Hacking - this is how you make your world easier ...

By hacking I mean improving and simplifying things. This can be the handling of programs or the improvement of hardware by making changes to it that the manufacturer has not actually intended.

For me, hacking has nothing to do with malicious attempts to break into any computer, it is just a word for cleverly altering existing things.

If you also have some good hacks in store, feel free to send them to me.


11. December 2017
Your Mac slurps away the mobile data volume like mulled wine? Then it's time to research who is sucking too much data in the background!

Reader question: mobile data volume from the surf stick on the Mac is decreasing too quickly

A few days ago my reader Steve wrote to me who has a Huawei surf stick with a 1 & 1 SIM card with limited data volume. He uses this surf stick on a MacBook Pro and has noticed that his data volume [...]
8. December 2017
iOS 11 battery indicator

Battery charge: iPhone X, XS, XR battery display in percent

If you want to know at a glance how much battery charge the battery still has in percent of the Apple iPhone models with a home button, you can use the iOS settings to display a corresponding display for the status bar [...]
18. October 2017
Show every screenshot on Mac, Mac OS X, iMac, MacBook

macOS tip: Show all screenshots / screenshots

If you often take a screenshot on the Apple Mac or produce not just one, but many screenshots, then saving and sorting the images can quickly become confusing. If you want to know how you [...]
6. October 2017
Apple Mail Tips and Tricks

Instructions: Remove and delete Apple Mail plugins by hand

For many years, Apple Mail has been a kind of love-hate relationship to me. On the one hand, it does a lot of things right, but I lack some functions so badly that I resort to plugins for Apple Mail, [...]
6. October 2017
Turn off iPhone Wifi, turn off Bluetooth, permanently

iOS 11 trick: turn off WiFi and Bluetooth

Under iOS 11, you cannot completely switch off the WLAN or the Bluetooth connection in the new control center, but only cut the connection to the currently connected devices. Many users have criticized this and also the rather [...]
5. October 2017
Inadequately protected security cameras are an Eldorado for criminals, burglars and identity theft

Insecure IP cameras: tap into surveillance cameras in the browser

There are countless IP cameras, surveillance systems that can be integrated into the WLAN, and similar technology on the market that can easily be hacked if insufficiently secured. In the 21/2017 issue, ComputerBILD has some unsafe manufacturers and models [...]
2. October 2017
VDSL Speed ​​Test Measure internet speed for streaming, VoD, HD, gaming, online games

How fast is my internet? - Tools for the speed test

How fast is my Internet actually, one wonders when a stream loads too long, a download feels like two days or the upload of data takes far too much time. If […]
12. September 2017

Firefox Test Pilot: Hacks and Experiments for the Browser

Mozilla has added an experimental program called Test Pilot to the Firefox web browser, which enables you to perform various tasks that would otherwise be carried out with third-party add-ons. For example, you can take notes directly in the Firefox browser, encrypt files, [...]
11. September 2017

USB 3.0 device interferes with WLAN and DECT

The fact that a USB 3.0 device or a corresponding cable disrupts radio traffic in a WLAN network or reduces the voice quality of DECT devices (radio telephones) is not that common, but the problem is well known. Not only in [...]
8. August 2017
Under System Settings -> Mouse the option "Scroll direction: natural" can be deactivated, which since El Capitan has ensured that the mouse scroll direction is suddenly the wrong way round.

Practical tip: Change the scrolling direction of the mouse or trackpad on the Mac

Today I was asked by a reader (Hello Merrit!), Who has just switched her Mac to El Capitan (so that Adobe CS5 is still running), why the mouse scrolling direction is suddenly wrong after the installation [...]