Why on earth would ever need to create a Wi-Fi hotspot with your Mac. If you’ve had the privilege of staying in a high-end hotel, you know the answer to this question. Ethernet connectivity is cheap: Wi-Fi connectivity is inexplicably more expensive.
Within your macOS system, there’s a file called “sudoers” which controls the deepest levels of your permissions system. This file says which users can run sudo, and what they can do when they run it. Basically, it decides who is in charge. We can edit sudoers on macOS to administer a multi-user system more effectively. […]
As a rule, macOS caches don’t require regular cleaning. They typically manage themselves, emptying out old files when the cache grows too large or the files grow too old. So as far as users are concerned, caches are entirely self-operating. Unless, of course, there’s a problem with the cache. And Quick Look has an interesting […]
Your Mac comes with its very own built-in firewall. But like many built-in security features, new users often ignore these settings. The firewall controls what Internet connections are accepted by your Mac. Some connections, like obviously malicious ones, will always be refused. Some connections, like Apple’s own services, will always be permitted. Connection types between […]
Awk is a pro terminal command for data processing built right into your Mac, but that’s not all it is. It also has the power and capabilities of a general-purpose programming language.
Your Mac has a few built-in ways to hide files on macOS from Finder windows. This will make the file invisible until you choose to reveal it or turn the invisibility off. Keep in mind that this doesn’t remove the file from your system or encrypt it. What does it mean when you hide files […]
Macs are awesome, but macOS search isn’t always great. While the built-in search tools for Finder are powerful, they’re not immediately discoverable. Users can work on Macs for years without realizing how capable Finder’s search is beyond simple keyword search. Here’s how you can unlock the power of Finder and search for files on macOS […]
If your job involves a computer (and it probably does), you spend a lot of time typing. And if your job involves programming or medical charting, forget it. You can probably hear the clacking of keys in your sleep. Phone numbers, canned responses, witty ripostes – a lot of the stuff you typed today is […]
Time Machine is a great, convenient backup tool, but it doesn’t always work perfectly. Fortunately, the most common problems have relatively straight-forward solutions. Here are some fixes for common problems with macOS Time Machine. Time Machine won’t back up After updating to Sierra or High Sierra, some users find that Time Machine simply won’t back […]
There are a few different ways to record a screenshot on your Mac. They all capture either part or all of your screen, for times when you want to share a Google Map to your house, part of a great website, or to show tech support the troubles you’re having with your Mac. The following […]