Professionally Certified

IMG_96231

Part of being a pro in the Apple arena is being certified. When Apple releases a new operating system, I dive right in. I want to know all the inns and outs. I want to be proficient with my clients (and when I’m playing around with my own Apple technology). Then, I get certified. I take a 3-day Apple training course (it’s a good refresher plus I pick up new tips & tricks), then I take the exam. I’m thinking of making this one into a business card.

“Solving the world’s problems, one Mac at a time”, pinned.

IMG_87621

In the early years, that was my slogan. I loved it because it’s what I do, as MacMan. I Help people with their technology and their productivity. My slogan was only seen on my email signature. Then, in ’03, my design team and I began using “Everything Mac. No Worries” and created my official logo as it exists today. The idea came from my visit to Australia around that time. Now-a-days I feel like “no worries” is part of the hip American vernacular. I’m not saying I started the fad (nor am I saying I didn’t). So, until this week I had to create my own awesomeness with slogans in my signature. Not any more! Recently, by passing a bunch of Apple Sales Training tests, holy crap if I didn’t get a certificate and a pin, from Apple, in the US Mail. What to do with this pin? Go back in history, buy a denim jack it and attach to the lapel?

Thank you Apple for the recognition, and a Tchotchke from 1993.

MacMan’s Manifesto

Top 10 ways to an awesome workflow:

  1. Complete, automatic and seamless backup, including cloud-storage
  2. Know what you have and why you have it
  3. Maintained “passwords, websites and accounts” list
  4. Keep hardware and software current
  5. IMAP email, synced across all devices
  6. Ultra high-speed Internet and quality wireless
  7. Synced info (calendar, contacts, bookmarks, notes)
  8. Run a clean system with minimal 25% available space
  9. Wireless printing and scanning
  10. *MacMan agreement and regular visits (every 3-6 months)

Make Your iPhone Rock!

Ten key tools to make your iPhone and iPad Fast, Helpful, and Dependable

  1. Keep the iOS up-to-date (iOS 5.0.1)
  2. Manage open apps (close apps you don’t often use)
  3. Keep all apps up-to-date (via App Store)
  4. Keep Film Roll low (lower equals faster camera)
  5. iCloud (enable all possible features, including iCloud Backup)
  6. Sync Notes via one mail account
  7. Reduce clutter with folders
  8. Enable all Automatic Downloads (not “Use Cellular Data”)
  9. Set default Mail, Contacts, Calendar
  10. Perform full backup via Mac frequently