Over the last few years OS X has got progressively more intuitive memory management, however – it’s still not completely flawless. This is obvious when using Virtual Machine technologies such as VMWare Fusion, OS X is not overly quick ‘mopping’ up memory once fusion is closed down. Which is where the terminal command PURGE comes in.

The purge command cleans out the memory and disk caches, and by doing a purge you are essentially replicating a system reboot.

To perform a purge, follow the instructions below:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Open the Utilities folder
  3. Open a terminal window
  4. Copy and paste the following line in:
    sudo purge
  5. Press return
  6. Enter your admin password
  7. Press return

This one is worth a shot if you’re busy opening/closing applications and you feel performance slipping.

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MacKeeper v2.61 Review

On August 11, 2013, in Blog, Review, by

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MacKeeper v2.61

As a daily OS X user, I know just how important it is to keep your Mac running as good as new. There’s nothing worse than having to sit and wait for your Mac whilst it processes the most basic of commands and requests.

OS X is a complex beast, and if you don’t do regular maintenance you’ll soon find it grinding to a halt. Sure, there’s hundreds of terminal commands and finder tweaks you can do to clean things up. But with applications such as MacKeeper available to download there’s really no need to fumble around in the terminal.

Launching MacKeeper automatically starts the ‘Fast Cleanup’ scan, which even on my packed 500GB ‘spiny disk’ hard drive takes about 3 minutes to complete. Once done the fresh, easy to use GUI outlines everything MacKeeper is able to clean using it’s “one click” clean process. During the fast cleanup, MacKeeper cleans unused application binaries, empties system and user cache locations, removes unused language files from applications and clears down log file locations.

So what does this mean

By default, when you install applications they also install the required language files to service every possible language. (Which have been packaged with the app) So for example if your Mac OS X is installed with only the UK language packs, chances are you are not going to need the bulk of German, French, Spanish etc language files in each of your installed apps. As you can imagine, these can quite rapidly start taking up storage space.

Equally the cache locations can also become packed out with cache files for each of your used applications. Sure, cache’s are great for speeding up the launch of often used apps. However, no doubt your frequent app use changes every now an then. So it’s always a good idea to regenerate the cache now and again.

Also – log file rotation is often set quite low with some applications, so some log files can be kept for weeks, months or even years. Generally when investigating an issue you would only need a hand full of log files, and would rarely need to go hunting through older logs.

I generally run clean up operations (after a full system backup of course) on a monthly basis and generally clear down between 500mb to 1GB’s worth of accumulated ‘junk’. So imagine if you’ve never performed a cleanup on your two-year old mac!

But wait! There’s more..

Where MacKeeper stands out from the crowds of other system maintenance tools is with its plethora of other built-in utilities and tools. Such as; Duplicates file finder, Disk Usage mapper, Smart Uninstaller, update tracker, data encryptor, file shredder, deleted file recovery, Internet security and theft recovery to name but a few!

That’s a total of apps worth £410.00, that you get bundled with MacKeeper for only £34.95!

The Good:

MacKeeper makes it extremely easy for even the mac novice keep their mac running as good as new, and utilise as much space as possible on the stock hard drive. The utilities are easy to use, and give excellent feedback and detailed instructions of what’s going to happen when you push the buttons etc. Whats more, each tab of the application has the ability to connect you to the MacKeeper support team.

The Bad:

MacKeeper performs tasks that could be done using terminal (if you are brave enough, and have to time to research and practice the commands) although that could be dangerous if you are not a confident terminal user..

The Bottom Line:

This app get’s 5 out of 5 for its ease of use and all round collection of system utilities. With this installed there’s nothing more you will need to keep your mac in ‘tip-top’ condition.

Rating:
5.0 star big MacKeeper v2.61 Review

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Will the Next iPhone Be the Best Yet?

The iPhone is a world beater. Even its harshest detractors, the kind of people who would never buy an iPhone for reasons of brand loyalty (or simply out of a dislike of Apple) cannot deny the style and ease of use which have become the device’s hallmark. Unfortunately for the Californian giant, though, consumers seem to be falling out of love with the iconic phone. Don’t take that the wrong way – Apple still possesses a commanding share of the market, and there are plenty of users who will always buy an iPhone, no matter what. However, that doesn’t mean that some consumers aren’t jumping ship thanks to the disappointing iPhone 4S and 5. Apple will need to do something special to regain their place as the dominating phone manufacturer.

The Rivals

Anyone who keeps track of technology-related news will be aware of the Samsung Galaxy S3, which Apple have been doing their best to suppress on a global scale with arguably frivolous patent lawsuits – my favourite is the one where they (successfully) argued that they had a patent preventing anyone else from making a phone with curved edges. Regardless of the legal antics, which are taking place in various countries, the S3 is readily available in the UK and is widely regarded as the best phone around. It boasts a larger-than-average battery, superbly clear and large OLED Gorilla Glass screen (wave goodbye to your iPhone screen repair costs) and powerful processor. The combination of large screen and powerful hardware make it a capable gaming device, but the real appeal of the Samsung over the iPhone lies in its software. Google’s Android is notably ‘freer’ than Apple’s iOS. For example, anyone may write an Android app and put it on Google Play. Apple’s App Store, by comparison, is strictly policed, with the apps available being controlled by the company. Windows Phone is improving, and could be a competitor shortly, but as of now is not really on the same level as Android and iOS.

The Features We Want to See

If the next iPhone is to be the best yet and reclaim its crown as the king of smartphones, improvements will need to be made in several areas. Firstly, the screen needs to be improved. Apple is using the latest iteration of the LCD, which was created 20 years ago and has served us well. However, it cannot be compared to the OLED screen manufactured by Samsung. Improving the next iPhone’s screen could increase the quality of visuals and help to cut down on thickness and weight, which are issues. The other area which could use some improvement is storage. Whilst rivals have expandable memory, giving users the chance to store up to 128GB on a removable card, Apple limits its users to 16, 32 or 64GB of fixed storage depending on the model. By boosting the top memory capacity to 128GB – which is completely achievable – Apple would make the iPhone a more viable multimedia platform.

Peter Smith is a blogger, IT technician and general technology geek.

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Apple Reminders iOS app tip

On December 20, 2012, in Blog, by

Since the early days of iOS 5 I have been a big fan of the iOS reminders app, especially the ability to sync between my iPad, MacBooks and web for non Apple devices. Because of this, I maintained several separate lists for various things. However, recently (I believe it was one of the iOS 5 minor releases) Apple removed the ‘page markers’ at the bottom of the reminders screen, and seemingly the ability to swipe between lists. This morning, I noticed – purely by accident – that the ability to switch between lists by swiping had not gone anywhere.. It’s just had it field of ‘swipe’ narrowed to just the lists title. Swiping either left or right on the list title switches between the lists. This is a god send if, like me you have many lists!

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Do you use something else for your reminders? The AppStore is flooding with App’s each with their own features and pit falls. Let me know in the comments below which one you use.

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20121101 183037 Apple release iOS update   6.0.1

Apple have recently released an update to their latest revision in the iOS software range. The update takes iOS 6 to revision 1, and fixes a hand full of bugs along the way.

  • Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
  • Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
  • Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
  • Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
  • Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
  • Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
  • Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
  • Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The update is available for most Apple mobile devices, you can download it either using the built in software update menu, or via iTunes now.

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