Use Fluid To Tidy Your Browser Mess

Fluid is a Mac OS X application that lets you package your web applications (GMail, Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, Digg etc) as native Mac OS X desktop applications, complete with own window, standard menu bar, Dock icon and .app program file.

Fluid creates native Mac OS X application that wraps around Apple Safari’s WebKit web rendering engine. The created OS X application is normally referred to as a Site Specific Browser (SSB), which is basically an instance of the browser engine running a specific website URL. This SSB instance runs the web application separately and not from within the web browser. So crashing your browser such as Safari won’t take down your SSB instance.

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Upgrade The RAM Memory Of Your Mac

Upgrading the RAM of your Mac is often the cheapest way to make programs run smoother. When you are running multiple programs at once, Mac OS X will swap the memory occupied by idle applications to hard disk when the active applications have insufficient RAM to work with. This constant swapping of memory to slower hard disk ‘slows down’ your computer. Increasing the RAM of your Mac does not increase the speed of the machine, it just makes the computer swap lesser and run at its optimal best.

We recommend a minimum of 2G for general computer usage. You will need as much RAM as possible if you run ‘heavy duty’ programs such as virtualization software (VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop), Photoshop, Aperture, digital audio video editing programs etc.

Buying RAM from Apple Store is notoriously expensive compare to compatible RAM that you can get elsewhere. For example the 4G memory kit (2x2GB SO-DIMMs 667MHz DDR2 PC2-5300) for MacBook Pro from Apple Store is $400. Compatible RAM from Crucial for the same 4G memory costs $104. We have been using compatible RAM on our Macs for quite sometimes with no problems whatsoever and do-it-yourself upgrading of RAM on your Mac is easy.

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Store Your Important Documents in Digital Formats

store-your-important-documents-in-digital-formatsIf you are still in the habit of yanking out important documents (birth certificates, driving license, marriage certificate, income tax statements, education certificate etc) from your drawer and make photocopies each time it is required, consider digitize them for some convenience.

Most of the time, original document is not required when you apply for a job, credit card or a bank loan. If you have digital copies, you can simply print out the relevant documents instead of photocopying, and easily email the documents as attachments when required.

We recommend you to scan the documents at 600dpi resolution and save them in PDF format. This high resolution is good enough for print out copies. Keep a version of the documents at a lower 150 dpi resolution, use this smaller-size version when you need to email the documents to save some bandwidth.

Apple Boot Camp, Crossover/Wine or VMWare Fusion/Parallels Desktop on your Intel Macs?

apple-boot-camp-crossoverwine-or-vmware-fusionparallels-desktop-on-your-intel-macsWhat is the best way to run Windows applications on Intel Macs? This is one of the common questions for new Mac users especially switchers from Windows. For some, the ability to run Windows applications is a must-have feature when they pick up a Mac. Windows applications especially custom made programs from your company and games are more often than not Windows only, and there is no equivalent available in Mac OS X.

Back in the PowerPC Mac days, virtually everyone who needs to run Windows applications uses the program Virtual PC. Microsoft decided not to develop an Intel Mac compatible version of Virtual PC when Apple switched to using Intel processor in January 2006. Since then, a number of products have appeared to take advantage of the Intel processor for better Windows support than ever. These products fall into three broad categories, each with different strong points.

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