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  • February 18, 2019

    How To Speed Up Your Mac

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  • April 3, 2018

    5 Best Ways to Improve Mac Performance

    If you conduct a Google search on the ways to improve Mac performance, you will find a number of suggestions. While some of these suggestions could actually work but in turn you will have to spend all your time, trying all these recommendations. But if you really want to speed up your Mac and save time, here are five best ways to improve Mac performance. Get yourself an SSD (Solid State Disk) Solid State Disk is anytime faster than the traditional ones and either the end users or you will definitely notice the enhancement in performance. If you are really grinding to improve Mac performance on your system, particularly if you posses a disk that is possibly failing or if it is operating a 5400RPM drive, its time to upgrade to an SSD. These SSD’s are not only able to write and read faster but they also require less energy, thus expanding the battery life of the mobile laptop. You only need to ensure that your Mac is capable of accommodating the new disk and if you are capable enough to upgrade it on your own. The latest versions of Macs are a little challenging to upgrade but you can nevertheless authorize this task to a certified Apple agent. Ensure that the SSD you choose boasts adequate storage. Usually, SSD’s are comparatively more expensive than HDD’s and they are recommended for situations where large storage capacities are not required. Add more memory Updating the RAM of a Mac aids OS X acquire additional overhead for dealing with the application tasks and operating system, various operations and process thereby, significantly improving the performance. As RAM chips are quite cost efficient, the upgrade can help cash stranded institutions leverage another year or two from purchasing a brand new expensive system.  As each...
  • Does my Mac have an Intel or PowerPC processor? Not sure if your Mac is using Intel or PowerPC processors? 1. In the Finder, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu. 2. Look at the Processor line to see which kind of processor is in your Mac. Keystroke Description Press C during startup Start up from a bootable CD, DVD, or USB thumb drive (such as OS X install media). Press D during startup Start up in Apple Hardware Test (AHT). Press Option-Command-P-R until you hear startup sound a second time Reset NVRAM Press Option during startup Start up in Startup Manager, where you can select an OS X volume or network volume to start from. Press Eject, F12, or hold the mouse or trackpad button Ejects any removable media, such as an optical disc. Press N during startup Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot). Press T during startup Start up in Target Disk Mode. Press Shift during startup Start up in Safe Boot mode and temporarily disable login items. Press Command-V during startup Start up in Verbose mode. Press Command-S during startup Start up in Single-User mode. Press Option-N during startup Start from a NetBoot server using the default boot image. Press Command-R during startup Start from the OS X Recovery System1  
  • January 11, 2013

    Show Hidden Files On Mac OS X

    Step-by-Step guide on how to show hidden files on Mac OSX On may occasions I have had to hook up a crashed Windows drive up to my Mac to copy over users data. Some Outlook files and database files are hidden that I need to copy so I needed to find a way to unhide hidden files on Mac. Just follow the steps below and your finder will show hidden files:- 1. Start your “Terminal” 2. Copy this string into terminal window defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE 3. type killall Finder To disable the show hidden files in Finder, follow the steps below:- 1. Start your Terminal 2. Copy this string into terminal window defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE 3. type killall Finder
  • August 9, 2012

    Winamp Review

    With so many Desktop media players available for the desktop and smart phone these days its hard to pick the right player for your non DRM protected music.  There is so much media out there podcasts, streaming radio and MP3 files.  I’ve used dozens over the years iTunes, Windows Media Player and MediaMonkey just to name a few.  Any all are slow, crash or are not just cool.  My personal favorite that works great is Winamp. We all remember Winamp as the first player of MP3 files and had a great streaming radio service at the time from Shoutcast.  I have been using Winamp since Windows 98.  Then the company got purchased by AOL and stayed around into the later years. Winamp has been stagnant for years, lacking a number of the features that make more modern music players popular. Now, however, a new version of Winamp has hit the streets, with a new look and tons of new useful features.  The thing that impressed me most is Winamp for Mac. The latest version of Winamp for Mac Sync is available and is in Beta.  This latest update of Winamp for Mac Sync Beta allows greater music management features, play queue enhancements and will allow future releases to be updated automatically. Some of the new features available are Play Queue Window Drag and Drop Auto-update Growl and Notification Support Additional Watch Folder Support Introduction of Release and Beta Channels Additional Keyboard Shortcuts Winamp for that Mac looks cool, it’s light weight and takes up very little resources.  Winamp has also uped there game making there new Winamp available for the Android. To make things even better you can turn your smart phone into a remote for Winamp.  Winamp is back and better then ever!
  • July 26, 2012

    Mac Apps That Need Retina Support

    I was listening to This Week In Tech – http://twit.tv/ and one of the issues they spoke about was the Mac Retina display and how people have issues with the display and app support.  So I decided to do some research. Every one who purchased the Next Generation Mac Book Pro have had apps that don’t use Apple’s system fonts or haven’t had their graphical assets super-sized look terrible.  The Retina Pro’s issues are with up scaling graphics across a compact 15-inch display area that’s harboring well over five million pixels. Words jumbled into Images Still Frames on Websites from bad Slash Animations Applications and Web Pages are fuzzy The issue is Apple has a great product so far ahead of its time that there is no design support for it yet.  Applications are suffering from this as well just to name the few I found from my research Microsoft Office 2011 (This is the product I have heard most of the complaints about) Spotify Winamp Adobe Products AutoCad Products Skype Dropbox AntiVirus Programs Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
  • The whole Apple Flashback Trojan started with compromised word press blog.  Kaspersky labs confirms this the virus was spread threw a vulnerability in java.  When clicking on the wordpress link or post executed the silent malicious code.  This is the same thing that happened at pwn to own.  Any time you integrate the browser into the OS you are open up security vulnerabilities. Microsoft has had issues like this for years with Internet Explorer.  Apple sacrificed security for useability in there Safari browser and in iTunes.  One major security concern regarding iTunes is since they have designed iTunes as an all in one hub if there is every a security flaw it would be critical do to the integration into every Apple OS.  The flashback malware has infected more than 600,000 Macs worldwide.  There are removal tools available at Apples website http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1517.  There is an update off of Apple’s website to prevent infection http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1338
  • July 1, 2010

    Converting WMA to MP3 on Mac

    As most on you know I recently purchased a Mac and I must say I am very pleased.  Being a big Linux enthusiast I am very pleased with my new Macbook pro the look and feel is great and the easy user interface is great.  The Mac really reminds me of the current release of Ubuntu just better.  Sorry to all you Ubuntu users I am not trying to offend anyone but that’s my feeling anyway.  I still like Linux so you will still see me at the Linux conferences just with my Mac.  But one thing I did struggle with most of my music was in WMA format.  On the Mac only MP3 and up gets recognized.  So I used this tool All2MP3 to convert my library.  I was very pleased everything converted no file corruption or anything.  All you have to do is install the tool.   Just click the add button pick the files you want to convert.  Click convert and the software does the conversion very fast and painless and drops the MP3 in the original folder with the WMA file.  The link be low will allow you to download the app and has a few instructions.