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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 also publishes 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 has been published for over several years and is available as both a (limited) free or paid subscription.

Recent Blog Posts

How to enable Smooth Scrolling on a Mac (Free)

I recently made the switch to macOS from Windows and one of the things I miss is smooth scrolling. Especially when scrolling through long web pages using a mouse. I'm not sure why Apple doesn't offer this and the Logitech mouse I use with my Mac doesn't offer it. Fortunately, you can enable smooth scrolling on your Mac with one of these free apps. There are two apps available that will enable smooth scrolling on your mac, these are: MOS  Smooth Scroll Both apps are free and will let you enable smooth scrolling on your Mac. You only need one ...
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How to make TextEdit start with a blank file already open (Mac)

I recently switch from Windows to Mac. I still have a laptop that runs Windows for gaming, but a Mac is now my daily driver.  One of the things I miss about Windows is that when you start Notepad it is already open with a blank file. On the Mac (Monterey) TextEdit opens with a file picker, which is a little frustrating. Especially if you're like me and a heavy user of text editors for everything from using as a scratchpad, fast editing, code snippets, etc. I just want a blank file ready to go, not another click and decision-making ...
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How to hide Mac menu bar icons (Free!)

I recently made the switch to macOS from Windows and one of the things I miss is being able to hide the menu bar icons (Windows equivalent is the task tray). There are a few reasons why you may want to hide the menu bar icons on your Mac, other than the menu bar can quickly get unwieldy, some icons are ugly, or you just don't want to see the icon for an app running in the background. Hidden Bar: A free app to hide Mac menu bar icons The best free app I have found to hide Mac menu ...
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Guide: Do iPhone 12 cases fit the iPhone 13?

No, here's why... You might think that because the iPhone 13 is only 1mm thicker than the iPhone 12 you can use your old case. Unfortunately, you cannot. Apple shifted the mute, power, and volume buttons but a small amount so that iPhone 12 cases will not work with the iPhone 13. It's frustrating and I don't know why Apple needed to shift the buttons. The 1mm change in thickness on the iPhone 13 is is to accommodate changes to the optical lens system and the lens area is also larger, which is why I think Apple needed to shift ...
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Different Person

I would be a different person ...
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Donut

I brought you a donut ...
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Guide: Verizon G3100 WiFi IoT SSID / Wireless Network

Important I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the G3100 outright myself. If you find this helpful had success and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! In August 2021, Verizon made a major update/overhaul of the G3100 firmware. The new 2021 Verizon G3100 firmware is 3.1.0.12 The changes include: new / modern interface dedicated wireless network for IoT control over each wifi antenna channel ability to directly log into the E3200 extender (for ...
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List of Verizon G3100/Verizon E3200 Compatible Smart Home Devices

This is a list of smart home devices compatible with the Verizon G3100 and Verizon E3200 router. This list is crowdsourced from people who have submitted the device name to me (Thanks!). Important. I do not own these devices and cannot provide support for setup or use. Unless otherwise noted, a smart home device listed below is compatible. If it's not listed, it's because I don't know. For what it's worth, I've had no issues with anything connected via ethernet. Most modern Smart TVs and Smart Phones should have no issue connecting to the Verizon G3100. Some major 2021 news,  ...
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