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OS X

Hidden files

OS X has lots of files you can’t see. This is to make it look prettier and also so you don’t break things. Sometimes you may want to see a hidden folder. For example there’s a Library folder which can contain settings for Applications. To show hidden files in OSX from the finder, click in a finder window and press “Shift Command .” (Shift – Command – Period).

It will look something like this when you can see the hidden files. All the slightly opaque files are hidden files.

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software

Notational Velocity (NValt) and Catalina

NValt

My favourite quick note syncing utility – NValt broke with Catalina. I was getting error that it could not find my notes folder, but when I tried to select another notes folder it did not work

I was able to get it up and running again, but it took a bit of fiddling. Most of the forums have given up on it, but it does still work. The trick for me was completely re-installing the app from scratch.

  1. Make sure your notes are synced using Simplenote.
  2. Delete the notational velocity notes folder from your ~/Library/application support folder.
  3. Delete the ‘net.elasticthreads.nv.list’ from your preferences folder.
  4. Delete the Notational Velocity App from your Applications folder.
  5. Download NValt 2.2.8 again from https://brettterpstra.com/projects/nvalt/
  6. Re-sync with Simplenote and it will download all your notes again.
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productivity

How to remap any key to any key on your OSX keyboard

This is a somewhat technical post about how to remap keys in OSX using Karabiner Elements.

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advanced

Warning: email scam aimed at website owners.

Confession time. I just got scammed. Yep. I know the dangers, I’ve spotted scams before, but this time I fell for it and for 5 minutes or so my account was vulnerable to attack. Thankfully I realised what was happening fast and was able to fix things quickly, but this scare has made me all the  more wary of opening emails and clicking on web links.

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advanced

How to downgrade iTunes 12.7 to 12.6 on High Sierra.

With iTunes 12.7 you can’t download apps for older iPhones. If you have an older iPhone and you want to download older apps for you need iTunes 12.6.

But Apple have introduced a security feature called ‘System Integrity Protection’ that stops you from deleting iTunes 12.7.

To delete iTuens 12.7 (and go back to iTunes 12.6) you can disable System Integrity Protection, remove iTunes 12.7, then re-enable the protection. It’s pretty hard core. I would say this is not recommended by Apple. Here’s how to do it…

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iphone

7 tricks for creative iPhone photography

From using a drop of water on your iPhone for a macro lens to filming under-water with a drinking glass, this video has some great ideas!

 

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hardware

What is TRIM and do I need to turn it on in OS X?

TRIM

Some SSD drives are crashing in Yosemite do to an issue with something called ‘TRIM’.  Thankfully if you followed the method in my article entitled “How to speed up your mac with a Solid State SSD Drive” you will not have this problem. But if you have used an SSD that needs TRIM, read on to find out about the problem and how to fix it.