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How-to: delete “Icon?” icon\r files on your Mac

For the longest time these “Icon?” (or Icon\r) files kept popping up on my Mac without any rhyme or reason. I would manually delete them. Eventually i got fed up again when several popped up in my main Music folder and all its sub-directories. I googled a Terminal (bash) command to find and delete files […]

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How to choose a VPN service and browser for desktop and Android/iOS

So, you’ve heard this “VPN” (Virtual Private Network) thrown around and how you should use it if you’re connecting to a strange WiFi network or you’re conducting sensitive work at the job that needs added protection. The simple answer for what is and why you should use a VPN is: private, secure (encrypted), dedicated connection […]

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MacBook Pro keyboard and trackpad not working: how to fix

Update: On November 2, 2018, using the DIY method, i successfully repaired the broken hardware of my MacBook Pro for $23.98 + tax. Drastic difference from the $400-500 estimate if i allowed the Mac Store folks to do it. At the end of this post i have appended what i did to fix the keyboard […]

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How End-to-End Encryption Works

All right. Here’s a simple explanation of how end-to-end encryption works. Recently there’s been a healthy amount of chatter in the news regarding WhatsApp, and i’ve noticed more and more of my contacts using (installing at least) Signal on their phones. This will give you an idea essentially of how our text message convos go when […]

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