Justin Pot

Justin Pot is a technology writer and enthusiast who lives in Portland, Oregon. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, if you want. You don't have to.

Wonder which of your Mac apps are connecting to the Internet, and what they’re doing? Private Eye lets you spy on your applications, watching every outgoing and incoming request in real time. And it’s free.

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Apple’s macOS simultaneously offers the world’s most streamlined default browser, and the world’s most bloated default music player. And one has a bad habit of constantly launching the other. If you’re tired of Safari automatically launching iTunes, here’s how to stop it.

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Once upon a time, there was a dumb person named Justin, who installed Java even though it’s awful. Even worse, this fool clicked “Next” without disabling the bundled offers.

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When you’re binge watching a show, you don’t want to pick up the remote. You want the goodness to just keep coming while you lie there like a blob. Here’s how to set up Kodi to play the next episode of a show when the current one finishes–just like Netflix does.

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You can use your Mac’s Terminal to download files, test your internet speed, convert images, or even listen to Pandora. All this and more is just a couple of Homebrew installations away.

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Ever wish you could use tabs in your favorite apps? Thanks to macOS Sierra, you can. If you can open multiple windows with an app, there’s a good chance you can combine them into one, just like you do with your browser.

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macOS Sierra’s picture in picture mode doesn’t natively support Netflix and YouTube, but a Safari extension adds a dedicated button for the job, letting you pop out videos for these sites with just one click.

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Are websites telling you to install Flash in Safari, even though you’ve already installed it? Here’s what’s going on, and how to get those sites working again.

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Homebrew makes it easy for Mac users to install command line tools, so it’s only logical that it runs entirely from the command line. But that doesn’t mean having access to a graphical user interface isn’t handy from time to time. Cakebrew is a free Homebirew GUI that makes overseeing your setup just a bit easier.

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Wouldn’t it be cool if you could scroll up on any dock icon to quickly see all its windows, along with recent documents? A single command adds this otherwise hidden feature to your dock.

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I love my MacBook Pro. I hate iTunes. I don’t think I’m alone. Yet every time I hit the “Play” button on my keyboard, or connect a Bluetooth speaker, iTunes shows up, mocking me.

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The new MacBook, first released in 2015, makes a chime sound every time you plug the MacBook in, just like the iPhone and iPad. But the MacBook Pro and Air don’t–unless you enable this hidden feature.

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Are you sick of Kodi’s YouTube plugin constantly crashing, and giving you cryptic error messages like “Exception in ContentProvider” and “Quota Exceeded”? Here’s how to fix that problem with just a few minutes of work.

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You were messing around with the settings for a Mac app, and now that app won’t load. Is there some way to reset the application, start fresh, and get things working properly again?

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Quick look is one of the best unsung features in macOS. Select a file in Finder, hit “Space”, and you get a quick preview. This works great for images, videos, and documents, but doesn’t support every file type under the sun.

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A lot of Mac tutorials mention the Library folder, which is where your macOS applications store things like settings and caches. Some settings can only be changed by editing files in the Library. But the Library is hidden by default.

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You probably have a lot of apps and documents on your Mac, but access a few very frequently. This little terminal command adds a useful, but hidden, feature: a one-click menu to access your recent apps and documents right from your dock.

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Public transit is intimidating. Working out the schedules, stops, and the rest can feel like a big job, especially if you’re new to a city or just visiting for a week. But catching a ride doesn’t have to be complicated. With the right apps, you can look up directions, work out connections, and know when the next bus is coming, all at a glance.

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Be honest: you’re reading this instead of working, right? I’m thankful, because that’s how I make my living, but for your sake you should really try to focus. It’s too easy to quickly open Twitter or IM for “just one minute”, especially when they’re sitting open in the background. Quitter is a Mac app that can help.

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Smartphones have quickly become our personal hubs for all notifications, text messages, and other important things–but who wants to type on a tiny keyboard all the time? With this free Mac app you can see all your Android notifications on your Mac, and even respond to them right from the notification itself.

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On basically every mouse, the scroll wheel can be clicked to perform what’s called a “middle click”, and it’s incredibly useful while browsing the web. You can middle-click any link to open it in the background, or middle-click any tab to close it. It’s one of those things that are hard to live without once you discover them.

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RetroArch is the ultimate all-in-one emulator, compatible with every system you can imagine. From classic Nintendo consoles to arcade boxes and even the Playstation or Wii, RetroArch brings massive gaming collections under one roof.

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If you do a lot of work in the Terminal, or any dark program, you might crank up the brightness to see things more clearly. The problem: when you switch to a mostly-white window, your screen is blindingly bright.

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There’s nothing quite like reliving your childhood with your favorite retro games, but are emulators and ROMs legal? The internet will give you a lot of answers, but we talked to a lawyer to get a more definitive answer.

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Ever wish you could browse a massive collection of retro video games, from your couch, and start playing anything without getting up? If you’ve got a home theater PC with both Kodi and RetroArch installed, this dream setup could be yours.

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