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How to Use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra In the very last OS update, Apple decided that Mac storage is not enough for Mac users and introduced a new space-clearing feature, Optimized Storage. In this article we’ll take a look at what it is, how it works, how it could be better, and how you can fill in… Read more... Purgeable Storage on macOS Sierra - The Whats and Whys Instead of working hard, Apple chooses to work smart (for the most part, looking at you, G4 Cube). This time instead of making your hard drive bigger, they’ve tackled the problem of limited space on your Mac with cloud storage. Which, in its turn, created a slice on your storage… Read more... NAS: How to clean up your shared Network Attached Storage drive As someone with a lot of Apple devices, I recently decided to take the plunge and consolidate my data on a local NAS server. Once setup I had a shared drive for all of my devices. It was a great learning experience overall, but there was definitely some hair pulling… Read more... How to Uninstall Xcode on macOS Xcode is an Apple-created developer’s toolkit for iOS and macOS app development. In case for some reason you need to get rid of it, you’re at the right place. In this article we’ll explain how to safely and, most importantly, completely remove Xcode and all of the files that go… Read more... iCloud Storage Full: How to Clear iCloud Drive iCloud is a great way to sync your apps and keep the files you need available on any device. But a default account only has 5GB of free storage space and it’s pretty obvious that 5GB is hardly enough even for backups. That’s why you’ve probably encountered “Storage almost full”… Read more... 15 Fixes to Common Windows PC Problems That Anyone Can Do PC problems are frustrating, especially when you aren't an experienced user and deep down you know it would probably be a quick and easy fix if you just had the knowledge. Unfortunately, even a simple PC fix can feel out of reach. Before you bother your family member again, or… Read more... Time to buy a new Mac? Let’s find out! We don’t just love our Macs; we love how reliable they are. If you buy a new Mac, it should give you years and years of enjoyment. But eventually, there comes a day when you notice that something is different. At that point you need to diagnose if your Mac… Read more... How to Use Siri in macOS and What to Ask A quick start guide: How to use Siri on your Mac Through thick and thin, your loyal personal assistant Siri has been there. In between telling you about your bad taste in music, throwing the sass at you (when you deserve it!), and generally tolerating your moods and tantrums, the Siri… Read more... How to Disable Siri on Mac How to use, configure or remove Siri on macOS Sierra What is Siri anyway? In short, it’s an artificial intelligence that uses voice recognition, language processing, and machine learning to help you make dinner plans. It used to be reserved for iOS users, but with the recent macOS Sierra upgrade, it’s now available… Read more... 8 Easy Ways to Speed Up a Slow Computer When working on your PC, is it so slow that you spend half your time looking at your watch or staring at the ceiling instead of at your monitor? This presents lots of time to ask important questions like “why is my computer running so slow?” and “how much would… Read more...

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