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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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Nickelodeon Land Blackpool Experience

It’s summertime, but the weather isn’t as delightful as it was this time last year. There is a slight chill in the air on and off, and it has made dressing up very confusing. I never know what to wear these days. Not certain how the weather would look like. One minute it is warm and sunny, and we have our summer clothes on. The next minute it is cloudy and chilly, and we have our winter jackets back on. We have had all sorts of seasons in a day. Hard to keep up but hey it is June, so it should get better right?

 

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Nickelodeon Land Blackpool Experience

We spent the half term week in Blackpool and had the lovely opportunity to visit the Nickelodeon Land Park and Pleasure Beach. It was a lot of fun. The kids had an amazing time and so did we the grown ups, as you can see from the pictures. We enjoyed ourselves a little too much. We went on so many rides, we lost count of how many we went on. There was a lot of screaming and laughing. It was fun to just unwind and enjoy the thrill. Some of the rides were really crazy but in a fun way. 

We booked our day at the park online and had the tickets delivered to our house before the half term week, so we beat the long lines. It was amazing to just breeze in because the lines were really long. So I would advise you booked your tickets in advance online and have them delivered to your house at least a week before the day you plan to visit the park.

 

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The Amazing Rides

The rides at Nickelodeon Land park were really good. The experience was definitely a lot adrenaline rush. The Avalanche and the Blue Flyer rides were really cool. There were a lot of screams (good ones) on those rides. We also enjoyed the show featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Skye and Ninja Turtles. It was fun watching them dance and entertain the kids. The kiddies even got a photo taken with Skye and they were really excited about that. My daughter adores Skye. 

If you haven’t visited Nickelodeon Land park in Blackpool and you have little ones, I suggest you pop over for a visit. The huge park is truly magical and there is so much to see and do. We spent the whole day there and still couldn’t get on all the rides. They were just too many. It was definitely worth every penny. 

 

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Instagram Heaven

We took so many pictures on the day so excuse the photo heavy post. I just couldn’t help myself but post every one of them. The park is really pretty; definitely an instagram dream. I will be posting a part 2 of our time at Nickelodeon Land Park soon  so you get to see all the photos. I am unable to fit them all in this post.  I will also be sharing some tips on how to make the most of your time at the park and things to prepare for while you are there, so lookout for that post.

 

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Have you been to Nickelodeon Land Blackpool? What do you think of it? I also wrote about our stay at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel in Blackpool. Until the next post, have a lovely time.

 

Giveaway/Review – Win A B Loved Naturally Scented Candle

*PR sample.

I love burning candles in my home. They keep me relax and leave the house smelling great, so it is a win-win for me. I recently had the opportunity to try a B Loved Naturally Scented Candle and I really like it. I am giving away one B Loved Naturally Scented Candle worth £15.50, so keep reading for the giveaway details.

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B Loved Naturally Scented Candles

For those who have never heard of B Loved, it is a bespoke candle making company based in Hitchin and Barcelona. The lovely brand takes pride in hand pouring every candle and they have a wide range of beautiful, natural scents to choose from. I got The Balancer – Aromatherapy Scented Candle. I am burning as I type and I love the fragrance.

Here are more details of the fragrance –

 

Geranium – Sweet floral scent harmonising and balancing for moods – calming, uplifiting – great for anxiety, stress nervous tension

Patchouli – earthy woody scent – uplifting and grounding

Bergamot – rich sweet green citrus fruity – uplifting, relaxing, balancing great for relieving anxiety tension stress

 

PROS
  1. The packaging is simple but pretty.
  2. I love the fragrance as I said earlier. It is a beautiful blend of Geranium, Patchouli and Bergamot.
  3. This candle relaxes me and the scent lingers for hours after burning.
  4. It is quite affordable at £15.50 for a 20cl Candle.
  5. The wick is quite firm unlike some other candles I have used.
  6. The candle burns nicely and evenly.

 

CONS

None.

 

 

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Giveaway Rules

Here are the rules of the giveaway –

 

  1. Follow me on Twitter and RT this tweet.
  2. Follow on Instagram and like this Instagram post.
  3. Leave me a comment telling me what you like about this B Loved Candle.
  4. Remember to include your Twitter name in the comment.

You can also follow my Facebook page to catch up on other upcoming posts and giveaways.

 

The giveaway is open to UK residents only and will run for 2 weeks. It ends 4 June at 10pm. The winner will be announced within 24 hours of the giveaway ending and needs to respond within 48 hours of being selected. The winner will be announced and contacted on Twitter so make sure you leave your Twitter name in the comment section so I can find you.

Good luck everyone.

 

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