrick has put an SSD on his old iMac and he's going to install Linux on it. Will printers and audio cards work? Will they have drivers? Leo says they will work, but he won't get Linux drivers from the manufacturers. He'll get them from the Linux community. Look up CUPS for printer drivers for Linux. It's open-source. But he shouldn't need separate drivers, Linux should support it. But Epson does have a Linux support page

Why is my mac running so slow after an update?

Catalina Islands

Episode 1720

LaVerne from Bronx, NY

LaVerne updated her 2012 Mac to Catalina and now it's going slow and she's getting kernel panic reports. Leo says it's likely a driver that is failing. It could also be a flakey hard drive. But when she logs into the guest account, it runs just fine. Leo says that indicates a bad profile. You can wipe the drive and start over, or create a new profile and then remove the other one. 

What Happened to My Original Photo Files?

Apple Photos

Episode 1719

Charles from Virginia

Charles is noticing several of his recent photo files aren't as large as they should be on his Mac Mini. Leo says that if Charles is using Apple Photos for an App to store his photos, to r/c on the photos library, and then select Show Package Contents, he'll see photo folders, including the "originals" photo folder. That'll verify his originals are there.

WWDC: The ARM Mac, and iOS Devices Finally Get Widgets

silicon

Episode 1707

Apple announced this week at their prerecorded WWDC announcement keynote that iOS devices will get what Android has had from the beginning .... widgets. The iPad will also enjoy greater handwriting recognition through SCRIBBLE.

But Leo says the biggest news is that Apple has finally made the move away from Intel to their own in house designed ARM processors called "Apple Silicon." The benefit will be that the new desktops will be able to use iOS apps, as well as existing apps through Rosetta 2. Leo says that Apple is moving towards one OS to rule them all.

Back Up Your Old Aging iPod and its Music!

If you have an old iPod and there are music files that haven't been transferred from computer to computer throughout the years, it is time to back up that library as soon as you can. If you use a Mac, there's an app called Senuti (iTunes backward!) that can help with the process. For Windows users, try YamiPod. At the very least, back up the iPod onto your computer with iTunes via the "Back Up Now" function. Don't lose those years of music tracks!

Should I upgrade to a Mac Mini?

Mac MIni

Episode 1700

John from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

John needs to replace his 2007 iMac. He doesn't want to get one with a fusion drive though. Leo says that you can upgrade to the SSD drive. SSDs have dropped in price to the point where they are affordable to opt for in the customize section. And if you have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, the Mac Mini is a great choice. It's easier to repair and upgrade, too. You'll also save a lot of money.  Check out iFixIt.com for repair guides though.

Why Did My Email Client Stop Working?

Episode 1697

Benjamin from Pacific Palisades, CA

Ben has a twelve-year-old Mac that runs Entourage for his email client with AOL. But it has stopped working. Then it started working again a month later on its own, then stopped receiving mail a month later. Leo suspects that AOL may be the culprit. But also, Entourage hasn't been updated in years because it was discontinued by Microsoft in favor of Outlook. But Leo doesn't like that option either because both store email in one giant file, forcing Ben to rebuild it when it gets corrupted. It's a terrible way to do email.

Try This Tool to Visualize Nearby WiFi

Sometimes, you and your neighbors will have intersecting and overlapping WiFi networks in the surrounding area. Normally, these impacting factors are quite hidden from sight, but the tool "inSSIDer" allows you to see the details. With the software, you can assess channel, channel width, signal strength, WiFi generation, maximum data rate, and security. You can download a Windows version or a Mac OS version for your computer, and use what you learn to improve your speed!