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Stolen Device Protection is a new capability first appearing in iOS 17.3 that provides an additional layer of protection in the event your iPhone is stolen and the thief forces you to unlock your phone or tell them your passcode. When enabled, sensitive operations such as changing the device passcode, accessing your stored passwords or credit cards, and changes to your Apple ID require additional biometric...

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I recently upgraded my home network from gigabit to 10G so I could take advantage of faster transfers between my Synology NAS, Proxmox server, and workstations. But while editing family video clips stored on my NAS, something did not feel right. Every device was connected at 10GbE, but file copy speeds were slower than expected. This made me wonder, are there bottlenecks in my network?

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Are you looking for a large file to test disk file transfers or your internal network speed? Instead of downloading a massive test file and wasting your Internet bandwidth, simply generate one with a simple command right on your Mac.

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Did you know there is a comprehensive screenshot and recording capability built right into modern versions of macOS? That's right, say goodbye to third-party utilities, macOS has you covered. Activated using special keyboard shortcuts (or via terminal), more than a dozen options are available to help you take every type of screenshot you will ever need along with customizations to include a timer delay...

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There are many situations when you need to view hidden files on Mac. Especially if you are doing software development as there are a lot of files that start with a . (dot), such as the .gitignore file, as any file that starts with a dot is hidden automatically. This was especially annoying for me when I realized my Eleventy configuration file .eleventy.js was missing because Finder does not...

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I recently helped migrate an Office 365 contact list over to the Apple Contacts ecosystem. While there are a lot of off-the-shelf products you can buy, I approached this as a project to build a free CSV to vCard (VCF) conversion tool (built right into this page) that would help anyone else in a similar situation without having to buy or install anything.

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The file system structure on most Linux distributions is loosely based on something called the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard which guides the usage of the various root directories. This article was created to help beginner Linux users with a "cheat sheet" of the most common Linux directories along with a deeper detailed explanation...

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I recently rewrote Tweaks.com using Eleventy (11ty) to build the entire site with static HTML pages moving away from dynamic server pages that powered this site for over 20+ years. This change increases site performance and scales extremely well. There are a few useful tricks I learned along the way, starting with this article about pagination-generated pages missing from the...

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I like to organize my macOS/OS X dock by arranging similar app icons together into groups and then separating the groups visually with spaces using a hidden dock feature called spacer tiles. If you have a lot of apps on your Dock, spacer tiles can make it easier to find the right app quickly and also make your dock look less cluttered.

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With remote work the new standard, having a fast and quality Internet connection and WiFi has become as important as reliable electricity. And if you work in IT support, confirming an end user's home internet, internal network, and WiFi is healthy without errors is the first step of troubleshooting any slowness or video conferencing issue with Zoom, Webex or Teams.

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