Alex Kaloostian

Apple Certified Master Trainer | Systems Integrator | Video Editor | Motion Graphics Artist


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What is Apple doing with their hardware??

Apple has gotten a lot of criticism, especially as of late, and I suppose they deserved some of it- iOS8 and Yosemite has some pretty major bugs that took far too long to squash, Apple Music wasn’t perfect, but I really dont think it was as bad at the tech blogs made it out to be. Heck, even iCloud isn’t really that terrible- it’s no DropBox, but I’ve been using it daily and had no trouble since Mountain Lion. And even if you’re one of the unlucky ones who have been suffering data loss or other major issues, I’m happy to say that the betas of iOS9 and El Capitan are surprisingly solid and excellent, and I think we have a good year coming on the software front.

But what the heck is Apple doing on the hardware side? They have always frustrated me with their lightweight lineup of products and irritating tendency to hold back and hold back till the competition has almost finished their first lap. But lately it has been downright ridiculous. Continue reading

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iOS9 will finally do something about ad tracking

Doc Searls has some interesting things to say about as tracking and Apple’s iOs9 over on his blog at 
Blogs.law.harvard.eduForgive the brief post, I’m on a phone and only have 1 thumb (carpentry accident 🙂 ) but I didn’t want to forget to post this. 


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It’s (still) always DNS.

I’m not going to sugar coat it: Networking has been a mess in Yosemite. If you’ve been noticing wifi drops, slow DNS, failing DNS, mystery devices in the network browser, and more, all I can say is, its not your fault.

It’s not your fault.

It all comes down to Apple’s ditching the long-lived and hard-working mDNSresponder and replacing it with a brand-new creature called discoveryd. Unfortunately, it seems Apple didnt follow the high-altitude baking instructions on the box, because discoveryd is SO not done.

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Network trouble in Yosemite? Me too. This might be why.

Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is broken, and what you can do to fix it

“For 12 years, the mDNSResponder service managed a surprisingly large part of our Mac’s networking, and it managed this task well. But as of OS X 10.10, the mDNSResponder has been replaced with discoveryd, which does the same thing. Mostly. Here are some strange networking problems we’ve observed since installing 10.10:”

Read the rest at ArsTechnica: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2015/01/why-dns-in-os-x-10-10-is-broken-and-what-you-can-do-to-fix-it/


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Adobe Bootcamp: An Education on Vacation!

I have been to two of these, and I can tell ya, they’re a blast. Bring the family, let them go to Disney while you study.

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Adobe bootcampAdobe Bootcamp is an all-inclusive event designed to provide you with cutting edge, multi-level training courses and certification exams – all in one location, at one time! Learn the application of your choice, beginner to advanced, and gain knowledge that you can immediately put to use. Once you’ve soaked in all that you can from the training sessions, sit back and enjoy the sun, or mingle with peers.

This is a unique opportunity to attend hands-on, multi-level courses back-to-back. Complimentary Vouchers for Adobe Certification exams are supplied to students who wish to get certified! Courses offered include:

Adobe Elements

This is an all-inclusive event! Your registration will cover training and certification fees, lodging, lunch, and airfare (up to $300)*. Just sign up for the location (Irvine or Orlando) of your choice and we will take care of the rest!

Adobe Bootcamp courses are taught by some of our best and most…

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Hiding user accounts in Yosemite

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On December 8th, 2014, Apple posted a KBase article showing a way to hide user accounts in Yosemite that was different than the methods available in previous versions of OS X.

In Yosemite, you can add an IsHidden user attribute to the user’s account record and set a specific value in order to hide or unhide the account:

  • Hide: Set the IsHidden user attribute’s value to 1
  • Unhide: Set the IsHidden user attribute’s value to

It’s also possible to unhide a hidden account by deleting the IsHidden user attribute from the user’s account record. For more details, see below the jump.

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Time Machine local snapshots

Apple has a pretty great backup utility built into OS X called Time Machine. If you’re not using it, you really should.
If you are using it, you may not realize that it is working even when you’re not connected to your backup drive.

If you’re using a laptop, and you have Time Machine turned on, OS X automatically enables local snapshots to save your files in a local cache even when your backup drive is not available.

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