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It would be cool if the iPad or iPhone was a Mac also

I was thinking, it would be cool to carry around an iPad or iPhone that was dual featured as a Mac. For example, you open your iPad out of the box, turn it on and do everything you do with one today. But we also love Mac’s! I was thinking about how cool it would be if OS X and iOS merged, and not merged as in iOS on the desktop. I mean as in one OS but has a “mode”. “tablet/phone” and “desktop”. The iPad could be plugged in to a monitor or wirelessly beamed to a TV. you grab your Bluetooth Apple keyboard and mouse and put your iPad in “desktop” mode. A OS X styled desktop comes up. You’ve been busy working on some project on the train coming home in some app. The same app is for Mac. It has a shared folder within the sandbox with your data. No syncing or duplicate data. You edit it, save it. Go to sleep. Wake up, put your iPad in “tablet” mode and later review the data with your coworker.

So the same device running OS X and iOS, but switching between OSes instantly and shared data between them. I doubt this will happen anytime soon, but it was a little idea that popped in to my head. I guess the first steps towards this would be porting OS X to arm. I’m not even sure if a iPhone or iPad could run the full OS X, even if it ran on ARM, maybe in the future. Do you think this would be a cool thing if it happened? Have your iPhone be your phone and power your desktop in the same device?

CCleaner for Mac!

I was board and was browsing the Mac App Store and stumbled apon CCleaner! I’ve previously talked about similar apps like AppCleaner, MacKeeper and MacCleaning. Coming from the Windows world I’ve used CCleaner and I love it.  Was excited to see it on the Mac!

 

The cleaner feature itself to clean up log files, cache, etc is working great! The uninstall feature kept on giving me an error. Not sure why, I’m an administrator. 

This app seems useful on Mac and I just wanted to share it. I think I would rate it a 4 out of 5 stars. If you would like to give it a spin, you can download it on the Mac App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ccleaner/id499268461?mt=12 for free as of this writing. What are your thoughts on this application? Feel free to write your answer in the comments.

MacCleaning review!

 MacCleaning by EaseUS is a powerful menu bar utility. It monitors your disk space in realtime and warns you when it’s below a certain percent which is set by you. It also cleans up system junk to reclaim disk space. Also you can view all your drives and disk space usage. You can safely eject removable media. This app is under 3 megabytes but it’s a nice, simple and powerful application! Continue reading

MacKeeper Review

Mac users like me want a fast running machine, Not full of junk. I love to save disk space. I use multiple apps to try to keep my Mac running smoothly. All have different interfaces, some are free and some cost. It’s a mess. I used to run them a lot when I was new to Mac but now days I hardly use them. I forget some of the tools I used in the past and i mentioned some before. I was planing on mentioning more. Well now I don’t have to mention anymore as MacKeeper is an All in one tool that does what I would do with multiple apps. Continue reading

Completely Uninstall Mac Apps


I wanted to get rid of unused apps on my Mac. I knew that you can drag an application in the trash to remove it, but some apps will leave behind settings, etc. I found some paid apps to remove apps completely but since

I’m cheap so i wanted a free app. I found one! Its called AppCleaner by FreeMacSoft. It allows you to drag applications on your Mac on to it and it then searches for other files that normal uninstalling would leave behind. It then lets you delete the app and left over files.

You just drag an app or a selection of apps in into AppCleaner.

Then you press the delete button, its plays a sound and then the app and related files are in your trash to delete! Really nice and simple to use. It also allows you to uninstall widgets. I give this app 5 out of 5 stars.

A look at Lion

After waiting every day for the last month checking Apple.com to see if Lion is available, it’s finally here! Lion is available as a download from the Mac App Store for 29 bucks! That kind of scared me at first due to being a large 3.74 GB download. Downloading and installing an operating system from the internet is not so mainstream. You can get Ubuntu my favorite Linux distribution but it’s under a gigabyte and you have to burn it to a disk.

With Lion, you buy it in the Mac App Store on Snow Leopard, and it downloads an “Install Mac OS X Lion.app”, which self destructs after Lion is installed. So if you don’t want to redownload it, make sure you back it up before installing Lion. I copied it over the network to my other Mac mini(Mid 2007), to install later on without another big 1-2 hour download. It took about 10 minutes to copy it, but this is good for people who has more than 1 Mac, and might have a bandwidth cap or impatient(like myself). Lion installs it self, without the need to burn a disk. Most full operating system downloads requires you to burn a disk.

The Install Mac OS X Lion guides you through a small wizard to prepare your Mac to install Lion.

 Then it requires you to agree to the EULA that no one ever reads(I hope I didn’t agree to give up my first born or be a Human CentiPad), and then select the disk you want to install Lion to.

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