Would you like your Mac’s Trash to automatically delete files after they’ve been in the Trash for 30 days? If so, Apple recently added this feature to macOS Sierra (aka OS X 10.12). If you’re using an older version of OS X, the only alternative option is to create an AppleScript and schedule it to run repeatedly. Read More
To prevent your iPhone from accumulating gigabytes of text messages, I recommend that you configure it to delete messages after 1 year. Text messages are typically quite small so they won’t consume much space, but the photos and videos that are attached can gobble up space. If you’d like to save some of these attachments then please read this older Tech Tip about saving photos and videos from text messages. Read More
If you’re going to be buying a Mac soon, please make sure you equip it with enough storage space. Here is how you can figure out how much storage space you currently use on your Mac and some guidance on selecting how much storage you might need in the years ahead. Read More
Do you want to either sell or retire a Mac that has a solid state hard drive (aka Flash Storage)? If so, it is prudent to securely erase the hard drive beforehand. Here are instructions on how to do this. This procedure will make all of your personal data inaccessible. During this process we will be enabling FileVault, which encrypts everything on your Mac’s hard drive. Then we will reformat the hard drive which prevents anybody from accessing anything that was stored on the hard drive.
Are you in the market for buying a Mac, iPhone or iPad? Would you like to get the best deal possible? If so, here are some suggestions on how to do some comparison shopping and some encouragement to consider buying a refurbished product. Read More
Do you have an older iPhone or iPad that you’ve retired or that you want to donate, give away or sell? If so, you likely want to remove all of your stuff from it. Apple has made it easy to do this, simply follow the instructions below. Just to be clear, this process will restore your device to how it was configured when you initially took it out of its box. All of your data and apps will be removed. The iPhone or iPad’s operating system, called iOS, and the core apps that Apple installs will remain on the device. The version of iOS will not be reverted to an earlier version. Instead, the version of iOS that you have installed will remain intact. Read More
Do you use Dropbox? If you ever change the user account name on your Mac then Dropbox will break and will display a fairly cryptic error message. Here are instructions on how to fix Dropbox.
- Click the Dropbox icon that appears in your Mac’s menubar, click the gear icon and then select Quit Dropbox
- Open Terminal and type in the following command. It will rename the Dropbox meta folder: mv ~/.dropbox ~/dropbox.old
- Drag this now visible dropbox.old folder from the top of your Home folder to the Trash
- Click on the Finder icon on the Dock
- Click on the Go menu and select Go To Folder.
- Type in /Library/
- Drag the DropboxHelperTools folder to the Trash and enter your Administrator password if prompted to complete this action.
- Empty the Trash
- Download and install the most current version of Dropbox.
- The Dropbox application should open and ask you to sign-in to your Dropbox account.
Turn on the iPhone’s Do Not Disturb feature to completely silence your iPhone (or iPad). This feature can be very handy if you sleep with your iPhone or iPad close to your bed. I typically have my iPhone’s ringer set to Silent mode, but if I’m in a meeting and I don’t want my phone to buzz or ding at all then I will enable Do Not Disturb. Read More
Have you been annoyed by bogus pop-up warnings while viewing web pages in Safari? These bogus warnings typically use very dire wording. They often implore you to call a 1-800 phone number. These warnings have become increasingly common over the past 2 years. I previously wrote about these bogus warnings and how to deal with them if you see one on your Mac. If you’d like to avoid getting these warnings please install ScamZapper. ScamZapper for Intel Macs requires OS X 10.6 or higher. ScamZapper for older PowerPC Macs requires OS X 10.2 or higher. ScamZapper is a free application and the download pages provided detailed installation instructions if you need some guidance. If you like the product please consider donating a few dollars to support this products development.