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How to Get the Older Style MacOS Alert Dialog Back

MacOS Monterey and MacOS Big Sur introduced a new style to the MacOS alert dialog boxes, which look more like something you’d see in iOS than MacOS. … If you’d like to return to the older traditional style of MacOS alert dialog boxes and windows, you can do so with the help of a defaults write command.

Source: How to Get the Older Style MacOS Alert Dialog Back (OSXDaily)

Purgeable Storage Space on Mac: What it is & How to Free It

You may find a “Purgeable” storage space when looking at disk storage and disk usage in modern versions of macOS, including Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, Sierra, etc, either within the About This Mac > Storage screen, Disk Utility, or the Storage Management section of System Information.

This curiously labeled disk storage item is similar to the “Other” storage space on the Mac that many users wonder about, so if you’re curious what purgeable storage space is, and how to free it up to clear it out, then read on.

Source: Purgeable Storage Space on Mac: What it is & How to Free It

Take control of Time Machine backups with the TimeMachineEditor utility

You can use a third-party utility to set a schedule and other controls for Time Machine backups. And the utility is free.

Source: Take control of Time Machine backups with the TimeMachineEditor utility (Macworld)

Raspberry Pi Time Machine and NAS Backs Up Data For You

Archiving data can save you in a pinch—but what if you forget to make a backup? This Raspberry Pi project, created by Curtis Gross, solves that problem by automating the process in a convenient NAS device. The end result is a Pi-powered time machine server with all of your data stored in archives.

Source: Raspberry Pi Time Machine and NAS Backs Up Data For You | Tom’s Hardware

If you have privacy concerns regarding Etcher (now known as balenaEtcher), here are some alternatives

We’ve used Etcher several times, mostly to make a bootable SD card for a Raspberry Pi or to put a bootable image of a Linux distribution onto a USB thumb drive. But we’re rethinking that now because we’ve read some concerns about privacy when using Etcher, or balenaEtcher as it is now called. … All we wanted to point out is that if you do have any concerns about using Etcher or balenaEtcher, there are alternatives, depending on which operating system you are using:

Source: If you have privacy concerns regarding Etcher (now known as balenaEtcher), here are some alternatives – Two “Sort Of” Tech Guys

How to Enable Support for HFS on the Raspberry Pi

In this Raspberry Pi HFS tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to enabling support for Apples HFS Plus filesystem on your Raspberry Pi.

This tutorial will take you through the packages that you need to install to interact with HFS Plus drives. We will also show how to mount the drives and format a drive.

Source: How to Enable Support for HFS on the Raspberry Pi – Pi My Life Up

This Siri Shortcut Automatically Triggers Camera Every Time Cops Pull You Over

I knew that day that the Shortcuts app has paved the way for automation in iPhone, but I didn’t realize that it can also be used to keep a track on the proliferating police abuse.

Source: This Siri Shortcut Automatically Triggers Camera Every Time Cops Pull You Over (Fossbytes)

How to Remove Stuck Time Machine Backups from Mac Trash Due to System Integrity Protection Error

If you’re trying to remove a Time Machine backup from a drive and find that it’s stuck in the Mac Trash with a specific error message stating the trash can’t be emptied because “Some items in the Trash cannot be deleted because of System Integrity Protection”, then read on to learn how to resolve this particular Time Machine backup removal problem.

Source: How to Remove Stuck Time Machine Backups from Mac Trash Due to System Integrity Protection Error

Convert an older model USB printer to a networked printer using a Raspberry Pi or other Linux-based computer — also works well for making an older printer compatible with a newer version of MacOS

We originally set out to do this because we were having problems getting an older model laser printer, specifically a Konica Minolta PP1350W, to work with MacOS High Sierra (10.13). With previous versions of MacOS we’d been able to connect the printer directly to the computer, and with some fiddling with drivers and other software, get it to work. But newer versions of MacOS seem to be far less tolerant of this, and we had a spare Raspberry Pi, so the idea came to us to use the Raspberry Pi as a bridge between the printer and any computers on the local network from which we wanted to be able to print. The bonus is that the printer is no longer tethered to a single machine, but instead can potentially be used by any computer on the local network.

You do not need to have a Raspberry Pi to make this work – any computer that can run Linux will do. And of course the Raspberry Pi or other Linux computer can be used for other purposes besides this. We do not guarantee that this technique will work for every older printer out there, but this will work with a surprising number of them.

Source: Convert an older model USB printer to a networked printer using a Raspberry Pi or other Linux-based computer — also works well for making an older printer compatible with a newer version of MacOS – Two “Sort Of” Tech Guys

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