MacVoices #23237: Joe Kissell Takes Control of Sonoma (2)

Our conversation with Joe Kissell, the author of Take Control of Sonoma, continues as we cover Sonoma’s new or revised features that include menubar icons, Keychain Access, stickers, animations, and widgets. Joe gives us some cautions on a few Sonoma features, discusses Apple’s new documentation for Sonoma, and more. (Part 2) 

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Show Notes:


0:03:24 Mac OS: The Target Audience and Windows vs Widgets
0:06:12 Web Browser vs. App: Personal Preference
0:07:03 Apple’s Lack of Exciting Features for Productivity
0:08:31 Challenges of Navigating Different Mac Setups
0:11:08 Annoying Menu Bar Icon and Screen Recording Permissions
0:12:31 Bartender App to Organize Menu Bar Icons
0:13:22 Annoyance with Bartender app and recording screen all the time
0:14:33 Apple’s purple icon taking up space in menu bar
0:15:47 Additional security and privacy features in Safari
0:18:06 Keychain Access: The Most Hideous App You’ll Ever Encounter
0:20:37 Frustration with Password Management in System Settings
0:22:03 Questioning Apple’s Threat Model and User Experience
0:22:48 Introduction and Where to Get Joe’s Book
0:24:48 The Value of Joe’s Books and his Dedication to Helping


Joe Kissell is the publisher of  Take Control ebooks, as well as the author of over 60 books on a wide variety of tech topics. Keep up with him if you can on his personal site,, and on Twitter.


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