Image courtesy of BIM9

Image courtesy of BIM9

Confusion around the terms 'memory' and 'storage' with regards to computers is common. We often hear people worrying that they have too many files and not enough memory. However, memory or RAM has nothing to do with the number or size of your files. Instead, memory is how much stuff your computer can do at one time. The more memory you have, the easier it is for your applications to run without spinning beach balls and the faster your computer will feel, up to a point.

Modern Apple laptops require you to choose the amount of memory you want up front and there is no way to change it in the future. That means when you are buying a laptop, the default amount of memory is sometimes not enough. You have to think about the long term life of this computer. Memory requirements go up every year and having more to start off with will greatly increase the longevity of your Mac.

If, however, your Mac has memory that can be replaced after purchase, it is a cheap way to get more life and speed out of your computer. Typically around $80-$100, memory is something that JTec can upgrade for you if your Mac qualifies. Contact us today if you have any questions at (949) 466-8442 or

Joshua Wallace

JTec, Santa Cruz, CA

    Ever since my mother won a computer at a company raffle when I was 6, I’ve been hooked. Nothing excites me more than new technology and I’m always the first to dissect and figure it out. From building my own PCs from parts at the LA Computer Fair in Pomona to my first PowerBook when I was 15, I’ve always loved computers. 

     My first job tutoring was for community service during high school. I first assisted and then became a teacher at a beginners computer course for the elderly and those with English as a second language. There I taught the basics of computing (using a mouse, file systems, etc.) and went on to teach Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. I’ve managed a law firm’s computer network and integrated Macs into a predominantly PC environment. I’ve also held weekly classes for a retirement community focusing on doing more with their Macs. They learned things such as how to import and edit photos with iPhoto from a digital camera, how to set up Email, and much more. It was extremely fulfilling and I loved passing on my knowledge. 

     Now I work on-call and travel to client’s homes or businesses to “fix” their computers while teaching them how to fix it themselves in the future. I also will routinely take computers home to repair hardware issues such as broken screens or trackpads. I genuinely want you to learn how to make the most out of your technology and I always aim to make you self-sufficient.