Author Archives: macman

MacMan’s origin story.. is mom

In late 1993 mom and I were talking one day about the success I was having helping people with their Apple products. At the time it was mostly just Macintosh computers (SE, Classic, Quadra, etc), printers, some light networking, dial-up internet access, DSL for some, and maybe ISDN if they had the budget

So mom and I talked.. I said I love Macintosh and I could be people’s go-to man for their Mac, like a Mac Man. Mom loved it so we got her brother involved (he was a successful ad man back in the 60s) Uncle Harvey and I came up with my first branding- MACman (later changed to MacMan)

To me, MacMan started that morning, in mom’s bedroom in Berkeley, CA. I was also attending community college (where I wrote the business plan) and I was working part-time as a network admin in nearb Pleasanton. She helped a lot in the beginning. She got me my first branding (thanks and RIP uncle Harvey), she handed me clients on a silver platter (her friends and anyone she met), and of course lots of advice (super helpful at a time when I didn’t have good people skills). She helped.

In the 25yrs to follow, mom saw me succeed. She saw me thrive. she saw me find fulfillment from my work. I shared with her glowing reviews I received from clients and I told her stories of gigs (and Hollywood-type clients) that blew my mind. She witnessed me create a lifelong career that began at her bedside.

In her final days I was again at her bedside. I thanked her for my life, my career, and my mad people skills, among so much more. She trained me and trained me and trained me and made a man out of me (it wasn’t easy and I had loads of other help too). Mom’s training lives in me with every person I work with and I believe it’s noticeable

Thank you, mom, for naming me… twice

Gale Bailey (5/12/45-1/1/19)

23, 44, 500 and counting

Forty-four years young

What a ride it’s been. I would never have guessed that Apple would make it to this level of success (I just went along for the ride and didn’t let go). 2016 was MacMan’s best year so far. I am fulfilled, thrilled, and humbled by this amazing Los Angeles every day and in every way.

Twenty three years as MacMan

I was 20 in Berkeley in 1993 helping people with their Macintosh SE/30 and Classic II computers and ImageWriter II printers. Now I’m busy with projects that are challenging and exciting, including Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

500 MacMan customers and counting 🙂

I love what I do and I love working with such talented clients and their unique needs. I work as a team by any means necessary (onsite, phone, screen sharing and/or texting). Supporting clients and making what seems complicated understandable. I really enjoy teaching and calming nerves. As for LA, our city is spectacular. The sky is the limit. So many Macs, so much fun.

A recent article about MacMan-

Celebrating 23 Years

Upgrade to SSD, ASAP. It’s a night and day difference. Seriously.

MacMan’s mission is to find the best, most effective products and techniques that allow performance from Apple products and services, and facilitate our client’s enjoyment of their Apple experience while minimizing data loss.

Solid state drive (SSD) technology is a big step towards that end.

The Macs we use every day are only as fast and dependable as their weakest component, and mechanical drives are a weakness that bring quicksand to our Macs. In most cases, once mechanical drives are replaced with SSD, the fast “fun-ness” begins.

Mechanical drives, or as I call them p.o.s drives ;), are slow and have moving parts that can’t wait to fail (it’s just a matter of time). Flash drives are fast, light, silent, dependable game changers.

Replacing mechanical drives with SSD  breathes new life into older Macs too. I recommend this upgrade for any Mac, vintage 2008 or later. Older Macs (2008-2010) run 2-4 times faster using SSD while newer Macs (2011-2015) run 4-6 times faster.

Pictured: Some mechanical/ p.o.s drives we replaced recently. Each 2.5″ drive represents a MacBook, MacBook Pro or an iMac.

p.o.s mechanical drives

MacWorld/iWorld “was” fun

MacWorld '98 2

Today marks the end of an era.

I first attended MacWorld in 1996, as a tech with just three years experience. It was a first for us all. It was amazing. Everything Apple, under one roof. As a tech, it was a wonderland.

I’d walk from booth to both asking developers and engineers for help with tech issues that had me stumped, while looking at newly-released and forthcoming stuff. Heaven. Oh, and then there were the “show specials”. Many booths wanted to go home much “lighter” than they arrived (wanting to sell what they brought). So, come Friday it was discount time. For example, I bought a Kensington Trackball and an Iomega Zip 100 disks 🙂

So cool! I didn’t want to leave.

I did this every year, without fail. However, things change over time. It got smaller, and smaller,  and less interesting too. Finally Apple stopped attending and it became iWorld. I was out. My last year was 2011, when it was still cool (barely).

Pictured: MacWorld 1999, San Francisco


Holy Mavericks 10.9 Certification, MacMan!


This year when Apple made their Mavericks 10.9 Certification available to Apple Consultants, I thought.. do I just buy the book, take the online re-up exam, pass and call it a Mavericks-certified day? Or.. take the three-day in-classrom course and get crystal clear on the the operating system while learning what’s new, Again. Not an easy choice, Then I remembered how important it is to do the work. I always get so much out of doing the work. Plus, my mom was like, do the work!

It was a fun-filled nerd-fest. All Apple tech talk all the time, for three days. For me it was being a kid in a candy store. More more more please. I learned changes Apple has made since Mountain Lion 10.8, got more insight into where the operating system is headed, and found new tips and tricks for my client work. I breezed through the material. At the end of day three, I took the test and passed in 20 minutes. A new record 🙂

Welcome to Mavericks certification, baby.