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My recent experience with water damage to my new 16-inch MacBook Pro reinforced two practices that I’ve followed for many years; making a bootable backup and creating a bootable macOS install drive. While I was able to reload my... Water and MacBooks Don’t Mix: A Cautionary Tale
December of 2019 marks 35 years since I purchased my first Mac. In all that time, I’ve never had an accident with any of them…but this past Saturday, all it took was a simple bump of a glass of... Managing The Desktop: Tips for New Mac Users and Old Hands
The Mac has so many features that it’s not uncommon for new Mac users to overlook helpful tricks, as well as for old hands to simply forget about them. In this New Year, the Rocket Yard takes a look... Working with macOS Snapshots
Snapshots are a feature of APFS (Apple File System) that has been part of the macOS since High Sierra. A snapshot captures the state of an APFS formatted drive, and preserves all the files on the drive, as they... 10 Non-Intrusive Security Changes in macOS Catalina
macOS Catalina has some interesting new features, including Screen Time and Sidecar, and new apps, including Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV, that essentially replace iTunes. But behind the scenes, macOS Catalina has a number of new security features designed... How to Create a Bootable macOS Catalina Installer
A bootable version of the macOS Catalina installer is one of the often-overlooked tools a Mac user should have on hand before upgrading to or performing a clean install of Catalina. The bootable installer you create in this guide... How to Use Sidecar to Unite Your Mac and iPad
Beginning with macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13, the new Sidecar service allows you to utilize your iPad as a secondary screen. If you’re thinking this is not new, that third-party developers have already been providing this service in apps like... How to use Apple Pay with your Mac
You may already use Apple Pay with your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. However, it’s also a great fit for your Mac. But let’s back up. In case you’re not familiar with Apple Pay, it’s the tech giant’s mobile... How to Add a Smart Folder to the Dock
Smart folders and the Dock just seem to be made for each other. You can configure a smart folder to display just the files or folders that meet your specific criteria. Need a folder that just shows the image... macOS 101: What’s in the Utility Folder, Part 2
Have you ever wondered what’s stored in your Mac’s Utilities folder? This folder contains apps that are used to perform a number of interesting chores, from providing basic information about your Mac, to displaying complex mathematical formulas as 2D... macOS 101: What’s in the Utility Folder, Part 1
The utility folder is chock full of handy apps that perform a wide spectrum of tasks, from monitoring the performance of your Mac to giving your Mac a voice. In this first of a two-part article, we’re going to... Mac 101: Everything You Need To Know About FileVault Encryption
Long-time readers of the Rocket Yard have probably heard us mention Apple’s FileVault Encryption, which is a way to encrypt the startup disk on your Mac. In this Mac 101 article, we’ll take a detailed look at FileVault, how...
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