Fix or help stem Wi-Fi connectivity problems in OS X

WiFiIconXAfter upgrading, restoring from backup, or otherwise heavily modifying your Mac’s software setup, you might run into an issue with your system not being able to connect or maintain a connection with your Wi-Fi network. This may have you regularly turning Wi-Fi off and then back on, or selecting your Wi-Fi network to hopefully re-establish a connection, only to have the system show an error and drop the connection again. Continue reading

How to uninstall App Store apps from the command line

MacAppStoreIconXThe App Store offers a quick way to find and install applications on your Mac, but Apple does not have an interface for removing any of the programs you have added. While the App Store downloads applications, you must resort to methods other than the App Store program for removing your purchases.

The first approach for removing programs is the most intuitive and commonly used, which is to simply Continue reading

FAQ on fixing permissions in OS X

DiskUtilityIconXWhen you run into a slowdown or two on your Mac, or perhaps another problem, then one of the troubleshooting steps that is commonly and sometimes blindly recommended is to run a “Permissions Fix” routine in Disk Utility. This routine is fairly straightforward; however, depending on your system’s setup you may be curious about repeated errors and warnings, or otherwise wonder about what happens when you run a permissions fix routine. Continue reading

Class action law suit filed against Apple for 2011 MacBook Pro graphics issues

MacBookProIconXOne of the more recent hardware snafus that Apple’s systems have encountered is a graphics error in its 2011 MacBook Pro line, where both 15-inch and 17-inch models for many users have shown graphics anomalies. So far Apple has not acknowledged the problem and issued fixes for affected owners, and many have had to pay for expensive logic board replacements.

As a result of these actions, after having researched the problem law firm Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP has filed a class-action law suit against Apple regarding the logic board replacements. Continue reading

All methods for restarting and shutting down your Mac

PowerIconWhile shutting down and restarting your computer might sound trivial, and are perhaps obvious tasks in most cases, there are a number of ways to go about doing these on your Mac, many of which you might not be aware of.

Some of the approaches for shutting down and restarting may be preferred in most situations, but others might be better suited when your Mac is unresponsive, or is otherwise in a jam where the standard options are either not available or not working properly. Continue reading

How to speed up a slow Yosemite upgrade

YosemiteInstallerIconXWhenever you upgrade a system there will always be times when configuration errors or incompatibilities may prevent specific features from working properly, such as a WiFi connection that is constantly dropping, but at other times more nondescript slowdowns may occur that have you questioning whether or not upgrading was worth it.

If you have just upgraded your Mac to OS X Yosemite and are noticing your system is running notably slower or choppier, then there are several steps you can take before you go about extensive troubleshooting efforts. Continue reading