Late 2019 16 Inch MacBook Pro

Is it time to upgrade from the Late 2013 MacBook Pro?

Comparing raw CPU specs… https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i9-9980HK-vs-Intel-Core-i7-4960HQ/m797907vsm9629

A comprehensive review from MacWorld: https://www.macworld.com/article/3454905/16-inch-macbook-pro-2019-review.html

Hands-on benchmark and performance tests: https://www.macrumors.com/2019/11/19/16-inch-macbook-pro-benchmarks/

Setting up the new machine.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/settings-to-change-on-new-macbook-pro/

Fixing the AppleTV app red badge notification. Had to delete some .prefs files and reboot using these instructions:

Turning off the power on when opening setting. This is a neat feature, but can be problematic when wanting to clean your keyboard and magic pad area. Just a quick terminal command can make all the difference.

Getting Apple Music and Family Sharing Sorted

Recently, I decided to give Apple Music a try. The Family Sharing plan at $14.99 is the way to go if there are other music lovers in your family. Apple makes the plan and process fairly simple. The challenge comes when you and members of your family separate your apple IDs for purchases. I do this for security purposes, but it does create a bit of a hassle. I added my wife under her primary Apple ID, but she had to change her setting for purchases in order to subscribe under the family plan.

Some informational resources that helped.

iPod Classic Screen Repair

The display on my iPod 5th Generation Classic had a line of bad pixels running through it for about a year and it just sat in a drawer. I finally got around to getting a quote and it was going to cost $150 for the repair service. Too much. So I decided to go for it and do it myself. I ordered a replacement screen for $15 from Repairs Universe and followed the iPod 5th Generation Display Replacement repair guide from iFixIt. Thank you iFixit and Repairs Universe… Success!

Equifax Blew It

So this happened… Equifax had 143 Million Records Hacked.

You can keep up to speed on the Equifax data breach events on the clark.com website. More importantly, Clark.com has also posted a great Credit Freeze Guide to help individuals through the process of protecting themselves against identity theft. Unfortunately, this will be something we live with going forward. Future reform will be needed to make the “freeze” and “thaw” process free for all states, but for now this is true for only a few states.