How To: Speedup your Mac when the hard drive is completely full

There are plenty of tips and techniques available to a Mac user, which upon implementing on the drive bestows immediate relief for the Mac OS X.  An almost completely filled Mac hard drive is choked due to presence of huge pool of data and absence of free space makes the OS X perform slow as regards the user’s expectations. Speedup Mac tips are best suited for old Macs & hard drives but can also be applied to any hard drive that are on the verge of getting almost full.

Let’s ask ourselves about the below mentioned tips:

Starting with the Mac Restarts: Ask yourself, how often you restart your machine even if its working fine. Obliviously, when the OS X freezes, the user had last option to restart it or force shut-down the Mac. But even in normal working conditions it is advised to restart the Mac machine when duration of work is bound to stretch for many hours. The restart makes the machine to boot fresh and re-brush its applications.

Is my software up-to-date: Software updates are frequent and missed by maximum percentage of users. The best place to look out for the latest software is the Mac App Store, where software are reviewed by Apple before making it available to users for installation. Otherwise, if you have any own trusted source of software downloads and updates, it’s completely fine and safe. Here, users must take care that while updating an old tool to its latest version; it may happen that all the files of the older versions are not immediately replaced by the new ones. Later, you may need to remove those left old files manually.

Am I running the hardware test/anti-virus test on my Mac? For Intel based Macs, user can choose to run hardware test which is able to report any flaw encountered while testing. To read more about the hardware test visit Apple.com/KB/HT1509. Same goes with the anti-virus test, although a Mac user may not accept if his machine is vulnerable to viruses and all, but for the machine’s safety, download a free anti-virus from the Internet and launch the scan. However, past malicious activities on Mac can’t be ignored and lets not presume that Macs are 100% safe. (Yeah, they are less targeted by hackers, as hackers seems to be more interested in penetrating PCs)

Run Disk utility maintenance for individual volumes and HDD: Launch Disk-Utility, one stop solution for all Macs, and select volumes, hard drives to run verification of the disk and permissions. The verification report either ends with ‘OK‘ or with some errors highlighted in Red color. If somehow, disk utility fails to fix the errors found on the drive (May happen in worse drive corruption case), use Installation disk to verify and repair permissions on the drive.

How frequently should I use Activity Monitor to keep an eye on the memory consumption: Yes, with the help of the Activity Monitor on Mac, the memory consumption by an application can be monitored and you can know whether the application is consuming more than required space/power/RAM from the Mac OS X. Take widgets for example, they tend to run in background without the knowledge of the user and unnecessarily use the memory.

How can I locate and clean junk files? All the details of the activity done on Mac, browsers are stored in the form of caches and log files. Although, nature of such files may not be harmful for the OS X performance, but few cache files are large in size resulting in occupying huge amount of space on the Mac drive. You can locate such temporary files in the library folder of the Mac. Trash them to save drive space. Deleting Internet cache files may result into slow INTERNET browsing experience.

How can I fasten my browsing experience: Although it has nothing to do with the hard drive space, but many users do face problem in accessing videos on sites. To overcome this problem, open a video site (say YouTube.com) and select a video for buffering, right-click the mouse to view the flash player information. An older version of flash will make the video browsing pathetic, update the flash accordingly, and enjoy playing videos smoothly than before.

Bio: This post is written by Vishal. Other than the above tips, there are hundreds of speed up tools for slow Macs which can be used to fasten Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion version of Mac OS.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 goes full fledged, upgrades at $79

Adobe Inc. today announced full fledged availability of its Aperture competitor Lightroom 4 software for Mac OS and Windows, listing the application at a penny less than $150 for the standalone, or $79 for an upgrade.  Alternatively, customers who purchased Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS5 Extended, or any Creative Suite 5.5 edition can get Lightroom 4 for $99. Previously, Adobe Vice President of Products and Creative Media Solutions Winston Hendrickson billed Lightroom 4 “a stunning new release that will enhance photography workflows and help photographs stand out from the crowd.”

More information is available on the Adobe blog.

All About the Mac OS Mountain Lion

Apple released a developer preview of the next Mac OS-Mountain Lion with over 100 new features. Apple with the new OS has integrated iOS into Mac OS in a large way

 

1. In the new Mac OS Mountain Lion apple has integrated iCloud more deeply into Mac OS. Apart from all thats possible with iCloud now you will also be able to sync your notes,chats,reminders on all devices.

2. Messages is the next thing that the Mountain Lion would possess. The iChat app would be replaced by messages. Messages would do all that iChat did but in addition it would also allow you to send messages to iMessages(Apple’s iOS messaging app). So now you could connect with your iOS friends directly from your Mac.

3. Notification centre will now there on your Mac also. So you would never miss out on a notification again.

4. Sharing has been made easy. Now every apple app comes with a share button that lets you share your stuff quickly and easily.

5. Game center will now be available on your Mac.

6. Now you can airplay mirror your mac screen to your HDTV via apple tv.

7. Mac will get a reminders app which will be similar to the one present in iOS devices. It shall be iCloud compatible.

8. Notes app would also be available on the Mac OS Mountain Lion which would let you make notes in a more productive manner.

9. Securing data on your Mac would become much easier with the GATEKEEPER.

All these features will make the Mac even more productive and useful. No doubt Apple is all set to rule the PC market. The innovation they do is just awe-aspiring.

 

How To: Have a Mac OSX dock like navigation for my website

I was googling about some awesome navigation style for my website and finally i came across one navigation style which stole my heart away.

It was just awesome especially for me as I am an Apple fan.

It was a Mac OSX dock like navigation system. When you hover over an icon(Tab) it magnifies  just like a Mac OSX dock icon magnifies when you hover the mouse icon over it.

I found this amazing navigation system at APL Web Development Blog.

You can download the coding for the same from their website.

You can view the demo also at their website.

 

How to:Hide any Files and Folders in Mac OS X

Ever wanted to hide anything in your mac os x and could not do it.Well,now there’s a simple way you can do it.

Just download the free app- hide folders. As the name suggests it helps you to hide files and folders.

All you have to do is drag all the files and folders you want to hide into the app window and click on hide.

Do not worry when you drag your files and folders to the hide folders app window only the location of the files is copied.So your files remain where they were.

Simple,isn’t it?

Go ahead and hide any files and folders in mac os x

Run Windows Apps on Mac OS without Bootcamp!

The Mac OS is an awesome OS but the true fact is that many games and applications are solely available for Windows and as Mac users we always wanted to use those applications as well.To use those applications we used bootcamp but this was an expensive and complicated affair.

To solve the above problem without the need of Bootcamp Hisham El-Emam© NES Software has come out with a solution.

A Mac app has been released by Hisham El-Ema © NES Software called WinOnX.The app cost $4.99 but it is truely worth it.

 

Next up from Apple is Mac OS Lion with over 250 new features!

 

The Mac OS lion has some amazing features. Lets have a look at them below

Mac OS lion 1st feature- Multitouch Gestures

Mac OS Lion 2nd Feature is Full screen apps

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Mac OS Lion 3rd Feature is Mission Control

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Mac OS Lion 4th feature, Mac App Store

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Mac OS Lion 5th Feature, Launchpad

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Mac OS Lion feature 6th, Auto Save

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Mac OS Lion 7th feature, AirDrop

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Mac OS Lion 8th Feature, Mail

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Mac OS Lion 9th feature,Resume(resume where you left you apps)

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MS Leaks: Windows 8 to boast native SmartScreen file checking

We are getting closer and closer to a full official launch of Windows 8 by Microsoft, and we really hope it brings a refreshing change from the problems that go: oh-it-happens-with-Windows-OS-all-the-time. And we think, this time, we won’t be disappointed.

Microsoft’s next OS, Windows 8 will have native SmartScreen file checking, meaning the SmartScreen filter will be in-built and will help protect your PC environment.

Okay. . . . . .but WHAT is this SmartScreen thing?

If you are familiar with either Internet Explorer or Windows Live Messenger 2011, you might know of something called the ‘SmartScreen Filter.’ If not, it’s a tool that Microsoft has built to protect users against known malware and punk URLs, helping to keep the user safe and undamaged.

One good thing with this is that there is also an option to turn it off if you’re not happy with it. However, we suspect for the average user, SmartScreen in combination with a tighter OS (let’s hope Windows 8 is that OS) and Security Essentials will provide a stable enough computing environment that potential false positives thrown by SmartScreen are worth their annoyance.

Another interesting thing, if you notice in the image above, is the top circled option which allows you to never run an application that has been downloaded from the Internet that SmartScreen does not find clean. This really kills it from Microsoft!

With Microsoft taking so many measures to help protect the users, we really hope Windows 8 could expand the Redmond company’s reputation in the OS arena (which is slowly inclining towards Apple’s Mac OS).

Via TNW

Install Lion OSX virtually!!!

Love Apple and want to use its latest os Lion but hate setting up a partition or replacing your current OS with a beta version then you should install your Lion OSX virtually.

ObviousLogic.com told us how to do this but suddenly the site has vanished. So given below is the information from the cached page of the site

Issue 1. Only server versions of Mac OS X can be run in a virtual machine. Well there’s an easy way around that. Seems the system only checks for the existence of a single file, which can be created to appease the VM Gods.

Issue 2. Lion’s installation and boot process is a lot different and the VM doesn’t know what to make of it – booting from a disk image makes the VM cower into a corner and cry for help. Or just get outright hostile and tell you, “Not here, Jack!” But, as it turns out, there’s a way around that as well. Not as easy as the first obstacle, but possible nonetheless.

Step 1: Create a blank disk image.

Using Disk Utility, create and mount a new image with the following settings,

Name: MyInstaller
Size: 5 GB
Format: Mac OS X Extended
Encryption: none
Partitions: Single partition – Apple Partition Map
Image Format: DVD/CD master
You can name it whatever you want, but be sure to modify the steps below accordingly.

Step 2: Mount the Lion installer image.

The image I obtained mounts as ‘Mac OS X Install ESD’. If yours mounts as something different, then you will need to make any necessary changes to reflect that in the following steps.

Step 3: Mount the Base System image.

The Lion installer image contains a bunch of hidden files, to get to them you’ll need to run the Terminal application. One of these hidden files is BaseSystem.dmg which is used to boot the system.

$ cd “/Volumes/Mac OS X Install ESD”
$ open BaseSystem.dmg

The volume will mount as ‘Mac OS X Base System’

Step 4: Copy the base system.

The entire contents of the base system needs to be copied to your installer image. The ‘Restore’ feature in Disk Utility works great for this. Once that is finished, you can eject the BaseSystem image, it is no longer needed.

Please note, if you chose to “Erase destination”, your installer image will now have the same name as the source, ‘Mac OS X Base System’. I rename mine back to ‘MyInstaller’.

Step 5: Setup the ‘kernelcache’ file.

First the file needs to be copied from the Lion installer image to your installer image, then the boot configuration file updated to specify the location of the file.

$ cp “/Volumes/Mac OS X Install ESD/kernelcache” /Volumes/MyInstaller/kernelcache

$ cd /Volumes/MyInstaller/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/
$ sudo vi com.apple.Boot.plist

Make sure the boot file contains at least the following key/value to specify the location of the kernelcache file,

Kernel Cache
\kernelcache

Step 6: Copy the installation Packages.

Before the packages can be copied from the Lion installer image, there’s a file on your installer image that needs to be deleted.

$ sudo rm /Volumes/MyInstaller/System/Installation/Packages

$ sudo cp -R “/Volumes/Mac OS X Install ESD/Packages” /Volumes/MyInstaller/System/Installation/Packages

The copy (cp) command will take a few minutes; it’s copying a few gigabytes of data, so be patient.

Step 7: Flag the system as a server installation.

Again, in order to boot an OS X volume in VMware, it needs to be a server. The system checks for the existence of a file in a specific location; you can imitate a server installation simply by creating that file.

$ cd /Volumes/MyInstaller/System/Library/CoreServices
$ sudo touch ServerVersion.plist

That’s it for the installation disk. Both installer images can be ejected.

Step 8: Create a virtual machine.

This shouldn’t be anything new to you, but I’ll go through each step anyway.

Open VMware Fusion and select “New…” from the File menu.
Click the “Continue without disc” button.
Select “Create a custom virtual machine” and then Continue.
Select ‘Operating System: Apple Mac OS X’ and ‘Version: Mac OS X Server 10.6 64-bit’, then click Continue.
Click the “Customize Settings” button, then name and save the new virtual machine.
Choose “CDs & DVDs” from Settings, then click “Use disc image” and select your installer image.
Choose “Hard disks” from Settings, deselect “Split into 2 GB files” for the pre-created hard drive and click “Apply”. *
Feel free to make any other changes to the settings with one caveat, you must use a SCSI hard disk; IDE drives are not recognized by the installer after it boots. Also, if the hard disk is going to be used as a boot disk, it cannot be split into separate 2 GB files, so make sure to deselect that option when the HD is created.

Step 9: Replace the VMs NVRAM.

The default NVRAM will boot up previous OS X systems, but it will not boot up a Lion volume. I have a VM that I initially used as a Snow Leopard system. Booting into that system seems to have set the NVRAM so that it will know how to boot a Lion volume. Here is the NVRAM file from that VM. You can download it and use it in your VM.

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Download and uncompress the nvram file.
Locate your VM within the Finder, right click and select “Show Package Contents”.
Delete the current nvram file if one exists.
Copy the downloaded nvram file into the folder and rename it to match the name of your VM; mine is named, “Mac OS X 10.7″, so the nvram file would be renamed to “Mac OS X 10.7.nvram”
Now you should be able to run the VM and it will boot up to being the installation process.

Step 10: Installing Lion.

After the installation disk boots up, the first thing you should do is run Disk Utility and format the hard drive. All the norms apply; GUID partition map, Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) format, etc. When done, Quit to return to the installer.

Continue with the installation.

When the installation is complete, it will attempt to reboot the VM using the freshly installed OS on the hard disk. It won’t boot, because it’s not a server installation.

Step 11: Forcing the VM to boot from the CD.

VMware will not let you change the startup disk in the VMs settings, so you’ll have to force a change while the VM is running.

Start the VM. As soon as you see the vmware splash screen, hit the escape key. This will bring you to a boot menu, select “Boot Manager”

This will then bring you to another menu where you choose which device to boot from. With “Mac OS X” selected, you can look at the ‘Device Path’ info on the right side of the screen to see the path to the default OS X boot device (this should be the hard disk). You can then move through the list to determine which device would be the CD to boot from. (The Pci or Scsi numbers will be different.) If you choose the wrong device the first time, you can just restart the VM and choose another until you get it right.

Step 12: Flag the new system as a server installation.

After the VM boots from the install disk again, run the Terminal from the Utilities menu.

I labeled my HD, “OS X Lion HD” when I initialized it, so I would enter the following to ‘touch’ the system,

# touch “/Volumes/OS X Lion HD/System/Library/CoreServices/ServerVersion.plist”

Now you can quit the Terminal, choose Startup Disk from the Utilities menu and restart from the hard disk.

 

Will ZFS come to Mac osX Lion?

Apple on 20 Oct gave a preview of its new OS- The Mac OS Lion and one of the most amazing features of this new Mac OS was the AUTOSAVE feature. This means that Apple in its new Mac OS – Lion are surely going to use ZFS.

ZFS as defined by Wikipedia

In computing, ZFS is a combined file system and logical volume manager designed by Sun Microsystems. The features of ZFS include support for high storage capacities, integration of the concepts of filesystem and volume management, snapshots and copy-on-write clones, continuous integrity checking and automatic repair, RAID-Z and native NFSv4 ACLs

Until now there were a lot of rumors of ZFS being used by Apple in MAC OS but nothing really became true. This time though there is a great chance for it to become true.Though there is no official word we think that Apple might use the ZFS file system in the new Mac OS-Lion. In case Apple do not use ZFS then there might be chances of Apple creating it’s own new file system or maybe using the HFS+ file system.

What do you think? Let us know in comments

MAC OS X now on a tablet pc for the first time

Yes, You have read it right, now a tablet will be running MAC OS X but unfortunately its not a tablet by Apple.

Its a MAC OS X running tablet by Axon and its named Axon Haptic. It can run windows ,MAC OS X and Linux.

Its features are-

  • Processor: 1.6GHz Atom N270
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Screen Size: 10-inch, 1,024-x-600 resolution
  • Hard drive: 320GB
  • 1.3 megapixel webcam
  • Removable battery
  • Built in WiFi
  • Speaker
  • 3 USB ports, headphone, mic, Bluetooth, Ethernet, VGA and card reader.
Axon Haptic MAC OSX tablet

Website is http://www.axon-logic.com/index.html