Third-Party Apps Confused by Gatekeeper Path Randomization

Have you noticed that some of your third-party applications—the ones that aren’t installed using the App Store—aren’t updating automatically? If you try to force a check for updates from the Application menu, you may see an error dialog that includes something like “can’t be updated while it’s running from a read-only volume.” This isn’t a… Continue reading Third-Party Apps Confused by Gatekeeper Path Randomization

Wrapping Earbud Cords

I’ve been going to the gym (more on that later) and haven’t fallen to the siren song of Bluetooth earbuds. I’m still stuck with the cords on my trusty Apple EarPods. I got tired of the tangles and remembered this video published by The Verge. I hope it helps my fellow slow adopters.

macOS ⌘⇥ App Switcher on wrong display

Sometimes when I press ⌘⇥, the switcher pops up on the wrong display. This seems random, but I learned it isn’t. The switcher display shows up on the last display where the Dock was active. That’s all there is to it! The solution wasn’t hard to find, but the answer I read was on StackExchange.

No Smile Here as TextExpander Subscribes to New Business Plan

Years ago I got hooked on automation for fun and productivity, and expanding snippets of text on my Mac made me feel like a wizard. In those early years, I waffled between Typinator and TypeIt4Me before the introduction of the iPhone. I moved to TextExpander sometime around 2010 when it began syncing with my then-new… Continue reading No Smile Here as TextExpander Subscribes to New Business Plan

Without a hiccup

Astounding anecdote via TiDbits, and definitely out of my budget. I visited an Apple Store in San Francisco, and made pals with one of the sales guys. He gave me a demo of the Mac Pro. He opened the Applications folder and had me hold my hand over the vent. He then hit Command-A to… Continue reading Without a hiccup

Troubleshooting Apple Networks

My home network has been plagued with incredibly frustrating problems with dropped connections and other weirdness that are hard to diagnose. I still haven’t solved it, but found two articles in Apple’s Knowledge Base that are finally pointing me in a better direction. About Wireless Diagnostics iOS and OS X: Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers… Continue reading Troubleshooting Apple Networks

In .tex we trust

I haven’t published anything in a while and after working in .tex files all day yesterday (for fun!), I want to remember this comic from xkcd.