Sir Apfelot Blog

8. March 2020
Mac error: The operation could not be completed because the object is in use

Mac Error: "The operation could not be completed because the XYZ object is in use."

When I wanted to update my anti-spam plug-in "SpamSieve" for Apple Mail on the Mac today, for the first time in years an error occurred that prevented the current version of the program from being installed. In the […]
7. March 2020
Find Safari bookmarks file on Mac

[Reader's question] Where can I find the file for the Safari bookmarks on the Mac?

Today I got a question from my reader Hartmut, aimed at finding the file in which Safari manages and saves the bookmarks data: Where can I find my iMac from 2017 and OS [...]
27. February 2020
Switch off Spaces on the Mac - this is how it works!

Reader question: Deactivate the Spaces function under macOS

Today my reader Dominic wrote to me because he has a special problem with the "Spaces" function, which annoys him particularly under macOS Catalina. Here is his email: Hello, is it possible to use the "Spaces" function (desks) [...]
2. February 2020
How to put the bsdtar process back in its place on the Mac.

[solved] Mac: Process "bsdtar" requires a lot of CPU power

Yesterday morning I came to my MacBook Pro and was amazed that it - although it only ran in standby all night - was busy airing it. A look at the "Activity Monitor" utility showed [...]
30. December 2019
Paths to the Library folder on the Mac

Mac: three easy ways to get to the library folder

The macOS "Library" folder is usually hidden in the user directory. The background is probably that Apple wants to protect the user from making unwanted changes in it, because if you play around in the wrong corners, [...]
17. December 2019

Instructions: Where can I find my (iCloud) backups on Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad?

You can easily make an iCloud backup of your mobile devices on the Apple Mac as well as on the Windows PC; from iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Local backups can also be created without the cloud storage. Lately [...]
16. December 2019
If the Mac cannot or does not want to open a program ...

Mac: Program XYZ cannot be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store.

I assume that most Mac users already know how to bypass this message in macOS, but since a few beginners ask me every now and then, I would like to briefly address the topic with this guide. [...]
20. November 2019
Photos app on Mac does not update photos

Photos app on Mac does not update via iCloud Photo Library

For a few days now I've been fighting with my Photos app on the Mac (no, not because of Catalina, but still under macOS Mojave!). Why? Because it stiffly claims that it would "update", but not [...]
29. October 2019
Scanner doesn't like using macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina: VueScan helps when the scanner stops working ...

After the release of macOS Catalina, the switch to 64-bit software has made even more scanner users cry than was the case with macOS Mojave. The reason is that the manufacturers of the [...]