5 Essential Apps for the Mac

The video below is an overview of 5 helpful apps for MacOS users that I highly recommend. Here is a list of all five covered:

Hazel – Magic automation machinery for your Mac. THINGS JUST HAPPEN WITHOUT YOU TOUCHING THEM. You need this app: http://bit.ly/hazelismagic

aText – Use shortcuts for repetitive typing. Can be used for short text like an email address or for an entire form letter. http://bit.ly/aTextShortcuts

PasteBot – Clipboard manager so you can add multiple items to the clipboard and then paste at will. http://bit.ly/PasteBot

Acorn – A Photoshop alternative for those who don’t want to spend a bunch of money. http://bit.ly/Acorn6forMacOS

Sophos Home – Anti-Virus protection, because yes, you need this on a Mac: http://bit.ly/MacsGetVirusesToo

How to Fix the Public WiFi Problem in MacOS 10.14 Mojave

If you are using MacOS 10.14 Mojave, you may have a problem connecting to public WiFi hotspots like your local coffee shop.  Normally, a pop-up window will appear, allowing you to enter credentials or agree to a lengthy Terms of Service you’ll never read.  However, as of the writing of this post, MacOS 10.14.1 is throwing you the following error instead of allowing you to log in:

WiFi Error!
Ugh.

The first time I saw this, I thought it was a problem with the WiFi at the bookstore I was at.  However, the problem persists no matter what public WiFi hotspot I try to connect to.

To get around this error message, go to http://captive.apple.com/hotspot-detect.html in Safari (This does not work in Chrome or Firefox):

http://captive.apple.com/hotspot-detect.html

You may have to hit enter a couple of times because Safari will still try and connect using the pop-up window, but just click ok on the error message again and the main browsing window will soon display the login screen you’ve been looking for.  Then you can proceed as usual and get connected.

Hopefully Apple will fix this problem soon, making this blog post irrelevant!

Let me know if it worked for you in the comments!

iCloud Photo Library vs. Photo Stream – What’s the difference?

I recently failed in an impromptu conversation when someone asked me to explain the difference between iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream.  So, I figured it out and posted this video overview of the basic differences.

The key point to remember is that iCloud Photo Library allows you to store ALL of your photos and videos in iCloud, while Photo Stream uploads new photos (NOT videos) and sends them to all of your devices where you have Photo Stream turned on. It only stores the most recent 30 days’ worth of photos (up to 1,000 photos).

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