Blog — Tips and Tricks from the Mac Zen Team

The Real Threat to Your Privacy and Security

In the last few days I've been shocked by how many scams I've seen people fall prey to. Even when their haven't been compromised, people are terrified that they have been taken advantage of. Over the years, I have seen folks fleeced for anywhere between $300 to $3000. No one situation is alike, yet they all share one thing in common—one momentary lapse of reason brought on by fear.

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Managing eDocuments.

Stop paper at the source. How to manage PDF or digital only statements, bills and invoices.

If you’re joining us for the first time, I’ve included a list at the end of links to other articles in this series on the seemingly challenging task of going paperless at home and in the office. Over the last few months, we’ve looked at a few hardware and software solutions, along with how all of it can be brought together with cloud storage.

Now that we know how to capture and store our PDF scans, I’d like to address how to reduce paper output at the source and take advantage of an increasing corporate awareness toward paper reduction.

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How to Easily Print Your Photos at London Drugs

One of the best things about the evolution of technology is that most of us now have a great camera right in our pocket or purse. These allow us to capture fleeting moments in photographs that we might never have before. However, this great technological advancement has also become one of the biggest problems with photography today – We tend to not print photos anymore, but rather only look at them on screens. So, we are capturing more memories but we seem to be viewing, reviewing and cherishing them less. And yet, we love seeing these memories as they connect us to our people and places – They are part of how we “belong” to our lives.

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Apple Music & Holiday Playlists

The first sign of an impending holiday season has to be Christmas music. If you turn on the radio the morning after Thanksgiving, chances are you’ll be humming Good King Wenceslas midway through making a turkey sandwich (yes, I eat turkey sandwiches for breakfast. With gravy.)

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Why the Cloud is the Perfect Place to Store your Documents

Welcome to another installment of our "Going Paperless" article series! Today we'll cover why embracing cloud-based storage is a must for  reclaiming areas of your home or work that have been lost to paper.

Since we started talking about going paperless, we haven’t really looked too deeply at where to store the digital versions of your documents. The default location is either your documents folder, or as with most scanner setups, the Pictures folder. For many this is just fine, but two important questions to ask are:

  1. Is this device safe? If I lost it, how significant will my loss be?
  2. Do I need to access my documents while abroad, or away from home?

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Wireless Printing in 2017

One of the things I’ve always liked most about working with Macs is how easy printing is – or, was. For most of the last decade, printing was as easy as plugging your machine in with USB and hitting the right button.

Sure, you might have to download a “driver” (special printer software) from some weird website once in a while, or go on a wild goose chase for software for a more venerable printer, but overall things weren’t too bad at all — especially compared to PCs.

Unfortunately the advent of wireless printing has created new hoops to jump through. While many manufacturers have tried to come up with new standards to make things the same across the industry, the number of new “standards” has created a bit of an issue in itself.

Here are a few main types of printer connections you’re likely to run into outside of simple plug and play with USB.

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Buying a printer - Other considerations

When purchasing a new printer, often the focus is on the specs and features of a given model, but there are other considerations that can be overlooked. Often these aspects of owning and using a printer or multi-function device can be nearly as important as the actual device itself.

Some key consideration are:

Where will the printer be located in your home or office?

If multiple users will be writing to it, should be located in a communal place so that any one individual isn’t being disturbed by printing and print pick-up?

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Multi-function Ink Jet Printers

Do they still have a place in our home? How can we make best use of them, and what are the pitfalls to look out for?

Over the last few months, we’ve looked closely at a couple of solutions that are dedicated to capturing documents and reducing clutter. Scanner Pro is a gold-standard iPhone app by Riddle which turns your iPhone’s high-resolution camera into a very capable scanner. The Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 is a standalone document scanner and software solution designed for high-volume duplex scanning on your desktop.

But what of that inkjet you’ve had sitting on your desk? If you’re looking for a way to leverage your existing equipment, there’s a reason why I’ve left this scanning option to last.

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