How to disable Google Hangouts on Menu Bar on OS X

Ever since OS X Yosemite (10.10) came out Mac users have had the option to enable a dark mode. Dark mode doesn’t do too much, but it does change the menu bar at the top of screen from a bright gray to a much darker gray. More simply, it inverts the colors so that the dark items are now the same color as the brighter areas and vise versa. For me, it is much more visually appealing and easier on the eyes. One thing that has bugged me for a long time is that there are some blank spaces on the icons that do not have a dark mode icon.

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The problem is that the icons aren’t missing, they are just the same color as the dark mode background. The biggest offender of this is Google Hangouts. Luckily, Google allows you to remove the icon entirely from the Menu Bar so that you can get rid of the ugly “missing” icons. (more…)

5 Steps to Setting Up a New Mac

I recently was able to purchase a new Mac so that I can work on things on the go a little easier. My “at home” Mac is a Late 2012 Mac Mini and my new “on-the-go” Mac is a Early 2015 MacBook Pro. I know that the MBP line is about to get refreshed (maybe?) with new chips and such in March, but I had a need for a laptop now.

Whenever I get a new computer, Mac, Microsoft, or Chromebook, I got through a little bit of a customization process. A friend of mine got a new Mac shortly after I got mine and wanted to know how I set my computer up. The video below goes through a few things that I do to setup my computer to maximize its uses for me.

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