By Rian

Gray, a writer.

When Macs with Nvidia Graphics Won’t Boot, with Full Loading Bar

While current Retina lines of Macs tend to run on Intel iGPUs and AMD Radeons, previous generation was primarily delivered with Nvidia’s. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then if Nvidia is not opting Mac in to their extended support. If you are experiencing the issue I am describing, I can only hope you have…

Stay (2018) Review

8 bit graphics is all about restrictions and how to get around it. Its distinct beauty relies heavily on designers ingenuity we will never see in modern video games. Now if you put 8 bit styles into a modern game without a second thought, you would have Stay.

Create and Restore Disk Images on macOS

Disk Utility may be a powerful GUI tools, but sometimes having a manual control is more assuring. I believe disk images are one such issue. If you happen to be working with headless disk images, say for your raspberry pi projects, it’s more recommended (due to its swiftness and control) to use command line interfaces.

Uninstalling Built-in Apps on Windows 10

Windows 10 is plagued with uncertain UX, and its store front is definitely not hiding it. While you can delete most of the apps by simply clicking on “uninstall” from the start menu, you don’t have much options for built-in sharewares Microsoft decided to put it. You can delete Skype, but not “Get Skype” app.…

How PC and eGPU Communities Morphed into Bait-and-Switch Props

Originally I was planning on publishing how-to tips on accelerating internal displays using eGPU. Unfortunately that did not work out as I had hoped. And as such, I am taking this chance to address one of the issues that are lingering in the eGPU communities, and perhaps the PC communities in general.

May 18, 2018

Quick Announcements This week’s post is delayed, as late as tomorrow. It will cover how to use eGPUs on internal displays (i.e. on your laptop, or all-in-one desktop). While eGPU on internal display is natively supported by Apple, each App has to opt-in in utilize it. This means most of the applications that are already released to the public are unlikely to adopt eGPU capability. I am yet to find any documentation on lists of apps that support eGPU. It appears there is only limited number of application which added support for eGPU, or multiple graphics card, no less.

WordPress Theme Subscription is the New Sham in the Town

We have all seen annual upgrade tactics on different applications. What makes WordPress theme extremely awkward however, is the fact that none of the features actually change and/or fixed since the release. If there is a glitch, it must be fixed regardless of “upgrade”, and if it is an entirely new feature, likely the designer…

Find Case-Sensitive Duplicates

If you are running a small database of your own, finding duplicates is a major nuisance. If that database also happens to be shared through NAS, more likely then not you end up with a system littered with duplicates. While using an expensive database management suite will definitely fix a problem, this method can remedy…

Beta Software is not a Press Release Copy

In light of possible obsolesce of eGPU support on TB1/2 machines, I thought it would be a good time to go back to the basics for this week. Public and/or developer beta is hardly a reliable source of information. Features will be added, dropped, and then added again in betas. And if you need an…

Disabling WordPress Theme Updates Notification

WordPress is a free, open-source platform which inevitably comes with some quirks. While WordPress as a software has come a long way since becoming one of the pioneers, its economy is no different from mobile OS. Plugins and themes almost always fall in to 4 categories: free, freemium, paid, or subscription. And unfortunately some of…

eGPU is Now Back on older Thunderbolt Macs with Scripts

Apple has officially stopped supporting eGPUs on Thunderbolt 1 or 2 as of 10.13.4. Any TB1/2 Macs that had been using eGPUs previously will not be able to get hold of it as I had previously explained. That being said, the script has already been released to bypass the block.

Force Empty Trash Can on macOS

If you have just transferred over to Mac, the first problem likely to notice is deleting files. With the migration-related apps running in the background, file permissions can get wacky easily. Any times file systems or file permissions are being modified, you can encounter this issue again. While this problem is less frequent since California-based…

Test Multiple Zip Archive Files on macOS

Zip has now become an industry norm for a reason. It’s old enough to be widely available, and it’s old enough to be run on any device without hiccups. But this also means any Zip files could be compressed with substandard softwares and/or distributed through routes that simply cannot guarantee any integrity.

Downgrade APFS to HFS+

APFS is a newly introduced file system focused primarily on SSD. Due to its technical nature, which I will describe at the end of this post, it can worsen the performance on HDD. If you happen to have a drive running APFS, you will not see an option in Disk Utility to downgrade back. It…

Take Screenshot on macOS

Windows have “Print Screen” key, and Mac have option and command key. Sounds ludicrous when you hear it for the first time, but Mac mostly relies on the combination of shift, control, option, command keys to do even an OS thing, including taking screenshots of your monitor. No need to pull out your mighty smartphones…