Speed Up Time Machine Backups With This Terminal Trick

If you want to speed up the initial time machine backup try entering the command below in a terminal window. To open up terminal just search for it using spotlight and start it.

Speed up time machine backup terminal command:

sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=0

Return to default when done (recommended):

sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=1

Low priority

The reason for time machines initial backup being slow is that it defaults to a low priority mode. When you enter the command above it will increase the priority with the cost of using up more resources from your Mac. The benefit here is that the initial backup will go much faster, and I would certainly welcome that over some more power savings.

When you are done, just remember to return to the default mode, if not your machine may feel slow as other background tasks are affected by this change as well.

Setapp Offers a 9.99$ / month Mac App Subscription Giving You 60 Hand-picked Apps

Setapp is a subscription service that makes a collection of 60 hand-picked curated apps available for a monthly fee of $9.99 / month.

The app¬†is designed to be an alternative to the official App Store Apple use.¬†Unlike the App Store, they¬†hand-pick the best apps from each category for Setapp and, thus, offer the best solutions available to you. Also, it’s cheaper to pay $9.99/month and get access to 60+ apps than to spend $30-40 for each application. You get unlimited access to the apps and that includes updates and eventual in-app offerings as well.

To use this service you download Setapp and install it on your Mac. This creates a special folder on your Mac where all apps are available for you as long the subscription is active. You can use the apps offline so the only need for Internet connection is when you first install an app or want to update it.

Setapp

Currently there are around 60 apps available but MacPaw who is the brains behind this (Clean My Mac, Gemini) plan to get more developers on the bandwagon. The goal is to get 300 apps when the concept catches on.

Some of the available apps I already have and used before. Like iFlicks, iStat Menus, MacPaw Apps, WiFi Explorer to name a few. There are some great selections here already.

You can download Setapp for free and see for yourself.

Import Folders Into macOS Photos

I have all my photos organised like this:

They are organised into folders, first year and then event.

If you wanted to import this folder structure into Apple Photos it would require a lot of manual work. Especially if you have tens of thousands of photos.

Doing manual work is stupid, that is why we made computers in the first place and a guy calling himself code!z have created a neat AppleScript that makes this process automatic.

What you do is download the script you find here: ImportPhotoFolders. Find the ImportPhotoFolders.applescript and double click on it. You will get a window looking like the one below.

Press the “Play” button and a file selection window should appear. Navigate to the folder you would like to import and let the script do its magic. It will now import all those files into Photos making a folder of the root directory and albums from the folders inside the root directory.

A very neat and free script to use if you want Apple Photos to handle all of your photos but still want to retain your directory structure.

I recommend to make a small selection first, to see if everything works like it should.

Ninite for Mac, Install Multiple Mac Apps at Once

When you have a new system to set up there are always some applications you want to get installed and set up. Maybe you use another web browser, need dropbox, OpenOffice, Skype or other applications.

Windows users have a free service called ninite, but is it available for Mac users? Not exactly, but you have something called: Get Mac Apps. The point of this is to click the apps you want to install and it will automatically get the newest version of all apps you want and give it to you in one convenient download.

Of course you could go to each website and download it, but this way you dont have to visit each website and download one app at a time.

Super Mario Run for iPhone and iPad Out Now!

Are you ready to play the beloved Mario character on your iPad or iPhone? Super Mario Run was just released by Nintendo and is available from the App Store. While it is free to download and try a few stages the price is $9.99 for the game and you have to pay for it in-app.

It is as always easy to download an iOS app. Just download Super Mario Run from the App Store and try it out yourself.

See below for some screenshots I took. Click on them for a bigger version.

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Mario will automatically run forward and you have to touch the screen to make him jump. This way you can play the game with only one hand.

 

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.

If you need to clean out your Mac even more check out 9 Ways To Free Up Space And Clean Macs. Where you have free options and paid options available to your disposal.

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. ūüėČ

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.