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Apple Certified Macintosh Technician Opening In The MacMedics Baltimore Office

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MacMedics performing Macintosh service in 2003.

Apple Certified Macintosh Technician Opening In The MacMedics Baltimore Office

Come work for MacMedics, the company that revolutionized on-site AND in-lab Macintosh service, sales, support, and consulting in the Mid-Atlantic region. A unique opportunity to join the MacMedics team in is available for the right person.

MacMedics is seeking an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician to join our Apple Service team. Candidates must know their way around the inside of all Macintosh models. You would be working mostly in the MacMedics office in Millersville, MD (near BWI) handing walk-in Apple warranty and non-warranty repairs, as well as repairing sick Macs for our on-site clients from time to time. This position would also include helping walk-in clients, answering the phone, helping clients trade-in and/or upgrade their Mac or iPad, add RAM and hard drive upgrades, and documenting your work with tech notes.

This position does have the potential for career advancement into other roles at MacMedics.

We’re looking for a for self-motivated person who is incredibly detail oriented and who can speak to clients on the phone with clarity and communicate well via email and tech notes.

The right applicant must be an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician and have at least 3 years of Apple hardware and software experience.

This job could be a path for career advancement for someone who is a Genius currently employed at the Apple Store who wants to get away from working in the mall, crazy retail hours, or working the night shift.

As a member of our team you will be entitled to the following:

1. A 40-hour work week. We love our work, but we know to be our best in the field our people need to be fresh and ready to think on their feet. Lots of IT firms promise big bucks, but they are weak on benefits and heavy on the hours.

2. A competitive salary that matches your experience.

3. A bonus plan that rewards you going the extra mile. If you can create results in a number of categories, you can add on serious dollars to your annual salary.

4. A real full-time job with a paycheck every two weeks. Lots of IT firms are looking for Mac folks to help them, but many of them only want to “contract” the help so they don’t have to pay benefits.

5. The best health and dental insurance money can buy, and MacMedics pays 75% of the premium! And not just for you, but also for your spouse and children.

6. A 401K program with company match. We pay all the management fees and take whatever percentage or fixed figure you desire right out of your paycheck.

7. A MacBook Pro laptop computer, iPhone, and company paid iPhone service plan.

See more at http://www.macmedics.com/jobs

MacMedics Saves A Customer’s Lost Wedding & Honeymoon Photos As Well As A Masters Thesis

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MacMedics is Anne Arundel County's Only Independent Apple Authorized Service Provider

We love to help when we can, especially when it comes to wedding and honeymoon pictures. This was a case where our customer could not afford a full data recovery, but there were portions of the drive that were available to us. One of our engineers, Chris, decided to take it upon himself to try and move some of the data while we had the drive mounted. As a result, he was able to copy some of the files that were most important to the customer.

After the customer got his drive back, he wrote us this note:

Chris,

I just wanted to write to thank you for your wonderful professionalism and kindness in helping me and my wife sort through what to do with our crashed Mac. It was a very difficult decision for us not to recover the entire hard drive, but the right one given our finances. When we received the hard drive in the mail a couple days ago, we were downright moved to discover that you took the trouble to find our most important files – the wedding and honeymoon photos and her master’s thesis – and copy them for us.

We will definitely send all of our future business – and that of our friends – to you!

Many thanks,

Stephen

While other Macintosh data recovery firms charge $1000 – $2500 for data recovery and then charge extra for the hard drive that contains your data, MacMedics will recovery your lost data, replace the failed hard drive, transfer your data back to the newly installed replacement hard drive, and include a free 500GB Time Machine hard drive (so you never need data recovery again) for a flat fee of just $699 for Macbook, MacBook Pros, Mac minis, Mac Pros (older silver tower model), and iMacs.

You can learn more about our data recovery programs on our website at: http://www.macmedics.com/recovery.htm

MacMedics Is the Only Independent Apple Authorized Service Provider in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

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MacMedics is the ONLY independent Apple Authorized Service Provider in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. MacMedics’ office in Millersville, MD is close to the Annapolis and Columbia Apple Stores. (Our other office in the area is the MacMedics office in Lanham, MD, which is a good option for those that live or work closer to Washington DC.) So if you’ve got a tough Macintosh repair problem that the Apple Store could not solve, we are the closest place to visit for a second opinion.

MacMedics offers Macintosh help, training, Apple Authorized Service, and Apple Authorized Sales assistance without the hassle of:

A. getting to the mall.

B. finding a parking spot.

C. lugging your iMac or older Mac Pro desktop and walking it all the way through the mall.

D. trying to first get an appointment with an Apple Genius, and then not getting enough time to really pick their brains for expert Macintosh advice.

Plus as an added bonus, most MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air repairs are performed locally right here in our shop. The Apple Store will usually send your unit away for Apple Depot Service.

It’s also important to know that the Apple Store does not perform data recovery. If you think your data is at risk, having anyone look at it further or trying to copy the data in any way is usually a bad idea. As hard drives fail, they generate heat, and as they generate heat they fail further. We’ll remove the drive from your computer and put it right on our data recovery equipment to try and rescue your data. Our fee for this type of recovery is only $399 with a free 500 GB USB hard drive. Read more about our process and levels of pricing here.

Our expert Apple Certified employees stand ready to help at anytime. We are super proud to be an award-winning Apple Authorized Service Provider, an Apple Authorized Value Added Reseller, an Apple Authorized Government Reseller, and Certified Members of the Apple Consultants Network.

We’re a great alternative to either buying a new Mac or bringing a sick Mac computer to the mall. MacMedics is also a repeat winner of Apple’s “Commitment To Excellence Award”. In fact, we’re the only Apple Authorized Service Provider in Anne Arundel or Prince Georges counties to win this award, according to Apple. This award recognizes us for several things, but most importantly for accuracy and speed of Macintosh repairs. There’s a reason that MacMedics is the most frequently referred service firm for tough Mac service cases, like LCD replacements, liquid damage, vintage or obsolete Mac equipment, and Macintosh data recovery. With well over 65,000 in-lab and on-site service cases and our staff’s combined Mac experience of over 200 years, MacMedics IS the place to bring your sick Mac!

We also perform Hard Drive Upgrades (under warranty or not) and expert Macintosh Data Recovery, two things you simply can’t get at ANY Apple Store. Plus, if you do need a new hard drive, we can upgrade the size, speed, and you get a 1-year warranty from MacMedics (and usually there is at least another 1-year of warranty from the manufacturer), compared to like-for-like hard drive swap at the Apple Store, plus there you only get a 90-day warranty.

Come visit either of our two fully-staffed and stocked Macintosh Service & Sales locations in Lanham, MD (1 Mile from I-495/I-95 just inside the Beltway of off Rt 50 and Martin Luther King Hwy.) or in Millersville, MD (near BWI Airport 1/10 of a mile from I-97).

For folks that live in Anne Arundel County or more specifically, Annapolis, Davidsonville, or Bowie and work in the Baltimore metro area, MacMedics in Millersville, Maryland IS the most convenient option for Apple sales and service. We stock all of the most common Apple, computers, iPads, iPods, and Apple accessories, like MacBook & MacBook Pro batteries, PowerBook, iBook, and MagSafe power adapters, back up hard drives, and FireWire & USB cables.

Also, in comparison to the Apple Store, our Apple Warranty and AppleCare service is the fastest. Most Apple warranty repairs are generally complete within 24-hours. With our Millersville and Lanham office being 1 minute from RT 50 or I-97, it’s super easy to get to us and drop off your repairs quickly. Pull up right at our office door and you can be inside in 10 steps.

Got a problem and want to talk about it? Just pick up the phone and call your nearest MacMedics office. It’s unlikely that you can get anyone at the Apple Store on the phone, and most other places just send you to voicemail. You will only get voicemail here if every single phone line we have is tied up (and that does happen).

MacMedics has been in business and fixing Macs all over town since before the Apple Store or anyone else. We are very proud to be approaching 25-years of service to the Central Maryland, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Northern Virginia area!

A New/Old MacMedics Client Has This To Say: First of all, I have three things to say: “use them”, “use them”, “use them”.

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It’s no secret that MacMedics can handle pretty much anything our clients can come up with (even when other Apple service or consulting firms can’t).

Here’s a recent MacMedics review a customer left for us. He had been to see us 20 years ago, and when he ran into a tough problem he remembered us and came back. He also got to witness our data recovery skills and customer service for another client who happened to visit MacMedics in Millersville, Maryland at the same time he did.

“My MacBook from 2009 stopped working with Quicken. I went to an online Quicken specialist, supposedly, and after 5 hours of working on my computer, they couldn’t fix the issue. I remember a company that I used 20 years ago, and called to see if they were still around – they were. When I brought my computer to them, after a day of working on my computer, like they said, they had the problem fixed!

First of all, I have three things to say: “use them”, “use them”, “use them”.

Initially I spoke with their technician, Chris over the phone, who encouraged me to use their in-house lab services, costing $199. After having my computer fixed, I bought additional memory, by my request for $85. One thing that was reassuring was Chris’s people skills. He assured me that they will find a solution and that they could take care of the problem. During the repair process, Chris stayed in touch and told me his game plan, this wasn’t a simple fix; especially since another company wasn’t successful in resolving my problem.

Side note: After having my problem fixed – A college kid came in disheartened, having her hard drive quit. Watching Chris at work, reassuring by giving her a plan of action and a worst case scenario – you could see the change of this client’s demeanor, to that of calm in a matter of seconds. I have no doubt that he had another happy client.

Thanks again!!”

What can we do for you?

If you have a tough Macintosh service or repair problem, come visit us and let us put you at ease.

If you can’t get in touch with your Apple Consultant, Apple Reseller, or Apple Service Provider, then you need to call MacMedics, where we jump right in to solve your problems with SWAT Team like precision.

Call any of our local MacMedics offices for in-lab or on-site help anytime!

MacMedics is an Apple Authorized Government Reseller

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MacMedics is an Apple Authorized Government Reseller serving the Washington DC Metro area as well as Baltimore, Maryland and Philadelphia, PA

MacMedics is an Apple Authorized Government Reseller

MacMedics has been supporting federal, state, and local government with proven and effective Apple solutions since 1989. As an Apple Authorized Government Reseller with over 25 years of Apple consulting and service experience, MacMedics has the solutions to stabilize your Apple environment, improve productivity, and enhance performance.

We can recommend, configure, pre-test, deliver, and install any Macintosh computer you require; from Mac Minis or iMacs to custom-configured MacBook Pros and Mac Pro towers, as well as Apple iPads, iPods, and the Apple TV.

We have the distinct advantage of being one of the first ever Apple consultants and we’ve built that 25 years of expert Macintosh consulting, service and sales into an impressive list of government clients who rely on MacMedics:

Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Baltimore City
Baltimore City Police Department
Executive Office of the President
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
General Services Administration (GSA)
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Howard County, Maryland
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
Prince George’s County, Maryland
Prince George’s County Police
Small Business Administration (SBA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
United States Department Of Commerce (DOC)
United States Department of the Interior (DOI)
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
United States Mint
United States Naval Observatory (USNO)
United States Postal Service (USPS)

Here is what our contact at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said about MacMedics via a review on our profile on the Apple Consultants Network (ACN) website:

“MacMedics has been my go-to service provider for over ten years. They provide speedy, honest assessments, with reasonable rates. I can count on them to solve my problems quickly, and get me back to work in no time. They are the pros!”

Contact your local MacMedics office to request a quote for new Apple hardware for your agency.

Baltimore 1-866-MAC-MEDICS

Washington 1-888-4-DC-MACS

Philadelphia 1-877-626-MEDICS

A MacBook Pro Falls Off The Roof Of A Jeep, Gets Run Over Multiple Times And MacMedics Saves The Data From The Dented Hard Drive!

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Update 7/24/13: 15″ MacBook Pro takes a licking and keeps on ticking! Despite falling off of a Jeep at highway speed and getting run over several times, the MacBook Pro still turns on and appears to have a good logic board. Also, the data was recovered by MacMedics off of it’s “dented” hard drive.

Keep reading for more on the story and how we helped this MacMedics customer save their data.

We recently helped an out of town Mac user from New York, who left his MacBook Pro on the roof of his Jeep. It fell off at highway speed and then was run over multiple times by other cars.

In situations where a hard drive has been physically damaged, we always refer Macintosh Data Recovery cases to a “clean room” recovery firm, such as DriveSavers. In this case the owner of this MacBook Pro 15″ want us to try to recover their data despite the risks.

The MacBook Pro was destroyed, I mean really totaled! And, even the unit’s hard drive had been dented in the mishap.

If you have a data recovery case that you need us to look at, please get in touch for the next step in handling your case. If you need to skip over us and go straight to DriveSavers, then do call us to obtain our 10% referral coupon code.

Keep reading for the story and for for the photos of the MacBook Pro carnage!

MacMedics provided great customer service and miraculously saved my hard drive!

We were on our way down to visit my sister when without realizing, I saw my laptop fly off the roof of my car as I was told by a passing motorist a few seconds prior that there was something on the roof. Walking back to get my laptop I watched several cars run over my laptop. It looked hopeless. A whole corner of my 15″ MacBook Pro was bent up and the whole laptop was compacted onto itself.

Depressed, we woke up the following day and went to the mall in Annapolis to go to the Apple Store with hopes to save the hard drive. They referred us to MacMedics in Millersville, MD. We quickly went there after the gentleman on the phone assured us that they would do anything they could to recover the hard drive. We got there and were quickly greeted by a technician. They were very thorough in their explanations of all the possible outcomes for our situation. We dealt with Brandon Carter who was very helpful and answered all of our questions and then Dana Stibolt, the President of MacMedics, who informed us of what to expect and was very sympathetic to our situation. He had reassured us that they would do anything and everything to help us and was extremely nice and knowledgeable.

With great luck, they were able to recover all of my files (pictures, music, documents, etc.) Because my hard drive was dented, it took over 24 hours to recover all the data. Not because of the amount of my data recovery, but because there was damage to the hard drive. The external hard drive (with my recovered data) was mailed Monday and I received it Wednesday with detailed instructions as I how to restore my files. Also included were the business cards of consultants at MacMedics to help if I had any questions.

The people of MacMedics saved me because it was already bad enough that I had destroyed a very expensive laptop that was a birthday gift but also the memories and music I had stored on it. They’re very helpful, knowledgeable and courteous and if I have any future disasters with any of my Apple equipment, I will 100% go back to MacMedics as they did the impossible.
Thanks again and you saved my life!

How Valuable Is The Data On Your Laptop??

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So it’s one thing to lose your data and have it be lost forever due to a hard drive failure, but it’s something else entirely when that data could be used for illegal purposes by someone else or a competitor.

ALL computer users, Mac or PC, need to have a tested and reliable backup in place! You never know what might happen to a laptop computer. Since you’re out and about, it could get lost, stolen, wet, or damaged (by you or someone else by dropping it). Even if you’re not out on the road, there are still lots of things that can happen. Check out the story we posted a few weeks ago about a client who sadly had her house burn down and lost the data on her MacBook as a result. You can also read the posting about the client with an iMac set up on an Ikea glass desk that collapsed unexpectedly and took out her iMac and backup.

It’s one thing to lose your laptop, but even if you have your data backed up, that does not necessarily stop the thief from using that data to steal your identity or your sensitive information (love letters, banking info, or your photos). With Back to my Mac installed (free from Apple) or Lojack for Laptops, you can secure your data and/or erase it before the thief can get to it.

Here’s a quick overview on Back to my Mac:

OS X and iCloud can help keep your Mac safe even when you misplace it. Sign in to iCloud.com from another computer or use the Find My iPhone app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to locate your missing Mac on a map. If your Mac is offline when you try to find it, you can ask to receive an email as soon as it makes a Wi-Fi connection. You can also display a message on your Mac screen so whoever has it knows how to get it back to you. And until your Mac is back in safe hands, you can set a passcode lock remotely, or even initiate a remote wipe to delete your personal data and restore your Mac to its factory settings.

Via Absolute Sofware’s Blog regarding Lojack for Laptops.

A Rutgers Chemistry 5th year PhD student, Jingming Zhang, is desperately seeking the data from his laptop, which was stolen from a school building. The student has placed an ad up pleading for the return of the computer, saying:

“I would like to say that you can keep the computer and I would like to pay you money for my data.”

The unfortunate student is willing to pay $1000 for the return of the data and even offers the password for the laptop to help retrieve the file. The laptop went missing from an unlocked room in Wright-Rieman on campus, which houses the laboratories. The laptop was left unattended for a long span of time, so the exact time of the theft is not known.

How much is your data worth? Back up your Mac now AND buy LoJack for Laptops now!

Lojack for Laptops is a product that MacMedics highly recommends for ALL of our clients! You can purchase it on-line via this link.

Also see our Blog post titled: Your Data: Not Always Safe

Apple MacBook Bottom Case Replacement Program

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Apple has determined that under certain circumstances the rubber surface on some MacBooks may separate from the bottom case of the system. MacBooks shipped between October 2009 and April 2011 may experience this issue.

Apple MacBook bottom case repair program or recall

Apple will replace the bottom case of any affected MacBook, free of charge, that exhibits the issue. You can see details of the program at Apple’s page about the program.

If your White, Plastic Uni-Body Macbook has this issue, you can stop by any MacMedics office and we can replace the bottom case via Apple’s replacement program free of charge. No appointment is necessary, just stop by. The repair takes about 10 minutes.

If Your House Burned Down, This Is What Your MacBook Would Look Like!

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It does not happen often, but it does happen! A new client came to visit today with her MacBook that was burned in her house fire. Her house was a total loss.

We removed the hard drive with the hopes that it was not damaged, but it was still wet from the thousands of gallons of water used to extinguish the fire.

We referred her directly to Drivesavers in California. We’re a Drivesavers partner, so she will save 10% off her recovery, and there is no attempt fee charged by Drivesavers. If you are in a similar situation, call us to get our discount code.

She was not backed up! You, however DO have the chance to backup so please do that right now! If you don’t have a backup system or your backup if more then three years old, please call your local MacMedics office for help.

Isn’t it worth $119 to have w working and tested backup of your Mac (or PC) in place?

Please read our take on the Blog post titled The Nine Things We Wish We Did Before Our House Burned Down (at the link below). It’s full of good advice for you, your computers, your safety, and how to insure your belongings correctly.

We have several posts on the topic:

http://www.macmedics.com/blog/tag/9-things-we-wished-we-did-before-our-house-burned-down/

In case you are wondering, the house fire started in the mulch in the front yard, and the embers were whipped into a full on fire by the extremely high winds we had last week.

Our Take On The List: 9 Things We Wish We Did Before Our House Burned Down

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In the shop, when I am advising MacMedics clients, I find myself going back to this blog post from www.younghouselove.com over and over when advising folks on backups: 9 Things We Wished We Did Before Our House Burned Down.

I’ve posted a recap with some of my own thoughts with an emphasis on backups and insurance.

We deal with clients almost everyday who have lost their data by way of hard drive failure, but lots of other clients, some who were even backed up, have lost their data in some other way.

Even if you don’t make it over to www.younghouselove.com, please take a minute to read these highlights with some MacMedics tips:

1. Subscribe to an online data backup service (The writer of the original story says: My external back up drive sat right next to my laptop in my office).

2. Keep passports in a safe deposit box. [MacMedics Pro Tip: Make copies as well, and store a digital copy in your new online backup service too! Dropbox might be a good place. Also when traveling copy medical docuemnts, drivers license, passport, and other fiels you might need onto an encrypted and password protected thumb drive.]

3. Take pictures of each room initially and update them as improvements are made (storing them somewhere offsite – like Flickr).

4. Take pictures and keep hyperlinks of all expensive purchases, including jewelry.

5. Hire an architect (my dad in our case) or use floorplanner.com to document each floor layout along with precise wall/ceiling measurements, each outlet, light switch, crown molding, other trim, type of flooring, any unique items to structure of property. [MacMedics Pro Tip: When you rebuild, the insurance company will try to pay the lowest amount by building things as basic as possible. By having a detailed floor plan with engineering plans along with pictures of each wall, you can force them to build it the way it was!]

6. Put phones in a consistent place each night. [MacMedics Pro Tip: iPhone is right there 24/7!]

7. Get fire ladders for any second floor bedrooms.

8. Scan each photo and receipt, again keeping them offsite, or on an online data backup service.

9. Do not be frugal with homeowner’s insurance. Spend the extra $50 per year for the most coverage. [MacMedics Pro Tip: Highly recommended! Buy a replacement policy rider for anything you have that is valuable. If your $3000 camera or computer system burns up, it’s going to be hard to get the full amount. Insurance might pay for $500 to $1000. Also, see SafeWare.com for computer insurance. If you don’t own your home, get renter’s insurance. It’s super cheap! Clothes are also not fully covered in most polices. If you had to replace every single piece of clothing your family owns, that could cost you $10,000 right there. Insurance will not cover all of that that.]

Links to MacMedics’ special pricing for Mozy.com and Crashplan.com

http://www.macmedics.com/mozy

http://www.macmedics.com/crashplan