FREE Apple Product Training in Iowa City


Join us at Tech Connection for a series of informational sessions led by our Apple Certified Technician, Timothy Barker.

  • Get to know your Mac
  • Learn helpful tips and tricks
  • Questions and answer session


All sessions will take place at the Tech Connection store in the Old Capitol Mall.

Each session will last 30 minutes and be presented twice on the designated day at 11am and 4pm.

Tech Topics Schedule and Topics

Backing up your Mac

Wednesday, February 26

Would your data be safe in case of hard drive failure? Learn how to easily back up your Mac with Time Machine. We’ll also discuss backup basics and the elements of a good backup plan.

Upgrading to Mavericks

Wednesday, March 12

Apple’s latest version of OS X is a free update in the Mac App Store. Is your Mac ready for Mavericks? We’ll tackle the upgrade process and answer your questions.

Mac Security Basics

Wednesday, March 26

Your Mac and OS X Mavericks include a number of powerful security features. Learn about built-in features and best practices for keeping your Mac secure.

Intro to Evernote

Wednesday, April 9

Evernote is a simple yet powerful tool for syncing notes and files across multiple devices. Learn how this amazing app can help you with studying, productivity, research and organization.

Making the most of iCloud

Wednesday, April 23

Apple’s iCloud service is built into your favorite Apple tech. Learn how to sync data, backup your iPhone, manage photos and more!

Mac Upgrades

Wednesday, May 7

Is your Mac running slow? Need more disk space? Learn about memory and storage upgrade options for your Mac.


Apple Mac – Using iCal or Microsoft Office 2011 Outlook Calendar to Open Another Person’s Shared Calendar and Share Your Calendar

Microsoft Office 2011 Outlook Calendar

If you’re using Microsoft Office 2011 on an Apple Mac computer, and want to open a calendar that someone else has shared, or share your own calendar, you’ll find that the menu options and user interface are somewhat non-intuitive.

Here are the necessary steps to open a shared calendar:

  1. You don’t need to be viewing the Calendar or in the Calendar module to proceed. This works from within email or anywhere else in Outlook.
  2. From the File menu, choose Open > Other User’s Folder
  3. For Folder Type, choose Calendar. Outlook will default to the Exchange server you’ve connected to as the source for names and shared folders.
  4. Type in the person’s last name, then first name, or username, or search on any part of their name. The resulting list may be long if you are in a larger institution, business, organization, or enterprise.
  5. Click/highlight the person’s name and then press the Select button. This will add their calendar under Shared Calendars and synchronize their calendar events to Outlook, assuming they have given you rights to view their calendar.

Here are the steps to sharing your calendar:

  1. Go to the Calendar view/module.
  2. Under My Calendars, right click on the calendar name associated with the Exchange server account you’re using.
  3. Click on Sharing Permissions.
  4. From the resulting menu, you can click Add User, then search for available users. Make sure the person has already followed the instructions above to share their calendar with you.

Apple iCal Calendar Software

If using Apple iCal calendar software, the Delegates are selected in the Accounts menu.

Note: The iCal calendar software has two Account menus. If you go to the Calendar menu and click on Accounts, this will take you to the System Preferences Accounts settings and not the preferences for the iCal accounts. Instead, follow the instructions below.

Follow these steps to share your calendar with someone else:

  1. Click on the Calendar menu, then Preferences, then Accounts to adjust the Delegates and shared calendars.
  2. To share your calendar with others, use the Edit button found below the “Accounts I can access” list of users. Then add users to the list with the plus sign, then enter their name.

Follow these steps to view a calendar someone has shared with you:

  1. Click on the Calendar menu, then Preferences, then Accounts to adjust the Delegates and shared calendars.
  2. Use the Plus symbol to add the users who have given you rights to view their calendar.


This article was developed by MG.

How To

Default Save to iCloud Configured for Apple OS X 10.6.4 Mountain Lion

The default location for saving iWorks documents is the iCloud in Mountain Lion when Documents are set as being synchronized to the iCloud.

To change this, go to Terminal (in Utilities) and paste in the following command:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false

Then press Return. Then type exit. When you restart the iWorks applications they will default to the folder of your choice.


Apple 17″ MacBook Pro Notebook Computer Battery Expanded, Swelling, Rupturing, and Bursting

According to Apple’s documentation on the 17″ MacBook Pro, the battery that comes with the notebook computer is designed to provide reliable service over about 5 years. The Apple documentation states that this single battery is so well constructed that a similar 5-year lifespan would normally require three batteries. Unfortunately, the real-world experiences of end-users demonstrate that the battery has a manufacturer defect of some kind that results in severe expanding and bursting. The images below are an example of what can happen with this battery.

“I called technical support and was told that batteries are expected to last for a year, and after that, this kind of expanding and rupturing of the battery cells is expected. Customers just need to purchase new batteries when this happens. That’s what I was told. Yet, I think it’s odd considering that I know of no other notebook products that have this problem with older batteries.” ~ Greg Johnson

Best Practices. For just about any notebook computer, it’s best to leave the battery disconnected while in storage.


Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Router Uses a Beamforming Antenna Array

The new Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Router uses a Beamforming Antenna Array to achieve greater distance, speed, and reliability of wireless networking. By tracking the location of wireless devices, the signal pattern is boosted directionally. [More…]



Apple Computer Sales Numbers, Data, and Trends Presented at the Word Wide Developers Conference

20130610mo-apple-wwdc-logoEach year at the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple reviews their progress over the previous year by presenting some impressive (and often mind boggling) data about software downloads, music purchases, and store sales.

Here are some of the numbers presented this year:

  • There are over 6 million registered Apple software developers with 1.5 million of those having joined in 2012.
  • The WWDC event sold out in 71 seconds.
  • Over 1 million people per day visit an Apple store.
  • Tens of thousands of school children visit Apple stores on field trips every year.
  • There are 407 Apple stores in 14 countries.
  • Over 50 billion software programs have been downloaded from the App Store is 5 years old.
  • There are 900,000 apps in the App Store.
  • There are 375,000 iPad apps in the App Store.
  • There are 575 million people with store accounts at Apple.
  • Apple has paid $10 billion to software developers, with $5 billion of that paid in just the last year. That’s 300% more than the revenue from Android and all other mobile OS systems combined.
  • There are 72 Million Apple Mac computers in use.
  • The iMac announced last year is the #1 desktop computer in the U.S..
  • The Macbook is the #1 notebook computer in the U.S.
  • Over the past 5 years, Apple has a 15% growth rate versus 3% for Windows. During that time, Mac has grown 100%, but Windows has grown 18% total.
  • Mountain Lion OS sold 28 million copies.
  • Mountain Lion is in use by 35% of users, but Windows 8 is less than 5% of Windows users.

New Apple Safari Internet Browser is Designed to Block Flash Advertising

Yesterday Apple announced that their new operating system (Mavericks) will come with a new version of their popular Safari Internet Browser. The new browser will include a feature that can block animated Flash advertising. The feature is similar to their Reader feature that extracts all advertising and presents a clean readable version of content.

Many websites display animations using power-hungry plug-ins that can drain precious battery life. But OS X Mavericks is watching out for you. The new Safari Power Saver feature recognizes the difference between what you came to see and the stuff you probably didn’t. If the content is front and center it plays as usual. But if it’s off in the margins, Safari Power Saver pauses it. You’ll see a static preview, and it won’t run until you click to play it. So if you don’t want to watch something, it won’t take a toll on your battery life. With Safari Power Saver, browsing websites with plug-in content will use up to 35 percent less CPU power.