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App Pick: Disk Doctor For Mac

I’m anal retentive a neat-freak when it comes to organizing my files on my Mac. I regularly scour my pictures, movies, documents and downloads folders for no longer needed files. Real Talk – I should’ve spent the extra money for more internal storage space on my Retina MacBook Pro.

All that to say, I’m not a file hoarder. But I know some of you out there are. Afraid to get rid of anything, that is until that ever-so-annoying little spinning “beach ball” constantly keeps your Mac from being great.

The first thing you should do to keep your Mac running smoothly and to ensure you get your money’s worth is get rid of unused, unwanted, and unknown files. One of the apps I use and recommend that will help you find and quickly delete those files is Disk Doctor.

Simply put, open Disk Doctor, start a scan and it will search the “Un-ususal Suspects” (Application caches & logs, Browser data, downloads, and a few other spots) to sniff out files and data you didn’t know existed (and really don’t need).

Disk Doctor Free-able Space

From there, you can go heavy-handed like the Jets training camp and sucker-punch all the listed files like they owed you money and had the nerve to get mad when you asked about it, and delete them all. Or if you’re more scary, you can view the details of each suggested category and hand-pick what you want to delete.

Once you have decided what you want to keep and delete, you can click “clean” and Disk Doctor will jettison your unwanted files in a matter of minutes (or seconds if you’re like me and only have a total of 2.5GB that could be cleaned…Told y’all I keep my Sh*t clean. Actually, that line is an oxymoron, but I digress.)

Disk Doctor Cleaning Results

To cool thing about Disk Doctor is that it lets you know what’s going on every step of the way and lets you preview (with explanation) files, so you don’t accidentally delete something you probably needed to keep.

An added bonus includes giving you a snapshot of your storage space (Free Space, Used Space, percentage of space used, and Total Capacity) when you first open Disk Doctor – Comes in handy when you need to quickly see your storage at-a-glance before calling a Mac Head like me to complain that your computer “sooo slow”.

Disk Doctor Space at a glance

After you’ve gotten rid of all those meme images you stole from the Drake vs. Meek Mill beef, I recommend you check out Disk Doctor for Mac to finish the clean up job.

Or, you can wait to delete unnecessary files after your Mac starts running super slow or worse, won’t start at all because the “startup disk is full” and you have to schlep your way to your local Apple store with an external drive, weave through all the fanboys and folks with way to much disposable income, just to beg an Apple Genius to help you get files off your computer just so it will boot up…True story

…Not mine, though. I don’t roll like that.

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Why You Want Thieves To Login To Your Mac

There are some things we all immediately do after we power up that brand-spankin’ new Mac. Some download and organize new apps, while others customize their desktop/lockscreen images.

Me, myself, personally…I tweak all the settings to get them just right. One of the first settings I mess with is turning off the ‘Guest User’ account – Nobody else is using my baby, so there isn’t any reason to even tempt me to allow a stranger’s germy hands to touch my keyboard.

But after some some studying for my latest Apple certification, I dug up a pretty interesting fact that forced me to immediately turn back on the Guest User account so strangers (particularly a thief) could actually login to my computer and connect to the internet.

If you’re not familiar with ‘Find My Mac’, it’s an iCloud security feature that lets you locate your iOS or Mac devices anywhere. You can login to you iCloud account online and as long as your Mac 1) Is powered on 2) Has the ‘Find My Mac’ feature enabled, and 3) Is connected to the internet, you can locate, track, lock, and even wipe your devices remotely.

Now traditional security procedures for locking down a Mac so nobody can do anything with it would be to use to use a strong password and force it to lock itself after a couple of minutes. The thought process behind that is if your Mac decided to grow legs and walk away, nobody could access your data, or browse the web to do whatever it is folks do on the internet…which is any and everything.

Here’s the hook: If a thief can’t get past the login screen, they are less likely to connect your Mac to a network to establish an internet connection, which would subsequently connect it to Apple’s iCloud servers, which would then let you use the ‘Find My Mac’ feature to locate and possibly retrieve your device (Please call the cops…Don’t try that vigilante crap).

On the flip-side, if the Guest User account on your Mac is enabled (there is no guest user password required to login to your computer), that just might tempt a thief to access the web which will initiate a connection between your Mac and your iCloud account.

I know what you’re thinking and don’t worry, a Guest User account can only do very basic things, and you can restrict a Guest User account even more by turning on and adjusting the Parental Controls, and/or encrypting your computer’s Hard Drive with the built-in (Read: $free.99) FileVault feature.

I know it sounds crazy, but if you want to even try to get your Mac back after it’s been stolen, you actually want the thief to be able to take selfies of themselves or yell at people on Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit using your baby.

…Just wipe off the keys with alcohol and a rag if you do get him/her back.

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Quick MacBook Pro RAM Upgrade Video

One of my repeat customers needs to squeeze some extra life out of their aging 15-inch MacBook Pro. So, their handed it over their “baby” to me, and in addition to some other upgrades (Battery replacement and Solid State Drive install) I upgraded his RAM (Random Access Memory) from 4GB to 8GB.

A RAM upgrade is what I suggest to anyone who feels their computer is lagging when it comes to booting/restarting, opening applications and other completing other tasks that you know should not take as long as they do.

Without all the tech jargon, RAM is what your computer uses to find stuff on your computer. It doesn’t store any information, it just remembers where everything is. The more stuff you add to your computer, the longer it takes for RAM to find it. So, adding more RAM speeds up the searching process.

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I know folks are “scared” to even open up their laptop, let alone remove and/or add anything to it. But I swear, a RAM upgrade is super simple to do. So as a test of the Periscope app, I decided to do LIVE RAM upgrade (excuse the fuzziness, my mobile video lighting game needs to be upgraded).

Even though I’m working on a MacBook, opening up and doing a RAM upgrade on a PC is almost the same. The only thing that may be different is how you open your laptop, and where the RAM is located. Another note: This will only work on laptops that don’t have the RAM soldered to the motherboard (think MacBook Airs and other super-slim Ultrabooks). So if you’re in the market for one of those, my suggestion is that you get as much RAM as possible during the purchase process. After your computer is built…


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New MacBook Impressions

While some may have initially scoffed at the lack of ports on the new MacBook, it’s hard to not fall in love with the thinner, quieter, and more fashionable Ultrabook from Apple.

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Apple Offers Free MacBook Pro Repair To Fix Video Issues

Apple has extended its warranty to offer free MacBook Pro repair to 2011-2013 laptops experiencing video-related issues.

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How To: Backup Your Mac With Time Machine

I’m going to keep this short and sweet: If you have a Mac, but you’re not using Apple’s free (and easy) Time Machine to back up your computer, you need to be slapped. Now that I’ve got your attention, I’ve whipped up a tutorial video on how easy it is to set up Time Machine so you can back up your computer because…I said so.

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#TechTip: How To Use Spotlight To Control Your Mac

I like to consider myself a minimalist when I comes to my tech. I keep stuff simple as possible…probably because I get easily sidetracked.

As a result, I consider myself a pretty heavy Spolight user when I need to find something on my Mac, just so I can keep my desktop super clean and free of a bunch of icons. So let’s just say I was super geeked when I found a dope Mac trick that lets Spotlight fans like me quickly shutdown, restart, logout, or put my computer to sleep.


Selling Your Mac? Here’s How To Restore Your Mac To Factory Settings

I’ve loved my mid-2010 13″ MacBook Pro since the day I bought her. We’ve been through a ton together. From late-night side-hustle sessions, to schlepping around the county to conferences and events, she has been my gadget of choice for getting stuff done.

But, after a little of over four fabulous years, we knew we both needed a fresh new start. So we amicably made the decision to part ways. But before I could see her in the arms of another, I had to make sure that she wasn’t carrying any old baggage into her new relationship.

No Mac should continue to carry old data around after it’s in the arms of a new lover owner, so here’s the steps you should take to remove your data and restore your Mac to its original settings before selling.

1. Save Your Old Data

I knew exactly what I wanted to upgrade to: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro because…Retina. But, I wanted to make sure I sold my old MacBook first before I bought a new one.

So instead of using Apple’s handy Migration Assistant to transfer files from one computer to another, I decided to clone my data to an external Hard Drive using Carbon Copy Cloner.

With Carbon Copy Cloner, you simply:

  1. Connect an external Hard Drive to your computer (make sure the external HD has enough space)
  2. Choose the drive you want to clone (Macintosh HD if you haven’t changed the name)
  3. Choose the destination drive (the external HD or NAS storage…if you nasty)
  4. Click “Clone” on lower-right side of the screen…and wait

…And voila! You have made an exact copy of your drive to either restore the entire drive (and its data) to your new Mac, or pick and choose what specific data you want to move to your new Mac.

2. Disable User Accounts

Your Apple ID is the key to using any Apple gadget, and you’d be surprised at how many services utilize your Apple ID. Handing your old Mac over to a new owner without properly removing your account information, could result in “after the sale” customer service calls from the new owner. To make the break up between you an your Mac as clean as possible, here are some key services you need to disable.

Deauthorize your iTunes store account

To make sure the new owner can’t re-download any purchased music you made with your Apple ID, it’s best to deauthorize the computer from using your iTunes account.

Open iTunes and in the menu bar navigate to Store > Deauthorize This Computer…

This will remove your Mac from the list of computers and devices authorized to download and play content purchased with your Apple ID. If you’ve already sold you’re Mac, you can log into your iTunes account on another computer and under Apple ID Summary, click “Deauthorize All Computers”. Of course, you will have to sign back in to iTunes on and reauthorize iTunes on each computer.

Disable iCloud

Signing out of iCloud before you sell your device will make sure any remnants of cloud data (Safari Bookmarks, appointment, documents, message, reminders, notes, etc) isn’t visible by the new owner.

Open System Preferences and click iCloud, and click the “Sign Out” button in the lower-left side of the screen

Confirm that you want to delete contacts from your Mac.

For all the security nuts who encrypted their drive with Apple’s FileVault service, now would be a good time to disable that feature as well

3. Restore Mac Back To Factory

Now that you’ve saved all your data, and removed your account information, it’s time to wipe the slate clean and give your Mac fresh start with a new owner. The following steps will help you wipe the entire drive, and reinstall the operating system.

Make sure you’re connected to the Internet (preferably wired) and BE SURE YOU HAVE CLONED OR BACKED UP YOUR DATA BEFORE DOING THESE STEPS. You’ve been warned…

  1. Restart your Mac and hold down the “Command” and “R” keys during startup until you Mac is in Recovery Mode
  2. Select “Disk Utility” and click “Continue”
  3. Choose your main startup disc (named “Macintosh HD” by default) and click “Unmount”
  4. Click Erase tab in the upper-middle section of the screen
  5. Confirm that the format is “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and the name is “Macintosh HD” and click “Erase” in the lower-right side of the screen
  6. Quit Disk Utility
  7. Click “Reinstall OS X” and click “Continue”

UPDATE: If you REALLY want to TOTALLY wipe your drive, during the Erase portion (#4 above), click “Security Options” and you will be presented with multiple options that offer a more comprehensive erase of your data. Shout-Out to Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Podcast for reminding me of the secure erase option.

The process should reinstall Mac OS X and prompt you to enter your Apple ID. This is where you shut down your computer, package it up with all the cables and any other accessories, and box it up for the new owner.

Yeah, I shed one thug tear for my ole’ girl after I sent her off to be with another. But you better believe I was over her quick as soon as I powered up my young and sexy new Bae’

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Want To Use Apple’s New Continuity Features? Make Sure Your Mac Is Compatible

When Mac OSX Yosemite was announced, the coolest feature highlighted was Apple’s ‘Continuity’ – All your Apple devices are belong to us! working closer together so you can seamlessly accomplish many of your most common tasks, no matter what device you use. Tasks like answer calls, respond to texts, responding to emails, browsing the web – All of your devices know what you’re doing and where you are in the process, and work together in harmony.

Come to find out, following all the instructions to get full experience of Continuity wasn’t enough to get the job done in my case.

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8 Best Mac OS and iOS Features From The Apple WWDC Keynote

I almost forgot to sit through the live stream of Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) Keynote speech where Apple makes public what developers and consumers can look forward to in the coming weeks/months as it relates to its software offerings (Mac OS and iOS).

I’m glad I did because Apple has announced some pretty interesting features that many Apple enthusiasts like myself had on their wish-list for quite some time. There were a ton a features announced and since this is my blog, I’m going to give you the run down of  features that I was most hyped about in addition to what I think you should know about.

Mac OS X 10.10


First and foremost, this latest update to Mac OS X comes with a new name: Yosemite – That’s a “meh” for me, but Apple has a history of unique naming schemes, so while I’m not impressed, I’m not surprised either.

iCloud Drive

Apple has now provided a decent option for storing your files in the cloud, and more importantly, syncing them across your Apple gadgets. You can quickly search for anything stored in iCloud via Mac OS X “Finder” including iOS stuff. Similar to Dropbox, you can create folders and tags in iCloud Backup for organization.

Apple Gadget Continuity

Probably the best news to come out of all the Mac announcements is how close Mac OSX 10.10 and iOS 8 will work together. AirDrop is now useful, with the ability to quickly share files between your Mac and iDevices. Sharing your iPhone network connection with your Mac is stupid simple with Instant Hotspot. You can now see incoming SMS messages and voice calls via a notification pop-up on your Mac AND start/answer phone calls using your Mac’s speaker phone.

Apple also debuted “Handoff” where you can share work (emails, iWork, etc) between your devices. For example, start an email on your iPhone, and you can quickly continue that draft right where you left off via your Mac or iPad…No need to “save as draft” first.

iOS 8

This iOS 8 announcement is where Apple was all like “You’ve been sweatin’ us for years to adapt some of the features found in third-party apps, Android, Windows Phone, and even BlackBerry…Well get ready to be overwhelmed.” You name it, Apple grabbed and flipped it. Which to me is awesome because competition is ALWAYS good for the consumer.


Now you can quickly take action on items that hit the notification bar, a la Android. You can respond to messages, “like” Faceboook posts, see sports scores, etc. without being forced into the respective app.

Third-Party Widgets and Extensions

I have been waiting for Apple to introduce Android widgets or Windows Phone Live Tiles for a hot minute. Well, Apple decided to use widget-like features in the Notifications Center versus using widgets on the home screen. I would much rather see widgets with Windows Phone Live Tile-esque At-a-glance information on my home screen, but I’ll take what I can get.

Apple is finally letting developers create apps that can share information with native Apple apps. In other words, popular features found in third-party apps (like photo filters) could possibly be used within native Apple apps (like Photos). Normally, initiating this app transaction would force you to leave the native app and open up the third-party app.


Apple has decided to include predictive/learning keyboard typing where you can add suggested words to your content with the touch of a button. Apple will also allow for third-party keyboards (think Swype and my favorite, SwiftKey) to be added so iOS users could finally be able to do gesture-based typing rather than pecking at tiny individual letters. Hopefully the rumored larger iPhone 6 will alleviate some of my fat-thumb typing?

Hey Siri…

One of my favorite Google Now features is coming to Siri. Instead of the press/hold or bring your phone to your ear to activate Siri, now you can just say “Hey Siri” to initiate a dialog. With the added Apple HomeKit and compatible Home Automation gear, you can use Siri to control your lights, thermostat, garage dooe and other connected-home stuff.

Family Sharing

For the tech-savvy family with multiple iTunes accounts. Family sharing will not let members see (and approve) purchases made by each other up to six members…But you all have to share the same credit card. This is dope for parents with of-age kids with itchy download trigger fingers. Kids can send a request to buy a song or app, and the parent has to approve it first.

This was just the stuff I cared about. There were a ton of features, including some great app development, new Photos app, Health Features, and Mac OS X Yosemite design additions announced yesterday. You will be able to sign up for the free public beta of Mac OS X Yosemite sometime this summer, while you will need an Apple Developer’s license to dive into iOS 8 beat available now (Lemme hold something).

Visit Apple’s website if you want to check out the Keynote replay and get more the details.

What features are you most excited about? What do you think Apple fans will use the most? Lemme know in the comments section.