Is your Google Chrome on OS X not updating? When you select “About Chrome” from the Chrome menu, do you see an error 12? If you do, try this fix: Quit Chrome Open your boot drive in the Finder (typically “Macintosh HD”) Open the Library folder Delete the Google folder (You may be asked to… Continue reading Having issues updating Google Chrome on OS X?
An example of how Apple and Microsoft are different
Update: Joel Bernstein (@castirony) points out that this paragraph works perfectly with “Apple Watch” instead of HoloLens. Damn you, Joel! But he is right. However, I think Apple Watch is an exception for Apple whereas Microsoft does this much more often. On using the Microsoft HoloLens, Engadget writes: “Does it work? Yes, it works. Is… Continue reading An example of how Apple and Microsoft are different
Why erase and restore your Mac?
I am a power user. I develop iOS and Mac software. I run betas of my firewall, my operating system, and my applications. I have developer tools installed. I am bound to have problems. I am not alone though. OS X, over time, can become crufty. Old extensions,old files, or even improper installations. Third party… Continue reading Why erase and restore your Mac?
Using 1Password with Windows
As my friends will tell you, I love the password manager 1Password from AgileBits. I won’t go into why, but if you use passwords (which you do), and you don’t manage them, you need something like 1Password. I recently set up an older MacBook Pro as a Windows machine via BootCamp to play games. I… Continue reading Using 1Password with Windows
Evening eye strain? Try Flux
Do you use a Mac laptop at night? Is your lighting usually dimmer than the screen? Do you turn the screen brightness down? If you answered yes to any of these, you might want to try Flux. Flux changes the color of your screen to a warm yellow at night. It looks weird and broken… Continue reading Evening eye strain? Try Flux
SuperDrive in i7 MacBook Pro works!
The SuperDrive in my late 2008 MacBook Pro rarely worked. I would get medium sense errors, or read errors, all sorts of issues. Since Apple replaced the machine with an i7, I’ve been testing things out and this machine is fantastic. I just burned a 1.7gb folder of movies to the exact same media batch… Continue reading SuperDrive in i7 MacBook Pro works!
10.6.4 is out
Seems to fix some of my WoW kernel panics. Been testing for months, includes fixes for Time Machine address book issues and other improvements, including the included notes: The 10.6.4 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It includes Safari 5 and general operating system fixes that enhance the stability,… Continue reading 10.6.4 is out
Happy Birthday, TidBITS!
TidBITS turned 20 today We used to hand out TidBITs on floppies to our users at user group meetings, well before the popularization of the Internet. If you don’t subscribe to TidBITs or if you have not used any of their great Take Control series of books, take a looksee!
Apple ships new MacBook Pros!
Head on down to the Apple website and check these beauties out! That core i7 model with the optional 1680-by-1050 display sounds sweeeeet.
Try out the new iPad gmail UI in Safari
If you use Safari1, you can easily tell gmail that you are on an iPad and see the new gmail user interface for iPad. In Safari Preferences, navigate to the Advanced tab and check “Show Develop menu in the menu bar” Load gmail.com in a new tab or window. In the Develop menu, navigate to… Continue reading Try out the new iPad gmail UI in Safari
Reuse Time machine backups in Snow Leopard!
Apple fixed Time Machine in Snow Leopard! Elizabeth’s laptop died. She had been using our Time Capsule under Leopard. After receiving the new Snow Leopard based machine, I used the migration assistant to restore her machine. Now she is on Snow Leopard. After awhile, the Mac asked her if she wanted to reuse her existing… Continue reading Reuse Time machine backups in Snow Leopard!
Goodbye Flash video
Here is an example of what can be done with HTML 5. A very pretty video player that will be free soon. Sublime Video Now, to replace Flash animations…….
YouTube HTML5 Beta
go here and sign up for YouTube HTML5 beta if you use Chrome or Safari. No more flash on the YouTube site, just HTML 5 delivering H.264 video.
Google DNS breaks local screen sharing
If you set your Mac up to use Google’s new DNS service with IP 188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206, you might find that you can no longer connect to other Macs on your local network with screen sharing. File sharing works, but screen sharing does not. Switching back to OpenDNS or Comcast DNS allows screen sharing to… Continue reading Google DNS breaks local screen sharing
Mac OS X 10.6.2 is shipping
I’ve been using 10.6.2 since 10.6.1 came out as a beta site and I can say this final release of 10.6.2 is very, very good. I’m sure some will have problems, that is par for the course, but for me: Boot time is much faster I can now run World of Warcraft and 10 other… Continue reading Mac OS X 10.6.2 is shipping
Windows 7 Upgrade experience – A tale of woe
I thought I’d post my upgrade experience from XP 32 bit to Windows 7 64 bit. I had read that I’d need to install over a clean XP, so I formatted a 500MB drive in my Mac pro and installed XP last night. That failed, because the drive was formatted as a Mac volume, and… Continue reading Windows 7 Upgrade experience – A tale of woe
SuperDuper 2.6.2 ships – Much faster!
Super Duper 2.6.2 ships as a free upgrade to 2.x owners and includes much better Snow Leopard support and is much faster at backing up!
Yay for ClickToFlash
ClickToFlash is a great Safari plugin that blocks Flash from automatically loading and playing. All it takes is a single click to play the Flash. This will cause your pages to load faster, and crash less, if you are one of the many that believe the Flash plugin crashes often. This wonderful plugin goes even… Continue reading Yay for ClickToFlash
Application of the day: fseventer
Ever wanted to know which files are being opened on your Mac? Try fseventer You press the play button and it starts recording all fsevents. Press pause and it stops and gives you a tree diagram of all files accessed, renamed, etc. Every fsevent that happened! You can then filter the results to see what… Continue reading Application of the day: fseventer
“Welcome to Macintosh” now on Netflix Watch Instantly
If you have Netflix and have not seen the documentary “Welcome to Macintosh,” you can watch it on you Mac, TiVo or XBOX 360 now for no additional cost with the Netflix Watch Instantly feature.