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Fix Your Contact List with a Centralized System →

Ryan Gray, writing at ryangray.co:

Of course, you can easily share one of your cards with anyone nearby (and get theirs). But a shared card is not just sent once. It’s a subscription. If you change your phone number or if you move you’ll be able to push the updates out to anyone who is subscribed. You’ll also be able to block anyone, revoke access, or prevent someone from sharing your card. Conversely you’ll be able to upgrade to the next level. For example if you become close friends with a coworker, they’ll be able to request access to the Close Friends version of your card. You’ll also be in control of what of your information can be shared with third party developers.

This article hits on a great concept – a better way to share your contact information with others that keeps you in control of that information, and also keeps your information up to date as it changes. Ryan Gray wants a privacy-oriented tech company (Apple) to come up with a cross-platform and centralized solution.

I love the idea, but worry that something like this wouldn’t gain enough traction. My contact information is half of the equation. The organization of my own list of contacts is the other half. My contact list is filled with duplicates and outdated data, as well as contacts I haven’t touched in 20 years. If the people in my contact list don’t embrace or trust a system like this, I’m not much better off. But we have to start somewhere, and this is the best idea I’ve heard.

Show Hidden Files on Your Mac With a Keyboard Shortcut

Some files and folders on your Mac are hidden by default. Your Library folder within your user folder, for example, is hidden, as is the actual iCloud Drive data folder. I discovered this when trying to find a way to create a redundant backup of my iCloud data.

There are a few ways to make your hidden files visible. I’ve found the quickest method is to use a keyboard shortcut. If you type and release Command-Shift-. (that’s a dot, or period, at the end), your hidden files will become visible in the Finder. Type it again and they’ll disappear. That’s all there is to it.

2016 MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards failing twice as frequently as older models →

Mike Wuerthele writing for AppleInsider:

Not including any Touch Bar failures, the 2016 MacBook Pro keyboard is failing twice as often in the first year of use as the 2014 or 2015 MacBook Pro models, and the 2017 is better, but not by a lot.

I question anyone’s ability to gather this information, but AppleInsider gets pretty specific here with its numbers, and explains how it gathered the data. I have the 2017 model, and do hold my breath with the keyboard. Of course, my biggest gripe isn’t with the keyboard (maybe because mine hasn’t failed yet).

How I Use: Search in Mail on macOS →

Lee Garrett, writing for MyProductiveMac:

You aren’t limited to one search term. Once you’ve clicked on your first search element, continue typing and another list of potential search criteria will appear below. Click again, rinse, repeat as often as necessary.

Search in Mail on macOS has always been a bit of a chore to me. If you want to up your game in Mail, there are several good tips in this post. In addition to the one above, the post covers the use of natural language, boolean operators, and saved searches.

macOS: Put the iCloud Drive Icon on Your Dock →

Andrew Orr, writing for The Mac Observer:

There is a hidden directory inside of macOS that contains the app icons for built-in services like iCloud Drive. You probably wouldn’t know they are there because you’ll have to enter a specific file path in order to access them. Here’s how to put the iCloud Drive Icon on your dock for easy access to Apple’s cloud storage.

I’ve been moving more and more of my storage into iCloud Drive, so I wanted to make it more easily accessible. I found this post from last year when searching for a way to access iCloud Drive from my menu bar. Putting it in the dock will have to do for now, although the icon isn’t interactive and only acts as a shortcut to open the iCloud Drive folder in Finder.

If you’re in the Finder, the Command-Shift-I keyboard shortcut will open the iCloud Drive folder as well. I can see myself cooking up a Keyboard Maestro macro to create a system-wide shortcut.