Category Archives: Opinion

Changes in Mavericks

Mac OS X Mavericks has changed my workflows. Although I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mavericks for quite some time, I now have the final, fully functional, polished version that was made available yesterday to all users for free. (nice!)

I haven’t had a chance to notice everything yet, but the first thing I did notice is its very tight integration with iOS 7. Apple seems to be moving in this direction. All their platforms, regardless of device have a more familiar feel, which is good. If things continue on this path, it shouldn’t be long before they all look almost identical.

The mobile devices, namely the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, that are running iOS 7, are getting more powerful. This capability will help with Apple’s grand plan of integrating everything seamlessly.

Anyway, I look forward to playing with iPhoto on the Mac’s integration with iOS 7. Being able to take a picture on my iPhone and have it sent to my Mac at the office within seconds can become very useful. Before Mavericks, I had a workaround. I had an If This Then That recipe that would forward all my iOS 7 photos to my Dropbox account. It worked fine, but there was sometimes a longer delay than I had expected. Nonetheless, it worked fine.

Sometimes I share portfolios with clients using Dropbox, and have Hazel delete the folder after a predetermined amount of time, freeing up space. I’m not sure yet if this is something Mavericks with iCloud will be able to handle. I will keep you posted.

Are Solid State Drives Worth It?

Is it worth going to all the trouble of installing a Solid State Drive?

Absolutely! I recently switched to an SSD: it is like a brand new computer. It loads faster, it boots faster… it’s just so much better.

There are plenty of videos and tutorials on the web to show you how to do it. This post is only about whether you should do it. Again, yes, do it.

The Details:

Brand Name: Crucial

Model: M500 480GB SATA 2.5

What I installed it on: 2013 MacBook Pro

Difficulty Level: Much easier than I expected

My advice:

Before you buy the SSD, make sure you can handle the installation on the computer you have. For example:  on a late 2012 iMac, it is a major pain to perform this installation with many potential problems. Of course, you could hire a professional to do it for you if you’re not confidant enough in your skills. Research the process first, before you buy.