Give Yosemite a Speed Boost

Has your Mac been a bit sluggish since installing OS X Yosemite? If you aren’t using a top of the line model or your hardware is a bit older, then a few simple tweaks could help boost your performance. We found a great article over at osxdaily.com that helps with just this.

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Just something as simple as disabling the transparency or other visual elements will free  up resources on your computer, allowing it to perform tasks faster. For more tips like these read the full article here.

Create a Bootable OS X Disk

So maybe you want to install Yosemite on multiple machines or maybe you’d like to have a physical copy to perform a clean install on your Mac. Then you my friend, need to create a bootable install disk. It’s simple, we’ll walk you through the process.

What you’ll need:

  • A copy of DiskMaker X (it’s free)
  • A 8GB or larger flash drive
  • A downloaded copy of Yosemite (App Store)

The DiskMaker X process couldn’t be simpler. Once you have installed and started DiskMaker X, the application will guide you through the process and locate the correct file for you.

First choose the flavor of OS you wish to install and confirm your selection at the next prompt.

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Next, connect the disk you want to use and choose it from the dialog box.

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Verify that you’ve chosen the correct disk because it will be formatted and erased at this point. Enter your administrator credentials when prompted to continue.

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And thats it! Just wait for the application to finish, it may take a while. It took me about 30 minutes.

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You now have a bootable OS X disk. To use the drive, just reboot your Mac with the drive connected while holding the option key, select the install disk, and follow the prompts.

How Apple Pay really works

Great article from Kirk Lennon on how Apple Pay works.

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Here’s the best part:

One of the objections I’ve seen to Apple Pay is “How is it faster/easier than just sliding my card?” The truth is, it isn’t always. It’s rarely going to take longer than sliding a card, but it’s not always going to radically faster either. However, it is much, much more secure. Merchants simply can’t be trusted with your card number, and the only real solution is to never give it to them. [emphasis added] Apple Pay solves that, and it does so in a way that embraces industry standards and is easy and maybe even a little bit fun.

Boom! Well said.

 

Yosemite Wifi Fix

 

More and more users are adopting OS X Yosemite. But many of those users are experiencing wifi issues. The issues range from network connectivity issues to slow internet speeds.

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While there is no official fix or update from Apple yet, you can try these tips if you’ve experienced any issues.

Get the Safari full web address back in Yosemite

If you’ve upgraded your Mac to OS 10.10 Yosemite and you noticed that Safari now just gives you a general, top level web address (IE eBay.com vs. eBay.com/xxx/xxxx/xxxx), there’s a quick solution to get the real addresses showing again.

Just go to Safari > Preferences > Smart Search Field
Check the box “Show full website address”

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That’s it! Now you can go back to being the productive human that you’re used to being.