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.

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.

Advice from an Apple tech: When your Mac gets too toasty

What are the long-term effects of overheating on a Mac? Beyond warmer temperatures and additional noise from the fan working overtime to cool its operating environment, you can expect to see slower performance.

Review: CleanMyMac 2 removes unnecessary files to free up storage space

Macpaw's catch-all utility offers scanning and cleanup of accumulated fluff—generally unused files and applications—on your Mac.

Review: League of Legends makes its way to the Mac

Riot Games' multiplayer online role-playing game is a welcomed addition to the Mac.

Mac Gems: Disk Doctor 2.1 frees up storage space on your Mac

Running out of drive space? You can sort through your drive yourself to find files to dump--or you can save some time by using Disk Doctor.

Advice from an Apple Tech: Three common Mac fixes

While working in tech repair, Chris Barylick helped dozens and dozens of people. Here's his advice on the most common problems people had with their Macs.