Articles by Matt Cone

Matt Cone is a technical writer at Fastly. He has experience creating documentation for organizations like Linode and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Matt’s first book, Master Your Mac, was published by No Starch Press. To get in touch with Matt, visit https://www.mattcone.com.


How to Change Your iPhone's Wallpaper

  March 11, 2021

Changing your iPhone’s wallpaper is one of the best and easiest ways to customize it. You can use photos, images you find on the internet, or the free wallpaper images that Apple provides. The best part is that you can use different images for the home screen and the lock screen. We’ll show you how to do it! Finding Images to Use as Wallpaper Before you do anything else, you should find the images that you want to use as wallpaper.

How to Find Your Mac's MAC Address

  March 10, 2021

Each of your Mac’s network interfaces — such as the ethernet and Wi-Fi cards — have a permanent, unique serial number called a media access control (MAC) address. Some universities and employers may request your Mac’s MAC addresses to monitor or limit your access to certain networks. MAC addresses can also be used for less nefarious purposes. For example, if your computer is stolen on a university’s campus, the IT department may be able to use its MAC address to trigger an alert when the criminal connects your computer to a university network.

How to Change the Font Size on Your iPad

  March 9, 2021

Your iPad has a setting that allows you to change the font size on your iPad. Boosting the font size can make text on your iPad easier to read. This is a great option for anyone who wears glasses or generally has a hard time reading text on the iPad. The font size setting doesn’t apply to all applications, but all Apple applications (like Mail, etc.) are supported. Here’s how to change the font size on your iPad:

How to Change the Font Size on Your iPhone

  March 8, 2021

Your iPhone has a setting that allows you to change the font size on your iPhone. Boosting the font size can make text on your iPhone easier to read. This is a great option for anyone who wears glasses or generally has a hard time reading text on the iPhone. The font size setting doesn’t apply to all applications, but all Apple applications (like Mail, etc.) are supported. Here’s how to change the font size on your iPhone:

How to Use Dark Mode on Your Mac

  March 7, 2021

Your Mac provides a dark mode feature that turns the background of most applications black to make viewing your Mac’s applications at night easier. You can enable dark mode manually or set it to turn on automatically at night. Dark mode isn’t to everyone’s tastes — for example, not everyone likes reading white text on black backgrounds — but generally speaking, this is a feature that most people seem appreciate using a night.

How to Use Dark Mode on Your iPad

  March 6, 2021

Apple’s iPad provides a dark mode feature that turns the background of most applications black to make viewing your iPad at night easier. You can enable dark mode manually or set it to turn on automatically at night. Dark mode isn’t to everyone’s tastes — for example, not everyone likes reading white text on black backgrounds — but generally speaking, this is a feature that most people seem appreciate using a night.

How to Use Dark Mode on Your iPhone

  March 5, 2021

Apple’s iPhone provides a dark mode feature that turns the background of most applications black to make viewing your iPhone at night easier. You can enable dark mode manually or set it to turn on automatically at night. Dark mode isn’t to everyone’s tastes — for example, not everyone likes reading white text on black backgrounds — but generally speaking, this is a feature that most people seem appreciate using a night.

How to Output Stereo Audio in Mono on Your iPad

  March 4, 2021

Recently I replaced my aging Bose QC25 headphones with a pair of AirPods Pro headphones. Both products are a major upgrade from the stock earbuds that ship with iPhones, but the high-quality audio output also means that you can hear every imperfection in the music. For example, older tracks that were recorded in mono sometimes have output that is only audible in one channel, which means that you can only hear the music in one ear.

How to Output Stereo Audio in Mono on Your iPhone

  March 3, 2021

Recently I replaced my aging Bose QC25 headphones with a pair of AirPods Pro headphones. Both products are a major upgrade from the stock earbuds that ship with iPhones, but the high-quality audio output also means that you can hear every imperfection in the music. For example, older tracks that were recorded in mono sometimes have output that is only audible in one channel, which means that you can only hear the music in one ear.

Starting Applications Automatically at Login

  March 2, 2021

Do you use the same applications, documents, AppleScripts, and Automator actions every day? Consider adding them as login items to start them automatically when you log in or turn on your Mac. It’s a great timesaver. Follow these instructions and kiss manually opening applications goodbye! Common examples of login items include utilities such as Alfred, LaunchBar, and Dropbox. Other popular login items include applications that need to be made available as soon as possible, such as email clients, web browsers, RSS readers, and even Twitter.



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