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Chris Barylick is an Apple-Certified Macintosh Technician living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his 25 years of tinkering with Macs, he has accidentally lit two (and counting) hard drives on fire. He also wouldn't mind being Gonzo the Muppet when he finally grows up.

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Advice from an Apple Tech: BitTorrent and older OS X installation discs, revisited

In the wake of a previous article that focused on the use of BitTorrent to acquire older OS X installation disc images when the required OS X installation disc was unavailable, some points of clarification need to be made.

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Advice from an Apple Tech: BitTorrent and older OS X installation discs

If you're stuck in a jam and needed that old installation disc yesterday, you could turn to the Internet, if you're willing to accept the risks.

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Advice from an Apple Tech: How to get old Mac OS X install discs

Need to do a installation of an older Mac operating system, but you can't find the discs? You can find them if you do a little bit of searching.

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Advice from an Apple Tech: The right tools for the job

When you want to perform your own Mac hardware repairs, it helps to have the proper tools. Here's what you should have in your toolbox.

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Advice from an Apple Tech: How to replace the optical drive in a Unibody MacBook Pro with a second hard drive

Don't use the optical drive in your Unibody MacBook Pro anymore? Put that space in your laptop to better use by replacing the optical drive with a hard drive or SSD.

Dialogue 1.2 review: Make phone calls on your iPhone through your Mac

Dialogue lets you set up your Mac as a Bluetooth "headset" so you can make phone calls through your iPhone and use the Mac's microphone and speakers.

Advice from an Apple tech: Got a Mac? Get a Dremel!

Does your computer toolkit include a Dremel? It may seem extreme, but a Dremel tool can be handy in a dire situation.

Advice from an Apple tech: Battle the dust bunnies

Excessive dust inside your Mac can cause performance problems.

TechTool Pro 7 review: A nearly complete set of Mac troubleshooting tools

Micromat’s TechTool has a great toolset for Mac troubleshooting.

Mac Gems: Free up your Mac's RAM with Memory Clean

Memory Clean is a simple Mac app that clears out unnecessary digital cruft in your Mac's RAM.

How to become an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician

To become Apple certified, you have to jump through some hoops. Chris Barylick talks about the steps you need to take.

Advice from an Apple Tech: Your first time under the hood

Thinking about performing that hardware repair yourself instead of going to a shop? Chris Barylick has some advice for potential amateur technicians.

Mac Gems: iStat Menus is a standout app for monitoring your Mac

Bjango's iStat Menus 4 does a better job than the competition when it comes to showing you what's going on inside your Mac.

Review: XCOM: Enemy Unknown-Elite Edition

This Mac game's dark, gritty story and almost limitless potential for role playing and expansion will have you hooked in for the long haul.

Advice from an Apple Tech: When your Mac takes a fall

When your Mac laptop slips out of your hands, or your Mac desktop falls off your desk as you're shuffling things around, here's what to do once the feeling of dread dissipates.