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.

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.

macOS: Accented Letters Are Surprisingly Easy to Type

· · Quick Tip

Learn how to type accented letters quickly and easily

If you’re typing in French, German, Latin, or another language, you need to know how to type accented letters. You could always use the Keyboard Viewer, but Jeff Butts has found there’s actually an easier way. Follow along to learn yet another handy macOS tip.

Save Space on Your Time Machine Drive

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Time Machine Drive

Don’t you hate when your Time Machine backups take forever? Even worse is when you begin getting notifications about your Time Machine drive running out of space. Jeff Butts is here to show you how you can slim down your backups, saving both time and precious hard drive space.

Here's How You Can Enable 'Hey Siri' on Your Mac

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Hey Siri

Don’t you wish you could just say “Hey Siri” and have your Mac’s version of the voice assistant respond? Apple seems to have forgotten that feature with macOS Sierra, but Jeff Butts found a way to make it happen. Follow along in this Quick Tip, and you can have your own Mac’s voice assistant at your beck and call, without lifting a finger.

macOS Sierra: Quickly Restore Safari Tabs

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When you’re browsing the web, it’s inevitable that you’ll accidentally close a tab. Even if on purpose, you may still want to re-visit the page you were looking at. Instead of going into your Safari History, there is a quicker way to restore Safari tabs. Andrew shows us how he saves time when using Safari.

macOS Sierra: Using Content-Aware Reminders

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macOS Sierra Siri

All right, maybe you feel dumb talking to your Mac, so you don’t use macOS Sierra’s version of Siri. Melissa Holt feels awkward about it too, but for using content-aware reminders, she’ll make an exception. Wanna get reminded in an hour to respond to a certain email? You can do just that, and we’ll tell you how!

macOS Sierra: PiPifier Gives You Picture-in-Picture For All Videos

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Pipifier Screenshot

macOS Sierra introduced Picture-in-picture. It’s a feature in which you can watch videos while doing another task. For example, watch a YouTube video while typing up a report. The video is displayed in a small window that you can drag around the screen. This works for most videos on the web, but not all. Here’s how to force PiP for all HTML5 videos.