macOS

Don't Create Multiple Apple IDs for Each New Device

Your Apple ID is an account used to unify your obtained media/apps/content amongst your Apple devices. You do not need to create a new one for each new Apple machine you buy. Ideally, you'll keep one personal Apple ID for life. If you accidentally made a new ID, despite having all of your purchased content on an old ID, just don't use the new one. Log out in System Preferences, then log into your more fully-loaded Apple ID. 

Is There a Hot Sync Feature on the iPhone Like on Palm Pilot?

iPhone 12

Episode 1809

Don from Hillsboro, OR

Don wants to know how he can access data on an old Palm Pilot. Hot sync doesn't work anymore. So he's using the iPhone. He'd like to be able to sync and print his notes and contacts. Leo says that the Palm Pilot hot sync was the best thing so that data will sync onto the computer. It's the killer feature of the Palm. But now that it doesn't work, Google contacts on the iPhone will do something similar. And you can also sync your data using the Mac. Apple notes to the notes app, music to the music app, etc., app by app. There's no one button like the Palm Pilot.

Remove Unwanted Login/Startup Items on a Mac

Apple makes removing startup items a more complicated process than it likely needs to be. But if you have some annoying windows popping up on your Mac when you log on, you may need to look in your (often hidden) Library folders. Launch Agents, Launch Daemons, and StartupItems can cause your device to automatically load items every time. Just be careful to not change System files that keep your Mac running properly. Alternatively, check under System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items tab. You may see apps, files, or folders that open when the associated user logs on.

Why Can't I Use My Mouse With My Mac?

Logitech MX Master 3 Mouse

Episode 1799

Andrew from Ventura, CA

Andrew discovered that Echo has a whisper mode, which is very peaceful at night. Leo says that they added that feature about a year ago. Andrew would also like a dark mode so that Echo is easier to use at night.  Andrew also has a Logitech MX Master 3 mouse, but he can't find a driver for it with his older Mac. Leo says that there's both a Windows and a Mac model, so Andrew may have gotten a Windows version, and the driver is expecting the Mac version. Check out the Steer Mouse Utility from PlentyCom

For a 1st Computer Purchase, Try an iPad!

If you have yet to buy your first computer, you will want to have a specific purpose upon finally receiving or buying one. Having a purpose will drive motivation, fun, and gratification while also building other computer skills in the process. A nice choice for a computer newbie would actually be an Apple iPad, which is only $329 and relatively easy to navigate. From there, your understanding can translate to other computer operating systems like macOS or even Windows. Avoid old laptops though, as troubleshooting and sluggishness will frustrate you more than necessary.

Wait Until June Before Upgrading Your Mac

If you've got a Mac and are thinking about upgrading to a new model now, just wait a bit longer. Apple teased their next Worldwide Developers Conference for June 7, 2021. "WWDC21 will offer unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS" according to Apple. So just hang on to see what new models wield the powerful M1 chip (which is currently only on the Macbook Air, Macbook Pro 13", and Mac mini) as well as a possible physical redesign. If speculation comes true, these new devices will be worth waiting for.

How Can I Make Ring Tones for My iPhone?

Garageband

Episode 1783

Angela from Nova Scotia, Canada

Angela has a Mac running Big Sur and an iPhone. She used to be able to get Ring Tones using an app called Ring Toner. But it doesn't work anymore with Big Sur. Leo says you can make your own ring tones with Garage Band. There's no need to use a third-party app to do it.  Garage Band is also available for the iPhone so that you can do it directly from your phone.

Why Can't I Use My M1 Mac After an Update?

2020 M1 Mac Mini

Episode 1781

Peter from Brooklyn, NY

Peter bought an M1 Mac, but he's having an issue with it. He tried to update from Apple, but it won't update, and now he can't recreate his account after reinstalling macOS.  Leo says that many people are having this issue, and the fix requires a device firmware update, or DFU, that requires a second Mac, which isn't very helpful. Here's now - https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/31/how-to-restore-m1-macs-reinstall-macos/.

Why Can't My New Mouse Work With My Old Mac?

2007 iMac

Episode 1777

Andrew from Moorpark, CA

Robert is annoyed with modern web design. It's so hard to read. Leo says that web design is done by 20/30-year-olds these days, and black text on a white background has grown out of fashion. But you can press CMD-SHIFT and + or - to make the text larger. And it will remember. All browsers also allow you to apply a set format to a modern webpage. It's called Custom CSS. Check your browser settings.