Before working with IvanExpert, Mike Tejera was a Mac Specialist and Genius at the Soho Apple Store, and he also repaired planes as a member of the Air Force. So he has many years of experience troubleshooting all kinds of complex machines.
We asked Mike to answer a few questions about his background and his Apple knowledge.
1. Where are you from originally?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn.
2. How long have you lived in New York City?
The majority of my life, but there were some times I moved away for years at a time.
3. How did you get so much Mac experience?
This is a hard one! It really has been a culmination of experiences over the years. I’ve always been interested in computers in general, and after several years of being an avid user I ended up working for Apple here in the city for about 5 years. That being said, I feel like there is still a lot for me to learn.
4. What’s your favorite technical solution you’ve ever figured out?
I just purchased a G4 1.25 ghz Mac Mini and I could not get it to work with a 3rd party LCD screen I already owned. I could get it to work with my 52 inch TV. So I knew that the Mac Mini worked, it just didn’t work with the screen that I intended to use it with. I installed a remote desktop application on the Mac Mini while I had it connected to my TV, shut it down, reconnected the Mac Mini to my LCD Screen, and then remote controlled the Mac Mini from an old blue and white G3 iMac (my first Mac :D) I still have. By doing that I was able to see what was happening on the Mac Mini screen, allowing me to change the screen resolution and refresh rate to a setting that would work for my LCD screen. As soon as I selected a different resolution, my LCD screen turned on and I never had a problem with it again.
5. Outside of IvanExpert work, what are three Mac-related activities that really matter in your life?
For close friends and family I am the go-to special occasion DVD slideshow and photo restoration guy.
6. What’s your favorite thing about NYC?
I love the feel the city has on a warm beautiful day.
7. What’s your favorite iPhone app?
Words with Friends.