So you just got a new Mac computer, what are the first things you should do after unboxing and relishing in that new computer smell? Here are some of the basics you should do before you even connect to your social life …
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To completely uninstall Office 2016 for Mac you must remove the applications, supporting files, and keychain entries, plus any icons you’ve added to the Dock. Once you’ve removed everything, empty the Trash and restart your Mac to complete the process.
You must be signed in as an administrator or provide an administrator name and password to complete these steps.
There are several things to remove. This article steps you through each one.
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macOS Public Beta is now active, however; there are many articles out there telling users how to signup then leaving them short of getting the actual update.
I have been checking for days now and the update would not show up.. So I dug around and found the installer.
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Logged into my Linux computer today and got this error as I tried to start Chrome. Tried the basics and it did not work, searched Google and saw many others having this same issue so I decided to document the process of fixing this issue here. I’ll start with the basic stuff first then will get into the more detailed steps.
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Most people connect to the internet via their ISP’s DNS servers which more than likely are not the best and more than likely is slowing down your browsing. Using a 3rd party service not only speeds up your experience online. A while ago we wrote about OpenDNS, today we’re going over Google’s DNS service.
Make sure to write down your ISP’s DNS servers.
Google Public DNS IP addresses
IPv4 addresses are as follows:
IPv6 addresses are as follows:
Making the changes
- Start the
Network and Sharing Center (this process varies by windows version)
Change adadpter settings
Local Area Connection or
Wireless Network Connection slelect
- Type in your administrator password if you are promted for it.
- Click the
- Under the
Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or
Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and click
Advanced and select the
DNS tab, write down any IP’s that are listed here for future reference in case you want to revert later on.
Use the following DNS server addresses
- Enter the IP’s from above
- Restart your computer
- Click the Apple menu ()
System Preferences and click the
- Select the connection you want to configure (
Thunderbolt Ethernet or
Display Ethernet) then click
- Select the
- Click the
+ icon to enter the IP Addresses (repeat for each address)
Apply then click
I will go over doing this in Ubuntu since that is one of the more common flavors.
System Preferences and click
- Select the connection you want to configure
Wireless tab, then select the appropriate network.
Edit, and in the window that appears, select the
IPv4 Settings or
IPv6 Settings tab.
- If the selected method is
Automatic (DHCP), open the dropdown and select
Automatic (STATIC) addresses only instead.
- If the method is set to something else, do not change it.
- In the DNS servers field, enter the IP addresses, separated by a space:
- If you are prompted for a password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
If your distribution doesn’t use Network Manager, your DNS settings are specified in
sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf
If any nameserver lines appear, write down the IP addresses for future reference. Replace or add, the following lines:
Save and exit
Restart any Internet clients you are using.
sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
Every router uses a different user interface for configuring DNS server settings; we provide only a generic procedure below. For more information, please consult your router documentation.
Some ISPs hard-code their DNS servers into the equipment they provide; if you are using such a device, you will not be able to configure it. Instead, you can configure each of the computers connected to the router, as described above.
- In your browser, enter the IP address to access the router’s administration console.
- When prompted, enter the password to access network settings.
- Find the screen in which DNS server settings are specified.
- If there are IP addresses specified in the fields for the primary and seconday DNS servers, write them down for future reference.
- Replace those addresses with the IP addresses from above
- Save and exit.
- Restart your browser.
First Things First
First off, let’s talk about SSH keys and Security real briefly so that you can understand a bit more about what’s going on here and why it’s important. With all the issues happening in today’s digital age, everyone needs to start thinking about and taking one thing very seriously. You know, all the hacking and spying going on around us all.
One of the ways you can accomplish that is by using stronger encryption methods, in this case … SSH Keys or Public Key Cryptography. One of the major things is the key size. 1024 was common but that has long been hacked and not used anymore for websites and other public; so logically many are moving on to 2048 and even 4096, which is what I use.
SSH Keys provide a much more secure way to log into your servers than using passwords. While passwords can be easily broken by brute force attacks, SSH Keys way more difficult and if using a higher key can be almost impossible to decipher.
How does it work?
Generating a key pair provides you with a Private and a Public Key. You place the public key on a server you will connect to leaving the private key on your machine. When you SSH to your server you will not need to enter your password as your public key will be unlocked by your private key and you will be verified and allowed to get in. Continue reading SSH Private-Public Key Auth for Linux and Mac
We’ve all ran into issues with our Macs, Yosemite has issues with upgrading and networking from feedback we’ve gotten from customers and have seen personally; and if you want to roll back to Mavericks, I suggest doing a clean install. Some might even find this handy before selling your existing Mac after getting a new one.
WARNING: Performing the following steps will permanently destroy data on your drive. Make sure you have backed up ALL important data before proceeding.
Here’s how to do it:
If you are getting rid of your machine.
iTunes → click
Deauthorize This Computer.
- Enter your AppleID and password and click
- You should also deauthorize any third-party apps, such as Photoshop, that are locked to your Mac.
Turn off File Vault
System preferences → click on
Security & Privacy → open the
- Check that it says
FileVault is turned off the for the disc [main hard drive].
- If not click on the padlock icon in the bottom left, enter your password and click on
Turn Off FileVault.
Sign out of iCloud
- Open System Preferences and click on
iCloud and tap on
Sign Out Now.
- To remove all your personal data click on
Delete From Mac
Wiping and Rebuilding
Wiping the Drive
- Boot into recovery mode by holding command + R keys before pressing the power button and holding it until the Utilities window appears.
Disk Utility → click
- Choose your main Volume → click
- Click the
Erase tab → click
Disk Utility →
Quit Disk Utility.
Re-Install OS X
NOTE: You will need and internet connection to proceed, we suggest using an Ethernet connection for this.
Reinstall OS X → click
- This will start a blank download of the OS X install files.
- If you are keeping the Mac, proceed with the install by using your AppleID.
- If you are not keeping it, do not use your Apple ID so that the next owner can finish the install with their AppleID.