Alex Kaloostian

Apple Certified Master Trainer | Systems Integrator | Video Editor | Motion Graphics Artist


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It’s (still) always DNS.

I’m not going to sugar coat it: Networking has been a mess in Yosemite. If you’ve been noticing wifi drops, slow DNS, failing DNS, mystery devices in the network browser, and more, all I can say is, its not your fault.

It’s not your fault.

It all comes down to Apple’s ditching the long-lived and hard-working mDNSresponder and replacing it with a brand-new creature called discoveryd. Unfortunately, it seems Apple didnt follow the high-altitude baking instructions on the box, because discoveryd is SO not done.

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What are all these hidden items on my Mac? Part 1

If you open the root of your Mac’s hard drive, you’ll see four very neatly organized folders: Applications, Library, System, and Users. But there is much, much more hidden from you, that your Mac needs to do what it does. Do you need to know what any of them are? Absolutely not. But you’re a geek, and you’re curious, so lets find out anyway. Continue reading


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Still like Amazon, but it’s losing its luster.

My Amazon Prime membership needs to be renewed next month. I have been using it for 2 years, and pretty happy with it… though it’s been a close call. I don’t check books out, I don’t stream movies and TV. I really only use it for the free shipping. It has caused me to purchase a lot more, and a lot more spontaneously, from Amazon vs. other stores, but it hasn’t been a life changer.

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First good review of Amazon Echo I’ve read.

I’m very intrigued, but not enough to blow $100.

The Echo is one of the most compelling cases I’ve ever seen for the power of voice control, of talking to our gadgets the way we talk to each other. It’s also a powerful and infuriating reminder of its limitations, of how long the road to our robotic future really is. Alexa’s going to turn out just fine, I think, but she’s got some growing up to do.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/19/7548059/amazon-echo-review-speaker


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Network trouble in Yosemite? Me too. This might be why.

Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is broken, and what you can do to fix it

“For 12 years, the mDNSResponder service managed a surprisingly large part of our Mac’s networking, and it managed this task well. But as of OS X 10.10, the mDNSResponder has been replaced with discoveryd, which does the same thing. Mostly. Here are some strange networking problems we’ve observed since installing 10.10:”

Read the rest at ArsTechnica: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2015/01/why-dns-in-os-x-10-10-is-broken-and-what-you-can-do-to-fix-it/


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Adobe Bootcamp: An Education on Vacation!

I have been to two of these, and I can tell ya, they’re a blast. Bring the family, let them go to Disney while you study.

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Adobe bootcampAdobe Bootcamp is an all-inclusive event designed to provide you with cutting edge, multi-level training courses and certification exams – all in one location, at one time! Learn the application of your choice, beginner to advanced, and gain knowledge that you can immediately put to use. Once you’ve soaked in all that you can from the training sessions, sit back and enjoy the sun, or mingle with peers.

This is a unique opportunity to attend hands-on, multi-level courses back-to-back. Complimentary Vouchers for Adobe Certification exams are supplied to students who wish to get certified! Courses offered include:

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This is an all-inclusive event! Your registration will cover training and certification fees, lodging, lunch, and airfare (up to $300)*. Just sign up for the location (Irvine or Orlando) of your choice and we will take care of the rest!

Adobe Bootcamp courses are taught by some of our best and most…

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Hiding user accounts in Yosemite

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On December 8th, 2014, Apple posted a KBase article showing a way to hide user accounts in Yosemite that was different than the methods available in previous versions of OS X.

In Yosemite, you can add an IsHidden user attribute to the user’s account record and set a specific value in order to hide or unhide the account:

  • Hide: Set the IsHidden user attribute’s value to 1
  • Unhide: Set the IsHidden user attribute’s value to

It’s also possible to unhide a hidden account by deleting the IsHidden user attribute from the user’s account record. For more details, see below the jump.

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