8 Security Tips To Protect Your Mac

Most people appreciate the need to protect their privacy and keep their data safe. Protecting the devices we use is important, and if you’ve not paid any particular attention or taken any specific steps, you should do it right away. For Mac users, fortunately, this is easy. Many features are already built into macOS. Mac computers are relatively secure by…

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Apple Releases macOS High Sierra

Autumn is here for folks in the northern hemisphere. It’s also autumn for Mac users, because Apple has just released the final public version of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. High Sierra’s default desktop wallpaper features a beautiful autumn lakeside scene with mountains frosted in light snow in the background. If you’re a Mac user and you don’t know it yet,…

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Chromebooks Beat Mac Sales In 2016Q1

I keep hearing from time to time about how well Chromebooks are selling. Their sales in the United States have become so good that, according to IDC, they have apparently outpaced Mac sales in the first quarter of 2016. Dell, HP, and Lenovo together sold nearly 2 million Chromebooks, while Apple shipped 1.76 million Macs, in the last quarter. The huge Chromebook adoption…

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Time Machine Setup On CentOS 7

Some of us Mac users who are also Linux users might have a Linux box server sitting at home. I have one that has mostly been relegated to the role of a network attached storage, although I still do various other odds and ends with it. Why not also consider it for a network Time Machine job for my Mac…

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iPhones, iPads, And Others

Apple’s September media event is happening today, or 1 am Singapore time tomorrow morning. By the time we wake up tomorrow morning, which would be cooling off day for our general elections prior to Friday’s polling day, we techies can switch gears and catch up on some Apple rah rah. It’s all getting very routine, but there’s something I’ll be…

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Mac Backup On WD My Cloud EX4100

Of late, I’ve been backing up my Retina MacBook Pro to a WD My Cloud EX4100. The EX4100, which I had reviewed earlier this year, has become a permanent fixture in my workspace, thanks to Western Digital. It supports Time Machine out of the box, enabling really convenient backups from any Mac computer. Apple’s Time Machine, which debuted with OS…

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Browsing SSH/SFTP Servers Like SMB Network Shares

I’m a command-line sort of person. Yes, even though I use a Mac with all its pretty GUI. At the same time, it’s precisely why I use a Mac too, because it has a perfectly functional command-line shell. I’m quite comfortable using scp and sftp to move my files around across servers. But admittedly, sometimes browsing with Finder is easier. This is something pretty…

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OS X El Capitan 5th Public Beta

Apple’s next version of OS X, version 10.11 El Capitan, is coming around pretty soon now. The 5th public beta, and 7th developer seed, was released earlier this week. Apple has been pushing frequent updates to the El Capitan beta, mostly focusing on performance improvements and bug fixes. The official release of OS X 10.11 is expected this fall. This update brings about…

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Parallels Launches Parallels Desktop 11

Parallels today launched Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (PD11), a virtualisation software for Mac computers. With PD11, Mac users can run Windows, Linux and even other OS X instances in their Mac computers. The new release of PD11 has new Windows 10 integration, OS X El Capitan readiness, and even makes Microsoft’s Cortana available for Mac users in OS X! PD11 comes…

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Mac For Network Engineers

Network engineers seem to be most often totting around Windows lappies. The Mac, however, works quite well for these networking folks too. After my earlier post on Setting Up Your Mac For Programming, I thought this would be a nice follow-up topic. I’ve personally found the Mac, and more specifically OS X, to be plenty capable for networking jobs. The…

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