January 24, 2017

Let's take a minute to talk about one of those most interesting of after-dinner topics: file systems.

Apple has been using the HFS+ file system for around two decades now, and aside from a few behind-the-scenes features like journaling, it's remained largely unchanged....

January 19, 2017

If you've been using a wi-fi network for a long time you've undoubtedly noticed the performance of it has degraded, possibly dramatically. I get this complaint all the time, and unfortunately it's becoming increasingly difficult to deal with. Here's why:

At its core, wi...

January 15, 2017

Amazon is becoming an increasingly important resource for many people. I've personally gone from occasionally ordering a book or DVD to now buying things like detergents and other consumables on a frequent basis. Amazon is also a great resource for doing price shopping...

January 12, 2017

Back in my graphic design days, one of the most frustrating problems that I had to deal with on a regular basis was wrangling fonts. It's gotten much better than it used to be, but there's still times when you may end up with Safari displaying some text as question mar...

January 12, 2017

If you're composing a message or email and want to make sure you're using the right word (is it breach or breech?), you can right-click or Control-click on the word and choose "Look Up" from the menu that appears. You'll get a dictionary definition as well as a synonom...

January 11, 2017

One thing I see a lot of when working with clients on their machines is that they'll move or close windows when they want to get to their desktop. There's a much easier and faster way: Command-H (think H for Hide). This will hide all of the open windows associated with...

January 8, 2017

Sometimes I have a need to see all the folders in the Finder, including the hidden ones the system uses. An easy way to do this is Command-Shift-. (that's a period) and it will show everything. Do it again to toggle it back off. 

Be aware that you shouldn't generally mu...

January 6, 2017

If you've got a wi-fi network (who doesn't), at some point you've probably heard the terms Bridge Mode, DHCP, and router. As a matter of fact, one of the most common network problems I deal with involves all three: a DHCP conflict. But what does that mean, why is it a...

January 5, 2017

It's no secret that PEBMAC passionately recommends 1Password ("Hi nice to meet you have you heard about 1Password no pull up a seat..."), but you may be wondering why 1Password gets all our praise when macOS comes with the handy-dandy iCloud Keychain, which is free? Th...

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