macOS Man Pages from Apple Developer

macOS Man Pages from Apple Developer

There are many useful features of macOS that must be accessed by using commands in the Terminal app. These can include anything from fixing file permissions to LDAP binding settings. Luckily there is documentation about each one of these commands and how to use them, the man (manual) pages. Man pages are sets of instructions and examples of these Terminal commands you can use in macOS. Man Pages from Apple’s Developer site contains HTML versions…

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Uninstalling Silverlight Player for Mac

Uninstalling Silverlight Player for Mac

This how-to article will walk you through uninstalling silverlight player for the Mac. Silverlight is a Microsoft video technology for streaming media. It can be a required install when using services in Edu settings like Hudl. If Silverlight doesn’t work often simply installing the latest version will help. However, there may be times when it is best to remove the previous versions and then install the latest patch. The Terminal commands below will remove Silverlight….

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RePartitioning a Cranky USB Drive in Mac OS X with CLI

RePartitioning a Cranky USB Drive in Mac OS X with CLI

Sometimes when you try to repartition a USB drive in Disk Utility in OS X, the “partition” option is greyed out. When this happens there is a simple CLI command that will fix the issue. First identify which disk is mounted by looking at the details in Disk Utility. Then modify the “diskX” in the command below replacing “X” with the number of the mounted drive. I will demonstrate an example below. Command: diskutil partitionDisk…

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How to unselect proxy settings

How to unselect proxy settings

In Windows to change the system settings Control Panel Network & Internet -> Internet Options -> Connections -> LAN Settings Then Uncheck everythting. Internet Explorer Go to Internet Options – Connections – Look at LAN Settings Proxy should NOT be checked Chrome Settings -> Show Advanced Options Under Network click “Change Proxy Settings” Make sure everything is unchecked. Firefox Click on the settings tab on far right corner In the Settings Menu click on Advanced…

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How to Easily Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer

How to Easily Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer

You can easily create a Mac OS Sierra bootable installer on a USB flash drive using Terminal. These steps will walk you through the process. (Other OS X versions click here.) Steps to Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer Get the latest installer Download the latest macOS Sierra Installer from the AppStore. If you get a pop up to install Sierra, simply ignore it or force quit the install from the Apple menu. Next…

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scutil to fix AD binding issues in OS X

scutil to fix AD binding issues in OS X

scutil to fix AD binding issues in OS X Why scutil? It is not unusual to run into the occasional hiccup when binding Macs to an Active Directory domain. Most of the time, these issues are easily fixed by unbinding and then rebinding using the GUI. Occasionally, you will run into an issue where the HostName causes issues. These cases can be easily identified when using the Directory Utility because the Computer ID (a.k.a. HostName)…

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Safe Mac Happy Mac

Safe Mac Happy Mac

A Safe Mac is a Happy Mac. Learn to conquer your insecurities in this friendly self-help session. With a little mindfulness and courage, every Mac user can live happily ever after in an ever changing world where viruses and ransom ware threaten to invade your happy place.   This landing page contains links to resources to help users implement best practices to increase security in OS X and macOS.     Apple KB on System Integrity…

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Make Cute Custom Icons in OS X

Make Cute Custom Icons in OS X

Custom Icons You Can Make in OS X “How do I make cute, custom icons for web shortcuts or folders on my MacBook?” This question actually comes up quite a bit. Though it is a simple process, it does require that you do certain steps in order. In this video tutorial, we create an image which is then saved as the new icon for a URL shortcut to Teachers Pay Teachers. This method can be applied to…

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Saving Your Data: A Tale of Three Kitties

Saving Your Data: A Tale of Three Kitties As the EdTech dude, almost everyone I talk to agrees that it would be horrible if they lost all their data on the computer. Most people have actually experienced this crisis, vowing never to let it happen again. However, when I ask people if they’ve backed up their data I often get blank stares in return. Perhaps it is because backing up your data, while a great…

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Create Bootable USB Installer for OS X Mavericks or Yosemite

I’m using a workflow from Apple’s KB article HT201372. It works really well and doesn’t require any 3rd party scripts. You will need to download the installer for either Yosemite or Mavericks from the AppStore. If you have already installed yours you can download another copy by looking in your Purchases. If it is currently on your HD, you can dump it and install the latest by going to Macintosh HD and looking in the…

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