How to use Markup in OS X Yosemite Mail

MailIconYosemiteXOne of OS X Yosemite’s new features is the Markup feature in Mail, where instead of using Preview to annotate a PDF or image before attaching it to an e-mail, you can perform these edits right in your new message. This not only adds exceptional convenience for managing your attachments in your various correspondences, but also reduces clutter and the need for odd workarounds such as printing a document to a PDF in Preview, annotating it, and then printing it to PDF again for the convenience of creating a new e-mail message with the PDF. Continue reading

How to stay safe using iCloud and other online services

SecurityIconXFollowing the recent hack attempts against its iCloud service in China, Apple has published a reminder page to inform you of how to detect fraudulent sites that are pretending to be legitimate ones, by determining if the remote server is using valid certificates and proper encryption.

While Apple’s servers were not compromised and iCloud data and passwords were not revealed in the recent attacks, this event serves as a good reminder to check for the validity of any Web site you are connecting to, especially if it contains private or sensitive information. Continue reading

Fix ‘Could Not Set Up Apple Pay’ error in iOS 8.1

ApplePayIconXApple’s new Apple Pay service was made available yesterday with the release of iOS 8.1. With this update, any iOS device that contains a near field communications antenna, which at this point are only the iPhone 6 and 6 plus (though 5S owners will be able to use it with Apple Watch), will be able to set up and store banking information that can be used with the payment system that Apple claims is far more secure than giving merchants credit card numbers and other bank account information. Continue reading

Prevent the WindowServer process from dragging Yosemite down

ActivityMonitorIconXOne potential issue in OS X Yosemite that you might run into is a problem with the WindowServer, where at times this background process can use a large amount of your Mac’s CPU. This may result in not only choppy performance, but also excessive energy usage and heat generation, and therefore greatly reduce the battery life of MacBook systems. Continue reading

Fix OS X Yosemite always booting into Safe Mode

YosemiteInstallerIconXAfter upgrading to OS X Yosemite, you might encounter a problem where your Mac appears to always boot in Safe Mode, a maintenance boot environment where OS X only loads minimal and essential system services, in addition to running a few system checking routines. In general this mode is invoked purposefully by holding the Shift key down at boot; however, there are times when the system will automatically be triggered into Safe Mode. Continue reading

Fix Mail crashing after upgrading to Yosemite

MailIconYosemiteXAfter upgrading to OS X Yosemite, you might find Apple’s Mail application may crash or hang when you open it, preventing you from accessing any new messages. This can be exceptionally frustrating to manage, especially when it persists after restarting your system. If mail is constantly quitting after upgrading, and especially if it quits immediately when you open it, then there are several approaches you can take to fix this situation. Continue reading

How to make a bootable Yosemite installation drive in 10 steps

YosemiteInstallerIconXIf you intend on upgrading your Mac to OS X Yosemite, then I recommend you first save the installer that is downloaded to your Applications folder, as this can be used to directly install to other Macs you own. It also can be used to create a bootable OS X installation drive, which you can likewise use to upgrade other Mac’s, or better yet, reinstall OS X from scratch if needed. Continue reading