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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

Lifehack: Marcus Savings Referral Bonus (2023) Works!

You can earn a 1% higher bonus interest rate with Marcus for 3 months on top of their already great rate with this Marcus Savings Referral Code. This is the best way to get the highest interest rate on online savings accounts. This only applies to the Marcus Online Savings Account, not to Marcus CD accounts. To get the Marcus Savings Referral Bonus, just click this link. If that doesn't work, just paste this Marcus Referral link below directly into your browser to get the Marcus Referral Bonus Interest rate. https://www.marcus.com/us/en/savings/referral?referralcode=JOS-DIP-UBSN All the terms and conditions for this Marcus Bonus ...
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Guide: Flipper Zero Case and Custom Firmware Install Guide

If you know, you know... but for those that don't the Flipper Zero is a portable multi-tool for geeks. A category I probably fit into. If you don't have one already, it's worth getting as they are fun. If you're into using Raspberry Pi devices, then you will really enjoy the Flipper Zero. If you are non-technical and are looking for something that's like the hacking tool in the video game "Watch Dogs" then you're probably going to be disappointed. I thought I would write up a few tips based on my personal experience with the Flipper Zero. DISCLAIMER: You ...
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Guide: Remove Duplicate OpenWith Menu Items in macOS (Works!)

It's easy to remove duplicate menu items from the "Open With" menu in macOS Finder. This "Open With" duplicate fix works on macOS 12.5 (Monterey) on my Apple Silicon MacBook Air. The list of programs for "Open With" is maintained in the Launch Services database. If the list contains duplicates then the database needs to be rebuilt. Just run this command in macOS Terminal to rebuild the Launch Services database. /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain user -domain local -domain system killall Finder This fix takes under a minute and doesn't require you to download or install any 3rd party apps. You ...
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Guide: Fix macOS Missing Desktop Icons (Works!)

If you are having an issue on macOS where Desktop Icons are missing (network drives, screenshots, etc) it's easy to fix and takes under a minute. Just start the macOS Terminal and run this command. defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop true; killall Finder This resets macOS Finder and rebuilds the macOS desktop. It fixed it for me on my MacBook Air on macOS 12.5. Hope this helps you! ...
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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 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 (2023)

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. Top 5 Best M2 MacBook Air Shell Cases on Amazon Amazon has M2 MacBook Air compatible cases available, all of which started shipping in August 2022. The following MacBook Air M2 cases are available with free Prime shipping. If you decide to buy something else, please be ...
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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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