Quickly & Easily Speed Up Your Mac!

Tidy Up by Hyperbolic Software has released what I consider to be the easiest-to-use and most intuitive duplicate file removal software currently available, exclusively for Mac users.

The difference between Tidy Up and other methods is that the entire process is easy, fast, and secure.
Take a look to see what I mean…

Macbook Constantly Freezing. Should I Upgrade RAM?

Posted: May 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Tidy Up iTunes | No Comments »

OK. Here’s another viewer e-mail. In this particular e-mail a young man told me he’s seeing the ‘spinning beach ball’ at random times while using his Macbook, sometimes when he’s not even running any programs. He has plenty of room in his hard drive (over 100 gigabytes free) and he has no old software or overheating.

The model of his Macbook is from 2009, he’s running OS X 10.6.8, he’s got a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, and he has 2 GB of memory.

So why is the computer running so poorly and freezing up? He’s tired of having to turn off the computer by holding down the power button, in fear that he might be eventually damaging his hardware.

What I recommended to fix the freezing macbook:

The first thing I recommended was that although it’s may not be a RAM issue, it wouldn’t hurt to upgrade. It’s not overly expensive, and often times 4 gb instead of 2 gb can make quite a difference. If this didn’t achieve the difference he’s looking for, then he should consider getting his hard drive looked at by a professional.

If he had less space available, I’d say he needs to tidy up his system, remove double files, and run disk utilities. But since he has over 100 gb free, the duplicate file problem is unlikely.

What ended up happening with this reader was that the RAM upgrade didn’t solve his problem. His computer was still freezing. When he e-mailed me back, it became clear that this was not a RAM issue, but instead a Hard Drive issue. He mailed it into Apple, spent about $150, and had the issue fixed. His macbook now runs faster than ever, thanks to the working hard drive and the 4 gb of RAM.

If your Macbook is freezing and you have lots of space available, then the problem is usually a hardware one. Either your RAM or your Hard Drive. Since upgrading RAM is far cheaper than upgrading your HDD, I recommend trying to upgrade the RAM first. Even if it’s not a RAM issue, your computer will be even faster after fixing the HDD.

Do you have a Mac problem?
E-mail me your issues and I’ll help you sort them out!
steve (at) duplicatefilesoftware.com

Best Duplicate File Finder for Mac 2011

Posted: July 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Clean Up iPhoto, Clean Up Mail, Remove Double Files, Tidy Up iTunes | 1 Comment »

2011 is more than half-way complete, and in this time, Macintosh computers have seen a lot of changes. Namely, they’ve become more popular than ever. In effect this means there is more freeware, shareware, programs, and other installations that are being downloaded and ran than any time in the history of mac computers. This results in a lot of new options for a mac user if they need a particular type of software. Since this website deals with duplicate file cleaner software, that’s the software I always have in mind.

The best duplicate file finder for mac in 2011 should have the following characteristics:

  • Easy to use
  • Deletes all duplicates that the user selects
  • Makes it easy to review all duplicate matches
  • Ability to preview duplicate songs, photos, emails, and other files before deletion
  • Makes back-ups a one click process
  • Is quick to scan
  • Has A Customer Service if any help is needed
  • Does not charge any unnecessary fees or have recurring costs
  • Speeds the computer up by a noticeable amount after completion
  • Is cost-sensible
  • Does not install any extras that the user does not know about or need
I’ve reviewed nearly a dozen different software packages this year, and no program has taken the top spot away from my pick, TidyUp, yet.

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Why is my MacBook running slow?

Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Clean Up iPhoto, Clean Up Mail, Remove Double Files, Tidy Up iTunes, Tips and Tricks, Why is my MacBook running slow?, Why is my MacBook running slow?, Why is my MacBook running slow?, Why is my MacBook running slow?, Why is my MacBook running slow? | No Comments »

Your MacBook is running slow? This is a common issue once a computer has been used for more than a few months, and after enough programs have been installed. One quick fix is to upgrade your Apple computer’s RAM. Most models come with 512 mb of RAM, when you can upgrade all the way up to 2 GB. However, if you can’t afford the prices that Apple charges to upgrade (and they can be quite expensive) then consider some alternatives to speed up your mac.

The first common-sense solution is to close your open applications. I find that a lot of Apple computer users like to leave multiple applications open, including iTunes, your internet browser, your e-mail reader, your photo viewer, and many more programs. This can easily cause the slowdown you are experiencing. If you’re not using iTunes, shut it off, as it burns a lot of system resources while it’s open.

You should also restart your computer from time to time. It’s easy to just shut the lid of your laptop when you’re finished with it, but this means it has to load up your programs and preferences from memory each time you boot up. This can cause additional slowdown.

Keep your Macbook cool. A laptop that is overheated will perform in a strange manner, and will not run as fast as it should. This can happen if you are always using your laptop on the bed, or somewhere where the fans are not able to blow out air. The best place to use your laptop is on a flat surface, like a table.

Turn off unused applications. Some programs automatically run, whether or not you’re using them. You can adjust these settings in your System Preferences set-up. For example, if you don’t need bluetooth capabilities or speech recognition, then turn these features off.

Disable Widgets. If you’re not using them, don’t boot them up. They use system resources.

And predictably, remove duplicate files. Duplicate mp3s, photos, and program files will bloat your system quicker than any other offender. If you have moved from another laptop, or if you think you might have duplicates, you should run a program to get rid of duplicates.

Hope this helps!