Missing Instant Hotspot on MacOS


One problem that keeps coming back on my MacBook Pro is that the Instant Hotspot option in the WiFi menu (in the menu bar) disappears.

Don’t confuse this with the Personal Hotspot feature of your phone. Instant Hotspot is part of the Continuity suite that uses your AppleID to make your iPhone’s hotspot feature available to your Mac even if the iPhone has the Personal Hotspot turned off.

After spending some time googling around for solutions to the missing option I worked out that I had to be searching for “Instant Hotspot” instead. I then started to get somewhere.

The fix that worked for me was step three from here.

I had to sign out of iCloud on my Mac and then sign back in. I didn’t have to do it on the iPhone.

Ive hit this issue three times now. No idea what the cause was tbh.


How to view and move your iMessage history and attachments to a new Mac


Last weekend I blew away my macOS and did a fresh install from scratch of all the things.

I was disappointed to learn that iMessage on macOS doesn’t preserve its message history. The link below explains how to restore/move your iMessage history.

Source: How to view and move your iMessage history and attachments to a new Mac

VMware Fusion 8.5.X – Windows 10 – Shared Folders AWOL


Updated: 20170228

The problem occurred again. This time, an uninstall and reinstall of VMware Tools didn’t fix the issue.

The fix was to:

  • Open the VMware Fusion Sharing preferences and leave “Enable Shared Folders” ticked but untick all the “Mirrored Folders”.
  • When prompted, log off and log back on.
  • Open the VMware Fusion Sharing preferences and select the folders you want under ‘Mirrored Folders’.
  • You will again be prompted to log off. Log off and then log back on.

The mirrored folders should be accessible again.


VMware Fusion has a nifty feature called ‘Shared Folders’ thats lets you access data on the underlying Mac OSX host from within the guest OS. Fusion must be configured to enable it and VMware Tools must be running inside the guest for it to work.

Recently, mine stopped working. I hadnt disabled the feature in Fusion and nothing lept to mind about other changes I could have made that caused the problem.

Today I had some spare cycles to dig into the cause of the problem and find the fix. See the source below from Nov 2015.

TL;DR: Windows Update nerfs a registry value which VMware Tools uses. The fix was simple, uninstall VMware Tools, reboot, install VMware Tools, reboot.


Source: Shared Folders – Windows 10 upgrade from 15.11. | VMware Communities

EtreCheck – A simple Mac OS health check tool


I had to help a friend the other week to resolve some page hijacking that was occurring on their Mac. See https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-8071. I was surprised to learn that such a thing actually happens with Macs and Safari.

I needed a quick way to run a health check of the Mac OS and found EtreCheck. Recommended.

Source: EtreCheck: About EtreCheck

Internet Performance Measurement Tools


This post contains a catalogue of useful Internet performance testing tools.

ICSI Netalyzr


sivel/speedtest-cli: Command line interface for testing internet bandwidth using speedtest.net

A nifty tool for the CLI jockeys to test the internet performance of their machine.

speedtest-cli – Command line interface for testing internet bandwidth using speedtest.net

Source: sivel/speedtest-cli: Command line interface for testing internet bandwidth using speedtest.net

Adium for Mac and Microsoft Lync


UPDATE 20170322 13:33: I don’t recommend the use of Adium any longer. See https://twitter.com/JoeBeOne/status/844304343864107009 and an RCE in Adium as a result of code in libpurple. http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2017/Mar/57


UPDATE: The official Adium 1.5.10 is now available from the Adium page here. There is a direct download link here.

So for a while now there has been a bug in the SIPE plugin for Adium on the Mac that prevented Adium from connecting to MS Lync servers. Bug is documented at http://sourceforge.net/p/sipe/wiki/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions/#after-upgrading-to-nss-3131-or-newerwzxhzdk12wzxhzdk16insert-your-favorite-linux-distribution-herewzxhzdk17-xxxwzxhzdk13windows-pidgin-2107wzxhzdk14mac-os-x-109wzxhzdk15-login-fails-with-read-error

There is now a feasible workaround to the issue. Follow these steps:


Yes its a work around. Yes it may possibly be a bad thing to reduce your security stance. No warranties given.

Mac WiFi channel scanner in Mac OS X Mavericks


Wondering where the WiFi channel scanner in Max OS X Mavericks went?

Look no further than http://ambroselittle.com/2013/11/09/mac-wi-fi-scanner-in-os-x-mavericks/ for the answer.