Remove Duplicate Files on Your Mac

I like keeping things tidy, both in my home and on my computers. A cluttered and unorganised life is undesirable. Even though I have good control of most aspects I still found duplicate files on my Mac while running a quick check using Gemini II from MacPaw.

So after a scan of duplicate files on my already pretty clean Mac the first result is this:

gemini scan completed

Even though I run a tight system it still found 9,49GB of data that potentially could be removed. 1,33GB was automatically selected. Control freak as I am I want to see what happens when using third party software so I clicked the Review Results and got this:

gemini review results

As you can see in the screenshot above it found two video file on two places. The photo library and in a local folder. In this case Gemini II automatically selected the local copy to delete and keep the file in the photo library. Normally this is probably fine, but in this case I want to keep the local file instead and delete the one in the photo library.

You can check out and download Gemini II here: The stellar duplicate finder. Locates and removes identical and similar files on your Mac.

The software also have a section where it checks for similar files. It could be a series of similar photos for example that is not an exact match, but I would advise to you to be cautious when deleting similar files. It is always wise to have a recent backup before deleting files on your system.

Add Spacer To Your Macs Dock

To add a spacer to your Macs dock so that you can organise the icons a little better you just have to right click the dock and select add…. nope, sorry. Did you think it was so easy?

You have to fire up the terminal and write this (you can copy and paste it into the terminal):

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'; killall Dock

Dock Spacer

And press enter of course. 😉

The dock should briefly disappear then appear again with a spacer you can drag wherever you want, like a normal icon. If you want more spacers you just run the same command above again. If you are finished in the terminal type exit and the window will close.

Spacer in the Macs dock

If you want to remove the spacer, just drag it off the dock as you would do when removing another icon.

Restore 2016 MacBook Pro Startup Chime

With the release of the MacBook Pro in 2016 Apple also decided that the classic startup chime from 1999 had to go. If you are dealing with grief due to this know that it is possible to restore it again! You just have to do some typing in the terminal.

Open up Terminal on your Mac (search for it if you dont find it).

Type this in the Terminal to enable the boot chime.
sudo nvram BootAudio=%01

Type this in the Terminal to disable the boot chime.
sudo nvram BootAudio=%00

You have to enter your system password when you do this.

MacBook Pro Docking and USB-C Dongles

With Apples move to USB-C only on their laptops you may need some adapters until manufacturers hop on the far superior USB-C standard. The most basic adapter almost everyone probably needs is the USB-C to USB adapter.

USB-C to USB adapters

Apple makes one that looks like this:

apple usb-c to usb adapter

Currently they price the USB-C to USB adapter at $9 but that is only out 2016, after that the price will go up to the original price. You can get it at Amazon.

Another best selling adapter is the nonda USB-C to USB 3.0. Looks like this:

nonda usb-c to usb 3.0

You can get this one at Amazon as well. It currently sits as #1 best seller in the USB adapter category. It is very small and neat, they also sell them in different colors so it matches the color on your apple laptop. If you are planning to use multiple of these make sure they are able to fit side by side. The Apple branded adapter shown above is certainly able to do that.

USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 adapters

When I am at work I use a Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express HD Dock with my MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013). With that dock I just have to connect one thunderbolt 2 cable and I have everything I need. When the new 2016 model arrives it won’t work. To get it working I don’t have to buy a new docking station. The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter will get it working again. Looks like this:

Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter

MacBook Pro Docking Stations

As I said above I use the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express HD Dock and it has worked very well for me a few years. What I didn’t know was that I could not use all outputs on it at the same time. They state that it works with dual displays but under some conditions, namely this:

“Note about dual displays: At least one display has to be Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 technology-ready. For displays that are not Thunderbolt technology-ready, the Thunderbolt port is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort. The dock supports either HDMI or Mini DisplayPort, but not both. The dock supports only one display at 4K cinema resolution.”

I was planning to use one Mini DisplayPort to DVI and one HDMI but that didn’t work with this dock. So make sure you really check the specs and the fine print of the dock you are buying first.

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Print To PDF From Your Mac

You dont need third party software to create a PDF file from something you want to print. This functionality is built into macOS. If you have a document, website or something similar you want a PDF file from just go to File->Print. (Or CMD+P).

In the print window that appears you should be able to save it as PDF. Having a printer installed is not necessary to get this working.

See screenshot below.

Save as PDF on a Mac

In other applications (like Numbers) you may have to go to File->Export to get a PDF file. This vill vary depending on application you use.

A Professional Talks About The New MacBook Pro

The release of the new MacBook Pros have been controversial to say the least. With people complaining about missing ports, AMD GPUs, only 16GB RAM and high prices.

I am sure a lot of the complaints can be justified to some degree, but I haven’t had the opportunity to test it out yet so can’t chime in on that yet.

Thomas Grove Carter, a professional editor at Trim Editing in London just got his device and shares some thoughts in a new article:

Apparently he is able to do his paid work which includes cutting high end commercials in 5k ProRes, music videos and films on this MacBook Pro.

I am sure I am going to be able to do my music production with Ableton Live and some photo editing using Lightroom as well. Then again, I am no professional.

Maximize macOS Windows Without Going to Fullscreen

If you want to maximise your window in macOS a quick way without having to enter fullscreen you hold down the alt button and click the green button. If you hold the cursor above the green button and press alt at the same time you will see that it changes to a plus sign. When you see the plus sign click the button and the window size will increase so the content inside fits.

Apple Will Use Their Own CPU for Macs In the Future

Just think about it for a second. Apple really like their end-to-end control of everything. Nowadays they are dependant of Intel to release CPUs before they can update their computer lineup. What if Apple could make their own CPU instead? If so, they could tailor macOS to work as efficiently as possible on that architecture. They already do this with CPUs in iOS devices and this is what they will use as an argument when they “sell in” this new transition. When they control everything down to the chips in their computers they can do whatever they want.

The lines that define a desktop and a portable computer is already fading. Especially considering the latest notebook release where they again included iOS features in their Macs. (Touch ID, Retina Touchbar, Apple Pay, iMessage etc.). The performance you get from a laptop is enough for 95% of users out there and those are the ones Apple is catering for.

Apple have done this before. When they switched from PowerPC to Intel. The reason for switching according to Steve Jobs was that Intel had the strongest CPU roadmap for Apple to make personal computers for the next ten years. This happened in 2005, as of this writing its over ten years ago.

I think the computers Apple just recently released are the latest one carrying an Intel CPU. If Apple could get their own silicon in there they wouldn’t be so dependant on Intel or AMD to get their CPUs and GPUs ready.

As time progresses the technology just get better and better. It is just a matter of time until Intel gets some competition again.