5 Ways to Improve Macintosh OS performance

Own a Mac? Why not read some useful tips that can help speed up your Mac computer in easy steps.

Check If CPU And Memory Are Being Burdened

To improve your Mac's performance, one thing you can do is to check the CPU usage and manage that. When a number of heavy applications are running simultaneously, they utilize a lot of CPU and memory resources. This can lead to the system being stuck in case the application's requirements are greater than the system resources. Same is the case with Apple Mac OS. If the system is running slow, the first step that the user needs to take is to make sure that the system resources are not being over- loaded i.e. CPU and memory are not being burdened. In a Windows OS, we can use Task Utility to see the running applications while in a Mac OS, we can go to Applications tab and then to Utilities. It will show the applications and the resources that they are using. The applications that are being too heavy should be stopped immediately and restarted again so as to resolve the slow performance issue.

Reduce The Startup Programs

Another major reason for the slow performance of the system may be the large number of programs that the system needs to start when it is booted. One should try his level best to optimize the number of programs needed to be booted with the start of the system. The lesser is the number of startup programs, better is the system performance. In a Mac OS, you can go to System preferences > Accounts tab and then to Login items tab. It will show you all the programs that have been set to startup as you login to your account. Check out for any unnecessary programs and remove them from the login items list. In this way, the burden of the system can be reduced to a great extent and system performance can be improved.

Remove Unused Applications

There are many unused applications or the ones that we have installed in the past and do not use them now. Such applications take a lot of space on the hard disk and in case they are not being frequently used then this means that such applications are wasting hard disk space. If the user can check out for such applications and uninstall/ remove them, this would provide a lot of free space on the hard disk which will help increase the overall speed of all the operations of the system.

Repair The Disk

Every OS provides the disk repairing utilities. Such utilities help to remove or repair bad sectors and optimize free space on the disk. Windows OS provides disk cleanup and disk defragmentation utilities. Similarly such utilities are also provided by Mac OS. The user can go to Applications tab and then Utilities tab to run the utilities that would repair the disk sectors.

Increase Your Memory

The more the memory i.e. RAM in the system, the faster is the performance of the system. So in order to have a faster, improved system, it is necessary to increase RAM with the passage of time.

In this article, we discussed ways that can be followed to improve the speed and performance of systems running with Mac OS. This should be kept in mind that these are generic hints and tricks, thus these are applicable on systems running with any kind of OS. In this fast age, it’s important to cope with the pace of life. So make sure that your system supports you in keeping pace with the modern day world.

This was how to improve Mac performance in a few easy steps.

Gadgets Are Linked With Insomnia

A lack of proper sleep has been a problem for many people. But now with the advancement of gadgets and hand-held computers, sleeping patterns have been disturbed even more. A study carried out by the National Sleeping Foundation (NSF) found the number of people with insomnia at ever higher levels. 43% of the people, aged 13 to 64, questioned in the survey said they hardly ever got a full night's sleep on a weeknight. And 6 in 10 said they had sleeping problems every night or nearly every night.

Gadgets are the Culprits

The NSF also investigated the link between this insomnia and the usage of gadgets by questioning the people about their

Medical research has found that exposure to artificial light during the night suppresses the release of sleep inducing hormone melatonin which damages the usual sleeping pattern. Continuous usage of laptops or Smartphones is could be responsible for this exposure. As a result, it becomes difficult to find sleep even if you are lying in bed and trying to doze off. The intrusion of technologies in the bedroom could be responsible for ever increasing irregular sleeping patterns. usage of Smartphones and computers before sleeping hours. It was found that 95% of the people use computers, televisions or Smartphones in the hour before bed. 60% of the people said that they regularly use laptops in the hour before sleep.

The Double-Whammy

So what do people do when they just cannot find sleep? They resort to using their Smartphones again just to pass time by listening to music or playing games. This in turn makes it even more difficult to find sleep. This is a trap that needs to be stopped from the beginning.

The healthiest thing for your sleeping pattern would be to turn off all your gadgets an hour before sleep. Turning off the wifi device could be really helpful too. Listening to soft music or reading a book is okay. With time you will start to notice that you will start to find sleep at the right times. A proper night's sleep is essential for you to be most productive the next day. don't let gadgets come in you

How to Go Green in IT: Best Tips For Everyone

Information and communication systems account for about 25% of electricity consumption in offices. In offices that have dense use of IT systems or if inefficient systems are deployed, the figure may rise as high has 70%. The following can be done to reduce electricity use by your IT systems:

  • Activate sleep/hibernate/standby mode on PCs, laptops, printers, scanners, screens, etc.

  • Review documents and emails on screen instead of printing them. If you do need to print, save paper by printing on both sides or on recycled paper.

  • Do not leave IT and electrical systems running during weekends or overnight.

  • Choose less brightness on screens. Use LEDs instead of LCD, plasma or CRT as LEDs use very less electricity.

  • Activate printer, scanner and other devices only when you need to use them.

  • Reduce lighting in room for better screen visibility. This will allow you to use less brighter screens.

  • Use shared printers, scanners and other devices. Use virtualization to decrease use of computers.

  • Use Green IT peripherals to reduce electricity use.

  • Change in IT service processes may also reduce electricity usage. E.g By eliminating waste, redundant or inefficient process, you can save electricity and other resources.

These are some of the best tips to go green. Do you have something in mind on how to go greener? Please do share it with others by commenting in the comments box below.

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Technology Makes Excellence Harder to Achieve

The recent rise of technology has influenced our lives down to our very cores. As Smartphones, tablets and TVs and other electronic devices have taken their place as essential tools in our lives, it has become ever harder, even close to impossible, for us to function without them.

Working Tools?

But what effect have they had on our life aims and personal goals? The first thought is that as these devices are designed to help us, they make it easier for us to get what we want. Sure it is very convenient to have dictionary, a calculator and the most powerful search engine ever, all in one device when we are studying. The power of these Smartphones is such that you have access of vast swathes of information on a tap of a screen.

Where on one hand, technology has made it easier for us to work or study; it has had side effects too. For example, I cannot help but think that if I hadn't had my PlayStation with me in my school days, I would have spent more time studying, or at least I would have done some more productive things.

Technology's Two Faces

It is easy to judge PlayStations and gaming consoles as hindrances towards work, study and goals but it is harder to judge Smartphones or personal computers. Where these devices can be used for playing games or watching movies, they are perfectly suitable to work on too. A person with Smartphone and internet connectivity should be more productive than someone without these tools.  But it provides distractions too. You would think that I am just going to play this game once or I will just check my Facebook wall for one second and you will end up having wasted a precious hour. A person without these perks will surely have lesser tools to work with, but he will also have lesser distractions. And distractions make minds wonder and the productivity falls to ever lower levels.

Sure technology is very attractive as a working tool but on the other hand, it also makes people waste their time. If someone is very determined to work and very focused on it, then a Smartphone in his possession is a fabulous working tool. But for a lazier person who is sitting and trying to study, a Smartphone in his hand will take all his time with zero gains.

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