Full Disk Access is required to access Time Machine backups in Mojave

I’ve been struggling since Mojave came out to deal with it’s over-bearing expansion of SIP (“System Integrity Protection”), which is basically a super-root notion that blocks access – even to root – to lots of basic parts of the system, including obvious & mostly sensible ones like /System and /Library, but also less usefully things… Read more

ffmpeg can produce pseudo-corrupt audio when ‘copy’ing to an MP4 container

I’ve been using ffmpeg to trim clips from a trail camera, as most of the time there’s only a few seconds of anything interesting in frame out of the 30+ seconds of video it records each time, but I don’t want to re-encode them and lose video quality as a result (or balloon file sizes… Read more

Creating a Fusion Drive from an existing disk, without erasing it

Photo of Phil Schiller on stage presenting Apple's Fusion Drive technology, at Apple's iPad Mini event on October 23rd, 2012.

Note: this guide was written circa macOS 10.13 High Sierra, in 2018. Its accuracy has not been verified for newer macOS releases. Curiously there’s very little information out on the web (at time of writing) on how to create (or expand) a Fusion Drive without erasing its contents first.  It’s entirely possible to do so… Read more