Posts From Mark O'Neill

Mark O'Neill
Mark O'Neill

Mark O'Neill is a freelance writer, editor, and bestselling fiction author. Since 2004, he has written on technology subjects such as MacOS, iOS, cybersecurity, and online privacy. Originally from Scotland, he is now based in Würzburg, Germany, where he lives with his wife and dog. Please direct all email enquiries to [email protected]

Here are all the Keyboard Shortcuts for WhatsApp Web and Desktop on Windows and Mac

Despite privacy concerns by some users and the existence of other great IM app alternatives, WhatsApp has remained the most widely-used messaging platform in the world. If you have a smartphone with an internet connection, you can use WhatsApp, and in the long run, you can save yourself a ton of money in regular SMS...

XDA Basics: How to Completely Uninstall an App on Mac and Delete all Junk Files

One of the good things about a Mac is that when you want to uninstall a program, it's much easier than Windows. On Windows, you have to open up the uninstallation part of the program and wait for it to uninstall. On a Mac, you simply have to drag the program to the Trash bin...

XDA Basics: How to use Find My on Mac to Find your Lost Apple Device

We all lose stuff. It's inevitable, whether it's your car keys, your glasses, or your iOS mobile devices. But in the case of iOS devices, Apple has a great iCloud feature called "Find My", which lets you track down where a particular Apple device is, even if you don't have AirTags. Find My is absolutely...

XDA Basics: How to Delete the Hidden Download Log on Mac

Did you know that every time you download something onto your Mac, a record of that downloaded file is added to a log and kept in your system? It can be anything from a Google image, a PDF document from your boss, or a pirated copy of the latest movie at the theater. If you...

XDA Basics: How to Set Up & Use Mac Voice Dictation

If you want to whizz through your emails and reports and impress your boss in the process, then Mac Voice Dictation is the way to go. The feature is built into your Mac and can be activated simply by going to the Preferences and switching it on. But surprisingly, many people I have encountered do...

XDA Basics: 4 Methods to Force Quit an Unresponsive App on a Mac

If you've been using a Mac for any extended length of time, you'll know the spinning wheel of doom, otherwise known as the "spinning beachball". The formal Mac term for this is "the wait cursor" and it is the cause of much wailing and gnashing of teeth everywhere. It indicates that an app has slowed...

XDA Basics: How to Split your Screen on a Mac, and why you’d want to do it

If you like to multi-task or make full use of your screen's real-estate, splitting the screen on your Mac is an easy thing to do. While your iPad can also be used as an additional display using either Sidecar or Duet Display, you can open up multiple browser windows or apps on your Mac screen...

XDA Basics: How to Delete or Deactivate your Facebook account

In the wake of the massive data breach at Facebook which exposed the personal details of 533 million users, you may be thinking once again about how to delete your Facebook account. We all go through these periods when we think that Mark Zuckerberg knows more about us than is healthy. But we dismiss the...

XDA Basics: How to insert Special Characters on a Mac

Every language has its own unique special characters. If you need to type any of those special characters on a Mac, it's easier than you might think. Also known as "diacritical marks", these can be anything from the German umlaut (Müller) to "Smith née Jones" (indicating a person's former name). Spanish also has its own...