Category: Computers

Build iOS Apps for iOS 10.3 in Xcode 8.2

I’ve been working on an iOS app using an upgraded mid-2009 MacBook Pro, but I ran into a roadblock the other day when I wanted to test the app on a real device instead of just the iOS simulator. My iPhone is running the latest iOS 10.3 as of this writing, but the version of…

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Dual-booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 in UEFI Mode

I haven’t looked at any Linux distros in a while, so I thought I’d see how Ubuntu was running these days. First let me say that I think Ubuntu is pretty sweet for a free OS and the installation process is generally very smooth. However, in this particular instance I ran into some issues. I…

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Screenshot of Windows 10 Power Settings

Resolving Sleep or Standby Mode Issues in Windows 10

I should be able to specify that I want my computer to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity, and it will go to sleep as expected and only wake back up when I press a key or move the mouse or something like that. Unfortunately my PC has had some issues in the past waking…

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Hibernate in Start Menu

Bring Back the Hibernate Power Option in Windows 10

The Hibernate power option is a great way to keep everything where I left it when I’m going to be away from my PC for a long time (e.g. when going to bed or even on a vacation). Sometimes I’ll have several applications, a couple dozen browser tabs, and a bunch of Windows Explorer folders…

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Burn ISO File to Disc in Windows 10

I wanted to make a bootable Ubuntu 16.04 disc the other day for an older PC and I wasn’t sure how to burn the ISO image to a disc. It’s not that I’ve never done it–I’ve created dozens of bootable discs since the days of Windows 98–it’s just that I haven’t needed to burn a…

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How I Used Mac Addresses to Identify All the Smart Devices On My Network

Like many tech-savvy thirty-somethings my household has acquired quite a few Wi-Fi-connected devices over the past few years: Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi scale Wireless printer Smart thermostat Apple TV/Roku Smart HDTV Wi-Fi baby monitor Wi-Fi security cameras Smart phones, tablets, computers etc. Our network had gradually become highly populated with devices, and I didn’t even notice. When I upgraded our router…

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Upgrading a 2009 13″ MacBook Pro with SSD and RAM

My fiancé has a 13″ MacBook Pro from 2009. While it probably worked great when it was new, five years later it had become painfully slow (#firstworldproblems) with its 2GB of RAM and 160GB HDD. A few searches online uncovered others who had similar setups and successfully upgraded them to modern performance standards with an…

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Fix Frozen Trackpad and Keyboard when MacBook Wakes from Sleep

The other day my work MacBook Pro (a mid-2012 15 inch MacBook Pro running OS X 10.7 Lion) started having problems waking from sleep. When I opened the lid, I could not move the mouse or type my password to log in. The trackpad and keyboard simply did not work. After a quick internet search…

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Fix Windows 7 Homegroup Service that Will Not Start

I recently upgraded my primary desktop computer with a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, and video card, so naturally I had to reinstall Windows. When I booted into Windows and connected to my home network, I was prompted to choose the type of network; I chose Home because, well, it’s my home network. I have a…

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