If you’ve been using OS X El Capitan for a while, you might have noticed that the old option to “Secure Empty Trash” is gone from the trash can’s right-click menu. There’s a pretty good reason why, but it’s still possible to do it you don’t mind digging into the command line.
As the name suggests, “Secure Empty Trash” was always a way to delete files securely, ensuring they can’t get dug up again by data recovery software. According to Apple, it turns out that “Secure Empty Trash” doesn’t reliably work on flash storage, like an Solid-State Drive, so Apple removed the option in El Capitan. SSDs don’t store data in the same way as hard drives. As Macworld explains it, HDDs [...]
It seems every version of Mac operating systems that you install may have a few issues that pop up. Now, we’re not saying you can expect to experience all or even any of the issues we outline here. In fact, the vast majority of users upgrading to macOS Sierra won’t have these problems.
But if you do experience an issue after upgrading, it’s probably going to be one of the issues we mention here. Not to worry; we’ll show you how to resolve it.
macOS Sierra Freezes During Install There are two common freezing issues; one can occur during the install process, the other when your Mac reboots after the install is complete.
Freezes After Restart: Let’s start with the [...]
Gatekeeper in macOS Sierra is now stricter than ever, defaulting to only allow options for apps downloaded from either the App Store or the App Store and identified developers. Advanced Mac users may wish to allow a third option, which is the ability to open and allow apps downloaded from anywhere in macOS Sierra. To be clear, the “Allow applications downloaded from anywhere” option is hidden by default in Gatekeeper for macOS Sierra. You can see this by going to the Security & Privacy preference panel, and under the “General” section you will not find such an option for Gatekeeper app allow settings. Despite that, with a little command line intervention you can reveal the third [...]
If you experience app performance issues and you aren’t planning to send or store the document using a third-party (non-iCloud) Internet service, then save as package. Otherwise, it’s best to save as a single file.Save as a package or a single file
If your document, [...]
If you want to reduce the number of clicks you make on your Mac, a very useful application called PopClip should probably live in your menu bar.
PopClip ($4.99) made our list of recommended productivity applications last year, and has continued to help us be productive. Since we first reviewed PopClip as a giveaway application two years ago, over a hundred actions (technically called extensions) have been developed for the utility.
You might be surprised by what you can get done when simply selecting text on your Mac.What Does PopClip Do?
PopClip is simple to use: when you select a piece of text on your Mac, a PopClip menu pops up that includes extensions for [...]
“I recently went on a cleaning binge and as part of it I wiped out what I thought were unnecessary Safari bookmarks. A couple of days later I realized that I need some of them. I have a Time Machine backup but don’t know where to find the old bookmarks. Help!!”
Since you asked so nicely, sure. Follow along.
In the Finder, hold down the Option key and choose Go > Library. (The Libraryentry won’t appear unless you hold down Option.) In the now-visible Library window open the Safari folder. Inside you’ll spy the Bookmarks.plist file. This is where Safari stores its [...]