Mattia Campagnano

Mattia Campagnano

Thursday, July 31, 2014

OS X Yosemite Beta 1 (MacOSX 10.10) review - going mobile, revolution or step back?

Some days ago, Apple has released Yosemite Beta 1, the beta version of the coming MacOSX 10.10 supposed to be released in the Fall 2014.
This new version introduces some important changes and seems to fill a gap between the mobile and the desktop version of Apple OS, which I had envisioned some days earlier commenting on a LinkedIn post.

Monday, July 28, 2014

How to install Yosemite Beta 1 (OSX 10.10) on a Virtual Machine using VMware Fusion (with step-by-step video tutorial)

As you probably know, Apple has recently released the Beta 1 of Yosemite, the coming OS X version (10.10) .
I was waiting for it and I'm excited and eager to test it for you.
In this post I'm going to show how to install Yosemite Beta 1 on a virtual machine but, before getting started, you want to make sure you have all you need.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

8 Mac keyboard hacks and hidden tools

There are several nifty keyboard hacks and hidden tools you can use to increase your productivity on OS X.
You can view all keyboard shortcuts currently implemented on your Mac by going to System Preferences/Keyboard/Shortcuts.
In the same window, you can also customize your shortcuts and enable/disable them (by selecting/deselecting them with your mouse).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Unresponsive Finder? Here's how to speed it up.

After the latest MacOSX update (10.9 aka Mavericks) several users have noticed that the Finder becomes unresponsive for a short while when booting up or waking up from sleep.

This seems to be due to App Nap, that aims to increase battery life by putting idle applications in "sleep" state. 

According to Apple official page "OS X can tell when an app is completely hidden behind other windows. And if that app isn't currently doing something for you — playing music, downloading a file, or checking email, for example — App Nap conserves valuable battery life by slowing the app down. But as soon as you start to use it again, the app instantly shifts back to full speed"

Though this idea can have its upsides, it can slow down your Mac performance causing a lag when you click an application icon.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

7 Horrible mistakes you're making with Windows

  1. You have too many files on your hard drive: Windows needs at least 15% of free disk space available for system maintenance. So, if your PC starts acting up, you may want to check your hard drive usage, before it's too late.
  2. You don't use any firewall: It's well known that Windows systems have several vulnerabilities and surfing the Internet without a firewall is like leaving your car keys in the ignition. Don't complaint if somebody messes up with it later. If you don't like Windows Firewall, you can use third-party tools but PLEASE get one. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Puppy Linux - new life for old computers

Your PC is so old that it takes you 30 minutes to open your web browser? Is it so outdated that you don't know what to do with an old piece of crap like that?

Don't give up hope! There's a way to revive your old PC and to use it for many years to come.

Puppy Linux is a Linux distribution specifically conceived for old PC's and it's so stripped-back that can be successfully run even on computers having 256 MB RAM.

There are several versions of Puppy Linux and, for this post, I've used Racy 5.5.

As stated by its official site, Racy "derives from Wary Puppy, a long term support release optimized for older hardware. Puppy also offers Slacko and Lucid versions, for full compatibility with Slackware and Ubuntu, respectively".
In the next paragraph I'm going to describe how I revived an old Acer Aspire 2001 WLCi, purchased in 2003, by using Puppy Linux.

The laptop characteristics

My laptop features 40 GB HD, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, 496.0 MB RAM, Intel® Pentium(R) M processor 1400MHz.

Just an old clunker, that I sometimes use at the college to check on something real quick.

Its original OS was XP Home Edition, installed in two partitions with a FAT32 filesystem (one of the first things I did was to convert it to NFTS).

I had installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS some years ago, but it was definitely too slow.

My old clunker and an overview of Racy 5.5 Desktop

Monday, July 7, 2014

4 Easy ways to speed up a slow Mac

Your Mac can become slower and less reliable over time, especially if you're like me and mess with applications, kernel extensions and other things.

Before considering to upgrade your hardware, there are some quick hacks that can save you time, money and frustrations.

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