It's not always easy to tell if your system needs more memory, or if it's just slow. In this article, I will present an easy method for even a computer novice to know whether he has enough memory on his Mac! Virtual Memory and Page Outs Most people are aware that computers contain at least two different kinds of memory: Main system RAM is used by running programs Disks … [Read more...] about How To Tell If Your Mac Needs More Memory
Using system memory for storage is something of a lost art these days. Although system RAM capacity has become plentiful, cheap and quick disk storage is just as common. But many of today's I/O intensive tasks can still benefit from the untouchable quickness provided by a ramdisk. Happily, most operating systems are still capable of creating and using ramdisks. This article … [Read more...] about Ramdisks: Back From the Brink of Extinction
Are you the kind of person who always wants the best? Does an upgrade that costs as much as the original item sound like a good investment? Are you the owner of a 2009 Mac Mini? Then you're in luck! Apple's latest firmware update allows nVidia-based Mac Minis to be upgraded to 8 GB of RAM! With 4 GB SO-DIMMs now available for about $250, this means you can be the envy of the … [Read more...] about Got Excess Money? Upgrade Your 2009 Mac Mini RAM To 8 GB!
Last week I reported my progress upgrading my Mac Mini's RAM and hard drive to extract much more performance out of Apple's little desktop. And indeed, adding a 7200 rpm high-performance laptop hard drive did make a noticeable difference in system responsiveness. But a question came in via email asking, will Western Digital's killer 10,000 rpm VelociRaptor SATA drive work in … [Read more...] about How Far Can You Push a Mac Mini?
It may seem odd to buy a computer intending to upgrade it right out of the box, but so it was with me when I snapped up a new 2009 Nvidia-powered Mac Mini. I had been waiting for Apple to update the aged Mini line, saving up my pennies, but the out-of-box specs for RAM and hard drive space were underwhelming. … [Read more...] about Upgrades Give New Mac Mini a Whole New Attitude