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5 Things To Do Before You Sell Your Old MacBook

5 Things To Do Before You Sell Your Old MacBook

If you have decided that you want to sell your old MacBook, so you can upgrade to a new one, you need to make sure that you prepare the laptop for sale.

You likely have a lot of files, passwords, and other information stored on the device, and you need to make sure that none of that information will be available to the person who buys your MacBook to decrease the risk of identity theft. Also, the more you clean up the device, the more attractive it is going to be when it comes time to sell it.

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1. Back Up Your Files

The first thing you need to do is back up all of your files. You can go into OS X to learn how to back up all of your files before you erase them from the device. The last thing you want to do is lose anything important from your laptop. By backing up your files, you can be sure that you will have saved everything that you need, including precious memories such as photos and videos.

2. Sign Out of iTunes

The next step is to open iTunes and sign out. You will need to go to the menu bar and click on Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer. You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password. Once you have entered the information, click on Deauthorize. This will completely sign you out of iTunes, and no one will be able to log in under your account.

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3. Sign Out of iCloud

Now you will need to sign out of iCloud. It is important to archive all of your iCloud data first, including features like Find My Mac. Then, click on Apple Menu > System Preferences. Next, click iCloud, and then click deselect on Find My Mac. Now you can sign out of iCloud. Go to System Preferences, click iCloud, and then Sign Out. You will be asked if you want to remove your data from Mac. As long as you are using the same Apple ID, your iCloud data will stay on other devices that have this ID.

4. Sign Out of iMessage

You should sign out of iMessage, if you use OS X Mountain Lion or later. Go to the Messages app, select Preferences > Accounts. Next, click on your iMessage account, and click on Sign Out. It is important to do this so no one else is able to access your messages, read them, and send messages out that are not from you personally.

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5. Erase and Install OS X

The final step is to reformat the hard drive and reinstall OS X. There are instructions on Apple that will help you reformat the device easily. Once the hard drive has been reformatted the MacBook, you will need to reinstall OS X. The computer will restart and you will see a welcome screen, and be asked to choose your country or region. You can choose to do this now, or let the new owner do it later.

Where to Sell Your Old MacBook

Once you have your old MacBook cleaned up and ready to sell, you need to find a place to sell it. In addition to getting rid of your personal information, you should also get the laptop cleaned up on the outside so it looks as good as possible. If you are curious about where to sell your old MacBook, here are some of our top picks.

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If you have any accessories, the original box, etc., include them in the sale, because you will get more money for the device.

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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