computers —

“I need a new laptop. Any suggestions?”

Some advice I recently gave to a co-worker.

General concepts: 1) fastest most powerful processor you can afford [For the Intel line, i9 is most powerful but hideously expensive, followed by i7, then i5. Don’t bother with i3.] 2) In terms of processor speed there isn’t much PRACTICAL difference between a few tenths of a […]

Advice - Buying a computer

Some advice given to a musician friend buying a replacement computer. […]

Teens & Tech

An article I wrote for the Mount de Sales blog “MDS Musings”. CLICK HERE for the original posting.


Things I’ve Noticed About Teens and Tech

I have had many conversations with adults about students and technology.

There’s a common thread that often pops up, something to the effect of…

“Kids today just […]

IBM: Macs easier to support than PCs

At the risk of opening up another rehash of Macs vs PCs flamewar:

A friend sent an article [IBM goes Apple: Helpdesk calls way down compared to Windows] mentioning a speech that Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace-as-a-Service at IBM made recently.

More quotes from the article:

IBM, at one time a Windows PC heavyweight, is […]

MaconMacGuy | how To Livestream your Student Recital

I recently setup and ran a livestream of 4 student recitals over at Young America Music – and had some questions about how I did it from other music teachers. Here’s an overview.



A simple setup:

Computer [desktop OR laptop]. A tablet is not a good idea for this – too many limitations. […]

Kids & iPads

The full-time gig for the past couple of years has been “the iPad Guy” for a grades 6-12 private school. We are a one-to-one school using iPads, and you can imagine I’ve seen some seriously damaged iPads in my tenure there!

In fact, I am typing this at the Macon Peachmac/SimplyMac store, waiting for the […]

Directories, Symlinks, iNodes…oh, my!

This is an article posted on about directories, symlinks, inodes, etc – it’s a handy explanation of some of the basics of filesystems that I found useful enough to stash here for future reference. Many thanks to David Charlap for taking the time to post on Macintouch!


From by David Charlap

There’s […]

A piece of history: An Original Mac

Once upon a time [meaning more than 2 weeks ago, since I’ve slept in the interim and can’t remember] I was given an original Mac 128k. This week I started cleaning out the hard drive on my primary work computer, and ran across these files, complete with pictures of the machine.

I had a blast […] Another Mac vs. PC thought

I had a co-worker with a business in their family who asked about replacing an aging PC in the business. They were wondering about Macs, but were more comfortable with PCs. This was my reply:

The Mac vs. PC question can be complicated. Here are a few quick thoughts:

Macs are a better investment longterm […]

Mac vs. Windows.... yet again.

I ran across an article on which compared the costs of equipping comparable BUSINESS-CLASS PCs – one from Dell, the other an Apple iMac.

Now, before you jump up and down and say “You can get Windows machines cheaper than that” – I’d like to point out that that article is comparing a Dell […]

Streaming on StreetJelly AND Recording the performance on the same machine at the same time: and Tom Rule

Here’s a classic example of the kind of thing I’m constantly doing with tech – pulling the pieces together. There’s a reason it say’s that one my business card!

I sometimes stream live performances on Given the “wonderer” that I am, I began to see if I could stream AND record the performance at […]

Small Business: Easily create your own website [ for do-it-yourselfers ]

Using the resources available on, it really is fairly easy to create your own website. Now, it will NOT be the “latest greatest thing on the planet” – but if you are a small business and know you need a web presence of SOME sort – and are just looking to get started, it […]

New toy: Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is an VERY low-cost computer that I picked up earlier this summer for my Birthday. It’s been a fairly fun [and tremendously geeky] thing to play with. For around $40US you get what is pictured below – a computer on a card. It’s a bit larger than an Altoids tin.

You have […]

Review: TenFourFox – browser for PPC Macs

I’ve now had a chance to work with TenFourFox, a fork of the Mozilla project designed to keep Power-PC Macs running 10.4 – 10.5 in the modern browser world.

here’s your 3-word summary:


It runs significantly faster that Firefox AND Safari AND Chrome on my first generation Mac mini – borwsing is […]

Old Mac users – Rejoice!

…as in users of PowerPC Macs, running at least OS 10.4.11 with a G3/G4/G5 processor.

I’ve run across a bowser based on Firefox that runs on these machines, and it has all the latest improvement in web browsers [ see below]. Click over to

It looks really good – and it may be enough […]

Getting a new browser – Google Chrome

I had a client who uses Windows, and was very shy about downloading a new webbrowser [she was using an old version of Internet Explorer and needs to upgrade].

Here are some instructions:


Getting a new browser is NOT difficult! Surf to

Click the “download” button.

You’ll probably see a box that with […]

Online File Storage: Dropbox

I’ve been using Dropbox for a good while now, and have found it to be a good way to store material online, especially when you need to collaborate with others. The cross-platform capabilities are good, as is the web access.

I’ve found it to be stable, usable, and an excellent resource. The free version has […]

AppSumo: excellent resource

Click Here:

AppSumo is a relatively new online resource – they find extreme deals on training materials [ a lot of “how to”s relating to online business and marketing], software to get things done [art packages, for example], and some seriously cool stuff for any entrepreneur [which is a tough word to […]

Quick Glance on Mac OS: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice vs NeoOffice

You have probably heard of the “Microsoft Office” clones that have been out for a good while now. I taught Microsoft Office for several years at Mercer University, and have to say it is indeed a very useful product. The ribbon interface in particular is well done and helps you get your work done faster, […]

Ubuntu & Netgear WG311 PCI card

I’ve been putting together an Ubuntu system for my parents, who just setup internet access at their house. Sadly they will be using wireless at the house (more on my opinion of wireless in another article), so I had to pickup a PCI wireless card for the machine [the motherboard is an Acer with a […]