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RepairPal logo RepairPal.com helps you when you need car repairs - Last updated Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — RepairPal.com helps you when you need car repairs — I don’t know much about cars. When the mechanic says “You need a new alternator” all I can say is “OK… but how much is this going to cost?” At that point, as long as he doesn’t say something outrageous I tend to give him the go-ahead. Then I spend the next few weeks wondering how much I overpaid. Those days are over (and they have been for awhile). RepairPal.com, a terrific resource, helps you get an idea of… Continue Reading RepairPal.com helps you when you need car repairs
Transcend JetDrive Lite How to Expand Storage on MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air - Last updated Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — How to Expand Storage on MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air — I hear variations of “How can I get more storage space on my MacBook Air?” and “I’m out of room on my MacBook Pro Retina” all the time. Until recently, all we could do was delete stuff from the disk in order to free up space. Now, however, we have options. Option Number 1: Transcend JetDrive Lite* Many MacBook Airs and all MacBook Pro Retinas come with an SDXC card slot on the side. It’s there… Continue Reading How to Expand Storage on MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air
word_icon_with_paragraph_marks1024 How to Show (and Hide) Invisible Characters in Microsoft Word on a Mac - Last updated Sunday, June 26, 2016 — How to Show (and Hide) Invisible Characters in Microsoft Word on a Mac — Microsoft Word on the Mac has a nice feature that lets you show invisible characters such as returns, tabs, and spaces. Those characters are just as “charactery” as anything else you type– they take up space, they’re copy and paste-able, you can give them a point size– but they’re invisible. Most of the requests I get on this topic concern turning invisibles off, and since the user doesn’t know how he turned those invisible… Continue Reading How to Show (and Hide) Invisible Characters in Microsoft Word on a Mac
yikes What to Do When You Can’t Log Into Your User on a Mac - Last updated Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — What to Do When You Can’t Log Into Your User on a Mac — Holy cow, was I in trouble. My Mac wouldn’t start. Actually, it started part-way– it got to the sign-in screen, and it even let me enter my password. But then it spun, and spun, and spun, but never showed my desktop. I waited a long time but it just wouldn’t bring up my stuff. This wasn’t a matter of forgetting my password– the box didn’t shake, so I knew I got it right (I… Continue Reading What to Do When You Can’t Log Into Your User on a Mac
finder_unknown_developer How to Open an App from an Unidentified Developer - Last updated Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — How to Open an App from an Unidentified Developer — Sometimes you download a Mac app and it won’t open. You get a dialog box that says the app can’t be opened because it’s from an unidentified developer and your security settings won’t allow it. Apple protects your Mac from rogue apps by requiring them to either be from the Mac App Store (a place that Apple controls) or from a developer who is registered with Apple. You can turn off this protection by going to the System Preferences and changing… Continue Reading How to Open an App from an Unidentified Developer
WWDC 2016 Banner How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote - Last updated Tuesday, June 14, 2016 How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote UPDATE: The keynote is over. Here’s a link to the entire recorded keynote (122 minutes). UPDATE #2: Here’s a link to a seven-minute condensed version of the keynote from our friends at MacRumors. Apple’s 2016 World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) is June 13th through the 17th in San Francisco, California. Although the conference itself is for Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and Apple TV developers, the keynote speech usually has something for the rest of us, and you can watch it… Continue Reading How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote
OpenDNS How to Block Porn Sites and Phishing Sites AND Speed Up Your Home Network - Last updated Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — How to Block Porn Sites and Phishing Sites AND Speed Up Your Home Network — EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Improve your home network by using OpenDNS. Web pages will load more quickly, and dangerous/inappropriate websites will be blocked. All you have to do is change your router’s DNS numbers. Read the whole article to know which numbers to change them to. If you could protect your home network, blocking porn sites and phishing sites, and you could do it simply, would you do it? What if it also made your… Continue Reading How to Block Porn Sites and Phishing Sites AND Speed Up Your Home Network


Christian Boyce pictureI’m Christian Boyce. My customers call me the best Mac consultant in Los Angeles and I’m not about to argue. However, I also provide in-person Mac-related services to customers in the Austin Texas area, and I also provide iPhone and iPad training and support, so I guess we might need to rephrase things. Let’s just say I know my Apple stuff, and I want to share what I know with you.

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About the Pictures

I change the background image on the home page on the first of every month. The picture shows where I was that day. Click the pictures to see larger versions.

January 2016: Dana Point, California
January 2016: Dana Point, California
February 2016: Lexington, Kentucky
February 2016: Lexington, Kentucky
March 2016: Round Rock, Texas
March 2016: Round Rock, Texas
bluebonnets in Round Rock, Texas
April 2016: Round Rock, Texas
yellow rose of Texas
May 2016: Round Rock, Texas

Santa Monica Pier
June 2016: Santa Monica, California