We’re relatively finished with 2017, yet there are a couple of tech assignments as yet holding tight. Things that possibly you intended to do, yet just couldn’t discover the time. Well this is it. There’s no better week to finish your tech tasks than the no-man’s-arrive amongst Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Finish these to get a hop on 2018!
- Backup Your Mac
I’m a strong proponent of using the macOS Time Machine feature. Not only is it convenient for transferring the contents of your Mac to a new device, its can save your butt when you accidentally perma-delete a file (or simply moved it somewhere you can no longer find it). The only problem is that you need to have a hard drive plugged in to take advantage of the feature. On an iMac, it’s no issue, since you probably have a myriad of peripherals plugged in anyway (though you may have to spring for a much larger portable drive, depending on your configuration). For Apple laptops, though, you’re going to need a drive that travels with you.
- Backup Your iPhone
While you’re in a backing up mood, make sure you back up your iPhone as well. If you participate in the Apple Public Beta program, you should be doing this already. Head over to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Click Back Up Now. If it’s the first time you’ve backed up your phone to the cloud, it will take a while. Be ready to hang out on this screen for as long as 15 minutes. The good news is, once you’ve established a base back up, your iPhone will take care of future iCloud backups automatically. Then, when you need to restore (either to your current device or a new device), you can log in to your iCloud account and pull the image from there.
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- Delete Old App
That’s right, it’s time for the annual purge! Go through your iPhone, folder by folder, and flip through to see what’s on that second or third screen. Ask yourself when you last used the apps there and, if the answer is a mental shrug (or you don’t remember installing it to begin with), it’s time to let it go. Press and hold on the icon and delete it. And don’t forget to check in Settings > General > Storage to see the iOS recommendations for freeing up room on your iPhone.
- Get a Fit Device
You know how it goes – January 1st rolls around, you’ve just polished off a few too many champagne cocktails and you start scrolling through Amazon. “I’m going to get fit this year!” you say. And then you buy a device and promptly forget about it. When it shows up in the mail a day or two later, you look at it like a small snake and shove it in a drawer, your fitness resolution resolve already gone. But…if you had the gear already when the clock dropped, then you maybe, just maybe, can convince yourself to strap on a pair of shoes and hit the road the next morning, instead of putting it off until your package arrives.