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Open Core Legacy Patcher

OpenCore Legacy Patcher is a free and open-source tool designed for individuals who want to run newer versions of macOS on older, unsupported hardware. It achieves this by patching macOS and modifying it to work with these older models. It is based on OpenCore, a modern and versatile bootloader for macOS. This is what the developers have to say about compatibility with the Sequoia beta: "I am going to say this preemptively: • No, OCLP does not support macOS 15 yet • No, I don't even know if it still supports Intel yet • No, there are no ETAs •...

MagicMenu from iBoysoft - Not Recommended

I recently saw a recommendation for MagicMenu from iBoysoft on Reddit and decided to try out the app. According to my records, it's the 1663rd app I have purchased from Apple, and it is the first one that I have ever requested a refund on. The app actually works as described, but the information on its free trial and cost of a yearly subscription was wrong. As soon as I installed the app, I received a message that the free trial was expired. I've never installed it before, so it wasn't a case of previously using it. When I decided...

What Is Your ALT+TAB Solution on Your Mac?

In Windows, when you press the ALT+TAB key combination, you are presented with all of the open windows on your machine, and you can cycle through them by repeatedly pressing the tab key. On a Mac, the equivalent, COMMAND+TAB functions as an application switcher, not a window switcher. No matter how many windows your apps have open, they only show up once on the resulting display. The free and open-source Mac utility, AltTab, offers a solution to this lack of functionality. It offers a highly customizable way to customize your experience, mimicking what Windows does and more: • Switch focus...

Applite - An App Store for Homebrew

Applite is a free application manager using a graphical user interface for apps installed using the CLI Homebrew package manager. Applite allows you to download, manage and update your Homebrew installed apps, even the ones you installed prior to using Applite. It has a clean and simple user interface and is designed for non-technical users. It is free and open source. There are no trackers. Every application in the Homebrew Catalog  is available through Applite. When you launch an app downloaded with Applite, the built in Mac security apps, Gatekeeper and Xprotect will examine it to make sure it is...

EtreCheckPro, System Report on Steroids

EtreCheckPro is an app that displays important system configuration details and allows users to copy that information for analyzation and use elsewhere. It helps identify and address system issues by generating detailed reports after analyzing the system's performance. It is often requested by experts among Apple Support Communities to help diagnose issues for people requesting help. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output. EtreCheck will automatically alert you to serious problems like adware, insufficient RAM, or a failing hard drive. Using the program is simple. At startup, it asks you to choose a problem from a list...

Dropover, Best in Class

There is no shortage of shelf apps for the Mac. With popular apps like Yoink, Unclutter and Dropzone in the mix, Dropover Pro, a $4.99 app in the App Store still manages to rise to the top based on price, usability and popularity. Its premise is simple, grab any content type from files, including folders, documents, images, URL's, text snippets to even web images from your browser with your cursor, shake your mouse and a shelf appears on the screen where you can park the item while you make your next move. You can also designate folders to automatically create...

Enhance Apple Shortcuts with These Apps

When I leave work on the days my wife works from a home, I just press an icon on my phone that sends her a text to let her know I'm leaving and approximately what time I will be home. In the morning, I start a daily note in Obsidian and with a couple of clicks a weather forecast and my daily appointments get added. When I'm ready to begin working on a certain type of project at work, I just select an item from a dropdown menu and all the apps I need for the project open up. All...

Seasons Streaming Companion

For many, the desire to watch all of the latest shows on streaming channels is complicated by the expense of multiple subscriptions. It seems like every month one or more of the channels I subscribe to is raising their price or instituting advertising that I have to pay to opt out of. The smartest strategy to cope with this is to only have active subscriptions to the channels you're going to be watching during a given period. With channels renewing on different days and some programs being released once a week vs. others being dropped all at once, it can...

A Privacy and Security Toolkit

In the modern age, it takes a real strategy to protect yourself from invasive mega-corporations who want to track you, bad actors on the malware front and in your face non-stop advertising. Whatever tools you choose have to balance with usability because we all have work we have to get done. Nord VPN My first level of protection starts with my VPN choice, Nord. I run Nord on all my devices, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Apple TV. I don't have a compatible router, but it can be installed on ones that are. Nord has many security features including a malicious...

Things You Can Do with Obsidian

Obsidian is a pretty well know app, especially among the more technically inclined crowd. At its core, Obsidian is a free note taking app that saves all it's content as plain text Markdown files on local storage, whether that be on your Mac, phone or iPad. There are also Windows, Android and Linux versions and many options for syncing (iCloud, Syncthing etc,) including a $4 a month option built into the app. What gives Obsidian superpowers are the 1600+ plugins, all free, that you can use to make the program do all kinds of customizable things. Here are a few...

Apps That Do One Thing Well

One thing that happens to some apps over time is bloating through feature creep. Customers demand constant updates to justify subscriptions or to satisfy some imaginary metric in their heads thats their apps aren't abandoned and the next thing you know, your favorite notes app has AI and your calendar apps can order you an Uber and it just all gets out of hand. That's why I like apps that do one thing well and that's it. I have a few favorites. Mission Control Plus Mission Control Plus adds the ability to close and minimize apps and windows from the...

Play: Save Videos, Watch Later

There are lots of places to find YouTube videos aside from the website itself. You see links on social media, in texts from friends in blog posts and elsewhere. Using the universal app, Play ($2.99 on the App Store), from Apple developer Marcos Tanaka, you can add videos to your own personal database that has many more features than the native "watch later" list on the Google owned site. Adding a video is as simple as using the share sheet, although you can paste single or multiple URLs directly in the Play interface. You can import playlists if you already...

Default Folder X an OG App For Mac Power Users

Most long-term Mac users have at least heard of if not used Default Folder X (DFX). The program traces its roots all the way back to DefaultD released in 1987. I've owned a copy since before I had Gmail since a search for my original purchase only turned up an upgrade offer from 2005 for $2.50! The program's purpose is to streamline and enhance finding, opening, saving and moving files and folders. Your open and save dialog boxes are enhanced with an overlay that will leave you wondering why Apple hasn't managed to build this into the OS. The overlay...

BlockBlock and KnockKnock from Objective-See

Anyone who tells you that Macs don't get viruses is misinformed, and you shouldn't rely on that person for computing advice. Mac malware exists. Having said that, the average Mac user is in much better shape than the average Windows user because the bad actors of the world tend to concentrate on the platform with the largest market share. Additionally, those who have a modern Mac running a fully up to date OS have built-in behind the scenes protection that requires them to very little in order to be safe. If that's you and you get all your software from...

AnyList for Recipes, Shopping and More

Mac users are blessed with several very good recipe collection apps, including AnyList, Paprika and Mela, all of which allow you to clip recipes you find online into a database and personal cookbook. AnyList and Paprika also have built in grocery lists that sync via the cloud, while Mela uses Apple's Reminders app for grocery list management, including the shopping specific features included in iOS 17. AnyList and Paprika both have extensive meal planning features. They create a calendar which you can share like any other. You can also share all information via cloud syncing and built in email capabilities....