Newsflash: Happy holidays from MacAtoZ; Lion update 10.7.3 in late beta; Amazon referral link
December 2011 MSS Newsflash

Happy Holidays from MacAtoZ!

Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season. We've a lot of new and exciting things to announce in the coming months, from Macworld to user group presentations to the expansion of the company. For right now, though, I just want to say thank you. I'm honored that you've allowed me to assist you with your Apple technology-related endeavors, and I appreciate the entry, however small, you've given me into your life. I feel extraordinarily privileged. 

I'm closing the office from December 25 through January 2 while my family and I celebrate Christmas and New Year's. Nonetheless, I have set aside time during this vacation to return calls, answer email, and provide remote support. As an MSS member, you are welcome to call or email if you need help. (I'll answer email and returns calls from Non-MSS folks upon my return on January 2.) Do contact me if the need arises. Your calls and emails are a priority.

Again, my best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and terrific 2012! 

Mac OS X 10.7.3 Lion update enters late beta

Expect the 10.7.3 update to be available within the next few weeks. Traditionally, it's the ".3" update to an operating system where I finally feel comfortable enough to recommend an upgrade. Before that ".3" there are just too many bugs and changes for the average user to deal with, especially if the previous version (in this case 10.6 Snow Leopard) is working well.

I now have one demo machine running 10.7.2, and though I wouldn't call Lion an unqualified success, there is a lot to like about it. I will be talking about Lion more in the months to come, with particular attention to performing a successful upgrade and especially as it concerns syncing data (the MobileMe to iCloud transition). I expect to begin broadly recommending Lion once 10.7.3 is released, though (as usual) if your current system is working well for you, upgrading may not be worth the trouble.

I've talked about some of that "trouble" before, and it's worth saying it again here for good measure: If you're considering an upgrade to Lion, please make sure that none of your important software is PowerPC-based. That type of software—notably Quc will not run under Lion. If you don't understand what this means or require assistance in determining which of your applications are PowerPC-based, let me help. 

Amazon referral link

Doing holiday shopping at Do me a big favor. If you'll be shopping at this holiday season, I have a huge favor to ask of you: Use the MacAtoZ Amazon Referral Link. It's If you use that link, MacAtoZ gets a small commission on whatever you purchase. Same prices, same shipping. No other changes whatsoever. Thank you! 
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I am Ty Davison, the only Apple-certified, Apple Consultants Network member in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley.

My company, MacAtoZ LLC, provides technical support, upgrade, installation, networking, training and tutoring, web design and hosting, and remote support services for Apple products like Macintosh computers, iPhones, iPods, and iPads. 

I've been providing computer services for clients in the Salem area since 1999. I am certified by Apple and I carry $1 million in business liability insurance. I am a frequent and well-known presenter (and former Board Member) of the Salem Macintosh Users Group (SMUG). You can count on me and my company.

At $96 an hour, MacAtoZ offers one of the lowest certified on-site rates in Oregon. Our innovative remote support program, the MacAtoZ Service Suite (MSS), also provides a wide-range of features at incredibly low-prices.

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