Day by day, your MacBook will store some information in the system cache such as system logs or big file cache for a faster startup, but in the long term, they become useless and only take space in the hard drive. To free some space in memory, you can access the folder that contains all these files and delete them:
Enter in the Finder
You can quickly access the folder pressing the Command + Shift + G combination and copy/pasting the path.
This will help you free up lot of space by deleting junk.
MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for Mac OS X. Although there are numerous other programs which do the same thing, none had quite the feature set I was looking for. Most were windows that sat in a corner or on the desktop, which are inevitably obscured by document windows on a PowerBook’s small screen. Those monitors which used the menubar mostly used the NSStatusItem API, which has the annoying tendency to totally reorder my menubar on every login.
The MenuMeters monitors are true SystemUIServer plugins (also known as Menu Extras). This means they can be reordered using command-drag and remember their positions in the menubar across logins and restarts.
MenuMeters is open source freeware released under the GNU General Public License version 2.
You can download it from https://member.ipmu.jp/yuji.tachikawa/MenuMetersElCapitan/
One of the big questions in the mac community is that should I upgrade to mac os 11 Big Sur? The biggest fear was about the current status of Mac os Catalina which has many issues and bugs.
So what made me jump for the beta was a basic problem I was facing. As we all are using more and more things on the web, the most important app for any of us now is the browser.
So what got me interested was the promise of the better battery life and claim of 50% faster website load times by using the safari browser available with Big Sur.
So I took the risk and upgraded to a beta version of Big Sur. And I am glad to inform you that it works right out of the box. The new look and feel are debatable, but I don’t mind the new look. The best part is it is snappy and it has converted my old mac 2017 to a new mac. There are hardly any bugs and the system is stable and fast. Safari browser has also not disappointed me. It is fast and optimizes to take less processing power and battery power. I am happy that I took the risk and really enjoying the new OS and if you can you should upgrade it too. Let me know your suggestions
in the comment section below.
Azure Data Studio is a data management tool that enables you to work with SQL Server, Azure SQL DB and SQL DW from Windows, macOS and Linux.
Some of the Feature Highlights
- Cross-Platform DB management for Windows, macOS and Linux with simple XCopy deployment
- SQL Server Connection Management with Connection Dialog, Server Groups, Azure Integration and Registered Servers
- Object Explorer supporting schema browsing and contextual command execution
- T-SQL Query Editor with advanced coding features such as autosuggestions, error diagnostics, tooltips, formatting and peek definition
- Query Results Viewer with advanced data grid supporting large result sets, export to JSON\CSV\Excel, query plan and charting
- Management Dashboard supporting customizable widgets with drill-through actionable insights
- Visual Data Editor that enables direct row insertion, update and deletion into tables
- Backup and Restore dialogs that enables advanced customization and remote filesystem browsing, configured tasks can be executed or scripted
- Task History window to view current task execution status, completion results with error messages and task T-SQL scripting
- Scripting support to generate CREATE, SELECT, ALTER and DROP statements for database objects
- Workspaces with full Git integration and Find In Files support to managing T-SQL script libraries
- Modern light-weight shell with theming, user settings, full-screen support, integrated terminal and numerous other features
It is available for all 3 platforms Windows, Mac and Linux you can download it from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/azure-data-studio/download-azure-data-studio
Overheating has become a common issue with Macs. Actually, believe it or not, thanks to Chrome, your mac may even be overheating when you are just BROWSING the web. Having an overheated Mac isn’t just uncomfortable to use, but as someone who likes to take full advantage of his technology, an utter waste of precious dollars spent. When the CPU reaches a temperature high enough, it will do anything to cool down the computer, which means slashing down your CPU’s performance.
Apple’s stubbornness to increase the speed of them. At times I’ve seen my Macbook go to upwards of 55 celsius and yet the fans are barely turned up and heard.
A simple yet very effective way to solve 90% of this problem is to simply turn up the fans manually. I would recommend maxing out your fans before doing something heavy, and leave the fans on until you are done with the task. I recommend using MacFanControl for this. Their service is completely free without ads, and I have been started using them now.
Install it today from https://crystalidea.com/macs-fan-control and see the difference.
Jumpcut is a macOS clipboard manager that provides Mac users with quick, intuitive access to their clipboard history, with an interface that stays out of their way. It’s been around for over fifteen years, saving users time and preventing frustration whenever they need to use a phone number, URL, or code snippet that they had just a minute ago. It’s absolutely free and open-source under the MIT License.
It is one app I cannot live without on Mac. You can download the version of Jumpcut is 0.71 by clicking here.
or install using Homebrew:
brew tap homebrew/cask
brew cask install jumpcut
To get at a clipping, choose one from under the Jumpcut menu item. Or, set a global hotkey (from the Preferences menu) and begin using Jumpcut via keyboard. (The default value for this hotkey is Command + Option + V.)
If you need an easy way to check your disk usage on Mac. Look no further. Disk Inventory X shows the sizes of files and folders in a special graphical way called treemaps.
If you’ve ever wondered where all your disk space has gone, Disk Inventory X will help you to answer this question.
The best thing is it is totally free.
You can download it from http://www.derlien.com/downloads/index.html
As we keep on using our Laptop / PC it tends to slow down also it starts accumulating Apps and lots of files which are not needed. Also, a lot of OS updates and Apps updates tend to accumulate lots of files and logs which are not required anymore, this also tends to slow down the system. Now I am making this habit to just Format my laptops both at home and office once every year. But before doing so make sure you backup all the critical files you need.
Following is the process I follow:
- My most critical files are either backed up using Dropbox or Google Drive.
- Those files which are residing locally, I go thru them and delete those not needed.
- Back up all the files on an external drive.
- Make a list of software which I need. I keep installable of them backed on the external drive too.
- Next, I just format the drive and install the software. I use Mac so it quite an easy process which you can check out in this video (You have to make sure you can connect to the Internet as Mac reinstall requires internet)
- After reinstall which takes roughly 30 mins or so. Install all the software I need.
- I start putting files which I backed up in organized fashion.
That’s it, You get the feel of a brand new laptop and also clean up your dirt which keeps creeping on by a year of usage. I strongly suggest you do the same and feel the experience of bliss and happiness which I get out of it :). Try out and let me know your experience in the comments below.
Touch Bar in Mac is either loved or hated as of now. I am not totally sold on Touch Bar idea and don’t like it keeps on changing as per App you are using. I love the normal Mac bar which used to exist before. So there is a way by which you can get it back.
- Go to the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”
- Choose the “Keyboard” preference panel and then select the “Keyboard” tab of the control panel
- Look for “Touch Bar shows:” and pull down the dropdown menu alongside that, choosing “Expanded Control Strip”
- Confirm the Touch Bar screen is now showing the touch buttons for escape key, brightness, Mission Control, sound, etc, then exit out of System Preferences as usual
Effectively you’re stopping the little Touch Bar screen from changing appearance and functionality constantly with each app and depending on what’s going on on screen, so the Touch Bar remains consistent and behaves slightly more like a regular keyboard function row, except it’s still a tiny touch screen of course.
If you don’t like the Touch Bar, then disabling Touch Bar functionality this way is about as close to a normal keyboard experience you can get on the current MacBook Pro lineup.
Of course, disabling the Touch Bar is not going to magically give you back a physical Escape key or the other physical buttons that are missing, but it may help you to use the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar keyboard if you’ve found yourself frustrated with it’s behavior, and thus some MacBook Pro with Touch Bar users may appreciate this option.
Sloth is a Mac application that displays all open files and sockets in use by all running processes on your system. This makes it easy to inspect which apps are using which files and sockets.
View all open files, directories, IP sockets, devices, Unix domain sockets and pipes
Filter by name, access mode, volume, type, location, or using regular expressions
Sort by name, process ID, user etc.
View IP socket status, protocol and version
View sockets and pipes established between processes
Inspection window with detailed macOS and Unix file/socket/process info
Powerful contextual menu for file operations
In-app authentication to run with root privileges
Sloth is essentially a friendly, exploratory graphical user interface built on top of the lsof command line tool. The output of lsof is parsed and shown in a searchable, filterable outline view with all sorts of convenient additional functionality.
Sloth can also be installed via Homebrew:
$ brew cask install sloth
For more check out https://github.com/sveinbjornt/Sloth