Happy Birthday iMac

20 years ago – some of us took a chance on a translucent Bondi Blue new computer called the iMac. IT is hard to believe it was 20 years ago – but I have enjoyed watching it change shape. Thank you Apple!

20 Years of the iMac

From the original to the latest – it is hard to believe the iMac has been out there for 20 years. I decided to retire my Mac Mini today after needing some faster processing power.

Most Preferred Network on Your iPhone

I recently ran into an issue where my iPhone would seem to always try and connect to the one network I did not want to use anytime I left the house/came back. After I had enough manual switching – I finally took a look and learned how Apple orders the networks to join: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202831 and then looked at my settings. I noticed that my preferred network had “Auto Join” set to “no” and “Auto Join” set to “yes” for the slow network I had grown to hate.

If you have the same issue – go to your WiFi settings on your iPhone and click on the info icon for that connection. You will then see a screen like this:

From there – if you want your iPhone to prefer/join the network – make sure the Auto Join setting is turned on. If you want to not join it – simply make sure Auto Join is turned off. Makes sense and is super easy and no more manually changing the network every time you leave/come back. Simplify your life and make sure any non-used networks have Auto Join = off.

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.