Unused applications could be slowing your Mac

OS X Lion slowing you down?

One possibility for a slow computer is unused applications running in the background.

Slow computer

Slow computer

To check go to “System Preferences” / “Users & Groups” / “Login Items.”

On my Mac Lion had the two apps running and four that failed to run. The four that failed to start were no longer on my computer. I had removed them long ago. The other two were GeekTool and Google Chrome. I selected all the apps and hit the “-” to remove them from the Login Items list. Removing the apps from this list will not uninstall them.

Note: Always check and make sure you are not removing any apps that need to be there to operate properly.

This is just one possible reason for a slow computer. But for me it was all I need to fixed the problem.

Duplicate replaces “Save As” in OS X Lion

Duplicate

Duplicate

I am a big “Save As” user. If you make modifications to a file but want to save it under a new name all you have to do is hit Save As and enter a new file name. But in Apples OS X Lion the Save As function, in Apple applications such as Numbers and Pages, are now gone.

In it’s place Apple has added Duplicate.

With the app creates a copy of the file and brings it to the front. The original file is then cleared from the screen. Do not worry your original file is still in its directory unmodified. At the top of the new file the word “copy” has been added to the end of the files name.

Careful, this new file has not been saved. It’s just a copy and can easily be deleted. I recommend that the next step be to save the duplicate file right a way.

Hit the save option. Now you can rename the file and specify the directory it will go in.

As far as I can tell the replacement of Save As with Duplicate only appears be in Apple’s iWork applications.

Samsung pulls Galaxy Tab 7.7 from German fair

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Visitors to Berlin’s IFA electronics fair hoping to see the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 computer were left disappointed after Samsung Electronics pulled the tablet from show amid a legal spat with Apple.

The Galaxy 7.7 was pulled over the weekend after a Duesseldorf court issued a temporary injunction against marketing the device, which Apple says copies its iPad2.
The Duesseldorf court has already banned sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany. A final ruling on the latest model is expected Friday.

Consumers visiting the IFA on Monday said they regretted the removal, calling it “sad.” Consumer electronics trader Carsten Niebuhr said he viewed the allegations of copyright violation as exaggerated, noting that “these products just can’t be made any other way.”

Related articles
Samsung pulls tablet from German fair amid Apple spat (thestar.com)
Apple obtains another German injunction against the Samsung 7.7 (edibleapple.com)
Samsung pulls new Galaxy tablet from Berlin trade show (theglobeandmail.com)

10 products that defined Steve Jobs’ career

Steve Jobs

Now that Steve Jobs has retired as CEO of Apple, let’s use Apples Time Capsule and take a look at the 10 of most significant products created under his direction.

1. Apple I (1976) — Apple’s first product was a computer for hobbyists and engineers. Steve Wozniak designed the computer, while Jobs acquired the funding and handled the marketing.

2. Apple II (1977) — One of the first successful personal computers, the Apple II was designed as a mass-market product rather than something for engineers or enthusiasts. It was still largely Wozniak’s design. Several upgrades for the model followed, and the product line continued until 1993.

3. Lisa (1983) — Jobs’ visit to Xerox Corp.’s research center in Palo Alto inspired him to start work on the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface, with icons, windows and a cursor controlled by a mouse. It was the foundation for today’s computer interfaces, but the Lisa was too expensive to be a commercial success.

4. Macintosh (1984) — Like the Lisa, the Macintosh had a graphical user interface. It was also cheaper and faster and had the backing of a large advertising campaign behind it. People soon realized how useful the graphical interface was for design. That led “desktop publishing,” accomplished with a Mac coupled to a laser printer, to soon become a sales driver.

5. NeXT computer (1989) — After being forced out of Apple, Jobs started a company that built a powerful workstation computer. The company was never able to sell large numbers, but the computer was influential: The world’s first Web browser was created on one. Its software also lives on as the basis for today’s Macintosh and iPhone operating system.

6. iMac (1998) — When Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, the company was foundering, with an ever shrinking share of the PC market. The radical iMac was the first step in reversing the slide. It was strikingly designed as a bubble of blue plastic that enclosed both the monitor and the computer. Easy to set up, it captured the imagination just as people across the world were having their eyes opened to the benefits of the Internet and considering getting their first home computer.

7. iPod (2001) — It wasn’t the first digital music player with a hard drive, but it was the first successful one. Apple’s expansion into portable electronics has had vast ramifications. The iPod’s success prepared the way for the iTunes music store and the iPhone.

8. iTunes store (2003) — Before the iTunes store, buying digital music was a hassle, making piracy the more popular option. The store simplified the process and brought together tracks from all the major labels. The store became the largest music retailer in the U.S. in 2008.

9. iPhone (2007) — The iPhone did for the phone experience what the Macintosh did for personal computing — it made the power of a smartphone easy to harness. Apple is now the world’s most profitable maker of phones, and the influence of the iPhone is evident in all smartphones.

10. iPad (2010) — Dozens of companies, including Apple, had created tablet computers before the iPad, but none caught on. The iPad finally cracked the code, creating a whole new category of computer practically by itself.

Thank you to Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer for compiling the list.

Related Story

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple, The Post and Courier, published 8/24/11

Sprint may get iPhone 5 this fall

The word on the street is Sprint Nextel Corp. is expected to start selling the new iPhone 5 and the current iPhone 4 in October 2011. AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless are also planning sell the iPhone 5 in October.

The introduction of Sprint selling the iPhone will undoubtedly create even more competition among the wireless providers for costumers interested in the Apple phone.

The Wall Street Journal reported the rumor today but like most iPhone rumors on the Web they are often inaccurate. So I would view this bit of news with some skepticism until official announcements are made.

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