Parallels or Fusion?

I get asked about virtualisation on MacOS a lot. Let's look at the two leading contenders here.Click here for more
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Apple Shenanigans

I've been down on Apple a lot over the last year. What gives?
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VMWare Fusion 11.0 - It's a mess

VMWare have updated their MacOS Virtualisation Platform - what's it like? Click here for more
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Apple Macbook Pro won't turn on

How do you reset an apparently dead MacBook? May work on others.
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Upgrading the ram in an Apple iMac Pro

How do you get the RAM in an iMac Pro Upgraded?
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Oh Mer Gawd 2018 Macbook Pro (Apple)

Another day, another Apple controversy.

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MacOS High Sierra - Another Security Bug

Yet another security issue with MacOS High Sierra - let's have a quick look at it.
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Apple Units - Geekbench Benchmarks

A few people have been asking me for GeekBench stats - so I thought I'd put them all in one place.
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Cannot export from iMovie in 1080p

iMovie was not letting me export a project in 1080p - I could only select 720p.
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2017 Kaby Lake Macbook Pro

Let's have a look at the 2017 MacBook Pro KabyLake unit.
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Google Chrome won't start on MacOS

On MacOS / OSX Sierra, Google Chrome wouldn't start. Here's how to fix.
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What's on my Macbook Pro?

What do I use every day?
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Windows 10 Insider Preview 16193.1001

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I don't need Anti-Virus on my Mac...Right?

You don't need Anti-Virus on a Mac right? RIGHT?
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Late 2016 Macbook Pro 13 Non-Touchbar

I picked up a late 2016 13" Retina MacBook Pro Non-Touchbar unit. Let's have a look at the performance.
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Which network port to use? Ethernet or Wifi? On OSX.

Easy way to toggle Ethernet or WiFi ports on MacOS or OSX
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Multiple Copies of Calculator on MacOS / OSX

The single instance of Calculator on OSX is irritating…It's easy to fix though.

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2016 Retina Macbook 12"

What's the new 2016 Macbook like? Let's have a look.
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This copy of the Install OS X El Capitan application can't be verified

How to fix:

This copy of the Install OS X El Capitan application can't be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading.
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Stop iTunes automatically downloading tv shows

Does iTunes keep automatically download TV shows you don't want it to…? Here's how to stop it.
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Use AppleTV 4 Screensavers on OSX

The AppleTV has some very cool live screen savers with feeds from various cities around the world - here's how to get them on OSX.
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TimeMachine Access Denied

I was getting Access Denied on my TimeMachine backups - what gives!
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Extra Storage on an Apple iOS Device?

Need more storage or a quick way to move stuff between Apple devices and your Mac/PC?
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2015 12" Retina Macbook

What's the performance like on the new Retina 12" Macbook?
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iOS 9 & WiFi Assist

You should be a little wary of iOS 9's WiFi Assist…
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Microsoft Money (MSmoney)

Microsoft Money and Windows 10
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Clearing Storage

Got a drive with weird partitions on that you can’t work with? Here’s how to clean them down.
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DockPhone for Yosemite

Great new app that allows dialling numbers direct from the Dock. Brill.
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Utilities I couldn't live without...again

What utilities do I love to use....?
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Storage Expansion on a Late 2013 Macbook Pro

I needed to expand the storage on my late 2013 Macbook Pro Retina - see how I did it here.
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iTunes 12 and the Sidebar

Had a few people asking me/ranting about the missing sidebar in iTunes 12. Admittedly it’s hidden away, but you can find it. Here’s how.
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iPhone Text Stress

What? What are you SAYING? WHAT? Hurry up.
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Parallels Desktop 10.0

So, there’s a new version of Parallels Desktop 10.0 out - what gives?
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Apple ThunderBolt Gigabit Adapter not connecting

I’ve been having issues getting my ThunderBolt Gigabit Ethernet Adapter working...assumed it was broken. Anyway, here’s how I got mine working.Click here for more
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The OSX Screenshot

How can you manipulate the good-old OSX Screenshot?
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Clearing the DNS Cache in OSX

How do you clear the DNS Cache in OSX Mavericks?
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Brydge iPad Keyboard

Another iPad Keyboard - ones from Brydge.
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Stupid Apple Mail is Stupid

Apple Mail is full of fail.

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Reindexing Spotlight on OSX

how do you re-do your spotlight index if it goes a bit screwy?
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Safari...Opening multiple tabs at startup

How do you configure Safari to open multiple tabs at startup?Click here for more
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Displaying an iOS Device on your Desktop

How do you get your Apple iOS Device Screen up on your Mac or Pc?
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Cannot enter coherence mode in Parallels Desktop 9

A recent update has produced a lot of comments about not being able to switch in to Coherence Mode in Parallels Desktop 9 - here’s a work around that works for me.
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Jot Script Evernote Edition Stylus

I’ve been using the JotScript Evernote Edition Stylus - how have I found it?
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Adding USB3 to an older Macbook Pro

I’ve been looking for ways to add USB3 to an older Macbook I have - see how I got on here.
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Poor Scrolling in Google Chrome on OSX

How to fix an issue with scrolling on Chrome/OSX.
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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad Air

I’ve been testing a couple of Logitech keyboards for my Air...thoughts on the testing here.
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Finding your iPhone UDID without iTunes

So you’ve put the BETA IOS on your phone, and forgot to get your UUID number?
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Running Terminal as a Different User

How do you use Terminal as another user?
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OSX 10.9 Mavericks and TRIM

How to check to make sure TRIM is still turned on.
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Can't download OSX Mavericks from the App Store?

So they’ve released another GM of Mavericks - can’t download it from the App Store? Here’s why.
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Making a Bootable OSX 10.9 Mavericks USB

Making an OSX 10.9 Mavericks Bootable USB Key.

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Windows 8.1 RTM Benchmarks

Windows 8.1 RTM Feels Fast! Quick look at Benchmarks.
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Parallels Desktop 9 Windows 7 Look

Quick look at Parallels Desktop 9 Windows 7 Look
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VMWare Fusion 6/Parallels Desktop 9 Roundup

Quick round-up of my recent blogs on VMWare Fusion 6 and Parallels Desktop 9.
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VMWare Fusion 6 & Parallels Desktop 9 Benchmarks

Some benchmark comparisons between Parallels Desktop 9 and VMWare Fusion 6.

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VMWare Fusion 6

Early run through of the newly issued VMWare Fusion 6 virtualisation package.
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Parallels Desktop 9.0 - Pauses & USB Connections/Disconnections

Issue with random pauses, and also USB devices randomly disconnecting & connecting.

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Parallels Desktop 9.0 - Issue with iSight WebCam

My iSight camera doesn’t play well with Parallels Desktop 9.0.
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Parallels Desktop 9.0

Early run through of the newly issued Parallels Desktop 9.0 virtualisation package.
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NetAtmo Weather Station

Basic review of the NetAtmo Weather Station.Click here for more
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2012 iMac and the Fusion Drive

Got a chance to play with a fusion-drive equipped iMac - what’s it like?
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OSX Mavericks - Enable Access for Assistive Devices

How do you Enable access for assistive devices on OSX Mavericks?
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USB 3 - Real World Performance?

Holy Stating the Obvious Batman - USB 3 is quicker - who knew?

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Redirecting Folders on Apple OSX

How do you redirect folders in Apple OSX? It’s pretty easy.

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Macbook Pro - SSD in Optical Drive Bay

Can you put an SSD in the optical bay of an Apple Macbook Pro?
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Cannot remove Encrypted Volume after Mountion Lion Rebuild

If you’ve rebuilt your Operating System on Mountain Lion, and previously you encrypted your TimeMachine backups, you may find you can’t repartition the drive. Here’s how to get around it.

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Accessing Apple HFS Volumes from Windows

How can you access HFS+ Drives from a Windows PC.
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Turn off OSX SafeSleep

How to modify the sleep mode on an Apple OSX Laptop.
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Odd Apple IOS Bug

Here’s an odd little IOS Bug…about Obama.

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Apple IOS - A Simple WANT

A very simple thing for Apple iOS to deliver…Click here for more
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Running Windows 8 on VMWare Fusion 5 - on OSX

Experiences of running Windows 8 on VMWare Fusion 5 - virtualised on OSX.

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Running Windows 8 on Parallels 8 - on OSX

Experiences of running Windows 8 on Parallels 8 - virtualised on OSX.

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…and another thing!

General rant about shopping.
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Creating a Ringtone in iTunes from any track

How to use iTunes to make a ringtone from any track in your library.
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iPad Mini Logitech Keyboard

See how I’m getting on with the Logitech keyboard for the iPad mini.
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Turning off notifications in OSX

Quick one - how do you temporarily turn off OSX Mountain Lion notifications?
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Building a Windows Server 2012 on VMWare Fusion

Quick run-through of building a Windows 2012 Standard Edition Server using VMWare Fusion. It’s built on an SSD so pretty fast.
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RapidWeaver - Wrong images in posts

Rapidweaver keeps putting the wrong images in posts…Infuriating.
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Change the format of OSX Screenshots

How to change the format of OSX Screenshot files.
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Changing the location of your screenshots on OSX

Quick blog explaining how to change the folder location of your screen shots on OSX.
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OSX - Quick and easy way to lock your desktop

I kinda missed the CTRL+ALT+DELETE quick way of locking your desktop when using OSX - but there’s an easy way to achieve something similar.

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Samsung 840 Series SSD in a Macbook Pro

Quick early day review of the performance of the Samsung 840 500Gb SSD.
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Macbook Pro - SSD Upgrade

In this blog a look at how easy it is to upgrade your system drive in an OSX based Macbook Pro.

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OSX and Virtualisation

I yet again go on about how good OSX is at virtualisation.

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Apple - Where's the Think Different?

Some thoughts about Apple, and what they’ve been up to recently.

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TimeMachine - Restoring Hidden Files

How do you find hidden files to restore in TimeMachine? Easy - see this blog.

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WiFi Diagnostics on OSX

Useful WiFi diagnostics utility on OSX.

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Extracting Media from an iPod or iPhone

Blog outlining how you can extract media from an Apple iPod or iPhone device.

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Storing Dropbox on an Encrypted Volume

Outlines a process for ensuring that Dropbox storage is held on an encrypted disk image. Useful for laptop storage for example, where you want to ensure your data is protected. Click here for more
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The iPad Mini

The iPad Mini - pretty much everyone seems to love them, or, bizarrely, hate them with a passion. In here I talk about my own experiences and thoughts on the unit. Click here for more
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OSX Utilities I couldn't live without

Simple blog looking at some of the applications and utilities that enhance my usage of Apple’s most excellent OSX platform. Click here for more
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TimeMachine - What's being backed up?

TimeMachine is a great backup technology - but sometimes it can appear to be repeatedly backing up a lot of data. In here I look at a very handy utility that can help you determine why TimeMachine is backing up a lot of stuff with each backup, and help you make your backups more efficient.Click here for more
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Fitting a second hard disk to an Apple Macbook Pro

How to fit a second hard disk to an Apple Macbook Pro.

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