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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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Reviews: Australian Roaming eSIMs (2022)

G'Day! This post ranks Australian eSIMs. This post is not intended for Australians, it's more for people who are visiting Australia and need mobile data when on the ground. All of the information is current as of April 2022. I have tested these Australian eSIM providers on my iPhone 13 (GSM), so it's my personal experience. For those not familiar with eSIMs, this means you get a QR code that you can scan with your phone to activate the data while keeping your existing number. All you need to do is change the settings on your phone to use the ...
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Guide: How to Flush the DNS Cache on macOS

If you're coming from Windows, you probably are probably more than familiar with the ipconfig /flushdns command to clear the DNS Resolver Cache. Flushing the DNS cache is useful if you switch between DNS servers and it's really useful to be able to flush the DNS cache if you use macOS Location Profiles. Here's the equivalent flushDNS command for macOS. You will need to run this as a macOS Terminal command: sudo dscacheutil -flushcache; sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder You will be prompted for your macOS admin password in Terminal after you execute the command. Use Apple Automator to flushDNS the ...
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Guide: HomeAssistant WiFi Setup / Troubleshooting HomeAssistant WiFi (Works!)

I use HomeAssistant to get my Google Home / Google Nest Hub devices and speakers to support Apple Airplay. I use this HomeAssistant Add On called AirCast. This means you can use Apple AirPlay on any Google Nest product in a completely wireless way. It works like a dream and saved me from having to buy Apple HomePods for every room. I use a Rasberry Pi 3 (not the 3B, the 3) for HomeAssistant and it runs well, although I do wish I had a Raspberry Pi 4. Ha! Setting up HomeAssistant is straightforward. You download the appropriate HomeAssistant version ...
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Guide: How to Recover LIFX HomeKit Code (Works!)

I own a few LIFX smart light bulbs. I'm a big fan of the LIFX Antibacterial smart light that I run on a cycle when I am not home, but I digress - you're here to get a replacement LIFX HomeKit code. If you have lost the small piece of cardboard that has the LIFX HomeKit code printed on it that comes with the LIFX smart bulb, all is not lost. If your LIFX light came with a piece of cardboard printed with a HomeKit code, all you need to do is take on your LIFX smart light and look ...
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Caution Horses

Caution Horse. You better moove out of the way ...
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Guide: How to Stop Apple Sharing your Apple ID with other Apps

Did you know Apple has a hidden privacy setting that may be sharing your Apple ID with other Apps? No? Surprised? I was, particularly given Apple has made a point of positioning itself as a protector of privacy. It's called "Manage Apps That Can Look You Up" and is only accessible on the desktop version of iCloud.com. Here's what you need to know. First, this is not about App Tracking Transparency (ATT) that Apple made a lot of noise about for iOS 14.5 and iOS 15. If you're interested, MacWorld has a good primer on ATT but in short, apps ...
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Guide: How to Close all open macOS Apps (Works!)

If you use macOS you may be looking for a shortcut to close all open apps. Effectively force quitting every open macOS app. While macOS offers a Windows equivalent of Task Manager that lets will let you kill applications one by one (the macOS equivalent, to this is ⌘ + Option ⌥ + Escape) it's slow work and there is a better way. To close all open macOS Apps at once you need to create your own shortcut using Apple's Automator and a little bit of AppleScript. Don't worry, it's very easy to do and takes all of the 2-3minutes to ...
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