If you get a bit bored booting up your Mac and waiting for the Apple logo, here’s a trick that will let you see what’s going on behind the scenes. It’s called verbose mode and it simply echoes to your screen everything that the computer is doing while it boots up. It doesn’t change anything about the way the computer operates, it doesn’t speed it up or slow it down, it just displays it on the screen.
To enable “Verbose mode” go into the terminal (Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and type in the following line:
sudo nvram boot-args="-v"
Apple used to have a fantastic application called OSX Server (now called MacOS Server) which allowed you to run a full server from any OSX computer. A server can allow you share files, run your own email or web server, remotely connect in to your office etc. OSX server was particularly powerful running on a Mac Mini. With OSX Mojave Apple killed off OSX server, but it is still possible to download an older version from Apple that still works. Here’s how.Continue reading 〉
If you get a warning like this be very careful about clicking ‘Allow.’ I’ve noticed that lots of websites have been asking to send me notifications. What you may not realise is that these notifications do not come through your web browser. They come through the OSX built-in notifications that appear on the right of your screen. This means that the notifications can appear when you’re working in a word processor, typing an email, anytime! What’s worse is when a notification pops up there is no simple way to turn it off. You can dismiss it as read, but you can be sure you will get another notification from that same website pretty soon. I personally find this quite intrusive and it gets very annoying.
To turn off these notifications you need to go into your ‘System Preferences’ and then click on the notifications tab, then scroll down to the website that has given you the notification, and delete it. There will be an entry in the notifications settings for any time you have clicked ‘Allow’ – you need to go and delete them all one by one. It’s quite a process!
Apple as usual have been putting out software updates regularly, but some of them are very big. Software update 10.13.5 is over 2GB and 10.13.4 was 2.5GB. We have 4 Macintosh computers in our household so when they each download it, that ads up to approx 10GB of downloads. This is not a problem if you are on unlimited internet but if you have a small plan or if you are using your mobile phone hotspot for internet this can chew through your downloads pretty quickly!
Did you know that you can download the update once then copy it across to each computer by hand to save space? Here’s how.
In OS X you can install software using the App Store but there is no option there to uninstall the software. Here are two ways to delete software in OS X. Continue reading 〉
On October 31 Apple released the first update to High Sierra, OSX 10.13.1. There were a few teething issues with High Sierra 10.13 so the release of 10.13.1 might be a good time to upgrade.
My ‘Software Update would not find High Sierra or the upgrade. I went to ‘Software Update’ only to be told ‘No Updates Available.’ If this is the case for you, you can download High Sierra manually by going to this link:
The upgrade (10.13.1) is here:
Read on for a couple of tips before you Install High Sierra. Continue reading 〉
Lots of websites are running articles about whether High Sierra (OSX 10.13) will run on your current model Macintosh computer. The bottom line is, if your machine runs Sierra, it will run High Sierra. The hardware specs for 10.13 are exactly the same as for 10.12. But as usual I suggest you wait until the first update comes along before you upgrade. There are always a bugs in the first release.
If you are still running Yosemite (10.11), now might be a good time to upgrade to 10.12.