Tech tips and notes with a bit of commentary. OS X and iOS mostly.
Friday, April 02, 2021
The panicky M1 MacBook Air known as Crashy: something with fast user switching
Nine weeks ago I replaced Emily's 9yo 11" Air with a 2021 M1 Air . Shortly after we passed the return date I realized I'd made ...
Monday, February 15, 2021
Big Sur bug: Mail Search (corespotlightd) fails on multi-user machine after a user logs out
We are indebted to GanawaGangunawa for figuring out why Mail search was failing on Emily's M1 MacBook Air (known to our family as &quo...
Saturday, February 06, 2021
Fixing the Mojave Mail split view in full screen bug
For many users Mojave email will periodically open in Split View mode even then Mail Preferences: General split view is unchecked. I'm t...
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Getting photos from iPhone to Lightroom, Aperture and other non-Photos products
Apple's approach to photography is to keep everything in iCloud and to view or edit the images from a macOS or iOS device running Photos...
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Put display to sleep on Mac with Touch ID: ctrl-shift-power replaced by hot corner
I use Ctrl-Shift-Power to put my MacBook Air display to sleep each night. That doesn't work on a Mac with Touch ID. I believe the only ...
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Don't blame your hub when your USB Flash (thumb) drive disconnects from your Mac
I tried using a SanDisk USB Flash ("thumb") drive as an alternative Time Machine backup device on my daughter's 2020 Intel Mac...
Migrating from 9yo 11" High Sierra MacBook Air to 2021 Big Sur M1 Air
I replaced Emily's 8-9 yo MacBook Air 11" running High Sierra with Apple's latest (M1) Air (Big Sur). A few notes for others wh...
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Google's mysterious new blogging platform
Google Blogger has been largely forgotten, but over the past 1-2 years it's been receiving regular updates . Mostly these have been im...
Blogger will republish old posts with new dates but keep old URL
So I learned something today about Google's ancient blogger platform. You can republish old content with new dates without breaking the ...
Updating macOS - the paranoid approach (updated from 2008)
I wrote the first version of this on 9/13/2008. I was looking for it 11/21/2020 and decided to see if I could update it a bit in advance of ...
macOS Mojave Safe Mode can take hours, the progress bar is no help. Also - Disk Utility and APFS
TL;DR When you startup in Safe Mode On MacOS Mojave the progress bar goes to 100% in a few minutes. It then sites there for a long time --...
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Things I miss: drag and drop link creation
I've mentioned here a few times that progress is not linear. Howard Oakley has a piece on a related topic today . For example, no applic...
iCloud backup and my lost authenticator codes
When my local Apple store tech was unable to remove the battery from my iPhone 8 they gave me a new device -- which was SIM locked to AT&...
Saturday, September 19, 2020
ToDo apps: Microsoft's solution
I've used Appigo's ToDo app for about 12 years (with Toodledo at first). It's had problems over the years, but in general it'...
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Can you do a Time Machine backup to a USB flash drive (thumb drive)?
I'd wondered if it was possible to do a Time Machine backup to a cheap Flash Drive. My daughter is going to college and probably doesn&...
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