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Senior Tips For Using A Mac

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The Mac has a history going back to the ’80s where it performed as the better design tool. It has been known for years to render its fonts better and unmatched in its superior user experience. Finally, it’s consistent, well-made, and good looking. Both Mac and Windows users alike all agreed that today, there isn’t much of a difference between the competitive models with similar specifications. For seniors to know, It’s all come down to a matter of personal preference.

 

 

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Technology is to be enjoyed by everyone, young and old. So for the midlifers out there who think that they are way behind on the times, think again. It’s never too late to set up that Skype or Facebook account, start blogging or even set up an online business you can retire with.

 

Here you will find handy tips on how the adult or senior can utilize their Mac devices and get involved with the world wide web.

 

Why Mac?

Because of its GUI and pleasant user experience, more and more people tend to use Mac’s for their professional and personal computing. Since 1980, more and more of today’s adults are realising that in the reality we live in, not all of it is physical, and personal lives administration including businesses are starting to rely on databases, code, bits and bytes rather than paper and filing cabinets. Macs have a reputation ever since the release of Apple’s System 7 of May 1991; it was considered to be much more user-friendly than its counterpart rivals, Microsoft’s Windows 3.1 of April ‘92. This was because of their easy to use interface, more and more people who didn’t understand computing joined the Personal Computer family by choosing Mac for this purpose.

By default, macOS comes with useful toolbars, sidebars, buttons, and similar. To the beginner senior, these items can create confusion, more so if they prefer to rely only on any menus for app options. So it helps seniors to maintain the bare minimum app interfaces with only showing the most important elements within sight. The main idea here is to declutter the Dock, menu bar, and sidebars and toolbars within apps.

Lastly, if you have a smartphone with the Apple brand; iPhone etc, then you can sync content through your Apple account which allows you to keep on top of your files with ease.

If you are struggling to get through a switch from Microsoft Windows to Mac, there are plenty of tutorials and guides from Apples Support centre.

Not to worry though if you have an android or windows device. There are plenty of articles and support websites available that give advice to people who need to use a cross-platform of devices. For example, some people who like to use their Android phone for photography and then get stuck on how to transfer their files. A solution for this is they should follow this step by step guide that shows you how to transfer files from Android to Mac.

 

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So, What Else Can I Do With It?

 

 

  • Time Machine On Mac – Although you have use of the iCloud with using a Mac it’s still a good idea to make sure you’re backing it up on a regular basis. The Time Machine app is the easiest way that you can do, however, as always there are other plans that might work better for you. The best thing to do is to complete your own research.

 

 

 

  • iCloud On Mac – Easily of the best reasons to use Mac is the Apple ecosystem. This is largely fueled by the iCloud syncing. You can access your photos, documents, movies, music, and anything else you have stored all with your iCloud account.

 

 

 

  • iTunes On Mac – iTunes is already installed on your Mac when you are getting started so you don’t have to figure this part out. If, however, you don’t have it for some reason it’s easy enough to download from apple directly. iTunes allows you to store all of your favourite movies, tv shows, iBooks, apps, music, and more. Even if you don’t use a Mac for your media you can still download purchased content straight from iTunes itself.  

 

 

 

  • Set Up Email End Calendar – Although there are a number of free and downloadable email and calendar apps for the Mac, you should still set up the Mail and Calendar app that comes on your Mac as standard. The built-in Mail and Calendar apps will most likely always be supported by Apple and using other applications may be slower and have to recheck for data syncs more often.

 

 

 

 

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  • Optimized Storage on Mac – Apple as a whole is brilliant with this kind of thing and have put steps into place to make sure your storage is always optimised. Using a number of iCloud syncing options, as well as performing a regular declutter, you can keep your hard drive free for more important files. Definitely useful for when you have essential files that you may need to download. This is one of the many reasons bloggers use Macs over others.

 

 

 

  • Set Up Automatic Downloads – Apple regularly updates the macOS with new and great features. Although Mac is less vulnerable to viruses and the like, updates are crucial to maintaining and running of your system. Some Mac app developers also like to keep things ticking with regular updates which bring new and exciting features to the Mac community. You can ensure you don’t miss anything by setting up automatic downloads, which will run from the background.

 

 

  • Connect Your Printer – Peripherals like a mouse and keyboard, trackpad, scanner and printer, are all important to getting the most out of your Mac. Having a scanner and printer can often be handy to keep less physical paperwork and can allow you to duplicate them embarrassing photographs of the kids.

 

 

  • Download Apps And Games – Apple make sure they provide you with the basic apps they deem needed to getting started and will throw in a few games too. There are still plenty of apps you will need for productivity, entertainment, and more. This is where you will find it useful to be using the Mac Apple Store, you will need to create an Apple ID to use this but it will sync all as across other devices such as an iPhone. There is an abundance of apps available so have some fun finding some useful tools for personal and business uses.

 

 

Technology is constantly changing and this also means that the top tips do too! so it’s important to keep up to date. Do you have any other tips for help using a Mac? Please share them in the comments section below.

 

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Should Concealer Go On Before Foundation?

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I mentioned in my last beauty blog post about me discovering concealer should go on before foundation. Well I have tried it and I am now completely sold on applying my concealer before foundation. At first, it didn’t make any sense to me. The Foundation makeup is the base of the entire makeup. I thought the only product that should come before the foundation is the primer, so I have applied my concealer after applying my foundation for many years now. Until I stumbled upon a beauty writer that was strongly against this method of makeup application.

 

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Should Concealer Go On Before Foundation?

Yes! You should apply your concealer first before your foundation. Your makeup should start with primer/moisturiser, concealer, foundation, cosmetic powder and the rest. Foundation is deigned to even out the skin tone, while concealers are for hiding dark circles beneath the eyes, blemishes, age spots, large pores and other facial skin issues. Concealers are great for making your eyes pop and for creating a flawless makeup

The way it works is for you to hide what needs hiding with your concealer, before you even out the rest of your skin tone with the right shade of foundation.

 

How to Use Concealers

I use concealers sparingly as it is easier to add more if needed than to get rid of excess concealer makeup. I dot it concealer lightly on spots needed and blend it gently with a concealer brush for a smooth finish. Less is always more when it comes to concealers and foundations especially. The last thing you would want is to find your heavy makeup cracking after a few hours.

 

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I talked more about this in my latest vlog. You can play catch up on the video –

 

 

Links to the products I used in the YouTube video are below –

LOLA Makeup Powder – Here

Rimmel London Insta Duo Contour Stick – Here

MAC Concealer Brush – Here

Look Good Feel Better Brushes – Here

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