Mac OS 10.2.2 SSH Keys Passphrase Help

If you are like me and a few days ago – noticed that you were getting prompted for your passphrase when using your SSH keys (instead of using the keychain) – here is how you can make a small change to no longer enter your password each time: http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/254468/macos-sierra-doesn-t-seem-to-remember-ssh-keys-between-reboots/264974#264974

Good Ol’ Siri

Siri Knows Who I Am

I love Siri. She helps me with measurement conversion (especially helpful during these Olympics and all the metric conversions), driving directions, game scores, figuring out what song is on, and making sure I remember who I am 😉

Thanks Siri!

If you have an Apple device with Siri and are not using her – get inspired: What to ask Siri

My Apple Collection

Yesterday I finally got a book shelf to hold the majority of my Apple hardware/software collection. Amongst the collection – I have some eMates, Newtons, Cube, QuickTake camera, original Apple floppy disks, Apple II GS, ImageWriter, original iPod, iPhone, etc. I am still missing a 20th Anniversary Mac, but that is still on the list of things to get.

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What Can Siri Do For Me?

If you are like me – you have an Apple iPhone and the thought of using Siri sounds awesome but after a few smart comments trying to get her to say something funny back (because you are not sure what all you can really say/get out of Siri) – you forget about her and move on.

Apple recently updated the Siri page so now you can easily find out what you can ask her to make her as useful as you wanted her to be all this time. Enjoy!

http://www.apple.com/ios/siri/

My new favorite things to do with Siri

  • “Flip a coin”
  • “Yes or no?”
  • “Take a picture”
  • “Why did the chicken cross the road?”
  • “How humid is it in Chicago right now?”
  • “Pick a card”
  • “Call me champ” (or whatever you want to be called)

Fix for Bluetooth Mouse with Apple Mac OS X Yosemite

“Yesterday I thought I was going to throw my Apple magic mouse out of the window, today we are best friends.”

I wanted to follow up on my recent post: Mac OS X 10.10.x Issues with Bluetooth/WiFi. After a few days of almost acceptable behavior – yesterday my mouse was losing connection, acting very slow, and I could not drag anything across my screen without having to take deep breaths out of frustration.

I thought I had tried everything. I was desperate for a solution and I finally found it. I read the Apple support article: Bluetooth: Unreliable wireless performance may occur when USB 3.0 external devices are close and after moving my Mac Mini away from my external USB 3.0 hard drive (just 6-9 inches instead of being on top of it) – my mouse has worked flawless.

If you still are having a jittery mouse or any problems with Bluetooth devices and have an external USB 3.0 hard drive – try moving it away!

Mac OS X 10.10.x Issues with Bluetooth/WiFi

It has been at least three months and two point releases with Mac OS X 10.10 that I have been stuck using my old iMac/G3 mouse (because I was the strange one that loved my hockey puck mouse) instead of my beloved Apple Magic Mouse. Why? Ever since moving to Yosemite (Mac OS X 10.10) – I have had nothing but problems with Bluetooth and WiFi. I spent half my day yesterday going through forums, help articles, etc to try and get this all sorted out for my Mac Mini.

I finally was able to put my trusty hockey puck mouse on stand-by because my Bluetooth issues seem to have seemed to go away (at least for the past several hours) but I am still unable to get any WiFi signal. I have delete preferences, configurations, changed my router settings, and nothing. Better yet – this is on a brand new Mac Mini – with a clean install of Mac OS X 10.10. All the while – my other three computers that sit on the same desk – can find my WiFi networks as well as my neighbors. Fortunately I still had an ethernet cable lying around so I am able to connect via that – but seriously. I am not alone with these issues and while I am usually one of the first to upgrade – this whole mess has really made me reconsider updating with future releases.

I hope Apple soon gets a fix in place for people like me (there are a lot) so we can work wirelessly once again. If you are one of the lucky ones like me – make sure you try the following (in hopes something works for you):

Don’t hold your breath…instead, be glad you kept that ethernet cable and that old trusty mouse from the 90s…you know the one with the cord.

Disable iPhone Calls Ringing in Mac OS X Yosemite

After upgrading one of the three computers in my office from Mac OS X 10.9 to Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) I thought to myself – wow – I like the option to answer my phone using my MacBook Pro. A few days later – when I had the other computers upgraded as well – any time I got a phone call – my office sounded like a call center (2 bluetooth cordless phones, 3 computers, and the actual iPhone itself were all ringing at the same time.

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Thankfully – you can easily turn off this feature in the FaceTime app by simply unchecking one thing in the FaceTime preferences (see screenshot). So if you are like me – and do not need this or prefer to not use it – the fix is easy!

Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) and Gmail Fix?

After upgrading to Mac OS X Mavericks – I have had nothing but problems with Mail.app handling my Gmail accounts. I read that it might be addressed by making sure the “All Mail label is not hidden” – but that did not do anything for me. My message count is off, my message #s are not coming in correctly, my filters are not working, and I am pretty unhappy with what I am seeing.

Until we get a fix from Apple (hopefully soon!) – I have decided to fix my problems by just using good ol’ gmail (web). Let’s hope we get a Mac OS X 10.9 update soon!

My iPhone – Five Years Later

Five years ago – something came out that I had literally been waiting for for years. Now five years later – I am still using the original iPhone. My friends laugh at me, give me all kinds of slack, but at the end of the day – I use it still because it is such an amazing piece of technology that really was a game changer. Touch screen, swiping, scrolling…this was all new and exciting with the release. While I am still forced to run iOS 3.2 and cannot download and play Angry Birds – I am still able to use it for most things (even it if is a little slow) as well as attract all sorts of comments about it’s age.

While, I get a lot of grief for still using this iPhone – it will soon be a part of my great Apple collection and I will always look at it with the amazement I did when I first bought it. Happy Birthday iPhone!

PS – I will get purchasing the next iPhone when it likely comes out this fall.