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 […]

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 […]

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 […] 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. […]

Electronics Recycling in Minnesota

We recently became aware of a great program through the non-profit called Tech Dump for recycling any consumer electronics in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. They will take TVs, monitors, computers, printers, batteries, audio/video equipment, phones, networking, and nearly all other electronic equipment and recycle it free of charge. Their local Minneapolis/St. Paul drop off location is available Mon-Fri, […]

Getting Rid of an old Original iPad

The iPad 1 is stuck in the past. It only runs iOS 5…and now iOS 7 is available…two full versions later. Most iPad 1s are worth about $75 on the open exchange market as of 11/8/13. But…For the next day, you can get $200 minimum on ANY iPad trade in at Target stores… until Nov […]

Portable Projector and Screen

Anyone looking for a great portable presentation package for use in a small-medium size business meeting or home theater application should consider the following products. (1) Optoma ML500, WXGA, 500 Lumen, Mobile LED Projector I’ve been using this projector for many months with great results. It’s small, lightweight (only 3 pounds), and so easy to carry […]

Electronics to Help You Look Up

“Looking up” is an important way to gain perspective on life…when we see we’re not the biggest thing around but part of a much bigger world. There are a few fun electronics products that help remind me of that. Worth their cost for the fun they add to your day.   Laser Stars Indoor Light […]

Three Cool New Products

With the rise in popularity of the iPhone, broadband, and WiFi in most homes comes many new innovative products. The iPhone provides the controller and the internet and WiFi the connection to the devices in your home. True home automation at a reasonable price is here. Here are three new items worth looking at… Belkin […]

Mac OS Presentation Remotes for PowerPoint and Keynote

Here we discuss three presentation remote options that will assist you in changing slides during your next presentation. Option 1: Keynote Remote on the iPod Touch (Mac Only) Keynote is the presentation software from Apple. It has the great feature of utilizing a iPhone/iPod Touch app called “Keynote Remote” to control the slide presentation wirelessly. […]

Macintosh Video Adapters

Nearly all Macs requires an adapter cable to connect to a monitor or video projector. For presenters using Keynote or PowerPoint it is essential that you be able to connect to any configuration. If you have a standard VGA monitor adapter connector, then it is an analog video signal coming from your Mac (even though […]

Fun Holiday Purchase-The Roku Box

One of the best technology values I recently purchased was the Roku LT Streaming Player box. If you have a high speed internet connection and a TV, this tiny purple box (about $50 with no hidden fees) connects your TV (via an HDMI cable or the included analog RCA cable) to the internet to get […]

Where’s the best place to sell your used iPhone? – The Results are In

Update 10-5-12 I highly recommend for trading in your old iPhone. They gave me $175 for my iPhone 4…no hassle…I didn’t even include the charger or earphones. Update 8-30-12: Soon the rumored iPhone 5 will be coming out…and now there are new options for selling your used iPhone. Apple will now buy back your […]

The New iPhone 4S

For those of you that travel extensively…and overseas…the new iPhone 4S is definitely worth looking at. It includes CDMA and GSM chips in it so it can talk on nearly any mobile phone tech system…and across Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. In addition, the new Seri intelligent assistant will be great for those of us who […]

Build a Utility Shelf for Your Mac Mini, Time Capsule, or Airport Extreme Base Station, etc.

Our home wiring panel was getting overrun with equipment with no place to put them and limited space to actually mount a shelf. First, there were 2 boxes from Comcast for our phone system and internet connection. Then I added two Apple Time Capsules to create our wireless network with a total of 4 TB […]

Laptop Travel Tips

When I travel I go carry on only. I have one plane sized carry on bag for clothing. I have a backpack for the computer, etc. that qualifies as my “purse” or “handbag” for carry on even though it is quite roomy. Here’s the backpack I have for the computer: SOLO Sterling Collection Laptop Backpack, […]

I Need More Hard Drive Space!

When your hard drive is running out of space you can upgrade to a larger capacity internal hard drive relatively quickly, easily, and inexpensively. This will give you more room for videos, photos, and your iTunes musiclibrary. You can even speed up your Mac significantly by getting a faster hard drive. First, make a full backup […]

Purchasing Apple Technology

Visit The Apple Store or Best Buy in your area to get hands-on experience with Apple products. The first decision in purchasing is to determine your budget. This will determine if you can purchase new or used. Prices of new Macs are pretty much the same everywhere. Any differences in price are due to what […]

Scanner for your Home or Office

  The Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner is amazing…and so simple to use. Press one button and it scans paper front and back in color or black and white as necessary feeding sheets through automatically. This is a great tool for getting rid of the paper clutter around your home or office. You can quickly scan an entire […]

Great Printer for Small Business/Home Office

I’ve been using the Samsung CLX-3175FW Color Laser Multifunction Printer for several weeks with great success. It was set up very easily just plugging it into my network router directly via Ethernet connector. (I didn’t test the wireless operation but all the devices on my network connect to it wirelessly through the router.) Driver installation […]