Evade the macOS 'Too Many Open Files' Error by Pushing the Limits

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too many files open

Here at Mac Observer, we’re penultimate geeks. We push our Macs to the limits, and then find ways to surpass those limits. macOS has limits put in place that result in occasional error messages about “too many open files,” which one of the team ran afoul of. Jeff Butts dove deep into the core of macOS and found out how to increase the limits Apple has imposed upon us.

The 5 Best Terminal Commands for Your Mac

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Terminal commands on macOS are powerful

As powerful as the graphical user interface is on macOS, there’s still a lot more you can do from the Terminal. Whether it’s turning on repeating keys or hiding a folder from prying eyes, the Terminal holds a lot of potential. Jeff Butts walks us through his favorite five tips and tricks for using the Terminal to unleash more of the power of your Mac.

macOS: How To Disable Webcam on Your Mac

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disable webcam on your Mac

Our front-facing cameras are terrific, but they are also a security risk. Jeff Butts tells you how to disable your FaceTime Camera, iSight, or other webcam on a Mac without resorting to leaving the sticky residue of tape behind.

Could Facebook Become the New Web of Trust? Maybe!

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Facebook and the Web of Trust

Jeff Butts has never been a fan of OpenPGP, because the Web of Trust it relies upon is, well, unreliable. That might change, because Jeff has discovered a feature in Facebook that could allow the social media giant to become the new Web of Trust.

iOS: What to Do When Your iPhone Gets Too Warm

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iPhone gets too warm

There’s nothing more frightening than the thought of your iPhone blowing up or dying from getting too warm. Before you schedule that trip to the Genius Bar, though, follow through these tips from Jeff Butts. He’s got some great troubleshooting steps for when your iPhone gets too warm.

macOS Sierra: Delete Your APFS Partition the Right Way

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Delete your APFS partition the right way

If you’ve been experimenting with APFS, perhaps you’ve already tried to delete your APFS partition. You probably found out that it’s not easy. Jeff Butts went through several methods, and has landed on what seems to be the cleanest way to delete your APFS partition when you’re done with it.

5 Things to Consider when Evaluating a VPN for Privacy

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Yesterday we explained what a VPN is and covered the benefits of using one. Today we’re examining how to figure out if you have a trustworthy VPN provider. In place of your ISP, your VPN provider receives your browsing data, and it’s good to shop around and compare privacy policies. Andrew Orr tells us what to look out for.

What Is A VPN, And How Can It Help You?

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Now that Congress have chosen to allow ISPs to sell your data, many people are turning to VPNs to help. But you may not know how VPNs work, or how a VPN can help you browse the web safely. In this article Andrew Orr explores the technical details and gives you our VPN recommendations.