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We will try to answer some of the basic questions that may have eluded you.

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Disclaimer - The Hardware and Software I recommend is just my personal preference. In most cases they are Mac focused and in most cases I have used the product. For complete reviews, I suggest online searches. In many cases by searching for a product and adding “alternatives”, you can find competing products that vary in price and features to suit your needs.

When you are looking for help, the first question is always “What kind of computer do you have?” It really does not matter if you have a Dell, ASUS, HP or Apple brand. The real question is what Operating System does your machine use? The most widespread system is Windows, and there are many versions in use. The most recent is Windows-11, and the ones that are going to cause you issues eventually, are Windows 7, and Windows 98. On non-Apple tablets and smart phones, the operating system is likely Android.

My personal preference is the Apple system, where Mac laptops and desktops use MacOS, and iPads and iPhones use IOS. If you have hardware older than about 10 years, you may not be able to upgrade to the latest OS. Most Mac users keep up with new software releases fairly regularly. Windows users tend to be slower at upgrades. Before you leap into action, please read the section on [[Backups]] . Just because your hardware or software may be getting on, it does not mean that their utility has ended. It does, however, mean that mechanical failure is more likely, or that software patches are not available. Newer is usually better.

The next big question is “What tasks are going to be performed by your machine?” Pen-and-paper works really well for lots of jobs, but computers excel at tasks like Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Databases, and of course, creating Websites. Being a Photographer and a Website builder, my particular tools of choice are outlined on my Blog at

If you have questions about any of this, please do not hesitate to reach me by phone or email. A quick conversation may be all the info you need to move ahead.