This is Where You Cut Me Off – Mac Geek Gab 788

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Cleaning up your Photos libraries, Protecting against ransomware, remapping keyboard shortcuts, and Catalina’s USB drive crashes are just a few of the important questions your two favorite geeks hit in this week’s show. There’s more, including some Cool Stuff Found and some Quick Tips that will blow your mind. Listen as John and Dave share each of these, helping you learn at least five new things this week!

The Cloud is Good for Mac Backups - Except Time Machine Files

· John Martellaro · Link

Many Mac users also back up everything to a cloud service. Glenn Fleishman at Macworld explains why Time Machine files should not be on your list.

Now you might think that on top of that … Time Machine or a local copy plus cloud archives … you should back up your Time Machine volume to an online cloud service too.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t play out in practice.

Glenn explains, in detail, why you shouln’t even think about that practice.

Time Machine Is NOT Time Capsule

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

The Time Capsule was a hardware device that combined a wireless router with a built-in hard disk to offer wireless backup using Time Machine.

Apple’s Time Capsule and Time Machine are two different products, and Dr. Mac has what you need to know.

Mac Pro: You Want It? You Got It! – Mac Geek Gab 764

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Pro at WWDC with Mac Geek Gab title

Yes, some things happened at WWDC, and your two geeks discuss them. But first, some Cool Stuff Found. We can’t ignore that stuff, after all! Then it’s time for a jam session all about macOS Catalina, the new Mac Pro, and a few other things related to Apple’s announcements this week. All very cool stuff, and you’re guaranteed to learn at least five new things!

Don't Lose a Bit (or Byte) of Precious Data in 2019

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

Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode #313 World Backup Day isn’t until March 31, but I didn’t want this public service announcement to wait that long: You are going to lose every file on your Mac’s hard and/or solid state drive(s) if those files have not been backed up. – Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus  Notice how…

How to Use One Mac as a Time Machine Destination for Another

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is an interesting one (if we do say so ourselves). Did you know you can use one Mac in your house as a Time Machine destination for another? How very very odd. We’ll go over the oddness in its entirety in this article!

10 Things We Wish Apple Would Do in 2019

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Making a list. Checking it twice.

Just because a focus of Apple is making metric boatloads of money doesn’t mean that worthy projects that surprise and delight the customer must remain off the table.

Why not having an offsite backup is not an option…

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Our own Dr. Mac created a public service announcement he calls, “Why not having an offsite backup is not an option…” It’s 90 seconds long and makes an excellent point,  so ignore it at your own peril…

T2M2 Utility Sheds Light on Time Machine Operations/Errors

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

When macOS Time Machine works, it does so swimmingly. But when it goes wrong, it can be hard to diagnose the problem. Worse, according to the developer, “Before Sierra brought the new unified log, it was easy to check for problems using Console. But from Sierra on, that has become increasingly complex, and most users would rather undergo root canal treatment than try to make any sense of what they now see in Console.”

“My solution is a free tool, The Time Machine Mechanic, or T2M2, which I built to analyse Time Machine entries automatically in [macOS] logs.”

And it now looks great in Mojave’s Dark Mode.

T2M2 Utility Sheds Light on Time Machine Operations/Errors

How to Restore Files to an External Drive with Time Machine

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you need to restore a file or folder from Time Machine but want to put the recovered item on an external drive, how do you go about it? In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover how to do that, so you don’t have to take up more space on your Mac than necessary!

Just In Case...Sensitivity – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 715

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Detective Gear with Magnifying Glass and text Just in Case Sensitivity Mac Geek Gab 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!

Time Machine: How to Force a Backup to a Specific Disk

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re using Time Machine to back up to multiple drives, then sometimes you might need to force a backup to one disk or another (instead of relying on the software’s built-in schedule). In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to do that!

How to Restore from a Time Machine Snapshot

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Time Machine now saves what are called local snapshots on your Mac’s internal drive; these can be used to restore files when your backup drive isn’t available or even to roll back your entire system. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll talk about how to take advantage of them!

How to Restore Notes from a Time Machine Backup

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Lost some notes out of the Mac’s default Notes app? Never fear—as long as you have a backup! In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll go over how to recover your database from Time Machine, but there are a lot of caveats. A lot. Pay attention to the warnings before you get started!

Three Tips on Migrating to a New Mac

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Got a new Mac? Fun! Well, unless you have trouble moving your files to it, that is. In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will give us some tricks for making sure migrations go smoothly and some ideas for what to do if all else fails.

macOS: How to Remove a Time Machine Backup Disk

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re getting warnings that you haven’t backed up because of an external drive that you no longer use, then this tip’s gonna make your life less annoying. We’ll tell you how to remove a Time Machine drive from your Mac’s preferences, which’ll stop those notifications. Whew!

Cool Stuff Found, NAS Advice, and Geek Challenges – Mac Geek Gab 671

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Logo

It’s time to dig back into NAS drives by answering Steve’s question: Which Synology DiskStation is right for me? There are a few more things to explore on that topic, too, and your two favorite geeks do it justice. Separate from that are a few questions about a variety of topics, some of which are Geek Challenges where you get to provide some answers! A hardware-focused Cool Stuff Found rounds out the topic list for the week. Press play and enjoy learning!