Tech tips and notes with a bit of commentary. OS X and iOS mostly.
Friday, September 16, 2022
Expelling demons from 2020 Air: when Disk Utility says to run against the Container (and more)
If you have to maintain a modern Mac, it helps to be retired. How else would I have hours to spend one Friday pm? The 2020 Air I inherited f...
Monterey T2 bug - First Aid, unlocking disk, operation canceled - Do an SMC reset
When I tried to run Disk Utility on my 2020 Intel Air running Monterey I got: Running First Aid on .. Unlocking Disk Operation...
Monday, September 05, 2022
Managing multiple Apple Store Apple IDs in Monterey: how to sign out and thus change default Apple ID for app update and purchase
There's a lot of complexity in Apple's software, but my nomination for the ultimate complexity is the web of undocumented and slowly...
Monday, August 29, 2022
Monterey orphaned our physical podcast files. What can we do with them?
Podcasts started out as distributing MP3 files; back then iTunes was a great podcast app (and music and audiobooks, and voice memos and more...
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Using Apple's USB-C to T2 adapter: not for video but still good
My 2015 MacBook Air uses Thunderbolt 2; it was connected to an elgato T2 hub (reliable for over 6 years) with a few USB and Firewire 800 per...
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Migration Assistant from Mojave to Monterey is mostly a train wreck
Ugh. Almost nothing went well with doing migration assistant from Mojave to Monterey. I had to trash my Photo Library and recreate a new sys...
Can't empty trash because VoiceTrigger is in use: It's a macOS system integrity bug
If you delete a user account in some versions of macOS (Monterey in my case) where the user account was created in certain earlier versions ...
Friday, July 29, 2022
Wi-Fi Calling not working? Your probably SIM-swapped and your IMEI is wrong and you don't have HD Voice
When Emily complained of poor call quality I tried enabling Wi-Fi calling on her 13mini -- and got this error message: Oops! We've hit ...
Friday, July 22, 2022
Getting Outlook to export Exchange contacts as vCards (vcf) with proper email addresses for use in macOS
In 2009 I wrote about how it was getting harder to move contact information out of Outlook into something else (like macOS Contacts). I wr...
Sunday, May 15, 2022
iMessage not synchronizing - your store ID matters too
Based on some issues I've seen with my daughter's devices I think that Apple Message sync will only work when both Apple ID for &quo...
How to leave Google Apps / G Suite / Google Workspace
UPDATE : As of early May 2022 Google has relented and will allow continued personal use of legacy G Suite domains . You need to login to you...
Carbon Copy Cloner won't create sparse bundle disk image (grayed out) - Mojave
On Mojave as of May 2022 CCC v 5.whatever wouldn't create a sparse bundle disk image for me when I selected new disk image as destinatio...
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Universal Clipboard (Handoff, Continuity) not working, endless spinning in iCloud Notes (Mojave)
Recently I've had two issues: Mojave Universal Clipboard stopped working between Mojave and iOS 15.4.1 Mojave notes iCloud synced but a...
Sunday, March 13, 2022
When iCloud Keychain stops working (No more Safari passwords) - Mojave
I'm buying tickets for an event and suddenly there's no password autocomplete in Mojave Safari. Safari Preferences Passwords shows 3...
Sunday, March 06, 2022
What happens when you have an Apple ID without an email address and you change it? (And much more about Apple ID hell.)
I'll provide some back story below, but it's tedious and a bit ranty so I'll put the most useful stuff up front. For *reasons* (...
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