Looking to upgrade your phone or computer but don’t have the cash to do it? If you aren’t up for selling on Craigslist or Ebay, there are several services out there that might give you cash for your device.
If you are using a Windows keyboard with your Mac, the default placement of the Control, Option and Command keys might not be ideal. You can easily change the defaults for any attached keyboard in your System Preferences:
Open System Preferences
Go to Keyboard
In the lower right-hand corner click the Modifier Keys button
Select the right keyboard, make your changes, and hit OK
If you are planning on buying an Apple product, you may not have to pay full price. Make sure to check out the refurbished and clearance items in the Apple Store first. All refurbished products are tested and certified, and include a 1-year warranty. You can also buy the additional 2 years of AppleCare protection for refurbished products.
It’s a good idea to recalibrate your laptop battery every month or so, especially if you rarely run it on battery power. Recalibration helps keep the onscreen battery display accurate and keeps the battery operating at maximum efficiency.
Plug in your power adapter and fully charge your battery (till the plug turns green). Leave it plugged in for at least two additional hours.
Disconnect the power adapter and start using your laptop (open several programs or play a movie to drain the battery faster).
When the “battery low” message appears, save or close any important work.
Continue using your computer until it goes to sleep and you can’t wake it.
Allow your computer to sleep for 5 hrs or more. It may shut itself off during this time.
Connect your power again and leave it connected until the battery is fully charged.
If you have old computers, batteries, or phones laying around the house, don’t throw them away! They can easily be reused or recycled (often for a good cause). Check out the links below for more details.