Tag: mac

Refresh Your Old AirPods with a Podswap

After using my original-model AirPods nearly every day for three years, the batteries finally got to the point where they would deplete after only 20 minutes or so. I replaced them with a set of AirPods Pro, and put the first set into a drawer (next to an old iSight camera). I didn’t want to ...

Take Control of Managing Your Files

Is your macOS desktop filled with file icons? Do you even know a desktop picture is hiding behind them?!? Perhaps you need to take control of managing your files.

Take Control of Your Digital Storage, Second Edition

The topic of storage in your Mac mostly recedes into the background. Until something goes wrong. Or you need more of it. Or you get a new computer and realize that what you really should do is re-evaluate your entire storage system. So you dig in…and it’s like opening a wall in your house. Which ...

Take Control of Your Digital Storage Updated

My book Take Control of Your Digital Storage has just been updated to version 1.1. The 127-page ebook answers your questions about SSDs, hard drives, NAS, and more on the Mac. As I wrote when the book first appeared: Hang on. Did he just say storage?? You better believe it. You probably don’t think too ...

macOS 10.15 Catalina Release Advice

Hi friends and family! It's me, your friendly Mac tech expert with an update on the latest version of macOS, Catalina. Read this before you upgrade.

How to Be Smart about Applying Apple Updates

After two friends were bit hard by Apple updates, I wrote about best practices to help ensure iOS and macOS updates go smoothly in my latest Seattle Times column.

Strategies to Free Storage on Your Mac

In my most recent Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times, I write about storage: what happens when your Mac starts to get filled up? You don’t have to reflexively start deleting files or find another location for them. With enough iCloud storage, the Mac can do a lot of the space-saving for you. I ...

A Look at Privacy Features at The Seattle Times

Apple has been in the news a lot lately regarding privacy, from the now-fixed Group FaceTime bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop on audio before the other person picked up to tussles with Facebook and Google. You’ve probably also noticed that you need to click through more privacy-related dialogs lately. In my latest Practical Mac ...

Backups for Busy Creatives at CreativePro

It may not be an exciting topic, but it’s a necessary one: backups. You know you need them, and maybe you have some pieces of a backup system in place, but it can take a lot of figuring to come up with a good plan, so you may have put it off. (Speaking from experience, ...

Mojave Features that Stand Out

My previous Practical Mac column focused on features in iOS 12 that I recommend, and now that macOS 10.14 is out, my latest column looks at Mojave improvements to try first.