FileVault 2 offers a great service: it encrypts the entire storage of your Mac. However, many people have experienced a problem. It doesn’t finish (for the record, this happened to me on 10.10.5. Some said the issue was resolved with 10.10.3). We see messages like:

Encrypting… Estimating time remaining

Unfortunately, this causes problems when upgrading OS X or trying to create a Boot Camp partition. Since FileVault shows as enabled and the drive shows as encrypted, I decided to decrypt the drive. This is done by:

  1. Booting into Recovery HD (restart the computer and hold Cmd+R until the Apple logo and progress bar appear).
  2. Open Disk Utility.
  3. Select the encrypted drive (it should be grayed out in the sidebar).
  4. Go to File > Unlock Macintosh HD, and enter password
  5. Go to File > Turn Off Encryption, and enter password.
  6. Reboot to OS X.

Ah, good. In a fairly short period of time, I should have my drive back. Except … decryption has the same problem! Interestingly, decryption becomes unpaused during disk verification (Open Disk Utility, select both “Macintosh HD” in the sidebar, and click Verify Disk). This lasts only a few minutes, however. I ended up using Verify Disk a number of times until decryption finished.

Once I installed El Capitan, I tried encryption again and encountered the same issue. So I continually ran First Aid until encryption finished. If you want a Boot Camp partition, however, you’ll probably need to wipe the drive and start fresh.

UPDATE 11/11/2015: Try the solution mentioned on this post.

Here’s the point I love:

The name ‘Content Blocker’ is something of a misnomer, since this feature isn’t meant to hide or block content, as most people would define it. Instead, they act on ads or scripts which often do block content, such as a popup image which covers what you are trying to read.

Content blockers don’t block content so much as block the stuff that blocks content. They give the user an improved reading experience, improved battery life, and improved data usage.

Hello, Mr. Sharebutton
Hello, Mr. Sharebutton

Today I learned (thanks, Mom!) that iPhones with iOS 9 allow the sharing of voicemails to your app of choice. So, for example, when Volkswagen says that your diesel vehicle’s emissions are compliant with federal regulations, you have proof they lied (without cluttering your voicemail inbox).

Taken from the west mesa in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Would’ve been an even better shot if:

  • my Canon T1i had been charged
  • I had a tripod
  • I had a remote shutter release

It was taken with an iPhone 6; I applied an Instagram filter and cropped out a chimney. I better get that tripod and remote shutter release.

I tried to write about the Côte&Ciel Isar Rucksack, which I got in medium last winter for $289. But several people out there were much more thorough—and positive.

It’s a good looking backpack and well-constructed. Personally, though, I became frustrated with it over the course of a 3 week overseas trip. The padded pocket did not hold my 13″ retina MacBook Pro snugly (it’s designed for up to 15″). The iPad pocket wasn’t ideal. Also, it’s not easy to keep the front compartment (“sharkfin”) organized. This is because you put everything in while it’s horizontal, but you carry it vertical. Things shift all over the place during use, and it becomes difficult to find things. Fully loaded, it barely fit under some airline seats.

Visconti Carter

When I returned home, I sold the Isar and replaced it with the Visconti Carter. It’s a small, affordable messenger bag constructed from buffalo leather. There are two outer pockets, the most useful being on the exterior flap. This pocket is great for storing thin items that are quickly needed, such as boarding passes (try as you might, airlines always find a way to stick you with paper in 2015). It has well placed pockets, and enough of them, without allowing you to put too much in it. I can easily include:

  • iPad Air
  • pocket Bible
  • magazines
  • pocket tissue, lens cleaner and cloth, small knife
  • 13″ retina MacBook Pro and charger OR Canon T1i with lens or two


The main issue in carrying the camera is a lack of padding. I don’t find this to be an issue as much with the MacBook Pro. If you know of a minimalistic camera sleeve that fits into messenger bags well, tell me on Twitter!)

I’ve only noticed one construction issue: the synthetic backing material on the strap was slightly frayed in a couple places. I used a little bit of fabric glue in those spots, and it’s good to go. However, the leather and other fabrics are very nice; it’s double-stitched, so it should be very durable. A solid win for this bag is that it supports itself (unlike my old Fossil messenger, which collapsed when set down).


Much of the hardware is brass, which looks very nice. The zippers are very smooth, but almost every zipper-pull is different. The one on the outside flap is leather. The one on the back and on the tablet pocket is articulated brass. And the one on the small interior pocket is a standard pull. The miniature brass version of their marque is very classy.

Right now, this is my ideal everyday bag.