Best Macbook Pro Sleeve – MacCase Unboxed and Reviewed

The best 15 -inch Macbook Pro sleeve I could find after weeks of research was the MacCase Sleeve.

Here’s a link to the Best Macbook 15-inch sleeve ever! Watch the video below as I unbox and review my new MacCase Sleeve. I looked for months as I researched and searched for the perfect sleeve.



The sleeve is perfectly fitted and designed specifically for the Macbook Pro and comes in silver or black. The reason I feel this is the best sleeve for the Macbook Pro is that it doesn’t use a zipper. The neoprene cases are great too, but the zipper can scratch your Macbook. The MacCase also has better padding than a neoprene case, and the design is stylish and even has vent holes to help cool down the laptop (especially if you are one who leaves your laptop on between destinations to avoid the shut down and boot-up time).
At the time of my purchase in January 2012, I got it for $29.91 + $5.99shipping from amazon.com and took only 6 days to arrive even with a holiday in between. Check out the amazon listing here at: http://www.tipsbychris.com/macbooksleeve

Best Toshiba Thrive Cover/Case Review

Looking for a cover to protect your 10.1 inch Toshiba Thrive Tablet?

Here’s a review vlog that I made unboxing a cover that I ordered through amazon.com.



This unit was purchased from eforcity through amazon.com. If you’d like to purchase one or see pictures of the cover, you can click here to go directly to the amazon item page, or go to http://www.tipsbychris.com/thrivecover.

This cover has an excellent feel to it and at a final total cost of $12.04 ($8.09 cover + $2.98 shipping + .98 cents tax) it was 1/2 the price of most covers/cases I found in local retail stores. The cover leaves all the areas that need to be accessed clear and has a small catch flap in the back to allow the cover to also double as a stand.

If you’ve found a better deal or another cover that you like better, please leave your comments below.

How To Attach And Send A Folder By Email

Sometimes you just want to send a whole folder and all its contents at once. If you’ve never been taught to do it, you probably just ended up attaching all the files in your folder individually in your email. That works, but there is a better way! Today’s tip will show you how you can attach a folder and all it’s contents into your email to send off.



Email programs typically do not allow users to attach a whole folder, but it doesn’t mean it’s not possible. You simply have to make the folder into a zip file, and the zip file can then be attached to your email. This video will show you how to make a folder into a zip file on both a MAC and Windows PC to attach to an email.

For Windows Users:

  1. How to zip a folder with windows
    How to zip a folder with windows

    On a Windows PC, right-click on the folder you want to send

  2. Select “Send To”
  3. and select “Compressed (zipped) folder”
  4. A zip file will appear in the same location as your original folder and can can be attached to an email.

For Mac Users:

  1. How to zip a folder with a mac
    How to zip a folder with a mac

    On a MAC, Right-click or ctrl-click on the folder you want to send

  2. Select the option to Compress “folder name here
  3. A zip file will appear in the same location as your original folder and can be attached to an email

By the way, be sure your folder is not too large for your email service to handle or you’ll get a rejection.

How To Create A PDF Of Almost Anything On A MAC

Create PDFs Of Almost Anything On A MAC or Windows PC

MAC users have a FREE tool built-in to their operating system that allows for PDF’s to be created from almost anything you can print. Windows users can download free software to have the same capabilties, but sometimes they’ll deal with a bunch of ads to fight everytime the software is launched. We hope that it will one day be incorporated into the Window’s operating system, but it’s hard to tell if it’s in future development. For now, I use Adobe Acrobat Professional, but there are other options. Another pretty good windows software to create PDF’s is “PDF Converter Professional”.





Here are the steps briefly outlined in the video (For MAC users first)

STEPS FOR MAC USERS TO CREATE PDF’s

  1. Launch the program you want to create a PDF from. (website, office document, or anything you are generally looking to print)
  2. Select “Print” (often found in the FILE menu) or use the keyboard shortcut of “COMMAND+P” to bring the print menu screen
  3. Click on the PDF button at the bottom right of the print menu screen and select “Save As PDF”create pdfs free on macs
  4. Lastly, name your file and be sure to specify where you want the file to be saved at. Personally, I always use my desktop and then move it after I’ve used it. Just found makes it easier for me.

STEPS FOR WINDOWS PC USERS TO CREATE PDF’s

  1. Like the MAC, select to print what you wish to make into a PDF. A common Windows shortcut on most programs to get to the print menu screen is to use “ctrl+P”.
  2. Select the printer which is the PDF creating software. How to create a pdf on a pc
  3. A screen should pop-up asking for you to name the file you are creating.

That’s it! Feel free to send your comments on what are some of the best PDF creating software you like to use.

How To Attach And Send A Document With Gmail

Gmail Tutorial Tip – Attach & Sending Files With Gmail



Attaching and sending files with Gmail is very easy to do. Simply follow the steps in the video, and your files will be on there way.

You can send multiple attachments using Gmail, but the maximum attachment size that Gmail allows is 25mb. Take note that some email services do not allow Large attachments or will reject an email that is large in size due too many files attached which may make the total email too large. Files that are larger should be use services like Dropbox or YouSendIt.

Is there anything else you would like to know how to do with your computer? Please send in your questions for me to make more “TipsByChris” videos!

Toshiba Thrive Review – Unboxed and Setup

Toshiba Thrive 32GB - model AT105-T1032

Toshiba Thrive 32GB - model AT105-T1032The Toshiba Thrive 10.1″ Android Tablet Review, Unboxing, & Setup

This is not only an unboxing video, but also shows the setup process when you first boot-up the device. The Toshiba Thrive Tablet shown here is the Thrive AT105-T1032 model which comes with a 32GB internal hard drive and allows for the user to install another 32GB SDHC chip.



This tablet has a 2 megapixel front facing camera and a 5 megapixel camera on the backside. It will automatically sync to your google gmail account if you have one and install any apps that you may have already downloaded on another android device you may own. It plays flash videos pretty seemlessly and is definitely a strong competitor for the ipad2 by apple.

Here are some of the features listed on the side of the box:

  • Android 3.1, Honeycomb
  • 10.1″ Multi-touch LED Screen
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • 2MP Webcam & 5MP Camera
  • Gyroscope Sensor
  • Full-size USB Port
  • Full-size SD Card Slot
  • HDMI Port
  • Easy Grip Back Cover
  • Stereo Speakers

Some of the things not mentioned is that users can purchase and change the backing of the unit to other colors. Also, the battery is easily removed and replaceable, unlike the ipad and ipad2. For heavy duty travelers, this means you can now carry and extra battery or two and not have to worry about the unit dying for a very very long time.

You can reserve your unit now for pickup at you local Best Buy here:
Toshiba Thrive Tablet with 32GB Hard Drive – Black Tie

OR to save on sales tax and shipping in most states, you can buy it on Amazon.com here:
Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 32 GB Android Tablet AT105-T1032 Black

I purchased an extended warranty for $99 through www.squaretrade.com for 2 years coverage with accidental damage and NO DEDUCTIBLE if repairs are needed. I hope I never have to use the warranty, but in case the unit breaks, I’m covered for repair or replacement.