Posts from the desk of Tom Nelson

How to Use Mac’s Disk Utility to Securely Wipe a Drive

There may come a time when you want to completely remove all traces of information on your Mac’s drives. It may be because you’re selling or donating your Mac, and you want all your personal information wiped clean from the drive. Or perhaps you want to wipe an older drive that you’re replacing because it’s…
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Tech 101: Everything You Need to Know to Verify Time...

You’ve been diligent about maintaining up-to-date backups of your Mac’s data by using Time Machine, but there’s a nagging worry in the back of your mind. How do you know the backups are any good? That’s a good question,...

Tech 101: What You Need to Set Up Your Own...

Have you been updating your Mac, adding memory or storage, or perhaps simply customizing how it looks? Are you the go-to guy for repairing a favorite toy? Do you wish you had a place to brew up a newfangled...

macOS in Review: A Look at...
The macOS Sierra release on September 20th, 2016 marked a few milestones. It’s the 13th release of the Mac OS, the fourth release of the Mac operating system based...

Data Privacy Day: Keep Your Data...
Have you ever wondered what would happen if your Mac were lost or stolen? Your first thoughts may be about the inconvenience, or the expense of replacement. But when...

Tech 101: How to Use a...
It may not be the best kept secret, but you don’t have to use Apple-branded keyboards with your Mac. You have a wide range of keyboards to choose from,...

Tech Tip: How to Use the...
Disk Utility, in all of its incarnations, has always had a restore function, a way to copy a disk volume or image file to another volume, creating an exact...

Rocket Yard Guide: What Is Purgeable...
Having problems figuring out how much free space is available on your Mac? You’re not the only one. With the arrival of macOS Sierra, Apple changed how the OS...

Rocket Yard Guide: Five Mac Utilities...
Speaking from personal experience, downloading and trying out new Mac utilities can quickly become an addiction. I’ve probably deleted more utilities than have been created for the Mac. How...