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Solution to Mac App Store not loading (El Capitan 10.11.2)

If you find that the Mac App Store opens but that it endlessly tries to load its content but just keeps spinning and spinning the loading wheel, then there is a solution . It was posted to the Apple forums and is in two parts. First remove the following files (if they exist): ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.appstore.plist ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.storeagent.plist which you can do in one of two ways: either use the terminal, as advised in the original solution, or open Finder,  select the Go menu hold down the option key (alt) select Library from the menu double-click Preferences folder to open it and remove: com.apple.appstore.plist and com.apple.storeagent.plist Next, restart your Mac while resetting the NVRAM using the following steps: Shut down your Mac. Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command (⌘), Option, P, and R. Turn on your Mac. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys immediately after you hear the startup sound. Hold these keys until t

Hacking my life: A year of immersion in foreign languages

If it's possible to learn a programming language with the resources of the Internet, is it also possible to learn a foreign language? My New Year's resolution (2016) is to finally try and expand my vocabulary and ability in real-world languages by using the tools available to me on the Internet and without adding any time specifically dedicated to language learning. Yes, I've tried Duolingo and it's brilliant but I want something less abstract from life and which is inbuilt with even less friction, something that slots in place of what I already do. So I've started hacking my life to make learning more everyday. Step 1: I've deleted all UK news apps from my phone and downloaded foreign ones instead. I've installed Le Monde, Spiegel Online, SZ.de, Republic.it, ARA.CAT, and changed Huff Post to the French edition in the app's settings. I've also downloaded the France 24 news broadcast app. The first thing to note is that typically news apps for t