A local member of the Mac User Group I belong was having an issue with his MacBook Pro. The issue was unique and it spawned the idea to share my basic troubleshooting steps I take when my Mac starts acting strange. My first response to his request was to see if the model had a recall on it. Here is a list of current products sold by Apple with recalls. https://www.apple.com/support/exchange_repair/. If that is not the issue the standard reset the PRAM/NVRAM, SMC (System Management Controller) Reset and starting in Safe Mode are my next steps. PRAM/NVRAM: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063 SMC Reset: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295 Safe Mode: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201262 All of the above explain things that each try to troubleshoot/resolve. I find these are helpful. My next step in troubleshooting this issue would be to create a new user account on the mac. Below are … Read more
In September 2016, I purchased and iPhone 7 plus. Originally, I had purchased an iPhone 7 as the iPhone 7 plus was out of stock. I have iPhone 7 launch story, one that taught me that I would not waste any more time pre ordering an iPhone. That, however, is not the reason I write this today. My reasons for writing today are related to the Bluetooth “audio stutter” issue I have experienced since day one of ownership. The Problem I own a 2012 Ford Fusion that is equipped with a basic Sync system. All my prior iPhones have connected and played audio via Bluetooth since owning the car. The only problem I have experienced previously was sometimes the Ford Sync refuse to pair to the phone via Bluetooth. The fix required turning off Bluetooth on the iPhone and turning … Read more
Not sure why Yahoo Mail doesn’t allow you to block spam in IMAP, but in OS X’s Mail App you can set the preferences to delete spam upon closing Mail App. With the Mail App open select Preferences, then highlight the account and choose Mailbox Behaviors and under the Junk option select “Delete junk messages when: Quitting Mail” Once you close out of Mail App the Junk messages will delete. You can use this setting with other email providers. I use it also have set this in iCloud.
In December 2015 Apple debuted its iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case. Originally I thought the design wasn’t good and at the price was not the best use of my cash flow. There was also a video by Unbox Theory the helped seal my decision. Fast forward to this past March 2016 and I decided to give the Smart Battery Case a two-week trial run. Spoiler alert its now April 2016 and I am still using the case. Let me get straight to the point, which are my likes and dislikes. Likes: Obviously having the ability to extend battery life is nice. My first few days I found that I didn’t need to charge the case and iPhone for a couple of days. Based on the above I turned on more of iOS’ features that I typically turn off, which does … Read more
Do you miss the interface and features of Disk Utility prior to OS X El Capitan? Well, I found a way to get back to it (sort of), but it was by dumb luck. While trying to fix my install of OS X El Capitan. I had erased the hard drive using Disk Utility via the Recover Partition. I then decided to reboot, which of course did not bring up an OS. I then attempted to boot into the Recovery Partition (CMD + R) again. Upon the successful reboot I was in a version of OS X Mavericks, which then to my surprise showed the version of Disk Utility I had missed since upgrading to El Capitan. I am not completely sure why the Mavericks Recovery Partition came up, but it was a nice discovery. I then started to think, … Read more