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Joshua Lowcock sometimes blogs on non-work-related topics, most of which are posted below. For the more technically-skewed posts, you can find a list of those here. Separate from the blog, there is also a list of handy websites, lifehacks, and other useful tips here. For tips specific to macOS, you can find macOS tips here.

Joshua previously published a weekly email, called Last Week in Digital Media. The newsletter summarizes the latest news in digital media, marketing, and technology of the week. The email newsletter was published for several years and was available as both a (limited) free or paid subscription. The archive is still available.

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Recent Blog Posts

Fix: Stop macOS Finder Opening at Startup (Works!)

If you are finding that on macOS Monterey (12.5) or other versions that macOS Finder is launching on startup and showing your drive contents, like below, there is an easy fix. No need for terminal commands or other nonsense. Read on! The issue is a mapped network drive folder. Remove the shortcut or alias and the problem will be solved. Unfortunately, I have already deleted the mapped drive on my computer in the screenshot above but there was a 5th folder icon to the right of "Users" and the culprit was an alias link to Microsoft One Drive. If you're ...
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Guide: Apollo Air Pro eScooter Replacement Inner Tube (Save Money!)

I own an Apollo Electric Scooter, specifically, the Apollo Air Pro like that pictured. The Apollo Air Pro Scooter has proper wheels that use inner tubes. If you need a replacement Apollo Inner tube for the Apollo Air Pro, I had success with this 2 pack of 10x2 tubes on Amazon for just a little over US$10. This is a cheaper replacement part than the official ones from Apollo and if you have Amazon Prime, you will get them the next day - great if you want to get your Scooter back on the road. It was also a lifesaver ...
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Review: Best M2 MacBook Air Cases (2022)

The 2022 MacBook Air that runs Apple's M2 chipset is a beautifully engineered laptop, typical of everything designed by Apple. Protecting your M2 MacBook Air investment means you probably want an M2 MacBook Air case. Shell cases are typically thin, and light, and protect your MacBook Air M2 from bumps and external damage. Update: My case shipped on August 6th via USPS, so hoping I have it early next week! I'll update this post when it arrives. Top 5 Best M2 MacBook Air Shell Cases on Amazon Amazon has M2 MacBook Air compatible cases on pre-order with delivery in mid-August ...
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Play Date Console General Tips (Cases, Backups, LED light, Calibration, etc)

Hello play.date fan! I am an early adopter of the play.date console by Panic. By early adopter, I mean Group 1 shipping. I haven't had so much fun and have been this excited about a console since I first started using computers. So if you're on the fence about getting one, do it, you won't be disappointed. Here are some general tips for play.date owners based on my own trial and error: play.date LED light meanings How to backup your play.date (games, game saves) How to calibrate the play.date crank How to fix a frozen/crashed play.date / force restart your ...
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A List of Useful Sites and More for Mechanical / Traditional Watch Owners

I inherited a love and appreciation for traditional watches from my Dad.  A traditional watch, whether automatic or even quartz, is just a thing of beauty. I definitely have a champagne taste and a lemonade wallet when it comes to watches (ha!). So if you're like me, and love watches and just want a list of useful sites and apps that will help deepen your appreciation for watchmaking, watches, and horology, then read on. I have also included links to useful apps and tools for watch owners. I hope you find this useful. Apps Watchville (iOS only) If you own ...
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Everything happens for a reason…

Everything happens for a reason ...
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Guide: Alternatives to LifeLock – Save Money

This guide is written from a US perspective, most of the tips will work anywhere in the world. I'm not affiliated with any of the companies listed, I simply wrote this guide to help. If you want to say thanks, you're welcome to buy me a coffee. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, so please don't email me saying "what about this...". You have probably seen the incessant ads for Norton LifeLock, they prey on the paranoia and fear some people have of the "internets" and basement-dwelling hackers in hoodies. If you want a reason to avoid Norton ...
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How to install the LAMY Al-Star Pen Button Eraser Hack on the Remarkable 2

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to get the button on the LAMY Al-Star EMR pen to work as an eraser on the Remarkable 2. The steps to do this are relatively easy and will be safe for most people and take under 10min total. I don't take responsibility if you break something and can't provide support. That all said, I have done this and it worked for me, so sharing for others. I am not associated with the hack, Remarkable, or LAMY. If you're trying to make a decision about using the LAMY EMR pen with your Remarkable ...
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