Upgrading your macOS without forethought could cost you money – Part 3

Apple has been waging an effective marketing campaign during the macOSX/iPhone/iPad era, enabling the firm to attain dominance in a number of categories. Their promotional ads might contain a message similar to this: “Version 99.0 of our most popular widget has been updated so you can take full advantage of the latest technologies that enable you to enjoy life to the fullest and have fun in the process.” While product upgrades certainly serve a useful purpose and I’m not opposed to them in principle, the changes should not be so dramatic that they disrupt a company’s or a person’s workflow.

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Upgrading your macOS without forethought could cost you money – Part 2

Installing High Sierra on My Mac

I use a MacBook Pro for my daily computing tasks. A while back, I installed a 1TB solid state drive that I purchased from Other World Computing. When I decided to test the upgrade process, my laptop was running macOS 10.12.5 (Sierra).

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Upgrading your macOS without forethought could cost you money – Part 1

Apple recently released its latest macOS known as High Sierra (version 10.13). The technology firm continues its fairly recent practice of offering its latest OS upgrade as a free download from the App Store. While you may be tempted to take immediate action and initiate the upgrade process without much forethought, you need to be aware of the risks involved and what steps you should take first, especially if things don’t work out as expected and you need to restore the current OS that you’re running.

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Quick review of Data Rescue 5

Prosoft Engineering recently provided me with a review copy of Data Rescue 5 that the software company is scheduled to release to the public on Oct 3rd. Data Rescue 5 will be available as separate versions for Macs and Windows PCs. For purposes of my quick review, I chose to install and test the Mac release of Data Rescue 5.

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Methods for opening Microsoft Publisher files on a Mac

Reader says, “I’m a Mac user, and a friend of mine gave me several Microsoft Publisher files that were created in 2005 that contain text and graphics that I want to include in an article that I’m writing. How can I open and use these files on my computer?”

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Fix for common Final Cut Pro 7 import error

I recently encountered an error involving the use of Final Cut Pro 7 that has been discussed at great length on a multi-year forum thread posted on Creative Cow.

Dreaded File error: 1 file(s) recognized, 0 access denied, 1 unknown
Creative Cow Thread started on Oct 20, 2009
https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/8/1058696

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Removing a single Windows app in CrossOver without deleting the underlying bottle

CrossOver is a commercial alternative to standard virtualization programs like Parallels and VMware that is available for Linux and the macOS that supports DirectX-based games, Microsoft Office for Windows, and other Windows applications that are normally incompatible with the host OS. Windows applications are installed on the host system in a configuration that CrossOver calls a bottle, which is a virtual Windows environment that consists of a unique C: drive. While CrossOver formally recommends that users install each Windows program in separate bottles, it is possible to configure CrossOver to include multiple applications in a single bottle (as I do).

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