Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun come together weekly to answer your question and discuss things of interest to Apple and Mac geeks, yet present them in a way that's both entertaining and informative for the average listener.

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MGG 802: Upgrades, Slow Internet, Hard Drives, and More

Feb. 17th, 2020 - 7:30 AM | 01:32:15

How’s your Catalina installation behaving? Have any Macs left to upgrade? Your two favorite geeks talk through it all. Then it’s time to diagnose the cause of slow internet, always a pesky one to diagnose! Add in some hard drive diagnostics, follow-ups on your subscription...

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Podcast Archives

  1. Dec. 31st, 2018
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    App Death Match in The Colosseum – Mac Geek Gab 742

    Properly sharing Contacts? Check. Managing Mobile Applications Folder? Check. Scanning Bluetooth Devices? Check. Securing Your Certificates? Check. Choosing the best router? Check. All of this and more in Mac Geek Gab 742. MGG Forever!

  2. Dec. 24th, 2018
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    Contacts Are the Root of All Evil – Mac Geek Gab 741

    Do you notice your Mac slowing down a lot? How many Contacts do you have? More and more listeners have been writing in with Contacts-related problems and solutions... are you one of them? Listen to John and Dave discuss this and so many other things this Christmas Eve. Press play and enjoy!

  3. Dec. 17th, 2018
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    Non-HomeKit Siri Control, Restoring from Trash, Quick Tips, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 740

    Have you ever wanted to use Siri to control something that's not HomeKit-compatible? You're not alone. Also, you're in luck! John and Dave have an answer for you. On top of that, quick tips, Cool Stuff Found, and your questions answered. Press play and let's go!

  4. Dec. 10th, 2018
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    iOS Mysteries, Choosing Your Server, & Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 739

    iOS is wonderful... and mysterious, especially when it asks you to login, or shows you duplicates of your data. Listen to John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton solve these problems and more for you. Then, should you get a separate Mac as a server, or can you run in the background? And, of course, more Cool Stuff Found just for you. Press play, listen, learn, and enjoy!

  5. Dec. 3rd, 2018
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    Real-World Speeds, Choosing Storage, and Quick Tips – Mac Geek Gab 738

    Ever have a disk drive or Wi-Fi device that doesn't get quite the advertised speeds? Yeah, so have we. In fact, it happens all the time. Listen this week as John and Dave discuss the differences between advertised maximums and real-world expectations... and how to translate between the two. Of course, that's not all! More questions and Quick Tips than you can shake a stick at. Press play, download, and enjoy!

  6. Nov. 26th, 2018
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    Geeky Gift Guide and Your Questions Answered – Mac Geek Gab 737

    The best part about geeky gifts is that sometimes the best person to get them for is yourself. Listen to John and Dave – your two favorite geeks – discuss some of their favorites at this point in the holiday buying season, and decide whether you buy one of these now for someone else... or wait until the gifting season wraps up to get one for you!

  7. Nov. 19th, 2018
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    No Roger, NoSQL, No Rent – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 736

    Before you gobble up all your turkey, gobble up some new tips and info and tricks and, yes, even some fun toys! 'Tis (almost) the season, and you don't want to miss out. Press play and enjoy!

  8. Nov. 12th, 2018
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    Bridge Mode, APFS, and Tips from MacTech – Mac Geek Gab 735

    Dave's back from MacTech and boy is his brain tired from absorbing as much knowledge as he could. He and John talk through a bunch of that, including some important new APFS knowledge, Cool Stuff Found, and a plethora of Quick Tips. Plus, of course, your two favorite geeks answer your questions. All this and more... press play and enjoy!

  9. Nov. 5th, 2018
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    Mac mini CPU Considerations, Semi-Dark Mode, Photos, and More – Mac Geek Gab 734

    New Macs are out! John and Dave answer your questions and talk through the various models, including a dissection of the 2018 Mac mini CPU options as well as the relative merit of the 2018 MacBook Air. Other topics include setting up "semi-Dark Mode" on Mojave, using a Fusion Drive as storage, migrating from iCloud Photos to other options, and more! Press play and enjoy!

  10. Oct. 29th, 2018
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    When Icons Go Bad – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 733

    The question of managing spoofed caller ID came up last week, and this week we've got answers. Also, how do you deal with applications that lose their icon? We'll help! We've also got a lot more than that, too, including other questions, quick tips, Cool Stuff Found, and maybe even an iPhone XR discussion, too!

  11. Oct. 22nd, 2018
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    The Spam Eradication Conundrum – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 732

    Do you get spam calls on your iPhone? Would you like to know how to stop that? How about power drain on your Mac and your iPhone? Plus, do you care whether you're using the actual SIM or eSIM on your new iPhone? Press play, listen, and learn together!

  12. Oct. 15th, 2018
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    APFS Corruption, Wi-Fi Numbering, and Backups – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 731

    APFS has been available on our Macs for a year now, and we're beginning to see the issues with corruption that can't be yet be solved by Apple or third party utilities. Wi-Fi is changing names... and getting faster! And folks, Backups are still important! All this and more in this week's Mac Geek Gab. Press play and enjoy!

  13. Oct. 8th, 2018
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    Don’t Panic, Kernel. It’s Just a Kill Switch and a Nuke-and-Pave – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 730

    Sometimes things go wrong with your devices, and sometimes the path you think will solve it winds up running you in circles. The same things can happen to your two favorite geeks, and this week's show talks about some of that while also answering your questions and solving your problems. Press play and enjoy!

  14. Oct. 1st, 2018
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    Is Mojave the Key to Solving the iTunes Problem? – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 729

    Ever wanted to run Terminal from your iPhone? How about merge two Mac Photos Libraries the right way? And is Mojave the Key to Solving the iTunes Problem? All of these questions and lots, lots more are answered in this week's Mac Geek Gab!

  15. Sep. 24th, 2018
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    Mojave, Inexpensive Tech, Dual SIMs, and More – Mac Geek Gab 728

    Don't get caught, folks. That's what we say, and that's what we mean. This week that takes shape with advice about when to install macOS Mojave, finding the right place(s) to buy inexpensive tech, and extending your Wi-Fi network the right – and fun – ways. Oh, and there's more, too. You'll just have to listen, OK?

  16. Sep. 17th, 2018
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    iOS 12 and Mojave Upgrade Thoughts, Cloud Storage, and Adapting Thunderbolt – Mac Geek Gab 727

    iOS 12 is out, folks, and John and Dave have some experience with it that they're happy to share. Of course, they take your questions, too, including those about your upcoming Mojave migration. Don't miss this one, folks!

  17. Sep. 10th, 2018
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    Skip the Dongle, Learn about Cruft! – Mac Geek Gab 726

    It's time to fully embrace the USB-C interface, folks, at least according to listener Zack. Todd helps us understand Cruft, Phil needs to know about storing IDs when traveling, Felix is curious about storing archives, and that's just the half of it. You'll have to listen to hear Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun talk all about this and more!

  18. Sep. 3rd, 2018
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    Back to School CSF, APFS on Externals, Cable Modems, and Beware iPhone Lint! – Mac Geek Gab 725

    Going back to school often means needing to take things from the digital world and connect them to the analog. Need sound? Need printouts? John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton have some Cool Stuff Found for you! Then it's on to troubleshooting external disks (including APFS), cable modem advice and what to do with an extra Mac mini. All this and more, just press play!

  19. Aug. 27th, 2018
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    Fonts and Photos and SpeedTests and Clouds – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 724

    There is never a dull moment when the MGG Family gets together, and this week with questions about misbehaving fonts, unsorted Photos, and inconsistent speed tests, well, there's a lot happening. And that's just the first round! Listen as John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton sort through all this and more. Press play ... and enjoy!

  20. Aug. 20th, 2018
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    CPU Throttling on Older Macs – Mac Geek Gab 723

    It's not just newer Macs that suffer from CPU throttling, it happens on older Macs, too, and a firmware update is not the easy fix. Keychains, Photo Sorting, Battery management tips, and doing the Public Wi-Fi Dance are just some of the other topics covered.