A few MacBook features that don't get enough credit

Time Machine

A backup system must be simple, reliable, and hands off. A system that requires to much care-and-feeding, will be forgotten about until it is too late. Time Machine is a set-it-once-and-never-touch-it-again-until-you-need-it. Attach a large enough external USB drive, answer a few questions, and Apple will take care of the rest. Leave the drive plugged in and the system will take hourly backups.

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My backup drives sit behind the laptop. Out of sight out of mind. It just works.

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Large Trackpad

The holy grail of a quality laptop is a good trackpad with excellent palm detection. There is only one player in this space. It surprises me in 2020, trackpad technology is still as awful as it is. Am I the only one who rests their palms on the trackpad while typing?

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Internet Recovery

Power on, then hold down Option + Command + R until the globe appears. That is all it takes to reinstall the operating system on a MacBook. While I don’t use this feature often, when I do it is wonderful. No need to find a boot image or create a bootable usb drive. A few button presses is all it takes.

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2020-09-27 13:45 -0500