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This Tiny Laptop Charger is the Perfect Mobile Companion

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This Tiny Laptop Charger is the Perfect Mobile Companion

When it comes to charging a laptop or mobile phone while on-the-go, convenience is a must. There’s nothing worse than having to lug around a large, bulky charger. Doesn’t it just make sense to have a small and light laptop or phone charger that you can leave in your car or purse, and use specifically when you’re away from home? Of course, it does. That’s why the Dart, a tiny charger for all your device, is the perfect mobile companion.

Although the Dart is advertised as “the world’s smallest laptop adapter,” it supports many other USB devices like tablets, smartphones and cameras. So, while charging your laptop with 65W of power, you can also have a mobile device charging as well. The fact that the Dart is so small, lightweight, stylish, and can charge two devices at one time, makes it well worth the purchase.

As the owner of a MacBook Pro, I figured I’d be out of luck, but it looks like I’m not. There’s a special Dart just for the MacBook, however, it does justifiably cost more than the standard Dart.

Being able to replace two bulky chargers, with a single smaller one is such a huge convenience. Most people now have at least two types of mobile devices, and many more than that, so it only makes sense to have a laptop charger like the Dart. It’s also nice to have a nice selection of colors to choose from, especially for couples and families. No more fighting over whose charger is whose.

Dart: The World’s Smallest Laptop Adapter | Kickstarter

Featured photo credit: FINsix via kickstarter.com

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

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    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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