Mac

Why does Apple remove features from the OS?

Episode 1397

James from Riverside, CA
DragThing

James says that on his Mac, Apple has taken away the color icons in the sidebar. Jason says that sometimes Apple just decides to break stuff because they know better, or it fits into their overall plans for the software — removing features while bringing in others.

Jason recommends checking out an application called DragThing. This would allow James to have a separate dock where he can put more applications. Then he can stop using the Finder sidebar for that.

How can I remove Windows from my Mac?

Episode 1397

Steven from Los Angeles, CA
Apple MacBook Pro

Steven has an old MacBook Pro that has Windows 8.1 installed with Boot Camp. He'd like to dump Windows now and get that space back. Jason says he can open Boot Camp Assistant and click through to the partition utility and use it to remove the partition. He'll just need to click "restore." That will allow him to restore his Mac to its original configuration. Sometimes that doesn't work, though, so he can delete the Windows partition in Disk Utility as well.

How can I transfer my photos from my Mac to an Android tablet?

Episode 1388

Kurt from Thousand Oaks, CA
Google Photos

Kurt is in a love/hate relationship with his Apple Products. He got his iPad wet and he tried to get it back by letting it sit in a bag of rice, but it didn't work. Apple will replace it for $300. He chose to buy an Android tablet instead. Leo says that Android tablets are fine and Samsung's tablets are very good. But there are much fewer tablet-aware apps compared to what Apple has. Often times, an Android tablet doesn't use the app very well because the app isn't written to take advantage of it.

How can I update from Snow Leopard to El Capitan?

David from California

Episode 1369

David's 2010 MacBook Pro has OS X 10.6.8 and some sites don't support older versions of Safari on Snow Leopard. Leo says that David may need to upgrade his OS. But the question is, can he? The latest update says you can't update to Sierra unless he has 10.7 or later. So he needs Lion. He can't upgrade straight to the latest version. So search the app store for OS X Lion. Here's where - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/os-x-el-capitan/id1147835434?mt=12.

Why does my Mac Pro take so long to boot up?

Dale from Santa Monica, CA

Episode 1369

Dale is having issues with his old Mac Pro tower. He got a new Ben Q monitor and he has an intermittent problem where the boot up takes a long time before getting to the login page. Leo says that when you power up a computer, it has what's called a Power On Self Test (POST). Leo says it could be a monitor thing. A faulty cable or loose connection could cause it. Sometimes a USB device can hold you up. So try unplugging all your USB devices and see if it makes it faster. If so, then you have a flakey USB cable or device.