Quick Tip: Getting Gmail and Mail.app to play nice together

Google Don't Be Evil

Google Don’t Be Evil

Mail.app just has not gotten the attention it deserves. Mail is still the most used feature on the internet with over 200 billion email messages being delivered every year, yet email clients have not really changed I any significant way for many years. Sure, we now have three pane clients but to be honest that is just a luxury, the old first generation email clients worked just fine and our productivity really has not changed much in decades, if at all. The lack of significant innovation isn’t that bad, but what is bad is when you’re email client stops working properly. Thats what motivated today’s Quick Tip. Continue reading Quick Tip: Getting Gmail and Mail.app to play nice together

Quick Tip: Copy the file names in as directory as text

OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan

In writing about font troubleshooting in Yosemite it because obvious that I needed to provide a list of fonts to post in my blog. It wasn’t so much an issue in Yosemite because I had stripped down the system to the minimal required fonts, but El Capitan installed 231 fonts into my system, so I was not going to be typing them in by hand. Fortunately there is an extremely simple but not completely obvious was to get this done. Continue reading Quick Tip: Copy the file names in as directory as text

Permissions Repair on El Capitan has been deprecated

OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan

A common ritual amongst OS X geeks was to run FSCK and “Check Permissions” at fairly regular intervals. Both these utilities could be invoked via the command line or via the Disk Utility app. Continue reading Permissions Repair on El Capitan has been deprecated

Mail.app freezes and the specter of fonts past

OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite

Mysterious Mail.app freezes were starting to get my attention. Not happening every day but jus often enough to catch my attention, I wondered if Yosemite had a Mail.app bug. I had not recalled any Mail issues for years and it certainly seemed to coincide with the very first public Beta of Yosemite so I assumed that it was just a bug. Continue reading Mail.app freezes and the specter of fonts past

Remove Flash totally and absolutely right now

 

No Flash for you!

No Flash for you!

The past week has brought us two dozen critical Adobe Flash vulnerabilities, and there is no end in sight. The leak that “The Hacking Team” had stored up more than one Zero Day Exploits manes that governments around the world are taking advantage of Flash flaws to monitor and spy on us, before we even know that they exist.  To make it worse, this software is so old and so ridding with issues that its pretty obvious now that it has no place in the 21st century. Steve Jobs was correct, Flash needs to be put to rest permanently. Firefox just blocked all Flash from its browser and Facebook’s CTO has publicly stated that Flash must end now! Many people are now scrambling to remove Flash from their systems right now. I thought it prudent to update my old post to include my latest techniques to get all websites to serve you h.264 video instead of Flash video, flawlessly. Continue reading Remove Flash totally and absolutely right now

Remove Flash totally and absolutely right now

No Flash for you!

No Flash for you!

The past week has brought us two dozen critical Adobe Flash vulnerabilities, and there is no end in sight. The leak that “The Hacking Team” had stored up more than one Zero Day Exploits manes that governments around the world are taking advantage of Flash flaws to monitor and spy on us, before we even know that they exist.  To make it worse, this software is so old and so ridding with issues that its pretty obvious now that it has no place in the 21st century. Steve Jobs was correct, Flash needs to be put to rest permanently. Firefox just blocked all Flash from its browser and Facebook’s CTO has publicly stated that Flash must end now! Many people are now scrambling to remove Flash from their systems right now. I thought it prudent to update my old post to include my latest techniques to get all websites to serve you h.264 video instead of Flash video, flawlessly. Continue reading Remove Flash totally and absolutely right now

El Capitan Beta Flash Drive Installer

OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan

By now you might be tempted to install the OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta on your Mac, as I have already done. The download took a long time on the first day of availability but the initial mad rush is over and downloads are proceeding smoothing now, but does this mean that you should install this software? This is a very valid question because Beta version of software is not intended for use by the general public. Continue reading El Capitan Beta Flash Drive Installer

Fix GPGtools Uninstaller goof

GPGTools

GPGTools

Seeing unexpected error messages in your Console log is never a pleasant experience, and my stomach sank as I saw that the recently deleted GPGtools, from my MacBook Pro running Yosemite, was still trying to start up on my machine with each reboot, even though I just ran their official Uninstaller. Don’t worry, I’ll reinstall GPG soon enough, I’m just temporarily removing it to troubleshoot an anomaly with Mail.app. Continue reading Fix GPGtools Uninstaller goof

LastPass and Apple in the Security News

Malware

Malware

As I’ve said for decades, you are responsible for personally securing all your own digital devices, including laptops, desktops and mobile devices. Today’s security news is certain to have many users quaking in their boots and scrambling maniacally to try and protect themselves, so it seems a good moment to view today’s top two security failings headlines. Continue reading LastPass and Apple in the Security News

IPV6 is here and Apple leads the way with iOS9

iOS

iOS

Starting with iOS9, which is now available as a developer Beta, Apple is requiring all new apps submitted to the App Store to be perfectly compatible with IPv6. Cellular data providers are already talking about building data networks that only support IPV6 so this makes a lot of sense. Considering that Asia has already run out of IPv4 addresses, and the US is now close to running out, it makes sense for someone to lead that way in pushing users into making the leap to IPV6. Apple has offered standardized support for IPv6 since 2000 but there has not been any impetus for users to actually bother using it. Continue reading IPV6 is here and Apple leads the way with iOS9

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