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This week on Mac Geek Gab, Pilot Pete and Dave Hamilton dive deep into the nitty-gritty of your Apple products starting with some savvy Quick Tips. Discover how a simple left-to-right tug in iPhone Messages can revolutionize your reply game, and get the low-down on summoning the Keyboard Viewer for those elusive special characters. Tired of cluttered docks? Learn how to minimize windows straight to the app icon. Embrace your inner tech-hero by mastering thoughtful gift-giving with the help of ChatGPT, and remember, integrating Quick Tips into your daily routine is a surefire way to streamline your digital life – “Don’t Get Caught” unprepared!

The conversation heats up as listeners get the scoop on nuke-and-pave for Apple Silicon Macs, troubleshoot AlDente for optimal battery life, and parse out Apple’s Thunderbolt 4 cable complexities. Customize your StandBy mode with Paul’s queries, and navigate the crowded landscape of robot vacuums with insights on Roborock versus Neato units. Fernando seeks a magic spell to disable Command-H and avoid app-hiding mishaps. In Cool Stuff Found, the focus shifts to OWC’s drive speed magic for iPhones, BlackMagic’s disk speed sanity checks, and Robster’s shoutout to OpenSpeedTest’s self-hosted solutions for keeping your network swift. Stay ahead of the curve with these gems, and never get left in the digital dust.

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Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton is a podcaster, a publisher, and a nerd who has spent the past three decades of his career educating thousands of computer users. In addition to Mac Geek Gab podcast (now in its 19th year!), Dave is co-host of Business Brain and Gig Gab, two other shows to check out! Dave is also the co-founder and CEO of BackBeat Media, a boutique network of podcasts and websites that represents fiercely-independent publishers, of which Dave considers himself one. He has been involved in online publishing since 1998, when he co-founded The Mac Observer, a popular Apple news site which was acquired in 2021. Technology isn't the only thing Dave's a nerd about: he's also a drummer, playing in Bitter Pill, Fling, and various other projects in and around the New Hampshire seacoast where he and his wife, Lisa, live and raised their two children. Dave's reachable for a limited amount of paid consulting at DaveTheNerd.com and you can find to him on Mastodon, Bluesky, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, too!


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