How to sync past events in your Calendar on your iPhone and Mac

Elliott updates past events in his calendar when his itinerary or other details change. However, during a recent two-week trip:

I was in a country where there were no Internet connections. When I came home, I made the correction on my iMac because I wanted to have a correct record of the itinerary changes. I notice all my devices would not update because it was a past event.

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iOS lets you change the look-back sync duration.

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How to find a missing app in iOS

Bruce Kolk wants to find a missing app:

I was repositioning an app icon to put into another folder. When it got to the home screen, I was holding to the left edge—when it suddenly disappeared. I can search for it, open it, but can’t find the icon to put it in the appropriate folder.

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iOS Spotlight shows you the folder that encloses an app, if any.

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Did a mysterious Lost & Found folder just appear on your Mac? It could mean trouble

Joseph Pierpoint discovered a folder in his Trash labeled “Lost & Found.” When he opened it, he found it contained over 50,000 files. Worse, “Any attempts to send these files to the Trash are thwarted by interruptions that state that this kind of solution is infeasible for one reason or another.”

The Lost & Found folder relates to a low-level Unix filesystem-recovery utility. When fsck (filesystem check) runs, it looks not just at files that appear properly referenced in a filesystem’s directory, but also at anything it finds that looks like a file but isn’t appropriately noted in that record structure. In Unix, it stores these recovered bits in a folder named lost+found. macOS exposes recovered files in Lost & Found, and drops it in the Trash because these items typically aren’t useful, but it doesn’t delete them in case a user wants to examine what was recovered.

The “journaled” part of Apple’s HFS+ Journaled disk partition type refers to tracking and recording changes so that they can be applied later if there’s a failure while they’re being made directly. In this case, it’s macOS updating the HFS+ directory. If something goes wrong while that’s happening, before the Journaled format, if you’re as old as I am, you might recall having to run repair operations that could take tens of minutes or hours to rebuild directory structures. Journaling largely prevents that.

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How to use TinkerTool System 5 to set folder permissions in macOS

A few weeks ago, I answered a reader question about “inherited permissions,” or how to deal with a shared folder that multiple people use via file serving on a regular Mac, not one running macOS Server. By default, permissions attach to the account of the person who created a file or folder unless you upgrade the Mac to the server flavor (cheap, but complicated) or use some command-line text that’s difficult to use if you don’t regularly interact with files and folders via Terminal.

Colin MacGregor wrote in with a piece of advice about an alternative. The app TinkerTool System, now in version 5, lets macOS users modify a million zillion settings (you think I’m exaggerating), as well as manually invoke maintenance operations and utilities that otherwise require intimate command-line knowledge.

Part of TinkerTool System lets you muck about with file and folder permissions, including ACL (Access Control List) settings that include setting a folder to pass access to all nested items inside it. TinkerTool System is just $14, so you can inexpensively solve this problem if it’s a persistent one you need for a workgroup. It’s also a remarkable tool in its own right if you want insight and control over macOS, and perform complicated tasks (like creating a macOS installer disk) with a single click or two.

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What to do when iCloud Storage is obviously empty but Apple says it isn’t

Shubham Sagar has an issue with iCloud storage:

Currently, my Storage Plan is 50GB and I have turned almost everything off from getting synced with iCloud. It still shows 2.82GB used.

Shubham has 600MB of storage used by iCloud Music Library, but no backups, no iCloud Drive on his Macs, no stored email, and no iCloud Photo Library. What’s up with that? This clearly happens to other people as well, as I can find similar postings in many forums complaining about this a year and two back. If it were just hundreds of megabytes, it might not matter. But with a free account including a paltry 5GB, nearly 3GB being used invisibly is a big hit.

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How to view photos transferred from an iPad to a Mac

Regina Bell has a conflict set of needs relative to how Apple structures photo storage and cloud-based sync and access:

My iPad is running out of storage space. If I move photos to an external drive and delete the original photos from Photos, will they still be accessed by iCloud?

She’d also like to keep her photos in an iCloud Photo Library, but separate out the pictures she takes on her iPad.

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