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 784: Don’t Outsmart Yourself

Oct. 15th, 2019 - 4:38 PM | 01:32:26

Sometimes the best thing you can do is to not overthink a solution… and sometimes it happens anyway! Join your two favorite geeks to learn about Catalina tweaks, AirPods tips, iOS scanners, and more. Plus, listen as John and Dave troubleshoot a network issue in real...

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Podcast Archives

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Aug. 13th, 2018
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    Cure The Beachball – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 722

    The spinning beachball sucks. It sucks time away, and it sucks the life out of your computing experience. So let's talk about at least one way to solve it. And let's learn at least four other things along the way. Sound good? Great. Press play and you're on the train.

  4. Aug. 6th, 2018
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    Haunted Drives, Beachballs, and Chatty Cathy – Mac Geek Gab 721

    Is running a full SSD OK? What's accessing my hard drive? How do I get custom sounds into Mail? These are just a few of the questions that John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite geeks, answer this week. Press play and enjoy!

  5. Jul. 30th, 2018
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    APFS, Shutdown, Messages, and Notifications – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 720

    Every time your two favorite geeks get together, something interesting happens: everyone learns at least five (5!) new things. This week's topics include two very specific features of APFS (a pro and a con), noise-canceling headphones for travel, a solution to drives not appearing on your Desktop, some Cool Stuff Found, and much, much more. Press play or download and enjoy!

  6. Jul. 24th, 2018
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    Scanning, OCR, Travel Phone Cases, and the Best Portable Computer – Mac Geek Gab 719

    Back from their adventures, John and Dave talk through some travel-related tips, including the best iPhone case to use when on the road and the best mobile computer for you. That's not all, though, as this week's episode also includes segments about sharing to an older TV, resolving slow computers, and lots of great OCR solutions for both your Mac and your iPhone. Download, press play, and enjoy!

  7. Jul. 16th, 2018
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    Deep Dives: Photos, NAS, & Backups – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 718

    Sometimes it's time for a deep dive. Today it's time for three! Listen as your two favorite geeks dive into Photos, NAS (Synology... and more!), and Backups.

  8. Jul. 9th, 2018
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    AirPods, Phishing, Smart Home, and Resets – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 717

    Tips and questions answered about iCloud Family Storage, Permissions, Converting video types, AirPods, FileMaker, and much more. Download, press play, and enjoy!

  9. Jul. 2nd, 2018
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    Supercapacitors, VPNs, PRAM, and iCloud – Mac Geek Gab 716

    Sometimes it doesn't sound geeky but it is, other times it sounds geeky but it isn't. With supercapacitors, VPNs, and PRAM on the list which path do you think your two favorite geeks are going to take you down today? You'll just have to listen and learn!

  10. Jun. 25th, 2018
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    Just In Case…Sensitivity – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 715

    APFS is still quite young, and both the market for it and our experience with it are evolving at a rapid pace. There's plenty more to learn about it, and your two favorite geeks dig in a little today. But that's not all! Some questions from the forums, some questions from the email, and more round out the show. Press play and enjoy!

  11. Jun. 18th, 2018
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    Mac App Switcher, iOS Reminders, iPad Calculator, and Feedbag? – Mac Geek Gab 714

    Do you like Quick Tips? Do you think you know everything about the macOS App Switcher? If you answered "yes" to those questions we think you'll be in for a very pleasant surprise, and that's just the kickoff of the episode! Then it's on to a few other tips, including a great script for unmounting drives that contain iTunes libraries. Plus, your questions answered. Download or simply press play, and enjoy!

  12. Jun. 13th, 2018
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    Thirteen Lucky Years of MGG – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 713

    Join John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton as they celebrate their 13th Mac Geek Gab anniversary by answering your questions, sharing Cool Stuff Found, solving problems and... you know... doing what they do for you! Press play, download, and celebrate! And also learn!

  13. Jun. 4th, 2018
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    WWDC 2018, Travel Tips, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 712

    Dave's in San Jose covering WWDC, and he and John talk through all of today's announcements and what they mean to you! Then it's on to sharing some Cool Stuff Found, including a few travel-related items that Dave found on his journeys this week. Lastly, some of your questions are answered. All of this and more when you press play and enjoy.

  14. May. 28th, 2018
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    The “Man Looking Over Your Shoulder” Attack – Mac Geek Gab 711

    Ever send mail to the wrong address accidentally? Ever want to ask your Mac its serial number? Notifications ever get in your way? All those questions are answered in the just the first segment of the show. Listen for more about syncing your Photos without iCloud Photo Library, managing your calendars, and much more! Press play and learn at least five new things along with your two favorite geeks!

  15. May. 21st, 2018
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    The Active Evolution of APFS – Mac Geek Gab 710

    You know how it goes: your computer's working fine one day, the next it's not. That's what John and Dave are here for... to help! They start today's episode with some handy tips that aren't documented anywhere, then they move on to answering your questions and solving your problems, including the path of progress upon which APFS travels. Subscribe, press play, and enjoy!

  16. May. 14th, 2018
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    The Charm of the Chime – Mac Geek Gab 709

    You have questions, Dave and John have answers. Today's topics include malfunctioning AirPods, setting Apple Pay addresses, restoring a Recovery Partition, email and iMessage encryption, and much, much more. Download, press play, enjoy, and learn!

  17. May. 7th, 2018
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    Dear Overlords of MacLand – Mac Geek Gab 708

    It's always something, and thankfully John and Dave are always here to help. This week we share some advice about geotagging your photos when shooting with a non-geo-smart DSLR camera. Then some talk about how to format Flash drives, and lots, lots more. It's always a blast and you always learn at least 5 new things each and every time you get together with John and Dave.

  18. Apr. 30th, 2018
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    Is It Time to Replace Your AirPort Router? – Mac Geek Gab 707

    APFS support in third-party apps continues to grow, there's now an app to search for 32-bit apps, secondary iCloud IDs might work well for you, and Apple's official acknowledgement of the end of the AirPort router line brings up one of our favorite topics again: what Wi-Fi solution is best for your home? John and Dave talk through all of this, all for you. Just like Sister Hazel sang. Or something like that. Just press play and enjoy!

  19. Apr. 23rd, 2018
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    Cracked iPhone Screens, What’s in iCloud Keychain, Which Mesh for Me, and More – Mac Geek Gab 706

    Running Apple devices is quite a bit of fun most of the time. Occasionally, though, you have problems... and that's where Dave and John come in to help. Today's topics include syncing Wi-Fi passwords, managing Mail's calendar events, and dealing with a cracked iPhone screen. Press play and enjoy!

  20. Apr. 16th, 2018
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    Tweaking Your iPhone, Keeping Your Mac Awake, Automation Radios, and More – Mac Geek Gab 705

    The iPhone isn't really built for you to tweak and troubleshoot, though sometimes that's exactly what you need to do. Never fear, your two favorite geeks come to your rescue. John and Dave also talk through how to keep your Mac happy and awake, radios for controlling automation, and much, much more!