Custom Application for iPhone and Android from WordPress

Question: I already have a WordPress website but I’d like to have my own mobile app available so that people can place orders with my online store. Is there a cheaper alternative to building a fully custom app for both iOS and Android? Answer: If your WordPress website is built so that it is responsive it should be available to both iOS […]

The Upgrade Cycle – Have a Plan

We recently did a check in with a client that we hadn’t worked with in a while to see if they wanted to do any updates, enhancements, or maintenance. We built a custom FileMaker solution for this commercial printing company to replace their paper job tickets and manual production lists for scheduling. In the past, the Production Manager had to go […]

Should I Install MacKeeper?

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Security

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series SecurityYou’ve probably come across ads telling you that you can improve the performance of your computer by installing MacKeeper. While it’s possible that MacKeeper may improve your Mac’s performance, it’s unlikely. Usually, if your Mac is acting slower than normal, it’s because of one of […]

Adware on the Mac

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Security

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series SecurityAlong with fake security alerts, a nuisance known as adware is another type of vulnerability that Macs are susceptible to. (See our post on fake security alerts.) When afflicted with adware, your computer will start presenting a slew of pop up ads when you’re browsing the web and […]

Fake Security Alerts on MacOS

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Security

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series SecurityWhile the Mac is still the most secure operating system known to man, several security threats are becoming more prevalent for Mac users. These threats are actually more of a nuisance than a critical security threat. You don’t have to worry about changing all your […]

iOS 9 Multitasking

True multitasking is now available for iOS 9! This multitasking is not to be confused with UISplitViewController which is available on 6+ devices as well as iPad. Multitasking is currently iPad specific, and it was designed with the new iPad Pro in mind since it has the much larger screen it makes it ideal for having two […]

Use it or Lose It Year End Tech Budget?

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Often at this time of year we find clients with budgeted technology dollars that are “use it or lose it.” There are several ways we can help you to invest that budget dollar before year-end by doing valuable work or pre-paying work to be completed early in the new year that will […]

Apple Watch

I’ve been living with the Apple Watch attached to my wrist for a few months. It taps me to demand my attention and it tells me frequently that I don’t get enough activity. It is the first thing I put on when I wake up and last thing I disengage with before sleep. I wear an […]

What Technology Tool do I use When?

There is a world of choices out there in the technology world. Business owners are faced with the big decision of what software applications are best to run their company. There are a lot of factors involved in making this decision. Here we examine some of those factors that will lead you to an informed […]

Sticking with Apple

If anyone is having a bad day, remember that in 1976 Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake in Apple for $800. Now with Apple worth $750 billion his stake would have been about $75 billion. Apple is worth more than a lot of big things…for example: the GNP of Switzerland, Google and Microsoft combined, Four Apollo […]

The New Apple TV is Here – Mobile Monday

Today Apple releases the new Apple TV, where Apple is bringing apps to your living room. Apple TV apps are built for the brand new tvOS operating system so you can expect to find all of the same features that you are familiar with from iOS. Apple was able to keep to a similar design […]

The Ideal FileMaker Development Environment

Recently we were challenged with the following question: What is so special about the way you develop FileMaker apps? Can’t I just do that myself on my own computer with FileMaker Pro?   Well…in some senses the answer is “Yes”…but with some caveats. One advantage of working with our full-time FileMaker solution engineers is their experience with multiple systems […]

50 Years with Technology

Tim Cimbura, 9/26/15 I just turned 50 years old. I feel as young as ever though I need to wear glasses nearly all the time. About halfway through my life I know there’s a lot more to come. It’s interesting to reflect back on a half century of technology and how it’s influenced my career […]

Get a Powerful iMac computer for only $350 for FREE!

Last month, we wrote about how (assuming you were going to buy a good quality 27″ 5K monitor), you could get an iMac for only $350 more than the Dell monitor alone. Today, that deal is even better! Apple updated their iMac lineup with a new 4K 21.5″ option. But the 27″ 5K iMac that we […]

iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan Releases Coming Soon

Apple recently announced the release dates of two key software products that drive the future of innovation on their hardware and the Apple platform: iOS 9: September 16 for iPads, iPhones, and the iPod Touch Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan: September 30 for Macintosh laptops and desktops watchOS 2: September 16 for the Apple […] is Member of Apple Consultants Network ACN specializes in supporting Apple Macintosh systems for ease-of-use, low life-cycle cost, and reliable virus-free computer operation. All our custom applications and web solutions run completely cross platform on both Mac OS or Windows. With all newer Intel-based Macintoshes, you can run any Windows applications when necessary. On the mobile side we build custom solutions primarily for iOS (iPad […]

Apple New Announcements and FileMaker

Yesterday, Apple revealed their new and innovative technology lineup…with lots of potential Christmas gifts. Here we’ll review some of the announcements and their impact specifically on the FileMaker platform. Although FileMaker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, they are seldom mentioned in events such as this because their focus is more on the consumer. […] Mac OS X Desktop Background Image

We’ve created a beautiful inspired desktop background wallpaper. It’s modern, classy, but not overly busy so that you can easily see your icons against the blue background. It is a jpg image set to the ideal size of 5418×3408 pixels at 300dpi as are other Apple-provided desktop backgrounds so that it will look great […]

My iPhone Isn’t Ringing!

If your iPhone isn’t ringing, perhaps you have no friends. Unfortunately, this is an issue beyond the scope of our tech support. But…we did get this recently… Question: I’m having a problem with my iPhone. Calls are rolling over to voicemail automatically without ringing at all. I missed a call from the school saying my daughter […]

Windows 10 and FileMaker / WordPress

Windows 10 was released yesterday…and for many people it is a FREE upgrade so the temptation is great to upgrade right away. Take a moment to consider what this might mean for you. Breath deeply, slow down, and read on. Can I use FileMaker with Windows 10? The official supported Microsoft OS versions for FileMaker […]

How to Take a Screenshot

How do I take a picture (screenshot or snapshot) of my computer screen and send it to someone? Perhaps you want to share the way your screen looks with someone who needs your help or you need to include a view of the screen you’re seeing so that it can be enhanced or modified during development of […]

Dealing With Email Spam

How do I deal with all the Spam and junk email I get on a daily basis? (Not referring to the meat product from Hormel.) I don’t have a simple answer for this issue. Spam is a major problem with email in general. If it makes you feel any better, I get close to 1,000 junk mail messages […]

Summary of The March 2015 Apple Event and Impact on FileMaker

March 9, 2015 was a pretty incredible announcement day for Apple’s Spring Forward event. Our people at got together for a pizza lunch and watched the technology unfold on the big screen with immediate commentary by our tech team…almost like being there. Seriously, if you saw it you might ask the question “Who says that Apple doesn’t […]

Updating to Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite

Question: I see a free offer to upgrade to Yosemite in the Apple App Store. Is there a compelling reason to upgrade? I believe it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on Mac OS upgrades…but only cautiously with excellent backups in place BEFORE upgrading. Yosemite is FREE and it’s been out for a while…so it’s somewhat of […]

FileMaker and Issues with Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks and Yosemite

We’ve noticed some issues lately with some FileMaker clients running on Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite. They include seemingly random disconnects of FileMaker from the server. The following error messages may appear as a symptom of this issue: “Communication with the host was interrupted and could not be re-established. All affected windows will […]

Apple September 9 Announcements and FileMaker

Yesterday, Apple announced several new products including the iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay for mobile payments. The new technologies available will fuel the next few years on innovation as will iOS 8 which will be released soon. In the mobile space these announcements primarily affect FileMaker Go, the FileMaker client that runs directly […]

HTML Email Signatures and Free FileMaker Tool to Create Them

Email has proven to be a critical part of running a business. Whether it’s a small shop that monitors a single inbox or a large corporation tasked with maintaining thousands of accounts, everyone uses it. We, along with many other professionals, have been guilty of attaching images as part of our signatures. Here’s what my […]

Updating to Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks

Question: I see a free offer to upgrade to Mavericks in the Apple App Store. Is there a compelling reason to upgrade? I believe it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on Mac OS upgrades…but only cautiously with excellent backups in place BEFORE upgrading. Mavericks is FREE and it’s been out for a while…so it’s […]

FirstTech Computers, Apple Retailer in Minneapolis Closing

We were saddened to hear today that FirstTech Computers is going out of business after 37 years of servicing the Apple market. To their surprise, employees found out yesterday that they will be closing its doors at the end of the month. This was reported in articles by the Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer […]

Operating System and Productivity Apps FREE on Mac

Who says you don’t get anything for FREE anymore? That’s not true with Apple and the Macintosh. Apple recently released the latest version of their OS called Mac OS X (ten) Mavericks and it is FREE. It includes a few new FREE applications iBooks and Maps. There are also new versions of Safari, Calendar, and […]