Apple's newest operating system for the Mac, OS X Mavericks, introduced several new features. But it also introduced some bugs and even took away some features without good reason. If you've been frustrated by Mavericks, or have found that an application you frequently use doesn't work with it, here's how to downgrade back to OS X Mountain Lion.
Howard's iMac goes to sleep overnight and he can't wake it up unless he resets the computer. Leo says that he should try to reset the PRAM. If that doesn't work, another thing that Howard can do is update to Mavericks. He might want to wait on that because it has trouble with a few things like Apple Mail. He should also check the Energy Saver preferences. Leo says it's a pretty common problem.
Mark says that SandBoxie is a great way to avoid the FBI Scam Ransomware. It creates a sandbox and if it gets corrupted, the user can just turn off the computer and turn it back on and the ransomware goes away. The only problem is that Silverlight doesn't work in it. Leo says Microsoft doesn't want to support it anymore anyway.
Mark also wants to use Apple Text to Speech on his Mac and it stutters. Leo says upgrading to OS X Mavericks should clear that up. And it's a free upgrade.
Colby's parents are going to get him either a laptop or tablet. Apple or Windows? Leo says it largely depends on what the school uses, usually. A tablet for school work is a tedious affair. So you'd have to buy a bluetooth grade keyboard for another $100. Microsoft will be coming out with the Surface 2 in two days. Also check out the HP ChromeBook. A real laptop, but it runs the Chrome OS. You use Google Docs and you' have all you need and the price isn't all that bad at $279.
Heewa wants to dual boot into Windows on the Mac. Leo recommends doing it with BootCamp. BootCamp will automatically partition it for Windows and Mac and he can decide how much of a partition to devote to the Windows side. He can share data between the two, so that's good as well. BootCamp will also create drivers for Windows. He should have a minimum of 20GB on that partition for Windows, since he'll need room for the Windows install and programs he'll install there too.
Lamont is looking to get a new Mac Mini. Should he get an SSD drive or a Fusion drive? Leo says that SSD drives are fast, but they're expensive and smaller in size. The Fusion drive is a bit faster than a spinning drive, and would give him more storage, but it is still slower than SSD. It really comes down to how much space and speed he needs. Leo puts a pure SSD drive in every computer he buys. If he would need storage, he can always get an external drive.
Julie recently got her first iMac and wants to know if she should get Eset's Cyber Security software. Leo says that Macs are far safer than PCs because they are active in blocking malware as it happens. Also, their smaller market share means Mac users aren't as much of a target. Leo says the greater threat is her behavior. No antivirus program can protect her from herself if she allows it to get through.
Roger is thinking of getting rid of his Dell and going with an Apple. He has an iPad already, which he loves, but he's thinking of getting a Mac. It's more expensive, but Leo says it's also a professional grade computer. Since Apple has a smaller market share, there's really no viruses to worry about. If price is the issue, Leo recommends getting a refurbished Mac. Leo only recommends getting a refurbished computer from Apple, though.
Jeff wants to change the default search engine to something other than Yahoo, Bing or Google. He can choose between those three in the Safari preferences, but to use a different one, he'll need to install an extension with a bit of a hack. The Chatroom says plugins like GLIMS will work. There's a Duck Duck Go DDG extension, but Leo advises to be cautious about how he alters his browser settings. That's how exploits happen.