Category Archives: Macintosh

17 Best Macbook (and Pro) Skins

Decorating laptops with laptop skins and stickers have become a very popular idea all over the world. These skins and covers help to make the laptop more fun and interesting. MacBook users often look for unique laptop skin ideas as the logo (the partially eaten apple) on the Apple products leaves a lot of room for creativity. You can do plenty of new things with the logo engraved on your MacBook. There are numerous ideas available all over the internet about how to best customize the look of a MacBook. Here are some unique ideas that you can use to make striking MacBook skins. Continue reading 17 Best Macbook (and Pro) Skins

Mac Terminal Commands – Complete List

This is a complete A- Z index of all Mac commands and the terminal events associated with those commands. We have compiled this list by using official sources and have explained more clearly and elaborately about each of them. We have also added two additional columns specifying whether or not the command is an inbuilt system one. The final column also displays the Mac version support for each of these commands.

IMPORTANT: If you are not an advanced user and have no knowledge on how to use the terminal commands, please do not try to experiment. These are meant for medium and advanced users ONLY.  Continue reading Mac Terminal Commands – Complete List

Best Video Converters for Mac

Sometimes it might happen that you desperately need to convert a particular file format and your editing program tragically fails to recognize it. Eventually, you think of turning up to a paid program and lose your hard earned bucks in the process for converting just a simple file. The most common example for this are the flash files which your iOS system won’t play as it drains down the system performance.

As we all know, Apple Users always seem to be obsessed with third party apps and programs which sure breaks down the work ease, we bring to you Free Video converters for Mac which can help you rip off almost any video format quickly and effectively. Continue reading Best Video Converters for Mac

How You’re Damaging Your Laptop Battery Life

In respect to the advantages that outshine the use of a desktop by a laptop computer, proper care of your laptop and its component should be taken into consideration to secure a long lasting use of your laptop.

Out of all the challenges you’ll be getting from using your laptop, you’ll definitely agree with me that the battery of your laptop is one component that gives the most problem.

Laptop

The most and widely discussed issue in laptops is always having is the low duration of the battery and that defect can possibly be caused by some factors that will be discussed here:

Over Heating….

Do you know that your environment temperature also affect the life span of your battery? Your laptop battery will last long maintaining at least two hours when you operate in an atmosphere conducive (a cool office or room) for your laptop.

When your computer is under an unfavorable atmosphere that gives no room for cool breeze or cross ventilation, there is every tendency of your laptop battery coming down to an average minute of 45 minutes to 1 hour after the first six month of purchase.

This happen because the battery has nothing to cool it down like the mother board has, so your environment is the only thing that could give compensation for this.

laptop cooling pad

Do not use the laptop for prolonged hours, use it in a cool place if possible, make sure the cooling vents are not blocked. If possible, purchase a laptop cooling pad.

You can also place something thick below laptop screen to incline it so that the vents below the laptop have space for outlet.

More Recharge, Less Discharge

Though it’s been clear that it doesn’t matter how long your power pack stays inside the charging port of your laptop after your laptop battery is fully charged, in fact, it has no negative effect on it what so ever

That’s because your laptop is build in a way to stop receiving power into the battery after the battery is fully charged, the power that is entering into the laptop at that time is directly consumed and not added to the fully charge battery.

Charging Laptop Battery
Charging Laptop Battery

But there’s one thing you should know when charging your laptop battery. When your laptop battery is fully charged, it is advisable for you to exhaust the battery power to a reasonable level before going back to charge the battery all along.

This is so for nothing but to sustain the battery durability of two hours or three hours that it’s default to work for. Your battery will last long if you discharge it for at least 2 hours before recharging.

Unnecessary Use of CD Drive

Get in mind that the CD drive in your laptop is not meant for frequent use but only when necessary, to elongate the life span of your battery durability. Please endeavor not to use your CD  drive like your home theater.

Some laptop users make use of their laptop CD  drive more than the laptop itself by using the CD drive to watch movie or listen to music, the truth of the matter is that the CD drive in a laptop is designed to install some drive on the laptop and occasionally for downloads of files from a CD or burn file on a CD .

Keep CD out of Laptop Drive
Keep CD out of Laptop Drive

When you frequently use your laptop CD drive to watch videos, you gradually drain the energy retained by the battery faster than when you operate the system without using the CD drive.

Also, when not in use, keep your CD Drive empty, since even if you’re not using that CD in the Drive, laptop will keep checking the CD, draining your battery.

WiFi On, Bluetooth On….

The last factor I’ll be talking on that also damages the laptop battery is when your wireless device like the Bluetooth, WiFi connection are left on when it is not in use.

Turn off wifi & bluetooth to save battery
Turn off wifi & bluetooth

Your laptop battery drains at a very high rate in dispatching out energy for these and that could reduce the durability of your battery gradually until it gets obvious for you to notice.

Switch off your WiFi & Bluetooth when not in use.

About The Author: Tobi Bamidele is a freelance guest blogger from ProComputerTech blog where he writes on computer technology and tips and guides for better computing life.

Top 5 Free Cloud Storage Services

Cloud Storage is quite different from cloud computing. In the latter, you compute over the internet, while cloud storage means to store data over a network of servers online, so that you get access to it wherever, whenever you like.

Top 5 free cloud services

Imagine uploading your playlist of favorite songs over a cloud from your PC, so you can access those very songs on your iPod, smartphone, tablet PC and laptop, anywhere you like! Think it like a USB flash drive over the web.

Following are the 5 best cloud storage services that are free of cost.

1) SugarSync

sugarsync free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 5 GB
  • Referral program: +500 MB for each user you successfully invite. (upto 5 GB)
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows & symbian.
  • Speed: Automatic backup of files
  • Efficiency: Only transfers parts of the file that have been edited.
  • Security: SSL & AES-128 encryption

2) Dropbox

dropbox free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 2 GB
  • Referral program: +250 MB for each user you successfully invite. (upto 8 GB)
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry
  • Speed: Set bandwidth limit, manually.
  • Single Upload limit: 300MB
  • Efficiency: Only transfers parts of the file that have been edited.
  • Security: SSL & AES-256 encryption

3) ZumoDrive

ZumoDrive free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 2 GB
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone, Palm Pre
  • Efficiency: auto sync, works offline.
  • Security: SSL & AES encryption with storage in 3 physical locations
  • iTune integration

4) Ubuntu One

ubuntu one free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 5 GB
  • Platforms: Windows (beta & buggy), Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android
  • Efficiency: Offline music on android.
  • Security: No encryption

5) TeamDrive

teamdrive free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 2 GB
  • Referral program: +250 MB for each user you successfully invite. (upto 8 GB)
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Speed: Auto sync & backup.
  • Security: ULD & AES-256 encryption