When programs perform tasks on OS X and other platforms, chunks of memory are allocated for their needs, but these should be relinquished when the task is done. If not, then a memory leak may occur, where progressively more memory is reserved (sometimes at a rapid rate), until the system cannot allocate anymore and is strained for resources. When this happens, the entire system may run slow, pause, or hang and require a forced restart. Unfortunately there is little you can do as an end-user to prevent a memory leak, but with quick identification you can knock out a program that is causing one, before it starts affecting the entire system. Continue reading
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New 2014 Mac Mini RAM cannot be upgraded
As one of its announcements during Yesterday’s release of OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a long-awaited update to the Mac Mini, which brings next-generation Intel Haswell processors along with an additional Thunderbolt connection and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity to the small Mac. However, one development noted by Macminicolo is that if you plan on purchasing one of these new minis, you will not be able to upgrade its RAM. Continue reading
How to speed up your old Mac
Do you have a Mac that is gaining a few years on it and is not performing the same as you remember when you first bought it? While you might not be able to pinpoint it, you might simply notice programs take longer to launch, or you now have to wait a few extra moments for other tasks to complete.
Sometimes such slowdowns are caused by errors Continue reading
Tips for upgrading your Mac’s RAM
While the Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air systems do not have user-upgradable RAM, often other Mac systems Apple sells that do have this option are only shipped with a minimal amount of RAM, so you might find yourself needing to upgrade after a while.
Even if you are purchasing a new Mac, you might be considering purchasing one with a base level of RAM Continue reading
OWC introduces Xeon upgrade service for 2013 Mac Pro
Mac retailer Other World Computing as made available a number of CPU upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro, which give options of up to 12 cores and speed boosts of between 25 to 46 percent faster than the processors Apple includes with the Mac Pro.
After spending time testing various CPU upgrades for the new 2013 Mac Pro, OWC has finally Continue reading