Split View not working in El Capitan? Its an easy fix.

ElCapitanExposeIconXOne of El Capitan’s new features is Split View, which similar to features introduced in Windows 7 allows you to quickly set an app to full screen in half your display’s viewing area. With this approach, you can utilize maximal screen real estate to quickly work on two separate windows from different apps. This mode should be easy to access, but after installing El Capitan you may find Split View will not work. Continue reading

How to securely delete files in OS X 10.11 ‘El Capitan’

TrashIconXWhen you delete a file on your MAc, OS X only removes the index entry for the file, which tells the system the file’s contents are free to be overwritten; however, the data still technically remains and may be recovered using specialty software. To prevent this, you can use a secure-erase option that overwrites files you delete, but while this has been a built-in option in OS X, Apple has removed this in at least the initial release of El Capitan. Continue reading

About OS X 10.11 ‘El Capitan’ and Permissions Fixes

DiskUtilityIconXOne of the common routines taken after installing software, upgrading the system, or otherwise heavily modifying an OS X installation, is to run a permissions fix on the boot drive. This is generally done with Disk Utility or Terminal commands. However, if you have installed El Capitan, you will notice permissions fix routines are now missing. Continue reading

Fix package managers not working after installing El Capitan

NewTerminalIconXIf you’re a power user or have special software needs, then there are several package managers like Fink, MacPorts, and HomeBrew that can be used for accessing open-source software programs and services. If you have installed these a while ago on Yosemite, then you might find after upgrading to El Capitan that they no longer work, and give error outputs instead of updating or installing new programs you specify. Continue reading

How to overcome OS X 10.11 El Capitan not installing

InstallElCapitanAs with prior versions of OS X, the new version 10.11 “El Capitan” is available as a free purchase from the App Store, and should then download and run to allow you to upgrade your system. If all goes well, you should see the OS X installation window that instructs you to begin the upgrade process, but there may be instances where this does not appear, or does not work when you attempt the install. Continue reading

Reasons to both install and avoid OS X 10.11 El Capitan

InstallElCapitanApple’s OS X 10.11 El Capitan upgrade is available for download, bringing a number of nuance improvements to the OS X experience, including split screen views for full-screen apps, a moveable Spotlight window, and tweaks to the Notes app, among others. However, the OS release is going to be quite similar to the release of Snow Leopard in comparison to Leopard, or Mountain Lion in comparison to Lion, where the OS brings more tweaks than any new features or re-designs. Continue reading

Oversight in GateKeeper allows for an easy bypass

GateKeeperIconXApple’s GateKeeper is a background technology in OS X that helps thwart malware. It does so by assessing three levels of identification for an app (Unsigned, Signed, and Signed with App Store distribution), and then imposing options to block execution of apps that are either unsigned, or not distributed through the App Store. However, a simple workaround exists that can allow malware to overcome Gatekeeper’s blocks and run.  Continue reading