Chris BarylickMacworld

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: How to recover a mangled Windows drive with OS X

Chris Barylick had a problem: He'd inadvertently dropped his sister's PC laptop on the floor, munging its hard drive. Turns out his Mac was the best tool for fixing it.

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Internet sharing: The secret weapon in troubleshooting someone else's Mac

It's not the flashiest feature in OS X, but sharing your MacBook's Internet connection can be a life-saver when you're trying to fix a machine that can't get online by itself.

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Advice from an Apple Tech: The Great Upgrade Freakout (and how to deal with it)

Client freaking out because you're going to upgrade their computer and disrupt the way things are done? Here's how to talk your client off the ledge.

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Power Adapter Alarm review: Hey, your MagSafe adapter is unplugged!

This app works as an alarm should your MagSafe power adapter slips out of your MacBook's socket.

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Powershot 1.5 review: Annotate your screenshots as you shoot them

Powershot is a screen capture utility with annotation tools and flexible file-saving features.

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BitPerfect review: Improve your iTunes music sound quality

BitPerfect works with iTunes to produce better sounding music from your Mac.

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Advice from an Apple Tech: How to replace the glass on an iPad mini

Cracked the glass on an iPad mini? You can replace it yourself if you have a delicate hand and some patience.

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Advice from an Apple Tech: How to replace the glass on an old iPad

Got a first- or second-generation iPad that's out of warranty and has cracked front glass? You can replace the glass yourself.

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Advice from an Apple Tech: ClamXav is a valuable troubleshooting tool

ClamXav is a free Mac app that fights viruses, trojans, and other nasties trying to mess with your computer.

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How to recover data from an old SCSI drive

It's been a long time since Macs came with SCSI drives. But if (for whatever reason) you need to get something off of an old SCSI drive and onto a modern Mac, it's doable. Here's how.

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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.