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In this episode of Mac Geek Gab, Pilot Pete, John F. Braun, and Dave Hamilton start with some Quick Tips shared by the audience. Bruce, Erik, Ben, and Wayne share the tip of using Cmd-Shift-Period for showing hidden/invisible files in Finder. Scott shares a better way of navigating messages on Mac, while Henry provides more Safari address bar navigation tips. The group also discusses changing Twitter 2FA to a one-time password if you lose text message 2FA support and logging your router’s MAC address if you’re on fiber.

The show then moves on to answering listeners’ questions and sharing tips. Jedd asks why Apple Maps became a data hog, and the group discusses the merits of using private networks for iOT devices. Robert suggests using Tailscale as your inbound/outbound VPN, and the group talks about the recently improved Tailscale Free Plan. Craig shares an issue with HomeKit cameras regularly going offline and how HomeBridge can help. John’s Apple Watch stopped unlocking one of his Macs, while Mike’s Apple Watch and phone are on different carriers. Finally, Curt wonders if Apple stopped warning users about macOS memory usage.

The show concludes with some Cool Stuff Found. Your three favorite geeks shares the Juice-Jack Defender Plug, a portable charger battery for Apple Watch, and a TerraMaster TNAS F4-423 that costs $499 on Amazon.

If you’re looking for quick tips, answers to your tech questions, or just some cool stuff to check out, Mac Geek Gab 979 has it all. Tune in and join the conversation!

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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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