Chrome OS Passes macOS to Become Second Most Popular Desktop OS

· Andrew Orr · Link

Chromebook

New data shows that Chrome OS has overtaken macOS to become the second most popular desktop OS. Chrome OS rose from 6.4% in 2019 to 10.8% in 2020.

Despite the fact that macOS landed in third, viewing this as an example of Google beating out Apple directly might not be accurate. Rather, it’s likely that Chrome OS has been primarily pulling sales and market share away from Windows at the low end of the market. Mac market share actually grew from 6.7 percent in 2019 to 7.5 percent in 2020.

Big Sur Hands-On – TMO Daily Observations 2020-11-16

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss their short and less short experiences with Big Sur, and offer tips.

New Additions to Dr. Mac's Utility Chest

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac loves useful Mac utilities and is always looking for the next great timesaver or simplified like the two he introduces in Rants & Raves Episode #408.

Former Apple Software Engineer David Shayer - BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

David Shayer on Background Mode

David Shayer worked as an Apple software engineer for 18 years. He worked on the Apple Watch, iPod, and Radar, Apple’s bug tracking system, among other projects. He was an independent Mac software developer for a decade, and clients included Apple, Microsoft, Symantec and the U.S. Navy.

David told about how he learned to program, some of which was on an Apple II and some on a Mac in the 1980s. He went on to tell me about how he was hired by Apple. Twice. The second time he worked on the iPod file system and database. In the process he learned how Apple products are designed, and that included some great stories about Steve Jobs, his design sense, and the iPod team’s interaction with Jobs. There were other fascinating Steve Jobs stories. We finished with his revealing article about how Apple OS software development works.

All the New Apple Event and Product Release Dates

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple event and product release dates

Lots of things we were hoping for from Apple didn’t get announced on September 15 and October 13. Now there’s been a bunch of predictions gushing forth.

macOS: How To Disable Webcam on Your Mac

· Jeff Butts · Tips

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.

macOS Troubleshooting Checklist Part I

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

After more than three decades as a Mac user, trainer, and troubleshooter, Dr. Mac has seen and resolved more Mac snafus than most. Here are some things he recommends you try when a good Mac goes bad…

macOS: Getting Rid of the Windows EFI Boot Entry

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Windows on a Mac and the EFI Boot Entry

When you delete a Windows partition, but don’t use Boot Camp Assistant to remove the installation, something pesky gets left behind. In this Quick Tip, Jeff Butts shows how to delete the leftover EFI Boot entry from when you dual-booted between macOS and Windows.

Hide and Toggle All of the Clutter on Your Mac Desktop When Sharing Your Screen: $9.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

PliimPRO

We have a deal on PliimPRO, software for the Mac that lets you safely share your screen with just one click. By simply clicking “Presentation Mode,” your colleagues or clients will just have to focus on your screen and not on other stuff you got there. The video below (no sound) shows how PliimPRO works. This app is $9.99 through our deal.

‘LastResort’, the Story Behind the Mac’s Mysterious Font

· Andrew Orr · Link

Ernie Smith wrote a profile of the Mac font called LastResort. It only appears when the OS can’t find an appropriate character of the system font.

But LastResort is a more interesting font than it seems. It’s essentially the typography form of hieroglyphics, showing unusual characters intended for people building fonts to have some sort of error system that helps them figure out what might be missing from their typeface.

A great write up of a font I had never heard of before.

Physics Professor Dr. Brad Marston - BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Dr. Brad Marston on Background Mode.

Dr. Brad Marston is a professor of physics at Brown University and Associate Director of the Brown Theoretical Physics Center. A graduate of Caltech, he received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and did postdoctoral work at Cornell University. Brad is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and is also an Apple developer.

Brad and I chatted about his computational and theoretical physics career. At Caltech, he attended physics classes taught by two of his heroes, the legendary physicists Dr. Richard Feynman and Dr. Kip Thorne. There, he developed his interest in quantum physics and computational models. Later, when he left Sun workstations behind, he adopted the UNIX-based Mac and Xcode as his tools of choice. That’s what he used to build his visual climate model, GCM, already compiled for Apple Silicon. Tune in and geek out with me and this amazing physicist and Mac guru.

Superb Apps You Won’t Find in the Mac App Store

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says, “If you only buy apps from the Mac App Store, you’ll miss out on many useful, reasonably priced, and effort-saving Mac apps.

IT Security Manager, NIST, Bob Gendler - BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Bob Gendler on Background Mode

Bob Gendler is an IT Specialist in the Apple world and a Jamf guru. He holds a B.S. degree in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is now part of the Mac Management team at NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Washington, D.C.

From a very early age, Bob fell into the world of Apple starting with an Apple IIgs and, as a teenager, a Power Mac 6100. Quickly, as an undergraduate, his specialty became system administration, and, later, that served him well landing the job at NIST. Bob filled me in on his latest project, the “macOS Security Compliance Project,” and the security problem the community faced with macOS. Basically, the new GitHub project leverages a library of scriptable actions which are mapped to compliance requirements in existing security guides or used to develop customized guidance. Bob nicely explains this crucial tool, his team, and who would benefit.

Clario Makes Digital Security Easy

· Jeff Butts · Product News

clario digital security launch

Digital security is crucial, but often confusing. Clario has just launched a new product that solves that problem without compromise.