Running out of space?

Running out of space?


From October 2019

If you get this message it likely means your computer’s storage is above 85% capacity, and you might experience issues with your computer until the drive gets 100% full—at which point your computer becomes unusable. To find out how much storage space you have (macOS 10.12 and later), go to the Apple icon at the very top left of your screen and click “About This Mac” and then select the Storage tab at the top. The Storage window will show a Manage… button. From there you will be able to see which files, folders, and applications are taking up the most space on your drive.
For more complete instructions check out thisarticle on Apple.

 

 

Network Attached Storage (NAS): The future of onsite file sharing

Network Attached Storage (NAS): The future of onsite file sharing


From October 2019

Apple has been dedicating fewer resources to the development and maintenance of Mac file sharing functionality in newer operating systems. Because cloud-based file sharing has been gaining popularity, fewer Mac users have been implementing local file sharing using Mac servers.

However, for many users with large files, or those who need to comply with privacy and security regulations (like HIPAA), an onsite file sharing solution still makes sense. After evaluating and testing a number of different file sharing solutions, we have chosen to partner with Synology.

This company specializes in NAS devices, which are basically boxes full of hard drives that connect to the network in your office. Their NASs provide the exact same functionality you have experienced using a Mac server to store and access files.

Their hardware provides excellent compatibility with both Mac and Windows computers. Further, Synology has been a favorite of IT professionals for almost 20 years because of their products’ reliability, value, and ease of setup and use.

 

Why We Have Partnered with Phone.com

Why We Have Partnered with Phone.com


From August 2019

Favarger Consulting can now procure, install, and manage business phone systems through our partnership with phone.com! We can simplify your technology even further by eliminating the need for a phone system specialist and dedicated phone hardware. Our Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone offering only requires an internet connection. It is also HIPAA compliant.

Take a look at phone.com’s features, these cover all the needs of a modern business. These features include multiple extensions, voicemail, conference calling, and phone trees. There are also more advanced features such as text messaging, cell phone, and email integration.

 

Once your business phone system is set up, you can add or modify features yourself, or with help from one of our experts. This partnership will make your business communications easier, better, and will likely save you money. Schedule a phone bill review now, contact us today!

 

Beware: Some Applications Won’t Work With New Mac Operating System

Beware: Some Applications Won’t Work With New Mac Operating System


From August 2019

We know you have seen this warning many times already. What does it mean? This September macOS Catalina (10.15) will launch and won’t allow 32-bit applications to run, such as Office 2011, some Adobe CS6 (and older) apps, and many others. The purpose of this is to increase computing efficiency by updating the system to a standard of all-64-bit processing. To find out which applications on your computer will be affected do the following:

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  2. On the drop-down menu click on “About This Mac”. A new window will appear.
  3. Click the “System Report” box on the lower left of the window. (This is under the tab you start out with, the “Overview” tab). A new window will appear.
  4. On the left side of the window, scroll down and click on “Applications” under “Software”. A list of all applications will appear on the right within the window.
  5. If you scroll right in the list you will find a column labeled “64 Bit (Intel)”, under that it will say for every application you have whether it is 64-bit “yes” or 32-bit “no”.

If you want to use a 32-bit application, either update it to 64-bit if possible or do not install the macOS Catalina upgrade. Any current software you are still getting updates for will likely be updated to 64-bit. Old 32-bit software that is not being updated will not work at all on the new operating system. You will either have to buy a newer version or find an alternative.

MACPRACTICE CLIENTS: this is your annual warning to not upgrade the operating system (High Sierra 10.13 to Catalina 10.15, for example) without consulting with us first!

macOS Mojave 10.14.6, the most current version, still runs 32-bit apps, and will still be receiving security updates for the next two years. So, you have two years to figure out what to do about this!