Apple MacOS / OSX Blogs

Helpful blogs about Apple MacOS / OSX by a British women technology blogger with a practical, no nonsense approach. I blog about all Safari, Shell Scripts, AppStore, xCode, Swift and the issues I find with Apple MacOS while doing by work and the solutions I find to those problems. I’ve worked on OSX for well over 12 years now upgrading MacOS with every new release of the OS. I’ve seen iTunes come and go to be replaced by Music, Podcasts and the other new MacOS stock applications. I’ve tried the Mac office apps such as Numbers, Pages and Keynote but today I run Microsoft Office 365 on Mac as I find it easier when working with clients. I still use Mac Mail instead of Outlook on Mac. I blog about the short comings of some of the Microsoft apps on Mac, such as not being able to selectivley download messages in Outlook. For code editing I used to use TextMate and similar but now I think Microsoft Visual Studio Code takes a lot of beating. I think Apple Swift is amazing but as I work cross platform I tend to favour Python and use both Python and Java extensivley. For my database I use MySQL again because it runs well on Mac and it’s cross platform so I’m able to develop and test on Apple Mac and deploy to Linux, Windows and even high-end systems such as IBMi. For version control i use GIT which is now pretty much the standard everyone uses for version control. More recently I’ve started running Windows and Linux in a virtual environment on Apple MacOS so that I can test web pages using Edge and Internet Explorer on Microsoft Windows. It’s also helpful to be able to run Windows 10 in a VM on Mac when I need to help clients with problems they are having. Its so useful to be able to take a snapshot, try a change and just roll it back if the change causes a problem. Finally I love the tight integration of Timemachine in MacOS and the iCloud backup both of which make me feel confident my data is safe and make it easy for me to restore files when something goes wrong.

Enjoying Apple TV in the UK

It January 2012 and Apple TV (second generation, also know as iTV) has taken three major leaps forward I the UK and really has become the heart of the AV setup in my sitting room. First came iCloud support in the UK. I'd always been. Put off downloading films and TV...

CMD Tab and CMD Space stopped working on Mac OSX

I find that I mostly use CMD Tab to switch between apps on my Mac and frequently use CMD Space to bring up Spotlight so I can launch apps.  Anyway these both suddenly stopped working.  I Googled this and the common advice is to go into the Activity monitor...

Looking forwards to Apples WWDC 2011

On June 6th we'll finally get to hear Apple's next batch of announcements.  This time it has been a little different.  Normally Apple are very secretive and there is no official word in advance about what is going to be announced but this time we've seen...

The essential iPad

Over the last few days I've realised that I'm using my iPad more each day to the extent that it's now an essential tool. I thought it might be useful to share with you how I'm using it andthe key Apps I've installed. OmniFocus. This is a great tool for...

Upgrading to Mac OS X Snow Leopard

On Friday the Apple OS X Snow Leopard DVD turned up and I didn't waste anytime installing the upgrade.  This was the first OS X upgrade I've done since switching to a Mac from Windows and I was pleased with how quick and simple the process was.  In total the process...