Happy New Year 2012!

Thank you for your business in 2011! It has been a pleasure helping you reach your goals. We are grateful for good customers like you, who make our work satisfying and enjoyable. We look forward to working with you in 2012 and contributing to your success.

We wish you a prosperous and happy new year!

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Happy Holidays!

On this Christmas Eve and Fifth Night of Chanukah,
we pause to wish our clients and friends a very wonderful holiday season.

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Remembering Steve

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Steve was an extraordinary human being whose vision inspired my entire career, from undergrad computer lab assistant, to computer sales rep, to assistant manager at an Apple Specialist dealership, to Apple Consultant and Apple Trainer in present day.

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Come on Irene!

My friend David Provine of Premier Mac in Millersville, MD just sent out an email newsletter outlining some excellent tips re: storm preparedness, and I'd like to share them with you.

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Take a backup offsite with you this weekend
If you're not already backing up offsite, take a copy of your backup offsite with you this weekend. If you're already backing up offsite, don't assume that it works; please make sure you test it today! It's still a good idea to take a second copy with you.

Prepare for power failures
Power failures are likely this weekend; please power down any non-essential equipment now. If you choose to unplug equipment from power, be sure to also unplug any network or phone lines as well, as surges are more likely to enter through those paths.

Plan to work at home or elsewhere on Monday
Be prepared on Monday to be able to work at home or another site, as your office may not have power or Internet service. Take copies of any important files that you'll need so that you'll be ready to work.

We'll be ready to help
As always, we'll be ready on Monday to help recover from any issues that may arise over the weekend.

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3 Things To Love About Lion

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I'm taking Lion thru it's paces to better support my clients. As I do this, I've come across a few things that I really like about Lion:
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Flags at Half-Mast

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Today we fly the flag at half-mast.

Jefferson Consulting shares the deep sadness of our nation as the remains of 30 service members arrive at Dover Air Force Base today. This is not the way we'd like to see Delaware get on the map.

Our thoughts are with their families, and all the brave men and women who put themselves in harm's way to serve in our military.
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Review: Cloud-Based Backup Services


From the Editor:
Considering the impending demise of MobileMe's iDisk and rising popularity of cloud services, I have been researching options for both my company and my clients. As one could expect, some solutions will be better at one thing than the other. In a recent conversation with a colleague, I learned that he was looking into the same solutions that I was, for the users he supports. My colleague has tested several available Mac-and-PC-compatible services, and wrote up a summary report from the standpoint of cloud-backup. He has allowed me to share it with you. Please welcome our first guest blogger: my friend Andrew Holowka! Read More...
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Quicken/QuickBooks Users: Upgrade Issues

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A heads-up for Mac Quicken users out there: Quicken for Mac 2005, 2006, or 2007 will not work on Mac OS X 10.6 Lion. If you use Quicken Essentials for Mac you don't need to worry - it will work with the latest update patch.

The core reason for earlier versions not working is that they were designed to work on older PowerPC-based Macs (G3, G4, G5) and required Rosetta to run on Intel-based Macs. Rosetta is a legacy technology not supported in Mac OS X 10.7.

If you are upgrading to Lion you can upgrade to Quicken Essentials and save 50% off the regular price (for a limited time). For more information, check out this support article.

It appears that, for QuickBooks for Mac users, any version earlier than 2011 may also be impacted, but as of 7/7/2011, there has been no definitive word as to whether version 2011 will need a patch in order to work with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

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Four Ways to Print from your iPhone or iPad

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When Apple released
iOS 4.2 there was much excitement over a new feature called AirPrint, which allows the user to print wirelessly to a printer on their WiFi network. But there's a catch. There's always a catch. You must use a supported printer, and currently only specific HP printers are supported. Does this mean that if you don't have a supported HP device, you're out of luck? Not necessarily!

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Welcome to Printopia
There is a very cool utility available called
Printopia which allows your iPhone or iPad to print to a printer connected to a Mac on your WiFi network. This utility essentially bridges the gap between 1) iOS's AirPrint, 2) Mac OS X's built in Print Sharing feature via 3) Apple's implementation of mDNS, called Bonjour. English translation: If your Mac can print to it, your iPhone or iPad can print to it. Again, there's always a catch: your Mac needs to be on and awake. (No worries mate, you can always adjust screen sleep and system sleep independently in the Energy Saver preferences.) Striving for a paperless office? You can also send a PDF version of your print job to your Mac or to your Dropbox account. How cool is that!!?? The developer, eCamm, has several other nifty utility apps, all with free demos available so you can "try before you buy."


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Give a Brother a Break

If you have a
Brother printer or AIO (all-in-one device), you can use a free app available from iTunes called Brother iPrint&Scan to print and scan over your WiFi network. Jefferson Consulting owns a Brother MCF-9320CW but it was previously not supported. A recent update to this app added support and I have now successfully scanned a document to my iPhone and printed a photo taken on the iPhone at a July 4th picnic. If you own a Brother device, and don't want to leave your Mac on all the time, this app is worth checking out!

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Leave No Epson Behind
Well, at least not the newer Wifi-enabled printers! Epson has a free iOS app, Epson iPrint, which will print (but not scan) with a supported list of printers. If your favorite Epson printer is not supported, then Printopia is probably the way to go.

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Examine E-Mail Carefully to Avoid Scams

Over the weekend there was a reported security breach at Dallas-based firm Epsilon. The breach resulted in the exposure of names and email addresses of the customers of several companies such as Target, Kroger, TiVo, US Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, Citi, Home Shopping Network, Ameriprise Financial, LL Bean Visa Card, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Marriott Rewards, Walgreens, Best Buy, Hilton Hotels, and others.

CNET has posted a video explaining the situation. A Newsy report on YouTube points out that Epsilon is being criticized for not having better safeguards in place, such as "encrypting consumer databases and requiring two-factor authentication."

Jefferson Consulting's clients should be diligent against possible phishing scams in the upcoming weeks. MacWord's Chris Breen has some recommendations for checking suspicious email.

Many retailers affected by the Epsilon breach are notifying their customers and warning them not to trust emails that ask for sensitive information. Suspected phishing e-mails can be forwarded to reportphishing@antiphishing.org and spam@uce.gov.
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From the Archives: MacDaddy

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Going thru the blog archives, I found this post from 5 years ago, when my daughter was born, announcing: "Why does Jefferson Consulting work so hard for you? Because Davis has another mouth to feed!"

I got the call from the hospital while crawling under a client's desks, running ethernet cables (of course, I bumped my head.) Never drove so fast, never been so worried. Thankfully, all went smoothly!

A few days after Caroline came home, I stumbled, sleepless and scruffy, into the Apple Store for a NCC Chamber of Commerce event. After absorbing much coffee and congratulations, a Canon digital video camera was purchased (for obvious reasons), and I headed back home to relieve Mommy for a bit. The rest, as they say, is history. Or in this case, HER story. ~ Davis

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Blog Reboot!

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The blog is revived! After a long hiatus, the Jefferson Consulting Blog returns, featuring posts by CEO, CIO, CTO, Owner, VP of Snow Removal, Executive Director of Trash Disposal, the Man With The Plan, your Friendly Neighborhood Mac Consultant and IT Trainer... Davis Jefferson. Thanks, in part, to inspiration from friend and a fellow business owner, Hollis Thomases, who spoke at a recent seminar at UD's Wilmington campus.

In addition to posts on business in Delaware and how technology affects our lives, we'll also feature guest bloggers. We may actually import the archives (yes there are posts from several years ago, locked away in a vault) for your reading amusement! As we ramp up, we're still trying to figure out the commenting system, so please be patient!

Is there a topic you would like to see discussed? A tech problem you have had and found a solution? A tech problem you are having and cannot find a solution? Drop us a line and we may cover the topic in a blog post. Stay tuned...thanks for reading!

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