Don’t forget your computer when you’re spring cleaning all your things . From the software to the hardware, there are some easy ways to get your Windows 10 laptop or desktop tidied up and running in tip-top shape. Uninstall Applications That You Don’t Use This tip may seem obvious, but it’s a good place to start. Many apps that you install add startup programs or background system services that make your PC take longer to boot and that use resources in the background. Some programs clutter File Explorer’s context menus with options. Others—especially PC games—can just use a lot of disk space. That’s fine if you use these applications and find them beneficial, but it’s easy to install a large number of applications and find yourself not using them at all. To clean things up, uninstall the applications that you don’t use. On Windows 10, you can head to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features to see a list of applications that you can uninstall. You can also access the … [Read more...] about 10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Windows PC
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Using iCloud Drive , your Mac can sync the data in your Desktop and Documents folders between all your Apple devices. It’s handy, but it takes up iCloud storage space and might have privacy implications. If you’ve previously enabled this feature, here’s how to turn it off. To disable this feature, you’ll need to visit System Preferences. On your Mac, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of the screen and choose “System Preferences” from the menu that appears. In System Preferences, click “Apple ID.” In the “Apps on this Mac using iCloud” list, locate “iCloud Drive” and click the “Options” button next to it. In the “Documents” tab, uncheck “Desktop & Documents Folders” to disable synchronizing the contents of your Desktop and Documents folders over iCloud. In the small pop-up window that appears, click “Turn Off.” Click the “Done” button to save your settings. You can now close the System Preferences window. After that, you’ll see a new … [Read more...] about How to Disable iCloud Sync for Desktop and Documents Folders on Mac
Want to open a Finder window from the current directory location in Terminal? Mac OS makes this easy! From the Mac Terminal, you can immediately open whatever folder or directory you are working within into the Finder of MacOS and Mac OS X by simply typing the a short command string and executing it. To try this out yourself, you’ll want to use the following command: How to Open the Current Directory in a Finder Window from Terminal on a Mac Assuming you’re already in the Terminal application, found in /Applications/Utilities/ the command to type is as follows: open . Hitting return and executing “open .” (yes that is a period, and yes it is required) will open the present working directory (PWD in the world of UNIX acronyms) in the Terminal / Command line into the Finder of the Mac – you know, the visual file system. You can do this from anywhere in the command line as long as you’re in a local path, but it doesn’t matter if it’s system files or user files, you … [Read more...] about Open Current Folder in Finder from Terminal of Mac OS X
Ever wondered what happens during the Mac OS X boot and startup process? With Mac OS X it’s a bit more complicated than things once were, and long gone are the days of Classic Mac OS (System 9, 8, 7, 6), where watching our Macs boot up with a series of extensions and control panels that we could always identify by their icon alone, and then go dig around in the Extensions folder to easily adjust what is loading and occurring on Mac boot. Today with the Unix underpinnings of Mac OS X, many users are entirely unaware of what is going on behind the scenes. So what exactly happens during the Mac OS X boot process? You can always get a better look by booting a Mac in Verbose Mode , but that doesn’t necessarily explain all of what you see. Fortunately an excellent explanation is available via segment at KernelThread , which carefully lists the sequence of Mac OS X boot events, from start to finish. It is fairly thorough and worth a read, repeated below for the inquisitive Mac users … [Read more...] about What happens in the Mac OS X boot process?
The very first time we spoke to OnLive CEO Steve Perlman, we asked him: why video games? He told us that virtual worlds were the ultimate test of a cloud streaming service. If OnLive could deliver playable games across a home internet connection despite latency limitations, it could stream just about anything. Just over a year ago, he showed off that "anything" on the D8 stage , streaming Windows 7 to an iPad and manipulating PC apps from the touchscreen. Starting this Thursday, you can get a taste of the same. OnLive is launching a virtual desktop service in the cloud this week, to compete with the likes of Citrix, VMWare and Wyse, but unlike will those providers, you don't need to set up host servers or have a corporate infrastructure to join. You know how OnLive streams compressed video frames from virtual gaming PCs in order to power its cloud-based games? Today, the company's basically just removing the gaming layer, exposing the Windows 7 experience underneath. That means all … [Read more...] about OnLive expands beyond games with Windows thin client: free 2GB trial starting on iPad this week