AdBlockers for iOS

Since iOS 9, iOS has supported Ad and Content blocking in Safari.  There are many choices and this may be confusing to people just coming to the platform and who aren’t familiar with the topic.

Here are my top 3 picks with a brief summary of each service.

1: AdGuard for iOS (Frequently updated, latest filters, bleeding edge, free):

AdGuard is well known for making powerful extensions for Chrome, FireFox and Safari.  They also make powerful network level blocking solutions for Windows, OS X, and Android.  On iOS they offer powerful content blocking for Safari.  They issue frequent app and filter updates.  They are always on the bleeding edge and they are 100% free.  The only con I can think of for AdGuard is they do offer some pretty advanced options that are easy to mess up for the novice user.  They also don’t support automatic updating.  The end user needs to manually launch the AdGuard app for iOS to initiate a filter update.  They seem to issue filter updates daily.

2: 1Blocker for iOS (Easy to use, INSANELY fast, lots of power features):

1Blocker for iOS.  1Blocker is easy to use, insanely fast, and has a lot of power features that definitely are not for the faint of heart.  1Blocker offers the ability to block custom fonts and all images which can speed up browsing in situations where bandwidth is precious and limited.  1Blocker is free to install, but requires an in-app purchase to enable multiple filter sets simultaneously.

3: Purify Blocker for iOS (Simple, insanely easy to use, just turn it on and it works):

Purify blocker for iOS.  Finally, there’s Purify.  This is by far the most simple AdBlocker to use.  Some ads and trackers may slip through the cracks, but if you’re the kind of person who just wants to turn it on and it works, this is the solution for you.

Mac OS X Default Web Server Directory Location

The Sites folder on OS X server should by default create an easy to find alias that jumps to the folder.  If this isn't the case, you can also find the default 'Sites' folder a few other ways.

1: /Library/Server/Web/Data/Sites

2: Another way you can quickly find you 'Sites' directory is by using the Server application for OS X.  Launch the server app, navigate to "Websites" on the left side of the screen, select your site from the list a and click "Edit".  To the right of "Store Site Files in:" you'll see an arrow.  Clicking this arrow will jump to the appropriate directory.

Another common question is where is the default db directory for MySQL in OS X?


Hidden files may need to be enabled to reveal some of these locations.

Terminal » Show Invisible Files » defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
Terminal » Hide Invisible Files » defaults write AppleShowAllFiles NO

Getting iCloud Accounts w/2-step enabled to work with Outlook for iOS

So, you've just installed Outlook for iOS and you're trying to get iCloud to work on it, but you remember, you have two-step verification enabled!  If you're trying to get this to work, you'll need to generate an application specific password before you'll able to log in and use the app.

Follow the steps outlined in HT204397:

  1. Go to My Apple ID.
  2. Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in.
  3. Select Password and Security.
  4. Click Generate an App-Specific Password and follow the steps on your screen.

Once you've generated your password, it's important that you DO NOT copy and paste it into the Outlook for iOS app.  This will simply cause an error.  You need to manually input the password WITHOUT the dashes ("-") or the login will simply errror out.

If you typed everything in correctly, you should now be enjoying Outlook for iOS!

Record your iOS Screen in Full Resolution with Quicktime X and Yosemite

Did you know that you can record the screen on your iOS Device using Quicktime X and OS X 10.10?

1: Open Quicktime X

2: Click File > New Movie Recording

3: Connect your iOS device to the computer using a Lightning cable.

4: Click the Dropdown arrow to the right of the record button and choose your iOS Device as the source

5: Now you're ready to record your screen.  Happy casting!

iPhone/iOS Backup Extractors

Taken from: ; What does it do? This application converts the iPhone / iPod Touch backups that are created by iTunes into readily usable Mac OS X files. It is designed to run on Mac OS X Leopard only. What's it used for? Extracting application resources for developers to help them investigate bugs. Exploring files that are created by third party applications using Finder. Decoding the SQLite database files that are stored on the iPhone / iPod Touch, such as Call History, SMS messages, and Notes

The other iOS Backup extractor that I like to use is iScavange.  iScavange has an easy to use interface and is simpler to understand for novice users.