OSX

macOS Mojave first impressions

Updating to macOS Mojave  The update process was easy - just started it off and left my Mac to it - and I haven't (yet) noticed any problems caused due to the upgrade, unlike some earlier upgrades where lots of knock-on effects were seen in general [...]

2018-09-30T14:34:24+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: App Store, Apple, macOS, OSX, Upgrades|Tags: , , , , |

OS X 10.11 El Capitan – five months in

It's now been five months since I installed OS X 10.11 El Capitan on my iMac. Initially, after the upgrade, there were lots of issues including performance, Mail app issues, constant spinning circle/wait cursor, wifi issues, Finder/tab issues and also delays when starting up some apps. [...]

2017-01-10T21:24:23+00:00February 26th, 2016|Categories: Apple, OSX, Wifi|Tags: , , , , , , |

2015 – Overview of my projects and training

2015 was a busy year for me, with a wide range of projects worked on and also some excellent training and education completed, including the Rapid Software Testing Applied course run by James Bach, which I completed in July. And to give a flavour of the [...]

OS X 10.11 El Capitan – one week in

I installed OS X 10.11 El Capitan on my iMac last week, so here's my update after one week's use. My initial thoughts - oh dear, this is a turkey! - have subsided as all the original issues I was experiencing have now gone. Here's a [...]

2017-01-10T21:24:27+00:00October 9th, 2015|Categories: Apple, OSX, Wifi|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

OS X 10.11 El Capitan is released today

Today - 30 September 2015 - is the release date for OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This seems more of an 'under-the-hood' release, with most of the improvements being performance-related, similar to the recent iOS 9 update. Main Features of OS X 10.11 El Capitan Performance [...]

2017-01-10T21:24:28+00:00September 30th, 2015|Categories: Apple, iMac, OSX|Tags: , , , , , |

A-Z of tech used in Projects

Over the course of the last 3 years, I've worked with many different clients of all sectors and sizes, and have used an amazing array of different technologies, apps, websites, applications, test tools and platforms. I thought I'd compile an A-Z of them and will add [...]

Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2015

Monday 8 June 2015 saw the WWDC take place in San Francisco. Apple usually unleashes lots of announcements at this event and this year was no exception. Below I've briefly outlined the major announcements. iOS 9 The main features of iOS seem to be the enhancement [...]

2017-01-10T21:24:44+00:00June 12th, 2015|Categories: Apple, Apple Pay, Events, Featured News, iOS, iOS 9, iOS App Testing, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, New Tech, News, OSX, Other Tech|

Synergy – Great way to work on two or more computers at the same time – with no wires!

I originally used Synergy back in the day when I was working from home and using a works Windows PC and wanted to use my iMac at the same time. After much searching on the net I found Synergy and - after some complicated setups - [...]

News: 2 June 2014 – iOS 8, OSX 10.10 Yosemite, Swift

iOS 8 and OSX 10.10 Yosemite were announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) 2014 in San Francisco. Also another big announcement - at least to developers - was that Swift will be the new language replacing Objective-C. iOS 8 and OSX 10.10 Yosemite are due [...]

News: 22 October 2013 – Apple’s October 2013 event – new iPads, release of OSX Mavericks

At their October 2013 event, Apple announced some new iPads, the release of OSX Mavericks as a free upgrade and also more on other products, such as the latest Mac Pro. iPad Air The new top of the range iPad is called the iPad Air, due [...]

News: 10 June 2013 – Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2013

Lots of announcements today at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) 2013, in San Francisco. This included news on the next OSX release, iOS 7, new MacBook Air and a preview of the new Mac Pro. Next OSX Release  First up was the next version of OSX [...]

Useful Test Resources – Windows Virtual Machines from Microsoft

Microsoft have recently updated the list of Windows Virtual Machines they'll let you download and install for testing purposes.  In fact, its now a very useful list, including Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP. I was looking for a way of being able to test [...]

Update on Apple / Mountain Lion wifi issues

One of the Apple Support Communities pages I am subscribed to is all about the 'wifi dropping' issue people have had when updating to Mountain Lion. This has now reached its 14th page and new issues are added almost daily. I found that the wifi dropping/connection [...]

Trying out Droplr

Having used the excellent Dropbox almost exclusively for file-sharing over the last year, I thought it was about time I tried something different, to compare and contrast to Dropbox. The similar-sounding Droplr has been around a while and the write-ups I've seen for it have always [...]

2017-01-10T21:28:27+00:00February 13th, 2013|Categories: Apps, Cloud, iMac, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, OSX, Other Tech, Storage, Tablet|Tags: , , , , |

Apple’s Recommended Wi-fi Settings for iOS & OSX

  The Apple eco-system - iOS devices and OSX systems - seems to have a few problems with wi-fi connections, especially in the time just after upgrades. I have experienced this myself a couple of times, as I documented here on my blog. Recently, I found [...]

Problem with iTunes 11 and Apple TV?

Apple TV 2nd Gen Here's a little tip for anyone who's experiencing problems watching movies via their Apple TV, having recently upgraded to iTunes 11. I had this issue last night and thought it might take a lot of messing around to come up [...]

2017-01-10T21:28:40+00:00January 26th, 2013|Categories: Apple, iMac, iPad, OSX, Problems, Tablet, Upgrades|Tags: , |

Cross-Browser Testing – Turning off browser auto-updates

For effective cross-browser testing, it can be useful to have a variety of different versions of different browsers on different platforms. In general, its very awkward (or impossible) to have different versions of the same browser on the same machine. Therefore, a way around this is [...]

Sauce for Mac

Sauce Labs have recently released a free Mac App which allows you to use their online website testing platform via a desktop Mac App, rather than the usual method of via a browser. The Mac App can be downloaded for free via saucelabs.com/mac / or iTunes / [...]