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This week on Mac Geek Gab 1013, you’re in for a treat with Pilot Pete, Adam Christianson, and Dave Hamilton sharing their tech wisdom. Starting with Quick Tips, learn the nifty trick of using Command-Drag to force a file to open with a specific app, and understand why copying as pathname doesn’t escape spaces. Gary brings a quirky query about AirTag battery cleaning (spoiler: no licking involved!), and Bob suggests naming your AirTags with the battery date for hassle-free management. Plus, discover how to truly delete messages on macOS and effectively manage the space consumed by them. And if you’re into Apple gear, there’s talk about AirPods naming conventions and a handy tip about triple-clicking to select a paragraph.

The episode then dives into your burning questions. Jerry wonders how to open Zoom links directly in Zoom instead of Safari – the solution lies in Velja for macOS. Chuck puzzles over “Uninstalled Apps” using data on his phone, while Mickey gets curious about Adam’s background in tech podcasting. Joe seeks ways to free up his Mac’s disk space, and Sean needs help merging two Photos libraries.

In the Cool Stuff Found segment, discover Zoom for Apple TV, ways to watch movies together using SharePlay or Plex, and new updates like ChronoSync 11 and Kopia for savvy backups. There’s also a mention of the Roborock Q8 Max, a robot vacuum that might just make your life easier.

And remember, in the world of technology and especially in this podcast, “Don’t Get Caught” unprepared or uninformed! Press play and ensure your safety by learning at least five new things together with your three favorite geeks!

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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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