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PsiMac and the team of people there are a gift. I'm so glad I've found them. They are a joy to work with, patient, patient, and patient. The best.
- B.R., Norwalk
 September 2014

Thank you so very much. Tim was amazing and so easy to understand. Most helpful...
- S.G., Stamford
 January 2014

I wanted to let you know that Tim did a great job with my computer! He was professional and easy to work with. My experience with PsiMac has been outstanding. Thank you very much!
- B.G., Westport
 September 2013

Thanks for your help. It adds to the quality of my life. It's a pleasure to know you.
- B.L., Darien
 May 2011

Thanks again for your help, Joe! You have become indispensable to me in such a short time!
- J.B., Darien
 March 2011

Thanks Joe for all your help. Having you to consult with makes me think of how those who go to shrinks feel comforted in knowing that if the going gets rough they can always call their 'therapist'.
- J.S., Paris
 October 2009


It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. That it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.
- Steve Jobs
 March 2011


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Hard drive upgrade offer for February

Double your storage for $299! Price includes parts and labor. PsiMac will install the appropriately-sized hard disk drive to at least double your capacity – up to 1 TB (MacBook or MacBook Pro) or 3 TB (iMac) – and we'll clone your data to the new disk.

You'll pick up right where you left off, with twice the space!

Contact PsiMac to schedule your hard drive upgrade now.

Hard drives fill up quickly with photos and videos, movies and TV shows, and other documents and data.

A hard drive upgrade is an easy solution. Not only can a larger hard drive extend the life of your Mac, it can also speed up your Mac if your old hard drive was more than a couple of years old or had very little free space left.

PsiMac is making it easier and more affordable than ever with special flat rate pricing for hard drive upgrades during the month of February 2014 – just $299.

We also specialize in memory (RAM) upgrades to improve performance, as well as operating system upgrades. Get in touch and we'd be happy to evaluate your system and give you our recommendations.


iPhone 5s Recommendations

Last week Apple released two new iPhones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.

Year after year, the main reasons I consider when deciding whether to upgrade to a new iPhone are as follows:

  • better photos
  • faster performance
  • more features
  • new design

Apple has managed to achieve all of the above with this year's premiere iPhone 5s.

For customers with an iPhone 4S or older iPhone, upgrading to the iPhone 5s is an easy recommendation. The improvements to the camera, speed, and larger screen size are well worth the upgrade.

For many customers with an iPhone 5, the iPhone 5s is still a worthy upgrade. As invaluable a utility as the iPhone provides in one's life, even relatively incremental upgrades to crucial functions can add appreciable value.

Here are three ways upgrading to an iPhone 5s can improve your life:

  1. Save time and improve security by using Touch ID. Initially limited to unlocking your iPhone and making purchases on the iTunes Store or the App Store, Touch ID also promises to replace the entire (broken, infurating, insecure) password system with a new paradigm of security and convenience.
  2. Take better photos with the one camera you always have handy.
  3. Get more done on a device that brings desktop-class performance (equivalent to that of the MacBook Air from a few years ago) to the palm of your hand, ready to go at a moment's notice.

If you feel any of these improvements would benefit you, I recommend upgrading to the iPhone 5s.

Most people should go with the 32 GB version to provide plenty of storage space for photos, videos, music, podcasts, audiobooks, apps, and data. If you take a lot of photos or videos, or like to carry a lot of music, podcasts, audiobooks, or other media on your device, go with 64 GB so you don't have to worry too much about freeing up space.

If you don't mind syncing regularly to import photos and videos to your Mac and remove old stuff to make room on your device, you could get by with 16 GB.

I don't recommend the iPhone 5c for most iPhone users, because it uses technology that's almost identical to the year-old iPhone 5. The iPhone 5s, with its better camera, faster speed, and Touch ID, is well worth the additional $100.


Touch ID + iCloud Keychain = Security & Convenience

The iPhone 5s debuted last week with Touch ID, allowing you to unlock your iPhone using just your fingerprint instead of your passcode. Touch ID can also be used to make a purchase on the iTunes Store or App Store, in place of your iCloud password.

Initial users agree that Touch ID is very convenient.

Apple claims the system is more secure than a password.

But Touch ID may prove to be more than just a minor convenience when it is paired with iCloud Keychain, a forthcoming feature included with Mavericks, the next version of Mac OS X.

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Happy Summer Solstice

Today, on the first day of summer – the longest day of the year – I started the day hosting a new podcast at PsiMac, helped a client buy a new iMac, and then met with clients in Darien, Riverside, Greenwich, New Canaan, and Bethel, offering the following types of consultations:

  • Freeing up space on a MacBook Pro, and deciding to upgrade the hard drive
  • Freeing up space on a Time Capsule, ensuring that four Macs could back up
  • Resolving AirPlay failing to stream through an AirPort Express into a multi-room home stereo from an iPad
  • Troubleshooting file corruption in a slideshow project, restoring it from a Time Machine backup
  • Replacing a failed internal hard drive in a Mac Pro, and restoring data from an up-to-date clone of the drive

I ended the day writing about it in this entry for PsiTimes.

Happy summer!


MacBook Air, my ideal system

My current main machine is an 11-inch MacBook Air. As the most portable Mac notebook, it's easy to carry everywhere.

It's also powerful enough – especially with upgrades to 8 GB memory and 1.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor – to make a great desktop, too. With a Thunderbolt Display on your desk, along with a wireless keyboard, mouse, and trackpad, the MacBook Air effectively becomes a desktop machine. Not only is it a very comfortable way to work, but with the MacBook Air at the center, all of your files are there and everything is configured exactly the same as when you are on the road.

The MacBook Air was just updated with a better processor, 45% faster flash storage, lower prices, more storage at the low end, and all-day battery life – making it a great time to buy a new MacBook Air.

Please contact PsiMac for advice about our recommended configuration and help migrating to your new system.


My Mac Museum

I have always loved the design of Apple products. One of the major benefits of being a technology consultant is having an excuse to own many cool gadgets and keep my gear current.

Although my previous generation equipment can often be refurbished and repurposed, eventually I must take old gear out of service when it becomes obsolete.

After years of dependable use, technology may acquire a personality and inspire an emotional response.

So rather than dispose of old machines, I prefer to exhibit them in my office.

Our wonderful clients and friends, Trudie and Ben Larrabee, posted about our Mac Museum on their blog: Joe's Mac Museum.  Check it out and explore their other posts for insight into their working relationship.

The following machines are among those currently on display in the Mac Museum...

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Tour of PsiMac HQ

PsiMac moved into our new office one year ago this month. What an amazing 12 months we have had! In addition to the office, in 2012 PsiMac hired Tim McCloud and Ashleigh began working full time.

We would love for you to visit us at PsiMac! Please call the office at 203.247.5147 to make an appointment to stop by, or contact us.

View a tour of PsiMac HQ: