Mac Geek Gab (Enhanced AAC)

By Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun

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Answers to your tech questions for your Apple devices and beyond. Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun come together weekly to answer your questions and discuss things of interest to Apple and Mac geeks, yet present them in a way that’s both entertaining and informative for the average listener.

Episode Date
Leaf Out, Man
1:22:37
Leaf Out, Man — Mac Geek Gab 935 episode imageWanna sync multiple folders amongst all your Macs, rename your Bluetooth devices, keep your Mac awake? Dave, John, and Pilot Pete have you covered! Also: are your meetings “virtual” or “remote”? Your three favorite geeks help you figure that out, too. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new […]
Jul 04, 2022
You Can Dangle Your Dongle
1:23:00
You Can Dangle Your Dongle — Mac Geek Gab 934 episode imageDid you know that macOS will tell you which Wi-Fi channel you should use on your router? How about that you can type in specific start and end times for iPhone calendar appointments? How about seeing the wireless charging draw of your iPhone? You will after you listen to just […]
Jun 27, 2022
Take Me Down to Tangent City
1:27:00
Take Me Down to Tangent City — Mac Geek Gab 933 episode imageWhat are your thoughts on backup internet connections, programming NFC tags, expiration dates on consumer products, DACs for your devices, and more? If you don’t have any of these yet, you will once you listen because these are just a few of the tangents John and Dave will walk you […]
Jun 20, 2022
We Are Just 17 (If You Know What We Mean)
1:29:18
We are just 17 (if you know what we mean) - MGG 932 episode imageHappy Birthday to us all! It’s true… 17 years ago today (to the day!) John and Dave released the first Mac Geek Gab episode (called “TMO To Go”) and Pilot Pete joined not to long afterwards. It’s been 17 years of answering your questions, sharing Cool Stuff Found, learning Quick […]
Jun 13, 2022
Geeky Reactions to Apple's WWDC22 Keynote
1:22:54
Geeky Reactions to Apple's WWDC22 Keynote - MGG 931 episode imageApple’s WWDC conference is this week, with a slew of new announcements for both Developers and end users alike. Listen as John, Dave, and Pilot Pete share their initial reactions to Apple’s latest news, digging in to provide some context as only your three favorite geeks can. Press play and […]
Jun 07, 2022
Jiggle Mode Galore
1:21:38
Jiggle Mode Galore — Mac Geek Gab 930 episode imageDave’s been testing the new Synology RT6600ax router and has some “first look” thoughts to share. He, John, and Pete continue by answering your questions about mesh networks, VLANs, IoT devices, and more. Cool Stuff Found this week includes places to find discounted (or free!) apps, options for portable screens, […]
May 30, 2022
Qi vs. MagSafe, Split Screen, and More!
1:21:27
Qi vs. MagSafe, Split Screen, and More! — Mac Geek Gab 929 episode imageWhat are the differences between Qi and MagSafe? Listen as your three favorite geeks talk through all this and more. Split screen, searching in Messages, finding hidden drafts in Mail, and Google resuming free GSuite access are just a few of the topics that John, Dave, and Pilot Pete dig […]
May 23, 2022
A Synology Geek Gab
1:15:18
A Synology Geek Gab — Mac Geek Gab 928 episode imageSynology’s DiskStations are a popular item amongst all of us here in the MGG Family, listeners and hosts all included! Listen today as guest Jeff Gamet makes a hasty return to join John F. Braun, Dave Hamilton, and Pilot Pete to talk all things Synology and Network Attached Storage. Press […]
May 16, 2022
Don't Store Your iPhone In Your Navel
1:20:25
Don't Store Your iPhone In Your Navel – Mac Geek Gab 927 episode imageQuick Tips for keyboard shortcuts, viewing messages, and speed tests are just the first segment of this week’s episode. Listen as John, Dave, and Pilot Pete navigate you through understanding managing the Finder sidebar, tweaking your batteries, choosing storage, and ensuring your DNS will let you connect to hotel Wi-Fi. […]
May 09, 2022
Never Say Never...Except When Excavating
1:26:54
Never Say Never...Except When Excavating — Mac Geek Gab 926 episode imageBob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus joins your two favorite geeks this week to talk Apple’s Self Service repairs, Keyboard Shortcuts, Screen Layout, and Twinkly lights! Of course, John and Dave make sure to keep things on the rails with your favorite Quick Tips and Cool Stuff Found, as well. Press play […]
May 02, 2022
Cool Stuff (and Jeff Gamet) Found!
1:22:01
Cool Stuff (and Jeff Gamet) Found! — Mac Geek Gab 925 episode imageJeff Gamet joins John and Dave today to share all kinds of Cool Stuff Found with you. Categories range from MagSafe car mounts to mechanical keyboards, to USB adapters and more. Listen to your three favorite geeks have their minds blown by a listener submission about Remote Access, and then there […]
Apr 25, 2022
Time Slows All Computers
1:21:50
Time Slows All Computers — Mac Geek Gab 924 episode imageGoogle email is no longer free, Preview has Zoom, iPadOS has Low Power Mode, and you can use Spotlight and Screenshots for notes. Also learn the best ways to remote access into your Mac from your iPhone while you're on the road.
Apr 18, 2022
Clouding As a Verb
1:21:04
Clouding As a Verb — Mac Geek Gab 923 episode imageIt's true, we "cloud" things now. It's a thing. On top of that, iCloud Private Relay is also a thing, and it's not necessarily a good one yet. But it's in beta, so give it time. Plex's new Discovery Watchlist is also in beta, with similar results. No worries, your three favorite geeks talk you through all of this and more. Listen as Pilot Pete, John F. Braun, and Dave Hamilton share your quick tips, some Cool Stuff Found, and mostly answer your questions to ensure we all learn five new things from this week's episode. Press play and enjoy!
Apr 11, 2022
The Cost-Mart in Kasketchewan
1:41:12
The Cost-Mart in Kasketchewan - Mac Geek Gab 922 episode imageAllison Sheridan joins Dave and John this week to help you learn at least five new things! Quick Tips include seeing Mac App Store progress, uses for Tab Groups, configuring printer defaults, and more. Then it’s on to answering your questions about choosing the right Mac Studio, resolving “The file […]
Apr 04, 2022
Rabbit Holes and Adjacent Universes
1:24:21
Rabbit Holes and Adjacent Universes — Mac Geek Gab 921 episode imageQuick Tips rule the day here, with Pete, John, and Dave sharing how to stop Facebook from disabling your audio, finding menu items in macOS, connecting two sets of AirPods to your Apple TV and much more. Your questions are answered, too, about blocking websites, parental controls, Disabling 5G and more. But it's the Rabbit Hole Tangents that your three favorite geeks dive down which make things fun, isn't it? Press play and learn five new things...including learning where this episode really goes!
Mar 28, 2022
Once You Go Mac, You'll Never Go Back
1:18:16
Once You Go Mac, You'll Never Go Back — Mac Geek Gab 920 episode imageJohn, Dave, and Pilot Pete get together from not just three different time zones, but two different countries! They talk about macOS 12.3, the best upgrade migration path, SXSW 2022, and more. Quick Tips include a new Force Quit shortcut, putting iCloud Drive on your Desktop, and much more. Press play and enjoy learning five new things with your three favorite geeks!
Mar 21, 2022
From Apple to Vigorish
1:20:27
From Apple to Vigorish — Mac Geek Gab 919 episode imageLearn about a portable screen for your laptop, how to reset your Apple mouse, how to resolve Safari errors and more with Pilot Pete, John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton this week. Of course, there are lots of (fun?) tangents your three favorite geeks take you on, as well, PLUS the first "Strange Things Found" inclusion in seventeen years. All this and more, just press play and enjoy!
Mar 14, 2022
Geeky Reactions to Apple's Peek Performance Event
1:06:34
Geeky Reactions to Apple's Peek Performance Event — Mac Geek Gab 918 episode imageDave, John, and Pilot Pete come together hot on the heels of Apple's Peek Performance Event to share their hot-takes with you. Listen as your three favorite geeks' thoughts about the new hardware evolve before your very ears...what do they think about the new Mac Studio, Studio Display, M1 Ultra, and more? Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!
Mar 08, 2022
I'm Pretty Much a Doctor Now?
1:18:34
I'm Pretty Much a Doctor Now - Mac Geek Gab 917 episode imageDave's back from his first international travel in two years and has some travel tips to share regarding mobile data service, AirTags, portable speakers, portable shoes, decking out your hotel room, tech-style, and much more! On top of that there are a bunch of Quick Tips from y'all which needed sharing and some questions which needed answering. Thankfully John stayed back, manned the office, and kept the mailbags from overflowing! Listen as your two favorite geeks tear through all this and more in the effort to ensure we all learn at least five new things together!
Mar 07, 2022
A Cool Stuff Found Cornucopia
1:21:21
A Cool Stuff Found Cornucopia — Mac Geek Gab 916 episode imageThe Cool Stuff Found corner of the mailroom was starting to overflow, and the staff was getting restless, so Dave and John dig in. Learn how to find public Wi-Fi passwords, which Mac or iPhone to buy next, how to tweak your Mac's shutdown menu options, new webcams from Anker, and more. Plus, a discussion about snapshot reversion vs. restoration help shed some light on what we can do with APFS...and why we can't do more! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things with your two favorite geeks!
Feb 28, 2022
Quick Tips Galore!
1:14:47
Quick Tips Galore! — Mac Geek Gab 915 episode imageThis week, it seems it was impossible for Dave, John, and Pilot Pete to stop giving Quick Tips. Even the topics which your three favorite geeks thought were questions turned out to include a copious amount of Quick Tips. Hey, worse things could happen, right? iOS tips, macOS tips, Shazam tips (and a story about Shazam's origin!), iPadOS tips, APFS snapshots tips, internet recovery on M1 tips, and tips about pinning Safari Tabs and Contacts are maybe half of what you'll get in this episode. Press play and enjoy... and you might have to listen twice just to absorb everything!
Feb 21, 2022
There's an Email Conspiracy!
1:25:17
There's an Email Conspiracy! — Mac Geek Gab 914 episode imageDave seems to think there's an email conspiracy, and he explains how to avoid it to you and John. That's not all, of course. Your Quick Tips help everyone use markup better, create a "Start the Day" shortcut, use Focus better, and more. Press play and listen as your two geeks share all of this and much, much more. Have fun...and don't get caught!
Feb 14, 2022
Spending Airplane Dollars on Cool Stuff Found
1:22:41
Spending Airplane Dollars on Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 913 episode imageWe know…Cool Stuff Found sometimes gets expensive, but new geeky gear is so much fun! Thankfully, this episode has tons of free advice from your three favorite geeks, too, including a better way to provide tapback reactions in Messages, a way to see the email addresses in Mail, limiting people's ability to track your Mac (and you!), and keeping a wired backup for your Bluetooth keyboard. And that's just the first 15 minutes of the show. Press play and listen as Dave, John, and Pilot Pete walk you through all of this and more. Don't Get Caught!
Feb 07, 2022
Silent Failures Are Bad News
1:18:38
Silent Failures Are Bad News — Mac Geek Gab 912 episode imageEverything seems fine, but is it? How do you know if something has failed if you don't get a notification? Listen to your three favorite geeks talk through how this manifests in several areas of life, including Time Machine, Streaming TV, Cell Service...and propane! That's not all, though: John F. Braun, Dave Hamilton, and Pilot Pete walk you through a series of Quick Tips and Cool Stuff Found which ensure you learn at least five new things! Press play and enjoy.
Jan 31, 2022
Keep Your Mac Out Of The ER
1:13:27
Keep Your Mac Out Of The ER — Mac Geek Gab 911 episode imageEach week, Dave and John come together to solve your problems and answer your questions. This week, that includes lots of great Quick Tips, troubleshooting tools, and ways of ensuring you keep your Mac, iPhone, and other Apple devices as trouble-free as possible. Press play and join your two favorite […]
Jan 24, 2022
The One After 909
1:18:59
The One After 909 – Mac Geek Gab 910 episode imageListen as your two favorite geeks share tips and tricks about sharing photo libraries, writing Shortcuts, scanning pictures with your iPhone, choosing the best USB or Thunderbolt dock, and more. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things along with Dave and John in this week's episode of […]
Jan 17, 2022
Learning From Distractions
1:19:17
Learning From Distractions — Mac Geek Gab 909 episode imageEverything's distracting, especially to many of us geeks. That's ok, though. Listen as John and Dave plow through their distractions to ensure everyone learns at least five new things. Your two favorite geeks troubleshoot AirPods, AirTags, Multitouch, and slow SSDs. They also share Cool Stuff Found from CES and beyond […]
Jan 10, 2022
A Little Notification Goes A Long Way
1:16:17
A Little Notification Goes A Long Way – Mac Geek Gab 908 episode imageDid you know you could create a reminder from macOS Mail? How would you like to learn about three new ways to toggle Do Not Disturb? Or a solution for dictating emojis? All this and more in just the first Quick Tips segment of the show. Then John and Dave […]
Jan 03, 2022
Email, Atmos, and LiDAR...Oh My!
1:20:21
Email, Atmos, and LiDAR...Oh My! — Mac Geek Gab 907 episode imageYou know what happens when your two favorite geeks get together, don't you? Geeky talk about all kinds of things AND answers to all your questions. Listen as Dave and John help solve your email filtering issues, your Atmos setup, your house-cleaning needs, and more… all while ensuring everyone listening […]
Dec 27, 2021
Change Is a Foot
1:15:57
Change Is a Foot – Mac Geek Gab 906 episode imageDid you know Siri can record your voice and send that to someone? Did you know you could stream directly from Plex to Sonos? How about running your vacuum when you're not home? These are the Quick Tips John and Dave share in the very first segment of the show… […]
Dec 20, 2021
Apple's Jeremy Butcher talks Apple Business Essentials
31:45
Apple's Jeremy Butcher talks Apple Business Essentials – Mac Geek Gab 905 episode imageApple recently announced-and-released the beta of their new MDM solution, Apple Business Essentials. Today we have Jeremy Butcher, Enterprise and Education Product Marketing Manager at Apple here to help us answer our questions about exactly what Apple Business Essentials can do for us and how it all works in a […]
Dec 14, 2021
Opening All The Doors
1:16:55
Opening All The Doors – Mac Geek Gab 904 episode imageA big part of keeping your computer running is troubleshooting the *right* things, and that's not always easy to discern. It often requires opening all the wrong doors before you find the right one to pass through en route to your solution. Listen today as Dave and John share some […]
Dec 13, 2021
Prioritizing The Bachelorette
1:21:53
Prioritizing The Bachelorette — Mac Geek Gab 903 episode imageOftentimes we find ourselves relying upon technology to help maintain family harmony. Listen as John and Dave share a few of your (and their!) examples of just how this can work, and they solve a few problems along the way. If you're a long-time MGG listener, though, you know that's […]
Dec 06, 2021
Keyboards, Audio, and More!
1:17:29
Keyboards, Audio, and More! – Mac Geek Gab 902 episode imageWhat's more delicious than the sound of your fingers typing on a chunky mechanical keyboard? Hi-res audio coming out of your AirPods, of course! Good news: in today's episode your two favorite geeks give you both! That's not all, though. John and Dave talk through more Quick Tips and Cool […]
Nov 29, 2021
Trapped In The Terminal
1:19:21
Trapped In The Terminal — Mac Geek Gab 901 episode imageThis week John and Dave find themselves trapped in the Terminal. Will your two favorite geeks escape? Press play to find out as they dig through a few Terminal commands, new and old, invoke some Shortcuts, talk about self-service repairs, empty the Trash, solve a draining battery, and more! You're […]
Nov 22, 2021
Not The 900 Number You Expected
1:25:04
Not The 900 Number You Expected — Mac Geek Gab 900 episode imageJoin John, Dave, and Pilot Pete as they celebrate the 900th episode of Mac Geek Gab. What will they do? They'll answer your questions, share your tips, and ensure you (and they!) learn at least five new things, of course. That's how it has worked for 899 episodes, so there's […]
Nov 15, 2021
A Summit of Geeks
1:25:32
A Summit of Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 899 episode imageMacMost's Gary Rosenzweig joins John and Dave today to share Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found and, yes, to help answer all of your Apple-related tech questions. Topics include dealing with Monterey's "Load Content Directly" issues in Mail, Network Utility Replacements, Monterey image tricks, portable Apple Watch chargers, and much more! […]
Nov 08, 2021
macOS Monterey Quick Tips, M1 Choices, and Cool Stuff Found
1:30:08
macOS Monterey Quick Tips, M1 Choices, and Cool Stuff Found — Mac Geek Gab 898 episode imageIt's been a busy week in the Apple world: the new M1 Pro/Max-based MacBook Pros began arriving, Monterey dropped for most, AirPods Gen 3 arrived, you had questions, and your two favorite geeks have answers! Listen as John and Dave help try to sort through all of this, deciding what's […]
Nov 01, 2021
Who Is The "Perfect" User?
1:16:50
Who Is The Technology works in different ways for each of us, and it's often interesting to hear from folks who have different needs about why a certain bit of tech is "perfect" for them (or they "perfect" for it!). In this episode, John and Dave share thoughts from many of you about […]
Oct 25, 2021
Unloading After Unleashed
42:08
Unloading After Unleashed — Mac Geek Gab 896 episode imageApple just finished presenting their "Unleashed" event about the newest Apple Silicon Macs, and it's time for your two favorite geeks to unload their thoughts about it all. Listen as John and Dave share their reactions to everything that happened today! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 896 for Monday, […]
Oct 18, 2021
iCloud+, OBD-II, and iOS 15 Tricks!
1:18:24
iCloud+, OBD-II, and iOS 15 Tricks! – Mac Geek Gab 895 episode imageSettings get more granular in iOS 15, and your tips help us find a few new places to use that! Other tips include storing your music online for free, sorting out what your car is trying to tell you, and making sense of iCloud+. That's not all, though, your two […]
Oct 18, 2021
Monterey On The Horizon
1:18:40
Monterey On The Horizon — Mac Geek Gab 894 episode imageYour macOS Monterey questions are starting to trickle in, and your two favorite geeks have your answers. That's not all, though! This episode's got Quick Tips about webpage screenshots, Safari 15 tabs, Internet Recovery, and making your music sound better for YOUR ears. Plus, John and Dave answer your questions […]
Oct 11, 2021
A Quick Tips & Cool Stuff Found Bonanza!
1:17:55
A Quick Tips & Cool Stuff Found Bonanza! — Mac Geek Gab 893 episode imageYou folks filled the mailbag this week with some of the best Quick Tips and Cool Stuff Found your two favorite geeks have seen in a while. Listen as John and Dave share your tips (and theirs) about iOS 15 Focus, Safari 15 Tab Groups, Refunds on AppleCare+, Follow-up Siri […]
Oct 04, 2021
Embracing the 15s
1:14:58
Embracing the 15s — Mac Geek Gab 892 episode imageSafari 15, iOS 15, your 15th birthday, all of these are things we must embrace, right? Listen as your two favorite geeks walk you through their thoughts on it all (the first two, anyway!). That's not all, though, as this episode has some of the best Quick Tips we've ever […]
Sep 27, 2021
Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch
1:25:44
Episode image for Mac Geek Gab 891 with faces of Dave Hamilton, John F. Braun, and Pilot Pete Harmon with text Today the "we" is three with the return of Pilot Pete! The content is the same, only better, as Pete ensures your two favorite geeks complete their explanations for you. Topics today include Time Machine, Watch battery drain, airplanes, and of course your favorite Quick Tips and Cool Stuff Found. […]
Sep 20, 2021
Geeks Scheming about Apple's California Streaming
1:05:44
Geeks Scheming about Apple's California Streaming — Mac Geek Gab 890 episode imageApple announced new iPhones, iPads, Fitness+ features, Watches, and more on Tuesday, and your two favorite geeks are here to share their reactions. On top of that, listen for Dave's pre-review of iOS 15 for you and John, as well as advice on how to approach next week's upgrade. Press […]
Sep 14, 2021
Regurgitate, Reiterate, and Recurse
1:18:47
Regurgitate, Reiterate, and Recurse — Mac Geek Gab 889 episode imageStarting with some of the best Quick Tips we've ever shared, your two favorite geeks roar through topics including measuring current, USB-C Flash Drives, solving Mail issues on iPhone, dissecting local storage usage, and much more. Press play and learn five new things with Dave and John. Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 […]
Sep 13, 2021
Power Usage and iPhone Terminal
1:13:34
Power Usage and iPhone Terminal — Mac Geek Gab 888 episode imageToday is full of Cool Stuff Found, tips, and questions, with focuses on your charging and power usage as well as seeing behind the scenes of your iPhone. Of course, there's always more with your two favorite geeks, including third-party AirTags, migrating email, and maintaining your Mac! Press play and […]
Sep 06, 2021
Remembering The Hokey Pokey
1:13:14
Remembering The Hokey Pokey — Mac Geek Gab 887 Episode ImageHow much Cool Stuff Found can your Two Favorite Geeks share? You're about to find out! Listen as John and Dave share all of your (and their) Cool Stuff Found, PLUS answering a slew of your networking and networking-related questions. Good stuff this week, folks, and it's all because of […]
Aug 30, 2021
Not That Kind of Dog Track
1:22:22
Not That Kind of Dog Track — Mac Geek Gab 886 episode imageTips about Siri, RAM, AirTags, and Keyboards are just the first few things you'll get here in this week's episode. Then Dave and John continue the journey by answering your questions about Mail, Wi-Fi, VPNs, Synology, and more. Press play to enjoy learning at least five new things with your […]
Aug 23, 2021
Travel Tips, Wi-Fi Troubleshooting, and Dave Got Caught!
1:15:21
Travel Tips, Wi-Fi Troubleshooting, and Dave Got Caught! — Mac Geek Gab 885 episode imageIt's always interesting when multiple listeners have the same problem, and today you can listen as John and Dave dig into issues with Mac minis and restarting. We think your two favorite geeks have the answer! And that's what happens here, you ask questions, we provide answers… and Quick Tips… […]
Aug 16, 2021
Deep Dives into Chargers, Cord-Cutting, Hard Drive Maintenance, and More
1:15:42
Deep Dives into Chargers, Cord-Cutting, Hard Drive Maintenance, and More — Mac Geek Gab 884 episode imageYour geeks take you on a few mini Deep Dives (snorkels?) today, covering topics like Cord Cutting, Chargers, HomeKit (and HOOBS), Docker, Hard Drive Maintenance, and more. Dive in with John and Dave to learn at least five new things. And Don't Get Caught! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab […]
Aug 09, 2021
Wi-Fi Connects But Doesn't Work
1:14:55
Wi-Fi Connects But Doesn't Work – Mac Geek Gab 883 episode imageEver have a scenario where everything seems right but nothing IS right? That's what's happening with several different MGG listeners this week, each for several different reasons. Listen as John and Dave dig into these questions — and more! — as they diligently work to ensure everyone learns at least five new […]
Aug 02, 2021
DIY Automation, CarPlay, RAID, and More!
1:06:35
DIY Automation, CarPlay, RAID, and More! — Mac Geek Gab 882 Episode ImageSometimes the easy way isn't the fun way, and this week we've got lots of do-it-yourself solutions to share from all of you. Listen as John and Dave share your ideas about automation, launch agents, CarPlay, drive arrays and much more. Of course, it wouldn't be MGG without your two […]
Jul 26, 2021
Cutting The Coax
1:18:54
Cutting The Coax — Mac Geek Gab 881 episode imageCool Stuff Found starts the day here, with things for printing webpages, controlling your trackpad/mouse, and organizing your life. Need a VPN at home? Your two favorite geeks have got you covered! Plus, the cable companies have priced it such that cutting the cord isn't enough. Listen as Dave tells […]
Jul 19, 2021
Clone, Erase, Install, Restore
1:14:35
Clone, Erase, Install, and Restore – Mac Geek Gab 880 episode imageFour Quick Tips that'll change your life. We promise. And that's only the first ten minutes of the episode! From there it's on to Dave and John answering your questions about network settings, app launching, Time Machine, and more. Plus, lots of Cool Stuff Found AND a discussion about cutting […]
Jul 12, 2021
I Want My, I Want My, I Want My ... USB-C!
1:20:41
I Want My, I Want My ... USB-C! — Mac Geek Gab 879 Episode ImageIt's a hot one, folks, and we're not talking about the weather! This episode is chock full of great Cool Stuff Found, answers to your questions, and more. Topics include free tools to keep your Mac running smoothly, a way to get free data on your phone, invoicing solutions for […]
Jul 05, 2021
Consulting Advice, Quick Tips, and DSM 7.0
1:21:26
Consulting Advice, Quick Tips, and DSM 7.0 — Mac Geek Gab 878 episode imageIf you're a computer consultant, how do you manage your billing? Like many of you listening, Dave and John both spent time as consultants, too. Listen as they talk about some of the practices — and problems — they experienced! Synology's DSM 7.0 is out, too, and you're going to want to […]
Jun 28, 2021
Hot Corners and Hot Flashes
1:18:40
Campfire on a lake with text It's summer and it's hot! That means it's time to learn some tips about hot corners (on your Mac), hot flashes (on your iPhone), and more. Listen as John and Dave take you through answers to all of your questions, plus adding in some of your Quick Tips and Cool […]
Jun 21, 2021
HaaS: Hay as a Service
1:17:00
HaaS: Hay as a Service – Mac Geek Gab 876 episode imageListen as John and Dave share your Quick Tips about Safari Picture-in-Picture, the caveats of Finder's Drag and Drop, Apple Remotes, and more. Lots of suggestions and ideas about note-taking and idea capturing on-the-go in the episode, many of them from y'all! Then your two favorite geeks even have time […]
Jun 14, 2021
Dave Mark Joins for WWDC21 Day 1 Reactions
1:03:59
WWDC21 Day 1 Reactions with Guest Dave Mark — Mac Geek Gab 875 episode imageGuest Dave Mark joins John and Dave today to discuss, react, digest, and help explain the new things Apple announced at WWDC21's Keynote and State of the Union this year. Listen as your two three favorite Apple geeks have a gab for the ages! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab […]
Jun 08, 2021
Swiping Left (or Right!), Suspicious Packages, and Cool Stuff Found
1:22:06
Woman looking suspiciously at a package - Swiping Left (or Right!), Suspicious Packages, and Cool Stuff Found — Mac Geek Gab 874 episode imageYour two favorite geeks answer your questions about Target Disk Mode, using your Apple TV Remote to turn off your TV, removing words from predictive text, and more. On top of that, they share a few Mail-based quick tips and an entire pile (yep, the whole thing!) of Cool Stuff […]
Jun 07, 2021
Juice Jackers and Battery Drainers
1:16:38
Juice Jackers and Battery Drainers – Mac Geek Gab 873 Episode ImageEver heard of Juice Jacking? Neither had John nor Dave. No problem, though, they dug in and found everything you needed to know. That's the beauty of Mac Geek Gab, too: you ask the questions and then your two favorite geeks dig and see what they can find. Press play […]
May 31, 2021
Offsite Backups, Blocking Scammers, Quick Tips, and More
1:16:23
Hand with arrow to cloud. Offsite Backups. Mac Geek Gab 872 Episode ImageAs Apple users, we have lots of technology needs which extend beyond that which are made by the fruit company. Listen as your two favorite geeks share their thoughts and answers to your questions about Offsite Backups, Blocking Scammers, DVRing today's video content, and much more. Press play and learn […]
May 24, 2021
Passwords, Mesh WiFi, Quick Tips, and More
1:15:39
Passwords, Mesh WiFi, Quick Tips, and More - MGG 871 episode imageYou like tech? Wanna learn more? Listen as John and Dave answer your questions about what to get, how to set it up, how to fix it, and more! Of course, they round out the episode with some Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, and some productivity tools, too. Press play […]
May 17, 2021
Rumbling with Gatekeeper
1:17:36
Two dogs behind a gate, episode image for Rumbling with Gatekeeper — Mac Geek Gab 870Apple's protective engines usually do well at protecting our devices, but what happens when they go haywire? It's time to Rumble, that's what, and John and Dave are here to help! Listen as they answer your questions, share Cool Stuff Found, push out the Quick Tips and make it easy […]
May 10, 2021
Trimming the iPhone App Fat
1:16:52
Too many apps - Trimming the iPhone App Fat - Mac Geek Gab 869 episode imageWhat's the best way to remove all those iPhone apps you downloaded once and never use anymore? Listen as John and Dave answer this and many other helpful questions to make your electronic lives easier! Extending an iMac's life, calibrating your TV, fiber internet, and more are the subjects your […]
May 03, 2021
Failing, Succeeding, and Retiring SSDs
1:26:53
Internal SSD guts — Mac Geek Gab 868 episode imageSolid State Drives (SSD) are a wonderful thing upon which we all rely, but sometimes they get a little wonky. Listen as John and Dave discuss and answer your questions about SSDs, Clipboard Managers, Java and Spam. Add in a little Cool Stuff Found segment and you're sure to learn […]
Apr 26, 2021
Dissecting Apple's Loaded Spring (Event)
52:23
Apple's Loaded Spring Event - Mac Geek Gab 867Minutes after Apple's "Spring Loaded" event ended, do you know what your two favorite geeks did? They recorded this episode for you to dissect and discuss the elements that stuck out to them. Listen (or watch!) as John and Dave dig in and share. Press play…and enjoy learning at least […]
Apr 20, 2021
Not-So-Silent Ringing
1:16:17
Phone with Megaphone. Not-So-Silent Ringing — Mac Geek Gab 866 episode imageSometimes your iPhone's silent, and sometime it's not. But what about when it decides what to do, not you? That's when you call John and Dave! Or you can email them. Or you can text them. Or you can post in the forums. Either way, they'll answer your questions and […]
Apr 19, 2021
Geek Challenges and Cool Stuff Found
1:16:19
geek Challenges Abound Mac Geek Gab 865 Episode ImageSometimes there are those problems that just don't have easy solutions…and that's when things get fun! Geek Challenges mean you get to join in the fun of helping find the answers. Listen as John and Dave share some of their more troubling troublehooting experiences plus, of course, some Cool Stuff […]
Apr 12, 2021
M1 Mac Troubleshooting, Quick Tips, and More
1:14:08
Troubleshooting M1 Macs Mac Geek Gab 864 Episode ImageM1 Macs have only been available for a few months, but y'all are buying them up like crazy. Of course, troubleshooting them is a bit different than familiar Intel models, and Dave and John talk through some of that while answering your questions. Quick Tips help to make this episode […]
Apr 05, 2021
Dissecting Your Backups
1:19:45
Dissecting Your Backups with a Mac and Recovery on the screen. Mac Geek Gab 863 episode imageWhat better way to celebrate World Backup Day than to have your two favorite geeks pick apart their personal backup strategies? We can't think of one, so that means you get to listen as John and Dave spend a little time sharing and analyzing their backup strategies, and sharing some […]
Mar 29, 2021
NON ADEPTO DEPRENSUS!
1:19:26
Non Adepto Deprensus means Don't Get Caught Mac Geek Gab 862You know the drill: Don't Get Caught! That means you want to understand your technology as best you can. Good news: Your two favorite geeks are here to help! Listen as John and Dave share your tips and answer your questions. Topics include Apple's Privacy tool, Apple TV Control Center, […]
Mar 22, 2021
What ELSE is Using My Mac?
1:16:56
What else is using my Mac? Mac Geek Gab 861We know what apps we are using with our Macs, but increasingly there are processes — from Apple and others — using up our Mac's resources, too. Listen as Dave and John answer your questions about all this and much, much more. Of course, your favorite segments — Quick Tips and Cool […]
Mar 15, 2021
Vinyl, AirPods, and More!
1:15:30
AirPods with Vinyl for Mac Geek Gab 860Connecting two pieces of technology together should be easy, right? Not always! Listen as John and Dave scratch their collective heads over all your questions. Topics include, audio, SSDs, M1 Macs, bookmarks, and more. There's time for a few Quick Tips and Cool Stuff Found, too! Press play and enjoy […]
Mar 08, 2021
Rolling With Wi-Fi
1:16:17
Rolling with Wi-Fi for Mac Geek Gab 859Sometimes you've gotta go… and sometimes — make that ALL the times — you need Wi-Fi. Never fear, John and Dave are here to help answer the tough (and fun) questions. Listen as your two favorite geeks pour through the mailbag, trying to answer as many of your questions as possible […]
Mar 01, 2021
Solving an LSD Problem
1:19:40
Solving an LSD problem for Mac Geek Gab 858Of course you knew we meant LaunchServicesDaemon, right? Sometimes it has problems… and your two favorite geeks have the solution! Listen as John and Dave talk through your questions, tips, and Cool Stuff Found while everyone — including them — learns at least five new things! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab […]
Feb 22, 2021
Avoiding the Duck
1:18:22
MGG 857 Episode Image: Avoiding The DuckWe promised Wi-Fi and we delivered Wi-Fi. That's how it works here at Mac Geek Gab: your two favorite geeks answer your questions and help solve your problems. But it's not only Wi-Fi, of course. Lots of you asked other questions, and we've got that covered, too, including helping to […]
Feb 15, 2021
Mountain Dew vs. iPhone and More Fun Stories
1:31:30
Mac Geek Gab856 Episode Image Mountain Dew iPhoneSpoiler alert: Sometimes the Mountain Dew wins, folks, but you knew that already. That's OK, this episode is chock full of Cool Stuff Found, Quick Tips, plus your questions answered about all sorts of issues. Listen as John and Dave — your two favorite geeks — take you on this ride […]
Feb 08, 2021
Spam, Your Privacy, Cool Stuff Found & More
1:26:22
Mac Geek Gab 855 Episode Image with Spam and PrivacyWhat's your spam workflow? How do you know if your favorite podcast is selling your data? Want to hear about some Cool Stuff Found? Good news, your two favorite geeks talk through all this and more! Listen as John and Dave answer your questions and do their level best to […]
Feb 01, 2021
Headphone Safety, Big Sur, & Geek Challenges
1:36:04
Mac Geek Gab 854 episode image... headphone safetyBig Sur continues to mature…and it continues to have some pesky little issues, too. Never fear, your two favorite geeks are here to answer your questions and help solve your problems. Listen as John and Dave talk through Big Sur, Headphone Safety, and share some Geek Challenges of yours with […]
Jan 25, 2021
Remote Reflections from CES
1:24:28
Liberty Air 2 Pro, Plugable USB-C Dock, Grip2ü case Remote Reflections from CES MGG 853Your two favorite geeks "went" to CES last week, and have some stories to share. Cool Stuff Found abounds, as well as some thoughts on this year's trends. Of course, they didn't leave home, so they still had time to answer your questions, find some Quick Tips, and make a […]
Jan 18, 2021
All The Gear, But No Idea(r)
1:31:35
All The Gear, But No Idea(r) - Mac Geek Gab 852 episode imageYour questions drive the bus this week, as John and Dave provide answers about AirDrop, Spotlight, Screen Protectors, 10G Ethernet, Time Machine, and more. That's not all, though, your two favorite geeks have Cool Stuff Found and Quick Tips to share, too. Join in the fun: press play and enjoy […]
Jan 11, 2021
Long Term Storage, Photos, & Cool Stuff Found
1:24:11
Mac Geek Gab 851 episode imageThis week, John and Dave come together to answer your questions about long-term storage, Photos Libraries, Migrating to a new Mac and much, much more. Listen as your two favorite geeks drop the knowledge — and your Quick Tips and Cool Stuff Found — so that everyone can listen and […]
Jan 04, 2021
Time Capsule Replacements, Quick Tips, & Cool Stuff Found
1:30:50
Time Capsule Replacements for Mac Geek Gab 850 Episode ImageApple's Time Machine lets you backup to a network drive… but which network drive should you use now that Apple no longer sells a Time Capsule? John and Dave are here to answer this question and many, many more! Listen as your two favorite geeks answer all the questions YOU […]
Dec 28, 2020
Battery Management, Nuking, Paving, and More — Mac Geek Gab 849
Sometimes you Nuke, sometimes you Pave. Sometimes all you need to do is make a tweak. You'd think we were talking about building (and destroying) roads, but no… your two favorite geeks are talking tech! Apple tech, mostly. Listen as John and Dave answer your questions, share your tips and […]
Dec 21, 2020
Swiper, NOT Swiping — Mac Geek Gab 848
These days we do lots of swiping on our devices, and sometimes the results are expected, other times not so much! Listen as John and Dave share tips and answer questions about swiping. That's not all, of course, the topics expand from there, including a great dive into USB speeds […]
Dec 14, 2020
Migrating Your Mac and Its Data — Mac Geek Gab 847
It seems to be the season… Migration Season, that is! So many new Macs, so many migrations, so much data, and so many questions! Thankfully your two favorite geeks have answers, as does the MGG Family. Press play and listen as John and Dave take you through all these and […]
Dec 07, 2020
Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found and Your Questions Answered: A Traditional MGG — Mac Geek Gab 846
There's nothing wrong with enjoying the comfort of old traditions, and this week's Mac Geek Gab has three of them for you: Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, and your questions answered. Press play and enjoy learning five new things as John and Dave, your two favorite geeks, steward us all […]
Nov 30, 2020
Big Sur, the M1 MacBook Air, and Quick Tips — Mac Geek Gab 845
Dave's had his M1 MacBook Air for a week, and John has some questions for him! Lots more about Big Sur including your questions answered *and* some Quick Tips. Of course, MGG wouldn't be complete without more in-depth tips, too, and y'all have been keeping the queue full in that […]
Nov 23, 2020
Big Sur, Apple Outages, and Thunderbolt 4 Explained — Mac Geek Gab 844
There's been a lot of confusion this week, beginning with what "Thunderbolt 4" really means for us Mac users. Thankfully OWC's Larry O'Connor was able to join John and Dave this week to explain. That's not all you get, though. Your two favorite geeks carry on with advice about Big […]
Nov 16, 2020
Which M1 Mac Should I Order? — Mac Geek Gab 843
Apple announced their M1 Macs today, the first Macs made with Apple Silicon chips. Join Dave and John as they dig into the specs to find out what the differences — and similarities — are between these models, helping you decide which one to order. Press play… and don't get […]
Nov 10, 2020
Check Your Digital Couch Cushions
1:32:04
How much money do you have in your digital couch cushions? John and Dave walk through a few places you can check ahead of the holiday buying frenzy! Of course, most of the show is dedicated to answering your tech questions, solving your problems, sharing quick tips and, yes, a […]
Nov 09, 2020
Malware? Not Malware — Mac Geek Gab 841
Sometimes you feel like … a malware. Sometimes you don't. That's not how it goes, but that's exactly how it felt for a lot of you this week! John and Dave talk through this and get to the bottom of it all. That's hardly half of it, though. You know […]
Nov 02, 2020
Managing Your Drives, Big Sur Tips, Ransomware, and More — Mac Geek Gab 840
These days most of us are using external drives at some level. Even if we're not, our internal drives are always in need of some attention, pruning, or some other operation. Listen as your two favorite geeks answer all your drive-related questions. That's not all, of course, we've got more […]
Oct 26, 2020
Widgets, Wi-Fi, and Big Sur — Mac Geek Gab 839
The fall is a crazy ride for Apple users. New hardware, new software, lots of changes, and more. John and Dave are right there with you to answer your questions, share tips, and dissect the new technology to help us all understand everything better. Listen this week as your two […]
Oct 19, 2020
Geeky Thoughts About Apple’s “Hi, Speed” iPhone 12 and HomePod mini Announcements – Mac Geek Gab 838
Join John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton for the geeks' dissection of Apple's iPhone 12 and HomePod mini announcements. Digging into some of the deeper elements, your two favorite geeks cover some of the 5G nuances, OLED on all screens 12, LIDAR, speaker pairing, and more. Press play and enjoy, […]
Oct 13, 2020
Wi-Fi, NAS, and More — Mac Geek Gab 837
How do we know it's time? Because The Answer plays and we know you've asked us the question! That's right, Dave and John have answers to your questions about Wi-Fi, NAS, iOS 14, and much more! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things along with your two […]
Oct 12, 2020
Battery Life, Network Tweaks, and Cool Stuff Found — Mac Geek Gab 836
Has iOS 14.0.1 hurt your battery life? We might have a fix for you. Networking is always top-of-mind, and your two favorite geeks share some answers to your related questions. Then it's Cool Stuff Found, where John and Dave share all the cool things you and they have discovered in […]
Oct 05, 2020
That CPU is Hot! — Mac Geek Gab 835
Of course your Quick Tips for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7 keep rolling in, and of course your two favorite geeks take pleasure in sharing them for you. But there's more… there's always more! This week, John and Dave dig into what's making your CPU hot, what's causing […]
Sep 28, 2020
iOS 14 Quick Tips and More — Mac Geek Gab 834
We've got first-run Quick Tips for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 for you right here. You know those things that surprise and delight your friends when they see you do them? That's what Quick Tips are! Come and learn at least five new things as John […]
Sep 21, 2020
Network Speed Dissection, Cool Stuff Found, and More — Mac Geek Gab 833
Having a solid connection to your network is only part of it. The other part? Speed! Dissecting the differences between these two — and teaching you how to do the same — are your two favorite geeks: John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton. Of course, that's just one of the many […]
Sep 14, 2020
Packing Your Geeky Go Bag — Mac Geek Gab 832
What's in your Geeky Go Bag? Whether you're heading to work remotely, or take a plane trip, or head to the hospital, or just work outside at a coffee shop, what do you bring with you? John and Dave talk through their thought-processes here as they assemble their own Go […]
Sep 07, 2020
Networking Fun and Naughty Macs — Mac Geek Gab 831
It's time to get your geek on, and John and Dave are right there with you. Today your two favorite geeks dig into some networking issues, aiming to solve your problems, and help make sense of them so you understand even if you're not a networking geek! Of course, there's […]
Aug 31, 2020
Where’s The Internet? — Mac Geek Gab 830
Sometimes you think you're connected to the internet … but you're not. It happens to John and Dave, too, and they talk through exactly what they've found to help solve it… and why! That's not all, of course… your questions answered, your quick tips, and more. Press play and enjoy […]
Aug 24, 2020
Do Attachments Last Forever? — Mac Geek Gab 829
What happens to Mail attachments in your archive? Have you ever done a three finger drag? How do you manage your trash can? We mean *really* manage it? All these questions — and a lot more — are answered for you this week as Dave and John pour through the mailbag and […]
Aug 17, 2020
Audio Tips, Cool Stuff Found, Rural Broadband, and More! — Mac Geek Gab 828
The summer heat hasn't stopped your two favorite geeks — or you, with your questions — and this week's episode shows all of that and more. You've had a ton of questions about audio devices and podcast management lately, so John and Dave dig into that first to re-open the doors on […]
Aug 10, 2020
Geek Challenges, Quick Tips, and Your Network Questions Answered — Mac Geek Gab 827
John and Dave take a few deeper dives today to solve your peskier problems… Geek Challenges, we like to call them (though sometimes we call them "Stump the Geeks!"). Listen as your two favorite nerds talk through creatively increasing your broadband speeds, diagnosing those CPU spikes, managing battery life, Wi-Fi […]
Aug 03, 2020
The Case for The Nuke and Pave — Mac Geek Gab 826
We all love the convenience of a quick upgrade and Migration Assistant, but those bring along many needles inside the haystack that can linger and leave you with fun things to troubleshoot in the future. The reality is that sometimes the Nuke and Pave is worth it, and John and […]
Jul 27, 2020
Repairing iCloud Syncing — Mac Geek Gab 825
Should you update? That's always the question, isn't it, regardless of whether it's hardware or software or both. This week John and Dave answer your questions about both, specifically when it comes to Apple's offerings. That's not all, of course. Your two favorite geeks roar through a tour of your […]
Jul 20, 2020
ICE, ICE, Maybe? — Mac Geek Gab 824
Is your mail forwarder secure? Are you sure? How about your Internet? These are just two of your dozen-or-so questions that John and Dave tackle this week. It's not just questions, of course. There are Quick Tips, regular tips, Cool Stuff Found, and even some router fun. Press play and […]
Jul 13, 2020
An iCloud of Uncertainty — Mac Geek Gab 823
When iCloud works, it's great. And, for the most part, that's how it is. But sometimes…it just gets plain wonky. Several of you had several questions about that this week, and Dave and John dig in to get you sorted! That's not all, though. Cool Stuff Found, routers, and even […]
Jul 06, 2020
Full Disks, Slow Speeds, and Low Batteries — Mac Geek Gab 822
Your questions haven't stopped, and neither have our answers! How to deal with a full disk? What to do for slow internet speeds? How to best manage your battery? All of these topics are addressed, plus Cool Stuff Found, Quick Tips, and more. Press play and enjoy learning at least […]
Jun 29, 2020
WWDC Deep Dive – Mac Geek Gab 821
Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun share their thoughts and experiences with the new technologies Apple announced at WWDC this week.Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 821 for Wednesday, June 24, 2020 00:01:28 Watch on your Apple TV (or YouTube) WWDC2020 00:04:38 macOS 11 Big Sur […]
Jun 24, 2020
Zooming the Web and Learning Your Ms — Mac Geek Gab 820
It's hours before WWDC begins, and there's just enough time to get Mac Geek Gab into your hands ahead of the new stuff we're all about to learn. And, with that, we can still learn at least five new things, including how to Zoom (and unzoom) the web, how to […]
Jun 22, 2020
Five Catalina Volumes and Foolproof Migration — Mac Geek Gab 819
Have you ever noticed your Mac tells you Catalina uses up 5 volumes? How about encrypting specific files and folders? And what about that cable modem password…should you change it? These are just a few of the questions answered. This episode is chock full of everything you love: Quick Tips, […]
Jun 15, 2020
The Great Backup Debate — Mac Geek Gab 818
Do you backup or clone? Which is more important? What do you do first? Ok, let's battle. Well, not really. Lots of Cool Stuff Found in this episode, including a way to turn your iPhone into a webcam for your Mac. Internet upgrade options are popular among the questions that […]
Jun 08, 2020
Backtick is Zoomalicious (in Preview) – Mac Geek Gab 817
Who knew one key could do THAT? Plus, you can take iPhone pics right from your Mac desktop. Lots of quick tips. And then a quick discussion about tech support in the time of social distancing. We've heard from a few consultants who help John and Dave suss that out. […]
Jun 01, 2020
Drawing, Backing Up, and Being a Screenshot Ninja – Mac Geek Gab 816
Did you know you could move your screenshot selection window around after you create it? How about rearranging columns in the Finder and having it remember? What about Profiles on your Mac, and how they can be used to hijack your browser? If you listen to this week's Mac Geek […]
May 25, 2020
Holy Bidirectional Thunderbolt, Mac-Man! – Mac Geek Gab 815
Did your Mac stop showing all your spotlight results? Do you have an external rotational drive on your Mac? Do you want to Add the Dark Menubar to your Light-themed Mac? These answers are addressed in the opening Quick Tips segment. Can you imagine what happens when John and Dave, […]
May 18, 2020
Mispronouncing “Bondi” – Mac Geek Gab 814
What's bloating up your hard drive? Why is your Bluetooth mouse still draining? Which 13" MacBook should you get? All these questions are answered, and more. John and Dave are here to ensure you get the answers you need, in the way you need them. And that's not all, they […]
May 11, 2020
New Stuff, Old Macs? Old Stuff, New Macs! – Mac Geek Gab 813
Need to run Mojave on your Catalina Mac? Need to really manage your printers? Want to add multiple monitors to your MacBook Pro? No problem. John and Dave have you covered. Listen as your two favorite geeks answer your questions about all this and more. It's deliciously informative. And… it's […]
May 04, 2020
It’s Good to Do The Math – Mac Geek Gab 812
USB Power Delivery isn't as clear a concept as it could be, and your two favorite geeks help sort this out. That's not all, of course, because John and Dave are here to answer ALL of your questions. This week that includes issues with Spotlight, Backups, displays for your Mac […]
Apr 27, 2020
Sharing, Streaming, and Securing – Mac Geek Gab 811
Need to share big files from home? Trying to manage your video streaming and conferencing? Want to secure your setup? Good news, Mac Geek Gab has some ideas for you. Plus, there are Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, and lots more answers to lots more questions contained within. Press play […]
Apr 20, 2020
Changing the Volume Level…and Icon – Mac Geek Gab 810
Did you know that with just your fingers on your iPhone screen you can slide to adjust the volume or pinch to delete messages? And with an option-click of your Mac's mouse you can opt-in to distraction free bliss? You will after you listen to this episode, where John and […]
Apr 13, 2020
Fusion Drives and Folder Sharing – Mac Geek Gab 809
iCloud Folder Sharing works, and your two favorite geeks have tested it for you. Should you use your ISP's mesh or your own? How about installing Catalina on a Fusion Drive? These questions answered, plus a LOT more. And John and Dave share your Cool Stuff Found, too. Press play […]
Apr 06, 2020
I Made a Loop – Mac Geek Gab 808
Are your fans blazing during those Zoom calls? Is your laptop plugged in more frequently now? Have an issue printing? How about choosing between NAS vs. USB-C drives? You're in luck! These are just a sample of the questions your two favorite geeks answer during this week's show. John and […]
Mar 30, 2020
The Great Internet Blocking Conspiracy – Mac Geek Gab 807
Options for Apple TV Volume, Silencing CarPlay upon connect, LTE internet options, and managing the shared family calendar only scratch the surface of this episode's content: the mailbag overflows with your tips and questions, and John and Dave do their level best to share, answer, entertain and inform! Press play […]
Mar 23, 2020
Catalina Nonplussed By HFS – Mac Geek Gab 806
Do you want a dock with more USB-C ports? If so, why? John and Dave have some ideas for you. How should you best manage your USB-C-powered devices? Or what if you need a backup internet connection with your cell phone? These questions, plus more questions, plus some Cool Stuff […]
Mar 16, 2020
To RAID or Not (to RAID)? – Mac Geek Gab 805
Do you close your Terminal sessions correctly? Does iStat Menus work after you migrate? Are you getting Notes to launch as fast as possible? You'll be able to answer "yes" to all three of these things after just the first few minutes of this week's show. Stick around and learn […]
Mar 09, 2020
What’s Different About Mexican Power? – Mac Geek Gab 804
Dave's back from Mexico where the power is definitely the same. Yep, certianly. Or is it? He and John talk that through. Mostly, though, the show focuses on you: your questions, your tips, your thoughts, and your answers! Learn how to "right-size" Finder columns, use the keyboard to navigate System […]
Mar 02, 2020
Taming System Preferences, Podcasts, Email, and More – Mac Geek Gab 803
Sometimes things just get out of hand with your devices and need to be wrangled back into line. Today's targets: System Preferences, the Podcasts app, IMAP email, and much more. Plus, some early replies on our search for the best way to tame our episode watch lists are already in, […]
Feb 24, 2020
Upgrades, Slow Internet, Hard Drives, and More – Mac Geek Gab 802
How's your Catalina installation behaving? Have any Macs left to upgrade? Your two favorite geeks talk through it all. Then it's time to diagnose the cause of slow internet, always a pesky one to diagnose! Add in some hard drive diagnostics, follow-ups on your subscription tracking, and John and Dave […]
Feb 17, 2020
Start with The Preposterous, Bow to The Absurd – Mac Geek Gab 801
You love the Quick Tips? You'll love these when you learn about the things you can do with window edges, copying screenshots, picture-in-picture mode, and extra options for the Safari Share Sheet. Say THAT ten times fast! Then, move on to learning the least expensive way to stream Apple TV+ […]
Feb 10, 2020
One Eight Hundredth Geek Out! – Mac Geek Gab 800
1:30:04
What to do for the eight hundredth episode? Share tips, answer your questions, and solve your problems, of course! Today learn about HDMI adapters, iOS backups, mounting network shares, Copying from Screenshots, and a cool edit to the iOS Share Sheet. What more can you ask for? Well, maybe a […]
Feb 03, 2020
Quick Tips, Sonos, Media, and Megabytes – Mac Geek Gab 799
It seems there's always something new to learn! This week that includes some iOS and watchOS tips, flight tracking, QuickLook for Applications, Networking, and more. Plus, discussions ensue to answer your questions about Sonos, sharing media, megabytes vs. megabits, and more. Press play to enjoy learning at least five new […]
Jan 27, 2020
Cool Stuff Found and Your Questions Answered – Mac Geek Gab 798
You like Cool Stuff Found? Good! So do your two favorite geeks. Listen as John and Dave begin this episode sharing you – and their – new finds over the past couple of weeks. Apps, utilities, gizmos, and gadgets to help you truly increase your enjoyment and productivity with your technology. […]
Jan 20, 2020
CES Wrap-up, Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 797
John and Dave are back from CES with new stuff they've learned, Cool Stuff Found, Quick Tips, and more. Of course, your questions are featured, as well, including analyzing USB power draw, fast external drives, folder permissions, and more. Press play to learn five new things with your two favorite […]
Jan 13, 2020
Dissecting APFS and macOS Catalina with Mike Bombich – Mac Geek Gab 796
Carbon Copy Cloner developer – and APFS guru! – Mike Bombich joins John and Dave this week to talk APFS, backups, upgrades, and more. Listen as your two favorite geeks become your three favorite geeks, sharing everything they know plus some cool stuff found to kick it up a notch into the […]
Jan 06, 2020
Avoid RISCy Behavior – Mac Geek Gab 795
Ever have an iOS device that won't stay connected to your Mac? How about needing to connect your Thunderbolt 2 devices to your new Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac? What about proving your location in the past? Or looking up phone numbers? These are just a few of the questions John and […]
Dec 30, 2019
A Festivus for The Geeks in Us – Mac Geek Gab 794
Cool Stuff Found galore begins this episode, because that's the spirit of the holiday season. Equally as important, though, are the airing of the grievances, and Mail.app provides a healthy platform for that…with some hints and tips, to be helpful, of course. After all, we each need to learn at […]
Dec 23, 2019
Be Good and Don’t Get Caught – Mac Geek Gab 793
macOS Catalina might finally be ready for prime-time with 10.15.2. Your two favorite geeks discuss. Then it's on to your tips and questions. Listen as John and Dave talk through Keyboard Shortcuts, third-party display issues, full-page screenshots, watching TV in multiple locations, outbound VPN, Mail, Bluetooth, and more! We guarantee […]
Dec 16, 2019
When Your Mac Sleeps Too Deeply – Mac Geek Gab 792
Sleeping computers are good, until they don't wake up. Thankfully, John and Dave are here each week to answer your questions, including this one. But that's not all! Listen for answers to questions about Apple Watch hourly chimes, registering Apple devices, and tips on using the camera adapter between two […]
Dec 09, 2019
Mr. MacSpeedy – Mac Geek Gab 791
Sometimes speed is what it's all about. Many of this week's topics focus around making sure your Mac is running as fast as possible. That's not all, though. Learn how to test your network from your iPhone, manage Mail plugins effectively, and recapture all those songs you added to Apple […]
Dec 02, 2019
Desirable, Delightful, De-Lovely, or Delicious? – Mac Geek Gab 790
Quick Tips include zooming messages in Mail, tweaking Preview Options, more Remote Access, and remapping keyboard shortcuts. But that's not all, listen for Cool Stuff Found, holiday deals and more just by pressing play. John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton are here to make sure you learn your five new […]
Nov 25, 2019
I Got Caught … Learning! – Mac Geek Gab 789
Searching Safari’s history, running macOS Catalina 10.15 on an unsupported Mac, previews in Finder’s list fit, and a creative use for Chrome profiles are just a few of the tips shared in today’s episode. Listen as John and Dave answer listener questions and share even more tips right […]
Nov 18, 2019
This is Where You Cut Me Off – Mac Geek Gab 788
Cleaning up your Photos libraries, Protecting against ransomware, remapping keyboard shortcuts, and Catalina’s USB drive crashes are just a few of the important questions your two favorite geeks hit in this week’s show. There’s more, including some Cool Stuff Found and some Quick Tips that will blow your mind. Listen […]
Nov 11, 2019
Hey Presto! I Outsmarted Myself! – Mac Geek Gab 787
Tips about new functionality, including moving Catalina's windows, scanning with your iPhone, fixing mail, running cron jobs, and downloading installers from the Terminal are just scratching the surface. Then it's on to diagnosing some network problems and learning how Time Machine can keep your volumes from being resized. Listen as […]
Nov 04, 2019
iCloud Keychain vs. Catalina Cage Match – Mac Geek Gab 786
Today, your two favorite geeks dig into your questions about recovering photo data, removing malware, resolving iCloud Keychain in macOS Catalina, and more. But that's not all! You've got some great tips for automating those un-automatable Personal Reminders, fixing DNS, Mono Podcast Listening, and creating disk images. All of this […]
Oct 28, 2019
macOS Catalina and iOS 13 Tips and Troubleshooting – Mac Geek Gab 785
macOS Catalina and iOS 13 have been out for a few weeks now, and your tips and questions have been coming in. Plus, Dave learned a few things at MacTech last week to add. Mix in some Cool Stuff Found, a few Quick Tips, and some follow-ups from last week […]
Oct 21, 2019
Don’t Outsmart Yourself – Mac Geek Gab 784
Sometimes the best thing you can do is to not overthink a solution… and sometimes it happens anyway! Join your two favorite geeks to learn about Catalina tweaks, AirPods tips, iOS scanners, and more. Plus, listen as John and Dave troubleshoot a network issue in real time with just tools available […]
Oct 15, 2019
Eight (GB) is Enough – Mac Geek Gab 783
Catalina is out and your geeks have migration and installation tips to share from their experiences. Take a listen to this episode before you upgrade, for sure. But Catalina isn't the only topic this week, folks. Lots of iOS 13 tips and tricks, lots of other macOS stuff, and all […]
Oct 07, 2019
Don’t Fear The Reminders – Mac Geek Gab 782
Reminders change things for third-party apps, too, it seems, especially those that rely on CalDAV. Plus, a Quick Tip or two about typing more efficiently never hurt anyone. This, folks, is what Mac Geek Gab is all about. Listen as John and Dave answer your questions and share your tips […]
Sep 30, 2019
Answers and Tips for iCloud, iOS 13, iPhone 11, macOS, and More – Mac Geek Gab 781
Lots of new stuff from Apple this week… and lots of technical landmines to navigate. Thankfully, you've been sending your questions into John and Dave, and they've been doing the research to get you answers. Listen to the answers to your questions – and everyone else's, too! Press play, and enjoy […]
Sep 23, 2019
Subscription vs. Private Cloud, Archiving Data, Geek Challenges Galore – Mac Geek Gab 780
Many Dropbox users are going to experience a device-limit issue with new iPhones coming this week. Listen as John and Dave talk through how to use your Synology DiskStation to solve this problem. That's not all, though: Mac Geek Gab always aims to have everyone learn at least five new […]
Sep 16, 2019
Apple Event Reactions with Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus – Mac Geek Gab 779
Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus joins John and Dave today for a quick take on Apple's latest announcements and event. Press play… and enjoy. Now in stereo for your listening pleasure.Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 779 for Tuesday, September 10, 2019 00:02:25 iPhones 11 Filmic Pro […]
Sep 10, 2019
Optimizing Storage, Migration, Snapshots, and Combo Updates – Mac Geek Gab 778
This isn't the one after 9/9, it's the one on 9/9! And that means it's time to answer your questions and share your tips about optimizing your iPhone storage, managing your snapshots, ejecting pesky drives, finding a service better than Gazelle, and much more. Press play and enjoy learning at […]
Sep 09, 2019
Swipe Right… In the Stopwatch App – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 777
When you're setting up a new Mac, what steps do you take to ensure success down the road? Can Windows viruses infect the Mac with Boot Camp? How to connect FireWire to a 2019 Mac? All of these questions are asked… and all are answered! Plus, where is it safe […]
Sep 02, 2019
Acronym Soup – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 776
Is Wireless USB as S.M.A.R.T. as NVMe? As users of today's tech, we sure use a lot of acronyms, don't we? Listen as Dave and John help you wade through the soup and make sense of not only all the acronyms, but the tech that they describe, too! Press play […]
Aug 26, 2019
Persistence Is Reality – Mac Geek Gab 775
Sometimes your computer keeps doing something you don't want it to do. Sometimes it stops doing something it's supposed to be doing. Persistence is a finicky friend sometimes, and your two favorite geeks are here to help you with some of the specifics. Listen as John and Dave dig into […]
Aug 19, 2019
The Power … of Power – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 774
Power comes in so many forms! Apple Card is Power. Cool Stuff Found is Power. Quick Tips are Power. NASA has power. Wi-Fi has power. YOU have the power, too. After all, you can press play and listen to John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton talk through all of this […]
Aug 13, 2019
Five New Keyboard Shortcuts, Cool Stuff Found, and More Tips – Mac Geek Gab 773
Sometimes just one tip can cause you and your two favorite geeks alike to learn at least five new things. Does this episode have that magic tip? You'll have to listen to find out! Along the way you'll learn more about APFS, Encryption, Power, and more as John and Dave […]
Aug 05, 2019
We Love Dongle World – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 772
Live from MacStock Conference and Expo 2019, John and Dave play Stump the Geek and take listener questions live, with a little help from impromptu co-host Kelly Guimont! Learn about APFS and Fusion Drives, iPhones making sounds when they're not supposed to, and why we love Dongle World as much […]
Jul 29, 2019
You Don’t Get to Change Your Mind about The Past in the Future – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 771
So how do these "silent updates" work, anyway? Why can't I click links in Safari? And will your future self be happy with your past self's backup-related decisions? These are the hard questions, folks, and your two favorite geeks tackle them just for you. Plus, listen as John and Dave […]
Jul 22, 2019
Swiper, More Swiping! – Mac Geek Gab 770
Your questions answered, including migrating photos, syncing movies, moving to a new Mac, which earbuds to get, smart bulbs, and much more. Plus, there's never a lack of things to swipe. And on your iPhone and Mac, that's a good thing. Come learn five new things with John and Dave!Note: […]
Jul 15, 2019
Save Your Data…Safely – Mac Geek Gab 769
macOS Catalina will bring with it a lot of changes, one of which is that a lotof older apps and related hardware won't work. Dave and John answer your questions and share your tips about how to navigate these waters ahead of time… to avoid surprises. In addition, your archives are […]
Jul 08, 2019
Not That There’s Anything Wrong With Excessive – Mac Geek Gab 768
Sure you know about copy/paste, iCloud family accounts, selection tools, and password managers. But this week you'll learn at least five new things just learning about all the different ways your fellow MGG listeners are using them to enhance their productivity! Join John and Dave as they dig into all […]
Jul 01, 2019
I Hate It When My Computer Won’t Behave – Mac Geek Gab 767
So much Cool Stuff Found, so little time. And Quick Tips? And questions? Topics include controlling your date picker, switching apps faster, getting your storage and backups in order, tweaking autocorrect and much, much more. Oh, and Wi-Fi. Yeah, there's lots here. Let's go learn five new things, shall we?Note: […]
Jun 24, 2019
Whispering Sweet Nothings at The A-Lady – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 766
Some folks with Catalina on the brain want to know how to prepare. Some folks want to prepare to reinstall Mojave. Joe has advice for future-proofing your home, and the A-Lady wants you to whisper sweet nothings at her. It's that kind of week here and John and Dave are […]
Jun 17, 2019
Migrating iTunes, Upgrading Macs, and a Quick Tip from Craig Federighi – Mac Geek Gab 765
It's true, Craig Federighi let loose a perfect little Quick Tip last week at WWDC, did you catch it? Your two geeks did, and they're here to share it with you. In addition to some more Quick Tips from other listeners, this episode is chock full of answers to your […]
Jun 10, 2019
Mac Pro: You Want It? You Got It! – Mac Geek Gab 764
Yes, some things happened at WWDC, and your two geeks discuss them. But first, some Cool Stuff Found. We can't ignore that stuff, after all! Then it's time for a jam session all about macOS Catalina, the new Mac Pro, and a few other things related to Apple's announcements this […]
Jun 04, 2019
Backup Your Syncs – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 763
Ever get a beachball in Messages on your Mac? Want to re-arrange your CarPlay icons? Need an easy way to find files on your Mac, but the Finder's not cutting it? These are just a few of the ways John and Dave start Mac Geek Gab this week, and then […]
May 27, 2019
Protecting Your Mac and Router, New Handy Shortcuts, & Troubleshooting System Lags – Mac Geek Gab 762
First things first: make sure your Mac's XProtect database is regularly updated. With that out of the way, we can have some fun learning some handy new keyboard shortcuts, new ways to filter Mail on your iPhone and iPad, some tricks for truly securing your router, and a discussion about […]
May 20, 2019
iPad Dreams…and More Cowbell – Mac Geek Gab 761
It's worth digging into your Mac's auto-startup items every now and then, just to clean things up. That's especially true when your two favorite geeks discover a new place to look… and find some very old stuff out there. Listen as John and Dave talk through all this and more. Plus, some […]
May 13, 2019
New vs. Used/Refurb, USB Disconnects, Notifications, and Ethernet Locations – Mac Geek Gab 760
This week your two favorite geeks tackle your questions about USB disconnects, "no Internet connection" reports, creating short video clips from long segments, and when (and whether!) to buy new or look for refurb/used. Listen as John and Dave talk you through all of this and much, much more. Press […]
May 06, 2019
Not all USB-C Is Created Equal – Mac Geek Gab 759
Just when you thought it couldn't get any more confusing, USB-C cables can add some additional questions to the mix. Add to this lots of Cool Stuff Found, a discussion about the best desktop Mac to buy, some tips and follow-ups from recent episodes, and you've got yourself this week's […]
Apr 29, 2019
Communal Head Scratching to Help Solve Your Problems – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 758
It's true, your two favorite geeks have come together again to have a "communal head scratch" about all the questions and problems you've submitted. Then it's on to some happy tips, including one about working around the new Dropbox limitations. Download, press play, and learn at least five new things… […]
Apr 22, 2019
Migration Is (Not Only) For The Birds – Mac Geek Gab 757
Siri, Stringify, Space Lens, and Emergency Bypass don't all begin with the letter 'S', but they have one thing in common: your two favorite geeks discuss them in this week's episode of Mac Geek Gab. In addition, listen as John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton answer your questions, including some about […]
Apr 15, 2019
Resetting Wi-Fi, Unlocking Your Mac, & Managing Secure Boot – Mac Geek Gab 756
Are you making the most of your Apple TV? Do you know all the tricks the Finder has to offer? Are you managing Do Not Disturb effectively? Your fellow listeners have the answers, and John and Dave share and discuss them for you. Plus, your two favorite geeks answer some of […]
Apr 08, 2019
Deep Dive into Mail, Gmail Bugs, Cool Stuff Found & More – Mac Geek Gab 755
Mail was the Deep Dive topic this week, and then the Gmail/Gsuite/macOS 10.14.4 bug happened, so Mail gets a double dip and you're gonna love it. Then it's on to perhaps the best AirPods alternative we've found… for just $30. More Cool Stuff Found plus your questions answered rounds out the […]
Apr 01, 2019
New iMacs, Traveling, Porting, and Troubleshooting – Mac Geek Gab 754
This week your two favorite geeks, John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton, tackle answers to your questions about traveling with technology, porting your phone number (and saving money!), converting Apple Music files and more. Of course, they talk about the new stuff from Apple, too! Press play, listen, and learn […]
Mar 25, 2019
Beware the Magnets – Mac Geek Gab 753
You want Cool Stuff Found? You want to know how to uninstall apps properly? What about the dangers of disabling SIP? John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite geeks, come together to answer all of these and more. Have a question? Send it in to feedback@macgeekgab.com or […]
Mar 18, 2019
Finder, Friend or Foe? – Mac Geek Gab 752
The Finder can be your friend or foe, depends upon how well you tame and tweak it. These are the kinds of things John and Dave help you do each week on Mac Geek Gab. In addition to that, we've got segments on taming iCloud's two-factor authentication, suggestions for improving […]
Mar 11, 2019
Sharing Contacts, Bulk SMS, Calendar Tweaks, and Quick Tips – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 751
Want to learn the big secret to keeping your computer happy? How about how to share contacts? What about some quick tips about using calendar? This is what Mac Geek Gab is all about, and Dave and John help guide you through all of this, including getting your questions answered!Note: […]
Mar 05, 2019
Batteries In The Cloud – Mac Geek Gab 750
Aren't using all your iCloud Storage? No worries, we've got an idea for that. We also have Cool Stuff Found and answers to your other questions. Plus, we iterate on a Quick Tip from last episode making it quicker and tipper! Listen with John and Dave and learn at least […]
Feb 26, 2019
The Mesh Wi-Fi Industrial Complex – Mac Geek Gab 749
Wanna know how to force Safari to download a media file instead of playing it? Want to know how to use the same drive on USB-C and USB-A Macs? Want to know how to secure erase your NAS drive? John and Dave have your answers! There is also a lot […]
Feb 18, 2019
Touch Bar & The Terminal – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 748
Do you need an elbow connector? You might after listening to this episode! That, after all, is what Cool Stuff Found segments are all about: discovering stuff you didn't know existed, and now you need! In addition to that, of course, your tips are shared and questions are answered, including […]
Feb 12, 2019
Connection Speeds, Slow Macs, DNS, and More – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 747
How fast is your connection? How much of that speed matters? How fast is your Mac? Why isn't it faster? What devices can you see on your network? Why can't you connect to all of them? This is what Mac Geek Gab is about. Posing questions, getting answers, and learning […]
Feb 04, 2019
Battery Usage, CarPlay, Notifications, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 746
Wanna learn at least five new things about your Mac and iOS devices? This week's Mac Geek Gab episode is sure to hit the mark. With topics ranging from Quick Look to Car Play to Robot Vacuums to APFS, there's always something new to learn! Press play, download, and enjoy.Note: […]
Jan 29, 2019
Mystery “System” Disk Usage, APFS, Cookies, and More – Mac Geek Gab 745
Mysteries are meant to be solved, and when it comes to the mystery that is your "System" disk usage as displayed by macOS, well, that mystery's not even supposed to exist in the first place. Dave and John dig in to solve this plus a bunch of other questions sent […]
Jan 22, 2019
USB-C, Quick Tips, Cool Stuff, and a CES 2019 Wrap Up – Mac Geek Gab 744
Back from CES 2019, Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun have a few thoughts to share. Then it's on to answering your questions, this time with a focus on things that used to work… and stopped. Press play, listen, and learn!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 744 […]
Jan 15, 2019
The Cosmic Bit Flip – Mac Geek Gab 743
In the calm before the CES storm, John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton come to you from Las Vegas to share their thoughts and answer your questions. Plus, John mentions Cosmic Bit Flips and everything goes sideways. Listen, enjoy, and learn. Just press play!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac […]
Jan 07, 2019
App Death Match in The Colosseum – Mac Geek Gab 742
Properly sharing Contacts? Check. Managing Mobile Applications Folder? Check. Scanning Bluetooth Devices? Check. Securing Your Certificates? Check. Choosing the best router? Check. All of this and more in Mac Geek Gab 742. MGG Forever!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 742 for Monday, December 31, 2018 00:02:21 […]
Dec 31, 2018
Contacts Are the Root of All Evil – Mac Geek Gab 741
Do you notice your Mac slowing down a lot? How many Contacts do you have? More and more listeners have been writing in with Contacts-related problems and solutions… are you one of them? Listen to John and Dave discuss this and so many other things this Christmas Eve. Press play and […]
Dec 24, 2018
Non-HomeKit Siri Control, Restoring from Trash, Quick Tips, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 740
Have you ever wanted to use Siri to control something that's not HomeKit-compatible? You're not alone. Also, you're in luck! John and Dave have an answer for you. On top of that, quick tips, Cool Stuff Found, and your questions answered. Press play and let's go!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: […]
Dec 18, 2018
iOS Mysteries, Choosing Your Server, & Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 739
iOS is wonderful… and mysterious, especially when it asks you to login, or shows you duplicates of your data. Listen to John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton solve these problems and more for you. Then, should you get a separate Mac as a server, or can you run in the […]
Dec 11, 2018
Real-World Speeds, Choosing Storage, and Quick Tips – Mac Geek Gab 738
Ever have a disk drive or Wi-Fi device that doesn't get quite the advertised speeds? Yeah, so have we. In fact, it happens all the time. Listen this week as John and Dave discuss the differences between advertised maximums and real-world expectations… and how to translate between the two. Of […]
Dec 04, 2018
Geeky Gift Guide and Your Questions Answered – Mac Geek Gab 737
The best part about geeky gifts is that sometimes the best person to get them for is yourself. Listen to John and Dave – your two favorite geeks – discuss some of their favorites at this point in the holiday buying season, and decide whether you buy one of these […]
Nov 27, 2018
No Roger, NoSQL, No Rent – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 736
Before you gobble up all your turkey, gobble up some new tips and info and tricks and, yes, even some fun toys! 'Tis (almost) the season, and you don't want to miss out. Press play and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 736 for Monday, November […]
Nov 20, 2018
Bridge Mode, APFS, and Tips from MacTech – Mac Geek Gab 735
Dave's back from MacTech and boy is his brain tired from absorbing as much knowledge as he could. He and John talk through a bunch of that, including some important new APFS knowledge, Cool Stuff Found, and a plethora of Quick Tips. Plus, of course, your two favorite geeks answer […]
Nov 12, 2018
Mac mini CPU Considerations, Semi-Dark Mode, Photos, and More – Mac Geek Gab 734
New Macs are out! John and Dave answer your questions and talk through the various models, including a dissection of the 2018 Mac mini CPU options as well as the relative merit of the 2018 MacBook Air. Other topics include setting up "semi-Dark Mode" on Mojave, using a Fusion Drive […]
Nov 05, 2018
When Icons Go Bad – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 733
The question of managing spoofed caller ID came up last week, and this week we've got answers. Also, how do you deal with applications that lose their icon? We'll help! We've also got a lot more than that, too, including other questions, quick tips, Cool Stuff Found, and maybe even […]
Oct 29, 2018
The Spam Eradication Conundrum – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 732
Do you get spam calls on your iPhone? Would you like to know how to stop that? How about power drain on your Mac and your iPhone? Plus, do you care whether you're using the actual SIM or eSIM on your new iPhone? Press play, listen, and learn together!Note: Shownotes […]
Oct 22, 2018
APFS Corruption, Wi-Fi Numbering, and Backups – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 731
APFS has been available on our Macs for a year now, and we're beginning to see the issues with corruption that can't be yet be solved by Apple or third party utilities. Wi-Fi is changing names… and getting faster! And folks, Backups are still important! All this and more in […]
Oct 15, 2018
Don’t Panic, Kernel. It’s Just a Kill Switch and a Nuke-and-Pave – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 730
Sometimes things go wrong with your devices, and sometimes the path you think will solve it winds up running you in circles. The same things can happen to your two favorite geeks, and this week's show talks about some of that while also answering your questions and solving your problems. […]
Oct 08, 2018
Is Mojave the Key to Solving the iTunes Problem? – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 729
Ever wanted to run Terminal from your iPhone? How about merge two Mac Photos Libraries the right way? And is Mojave the Key to Solving the iTunes Problem? All of these questions and lots, lots more are answered in this week's Mac Geek Gab!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 […]
Oct 01, 2018
Mojave, Inexpensive Tech, Dual SIMs, and More – Mac Geek Gab 728
Don't get caught, folks. That's what we say, and that's what we mean. This week that takes shape with advice about when to install macOS Mojave, finding the right place(s) to buy inexpensive tech, and extending your Wi-Fi network the right – and fun – ways. Oh, and there's more, […]
Sep 24, 2018
iOS 12 and Mojave Upgrade Thoughts, Cloud Storage, and Adapting Thunderbolt – Mac Geek Gab 727
iOS 12 is out, folks, and John and Dave have some experience with it that they're happy to share. Of course, they take your questions, too, including those about your upcoming Mojave migration. Don't miss this one, folks!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 727 for Monday, […]
Sep 17, 2018
Skip the Dongle, Learn about Cruft! – Mac Geek Gab 726
It's time to fully embrace the USB-C interface, folks, at least according to listener Zack. Todd helps us understand Cruft, Phil needs to know about storing IDs when traveling, Felix is curious about storing archives, and that's just the half of it. You'll have to listen to hear Dave Hamilton […]
Sep 10, 2018
Back to School CSF, APFS on Externals, Cable Modems, and Beware iPhone Lint! – Mac Geek Gab 725
Going back to school often means needing to take things from the digital world and connect them to the analog. Need sound? Need printouts? John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton have some Cool Stuff Found for you! Then it's on to troubleshooting external disks (including APFS), cable modem advice and […]
Sep 03, 2018
Fonts and Photos and SpeedTests and Clouds – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 724
There is never a dull moment when the MGG Family gets together, and this week with questions about misbehaving fonts, unsorted Photos, and inconsistent speed tests, well, there's a lot happening. And that's just the first round! Listen as John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton sort through all this and […]
Aug 27, 2018
CPU Throttling on Older Macs – Mac Geek Gab 723
It's not just newer Macs that suffer from CPU throttling, it happens on older Macs, too, and a firmware update is not the easy fix. Keychains, Photo Sorting, Battery management tips, and doing the Public Wi-Fi Dance are just some of the other topics covered.Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac […]
Aug 20, 2018
Cure The Beachball – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 722
The spinning beachball sucks. It sucks time away, and it sucks the life out of your computing experience. So let's talk about at least one way to solve it. And let's learn at least four other things along the way. Sound good? Great. Press play and you're on the train.Note: […]
Aug 13, 2018
Haunted Drives, Beachballs, and Chatty Cathy – Mac Geek Gab 721
Is running a full SSD OK? What's accessing my hard drive? How do I get custom sounds into Mail? These are just a few of the questions that John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite geeks, answer this week. Press play and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: […]
Aug 06, 2018
APFS, Shutdown, Messages, and Notifications – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 720
Every time your two favorite geeks get together, something interesting happens: everyone learns at least five (5!) new things. This week's topics include two very specific features of APFS (a pro and a con), noise-canceling headphones for travel, a solution to drives not appearing on your Desktop, some Cool Stuff […]
Jul 30, 2018
Scanning, OCR, Travel Phone Cases, and the Best Portable Computer – Mac Geek Gab 719
Back from their adventures, John and Dave talk through some travel-related tips, including the best iPhone case to use when on the road and the best mobile computer for you. That's not all, though, as this week's episode also includes segments about sharing to an older TV, resolving slow computers, […]
Jul 24, 2018
Deep Dives: Photos, NAS, & Backups – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 718
Sometimes it's time for a deep dive. Today it's time for three! Listen as your two favorite geeks dive into Photos, NAS (Synology… and more!), and Backups.Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 718 for Monday, July 16, 2018 00:02:05 eero Labs Beta Features Macstock 00:04:39 […]
Jul 16, 2018
AirPods, Phishing, Smart Home, and Resets – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 717
Tips and questions answered about iCloud Family Storage, Permissions, Converting video types, AirPods, FileMaker, and much more. Download, press play, and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 717 for Monday, July 9, 2018 00:02:26 Christian-Merging into iCloud Family Storage Plan 00:08:32 Roger-Permission Denied 00:12:30 Mojave […]
Jul 09, 2018
Supercapacitors, VPNs, PRAM, and iCloud – Mac Geek Gab 716
Sometimes it doesn't sound geeky but it is, other times it sounds geeky but it isn't. With supercapacitors, VPNs, and PRAM on the list which path do you think your two favorite geeks are going to take you down today? You'll just have to listen and learn!Note: Shownotes are complete! […]
Jul 02, 2018
Just In Case…Sensitivity – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 715
APFS is still quite young, and both the market for it and our experience with it are evolving at a rapid pace. There's plenty more to learn about it, and your two favorite geeks dig in a little today. But that's not all! Some questions from the forums, some questions […]
Jun 25, 2018
Mac App Switcher, iOS Reminders, iPad Calculator, and Feedbag? – Mac Geek Gab 714
Do you like Quick Tips? Do you think you know everything about the macOS App Switcher? If you answered "yes" to those questions we think you'll be in for a very pleasant surprise, and that's just the kickoff of the episode! Then it's on to a few other tips, including […]
Jun 18, 2018
Thirteen Lucky Years of MGG – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 713
Join John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton as they celebrate their 13th Mac Geek Gab anniversary by answering your questions, sharing Cool Stuff Found, solving problems and… you know… doing what they do for you! Press play, download, and celebrate! And also learn!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac […]
Jun 13, 2018
WWDC 2018, Travel Tips, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 712
Dave's in San Jose covering WWDC, and he and John talk through all of today's announcements and what they mean to you! Then it's on to sharing some Cool Stuff Found, including a few travel-related items that Dave found on his journeys this week. Lastly, some of your questions are […]
Jun 05, 2018
The “Man Looking Over Your Shoulder” Attack – Mac Geek Gab 711
Ever send mail to the wrong address accidentally? Ever want to ask your Mac its serial number? Notifications ever get in your way? All those questions are answered in the just the first segment of the show. Listen for more about syncing your Photos without iCloud Photo Library, managing your calendars, […]
May 28, 2018
The Active Evolution of APFS – Mac Geek Gab 710
You know how it goes: your computer's working fine one day, the next it's not. That's what John and Dave are here for… to help! They start today's episode with some handy tips that aren't documented anywhere, then they move on to answering your questions and solving your problems, including […]
May 21, 2018
The Charm of the Chime – Mac Geek Gab 709
You have questions, Dave and John have answers. Today's topics include malfunctioning AirPods, setting Apple Pay addresses, restoring a Recovery Partition, email and iMessage encryption, and much, much more. Download, press play, enjoy, and learn!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 709 for Monday, May 14, 2018 […]
May 14, 2018
Dear Overlords of MacLand – Mac Geek Gab 708
It's always something, and thankfully John and Dave are always here to help. This week we share some advice about geotagging your photos when shooting with a non-geo-smart DSLR camera. Then some talk about how to format Flash drives, and lots, lots more. It's always a blast and you always learn […]
May 07, 2018
Is It Time to Replace Your AirPort Router? – Mac Geek Gab 707
APFS support in third-party apps continues to grow, there's now an app to search for 32-bit apps, secondary iCloud IDs might work well for you, and Apple's official acknowledgement of the end of the AirPort router line brings up one of our favorite topics again: what Wi-Fi solution is best […]
Apr 30, 2018
Cracked iPhone Screens, What’s in iCloud Keychain, Which Mesh for Me, and More – Mac Geek Gab 706
Running Apple devices is quite a bit of fun most of the time. Occasionally, though, you have problems… and that's where Dave and John come in to help. Today's topics include syncing Wi-Fi passwords, managing Mail's calendar events, and dealing with a cracked iPhone screen. Press play and enjoy!Note: Shownotes […]
Apr 23, 2018
Tweaking Your iPhone, Keeping Your Mac Awake, Automation Radios, and More – Mac Geek Gab 705
The iPhone isn't really built for you to tweak and troubleshoot, though sometimes that's exactly what you need to do. Never fear, your two favorite geeks come to your rescue. John and Dave also talk through how to keep your Mac happy and awake, radios for controlling automation, and much, […]
Apr 16, 2018
Answers to Your Questions: Photo Tagging, Mac App Store, Thunderbolt, and a Bluetooth Rant – Mac Geek Gab 704
Answering your questions, it's what John and Dave do! Listen this week to learn about advanced photo tagging, managing your emails, fixing the Mac App Store, using Thunderbolt, accessing minimized windows, Gmail, and much, much more.Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 704 for Monday, April 9, […]
Apr 09, 2018
Migrating Your Data, Home Automation, and macOS 10.13.4 – Mac Geek Gab 703
Apple released macOS 10.13.4 this week and, well, it changes some things. No worries, your two favorite geeks talk through it all. Then it's on to managing duplicate contacts and properly migrating your data. There are other questions, too, as well as a few other Quick Tips and some Cool […]
Apr 02, 2018
As Far As You Know He’s Not a Real Doctor – Mac Geek Gab 702
Your questions, answered! That's what we do here. Today's show starts with some Cool Stuff Found items, including at least one that answers a question from a previous show about auto-captioning your videos! Then it's on to figuring out where all your storage is being used, whether or not you […]
Mar 26, 2018
Navigating The Apple Support Mire – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 701
Sometimes things go very wrong with Apple's tech support department. And hey, that's why Mac Geek Gab is here to help. But what happens when MGG has issues with Apple's support? They get answers is what happens, and then they share what they've learned about properly navigating that murky mess. […]
Mar 19, 2018
Cool Stuff Found, Apple Support App, No Laptop Power and More! – Mac Geek Gab 700
Cool Stuff(s) Found abound, and you're in for a treat. Something for everyone, apps, hardware, macOS, iOS, you name it! Then it's on to some questions about iTunes warning. And have you used the Apple Support app? There's a great story about that, too.Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 […]
Mar 12, 2018
Why Must Qi’s Light Shine So Brightly? – Mac Geek Gab 699
Is your Qi charger keeping you up at night? Don't worry, there's a solution that doesn't (necessarily) involve black electrical tape! Also in this episode, your two favorite geeks help you troubleshoot your problems, including diagosing a strange Safari launch trigger, renaming your Home Sharing store, managing multiple email addresses with Gmail, […]
Mar 06, 2018
It’s Easy to Blame Bluetooth and APFS – Mac Geek Gab 698
Having issues with your Apple Watch, your iMac hinge, or your external drive? We summarily blame Bluetooth. And APFS. And we have a solution for that hinge that has nothing to do with radio frequencies. So there. Just press play and enjoy. We promise you'll learn at least five new […]
Feb 26, 2018
Geek Challenges, Voice Assistants, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 697
Ever wanted to clear recent locations in your calendar? Or alphabetize LaunchPad? How about finding old computer magazines online? These are just some of the Geek Challenges John and Dave talk through this week. Pepper in some Cool Stuff Found, other questions from fellow listeners, and a discussion about playing […]
Feb 20, 2018
Network Speeds, HomePod, Vectors, and Dead Drives – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 696
It's always something, isn't it? The more computers – and devices – we have, the more issues there are. This week, that's no different, as there are several network-related questions your two favorite geeks tackle "on-air" for you to hear. HomePod arrived, and first experiences with that are discussed. Finally, […]
Feb 13, 2018
Evil Address Records of Death … and Files! – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 695
There's always a theme, and this week it's Files. Sure, your two favorite geeks talk about a LOT more than that, but Files are always there. The Files app in iOS, looking at your files on macOS in new ways, finding files that can be deleted, and time files when […]
Feb 04, 2018
A Cerebral Sunday Morning: HomePod, macOS Server, Novice NAS, and Your Questions Answered – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 694
John and Dave return to answer your questions and share your tips… and theirs! Addressing The Novice NAS Conundrum, the question often comes up: does it make sense for NAS manufacturers to target the novice market? But that's not all, your geeks get heady talking about HomePod and macOS Server, […]
Jan 28, 2018
This Neato Four Way Adapto-Thing – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 693
AppleCare doesn't void every upgrade, and your geeks talk through some things you can do on your own … and how to make sure you understand where your warranty begins and ends. Questions from you listeners are always the bulk of this show, and they're all over the map today […]
Jan 23, 2018
Managing Messages, Voice Assistants, APFS, and Quasi-Mesh – Mac Geek Gab 692
Messages are a huge part of our online life, and they don't always work the way we expect or prefer. John and Dave start by answering some of those questions. Then it's on to where you should – and shouldn't – be using APFS. After that, the questions jump around […]
Jan 16, 2018
Standards Are Great Because There Are So Many of Them – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 691
Your two geeks are traveling in Las Vegas for CES, but that doesn't stop them from bringing you their weekly dose of help, tips, and Cool Stuff Found. Listen as John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton help you understand how to manage the /Volumes folder, resolve a Contacts syncing problem, […]
Jan 07, 2018
Diagnosing Photo Syncing, Managing Restrictions, and Solving macOS and iOS Problems – Mac Geek Gab 690
Have any problems with iCloud Photo Library? Want to remove DRM from your movies? Are your apps failing to launch? Have other restrictions that your Mac or iPhone are imposing on your life? This is what Mac Geek Gab is all about: solving your problems and sharing tips. Press play, […]
Jan 02, 2018
Boxing Day with Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 689
Recurring Keychain authorization requests bugging you? iMessages out of order? Want to know what to do with your dead drives? This is just where your two favorite geeks start this week's episode. Then it's on to a headphone and earphone discussion, including some talk about letting ambient sound in, and letting someone […]
Dec 26, 2017
Depending Upon Which Way You Scroll – Mac Geek Gab 688
With so many options for playing your movies on your Apple TV, how do you make sense of it all? Your two favorite geeks get you there. But first, it's a healthy list of Cool Stuff Found, including one for a great discount on an Apple TV itself! Then its […]
Dec 19, 2017
Future Accidental Probing Failed – Mac Geek Gab 687
This time of year more than others, it seems, people need to remote control their friend's and family's computers for assistance. It's what we do here at Mac Geek Gab – helping people, that is – and we're happy to help you help others, too! But that's not all we talk about […]
Dec 12, 2017
Don’t Commit a Photo Crime – Mac Geek Gab 686
Sometimes iCloud gets out of sync. Your geeks and fellow listeners have some tips and solutions. Then it's time to talk about troubleshooting tools that exist on either iOS or macOS but not both. What are your options? Your geeks talk through that, too. Of course, 'tis the season, so […]
Dec 04, 2017
Playing Your Movies, Migrating Your Data, Managing Permissions – Mac Geek Gab 685
Cold weather (in the Northern Hemisphere, that is!) means lots of people are staying home playing movies, and your geeks are here to help out with that. Our Southern Hemisphere friends are vacationing, and all that travel means playing movies on the airplane, too, so… we all need this! That's […]
Nov 28, 2017
Five Minutes is an Eternity to a Computer – Mac Geek Gab 684
Turkey day is coming up in the USA, and your geeks are ready. But mostly they're just ready to answer your Mac and iPhone questions and solve your problems… and that's what they're here to do today. Download, press play, and gobble-gobble it all up!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: […]
Nov 21, 2017
How Many Times Can You Fold a Podcast? – Mac Geek Gab 683
Have questions about your Mac or iPhone? Just want to learn more? Join John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite geeks, as they entertain and inform you this week.Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 683 for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 00:01:49 Phil-Bluetooth audio […]
Nov 14, 2017
Fighting The Machine & Saying the S-Word – Mac Geek Gab 682
iOS 11 brought battery life issues for many – but not all – users, and Dave and John have a few solutions for those affected. But that's not all you get, of course. Many tips, questions answered, and Cool Stuff Found round out the episode, including cable modem picks, iPhone X discussion, […]
Nov 07, 2017
What Have Brown Outs Done For You? Get a UPS – Mac Geek Gab 681
When the power flickers, are your electronics protected? That's the first order of business. Then it's on to some Cool Stuff Found before digging in to prepping for iPhone X, including what to do about AppleCare … and AppleCare+. VPNs, Battery life, and Certificates round out the episode for you. […]
Oct 31, 2017
We Fiddled with Ditto – Mac Geek Gab 680
Are photos still bloating up your iPhone? Having trouble upgrading to High Sierra or Downgrading to Sierra? Need to Sync two folders on your Mac? These are just some of the questions your two favorite geeks answer this week!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 680 for […]
Oct 23, 2017
Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK – Mac Geek Gab 679
Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK are the topics today, but that means you’re in for a real treat. The goal is for everyone to learn at least four (4!) new things, but today you’re guaranteed to learn a whole lot more. Download, press play, and enjoy!Note: […]
Oct 16, 2017
Calendar Sharing, iOS 11 Tips, and AirPods – Mac Geek Gab 678
Pilot Pete rejoins after the first time in a LONG time, and your geeks dive right in to Cool Stuff Found. After that, it's time to talk about iOS 11 tips, calendar sharing, AirPods, and High Sierra's login items issues. Download, press play, and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: […]
Oct 09, 2017
High Sierra, Photos, iOS 11, and Sleeping your iPhone – Mac Geek Gab 677
It's high time for some High Sierra chat, and chat is what your two favorite geeks bring! Installation help, app help, and some interesting tidbits round out that portion of the show. Then it's on to some tips and glorious Cool Stuff Found submitted by you, our faithful listeners. Download, […]
Oct 02, 2017
The Truth is in The Cloud – Mac Geek Gab 676
iOS 11's Spotlight Search, Files App, Photo Search, and app management start the show. Then it's on to discussing the best ways to troubleshoot all iCloud syncing issues. Have dual monitors or are just particular about your window locations? We've got that covered, too… and a lot more! And hey, […]
Sep 24, 2017
I One The Sandbox – Mac Geek Gab 675
Downloading YouTube Videos, App Stores Woes, Apple Pay Cash, Person-to-Person Payments, iPhone X, iOS 11 Screen Recording, Restoring from a different iPhone and a discussion of whether or not it's safe to use Facebook to login to other sites are ALL discussed in this week's show… and more! Press play […]
Sep 17, 2017
Cool Stuff Found, DOCSIS 3.1, and The Backup Tango – Mac Geek Gab 674
1:27:33
Your questions answered, as always, including several unresponsive Macs and how to fix them, Life after CrashPlan, Problematic iCloud syncing, and moving your media libraries. Cool Stuff Found kicks things off, though, with lots of great stuff that you'll love. Plus, a healthy competition about internet speeds between your two […]
Sep 10, 2017
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Dollars – Mac Geek Gab 673
Moving your Photos to a new drive, managing your Finder's smart searches, reasons for a VPN, and remote access to your own Macs are just the first few topics that Dave and John discuss this week. Then it's on to managing your document syncing, finding an old version of Mac […]
Sep 03, 2017
Kelvin Was Left Out In the Cold – Mac Geek Gab 672
No reason NOT to start the episode with Cool Stuff Found, so that's just what your two favorite geeks do. Then it's off to answering some questions about printer sharing, bluetooth headsets, USB-C connections, and, of course, CrashPlan! Download and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab […]
Aug 27, 2017
Cool Stuff Found, NAS Advice, and Geek Challenges – Mac Geek Gab 671
It's time to dig back into NAS drives by answering Steve's question: Which Synology DiskStation is right for me? There are a few more things to explore on that topic, too, and your two favorite geeks do it justice. Separate from that are a few questions about a variety of […]
Aug 20, 2017
Backups, APFS, High Sierra, and You – Mac Geek Gab 670
Cool Stuff Found starts the episode, then it's on to a few things related to backups, including how High Sierra's APFS will affect you. Listener tips and some other, unrelated questions are answered, and then there's a nice, juicy segment on meshifying your home without buying mesh for all of […]
Aug 13, 2017
macOS High Sierra Thoughts and Geek Challenges – Mac Geek Gab 669
Do you have an app that crashes on save? Do you fully understand how to control the macOS firewall? Your two favorite geeks will help you with this and a lot more. Press play for this info-and-action-packed episode!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 669 for Sunday, August […]
Aug 06, 2017
Backups vs. iCloud vs. Time Machine – Mac Geek Gab 668
Ever wonder how to test an external battery? Ever want to enforce parental controls from afar? Ever wonder just how different Time Machine and iCloud are from normal backups? Well, your two favorite geeks discuss all this and a LOT more in today's episode. Press play and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are […]
Jul 30, 2017
Password Mayhem, iOS Photos, & Preventing Sleep – Mac Geek Gab 667
You ask, we answer! Tech support every week for over 12 years! First up this episode: Passwords, and lots of 'em. Then it's on to managing Photos and app files on your iPhone. We revisit the topic of waking a sleeping laptop, and then discuss a few tips and tricks […]
Jul 23, 2017
Three Geeks at Macstock 2017 – Mac Geek Gab 666
For episode 666 your two favorite geeks are joined (raided!) by Guy Serle and the episode becomes a mix of Mac Geek Gab and the MyMac podcast. Recorded live at Macstock 2017, Guy, Dave, and John talk through all sorts of things, including some stellar quick tips just for you. […]
Jul 16, 2017
Migrating Mail, Managing your Monitor, and More! – Mac Geek Gab 665
Lots of summer-related Cool Stuff Found here, including stuff for hearing your music while you're out enjoying the outdoors. Don't worry, southern-hemisphere friends, we've got plenty of stuff for you, too, including a new mesh wireless system to discuss. The Q&A portion of the show covers migrating mail, operating with […]
Jul 09, 2017
Puck Killed the Wi-Fi – Mac Geek Gab 664
Keyboard shortcuts, system-wide tools, reversing panorama mode, and putting the finishing touches on your system updates are the things you’ll learn about in just the first few minutes of this episode. From there it goes even deeper, including a great segment about managing your email on macOS and iOS. You […]
Jul 02, 2017
Oh…Snap! – Mac Geek Gab 663
Proper use of a catchall address, external MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries, granular controls on the volume slider, GPS in Airplane mode, and making an old trackball with with Sierra are just the way this show begins. Listen in for much, much more… and feel free to send your questions in, too!Note: […]
Jun 25, 2017
Curios Aren’t Just for Breakfast Anymore – Mac Geek Gab 662
Alternative AirPlay Receivers, iMac Upgrades, Troubleshooting in Console, and AirPods controls are just the first four things your two favorite geeks discuss today. Then it’s on to solving the issue of stale Contacts on your iPhone, MailDrop woes, and the Preppers approach to backups. All this and more in this […]
Jun 18, 2017
The Boys of Summer are Back in Town – Mac Geek Gab 661
Quick Tips to start (no hints!), and then it’s time for some new Mac advice, which is a fitting question to get on the heels of Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcements. Then it’s time to discuss backups, and how much you should worry (hint: a LOT… that’s the point of backing […]
Jun 11, 2017
iCloud Syncing is the Bane of my Existence – Mac Geek Gab 660
Ever have problems with iCloud syncing? Haha, of course you have. Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun, your two favorite geeks, have, too, so they help a few of you with your iCloud syncing problems and, in the process, dig into all the things they've learned about solving this problem […]
Jun 04, 2017
Secure Document Syncing, Splitting Audio & More – Mac Geek Gab 659
Thunderbolt 3 Docks, Quick PrefPane Access, the best iOS PDF viewer, splitting audio files, and finding your lyrics. THAT's what your two favorite geeks start with this week… and then they go from there! Press play and enjoy.Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac Geek Gab 659 for Sunday, May […]
May 28, 2017
Fixing Album Art, Cracked iPads, and UPnP Dangers – Mac Geek Gab 658
Your geeks start with some tips: dealing with a bad key on your keyboard, restoring the proper album art after iCloud Music Library has done its part, and dealing with a damaged SD card. Then it's on to some questions, like whether or not UPnP is dangerous for you or what […]
May 21, 2017
Guardians of the Geek Galaxy – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 657
Ever wondered how to share iCloud contact groups amongst family and team members? Ever have to mix iOS, Android, and macOS? Ever wonder what AppTranslocation folders are? How about the best thing to put in your walls before you close them up? John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton have your answers […]
May 14, 2017
Follow The Dots…to Mac Geek Gab 656
Cool Stuff Found and Quick Tips in the same episode? You bet! John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton aim to deliver for you each and every week. And since the goal is to learn at least four new things each week, some options might include keeping your Mac awaken only when you […]
May 07, 2017
Is Your Wi-Fi Security Worth Its Salt? – Mac Geek Gab 655
Splitting the check, making your EarPods or AirPods fit better, and pen-based note-taking are just the Cool Stuff Found segment. Then your two favorite geeks talk you through fixing Wi-Fi connection issues on both your iPhone and your Mac, and also help you choose the right speed plan from your ISP. […]
Apr 30, 2017
Never Check Your NSA Email Over an Insecure Connection – Mac Geek Gab 654
Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found and LOTS of questions. Sleeping Mac? No problem. VIP Mail help? No problem. Building a home? No problem. Want to know about VPNs? Well, now… just kidding. No problem! Mac Geek Gab answers your questions and shares your tips so everyone can learn at least […]
Apr 23, 2017
NAS, MDM, DGC and Other Fun Initials – Mac Geek Gab 653
Sometimes you have to get geeky. No worries, Dave and John will talk you through understanding what NAS and MDM mean and why you might want to use them. Don’t worry, fellow geeks, there’s stuff in here for you, too. After all, that’s how Mac Geek Gab rolls! Listen, enjoy, learn, […]
Apr 17, 2017
Physical Security Matters, Too – Mac Geek Gab 652
SMC Resets, Migration Assistant tricks, Auto-Upgrade solutions and Renting vs. Owning your Cable Modem are just the beginning for your two favorite geeks today. S/MIME is taken to a whole other level with guest Jeff Butts who helps us all understand how to make this work on both macOS and […]
Apr 09, 2017
Four New Things You’ll Learn Today – Mac Geek Gab 651
Quick Tips about VPN, Sierra’s storage, Universal Clipboard, and Wi-Fi priority are just the start to the show. From there we talk about using Flash on your iPhone or iPad (it’s true!), portable VPN options, accessing a file server with iOS and much more. Download or just press play right […]
Apr 02, 2017
Are You Secure with Your Security? – Mac Geek Gab 650
Security is on the brain this week! Learn how to secure your iCloud account and also learn how to secure your entire home network from your ISP's prying eyes! Dave and John also help you determine what devices and processes are using your network, and what the difference is between […]
Mar 26, 2017
Web Pages as Apps, Equipment Insurance, and Photos! – Mac Geek Gab 649
Have a webpage you use all the time? Why not make that its own, separate app? Need to create Symbolic Links (symlinks) but don't want to use the Terminal? How about if you want to get an equipment warranty for that new Synology NAS you just bought? That's just a […]
Mar 19, 2017
More Mac Tips Than You Can Shake a Stick At – Mac Geek Gab 648
Manage your 3rd-party external "Retina" display, use custom icons for each mounted volume, use private browsing to keep your various Google accounts from conflicting, and move your Dock to make better use of your screen real estate. Folks, that's just the tips section of this week's episode. Listen for much, much […]
Mar 12, 2017
Hello, Sailor. Nothing Happens Here – Mac Geek Gab 647
Ever get the spinning beach ball at the top of your screen? John and Dave can help with that. After all, they come together each week to solve your Mac questions and problems. Other topics include selecting your sending address from Mail, controlling when iCloud Photos get sent to the cloud, […]
Mar 05, 2017
How do I choose a UPS? – Mac Geek Gab 646
Spring is almost here for the northern hemisphere, and that means it's almost lightning season. It's time to talk UPSs and battery backups. Listen as John and Dave talk through all the permutations you'll need to know to choose the right UPS for your setup. On top of that, a […]
Feb 26, 2017
Don’t Fear The Wi-Fi – Mac Geek Gab 645
Inexpensive quasi-mesh Wi-Fi, cloud management for your videos, changing your Finder icons and upgrading your Mac's Wi-Fi to the latest standards are just how this show starts out! From there it's on to answering your questions about monitoring iOS data usage, looking at PDF data – all of it! – […]
Feb 19, 2017
iOS Geek Gab, Managing RAM, Converting Numbers to Excel – Mac Geek Gab 644
A little iOS Geek Gab segment starts the show, discussing batteries – both internal and out – as well as screen protection. Your geeks share their picks and, more importantly, how they pick. Then it's on to some great tips from both your two favorite geeks and you, including managing […]
Feb 12, 2017
You Scratch Your Head, I’ll Scratch Mine – Mac Geek Gab 643
Cool Stuff Found kicks off this week's show, with email clients, Wi-Fi Widget(s), combo iPhone/Watch chargers, disk utilities and much, much more. Then, after a few additional tips from you, dear listeners, it's time for your questions. Topics this week include comparing local vs. Cloud storage for things like your […]
Feb 05, 2017
Safari Passwords, Shopping Lists, and Synology RT2600ac Router – Mac Geek Gab 642
Have a website with multiple passwords and Safari always chooses the wrong one? Want a shopping list app to manage as a family? Photos showing greyed-out people? That's just how this week's Mac Geek Gab starts, folks. Then it's on to Dave's review of the new Synology RT2600ac standalone router, plus […]
Jan 29, 2017
Speeding Up a Sluggish Mac and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 641
Cool Stuff Found today contains lots of things you suggested after listening to recent shows, including tools to help your Mac sleep, help you manage your keyboard shortcuts and macros, privately sync your notes, auto-file your Mail, and free backup storage! Then its on to sharing your tips and answering your questions. Want […]
Jan 22, 2017
Managing Photos, Fixing Your Apple Watch & Resolving Network Issues – Mac Geek Gab 640
Migrating Photos to a new Mac, managing and syncing your family's photos, speeding up iOS Spotlight searches, fixing an unresponsive Digital Crown on your Apple Watch and resolving website loading delays are just some of the things you'll learn from your two favorite geeks in this week's show! Listen as Dave […]
Jan 17, 2017
Moving Photos, Fixing Mail, Securing Your Network & More – Mac Geek Gab 639
Back from CES, your two favorite geeks have some fun stuff to report about and all of your questions to answer. The latter include things like fixing Mail.app's CPU-hogging, which hibernatemode to use for your MacBook, and much, much more. Press play and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are complete! Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff mentioned: 00:00:00 Mac […]
Jan 09, 2017
Happy New Year from Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 638
Need to use Mini DisplayPort monitor with your USB-C Mac? Need to make screen recordings? Need a Dropbox replacement? Your two favorite geeks have you covered with these questions and others. Cool Stuff Found segment includes a way to control your reboot sounds, your clipboard, and your unwanted robocalls. Plus, […]
Jan 01, 2017
Christmas Morning with Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 637
Everyone got AirPods except you? No worries, Dave and John have you covered with some AirPods alternatives. Otherwise it's listener questions dominate the show, as usual, with topics ranging from where to store your iTunes Media, network topology, replacements for Dropbox's missing Public folder and much more. Download today and […]
Dec 25, 2016
The First Rule of The Darknet Is Don’t Talk About The Darknet – Mac Geek Gab 636
It's true, John and Dave – and you, fellow listeners – have gone acronym crazy! BYOD is discussed, as is TOR browser on iOS and elsewhere. RAM performance under Sierra makes an appearance as do a TON of tips, especially one for speeding up Safari on slower Macs. VPN makes […]
Dec 18, 2016
Filing Mail, Router Follow-up, and Geeky Gift Guides! – Mac Geek Gab 635
Filing Mail, RAM suggestions, DOCSIS 3.1 and accessing your data from The Dark Side are just some of the topics of questions answered by John and Dave this week. Then it's on to a follow-up from the router show with a sandwich of geeky holiday gift suggestions from your two […]
Dec 11, 2016
Mail Tips & Solving Generic Dock Icons – Mac Geek Gab 634
Quick tips to start: copying mail (instead of moving it), editing your default Touch Bar, a new way to create pinned tabs in Safari, ejecting an external Blu-ray, and disabling notifications. After that it's time to answer your questions about secure email, SSD upgrades, keychain errors, portable audio recording setups […]
Dec 04, 2016
Deep Dive: How to Choose a Router in 2016? – Mac Geek Gab 633
This week we answer all your questions and queries about which router you should buy and how to go about deciding this for yourself. Standalone vs. mesh, eero vs. Orbi, 2×2 vs 4×4, we cover it all. After listening to this episode you'll have both the information and even some […]
Nov 27, 2016
MGG 632: The Truth and Its Relatives
Your questions answered, including those about Sierra's keyboard viewer, recommended OS and RAM configurations for older (and newer!) Macs, Stopping apps from launching on login, finding photos on your iPhone, Bluetooth interference and more. Then it's Cool Stuff Found and some tips. How can you go wrong? By NOT downloading […]
Nov 20, 2016
MGG 631: The Odd Couple Episode
We asked, you shared your top Mac apps, we share them back! Some great additions in the list here, too. Some mutual favorites and some surprises. Listen to hear if yours made the list! Then it's on to discussion about trackpad scrolling, iOS Mail swiping, ripping movies (with subtitles!) and […]
Nov 13, 2016
MGG 630: Label Your Cables!
This episode is all about geeks helping other geeks. First it's tips from you helping us and other listeners, including a way to bypass macOS Sierra's network-mounting password dialog! Then we help you with importing just your Health data, musicians using an iPad at gigs, migrating data from one iPhone to […]
Nov 06, 2016
MGG 629: Not All USB-C Is Created Equal
Considering migrating to a new Mac? How about thinking of a new Cable Modem? What about managing Wi-Fi speeds with lots of Apple devices which share their Wi-Fi networks via iCloud? Your fellow MGG listeners had those questions until they asked here and your two favorite geeks answered! Listen to […]
Oct 30, 2016
MGG 628: Cool Stuff Found and The DNS Achilles Heel
Cool Stuff Found includes how to keep Safari from opening iTunes automatically, a new USB circuit tester, bluetooth stereo speaker, a better way to backup your iPhone and more. Then it's on to your questions, including a segment on managing your iPhone from the new Console app in macOS Sierra. […]
Oct 23, 2016
MGG 627: It’s a Kludge!
Did you know that Safari can auto-close a newly-launched tab when you're finished reading it? That's just one of the things you'll learn in today's MGG. Dropbox's accessibility hacks, editing EXIF on iOS, the security of hidden Wi-Fi networks, enabling Universal Clipboard, and managing macOS Sierra's multiple monitors are more. […]
Oct 17, 2016
MGG 626: Lightning Struck my Switches
Quick Tips start this episode, including topics like macOS Sierra's picture-in-picture videos, auto-logout, Sierra upgrade hints, macerror, cleaning up your Keychain, printing to PDF on any iOS 10 device, Apple Watch battery life and more. Then it's on to questions about macOS Sierra's network login changes, running a mixed macOS […]
Oct 09, 2016
MGG 625: The Spotlight Clone Wars
Faster chargers, ODB2 dongles, Mac vs. Windows File Paths, MacBook Pro specs, Dropbox, macOS Sierra and the Spotlight Clone Wars are all topics discussed in today's Mac Geek Gab. In fact, they're not just topics, they're your questions answered! Plus, Dave and John go on a good photoanalysisd rant for good […]
Oct 02, 2016
MGG 624: Sierra, APFS, Wi-Fi and Personal Servers
Today it's all about answering your questions! Ok, maybe one tip, but it's high time your questions got answered, and your two favorite geeks are just the right guys to do it! First it's two macOS Sierra questions, then it's onto APFS and the future of backups, including a query about […]
Sep 25, 2016
MGG 623: macOS Sierra Tips and Tricks and More!
macOS Sierra is almost upon us, and there are already some great tips and tricks to share. Some follow-up from our recent deep dive into Backups is included, too, as well as lengthy discussion about Amazon's Alexa vs. HomeKit!Chapters: 00:01:29 iPhone 7 00:07:00 Migrating to a new iPhone 00:08:44 iPhone […]
Sep 18, 2016
MGG 622 – Cool Stuff Found & Media Management Holy Grail
Lots of great Cool Stuff Found has come in lately, and today we share it with you. Then it's time to talk the holy grail of media library management. It promises to be a wild show, folks. Download and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are complete! Stuff mentioned: Genius Pack (1:44) AutoPagerize (3:59) How […]
Sep 11, 2016
MGG 621: Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Outside The Box
Tips, and lots of them, start today's show. Audiobooks, Finder tweaks, securing your Mac and more! Then it's time to talk about how your accounts can disappear and reappear, why your printer driver might want to listen to the network, how to view 35mm slides on your Mac and how […]
Sep 04, 2016
MGG 620: Backups Deep Dive
It's time for a Deep Dive! This time, Backups. Local backups, online backups, remote backups, paid backups, free backups. Just promise us one thing: no matter what you choose after listening to this episode, please make sure you're backing up your data!Note: Shownotes are complete! Stuff mentioned: My USPS (1:30) SSD […]
Aug 28, 2016
MGG 619: Security Breach!
Listener Jason had a security breach on his home network. Learn what he did that allowed this to happen, and what you can do to prevent it. Lots of other tips in this episode, too, like removing phantom app storage, enabling iCloud for iBooks after the fact, starting up in Safe […]
Aug 21, 2016
MGG 618: Quick Tips, iCloud Music and Resistant Clients
Quick Tips are back with a vengeance! Keyboard shortcuts, calculator corrections, audio sync, offline dictation, email archiving and more. Then it's time to answer your questions, including migrating Notes between accounts, sizing up the Terminal and dealing with resistant clients. Download and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are complete! Stuff mentioned: Mac keyboard shortcuts […]
Aug 14, 2016
MGG 617: Managing Photos, Archiving Email & More
iOS vs. Smart Playlists, filing Mail like a power user, managing iCloud Photo Library, phantom app data vs. your iPhone's free space and much much more. All of the are covered in today's MGG. Your questions, your tips, shared and answered by the geeks you love. Download and enjoy!Note: Shownotes […]
Aug 07, 2016
MGG 616: DHS, DHL, DFS It’s All The Same
It's tips, tips and more tips. And also your questions. iOS Mail power searches, unleashing the power of Image Capture, a free photo-management tool that uses folders, removing and detecting malware, and demystifying 5GHz wireless channels are just some of the topics covered in today's show!Note: Shownotes are complete! Stuff […]
Jul 31, 2016
MGG 615: John and Dave Trade Places
Quick Tips: All those little things you know that you don't think about? Other people know and don't think about them, too… so we think about them and share them, enhancing everyone's knowledge! Then it's on to some questions, with a surprising number about Ethernet. Go Figure!Note: Shownotes are complete! […]
Jul 25, 2016
MGG 614: Travel Tips and Cool Stuff Found
Dave's back from Europe and he and John have a metric ton of Cool Stuff Found and Quick Tips for you and from you! Plus, Dave's got some travel tips from Europe to share with you, too. Download… and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are complete! Stuff mentioned: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the […]
Jul 18, 2016
MGG 613: Deep Dives Into APFS, Synology, Powerline & More
Dave's traveling, so when he and John pre-recorded this one they decided to take a bit of a different direction and do a bit of a deep dive into one of their favorite topics: Synology DiskStations. But don't worry, they also answered a few of your questions and shared a […]
Jul 10, 2016
MGG 612: The One Where Dave Kanye’d John
Sometimes things just don't work right, and that's what your two favorite geeks are here for! Listen to them help solve your issues with batteries, email bcc, Photos migration and even CPU QoS. Download and enjoy!Note: Show notes are complete! Stuff mentioned: John’s Classic 1994 Saturn SL2 Removing/Cleaning the ignition […]
Jul 03, 2016
MGG 611: Troubleshoot & Resolve Your Mac & Apple Issues
How to share contacts with your team, read CDs on a new Mac, resolve your router being blocked by servers, fix your iPad Pro when it locks up and much more. All this today on Mac Geek Gab. Download and enjoy!Note: Shownotes are complete! Stuff mentioned: London Meetup with Dave Hamilton […]
Jun 26, 2016
MGG 610: Airplane Mode on the Mac? Sure!
Dave's back from WWDC and he and John focus on your questions this week. How best can one enable Airplane Mode on a Mac? How do you find a missing Mailbox? Why does the iTunes Library stay put when you tell it to move? And… what happened with John's phone? […]
Jun 20, 2016
MGG 609: Keynote Thoughts and Power Magic
Fresh out of Apple's keynote and State of the Union talks, Dave and John digest their thoughts together, live for you (or, well, live to tape… not tape but digital… oh, you know what we mean!). Then it's time for some serious followups from the last two episodes. Photos, Watch layouts, Genius […]
Jun 14, 2016
MGG 608: Personal Cloud For Photos and More
Need an expert's guide to the Genius Bar? Forgot your PIN code but Touch ID still works? Hurry up and follow today's advice to save your data. Need to get Internet to another building far away (but not too far)? How about using HomeKit? These are the questions your two […]
Jun 05, 2016
MGG 607: The Pocket Dial Conspiracy
When in doubt, apply water, right? Listener Chris did, and it worked! Matthew takes us on a tour (through his mind) of the Pocket Dial Conspirary, and Matt asks some questions about eero. And that, folks, is what Mac Geek Gab is about: answering your questions and sharing your tips. […]
May 29, 2016
MGG 606: The Palindrome Reviver
Logic Pro X, Hackintoshes and ghost calls are a few brand new topics for the show this week. Of course, some of your old favorites are here, too and, yes, OK, we'll talk a little bit about routers again, as well. All that plus a few Cool Stuff Found entries rounds […]
May 22, 2016
MGG 605: Like Oil and Water, iPhones and Key Fobs Don’t Mix
iPhones and keyfobs, batteries and USB-C, external Thunderbolt GPUs, the internet of things vs. SSIDs… there's a lot to weigh in on here, folks, and John and Dave give you their thoughts along with those of your fellow listeners. Download and enjoy! Sponsor: Gemini 2 from MacPaw. Check out Gemini 2, […]
May 15, 2016
MGG 604: You’re Only Paranoid If They’re Not Out To Get You
Lots of Cool Stuff Found to start the show today, including two different menubar monitor alternatives. Then it's on to Mail. It works well for some, and a few tips are shared. Others have trouble with Mail and some solutions are discussed. All your Mail are belong to YOU, at least for this […]
May 09, 2016
MGG 603: Pronunciation, Rants and The Joy of a Smaller Phone
Sound is a funny thing, so are pronunciations and ringtones, and yet your two favorite geeks have some great tips for you about both of those. Need to replace the Finder? Need to diagnose a malfunctioning port on your Mac? How about restoring your magically disappearing printers? Your geeks have […]
May 01, 2016
MGG 602: If You Could See What These Eyes Have Seen
Several of your fellow listeners are ingenious folks, having come up with some clever solutions to tricky problems. Join Dave & John as we all learn how to backup and restore your OS X text substitution preferences, use AirFoil to cusomitze your Mac's audio, restore Snow Leopard's zoom and scroll […]
Apr 24, 2016
MGG 601: Cool Stuff Found & Your Questions Answered
BUBM, Yurbuds, ME05, MM1 QODE, Fastfari and more are not just random characters we typed into this field, they're names of just a few of the products included in this week's Cool Stuff Found segment! Then it's on to your questions about publishing FlickR photo albums, using iCloud on the web from […]
Apr 17, 2016
MGG 600: Dave & John’s Crystal Balls
600 Episodes and (almost) 11 years of podcasting hasn't stopped John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton from answering your questions and solving your problems. That continues with this episode, sharing tips about iCloud login issues, answering questions about Double NAT, Fusion Drives, and downloading iTunes purchases. They help manage your […]
Apr 10, 2016
MGG 599: Your Two Favorite Geeks, Caffeinated
The OS X 10.11.4 update breaks some things for folks, Photos storage is a concern to more than a few listeners, and a little more about wireless networks to round out last week's discussion. All that plus tips about making sure your Finder windows are where you think they are […]
Apr 03, 2016
MGG 598: Cool Stuff Found and Wi-Fi Geekiness
2016 is the Year of the Router (as crowned by John and Dave), and this week's episode includes some discussion about exactly how to choose the best router for your setup… especially if you're a geek. Bluetooth devices, too, are ubiquitous among us, and a few listeners are having trouble […]
Mar 28, 2016
MGG 597: Why 8068 Is (Now) The Worst 4-Digit PIN
Some great tips to start off here, including learning that cut and paste is possible in Finder. We also learn what Time Machine excludes natively, and what the most and least popular 4-digit PINs are. Plus, Apple had an event earlier today … Dave and John had an event right […]
Mar 21, 2016
MGG 596: Taking a SIP from Apple’s Fountain
What is it you've been saving your fourth finger for? John and Dave share a tip with the answer. Lots of tips today, in fact, including more about pasting plain text, finding SSD firmware updates, a NEW tip for deleting pesky files and much, much more. Download and enjoy! Sponsor: […]
Mar 13, 2016
MGG 595: Mike’s Dirty Sandbox
The apps you choose to run on your MacBook can have a significant impact on your battery life; learn which ones pass John and Dave's muster. Then learn what they have to say about listeners' questions about a dirty Mail sandbox, router recommendations, firewalls and more. Cool Stuff Found starts […]
Mar 06, 2016
MGG 594: Ghosts in the iMachine
Granular volume adjustmets, recovering deleted files from the cloud and advanced dragging from your menu bar are just the three Quick Tips that start this episode! Then it's on to a few Geek Challenges (do YOU know how to strip formatting from text on iOS?) and a few regular questions. […]
Feb 29, 2016
MGG 593: Moving Pictures Isn’t Just a Rush Album
Unresponsive apps explained, Favorites returned to the sidebar, unrelated startup issues that might just be indicative of a larger problem and, yes folks, migrating and sharing your photos on your Mac. Those are just a taste of the topics touched upon in today's episode, and a few Cool Stuff Found […]
Feb 21, 2016
MGG 592: Taming Wi-Fi Chaos
iTunes spring cleaning, solving Error -43, revisiting Wi-Fi extensions and monitoring .plist files live as they're being written by apps are just a few of the topics that John and Dave discuss and demystify for you today. Join your two favorite geeks as they wrap up the week with this […]
Feb 12, 2016
MGG 591: If You Had a JBOD Would You Hold It Against Us?
JBOD, Airtime Fairness, Quality of Service (QoS), and RAID are just a few of the mysteries your two favorite geeks help you unravel this week. Add to that some answers about resetting pesky OS X passwords and photo storage plus a few Geek Challenges and a cornucopia of Cool Stuff […]
Feb 07, 2016
MGG 590: This is Why You Listen All The Way Through to The End
QuickTips, including offline dictation on iOS, audio sync with AirPlay and 25 hidden iPhone features. Then your questions are answered, including moving backups from one drive to another, a strangely-starting MacBook, what the best small desktop speakers and what to do with lost+found items. All this and more, just for […]
Jan 31, 2016
MGG 589: You Cannot Defeat Physics
Cool Stuff Found dominates the start here, including some travel tips, some iOS support tips, sorting out how iOS chooses its WiFi network, headphones for your eyes and one of your geeks' favorite utilities that is now available for El Capitan. Then it's onto diagnosing Safari CPU usage, Mail inconsistencies and more. […]
Jan 25, 2016
MGG 588: ¡No Te Dejes Atrapar!
Dave's back from Mexico and he and John are back at it. Some fantastic quick tips today, including some that your two favorite geeks didn't know about both the Mac and the iPhone. New Mac buying advice is on your minds this week, so that topic is covered too, plus some travel […]
Jan 19, 2016
MGG 587: Twas the Twenth of January
Fresh back from CES, John and Dave share their thoughts and trends about the show. Then it's on to answering your questions with topics including sharing Contacts with iCloud, solving erroneous Safari suggestions, the efficacy of smart chargers, the future of AirPlay and more! Download today, press play and enjoy […]
Jan 10, 2016
MGG 586: What Happens in Vegas… is The Pentium Episode
John and Dave are in Las Vegas together for CES and … for the first time in a long time … recorded Mac Geek Gab together in the same room. See just how well that works while they answer your questions, share advice and share some fantastic quick tips. Definitely […]
Jan 04, 2016
MGG 585: It’s Better to be Lucky Than Good
A failed hard drive can teach us some lessons and listener Jon helps us with a few of those. Some tips about printer drivers and the iOS-related lockdown folder follow and then it's time to talk TiVo BOLT. Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun have been long-time TiVo users and […]
Dec 27, 2015
MGG 584: It’s Saturday and I’m Still Looking For My Stapler
Today's show includes a new segment: Quick Tips! Those simple things that we all do without thinking about it can really help others do the same, so we've started sharing. In addition to that, today's discussion includes Keychain First Aid in 10.11.2, a fix for Office365 locking up Mail.app, upgrade […]
Dec 19, 2015
MGG 583: Curiosity is Awesome… Unless You’re the Cat
Searching in iPhone Mail, managing Gmail's unable-to-connect errors, DNS configuration, setting up a computer to ignore the Internet (it happens!), virtualization software and audio discussions (including Bluetooth headphone lag on the Mac). Download today and enjoy! Sponsor: Harry's provides guys a great shaving experience for a fraction of the price. […]
Dec 13, 2015
MGG 582: Time Capsule, Thunderbolt, Troubleshooting & Things Beginning with T
Some notes from Apple techs about iPhone Flat Rate repair and Finder default window positions are shared, then it's on to a quick discussion about why it's good El Capitan doesn't allow you to repair permissions… and when you would need to anyway! Thunderbolt, USB3, Network troubleshooting, external drive backups […]
Dec 07, 2015
MGG 581: Hints and Allegations for Cyber Monday
Restoring lost contacts, signing onto websites with Facebook, cloning drives, troubleshooting external enclosures and learning about the behind-the-scenes of junk mail filtering are just some of the topics discussed by your two favorite geeks today. Download and enjoy! Sponsor: Crucial: Crucial memory and SSDs are the fastest, easiest ways to increase your Mac® […]
Nov 30, 2015
MGG 580: The Magic of Instant On
John and Dave take you through managing your media perfectly for your new – and old – Apple TV, including using a NAS to store it all if you like. Then it's some tips about speeding up Time Machine, speeding up App Store downloads, converting movies and sound issues. Pepper […]
Nov 22, 2015
MGG 579: Bluetooth Audio, Calendar Management and Swap Explained
Junk mail management, Bluetooth audio mysteries, calendar searching, portable speaker solutions and some page-in/page-out clarity are just a scant few of the issues discussed by your two favorite geeks today. That, plus some geek-fueled Cool Stuff Found rounds out the episode (next week is your turn, send 'em in!). Sponsor: […]
Nov 15, 2015
MGG 578: Like Darth Vader, He’s Altering The Deal
Making your new Apple TV work for you, Migrating iPhoto and Photos libraries, crashing Finders, Terminal tips and making sense of your swap space are the questions your two favorite geeks address and answer for you today. On top of that, some listener-submitted Cool Stuff Found rounds out the show! […]
Nov 08, 2015
MGG 577: Never Mind the Squirrel
Surviving Halloween yet again, your two favorite chocolate-fueled geeks set off on yet another episode of helping you solve your problems and learn new stuff! Deleting El Capitan's SystemMigration folder is covered, as is fixing its Wi-Fi. Mystery disk usage is solved, duplicate apps are crushed and Dave is finally […]
Nov 02, 2015
MGG 576: Swear By (Not At!) The Terminal
Is Photos showing you your phone when you don't want it to? How about when Photos doesn't show you your pictures? IMAP Mail giving you trouble? Mailboxes appearing underneath your inbox? It's these questions – and others like them from listeners like you – that John and Dave answer today, […]
Oct 25, 2015
MGG 575: There’s No Better Time For a Funky Monkey
Today your two favorite geeks share their own, personal Cool Stuff Found plus answer your questions about syncing contacts locally vs. iCloud, how to restore preview in Mission Control, software vs. hardware RAID, Nuking and paving your Fonts (without disrupting the rest of your system!) and much, much more! Sponsor: […]
Oct 18, 2015
MGG 574: For Wireless Networks, Time Is a Hero
Changing Finder view defaults, managing iOS 9 email accounts, RAID in El Capitan and much more are covered by your two favorite geeks today. Subscribe or simply press Play to enjoy! Sponsor: Carbon Copy Cloner has been helping you create bootable backups of your Mac since 2002. Now with SafetyNet, […]
Oct 12, 2015
MGG 573: I Yell At Sites That Use Flash