Mac

What Mac should I buy?

Episode 1143

Lynn from Santa Clarita, CA
MacBook Air

Lynn is trying to decide what Mac laptop to buy. She can buy a used, tricked out MacBook Pro, a new MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. Leo says that if someone is offering to install all her programs onto the laptop, that could be illegal unless he transfers ownership to Lynn. If he doesn't, then they won't work. Sounds like he's misleading her. Leo recommends going to the Apple store and looking at their refurbished laptops. They will be fully warrantied and he can still save some.

Why does Keychain Access keep popping up on my Mac?

Episode 1139

Tom from Witt, IL
Keychain Access

Tom's mother had relatives come over for Thanksgiving, and ever since they were there, her iMac has been having problems. She kept seeing "keychain" popping up, and she deleted everything in it in an attempt to fix the problem. Leo says if Keychain is popping up, it means that the Keychain password somehow got wiped out. So all Tom should have to do is log in using the computer password. Tom says when he gets into the keychain, there's nothing in it.

How can I run old software on my Mac?

Slim from LaHabra Heights, CA

Episode 1128

Slim has some twenty year old photo morphing software that he'd like to run on his new Mac. Leo says no way. There's no way to run it on a modern Mac. No emulator, no compatibility. He's just plain out of luck. It's one thing that Apple is willing to do that Microsoft isn't. The best he can do is buy an old Mac and run it there.

Leo says that Morpheus Photo Morpher is a good alternative to the old Griffin photo morpher.

What's a good alternative for iPhoto since it's been discontinued?

Episode 1122

Laverne from Bronx, NY
iPhoto

Since Apple is retiring iPhoto, she is worried about all her albums. What's a good alternative that will allow her to preserve those albums and keep using them? Leo says that Apple's new Photos app will be available for both iOS and OS X. And it'll be comparable to iPhoto and Leo suspects that it'll have all the same functions as iPhoto when it comes out next January. Until then, there are other choices. She can turn on Google Plus' automatic photo upload, which is essentially Picasa with various new features including AutoAwesome.

How can I recover the remote wipe PIN code for my Mac?

Episode 1119

Jeff from Canoga Park, CA
Apple MacBook Air

Jeff's Mac got stolen and he used Find My Mac to get it back. Meanwhile he used the remote wipe to wipe it. How can he get his data back? Leo says that Apple did a great thing with a system lock and remote wipe. But how does he get his system lock pin code? Leo says Jeff needs to call AppleCare and he'll probably have to bring it into an Apple Store to fix.

Can I make a bootable image of my current installation of Mavericks on a USB key?

Episode 1114

Dennis from Montgomery, AL
USB key

Dennis installed the OS X Yosemite beta on a separate hard drive, which has been working great. Now he wants to make a bootable image of his current Mavericks installation to a USB key. Leo says OS X has a boot manager built in, so he can hold down the option key while booting up and choose which operating system he wants to start up in.

Is it true that Quickbooks and Excel don't work as well on Mac?

Ooma from San Juan Capistrano, CA

Episode 1114

Ooma needs a new computer and she's heard that Quickbooks and Excel doesn't work well on Mac. Leo says that there is a Mac version of Excel, and there is an online version of Quickbooks, but it's better to use in Windows.

Will Windows 7 be supported for awhile? Leo says yes. Microsoft will support it until at least 2020 for extended support, but Microsoft will end mainstream support in January 2015. Security wise, they will support it through 2020. Leo also says this is why Microsoft is pushing Windows 8 hard. Windows 9 is next year, too. But Ooma has until 2020 to change OS.

Should I buy a new Mac or upgrade the old one?

Episode 1114

Bob from Danville, CN
Apple MacBook Pro

Bob has a MacBook Pro from 2011 and wants to know if there's a new model coming out. Leo says that 2011 MacBook Pros were subject to a recall, so Bob should check that out first.

Should he upgrade his computer with an SSD? Leo says that's a good idea and he advises getting the Mercury SSD from MacSales.com. They're 1 to 1 compatible with the Mac. He should make sure his SATA Bus is fast enough, though.

Did my Mac get hacked?

Episode 1113

Kathleen from Yucca Valley, CA
Mac

Kathy thinks her Mac got hacked. She gave a support line remote access to her Mac and she's worried she got hacked. Leo says that if she didn't give them her credit card, chances are she's OK. But if she wants to be sure, she can download Little Snitch. It'll observe her computer activity and let her know if it does phone home or let someone remotely access it again. She should also turn on her software firewall.