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Welcome back, Mac Geek Gab listeners! In episode 978, our hosts Dave Hamilton, John F. Braun, and Pilot Pete dive into a wide range of Mac tips, tricks, and troubleshooting. This episode is packed with valuable advice for Mac users, covering topics from setting a shared screenshots folder to managing your Mac’s battery life.

Setting a Shared Screenshots Folder and OnyX for Mac

At the start of the episode, the hosts discuss how to set up a shared screenshots folder for all your Macs, a handy tip for keeping your images organized. They also touch on OnyX for Mac, a versatile utility for optimizing and maintaining your macOS system.

Quick Tips

The quick tips continue, with Steve sharing how to back tap your iPhone for shortcuts, DJ Mac explaining how to use Control + Tab in Messages on Mac, and Gary providing an update on solving Apple Watch unlock issues. Ben and Bav offer useful Safari and Mac App Store tips to improve your browsing and download experiences.

Your Questions Answered and Tips Shared!

In this section, our hosts tackle several listener questions:

  1. Raymond asks about Apple TV buffering and spinning beach balls. The hosts discuss Speedtest for Apple TV and compare Wi-Fi versus Ethernet.
  2. Phil wonders how to manage his Mac’s battery life, and the hosts offer helpful advice.
  3. Steve shares an unlikely solution for his MacBook Pro M1 running out of disk space. You’ll want to hear this!
  4. Jess asks about Siri reading emails aloud, leading to a discussion about accessibility solutions.
  5. Deborah wants to know how to archive email, and the hosts suggest MailSteward and share Dave’s Gmail Archive Deletion Search Criteria.
  6. Jürgen shares how he used iperf to solve his Mac to Synology speed issue, with the hosts offering insights on the topic.

Heisenbugs and Restoring Wi-Fi Passwords

As the episode wraps up, the hosts chat about Heisenbugs and the quirks of expected behavior. Finally, Alex shares a brilliant tip on how to restore Wi-Fi passwords after resetting network settings, and the hosts dissect this long-standing problem for Apple users.

Don’t miss this episode of Mac Geek Gab, packed with tips, tricks, and expert advice to help you get the most out of your Mac experience. Press play on episode 978 and join Dave Hamilton, John F. Braun, and Pilot Pete for a fun and informative discussion.

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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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