Slow Mac – Spotify could be the reason why

So, I have seen a couple of Macs in the past few weeks, of decent spec, running really slowly as well as taking ages to boot (many minutes), I checked all the usual things, such as verify disk, repair permissions, console logs etc. and there were no obvious issues

anyway, I took a look at login items and the only common item for both machines was that the Spotify app was set to run at startup

once this was disabled it was like they were new machines!

if you’re Mac is running slow, and everything seems fine, then try following

Open System Preferences

Then Users & Groups

Then click on your account, and then Login Items

click on Spotify and then click on the minus button at the bottom of the window

 

Next, click on Finder

then press CMD SHIFT G

paste in the following location

~/Library/LaunchAgents

delete the com.spotify.webhelper.plist file

 

Then reboot the machine

 

On both the machines I did this on, it was like they were brand new, and both owners were very pleased with the result, hopefully this works for you too

Oh, and the Spotify app still works, a good result all round

 

Parallels – Disable Adverts

So, you’ve forked out for Parallels – wise choice, its a great bit of software, but annoyingly, you get bombarded with adverts, bit annoying when they’ve already got your business, but there is a solution – and by entering the following into a Terminal window, the nuisance will end

 

defaults write com.parallels.Parallels\ Desktop ProductPromo.ForcePromoOff -bool YES

 

Enjoy your advert free Parallels experience

Mac Mail – Ghost Unread Count

Mail

So, after having the problem with ghost unread mail appearing on my iPhone, I then had to deal with this on the Mac Mail app.

This has happened before, and can usually be simply fixed by clicking on the offending folder (usually Inbox), then clicking on ‘Mailbox’ in the menu bar, then clicking on ‘Rebuild’

it takes a little while but usually resolves the issue, this also works pretty well if the inbox is showing no messages at all, just a blank window, anyway, back to the problem, so this time, this didn’t work, so I had to resort to a more drastic rebuild.

First, quit Mail

Once it is no longer running, click on Finder

then press SHIFT, CMD, G

then paste in the following location and click on Go

~/Library/Mail/V2/MailData

In that folder you need to remove all files starting with Envelope (usually Envelope Index, Envelope Index-shm, Envelope Index-wal), normally, I move these to the Desktop until everything is all working again

Once there are no files starting with Envelope in that location, then click on Mail to Rebuild the Index, Once this has finished, your mail should be back to normal, no missing unread items.

 

System Preferences – Software Updates – 10.8

Software Updates have now been incorporated into the Mac App Store, which is not something I’m a massive fan of, but I can see why it’s been done.

The good news is that you can still update the System software using the softwareupdate command in Terminal, so nothings been broken by this change.

Gone is the option to choose how regularly your machine checks for updates.

There are now the following options

Automatically check for updates – tick this if you want to be notified when new updates are available.

Download newly available updates in the background – tick this if you have an unlimited broadband/data connection, with some updates being a couple of GB in size now, its not wise to leave this checked with a limited plan, as you could go over without realising.

Install system data files and security updates – does what it says on the tin.

Automatically download apps purchased on other Macs – I leave this unticked as I prefer to choose what takes up my hard drive space on each machine, rather than having all apps install on all machines automatically.

 

System Preferences – Mail, Contacts & Calendar – 10.8

The Mail, Calendar & Contacts preference is the place to set up all of your e-mail and Calendar accounts, it now also has the added Social Media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr & Vimeo.

Adding these accounts makes it a lot simpler to upload or share stuff through these sites, system wide.