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Why You Don't Want to Buy an External Hard Drive

Why You Don't Want to Buy an External Hard Drive

Your external hard drive is going to fail.

Every hard drive out there is going to fail at some point, the question is, when. Hard drives and CD/DVD drives are the components that fail most in computers. Why? They have  bunch of tiny little moving parts that break down and fail when they get dropped or too hot.

So what...? Most of you reading this know that hard drives are unreliable, and if I asked for a show of hands asking who has had a hard drive fail, the scene would look like a bunch of teenage girls at the front of a Justin Bieber concert.

I want you to know that there is a better way to back up your data and to store the files that you don't need with you all the time.

Why Your Emails Are Bouncing

Why Your Emails Are Bouncing

If no one is reading your emails, it might not be because you aren’t crafting a compelling enough headline. It might simply be because they literally aren’t receiving them. 

New business owners often come to me wondering why their emails are not being seen by those they are sending to. Sometimes they send an email and never hear back, other times they get a "bounce back" email saying it couldn’t be delivered.

This is, unfortunately, VERY common. If this is happening to you, I’d bet money your email is hosted by GoDaddy, Bluehost, Hostgator or some other big web hosting company.

The One Guaranteed Way to Get a Computer Virus

The One Guaranteed Way to Get a Computer Virus

“Help I think I’ve been hacked”

“If I didn’t know any better, I would say my Mac has some type of virus…at least Safari does!”

“Hi Shawn,

Looks like I may have a virus.

I was opening a site when it asked me to download an app in order to access the page. The Mac Media Player was downloaded. (See screen shot of my Downloads and my History)

I never did open up the site I was trying to access.

Then, I had a pop-up. “System Scan is recommended.” I did not click on it.

Advice?”

These are real snippets of texts and emails I’ve received from clients recently and I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to you!

Backing Up Your Mac on the Go

Backing Up Your Mac on the Go

If you're traveling with your Mac, it's probably because you're working on the road, or you're taking a bunch of photos and videos and want to offload them from your camera to the laptop. The scary thing is what happens if something goes wrong? Or if someone steals your computer while you're out and about. It would suck to have to replace the device, but most of us would be more upset about losing the contents of that device.

Mac Backup On-The-Go

We always want two forms of backup for our devices, whether you travel with your Mac or not. Physical, in the form of an external drive you have quick access to, and a cloud backup.

How to Manage Photos While Traveling, iOS Edition

How to Manage Photos While Traveling, iOS Edition

“What do you do with your photos and videos while traveling?”

I get this question a lot. We spend lots of money to go somewhere beautiful and make memories so naturally, we’ll want to keep snapshots and videos safe.

With SO many options out there, it’s easy to get confused.

I’ve kept this pretty concise so you only have a couple of options, cost effective or the best

Working Remotely from an Airstream

Working Remotely from an Airstream

Big things are happening and I can’t wait to share what I’ve been learning!

A quick update: Madeline and I bought an Airstream and are working remotely while traveling around the country! For the past few months, I’ve been transitioning Lemon Consulting to operate remotely and as of 3 weeks ago, it’s official—I’m working from the road!

What does this mean for you?

  • More availability for appointments. Since I’ve eliminated the need for driving from appointment to appointment, a good portion of my schedule has cleared. I’ll be doing all remote work from wherever I am traveling. Bonus: You get to work with me remotely too—feel free to leave the house messy, wear your athletic pants, and get comfy.
  • Extra on-site support. While I’m gone, I have some very talented colleagues I used to work with at Apple going on-site to your homes and businesses if some one needs to be there to physically do something. You will love these guys. I feel incredibly lucky to have them working for me.

I know you’ll find that working remotely will be an incredibly easy transition. I can almost guarantee once you work with me this way, you won’t want to go back to the old way of doing things.

The tools I’m using to work remotely:

If you live in Nashville, Comcast has a surprise for you...

If you live in Nashville, Comcast has a surprise for you...

This photo shows speeds you can get from Comcast if you call them and ask for this secret deal. At least it's a secret for the moment.

You see that 257 number? You can get that for $70/month with a 2 year contract with Comcast if you call and ask for it. For a little perspective, I'm paying $52/month for 25. So for $20 more a month I can get 10x the speed.

Why is Comcast doing this? Google Fiber is coming to Nashville and it's rumored they're going to be making their service available soon. When is soon though? Google Fiber speeds are 1000 Mbps. 4x this new speed Comcast is making available.

What You've Been Waiting for Since the First iPhone

What You've Been Waiting for Since the First iPhone

Andrea is one of those people that if something happened to her iPhone, the only thing she would care about are the photos. She's in the prime of her career in a broadway musical touring all over the world in a leading role. You can imagine the memories she's capturing are some of the sweetest she'll look back on.

Andrea isn't the best at backing up her phone to her computer, though. She's busy with other things that keep her from religiously grabbing her computer and plugging in her phone to sync and back up.

Unfortunately, that made for a mess when things went wrong with her phone and she had a couple nightmare experiences at the Apple Store.

Why You Should Delete Your Photos

Why You Should Delete Your Photos

My clients are always asking me what to do when they run out of space. Both on their phones and their Macs. A few days ago my client from Arizona, Bobbi, called because her iPhone was full and she was about to go house hunting in a new city and needed to have plenty of space to take photos and videos.

She was worried that she would do something wrong and accidentally lose years worth of photos that were on her phone.

I don’t blame her! Who wants to lose photos like these? :)