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Fix Oh My Zsh “Insecure completion-dependent directories detected”

Dec 29, 2021 - Leave a Comment
Oh My Zsh Insecure Completion Dependent Directories message

If you recently installed Oh My Zsh or updated a Mac running Oh My Zsh, you may encounter a large error message screen upon launching new terminal windows. The error usually states “Insecure completion-dependent directories detected”, and showing a series of /usr/local/share/zsh/ directories whose permissions zsh considers insecure. There are two choices to deal with … Read More

How to Fix “USB Accessories Disabled” Mac Error Message

Dec 15, 2021 - 1 Comment
USB Accessories Disabled Mac error

Some Mac users may see a “USB Accessories Disabled” error message when using their computer. This is often encountered with a USB-C hub that has many devices attached to it, but it can also occur when a Mac has connected an external USB drive, disk, camera, keyboard, controller, USB-C power cable, or other device to … Read More

Fix “This message has not been downloaded from server” in Mail on iPhone & iPad

Dec 8, 2021 - 2 Comments
Message not downloaded from server error iPhone Mail app

Occasionally, Mail app users on iPhone and iPad may try to open an email and encounter an error message in the email subject that says “This message has not been downloaded from the server.” The Mail app does not provide any means to download the email message from the server, leaving it up to the … Read More

“Your system has run out of application memory” Mac Error

Dec 3, 2021 - 11 Comments
Your system has run out of application memory Mac error message

“Your system as run out of application memory” is an error message encountered by some Mac users, often seemingly out of nowhere. The message appears alongside an option to force quit applications, which if an app consuming a large amount of resources is force quit, may temporarily render the Mac usable again.

Installing MacOS Monterey on Unsupported Macs

Nov 30, 2021 - 5 Comments
install macOS Monterey on unsupported Mac

Some advanced Mac users may be interested in running macOS Monterey on an unsupported Mac. Much as it sounds, this means that you’d install and run macOS on a Mac that is older than what is officially supported by macOS Monterey, and not on the compatible Macs list.

Fix App Menu Bar Hiding Behind Notch on MacBook Pro 14″ & 16″

Nov 15, 2021 - 2 Comments

If you have a new MacBook Pro 14″ or 16″ with a display notch, and find an apps menu bar items are hiding behind that display notch, which is a fairly common occurrence for many Mac apps, you can use a workaround to shrink the display so the entire screen scales down to fit below … Read More

How to Change Apple ID Country or Region on PC & Mac

Nov 14, 2021 - 6 Comments
How to Change Apple ID Country or Region on PC & Mac

Do you want to switch regions on your primary Apple ID account used on a Mac or PC? Users who’re moving to a different country would want to do this to unlock iTunes and App Store content in that specific region. Some people tend to just make a new Apple account when presented with this … Read More

Screen Time Wrong? Showing Inaccurate Usage on iPhone & iPad Screen Time & How to Troubleshoot

Nov 13, 2021 - 2 Comments
Screen Time showing wrong time estimates for apps and webpages on iPhone and iPad

Many iPhone and iPad users have discovered Screen Time is reporting incorrect time estimates for apps and webpages, sometimes showing numbers that are considerably wrong. Often the incorrect Screen Time reports will be calculated as many hours for websites or web pages that may be opened as a tab in Safari or from another app, … Read More

Mac App Store “An SSL error has occurred and a secure connection to the server cannot be made.”

Nov 12, 2021 - Leave a Comment
Mac App Store SSL Error

Some Mac users are finding an App Store error when attempting to download apps or update apps from the Mac App Store. The error message says: “We could not complete your purchase. An SSL error has occurred and a secure connection to the server cannot be made.”

How to Fix “Blocked Plug-in” PDF Safari Error on Mac

Nov 12, 2021 - Leave a Comment
Safari Blocked Plug-in Error when downloading PDF files on Mac

Have you ever tried to open a PDF in Safari on the Mac, only to be hit with a “Blocked Plug-In” message in the browser, rather than the PDF? While sometimes this can relate to having the Adobe Acrobat plugin installed on the Mac, it can also be an issue with Safari and loading some … Read More

Touch Screen Issues with iPhone or iPad and iOS 15.1? Here’s How to Fix

Nov 11, 2021 - 22 Comments
iPhone and iPad unresponsive touch screen issues

Some iPhone and iPad users have discovered that their devices touch screens are having random problems with response to touch input, particularly since updating to iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 or later, including iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1. The touch screen issue can be everything unregistered taps, unresponsive to touch input, a seeming delay to … Read More

“Volume Hash Mismatch” Error in MacOS Monterey

Nov 10, 2021 - 3 Comments
Volume Hash Mismatch Error in MacOS Monterey

Some macOS Monterey users are encountering a peculiar “Volume Hash Mismatch” error message, informing them that a hash mismatch was detected and to reinstall macOS on the volume. The full error message reads: “Volume Hash Mismatch – Hash mismatch detected on volume disk1s5. macOS should be reinstalled on this volume.” Some users experience this error … Read More

Fix Apps Crashing on M1 Pro/Max Mac After Migration Assistant or Monterey Update

Nov 8, 2021 - 8 Comments
Finder icon on the Mac

Some M1 Mac users may discover that apps like Steam, Minecraft, Lightburn, 0ad, Atom, Skype and any other Rosetta applications are crashing or unable to launch. This issue seems to happen most often after using Migration Assistant to setup a new Mac, but it can also happen to some Apple Silicon Macs that have downgraded … Read More

Fix “Your Mac was unable to communicate with your Apple Watch” Error

Nov 5, 2021 - 1 Comment
Fix Mac unable to communicate with Apple Watch error

Some Mac users may experience an issue when unlocking their Mac with Apple Watch where they discover it is no longer working as expected, despite all the conditions being met to do so. Instead, users may get an error message that says “Your Mac was unable to communicate with your Apple Watch. Make sure your … Read More

MacOS Monterey Problems – Fixing Issues with macOS 12

Nov 3, 2021 - 36 Comments
Troubleshooting MacOS Monterey problems

Difficulties with new system software versions seem to always occur for a small subset of unfortunate users, and MacOS Monterey is no different. While MacOS Monterey has installed fine for most users, for an unlikely group, there may be a variety of problems or issues experienced with MacOS Monterey. This article will detail some of … Read More

Don’t Use iCloud? How to Remove “Start Using iCloud” Notifications on Mac

Oct 30, 2021 - 8 Comments
Finder icon on the Mac

If you’re a Mac user who does not use iCloud, nor do you want to use iCloud, you might be bothered by the “Start Using iCloud” notifications and messages in System Preferences to use the iCloud service. iCloud is undeniably useful with its syncing capabilities, but if you don’t use it for whatever reason, you … Read More

How to Install MacOS Monterey on a Mac

Oct 29, 2021 - 4 Comments
Installing macOS Monterey

macOS Monterey is here, complete with some nice new features like Live Text which allows you to select text in images, the inclusion of Shortcuts app on Mac, improvements to Safari, Focus modes, the ability to use a Mac as an AirPlay receiver, and a variety of general refinements to the Mac operating system. If … Read More

Hate Safari Tabs in iPadOS 15? Get iPadOS 15.1 to Revert Them Back

Oct 27, 2021 - 8 Comments
Safari tabs reverted to prior UI in latest iPadOS

If you’re an iPad user who updated to iPadOS 15 and did not like the redesigned Safari Tabs experience, where the tabs are hard to tell apart and differentiate from and look like strange buttons instead of, well, tabs, you’ll be happy to know you can rid yourself of this experience quickly. Reverting the iPadOS … Read More

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