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I’m a technologist, and I love gadgets that add value by simplifying my life or by increasing my productivity. On this blog, I cover Apple, home automation, networking and other technology, and I offer reviews of the products I love. I also share tips, tricks and stories about how I use technology to improve my life.

iCloud Mail Aliases And Calendar Invitations

In this post I’ll explain how iCloud Mail Aliases influence the way the Calendar app handles invitations on iOS. The other day my wife and her good friend Yeni were planning weekend activities for the kids and invited each other to certain events using Apple’s iOS Calendar app on their iPhones. Some of the invitations … Read more

Can’t turn on AT&T Wi-Fi Calling for Your Account?

Wi-Fi Calling

AT&T has finally started rolling out its Wi-Fi Calling feature after having received the waiver from the FCC. Unfortunately some users get an error message saying: We can’t turn on Wi-Fi Calling for your account. Think this message is a mistake? Ask the person who can make account changes to call us. The number is … Read more

How To Fix Mac Bluetooth Issues

Mac Bluetooth issues affect keyboard and trackpad

Many users have reported Mac Bluetooth issues that cause connected devices to behave erratically. These problems resulted in my Wireless Keyboard, Magic Trackpad and Mouse not working correct fly (i.e., erratic cursor movement) and disconnecting frequently.  In this post, I describe the steps I took to troubleshoot the Bluetooth issues I have had on my Retina 5K iMac … Read more

iCloud Photo Library synchronization performance

iCloud Photo Library synchronization performance

Table of ContentsRestoring an iCloud Photo Library from BackupSynchronization Performance is HorribleApple Ought to Solve This Issue SoonAlternativesFix available in macOS 10.12 Up until macOS 10.12 Sierra iCloud Photo Library poorly managed available resources while synchronizing its database. More specifically, the Photos app would consume all available bandwidth, rendering your internet connection unusable. The result … Read more

Fake missed FaceTime call notifications

Fake missed FaceTime call notifications

Table of ContentsFake missed FaceTime call from my alter egoTemporary fixMissed FaceTime call notifications returnedFixed: Fake missed FaceTime call notifications A potential bug in early versions of iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 causes the appearance of fake missed FaceTime call notifications. I noticed that first when missed call notifications from my colleague Anne Marie appeared on my … Read more

Deleted keyboard shortcuts (Text Replacements) keep coming back

Deleted keyboard shortcuts (Text Replacements) keep coming back

Synchronizing keyboard shortcuts (text replacements) on iOS and macOS used to be incredibly unreliable. Often, deleted shortcuts kept coming back, thanks to a buggy and deprecated API called iCloud Core Data. Apple has mostly fixed those issues in recent updates to its operating systems. A few years ago, I started using keyboard shortcuts (text replacements) … Read more

How To Automate File Management With Hazel

I always try to automate repetitive tasks, such as filing receipts and invoices. For exactly that reason I created a script using AppleScript to help with those tasks. Now I have discovered an even better way to do that using Noodlesoft’s Hazel. After download and installation, Hazel is accessible through System Preferences or through the OS X menu … Read more

Shortcut to Create Reminders in Any Mac App

Table of ContentsHow to create reminders in Apple MailApple Script and AutomatorCreate a service in AutomatorHow to use the service in Apple MailSuppress privacy pop upHow to create reminders from any application via a global shortcutThe advantage of a global shortcutStep by Step InstructionsPermissions IssueIssues in macOS 10.14 Mojave (Beta)Shortcut to create reminders in Apple … Read more

OS X Mavericks bug: Your system has run out of application memory

A bug in OS X 10.9 Mavericks causes the operating system to become unresponsive. In many cases, an error dialog appears claiming that your system has run out of application memory. A few days ago I noticed that my Mac Mini locked up and became unresponsive. So I power-cycled it but didn’t want to spend … Read more

Apple Mail Outgoing Mail Server Issues

A bug in Apple Mail causes affected mail accounts to lose the outgoing mail server (SMTP) information. You can trigger the problem by making changes to the outgoing mail server configuration in Mail –> Preferences. Fortunately, there is usually no need to make changes to the outgoing mail server configuration after setting up an email … Read more

Poor FaceTime video quality on MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Poor FaceTime video quality on MacBook Pro with Retina Display

If you have a first-generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display, you may have noticed the poor FaceTime video quality when making calls. As it turned out, Apple put a low-resolution sensor into the first-generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The second generation got an improved sensor and fixed the poor FaceTime video quality issue. Continue … Read more

Troubleshooting Nikon D7000 focus issues and potential solutions

Troubleshooting Nikon D7000 focus issues and potential solutions

I used to own two Nikon D7000 cameras, and with both, I experienced severe focus issues that would repeatedly result in blurry photos and unusable shots. I had struggled with D7000 focus issues for over a year and wanted to share troubleshooting steps, potential solutions and the ultimate decision to sell both D7000 bodies. Nikon D7000 … Read more

How to create a Fusion Drive on older iMacs

Apple announced a new storage technology, called Fusion drive at an Apple Media event last October. Fusion Drive, which is available as an upgrade option in Built-to-order (BTO) iMacs and Mac Minis combines Solid State Disks with regular spinning disks, thus offering high performance and high storage capacity at the same time. Apple describes Fusion … Read more

Pinning Application to Virtual Desktops in OS X

I’m very picky when it comes to organizing my workspace and that includes my desktop. One of the features that really helps me organize my screen is virtual desktops, which  allows me to pin certain applications to certain virtual desktops, instead of having all application windows on a single screen. To add virtual desktops launch … Read more

How to choose strong passwords that are easy to remember

Strong but easy to remember passwords

Passwords are a necessary evil that we all have to deal with. Depending on your online behavior you may be dealing with a handful to dozens of accounts requiring a password, such as your personal email (iCloud, Google Mail, Hotmail…), online banking, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. How many of you use a different password for … Read more

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