Mattia Campagnano

Mattia Campagnano

Friday, July 31, 2015

Windows 10 issue no. 1: One Drive won’t sync - How to solve it

I upgraded my Windows 8.1 laptop to Windows 10 and was playing around with it, working on a review that will come out in the next days, when I realized my OneDrive didn't sync any longer.

According to online sources, Microsoft is going to replace OneDrive with File Explorer.

Good job, I have a bunch of files that will have to be moved to another cloud solution.

Like I had widely forecast, Microsoft starts playing its old backwards compatibility game.

Too bad, because I was having a positive user experience.
The solution, according to Microsoft Forum is to:

Windows 10 installation guide - A smooth DIY upgrade

In these days, Microsoft is slowly rolling out the Windows 10 upgrade to its users (home users first, and then business).

Though being a Windows insider, that means I need to wait along with other 5 million people for the upgrade notification to pop up on my laptop.
I decided I don't want to wait and I'm going to upgrade my laptop by using the Windows 10 ISO.

DISCLAIMER: I performed the upgrade on my laptop, running a genuine Windows 8.1 version, and this guide is not intended to facilitate upgrading pirated system.
I'm not responsible for any unintended use of the below directions.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

3…2….1…A checklist for Windows 10

Tomorrow Microsoft will officially release Windows 10.

Are you ready? By following this short checklist, you can make sure your upgrade will be smooth and fast.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

OS X - Quit all open applications with a click

Sometimes you need to quickly shutdown your Mac, but there are several open applications.

You curse because the whole operation is slow, as each one of them will have to write to disk to save its current status, and quit.

Or you need to quickly close all your open applications for other reasons.

You could use Application Switcher (CMD/TAB), cycle through your applications and press Q to quit them.

What if there was a way to close all open applications with a click? Well, luckily there is.

You'll need to create a simple Automator application.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

OS X El Capitan (10.11) Public Beta - Minor update, good stuff

Apple has recently released the Public Beta of the upcoming new OS X version, 10.11, better known as El Capitan, scheduled to be officially released by this Fall.

The name chosen seems indicative of a minor update, which tweaks and improves on top of Yosemite release (El Capitan is a vertical rock formation located inside Yosemite National Park).

However, El Capitan brings long-needed improvements and provides solutions to some annoying problems.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Customize your Quora Feed with a click

Last Updated: 1/3/2016

In the latest months I've spent more time on Quora than on other social media.

I find it a more valuable tool than major media like LinkedIn, or Twitter, because it's much easier to find content relevant to my industry and ideas for posts.

Other social media have been recently filled too much with content marketing, elevator pitches or downright spam.

The only downside to Quora is the topics of your feed are based on your profile and your experience. If the keywords in your profile are too broad (e.g. technology), your feed gets filled with irrelevant crap. Luckily, Quora offers an easy way to filter out the topics you don't want in your feed.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Get Apple iWork on older Macs for free (no piracy)

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This blog doesn't support piracy. The workaround I'm going to describe is legitimate and doesn't imply installing any patch or crack whatsoever.

iWork suite is Apple's alternative to Microsoft Office, which includes three programs:
  • Pages (equivalent to Word),
  • Numbers (corresponding to Excel),
  • KeyNote (equivalent to PowerPoint).
If you bought a Mac after 2013, iWork comes totally free and bundled.

If you, instead, own an older Mac (such as in my case), you can only buy iWork from App Store at $19.99 and this, in my opinion, is unfair.

However, I found a legitimate workaround that allows to have iWork for free on older Macs, too.

Monday, July 6, 2015

OS X 10.10.4 - Better performance, no big deal

Apple has recently released the update to OS X 10.10.4, which improves stability and performance.

None of the issues I reported so far has been fixed (check OS X 10.10 Yosemite issues - Bugs for all. Wake up, Apple!).

The most evident change is about iTunes icon color, no longer red.

The update addressed issues related to networking reliability, outgoing emails in Mail and problems related to Photos and Safari.

For more details about this update, see Apple Official page.

OS X 10.10.4 desktop
OS X 10.10.3 desktop
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