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With a 2019 MBP, are there any benefits to driving a 4K display via Displayport (1.4) vs HDMI (2.0)?

I have an LG550 27" 4K monitor that has HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity. When driving it from a MBP 2019, I can use my dock's HDMI-USB-C adapter or an USB-C to DisplayPort Female adapter and then use the monitor's delivered c…

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How to Sign Up for Free Apple TV+ Subscription for 1 Year

Want a free year of Apple TV+ subscription to enjoy all the Apple TV+ shows? Of course you do! If you’ve bought an iPhone within the past three months then Apple is offering a free year of Apple TV+ service with that purchase. The great thing about …

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Can I safely uncheck the Optimise Mac Storage check box on the Apple ID - iCloud page?

On this screen, the Optimise Mac Storage box is √ checked. If I uncheck it, do I lose all my files or do they eventually end up in the cloud? I see a lot of advice about this, but none mention this checkbox option that I can see. I can…

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MacOS Mail cannot access folders on external drive via symlinks

My 2012 Mac Mini is running High Sierra, and I have copied older mail folders to a partition of an external drive. In the User mail folder, I then placed symlinks. In Finder, the symlinks show the complete hierarchical contents of the f…

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Right to Repair: A Timeline of Fighting for the Fix

Companies have been trying to control the products they sell, after they sell them, for decades. Take a look at the challenges and victories of the Right to Repair movement over a long enough time, and you’ll see it’s not just about phones, or batte…

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Files are not visible in my folder

So I've been trying to create a text file using Git, I punched in the command "touch home.html", then I punched in the command git "add home.html", then I input "git status" and the file doesn't want to appear, I have relaunched the fin…

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What should I do with the X11 Security folder after upgrade to Catalina?

I updated my mac to 10.15 Catalina recently. After update, I notice a Security Folder land on my Desktop. I moved it to trash but I can't seem to delete it. I've been stuck with this file in my trash for a week now. Every-time,…

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Avoid computer to show automatically safe boot / password wizard option

Regularly, the following happens: A Mac computer, running mac OS 10.15.2., is turned on, If the user logs in immediately, everything is normal. Otherwise, after a couple of minutes, the following message appears: If you’re having …

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How to Play Songs on Spotify with Siri on iPhone or iPad

Siri now supports Spotify commands, meaning you can now use Siri to request specific music be played through Spotify on iPhone, iPad, or other Siri equipped devices with Spotify. And if the iPhone or iPad is outputting audio to Sonos or another spea…

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How to get keyboard shortcut for downloads folder work again after deleting downloads folder?

I tried to get my downloads folder synced with iCloud and followed this tutorial: How to sync an additional folder to iCloud Drive similar to how macOS Sierra does it? However, I did not like the result, so I tried to reverse its effec…

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MacBook Pro 16" runs about 10 degrees hotter when plugged in on idle, is this normal?

The degrees delta has a noticable impact on fan noise and is making me consider returning the machine. Is it normal for MacBook to be running so much hotter when plugged in? Idles at 60 degrees on a charger and just 50 on battery. …

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Can I safely uncheck the Optimise Mac Storage check box on the Apple ID - iCloud page?

On this screen, the Optimise Mac Storage box is √ checked. If I uncheck it, do I lose all my files or do they eventually end up in the cloud? I see a lot of advice about this, but none mention this checkbox option that I can see. I can'…

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Problem cloning the startup disk of a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan

Before putting my question in detail, see Problem section below, I'd like to sketch the context in which it appears. Hardware-Software-Environment MacBook Pro Early 2015 running OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan. The internal HD is actually a …

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Problem cloning the startup disk of a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan

Before putting my question in detail, see Problem section below, I'd like to sketch the context in which it appears. Hardware-Software-Environment MacBook Pro Early 2015 running OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan. The internal HD is actually a …

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Can I safely uncheck the Optimise Mac Storage check box on the Apple ID - iCloud page?

On this screen, the Optimise Mac Storage box is √ checked. If I uncheck it, do I lose all my files or do they eventually end up in the cloud? I see a lot of advice about this, but none mention this checkbox option that I can see. I can'…

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Problem cloning the startup disk of a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan

Before putting my question in detail, see Problem section below, I'd like to sketch the context in which it appears. Hardware-Software-Environment MacBook Pro Early 2015 running OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan. The internal HD is actually a …

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Can I safely uncheck the Optimise Mac Storage check box on the Apple ID - iCloud page?

On this screen, the Optimise Mac Storage box is √ checked. If I uncheck it, do I lose all my files or do they eventually end up in the cloud? I see a lot of advice about this, but none mention this checkbox option that I can see. I can'…

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Sheets don’t inherit the environment

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Is there any way to make Console prompt for authentication to logs the user isn't authorised to?

If I try to access system.log from my non-admin account I get the message "Unable to read the file" Is there any way to make Console.app prompt for administrator credentials to view logs the user isn't authorised to as happens elsewher…

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How to create a read-only RAM disk on macOS from the command line?

On macOS Catalina, a RAM disk with 512MB space can be created with the following command: diskutil eraseVolume HFS+ "RAMDisk" `hdiutil attach -nomount ram://1048576` On Ubuntu, a RAM disk and its read-only shadow can be created by: …

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How to Edit Photos on iPhone & iPad

Editing photos on iPhone and iPad is now better, easier, and more powerful than ever before, as you’ll quickly see in this guide. The default Photos app that’s baked into iOS has long provided some basic editing tools and a variety of filters for qu…

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