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NC #840 Photos Backup Update, High Contrast Focus on Apple TV, TextSniper for macOS, Security Bits

Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Sunday, June 13, 2021, and this is show number 840.

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Follow up from Last Week about Photos Backup

Last week I told you about how I was trying to help my friend Diane figure out a way to back up her daughter-in-law’s full-resolution Photos Library when her only Mac’s internal drive was too small to hold the originals. The method I described will certainly work, but it’s not the cleanest process I’ve ever worked out. At the end in my bottom line I said that I really hoped that someone would send me a “Well actually Allison…” and describe a far easier method.

Ask and ye shall receive!

UnderTheLionRock, in the comments on my blog post from last week, pointed us to a Macworld article by Glenn Fleishman, where reader Todd had sent in a much more elegant and repeatable solution to the exact same problem.

The basic idea is to create a second user account on the small-disk Mac, and connect it to your iCloud account, but instead of having it save your images and videos to the internal drive, point it to an external drive. Presuming you buy a big enough external drive, you can then tell it to download full-sized originals to this external Photos Library. Every time you want to make a backup of your full-sized originals, simply switch accounts, connect the drive, wait for it to synchronize and you’re good to go.

Isn’t that a brilliant solution? It is far better than all of the faffing about I suggested. Thank you to UnderTheLionRock for telling us about it, thank you to Macworld reader, Todd for thinking it up, thank you to Macworld author Glenn Fleishman for writing it up, and the entire community for pitching in on this interesting problem to be solved.

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Tiny Tip – High Contrast Focus Style on Apple TV

On-Device OCR with TextSniper for macOS

I’ve been chatting with the developer and he also pointed out that until June 21st, if you use coupon code WWDC21 when you buy at…, you’ll get 21% off of the $6.99 price. I bought it myself with the discount code directly from Valerijs.

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Security Bits — 13 June 2021

That’s going to wind this up for this week. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, Everything is Fiddly recordings, comments and suggestions by emailing me at [email protected], follow me on twitter @podfeet.  Remember, everything good starts with,,,!  And if you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways.   Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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