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Author Archives: Clive Sweeting

Why is my iMac so slow and how can I fix it?

Over the last couple of months we’ve had an increasing number of people contacting us asking why their iMac is so slow. This seems to be particularly common for people with a “slimline” iMac who have upgraded to OS X … Continue reading

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MacBook Pro Retina battery replacement service

The first MacBook Pro Retina was released in late 2012 and there are now large numbers of them with failing or failed batteries that need replacing. However, unlike every previous Apple laptop, replacing the battery is not a trivial task … Continue reading

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Minimising MYSQL disk usage

Database optimisation is hard. Whether it’s tweaking a query or digging into my.cnf to change some of the global MYSQL parameters, you can actually make matters worse without intending to. But one thing that is simple, easy and predictable is … Continue reading

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Which Apple products are worth buying in 2019?

I was speaking to a customer in Bradford-on -Avon today about replacement options for their venerable MacBook Pro 15″ 2011, which has once again succumbed to a failing GPU. The discussion came round to what they should replace it with, … Continue reading

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Fixing errors uploading SVG WordPress

If you’re uploading .svg files to the WordPress Media Library, you might have been unable to, seeing the error “Sorry, this file type is not permitted for security reasons.” Open your .svg up with a text editor and check that … Continue reading

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Why we’ve not been posting about Web work for such a long time

I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since we last posted something about web development; time really does fly when you’re up to your neck in client work! So what have we been up to during the last couple of … Continue reading

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How to safely apply Apple system and OS updates to a Hackintosh

If you have an Apple Mac, installing minor versions of System updates, Security updates and updates of Apple supplied applications is a generally* trouble free experience. Whilst that’s often also true if you have a Hackintosh, installing updates is not … Continue reading

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Upgrading 2011 to 2015 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacPro, MacMini or iMac with a larger SSDs

Solid State Hard Drives ( SSDs ) are great. They make all the difference between a computer being painfully slow or feeling snappy and responsive. However they do have one significant downside. You get a lot less storage capacity for … Continue reading

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Mac mini 2018 RAM upgrade service

One pleasant surprise about the 2018 Mac mini is that the RAM* is once again upgradeable and you can fit up to 64GB RAM. This makes it potentially a good choice of machine for musicians, programmers and anyone else needing … Continue reading

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MacBook Air and MacBook Pro keyboard repair

One of the more common problems we encounter is Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros with faulty keyboards, and almost without exception it’s because of liquid getting spilled on the keyboard. This typically means replacing the entire top case assembly, which … Continue reading

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