Category: OSX

Losing Control – A Note on Automatic Updating

Good software doesn’t happen often or easily.  It’s a combination of optimized code, someone who understands design, and someone who understands how humans work.  Anyone who knows me knows I hate when people take something great they’ve made and manage to screw it up. It particularly grinds me to see a GUI that used to be great…


Apple Notes Corruption on OSX / iCloud – Part 2

So, finally got some time to re-assess this iCloud Notes issue and take a deep dive. (See Part 1 of my Notes Corruption saga if you haven’t already. TL;DR, I renamed a folder and added a / within the name, and half my notes disappeared, syncing the corruption up to iCloud as well.) In short…


Apple Notes Corruption on OSX / iCloud – Part 1

So, I use Apple Notes to store almost everything I jot down. For whatever reason, there is an “On My Mac” section of Notes, and an “iCloud” section of Notes. The latter is obviously synced to iCloud.  I always use this portion as it syncs with my other devices and works pretty well.  It has…


What is the Mac SMC and NVRAM / PRAM? How do I reset them?

So you have a Mac, it’s acting funny, and it seems to be something hardware-related. Reset the SMC / NVRAM! Wait, What’s the SMC? SMC stands for System Management Controller, a critical low-level component on Mac hardware. Much like the name sounds, the SMC controls and managements system hardware for power consumption, battery charging and…


Clone an Entire Mac Disk or Drive, with All Partitions

I recently had a need to clone an entire 2TB drive at the block level on a Mac. I figured this would be easy to do with GUI tools. Turns out it is not, as each tool wants to only look at Volumes or Partitions as if they are disks, and isn’t capable of cloning…