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Welcome to the latest edition of “Ask the MACist." The column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up!

And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about another technolgy like Tivo or anything, send it to me, The MACist, at: themacist at gmail dot com. Ok, let's get to the questions.

Our first question comes from Jill in Santa Monica. She asks "I just recently got a new Intel Mac and want to get the stuff off of my old Mac. What's the best way to do that?"

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This is something comes up more and more now that Apple has made the switch completely to Intel processors. As people replace their old Power PC based Macs with Intel ones, they want to be able to ge their data and other setting from their old computers to their new ones. Fortunately, Apple makes this process relatively painless.

In most cases, you can use Apple's included tool, the Setup Assistant (aka Migration Assistant), to move your data, applications, settting and whatever else from your old computer to your new one. Just follow the directions on-screen and you will most likely be fine However, in some special cases, its better not to use this tool and instead take a more "manual" approach to moving everything.