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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.

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Recent Blog Posts

Preview: Ganance Heir Smart Disc Comparison (Smarts for your Traditional Watch)

I've been tracking the Ganance Heir since it was first teased. Everything about it suggests the Ganance Heir will fill the void left by Chronos and Trivoly. This makes the Ganance Heir, what I call, a smart disc. There biggest advantage to this approach, if done right, it means you can switch it easily between watches. It also means you can easily remove it when charging or in circumstances where you don't need the smart features. If you want smarts for your traditional watch, the Ganance is the only option (almost) available. I pre-ordered mine recently. The purpose of this ...

Guide: How to Rename Apple Time Capsule (macOS)

In a world where we have iCloud and other cloud storage solutions, Apple's Time Capsule can seem outdated but they can still be incredibly useful, especially if you want to avoid monthly cloud storage fees. If you have an Apple Time Capsule and want to rename it, it's easy even in macOS Sonoma 14.1 and beyond. This can all be done with the macOS AirPort Utility. Here's what you need to do to rename your Time Capsule. On your Max, press ⌘ + Space Type Airport Utility and launch the AirPort Utility app. Click on the image of your Time ...

Guide: How to remove the red microphone icon on macOS

If you're on a Mac and you have a random red microphone with an x next to it, like that pictured below, don't panic! The culprit is the Logitech Options software. If you hit F9 on your keyboard the red microphone icon should auto-magically disappear. Hit F9 again, and it will come back (but I am guessing you don't want it back, which is why you are here). While you're here, if the F9 shortcut bothers you you should think about customizing Logitech Options. If you launch Logitech Options and click on your keyboard, you will get something like this ...

Guide: How to fix failed Windows 11 Updates (Works!)

If you use Windows, you've probably had the dreaded Windows Update fail error with some random error code. What's worse, no matter how many times you click "Retry" or "Troubleshoot" you get nowhere - well there is a fix, it takes less than a few minutes. First, try Windows Update Troubleshooter. To do this, Select Start  > Settings  > System  > Troubleshoot  > Other troubleshooters. Next, under Most frequent, select Windows Update > Run. If that doesn't work and if you can cut and paste, the below should fix your Windows Update fail problem. Click Start, and type Terminal. Right-click on Terminal (before it runs) and select "Run as Administrator" When prompted, select ...

Review: Real User Casio G Shock Move / Casio DW-H5600: Casio Smart Watch

The Casio G Shock DW-H5600 or Casio G Shock Move as it's known in the US, is a watch I have been eagerly awaiting since it was first rumored. In fact, I actively tracked rumors (see this page) and was refreshing the Casio USA website daily for updates. So I was VERY excited on May 3rd when US pre-orders opened. I picked up my Casio Black G Shock move for US$299+tax delivered, which may be the cost of being an early adopter as I'm sure the G Shock move will be on sale later in the year. The DW-H5600 is ...

How to fix Apple Home invites not being received / Apple Home invites not being sent (Works!)

If you change your WiFi network (either you decided to upgrade to an Eero or moved home), you often have to set up your Apple Homekit devices (again). Either way, you may find yourself in this weird position where the Apple Home app will not let you Invite People to be part of your home, or the people you invite to your Apple Home are not receiving invitations. There is a fix to this Apple Home invitation bug. It will need to be done on your own Apple device and the Apple device of other members of your household you ...

Lifehack: How to add Apple Music Radio Stations as Favorites (or Preset)

You may have listened to the Apple Music Radio stations if you use Apple Music.  In a world where we all curate playlists, I enjoy Apple Music Radio in the car (using Apple Car Play). But, in a stunning UX design flaw, Apple doesn't give you a way to save Apple Music Radio stations as favorites or presets. Well, the GOOD NEWS is there is a hack to fix this... well it's more a workaround than a hack. Adding Apple Music Radio Stations as favorites or presets is easy and doesn't require a 3rd party app. It uses the native ...

Guide: How to get free plays on Nintendo Badge Arcade after March, 2023

Nintendo shut down the Nintendo 3DS eShop as of March 27th. As part of the shutdown, Nintendo Badge Arcade on the 3DS stopped giving away free plays on or around March 23rd, 2023. BUT! Don't despair! As of writing, you can still get free plays on Nintendo Badge Arcade on your 3DS There's no need to hack or jailbreak your Nintendo 3DS, just follow these steps. Launch Nintendo Badge Arcade Press the Left shoulder trigger button until you reach a screen called "Practice Catcher." In practice catcher, you get 5 attempts to catch the wooden practice badges. If you catch them ...
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