How to update your Microsoft Outlook contacts from Gmail

By David Pirog – Posted: May 21, 2014

Stage 1:

  1. Log in to gmail.com
  2. Click the ‘Gmail’ drop down near the top left and select ‘Contacts’
  3. Select the ‘More’ drop down and pick ‘Export
  4. A popup will load. Check the ‘All contacts’ and “Outlook CSV format’ radio boxes

Stage 2:

Import contacts from a CSV file or from Excel into Outlook:

  1. Select File | Import and Export… from the menu in Outlook.
  2. Make sure Import from another program or file is highlighted.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Now make sure Comma Separated Values (Windows) is selected.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Use the Browse … button then select the desired file.
  7. Typically, choose Do not import duplicate items.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Select the Outlook folder you want to import the contacts to. This will usually be your Contacts folder.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Click OK.
  12. Now click Finish.

And you’re all done.


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Can’t get in to your Mac, because you forgot your password? Follow these three easy steps to get back up and running.

The splash screen under System 8.

The splash screen under System 8. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Using a pretty nifty trick you can reset a forgotten Mac password without a Mac OS X installer CD/DVD or any kind of boot drive or recovery partiton, and without having an Apple ID. This is basically the be-all and end-all approach if nothing else works, because it’s guaranteed to get you back into a Mac when the other options are not available, and it works in literally all versions of OS X. The steps may seem a little intimidating at first but I assure you it’s easy if you follow them exactly, here is how to do this in three stages:

Stage 1) Boot into Single User Mode and remove a setup file

  • Restart the Mac holding down the Command+S keys, this will take you into Single User Mode and it’s Terminal interface
  • You’ll need to check the filesystem first:

fsck -fy

  • Next, you must mount the root drive as writeable so that changes will save:

mount -uw /

  • Now, type the following command exactly, followed by the enter key:

rm /var/db/.applesetupdone

reset forgot mac password

  • After removing the applesetupdone file, you need to reboot, type ‘reboot’ and hit enter

Stage 2) Create a New User Account upon System Boot

You aren’t finished, but the hard part is now over – no more command lines, you’ll now be in the familiar Mac OS X GUI to finish the password reset process. In this step we just create a new user account as if you just got a new Mac:

  • Upon reboot, you will be presented with the traditional “Welcome Wizard” startup screen just like when you first get a Mac
  • Follow the welcome wizard andcreate a new user account– making the account name different from the account whose password you want to recover
  • Continue on and boot into Mac OS X with this newly created user account, this new user account is an Administrator and has administrative access

Stage 3) Reset the Forgot Password via System Preferences

reset mac passwordYou are almost done, now you just need to reset the forgotten user account password using the Accounts control panel:

  • Once you are booted into Mac OS X, click on the Apple logo and then navigate down to “System Preferences”
  • Click on the “Accounts” icon in System Preferences
  • Click on the Lock icon in the lower left corner of the “Accounts” preference window and enter the newly created user credentials, this enables you to change other user accounts and reset other users passwords
  • On the left side user panel, select the user account containing the forgotten password
  • With the user of the forgotten password account selected, click on the “Reset Password” button
  • Enter a new password for that user, be sure to include a meaningful hint so you don’t forget it again!
  • Close System Preferences and reboot the Mac
  • You can now login to the previously inaccessible user account using the newly reset password! All user files and settings are maintained as before the password was forgotten

If you’d like, you can delete the temporary account you created to reset the users password. This is wise for security purposes.

Here’s how this works: by deleting the .applesetupdone file, you are telling Mac OS X to re-run the setup wizard, which by default creates a new user account with Administrative abilities, which can then reset the forgotten password of any other user on the Mac. This is a great trick and excellent troubleshooting technique if you don’t have a Mac OS X installer CD/DVD laying around, which is pretty much the norm as many people tend to lose or misplace the installer disks that come with their computers. We have used this technique to restore various Macs with forgotten/lost passwords, and it really does work.


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What You Should Do If Your Email Account Has Been Hacked

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password (Photo credit: fixedgear)

Just the thought of getting our email account hacked is enough to put most of us into a seriously dark mood. “They’ll find out so much about me, know where I bank, get the email addresses of my friends and relatives, and on and on.”

But, if you get hacked, don’t dwell on the negatives for too long. The sooner you take some simple actions, the better.

Here are three simple steps you should follow:

  • Get into your email account ASAP and change your password. Log onto the website of your email provider and change your password. Make sure the new one is long and strong. Use a mixture of upper and lower cases, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols. Don’t use real words or family names. The longer and more complex you make the password, the harder it will be for a hacker to break it.
  • Check all your online accounts. If you use your email account and the same password as the username and password for other online accounts — such as Amazon or Facebook or your banking — change those accounts also to keep them synchronized, as well as for security. 
  • Make sure you can access your email on all your devices. Make sure you can access your email in all your usual places, such as Outlook. Mac Mail, on your phone, tablet, and desktop. You will have to enter the new password on each device.

Words for the wise. :-)

Tony


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Why you should choose TP Technologies over a Discount Service

A customer recently recommended a new client to us from Chicago. After several discussions she decided she wouldn’t make the long trip, so she took her computer to a local discount “technician.” He told her, “Go and get a bite to eat, and I’ll have it ready in 2 hours,” and he was only asking $50! She was delighted, until she got it home and discovered he had wiped her computer and recovered it to factory specifications. All her picture, music, emails, documents, favorites had been wiped irrevocably.

This is what you get with most computer repair services. They don’t even ask or inform. If you haven’t backed up your critical files, it’s your problem. It’s a quick way to make a few bucks and customer loyalty isn’t even considered.

You might pay a little more by coming to TP Technologies (though we’re far from the most expensive out there), but you can rest assured no technology company will provide better service! This is our promise above all others.

On a different note, we’ve had a number of customers tell us recently, “I’m sorry to bother you on a weekend,” or “I hate to call you on a Sunday,” and I told them “I wish more people would come in at weekends!” Please remember that we are open 7 days a week, and weekend customers are always welcome. Just call ahead to make sure someone is available is all I ask.

Tony David and Michael.


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When Apple tells you your main logic board is bad

Macintosh Quadra 840AV system board Printed nu...

Macintosh Quadra 840AV system board Printed number on board: 820-0382-10 Apple part number: 661-1700 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is the Apple Genius Bar telling you your MacBook logic board needs replacing? Do they want $1,400 for the repair? We may be able to save you $1,000! Please call us for a second opinion. You won’t regret it.
Thank you.
Tony and Mike


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Why fix your computer when new computers are so cheap?

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Computer Repair (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Computer prices seem to be going down all the time, but is that necessarily a good thing? Whatever is causing those price decreases, it provides end users with less incentive to repair their computers when they can buy a new one for just a little bit more. Low prices benefit mega computer corporations like HP and Dell at the expense of small computer repair entrepreneurs like us. If prices were more reasonable, consumers would be more inclined to use our services, putting money in our pockets and creating jobs for employees we would hire to handle the increased workload. Higher computer prices would be a boon to main street small businesses, enabling us to survive and thrive, rather than worrying about going out of business due to low prices. You can help by choosing to get your computer repaired instead of throwing it out. Fact is, you almost always save money if you get your computer repaired by a reputable small business.

You’ve probably heard the maxim: “A computer becomes obsolete almost as soon as you unpack it.” That may have been true in the nineties, but not today. Many 5-10 year old computers are perfectly good for average daily use, and all they need is a little tuneup, maybe some minor hardware upgrades, and you’re set. Consider this: when you buy new, you not only pay for the computer but often also for software upgrades and data transfer from your old computer. It still ends up being expensive.

Whenever you use the services of a small business like ours, you contribute to the health of the American economy and help create jobs in the USA. When someone chooses to buy new instead, they benefit Walmart, HP, Dell, and of course, they create jobs in China. You are the job creators. You create jobs by spending your money at your local small business. Which will you choose next time your computer has troubles? Create jobs in America? Or create jobs in China? Please choose wisely.


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TPteQ Tech Talk

Is the customer always right?
by Tony Pirog

English: A business ideally is continually see...

I was just analyzing my approach to customers over these few years since I began working for myself, and I realize I’ve adopted an attitude of protective subservience, coupled with a posture of teaching. (The best customer is an educated customer!) I have arrived at a place where I have a workable strategy for just about any kind of residential customer.

It’s more subtle when dealing with businesses. Some corporate customers think they know more than we do, but they don’t. They keep compounding their problems through bad decision making, and we end up taking the blame for them not listening to our advice. I think we’re better off letting those customers go. :-)

Happily all our current commercial clients are sweethearts, and we are mighty grateful to be able to serve them.

New memory chips test clean
when when they are, in fact, defective
by Tony Pirog

English: An edited photo of 2gb of DDR2 RAM wi...

Based on what we see recently, we expect to get a lot more newer computers with memory issues that are difficult to diagnose. We’ve seen two in the past two weeks. It seems that our memory testing programs don’t do a very good job on DDR-3 (the newest kind of RAM).  They tell us the RAM is good when it’s actually defective, and that creates a heap more work for us. Since memory testing is yielding a positive result, we have to eliminate absolutely every other possibility before we come back to the RAM. And today a customer implied (possibly unintentionally) that we were wrong. Sigh. When we replaced the memory it ran steady as a rock! It’s disappointing when you do such a through job and don’t get appreciated for it. Such is life in computer repair. LOL. Some people expect us to work for free. If we give in to that we’ll go out of business.

Thank heavens most of our customers are sophisticated enough to understand that when you come to TPteQ, you get the best treatment in the business. Ain’t many places can say that. :-)


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