What is the Best MacBook Stand?

Even though the MacBook has been discontinued for over a few months now, the MacBook tradition still continues in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in 2012 and as these notebooks become more and more popular over time, one area I have paid more attention to in recent times is to make sure I  have the most ergonomic and comfortable desktop or workspace I can, and one way to do this is to prop up your MacBook with a MacBook Stand.

There’s two schools of thought when it comes to buying a MacBook stand. One is to get the MacBook out of the way  and use the processor only. Using a mac notebook as a desktop replacement can be not  the most effective method to  use your desktop space and I find that the space behind your MacBook ends up being a no mans land for hard drives and other junk. But, if you buy a MacBook stand, you can prop up your MacBook and connect it to an external mouse and keyboard (USB, or bluetooth) and monitor and  have much more desktop space.

Closed MacBook Stand

The Twelve South MacBook Stand is just one example of this:

cheap MacBook stand

 

This is one of the better looking stands for your MacBook Pro and yet still offers full access to all the external ports you may need to access for monitor, USB, etc.

The downside of this design of stand for MacBook is that although it gets your MacBook Pro out of the way,  you lose the screen real estate of the MacBook Pro. Heck, you may as well buy a Mac Mini and save over a thousand  dollars if this is where your MacBook Pro will reside most of the time.

The advantage of this MacBook stand is obvious from the photo though, as it get your MacBook out of the way and frees up a whole lot of desktop for your monitor, or files an folders or even a coffee.

Another advantage using a MacBook Stand is that whatever style of stand you end up buying, these things prop up your MacBook and reduce the diet coke effect where you spill on your brand new MacBook Pro, which is a very expensive lesson to learn, but with a stand, your fancy Apple notebook is saved from splils.

Elevated MacBook Stand 

Griffin MacBook Stand

This is the cheaper MacBook Stand of the two designs, and the Griffin Elevated Macook Stand  comes in on sale at about half the price of the twelve south unit above.

The advantage of the elevated design of this stand is that you can still use your monitor if you so choose. You could still use this elevated stand and keep your MacBook closed too if you prefer.

But the whole point of this stand is  to get your MacBook screen at a more elevated angle to reduce neck strain. In most cases, notebook design is lacking  and  will leave the notebook  user looking down on the notebook screen, which over time can become uncomfortable.

The disadvantage of the Griffin stand, and  other elevators is that you are limited to the height of the stand, and whether it’s just personal preference or that you have a taller or shorter desk or seating arrangement, is that despite your best efforts your MacBook just may not be at the level  you desire. if the stand is too low, you can still prop up your MacBook stand with  a few books or something but if the elevated stand is too high, I found the only solution with this type of stand is to remove it all together.

The Best and Cheapest MacBook Stand 

These are becoming harder and harder to find as the digital age evolves, but I have found  that propping your MacBook up on a phonebook or two is one of the better way to elevate your MacBook to the best  level for your needs  and the best part is that phonebooks are free. If you use phonebooks from different cities, you can tweak your tower or books to get  a custom stand for your MacBook without the added expense of buying a custom MacBook Stand

 

 

 

 

What is the Apple Support Number?

One of the best ways to get your Apple support issues resolved is to forget calling and go take  yourself to an Apple Store if you need any help with your Apple notebook computer, regardless of warranty status. If your Mac is in warranty then the good folks at Apple will help you and in some cases, even if your Apple product is out of the limited warrant for your Apple computer or other product  like iPod or iPhone.  Apple stuff  is expensive, but in most cases you get good support when you have a need to Call Apple directly:

How to Call Apple Support

One of the best ways to find out about Apple support is to visit Apple directly where they can help you determine whats support you need, but if you do prefer to Call Apple, call Apple at 800-275-2273 and they will be happy to help you.

This support number is applicable to any product currently covered under Applecare for:

Mac and  Software

Apple TV

 iPod 

More Apple Support Numbers

For Apple iPad support, call 1-800-275-2273

For Apple iPhone support, call 1-800-694-7466

There are other contact numbers for iTunes and the iTunes and other products from Apple, but these are the Apple Support Numbers for the main hardware products from Apple computer. Call the appropriate number above for your Apple product and they will be happy to help you with your Apple support questions.

 

 

 

How To Perform an Apple Warranty Check

 

apple iMac warranty checkI like to save money and have been saving you money on ram upgrades for some time now, but another way to save money on an Apple of any kind, be it an Apple iMac or MacBook Pro one way may be to buy a used Mac. One of the benefits of Apple computers, is that despite their high price when compared to comparable PC’s from HP or some other manufacturer running windows is that they hold their value and if you shop on eBay or craigslist you may be able to buy a cheap used Mac.

And  I know, that in my experiences shopping online that most times the seller of  the older Mac just wants to get some money for their old Mac and replace it with a newer model or perhaps they need the cash for something else, and a lot of times they state that there’s warranty on the Apple computer left, but how do you know for sure?

Get an Apple Warranty Check

One reason i prefer Apple over other PC brands, is that despite the high price that the  Apple products demand, Apple offers some of the best support in the computer industry and one example is this:

To check if the Apple computer you already own or are considering buying is in warranty  is to go to Apple and check,

All you need to do this is the serial number of the computer and the country you are in and Apple will return to you a custom report on the status of the Apple computer you are considering buying. When you have this info you will be abl to tell if the seller of your possible Apple purchase is on the up and up, and  even if your possible Mac is  out of warranty, you will be able to see what your options are when it comes to either getting the Mac repaired.

A two second visit to the Apple support page could save you possible problems with your used Mac purchase down the road.

I Wish There Was iPhoto for Windows

Due to the fact that ram prices are not what they once  were I have had to cut costs in 2011. In December 2010 8GB of RAM would cost you just under $100, but now you can buy 8GB of RAM for close to $30.00.  As you can imagine, the profits on $34.00 are much less than a hundred bucks. One reason for this decrease in ram prices over 2011 have been that demand for RAM has been less as most laptops and tablets come from the factory with enough RAM already installled.

What does this have to do with wishing there was iPhoto for Windows 7?  I had to sell my much loved MacBook Pro and buy a much cheaper windows 7 notebook to work on this site as the earnings have dwindled over the years considerably.

Windows Alternatives to iPhoto. 

I have only been working on the PC exclusively for a few weeks now, but one piece of software I miss is iPhoto. Even though I have a background in photography, I always loved the ease of use in managing my photos that iPhoto offered. I know, there were other software for Mac I could have used, like lightroom or Aperture, but for just importing my photos, a quick cleanup of sharpness and brightness and then  lately, sharing my photos on facebook.

Help, I’ve got  Windows 7.  

Windows 7 actually does a pretty good job of  importing my pics and gives me quick access and  an easy to browse directory of photos and allows me to flag my keepers – one feature I really miss the most with iPhoto.

So, for now my photos are just in my photograph folder on my PC, but I thinking of either working with social networks for photography – either flickr, or picassa by Google. I have been a flickr user in the past, but as Google continues to grow  I  find I like to  consolidate my work using Google apps such as Google Docs or Google mail, I wonder if using Picassa for Windows might be the best way to keep track of my photos as (like Flikr)  I could work in the cloud with not only my documents but my photos too

This is where I miss using my MacBook Pro the most and that’s using iPhoto  to work with my pictures. I have been a Mac user for so long, that any new software for editing photos on Microsoft Windows 7 feels like  it’s such a learning curve and I just wish that  Apple released  iPhoto for Windows like they do with iTunes for Windows or Safari for Windows.

 

 

 

Where To Find Beautiful Mac Backgrounds

The 27 inch Apple iMac offers the most room for Mac Backgrounds

I’ve never really cared about backgounds for Mac computer much when I was a long time Mac user as my computing style is this: have as many windows open as possible at once so you can’t even see the background. it helps if you have a lot of ram installed to keep all these windows open.

If I were to change the background  on my Mac it would be to just a simple background like am 18 percent grey. This would allow me to work in Photoshop without  having to worry about the background messing  with me when I was photo editing. I was never a big customizer when it cames to my Mac. I would buy a new Mac notebook every year or so and then get to work.  I wouldn’t  even bother buying Applecare because I have written, it’s just a waste of money. I prefer to self insure my  Apple computers after the first year.

Mac Backgrounds That Look Great  

There’s lots of  great looking free backgrounds ready for download though, or you could even stick with the stock one from Lion, Apple’s latest operating system. In recent years this is all I  have done. But this is just one guy’s opinion when it comes to personalizing your Mac and I’m not the be all and end all when it comes to customizing your Mac to your specific taste. Here’s a few of the better places to start  looking for Mac backgrounds that look great.

Mac AppStorm shows us 50 Mac Desktops for Maximum Visual Goodness and according to them it can be a ‘fantastica motivator’.

If the 50 weren’t good enough for you they also offer another 160 great looking Mac backgrounds for you to peruse. That should keep you busy for a while. :)

Apple Wallpapers offers, well.. Apple Wallpapers

Desktop Nexus will reinvent  your desktop with these backgrounds for the Mac.

These are just a few of the best places to start your search for   Mac backgrounds available for download today. (free, in most cases too)