Mac Learning Curve: Hurdles Moving from PC to Mac

So you’re considering moving from a PC to a Mac. Maybe you’d like to use both operating systems, or maybe you’re considering a permanent switch. The problem is, you’ve never used a Mac before, let alone the latest operating system: OS X Mountain Lion. Here …continue reading

Apple Router Setup – Secure Your AirPort Extreme Home Network

Anyone with an Internet connection knows that some of type of modem is always called for. It’s usually a rather nondescript (or downright ugly) electronic box that plugs directly into the cable or telephone line that your Internet …continue reading

Do You Think I Need to Update My MacBook Pro?

Louis McGonigal writes:

Hello, Chris!

My name is Louis McGonigal; I am 23, and from the UK. I love watching your vlogs; they spur on my passion for the world of technology and everything else. I am a big fan of yours and have been …continue reading

Video Editing on the Mac: Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro?

When video editing on the Mac, you’ve got a lot of choices as far as what tools you can use for the task. But it usually boils down to a face off between the two most popular software options on the market: Adobe Premiere Pro …continue reading

Buying a Used MacBook: How Old is Too Old?

Sherlock Slater is considering buying a used MacBook:

I’ve used a Mac before and loved using OS X. I’m considering buying a secondhand MacBook or a MacBook Pro. In buying a used MacBook, how old of …continue reading

Mac Photo Management: How Do I Switch from Using iPhoto?

Kevin seeks a solution to his Mac photo management woes:

Currently, all of our family photos are stored on my iMac using iPhoto. I would prefer to move everything to a Dropbox folder, so that they are stored both on my computer and the …continue reading

Do I Need a Mac mini to Supplement My MacBook Pro?

Andy Abou writes:

Hey, Chris!

Just wanted to start off by saying that I am a big fan and have watched you since you were using XP as a primary OS. I am a DJ and have a 2011 MacBook Pro with 8 GB of …continue reading

Will Apple Make a Cheaper MacBook Air?

Josh Walls writes:

Will Apple ever make a laptop that costs around $600 or $700? It would make sense, right? Drop the price of a MacBook Air around $300 and people would start buying! I know I would, but $999 just for a MacBook Air …continue reading

Chrome Vs. Safari on OS X

At, SteliosTsl asks:

Which browser is the best for my iMac: Chrome or Safari?

Browsers are typically a very personal choice. Few browsers are as alike in both backend scripting and general capabilities as Chrome and Safari. Both of these browsers …continue reading

Roaring with the OS X Mountain Lion Server Course

You’re the envy of your colleagues and an object of unending desire among those who admire you from afar and anear, alike. You enjoy the rush of knowing everything under the sun about every potential server and network configuration available, and you’re …continue reading

Is It Worth Putting an SSD in My Mac? user ryebread761 writes:

Hello. I have a mid-2010 13.3″ MacBook Pro. It has a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, and (I believe 5400 RPM) 250 GB HDD that came with it.

If I don’t get a new computer this year, …continue reading

Tips for Raising Money for a MacBook Pro

At, Edward991 writes:

I’m a 13-year-old boy and I do a lot of filming and editing. I really want a MacBook Pro; what is the best way to make money for a it?

This is an excellent question, and one many members …continue reading

Fusion Drive Vs. HDD

At, Roadrunner writes:

I’m going to buy a 27-inch iMac for video editing with Final Cut Pro x. Should I upgrade to a fusion drive?

Congratulations on your upcoming purchase. The new iMac is certainly an excellent choice for users interested in …continue reading

Retina Displays: Not Seeing Pixels for Almost Half a Year

It all started in October. I ordered my new MacBook — a Retina Display MacBook Pro 15-inch with all the base specs — as a half-gift. When I say that, I mean I saved a majority of the money, and my mom covered the rest …continue reading

The Mac Essentials Bundle

Bundle. It’s such a comfortable, cozy word, isn’t it? When a baby is delivered into the world, it’s swaddled up lovingly and called a bundle of joy. The word also implies a sort of togetherness: you can’t make a bundle with just …continue reading

Should You Buy an iMac or a MacBook?

At, Solidsafety2 writes:

I am looking at buying an iMac or a MacBook Pro with Retina display, but I don’t know which to get. I know that Chris has an older iMac and he likes the new one, and he also has a MacBook …continue reading

Are Macs Just for Video Editing and Graphic Design?

At, Oscar Wood asks:

Are Macs just for video editing and graphic designing?

The short answer to your question is no. There is very little you can do with a Windows-based PC that you can’t do with a Mac. That said, there …continue reading

Is a Mac mini Good for College Students?

At, Chuck N. Edmonds writes:

I’m a student at a local community college taking classes full time and working full time to cover costs of school and living. Most of my classes are online, and my Windows PC has pooped out on me — …continue reading

MacBook Pro Retina 13″ Vs. iMac 27″

Dan Belcher writes:

I don’t have a personal computer at the moment — apart from an iPad 3 and an iPhone 5. I am currently looking for a Mac; which do you think would provide the best experience: an iMac 27″ or a MacBook …continue reading

Is the MacBook Pro with Retina Going to Replace the MacBook Pro?

Mervyn writes:

Is it possible that Apple might take the current MacBook Pro off the market as sales drop due to customers choosing between the MacBook Pro with Retina and MacBook Air? Personally, I find it doubtful that the MBP can be taken …continue reading

Should You Use Parallels or Boot Camp?

Cameron MacGregor writes:

I recently purchased my first ever Mac. It’s a mid-2012 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Retina) with a Core i7 and 8 GB of RAM. I plan to upgrade the RAM to 16 GB. I also have a desktop PC running Windows 7 Pro.

…continue reading

Photo Storage Solutions for Mac and Beyond

LockerGnome reader Alexander Ashe writes:

What is the best way to store images? Should I let an application such as iPhoto or Aperture take care of the storing of my images, or should I use a simple folder-naming convention — or possibly something else, entirely? …continue reading

MacBook Pro Vs. MacBook Air

Anson Tam writes:

I am heading into university next year and I am going to purchase a new MacBook for school. I am having trouble deciding between the MacBook Pro models or the MacBook Air …continue reading

Should You Wait for a Second Generation MacBook Pro with Retina?

Max Loubet writes:

So a little earlier I emailed you about whether I should get a 2.7 GHz or 2.6 GHz Retina MacBook Pro, however, I was wondering if I should even get one. My question is: do you think Apple will refresh the 15″ …continue reading

How to Improve Video Performance on Your Retina MacBook Pro

Jared Kosanovic writes:

I have a question about your MacBook Pro with Retina display. I bought one last October (15 inch), which was a significant upgrade over my old black MacBook. You uploaded a video talking about the new 13 inch MacBook Pro with Retina …continue reading

What to Do if You Spill Liquid on a MacBook Pro

Ryan Collins asks:

I was using my MacBook Pro the other day and I had a drink near it. I know, this was a very bad idea. My dogs were playing and they ran into the table, which caused the drink to spell all over …continue reading

iPen 2 Brings a Stylus to the iMac, iPad, and More

Using a stylus with an iMac, Apple Cinema Display, or any other flat glass panel display has long been a dream of artists and other creative individuals hoping to gain some added functionality out of their favorite computer. Unfortunately, Apple has yet to make a …continue reading

Should You Buy AppleCare?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at LockerGnome is whether or not AppleCare is worth buying. Should you buy it for a MacBook? How about an iPhone or iPod touch? What makes AppleCare worth the asking price?

AppleCare is one of the …continue reading

ScreenFlow 4 Review

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Pointing your camera at your computer is so old school when you’re trying to screencast. These days there’s software to take care of that, and if you …continue reading

Would You Be More Inclined to Buy a Mac Made in the US?

Apple made a remarkable announcement this week. It plans to spend $100 million in order to bring production of its Mac products back to the US. Regardless of your sentiment towards Apple and its products, more jobs in the US could be a very good …continue reading