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Synology RT2600ac and RT1900ac: Your Apple AirPort Extreme Replacement

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Screenshots of Synology's DS Router iPhone app

These days, many Apple users are looking to improve and update their home Wi-Fi connections. With Apple seemingly having abandoned any true hardware updates to their AirPort router line, Apple users are looking to third-parties to fill the gap for an AirPort Extreme replacement. To that end, Synology is among the cream of the crop in the standalone router market and provides many features never found in Apple’s offerings.

Real-time Malware Scanners for Your Mac

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Malware is a real threat for many platforms, even Macs. Up until recently, malware scanners had to be launched manually to search for this software that could screw up your Mac, and perhaps compromise sensitive information. In this Mac Geek Gab Highlight, John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton discuss new real-time scanning options, including the new Malwarebytes 3, its current memory leak issues, Drive Genius 5, and ClamXAV 2.

Alexander Hamilton Papers Now Online at Library of Congress

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Letter from Alexander Hamilton, age 12

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Alexander Hamilton is household name these days for many reasons, perhaps even moreso in my house, but likely yours just the same. The Library of Congress has now published digital versions of over 12,000 letters, legal papers, speech drafts, and more, many of which are in Hamilton’s own writing. The example shown here is a letter Hamilton wrote on November 11, 1769 when he was 12-years-old in St. Croix, telling his friend that he would “willing risk my life tho’ not my character to exalt my station.” There are some fascinating treasures within.

What to Do Now That CrashPlan for Home is Going Away

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This week’s Mac Geek Gab had many listeners writing and calling in, asking for guidance on their cloud backup options now that CrashPlan has announced the end of CrashPlan for Home. John and Dave talk through various solutions including BackBlaze, B2, Amazon Glacier, CrashPlan for Small Business, and others. Listen to this Mac Geek Gab Highlight from MGG 672 to hear the advice of your two favorite geeks.

Here's Why You Still Need to Force Quit Some iPhone Apps

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Xcode’s Instruments app showing iOS task usage

John Gruber penned a piece at Daring Fireball with this premise: iOS is so good at managing background apps that you never need to force quit them. He is 100% correct that this is true about iOS and most apps. Unfortunately, as with most general advice, there are exceptions. We’ll show you how to find them.

Use a RADIUS Server to Control Wi-Fi Authentication in Your Home

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After our discussion about using RADIUS for Wi-Fi authentication in Mac Geek Gab 664, listener John Skinner set to work on a how-to:

If you have a Mac with a wired ethernet jack, an Airport base station capable of doing WPA2 Enterprise, and $20 (to buy macOS Server in the Mac App Store), you can set all this up! Then you will be able turn on and off access to your WiFi network, per user.

It’s that last bit that explains “why?” With Personal WPA2 Wi-Fi, everyone shares the same password. With Enterprise WPA2, each person has their own password. The RADIUS server is the key to making this happen.

How Scott Forstall Selected The People Who Would Create The iPhone’s Software

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In 2005 Scott Forstall was tasked with finding people to build the iPhone and, due to secrecy concerns, Steve Jobs said he could only pick people from within Apple. From Mark Sullivan over at Fast Company:

“During all the interviews for the team, we screened for people who were growth mind-set,” Forstall told me. Forstall said he had been a fan of Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor known for her theory that people exist somewhere on a continuum between “fixed mind-set” and “growth mind-set.”