Can’t Imagine Technology Ages SO FAST

As I was browsing Mac news this morning (as usual), I read this MacRumors article:

Apple to Obsolete iPhone 4 and Late 2010 MacBook Air on October 31

Like many others, I was kind of surprised that Apple did so. If you have chance to scroll down in the article to the comments section, you’ll see many readers have similar feeling.

Some even say “and still it’s the best iPhone ever :)”, you know what that means ;D

To me, I just felt a bit sad for 2010 MacBook Air users. Well, maybe it’s the trend, but I don’t know. To me, it seems the value of a Mac (like many other types of consumer electronics) discounts faster than ever before.

Is this the trend? And is the MacBook Air pricing reasonable? I have to wonder…

How to Record Your iPhone Screen on Mac (without Jailbreak)

If you are a fan of mobile gaming, a marketer of an iPhone app, or a Youtuber, you probably have wondered whether there is a way to make a screen video of your iPhone.

In fact, there are many methods (and apps) out there. But, not all of them are easy to use. Some even require you to jailbreak your device which is illegal in many countries.

Thankfully, Apple has added a new feature to QuickTime Player that allows you to not only play/share a video, but also record movies from external devices like iPhones.

You don’t have to jailbreak your iPhone any more. All you need are:

  • Mac with OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.
  • iPhone with iOS 8 or later
  • The Lightning cable (for connection)

How to do that? Take a look at the step by step tutorial made by Hans from Tweaking4All, it’s quite good and fun to read (he’s humorous :-/).

I’m sure you’ll love the pup on his iPhone screen 🙂

How to Change the Theme of Google Chrome Browser on Mac

If you are like me, also use Google Chrome on a daily basis. You might want to change the theme (i.e. the skin) on Chrome.

Today, when I turned on my Mac and opened Chrome as usual. Not sure if it’s because I mis-clicked on some settings, the Chrome appearance looks quite different. It’s so grey (see below). I don’t really like it.

But, it only takes a few steps to add or change a theme of Google Chrome and make it look amazing.

Here you go:

Step 1: Open Chrome web browser on your Mac. On the top left corner, on the menu, click Chrome, then Preferences…

Step 2: you’ll come to the “Settings” tab. Under Settings > Appearence, see the button “Get Themes”? Click on it.

Step 3: browse the theme library, select one that you like (for me, I selected “Galaxy-View”), and click the blue “ADD TO CHROME” button. Wait for several seconds.

Step 4: Now check your Chrome skin. Does it look nicer? Whoa!

Note: you can also click the “Undo” button to reverse the process, it’s quite convenient.

Thanks Google! 🙂

How to Better Organize Exported Mailboxes in Apple Mail

If you are like me, who have been using Apple Mail for years. Chances are that your emails would take quite a bit disk space on your Mac, until one day you get a message saying your Macintosh HD is full, and you have to start cleaning the hard drive.

One of the things you can do is to delete those old mailboxes and emails, but before you embark on that, a good habit is to backup the mails first. Fortunately, Apple Mail offers a convenient feature that allows you to export these mailboxes quickly.

All you have to do is select the Inbox (or Sent, Trash, Archive, etc.), right click and hit “Export Mailbox” option. Next, choose a destination folder to save exported files.

However, one problem I faced is that the exported mailboxes (in .mbox format) separate files rather than archived as one. Here’s what it looks. Quite messy, right? Yep, I’ve added 14 accounts, that’s why there are so many files with strange names (how can I tell INBOX 8 is what? Heck ).

Anyway, the question is – is there a better way to organize these mailboxes by altering some settings in Apple Mail?

Unfortunately, no. There is no such feature, after exploring all relevant settings disappointedly.

So, here’s what I do. I manually created a new folder by naming it with the current date, then selected all mailboxes, dragged and dropped them into that folder. Later is the time-consuming part, I renamed each mailbox with the respective email address. That way, whenever I need it (for recovery purpose), I know which file to go.

That’s all what I want to share. It may not be that useful to you, but it works though you’ll have to take extra effort.

Note: I’m using OS X El Capitan (10.11) on my Mac, if Apple does offer such feature in the future, I’ll update this post.

2 Ways to Disable CleanMyMac Menu from Showing on Mac Menu Bar

I have been using CleanMyMac 3 for quite a while, and I like the app a lot. It’s really simple to use, and it cleans many unneeded files that take up gigabytes of disk space.

But one thing I don’t like that much is that it keeps showing up on my Mac menu bar every time I turn on my MacBook. Well, more specifically, I feel a little disturbing and apps (or services) that add themselves to the startup list is annoying, just personal preferences 🙂

If you are using CleanMyMac and you also want to disable the Menu from showing up on the Mac menu bar, we match! Today, I’m going to share with you two ways to do that.

First off: what is CleanMyMac Menu?

Simply put, it’s like a “mini dashboard” of the CleanMyMac app. According to MacPaw, the CleanMyMac Menu is designed to keep you up to date with what’s happening on your Mac and allow you to access all the utilities of the full app. See this screenshot:

Okay, now here’s how to disable it.

#1: Turn it off in CleanMyMac app preferences

Step 1: click on the CleanMyMac Menu icon on your menu bar. Locate the gear icon at the bottom right corner. Click it and select “Preferences”.

Step 2: a new window (the Preferences) pops up. Under the “CleanMyMac 3 Menu” tab, you’ll see a button (with green color). Click to slide it to OFF. Now the Menu will disappear immediately.

Also, it won’t start when you restart your Mac next time.

#2: Disable it from Login Items

Another method (which I usually do) is to remove it from Login Items. Well, not only can you disable CleanMyMac Menu, but also many other apps or services that launch on startup.

Step 1: click the Apple icon on top left corner, go to System Preferences.

Step 2: On the System Preferences dashboard, locate Users & Groups. Click on it.

Step 3: On the “Login Items” tab, select CleanMyMac application, and click on the minus “-” icon. Done!

Either method works, and it’s up to you which way to go. That’s all what I want to share. Once again, I don’t like apps that automatically launch, but MacPaw makes it a breeze to disable the CMM Menu.

How to Transfer Emails from Microsoft Outlook to Apple Mail

Not sure if you agree with me or not, but most of us who use a Mac today started with a computer that ran Microsoft Windows system. While Macs are definitely easier to use, compared to PCs. The challenges of switching from a PC to Mac are huge. The reason is obvious; we’re all used to the “comfort zone” of old PC ages and hardly willing to change.

Today’s issue comes from a reader question: how to transfer emails from Microsoft Outlook to Apple Mail?

I guess this reader must be new to Mac and maybe have been using a PC and Outlook email client for years.

Well, sadly I can’t write a step by step tutorial as I don’t have that much experience using Outlook. And given the complexities of different versions of Office Outlook, it’s really challenging for me to dig into the topic.

However, I did some research and if you are also facing the situation, here are some useful resources you may find helpful.

Outlook 2011 to Mail migration: When mbox goes bad — by Jon L. Jacobi from MacWorld. If you were using Outlook 2011, this article is worth exploring. Jon shows several key things you should keep in mind while dealing with the technical issues.

Import Email From Outlook to Apple Using Thunderbird — by Chris from HowtoGeek. He shows us how to move from Outlook to Apple’s using Mozilla’s Thunderbird. The link to Thunderbird is here:

Mac OS X Mail: How to transfer downloaded email from a non-Mac computer — from official Apple support. It’s a very comprehensive guide that I highly recommend you take a look before you start.

That’s all. I hope you find all find it helpful. If you find some other useful resources, feel free to let me know. Contact me or simply leave a comment below.

Where’s Hard Drive Icon? How to Get Macintosh HD Show on Desktop

Back to the PC age, I was used to clicking “My Computer” (in Windows 10 it’s “This PC”) to access everything. Likewise, on my Mac, I always go to “Macintosh HD” first and pull out any file or folder.

But, I remember clearly, the first time I got my Mac, the desktop is totally clean — nothing there. So the question is: where is the hard drive icon on Mac OS X?

Today, I’m going to show you how to get the Macintosh HD icon (or “Macintosh SSD” in case you rename it differently) show up on the desktop. It’s actually very simple.

Follow me…

Step 1: On your Mac desktop, move your mouse cursor to the top left corner. Next to the Apple logo, click Finder and select Preferences.

Step 2: In the pop-up window Finder Preferences -> General tab, under “Show these items on the desktop:” you see the checkbox “Hard disks“? Yes, make sure you check it.

Step 3: Now take a look at the top right corner, does the “Macintosh HD” icon show? Voila!

Likewise, if you don’t want the icon to show up. Simply go to the Finder Preferences and uncheck the hard disk option. That’s it.

Note: By the time wrote this tip, my Mac is running under OS X El Capitan. It’s possible that the steps above can be different if your Mac is with other OS X version. Therefore, I’d appreciate it if you let me know if this trick doesn’t work out for you.

Happy reading.

iPhoto Won’t Open? Here’s How to Fix it (You Have 2 Options)

Yesterday a reader left a question for me. It’s related to iPhoto. Well, I’ve to admit that I’m using Photos (yes, the upgraded version of iPhoto). Anyhow…

The question:

“Hi Tysa, I upgraded my old MacBook Pro to the OS 10.11 El Capitan, and now the iPhoto app won’t open. It says the version of iPhoto installed on my Mac is not compatible with the current OS X. And it asks me to download the latest version for free from the Mac App Store. I’m not sure what I should do. I don’t want to lose any precious photos. Please help.”

The solution:

Well, as far as I can recall. I faced similar problem while I was upgrading OS X Mavericks to Yosemite. The iPhoto app wouldn’t open, and it was resolved after download the new Photos app. Yes, according to Apple official announcement, starting with OS X Yosemite v10.10.3, every Mac now includes the Photos app.

I had no problem upgrading iPhoto to Photos app, and all my pictures were 100% kept intact there (thank God, had I known it would cause photo loss, I would have hesitated). So, I’d assume it’s safe to do so. But, just in case it’s best to backup all your pictures before proceeding.

How to upgrade iPhoto to Photos and migrate all pictures

Matt Elliott from CNET has contributed an excellent guide on how to move your photos and videos from iPhoto to the new Photos app, the details about iCloud Photo Library, how to optimize storage, and what you can do with your old iPhoto library.

Also, iDB has shot a great YouTube video which explains pretty much the same thing. If you are under Wi-Fi, watch it.

In the meanwhile, many users reported that the new Photos app is less intuitive, and it took time to get acquainted with using new software. If so, you can continue to use iPhoto but it has some restrictions on the versions you can use, and you have to reinstall the iPhoto app.

How to reinstall iPhoto app on Mac El Capitan

If you are not a fan of the new Photos app, Ross McKillop from SimpleHelp has a step-by-step guide that shows you how to re-install iPhoto on OS X El Capitan. Initially, the guide was written for OS X Yosemite, he later updated the post and claimed it works on OS X 10.11 as well.

No matter which way you go for, you shouldn’t have any problems opening iPhoto (or Photos).

One last tip: do make regular backups of your precious pictures.

How to Resize Partitions on Mac OS X El Capitan

Being well organized doesn’t have to be limited to work and life, it can be applied to computers too. I found myself extremely messy at managing my Mac files. Many times, I have to find a file, a question always pops up in my mind: where the hell did I save it?

Why that always happens to me? I’m not well organizing my Mac data. More specifically, I am used to keeping everything in one partition. So, here’s the trick — resizing or adding a partition helps.

Today, I’m going to show you how to resize a Mac partition under OS X El Capitan.

Is it safe to resize a Mac partition?

Well, I’d say it’s relatively safe (not 100% though). Why is that? Because your Mac probably has only one partition, and it’s the main boot volume. Resizing mounted boot partition is not the best idea no matter what computer or operating system you use. Since all your operating system files store in that partition, a tiny misoperation could go wrong and cause data loss — the worst thing you’d ever want to happen.

So, what should you do first?

Backup! Though it’s an old term that has been over-emphasized in the Mac world, still I’d strongly recommend you backup your data before proceed. The easiest way is to use Time Machine. This Apple support article has more.

Resizing Mac partition using Disk Utility

Step 1: Open Disk Utility. In Spotlight search box, type “Disk Utility” and double click on the first result that shows.

Step 2: Select the Mac hard drive you want to partition, click the “Partition” icon (next to “First Aid”). Now navigate the circle to adjust the size you want, and hit “Apply” button to continue.

Step 3: Wait for the process to complete. Done.

You can also watch this video for how:

If you have installed Boot Camp (Windows) on your Mac

Chances are that you also have Windows 10 (or 8, 7) run on your Mac, besides the main OS X El Capitan. In this case, you won’t find Disk Utility useful. But still it’s doable, see this AnySoftwareTools article for how to use a Mac partition manager to get that done.

One last remind — before you proceed, make sure you have backed up important files or the entire drive, just in case.

MacBook Pro Won’t Remember WiFi Passwords? 3 Tips to Fix It

So, your Mac won’t remember your Wi-Fi passwords? And you are tired of manually inputting passwords for the Wi-Fi networks at home or work? In this post, I’m going to show you a few tricks that may work. By the way, I’m on a MacBook Pro that runs OS X El Capitan. The other Mac models and OS X versions are supposed to work as well.

Tip 1: Make sure you checked “Remember this network”

Check this only for Wi-Fi networks that you trust, for example, at home or in the workplace. After you input the right password, check the remember this network option below “Show password”. Then click the blue “Join” button to continue.

Tip 2: Delete Keychain and retry

Do this only if tip 1 doesn’t work out, or your Mac fails to memorize the passwords for other reasons.

Step 1: In the Spotlight search box, type “Keychain Access”, double click the first result.

Step 2: A new window pops up, under “System” (on the left panel), select your Wi-Fi network, right click and delete it.

Step 3: Now re-join the network and don’t forget to check the “Remember this network” option as I showed in tip 1.

Tip 3: Reset NVRAM

If your MacBook is suffering some other issues such as your Mac is super slow to start up, Bluetooth won’t work, screen resolution not display properly, etc. besides won’t remember WIFI passwords issue, resetting NVRAM may help. Note: this tip originates from an Apple Discussion. Personally, I haven’t suffered the issues above.

Resetting NVRAM is harmless, and it only takes a minute. Follow the guide in this Apple support article, or watch this YouTube video:

That’s all. Let me know if these tips help.