Happy Holidays
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by Craig Pickerill
3M ago
Just a quick note to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year for 2024 ..read more
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IOS 17.3 Stolen Device Protection
The Apple Geek
by Craig Pickerill
4M ago
iOS 17.2 has just landed on most devices, now the beta testing stages are over. Without the dust settling Beta releases are out for iOS 17.3 It’s long been request the keychain / passwords and iCloud accounts on your iOS device are locked behind a different password to your device pin. If you’re unlucky enough to suffer a targeted attack and having your phone stolen, the thief has watch and learned your PIN number - you’ll essentially lose everything once they’ve unlocked the iPhone and gain access to your iCloud account - first by changing the password - then turning off ‘Find My’, removing d ..read more
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AirTag Batteries
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by Craig Pickerill
4M ago
AirTags are getting to the point now, depending how they’ve been used and environmental conditions, where their batteries are going to need replacing. I’ve changed my batteries a couple of times, and the CR2023 coin batteries are readily available from most outlets, but you need to be careful on the make and type you choose. CR2023 batteries are pretty much in everything, from car alarm fobs, children toys, clocks and much more, with this in mine Duracell have started coating the edges of the batteries in a water dissolvable bitterant - meaning the battery becomes repulsive when placed in th ..read more
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Three Years of The Apple Geek
The Apple Geek
by Craig Pickerill
5M ago
Wow the years are truly flying by now, and I know this year has been a little lite on posts. Work has been seriously busy, and I’ve not had much time to play with new applications or accessorises for Apple devices. With that in mind I’m going to go MacBook shopping very soon, the old 2017 MacBook Air is now showing its age. Since last years post, we’ve seen a new world in Apple land - with the wider adoption of USB C. The M2 chips (with possible the M3 Chips), its looking like a good time to upgrade the devices. Once again thanks for the support and reading my small corner of the internet ..read more
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AirServer
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by Craig Pickerill
5M ago
Over the last couple of weeks, AirServer has been a complete life saver when it came to casting multiple devices to TV during a meeting. If you’re a fan of Spreadsheets, gantt charts and powerpoint style keynotes, those couple of weeks would have scratched anyones itch for a numerous years. To make things worse it was a complete mixture of devices and operating systems - trying to display content to a 50inch TV. Don’t get me started on the different types of dongles and adaptors on offer. Enough was enough there had to be a simple solution to serve all needs, an Apple TV would of filled this ..read more
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WhenWorks
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by Craig Pickerill
5M ago
Anyone else super busy at the moment? Not just in work but socialising, hobbies and family, even more so as we approach holiday season time management becomes more of a full time job. WhenWorks, aims to fix any calendar or scheduling issue by allowing people to book a time slot with you, for a given task. The When.Works application is best installed on your main device, iPhone or iPad (the device with all your calendars on). From there within the settings in When.Works you tell the app which calendars to look at for scheduling clashes and the calendar to book the appointments in. Once that bi ..read more
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Tabby
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by Craig Pickerill
8M ago
Terminal emulators are nothing new, MacOS, Linux and Windows have one built in as standard, what we think of the ‘terminal’ and what a terminal actually is are two very different things! The standard of pre-installed emulators are very good, do the job but as we all slowly move further and further away from the early days of computing and terminal systems, we desire a more windows or modern experience. Tabby is a fully customisable terminal emulator, to the point you’re able to have tabbed sessions in one window, or multiple panels and instances in a single window. My instance of Tabby, uses ..read more
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One Menu
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by Craig Pickerill
8M ago
Here is an application I didn’t know I needed until I stumbled across it - One Menu Marko the developer has an active Instagram account following and documenting his life as a software engineer in home city of Oslo, Norway. His beautifully shot instagram grid is complimented by his YouTube channel. One Menu is a very small and lightweight menu bar item, which quickly shows your CPU, Memory (RAM) and Disk usage. It also has the bonus features of keyboard cleaning mode great for MacBooks or turning on - locking your Mac - which leaves your co-workers perplexed as to why your Mac isn’t respondin ..read more
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Airbuddy
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by Craig Pickerill
8M ago
The magical Apple Ecosystem just works will little thinking from the user, AirPods seamlessly switch between iPhone and iPad - pop up on AppleTV’s as being near by, but on Mac’s it seems to be a little clunky. AirBuddy fixes this, and gives a lot more - for me my favourite feature is showing battery levels and charge status of pretty much anything apple with a bluetooth connection, but the Halo feature is the Pop up charged warning. - the single most action of destroying battery life is leaving a device on charge once its full. Now shortcuts automation can fix this, with the aid of smart plu ..read more
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The Underdogs : Swiped
The Apple Geek
by Craig Pickerill
9M ago
The underdogs return with ‘Swiped’ a video about Mac Security ..read more
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