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First look at iOS 11

As most iPhone and iPad users know, Apple released its latest iOS update two days ago (Sept. 19). If the update hasn’t been offered to your device, you can trigger the upgrade by going into Settings/General/Software Update. On my phone and iPad Air, the process when smoothly and relatively quickly.… Read More

Notes on the 2017 Apple iPhone event

Apple delivered its always much-anticipated announcement of upcoming iPhone, Apple TV, and Apple Watch products, this year at the new Steve Jobs Theater. If you are deep into the Apple ecosystem, you probably watched the show online. But for those who didn’t, here are some thoughts and highlights. After introducing… Read More

Playing with the new iPhone 7

I’m not one who has to have the latest gadget; I usually wait until there’s a good reason to upgrade. That explains why I’ve held onto an iPhone 4 for over six years. It’s worked nearly flawlessly over that time. And it still works; though it’s reached a level of… Read More

Mac Mini saves the day β€” for a Windows user

I live in a house divided. I use both Mac and Windows, but my spouse is strictly Windows. Recently, I upgraded her aging PC with a new video card for better Windows 10 support. All seemed to go well — until I realized I’d booted the system but not plugged… Read More

Mail, Thunderbird, and other email clients

For some time now, the amount of junk mail clogging up my inbox has been ruinous, both in time and missed important communications. There are many methods and tricks for cutting down the junk mail load — the most extreme being setting up a new email address and closing down… Read More

Managing storage with Dropbox synching

Looking though recent Mac-Forums posts, I read through a discussion about local versus cloud storage and how online file storage differs from online backups. The thread was relatively long, and there was still some debate and confusion about the limitations of online storage. The forum member who started the thread… Read More

Adding NTFS support to Mac OS X

I’m perfectly capable of changing the oil in my truck, but I’d rather pay someone to do it. Sometimes the same holds for making a DIY system change to OS X or simply purchasing a utility to do it for you. That came up recently when I tried to connect… Read More

Learning the Commandline – Looking at files

By now you should know your way around the file system and how to move around (if you don’t, go back and read the other articles. This is a series after all πŸ™‚ ). You may have wondered, “I have all these files, how do I see what’s inside them… Read More

Learning the Command Line – Editing files

In this session we are going to learn one way of editing text files in Terminal. Back in the day there was pico. This was the editor part of the Pine mail program used in *nix. It was a very simple plain text editor used to create mail and text… Read More

Learning the Command Line – Bash Prompts (1)

NOTE: This article assumes you have been following the other articles in this series. Another Note: I can’t take credit for this. I got it from a now defunct website called dotfiles.com. I don’t remember who the original author was and I’ve edited it to suit me. I won’t be… Read More

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