Tips for networking, internet, etc.
How to perform useful tasks and upgrades.
- How to Capture the Screen or Window as an Image
- Finder Setting for Generic Icons or Custom Icons Based on Content
- How to boot off an external drive
- How to upgrade your system/boot drive
- How to Set the Startup Volume / Startup Drive/Disk
- How to Verify/Repair a RAID Volume
- How to detect a failing hard drive (SMART status)
- How to test memory for reliability
- How to install 6GB or 8GB memory in MacBook Pro
- How to Reset Apple Safari Saved Information
- How-To Disallow Saving Usernames/Passwords in Safari
- How-To Erase a Web Site Password in Safari or Firefox
- Moving Your Bookmarks to Another Computer
- How to Create a Group of Bookmarks in Safari
- Enabling the Developer / Debug Menu to Safari
- How to Change Date and Time Formats for Ease of Viewing
- How to Create and Use a RAM Disk
- How to See Disk Usage / Space Used
- How to use a Mac Pro as a Robust File Server
- How to Disable CPU cores
Suggestions for setting up your Mac for performance and data safety.
- Sizing and Setting Up Your Mac Boot Drive
- Installing a Just-Right Mac System
- Separate Data from System and Applications
- High Performance Mac Configuration
- Testing Mac Memory and Drives
- Choosing the Right Mouse
- Boot With the 64-bit Kernel
- Set Finder Preferences
- System Preferences (General)
- How to Unhide your Library Folder on OS X
- Set a Two-button Mouse
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Disable the Caps Lock key
- Declutter the Dock
- Turn Off iTunesHelper
- How to Exclude Items from Spotlight Search
- Apple Mail Unread Mailbox Setup
- Apple Mail VIP Feature: Multiple Emails for one Contact
- Time Machine for Always-on Backup
- Relocating the Home Directory Off the Boot Drive
- Relocating Mail Off the Boot Drive
- Relocating Documents Folder Off the Boot Drive
- Relocating iTunes and iPhoto Libraries
USB3, networking, and add-on devices other than storage.
Chargers and other specialty USB-C devices.
Camera cards and readers.
Networking as fast as an SSD!
When and Why to Upgrade Your Mac.
- Upgrades: Know Your Priorities
- Be Smart About Upgrades
- Upgrades: How Much Memory?
- Upgrades: Internal Hard Drive or Solid State Drive?
- Upgrading Your System Drive
- MacBook Pro Upgrades
- Upgrading Mac Pro Memory
- Upgrading Mac Pro Internal Drives
- Upgrading the Mac Pro CPU
- Upgrading Reliability and Backup
- Upgrading Ergonomics and Efficiency
- Case Study: Upgrade a MacBook Pro to Banish Sluggishness
- Case Study: Upgrade a 2010 MacBook Pro for Photoshop Performance
- Case Study of Mac Pro Memory and Photoshop CS5 Performance
Useful tasks at the command line in Terminal.
Following stock performance and company news efficiently.
Preferred configuration for best performance.
What you should know about CS5 performance.
The best hardware and configuration for Photoshop CS5.
- The Photoshop CS5 Upgrade (Introduction)
- Photoshop CS5 Memory Usage Preference
- Photoshop CS5 Maximum Memory on Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iMac
- Photoshop CS5 Cache Tile Size = Sharp Stick In The Eye
- Photoshop CS5 64-bit and 32-bit Plugin Issues
- Adobe Plugins for Photoshop CS5 Performance
- Speed Up Saving and Opening Photoshop CS5/CS4/CS3 Files
- Save Big Files 20X Faster With the DisallowFlateCompressedPSD Plugin
- Influence of Drive Speed on CS5 Big File Save Speed
- Photoshop CS5 Warmup Time — Memory Allocation Hit
- Scripts to Warm Up Photoshop CS5
- Analysis of Photoshop CS5 CPU Core Usage
- Various Other Photoshop CS5 Issues
- Photoshop CS5 diglloyd Benchmarks
- Photoshop CS5 Optimization Conclusions
How to configure a Mac to maximize Photoshop CS3/CS4 performance.
- Photoshop CS4 Optimization (Introduction)
- How to Configure Photoshop CS4 for best performance
- Performance in Photoshop CS4 vs CS3
- Test results for Photoshop CS4 on Mac Pro
- Test results for Photoshop CS4 on MacBook Pro
- Using Solid State Drives (SSD) for Photoshop CS4 Scratch
- Optimizing Photoshop CS4 on Apple MacBook Pro With Solid State Drives
- MacBook Pro Photoshop CS4 speed demon SSD
- Using a RAM disk as a Photoshop CS4 scratch disk
- Photoshop CS4 Benchmark actions
- Photoshop CS4 oddities
- Photoshop CS4 Performance Conclusions and Recommendations
Speedups for working with images.
Reasons for using software RAID, making the choice of RAID type, etc.
High performance RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-5, RAID-1+0.
CHOOSING & CONFIGURING A MAC
Where to go to buy Macs and related items.
An in-depth look at how to find the right Mac setup for you
- How to Choose a Mac
- How to Select and Configure a Mac Pro
- How to Select and Configure a MacBook Pro
- How to Select and Configure an iMac
- Buying a Refurbished Mac
- Buying a Mac at the Apple Store
- Upgrading Your Mac
- Setting up Your New Mac (or renovating one)
- Mac Boot Drive Dogma
- Mac Backup and Reliability
- Simple and Cost-effective Backups for Mac
- Backing up with Apple’s Mac Backup
- My Mac Pro: An Example
- Mac Pro Memory: Choosing, Installing, Testing
Nuts and bolts of buying a Mac, and recommended extras.
- Mac Pro Buyer's Guide: Step-by-Step
- Buyer's Guide: Ordering a Refurbished Mac Pro
- Buyer's Guide: Ordering a New Mac Pro
- Buyer's Guide: Setting up a Mac Pro
- Buyer's Guide: Multi-interface External Enclosures
- Buyer's Guide: eSATA Enclosures
- Buyer's Guide: Memory for Mac Pro
- Buyer's Guide: Hard Drives for Mac Pro
- Buyer's Guide: eSATA Cards for Mac Pro
- Buyer's Guide: Recommended Solid State Drives (SSD)
- Buyer's Guide: MacBook Pro Memory
- Buyer's Guide: eSATA for MacBook pro
- Buyer's Guide: Displays
- Buyer's Guide: Power Conditioning (UPS)
- Recomended Vendor: OWC
APPLE OS X
Significant changes and issues in OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Mountain Lion tips and how-to.
Special Report: Upgrade Now or Wait?
- The Snow Leopard Upgrade (Introduction)
- How to Safely Install Snow Leopard
- Finder preferences in Snow Leopard
- Snow Leopard Performance
- Memory and Drives for Snow Leopard
- Booting into 64-bit mode (Snow Leopard)
- Snow Leopard Hardware Compatibility
- Snow Leopard Software Compatibility
- Snow Leopard: Printing with Epson Pro Printers
- Snow Leopard Hassles and Bugs
- Snow Leopard Test Notes
Headaches and hassles encountered with OS X.
When an upgrade brings more downgrades and bugs than value.
- Mac OS X Lion Hairballs
- Cannot Print With Epson Stylus Pro 3800
- Lion-converted Apple Mail Cannot Be Used With Snow Leopard Boot
- Apple Mail Searching Multiple Choice, Multiple Steps
- Apple Mail Modal Window
- Apple Mail Takes Accounts Offline for Days
- User Comments on Apple Mail in Lion
- Multi-second System Hangs with Rainbow Beachballs
- Software RAID Display Broken
- Disk Utility Cannot Verify a RAID Volume
- Unusable Full-screen Mode
- Scrolling Direction Baffling
- Spelling Auto Correct
- Save As Command Forces Multi-Step Workaround, Data Destruction
- Fixing Controls in Finder Icon View Windows
- Pixellated Image Previews in Lion Finder
- Finder Cannot Display File Type Correctly
- Column Divider Will Not Size To Fit
- You Are Not Connected To The Internet
- Launchpad Does Not Accept Keyboard Input
- Restore Windows When Quitting and Re-opening Apps
- Disable Animated Window Zooming
iPhone and iPad and iOS
Apple iPhone and related items.
The worrisome decline of OS X quality and integrity.
- Apple Core Rot: Introduction
- Reader Comments on Apple Core Rot
- Impossible to Complete a File Copy on Any Drives
- Time Machine Silently Excludes Critical Data
- Finder Copy Destroys File System on Boot Drive
- Finder Refuses to Delete 'Backup Items'
- Finder Silently Fails to Copy Files
- Disk Utility Offers to Destroy 13 volumes on 4 Drives
- Graphics Professionals Need 10-bit Color
Using Apple’s Fusion drive technology.