Posts about macOS

Previously, I was using a MacBook Pro 2015 as my daily driver. The 2016 release with the touch bar, Touch ID and Thunderbolt 3 really excited me but I decided to hold off and wait for the 7th generation “Kaby Lake” processors. Now that the 2016 model has been refreshed with the latest-generation Intel processors,…

Amazon Drive (previously known as Amazon Drive) was initially announced in 2011 and would try to squeeze in to a market already dominated by the likes of Dropbox, Apple iCloud, Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive. Amazon decided to bundle Amazon Drive with Amazon Prime, meaning that customers paying £79 for the benefits of Amazon…

The generic USB Ethernet Adapter equivalent to Apple’s pricey £25 option is called the RD9700. Since it’s generic, and made in China – the support you are likely to receive after purchasing it for a few quid on eBay or Amazon is going to be below your expectations. Unless you’re a pro user, it is…

I use an iPhone and Mac for my daily business, but absolutely adore Google’s email, calendar, reminder apps. The problem is, though, that there is a break in the cycle when it comes to syncing between Apple and Google products. Ever since Apple removed Google’s map application from iOS and OS X, the two have never really…

After updating beyond Mavericks (ie to Yosemite or El Capitan) you will promptly notice that the three-finger drag no longer works on your trackpad. For some, the idea of having to click and drag is too daunting and doesn’t feel natural. After searching through the Mouse and Trackpad settings in System Preferences, you’ll find that…

Apple Mac and iOS users around the world experienced a Safari new tab address bar glitch this Wednesday. Though the issue has not yet been officially acknowledged by Apple, news outlets such as Sky News and The Guardian have reported that a fix may already be on the way. The reason behind the Safari new tab…

For a recent project of mine, I needed to download a simple TXT file from the web to my Arduino. Unfortunately, for some reason, my Arduino would not connect to my iPhone’s hotspot – so I found the next best solution was to tether the network connection from my MacBook Pro. However for those of…

The brand new Apple Retina MacBook is not cheap. Infant, it’s pricier than an arguably more powerful MacBook Air. According to most benchmarks, the new MacBook has roughly the equivalent processing power of a two year old MacBook Air – except it’s smaller, lighter, newer… and more expensive! YouTube user Zen has put it to the…

If a PDF file has not been created with the correct compression techniques it can lead to large and impractical file sizes. I first came across this problem when I used my Epson WF3520 printer to scan several pages in to a PDF file. The resultant file was a massive 80MB which was impractical. Instead…

If a PDF file has not been created with the correct compression techniques it can lead to large and impractical file sizes. I first came across this problem when I used my Epson WF3520 printer to scan several pages in to a PDF file. The resultant file was a massive 80MB which was impractical. Instead…

Years ago when Apple first launched the desktop Macintosh line with a single-click mouse button, Steve Jobs was quoted saying that having one hand on the mouse and another on the keyboard made the experience more immersive. And that is probably why using the ALT (sometimes known as Option) key opens you up to so many…