Security Friday! – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-07

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

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Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest security headlines and some tips for avoiding malware and viruses on your Mac.

macOS: How to Disable Homebrew Analytics

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Homebrew has recently started to collect data, which helps the developers. But if you don’t like this you can disable Homebrew analytics.

How to Change Mojave's Default Screenshot Location

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

macOS Mojave

Mojave’s new Screenshot program, which probably landed in your Dock after you upgraded, is pretty nifty. But if you want to change the location where it saves its screenshots, how do you do it? We’ve got the details in today’s Quick Tip!

How to Tell What's Waking or Putting Your Mac to Sleep

· John F. Braun · MGG Answers

Mac Terminal app showing Wake activity

You used to be able to view sleep and wake events via the Console, but that time has past.  John F. Braun shows you how to do this with recent versions of macOS.

macOS Mojave: How to Fix Blurry Mac Fonts

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Some Mac users are noticing blurry fonts after updating to macOS Mojave, but luckily there’s something you can do using Terminal.

Here's How to Force Your Mac to Run Only in 64-bit Mode

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

macOS 64-bit mode

macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 gets us a step closer to ditching 32-bit mode for apps. In fact, you can force your Mac to run only in 64-bit mode if you aren’t afraid to pay a visit to the command line. Read on to learn how.

9 Alternatives for the Apple's Mac Terminal App

· Jeff Gamet · News

macOS Terminal app alternatives

Apple’s Terminal app on the Mac is a great tool for diving into the command line, but it isn’t the only option available. The Mac Observer rounded up several alternatives to Terminal you can use to flex your macOS command line muscles.

Disable tailspind and spindump to Speed Up your Mac

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

tailspind and spindump processes running full CPU on Mac

Apple’s macOS High Sierra introduced enough performance enhancements that my dual-core, 2011 MacBook Air felt like it had new life breathed into it. Occasionally, though – and more and more frequently recently – events would cascade such that my CPU would run at full tilt for 5-10 minutes before finally settling in. When that was happening, Activity Monitor and/or iStat Menus would show two system processes chewing up CPU: tailspind and spindump. Thankfully, we now know how to stop that.

macOS: Using "Grep" to Find Matching Lines

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Terminal app

If you’ve never heard of the “grep” Terminal command, then you have to come check out today’s Quick Tip. Using this is a simple way to find lines in a text file that match a pattern you specify, which can make separating and cleaning up data a breeze!

XikiHub Could Make Terminal Friendlier and More Powerful

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

It doesn’t matter if you’re a command line cowboy or a total newbie to Terminal. There’s an awesome tool called XikiHub looking for funding on Kickstarter. The founder of XikiHub says it is the social command line, and the project looks really cool. It’s based on Xiki, a command line platform. XikiHub will give you a friendlier and more powerful Terminal. What’s more, the platform will get even better over time. Users can contribute commands for high-level interfaces like git and changing the desktop background. XikiHub will also support repeating recent commands and searching the community for help to remember which commands do what. This social repository for commands is also open source. The developer uses a multi-pronged security approach, and will have a low tolerance for abuse, spam, or social media marketing. This will be one of my rare backings on Kickstarter. Hopefully, you’ll back it, too.