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Mac Buggy after Mac OS Sierra Update? 4 Fixes Here!

Mac Buggy after Mac OS Sierra Update? 4 Fixes Here!

The much awaited Mac OS Sierra update was officially made available on the 20th of September, 2016. The brand new Mac OS boast of an advanced and more helpful Siri, optimized storage management options, full compatibility with the Apple watch and highly improved Messaging features.

But then, what good is all that if your Mac started to act buggy right after the update to Mac OS Sierra. If you are one among those small groups of unfortunate users who are having troubles with Mac OS Sierra, here are fixes that will help restore your Mac back to normal!

First, please backup your Mac!

It is highly recommended that you first back up your Mac before you carry out any of the fixes below. Please note that the fixes below have been tested and tried by many who vouch for its safety. Nonetheless, it doesn’t hurt to take the extra precaution that will allow you to simply roll back to a restore point on your Mac, created through Time Machine. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to carry out Time Machine backups on Mac OS Sierra.

Fixing Wi-Fi issues in Mac OS Sierra

1. Deleting and force re-writing system files to fix Wi-Fi problems

A Mac without Wi-Fi is no fun. In fact, it could even almost be useless. If your Wi-Fi was working fine until before the update to Mac OS Sierra, apply the following fixes to revive your wireless connection.

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  1. First, please quit all apps that are using or trying to use the internet connection (e.g. Chrome, Safari, iTunes, etc.)
  2. Turn off the problematic Wi-Fi connection
  3. Go to Finder
  4. Enter “/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/”
  5. Locate the following 5 files
    1. com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
    2. com.apple.network.eapolclient.configuration.plist
    3. com.apple.wifi.message-tracer.plist
    4. NetworkInterfaces.plist
    5. preferences.plist
  6. Copy these files onto a flash drive (Precautionary step)
  7. Delete the files on your Mac OS Sierra partition, once you have a copy of them
  8. Restart your Mac
  9. Also, restart your Wi-Fi router when you restart your Mac
  10. See if your Mac OS Sierra Wi-Fi connection is back to normal!

Don’t worry about deleting the files mentioned above. Mac OS Sierra is designed to rewrite these files after a successful restart. There is a very high chance that your Wi-Fi problems will go away after you apply this simple fix.

If it still persists, try the slightly more complicated fix detailed below.

2. Fixing Mac OS Sierra problems by entering custom DNS

  1. First, please quit all apps that are using or trying to use the internet connection (e.g. Chrome, Safari, iTunes etc)
  2. Open System Preferences
  3. Go to your Wi-Fi connection and select the “Edit Locations” option
  4. Create a new Wi-Fi connection, giving it any name you choose
  5. Join this new Wi-Fi connection that you have created, by entering your Wi-Fi password if prompted
  6. After you have connected, go to advanced settings of this Wi-Fi connection
    1. Edit TCP/IP > Renew DHCP lease > Apply > DNS >
      1. Enter 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 (DNS of Google)
  7. Click OK
  8. Go to Hardware > Configure > Custom > Edit MTU number to 1453
  9. Click OK and Save

Once all the above edits are saved, your Wi-Fi connection should hopefully be working well. If not, restart your Mac and your Wi-Fi router just to be safe and see if your Wi-Fi works normally.

The above two fixes should give you about a 95% chance of restoring your Mac OS Sierra related Wi-Fi problems, especially if your Wi-Fi started acting up just after the update to Mac OS Sierra.

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Performance issues after upgrade to Mac OS Sierra

After Wi-Fi issues, the second most common gripe for users who just updated to Mac OS Sierra is their Mac has become sluggish. Multi-tasking takes too long or the Mac just wakes up from sleep too slowly, etc.

There are fixes for speed issues as well. Some of the easy ones are detailed out below. For a comprehensive list of fixes, please visit this Mac OS Sierra performance troubleshooting guide.

1. Carry out an SMC Reset

An SMC reset is a soft hardware reset that will fix potential issues with thermal monitoring, the response of the power button, spin cycles of your hard drives, etc. Resetting this to factory defaults can potentially spring Mac OS Sierra back to life.

Don’t worry about deleting important user data when carrying out these resets. They are safe resets that might in the worst case scenario only require that you change your system time and so on.

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To carry out an SMC reset,

  1. Shut down your Mac
  2. Unplug your Mac from the wall charger or outlet
  3. Press and hold the power button, for 15 seconds (use a timer!)
  4. Release the power button
  5. Reconnect Mac to the wall charger
  6. Wait for about 10 seconds
  7. Turn on your Mac like normal

Though very simple, this can be a miracle fix sometimes!

2. Carry out a PRAM reset

Quite similar to an SMC reset, you can also carry out a PRAM reset. Again, resetting PRAM will not result in any loss of personal user data or important system data.

  1. Power off your Mac
  2. Power on your Mac
  3. As soon as your Mac starts up, press the combination of the following keys; Option + Command + R + P (all together)
  4. Press and hold until your Mac restarts
  5. Once your Mac restarts the second time, release all keys and allow for a normal restart

Besides these fixes, it is also very important that you make sure your Mac is first compatible with Mac OS Sierra. As Mac OS Sierra is the latest OS out from Apple, it is more demanding on your Mac’s processor and memory than its predecessors like El Capitan, Yosemite or Mavericks.

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Unless you bought your Mac in late 2009 or after, it probably isn’t good enough to run Mac OS Sierra. If this is the case, you have only the option of rolling back to your older version of Mac OS X, like OS X Mavericks, OS Yosemite or OS X El Capitan. Here’s a good resource on how to rollback from Mac OS Sierra to one of the older OS X versions.

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11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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