El Capitan Is Here!: Heres What To Do To Prepare Your Mac

October 2, 2015 / no comments

So finally, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan is about to become available. Installing a new OS is perhaps the most intense thing you can do to your beloved mac and it should be done with care and following a few basic rules.

First of all BACKUP!

Make sure you have a sound backup via time machine and I would even go further and make a manual backup of your most important files to an external hard drive (i.e photo library, documents etc).

Space, space and more space.

Secondly, Make sure you have enough space on your hard drive. Typically you should alway be running Mac with at least 10-15% of your hard drive empty. This allows the Mac to utilise that space to aid keeping speed up. El Capitan needs roughly 15-20gb of free space to install.

Maintenance is Key!

Lastly, make sure your Mac is in tip-top condition before embarking on your upgrade adventures. This means clearing the decks of old files, emptying trashes and generally making sure the wild cat is purring before you give it a bath.

The way that we keep on top of maintenance of Macs for our own and for our clients is to use CleanMyMac by a company called MacPaw. This piece of inexpensive software is a marvel indeed. It allows you to scan your Mac for System Junk (Stuff thats left over when you install new software), Empty large caches of data, old iOS updates (which can be huge), unnecessary languages, these take up quite a lot of space. CleanMyMac also has a maintenance mode that will scan the Mac and go through all the protocols to make sure that the mac is functioning exactly as it should.

There are a lot of bogus Mac maintenance apps out there ( lets not even mention the keeper that shall not be named mac) but this one really does find huge amounts of lost space and keeps everything running smoothly. It even monitors your memory usage and allows you to easily check on attached drives via the menu bar.

If you are going to install El Capitan we would highly suggest you investing in CleanMyMac to make sure you start off in the best possible scenario for the massive brain transplant that is a Mac OS update!

 

Happy Mountaineering!

 

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The Siri Enigma

December 9, 2013 / no comments

Siri was perhaps the biggest and most “new feature” of an Apple device for quite some time. How many of us actually use it in day to day life? – I for one haven’t been taking advantages of some of the cool things Siri can do and as of iOS 7 Siri has had a bit of an upgrade.

The trouble is, Siri’s repertoire is growing and its sometimes hard to even recall what you can ask Him/Her/It to get stuff done.

Heres a great video that reminds us of some of the handy and cool things that the helper with ‘tude can do!

Sapphire to make your tech sparkle!

November 12, 2013 / no comments

So according to reports it looks like Apple may be looking to replace the Gorilla Glass on its devices with Sapphire. At the moment Sapphire glass is 10-30 times more expensive than Gorilla Glass from Corning, however, it appears that Apple has invested heavily in the development of the production process of Sapphire glass (which is already used for the home button on the iPhone 5s).

Apple has made a deal with the manufacturer, GT Advanced Technologies, and together with a Solar Panel Company Apple acquired to access its Ion Particle Accelerator technology, it will be able to manufacture the thin slices of sapphire at a much lower price. This may mean that before long the entire screens of our devices will be super hard waring.

Personally, I look forward to the day that I don’t have to apply one of those awful bubble blighted screen protectors.

Adobe Creative Cloud – Not for everyone!

August 31, 2013 / no comments

So Adobe have finally switched to a subscription model. There is nothing wrong with this inherently and the positive side of this method of software delivery is already apparent, more regular updates and a much smoother transition between versions. The one sticking point, however, is the price. Its simply too expensive for most to afford, add on top the ridiculous premium Adobe have added on top for users in the UK ($49.99 per month in the USA  Vs. £46.88 per month for us in the Uk – Not exactly a fair exchange rate!!) and it becomes untenable for many, especially if only needing three or four of the applications.

 

So thankfully, other software developers have caught up and some would say even begun to exceed the skills and knowhow of Adobe. MacAppStorm provided a list of excellent alternatives to the big apps that Adobe hawk under the Creative Cloud banner.

 

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